Be sure to check out Carey’s PINTEREST page to see her other awesome creations, she does a lot more than quilts!
We’ve set dates for the next Footstool Class at Piece By Piece in Eugene. Mark your calendars for August 3rd and 17th. I teach this class in two parts, with some time in-between for a little homework! In the first class you’ll learn how to make the “upholstery”, then in the second class we will construct the footstool! It’s always so fun to see the fabric choices and creativity quilters use in choosing their footstool feet and for the tufting button! I LOVE it when someone uses something really original! Once I had a friend use some vintage filigree claw feet from a bath tub–they are outstanding! Call Piece By Piece 541 743-0266 to register. It only takes about 3 hours per class, so it’s not a huge comitment of time. You’ll still have plenty of time to enjoy the summer sunshine!
Some of the pictures included today are from quilters who made them on their own without the class. They ordered the kit and sent me pictures when they had finished. I’m so proud of them! If you want to order a kit (it comes with great instructions, including LOTS of pictures) click over to my SHOP page.
I know you’re ready for some summer sunshine, relaxation, a slower pace and a chance to catch up with friends and family! I am too! But giving up completely on my quilting enjoyment doesn’t work for me, so a smaller, quick project is perfect. This month’s table runner Summer Star is just what I needed! I was able to pull the fabrics from my stash, sew and quilt it up in the same day. Now I have a fresh project for the table, or I might hang it somewhere–even outside. It’s a happy design. I’ve had these African fabrics in my stash for a couple of years just waiting for the right project, and added a batik background which I think helps to define the design. With these fabrics, I think it is reminiscent of an African shield. I wasn’t going for that in the first place, but there it was at the end,a happy result! Love it when that happens!
Be sure to check over at Towerhouse Quilts for Lisa Bee Wilson’s version, a really fresh and fun brighter Summer Star. You know we both love the quilting, and hope that our ideas will give you inspiration for your own. When we get together to reveal our projects to each other its always a surprise at how different they are, and how much we love both interpretations!
I had an awesome day at Spring Quilt Market in Portland. As you can see I was able to meet AMY MARSON, publisher at C&T Publishing! It was a real treat, we had a chance to actually visit and get to know each other a bit! Turns out Amy (isn’t she the cutest) went to the same high school as my friend and companion for the day, Lisa Bee Wilson! Small world! Amy had some early promotional literature for my next book (which will be released in September), VERY fun to see that! I’ll tell you more about that as it gets closer, and you’ll likely see me doing some jumping up and down at that point.
Lisa and I also got to talk with LOTS of other favorites from the industry, and sadly missed a few who were there, but our timing was off as we didn’t cross paths. The booths and quilts were motivating and inspirational, the people—-so talented it is humbling! It was a fun day.
It is so fun to work on a small project between the larger ones! This Barber Pole Table Runner was an idea I’d been thinking about, and finally took the opportunity to figure out how to do it! It is fast and fun, and is now the second installment of a collaboration project that Lisa Bee Wilson and I have challenged ourselves to complete–a monthly FREE project.
You might choose to make yours with two alternating fabrics like I did, or maybe you’ll go the scrappy route like Lisa! Either way, just download the pattern and start in! My Dad always says you can’t get anywhere unless you start! Pretty smart guy! I had a lot of fun adding the pom-pom fringe and luckily my lilacs are in bloom right now which are a perfect color compliment. Be sure to check Lisa’s blog to see pics of her version, and stay tuned, we have next month’s installment already in the hopper!
Click here to download the Barber Pole Table Runner for FREE!
Hey Gang! My quilting buddy Lisa Bee Wilson and I are teaming up to work together on some designs! Our goal is to offer a FREE project about once a month. What do you think? We’ve had a lot of fun with this first installment, Piano Key Table Runner Pattern Instructions for April 2013. Shopping together, and then working on our own to create our own versions, we then quilted them and now it’s YOUR turn! These are simple and fast. Download the FREE pattern today and get to it! Be sure send us a photo of your finished runner so we can “Oooo and Ahhh!”
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My footstools always get a lot of attention, and YES they are a fun addition to my classes. I teach the class over two days, generally about 2 weeks apart (since there is homework to do between the classes). The classes are so fun! At the end of the second class you end up with a FINISHED project, not something you have to take home to finish! Of course I’ve seen it done in dozens of different fabric collections and from cotton, flannel, silk ties, fleece, home dec fabrics and corduroy!
There are a couple of opportunities coming up soon to join a class! For any of you in the Roseburg, Oregon area, call The Country Lady quilt shop for a class scheduled March 30th and April 13th.
Just a few weeks later there will be a class in Eugene, Oregon at Piece By Piece on May 4th and 18th. I’d love to see you at either of these classes. They tend to sell out and have a waiting list, so don’t wait too long to join the fun!
I should be taking more pictures, but at least I got these! I’ve been able to go to the Pine Needlers Quilt Guild, it’s so fun getting to know these remarkable women! They are fun, creative, GREAT cooks, supportive and friendly, all the things you’re likely to see in a group of quilters! They meet once a month at the Fire Hall in Lowell. Sometimes I just want to sit and visit with everybody, and sometimes I actually sew, hahaha! These girls put on a fun quilt show for the Blackberry Jam festival every summer, complete with a fantastic raffle quilt. (I have tickets if you’re interested). ALL the proceeds go back into the community, they don’t keep a penny for themselves, so generous! Next time I go I’ll get a pic of their banner quilt for you to see. You may remember that I was honored to receive a couple of ribbons at their show last summer, and you can read more about that here. The ribbons are handmade, I’m so proud of them!
Once again I’ve had a ton of fun at the Rhododendron Quilt Guild in Florence! We got together for a lecture and trunk show. The following day we got together again for a fun class at the stunning conference room at Driftwood Shores. The room is large, plenty of space for 20+ quilters, cutting tables, ironing boards etc. We all had more than enough elbow room for working on A New York Minute, and even got to do our “seventh inning stretch”! (More about that in another post!) Thank you to the guild for arranging my time there, and to Marcia for hosting me at her guest house! I had a wonderful time and found a working 1927 Singer sewing machine in an antique shop, BONUS! A couple quilters brought the finished quilts (Adjust the Horizontal from my first book, Pieced To Fit) they had made in a class with me in 2005–very impressive! Can’t wait to come back and see all the New York Minutes! We’ll be talking :)
I know it’s a little late to post a Valentine’s Day card, but only the post is late, the card was actually on time! I would love to do these hand made cards for every occasion, unfortunately that just isn’t realistic! This is a post card that is made as a foundation pieced “quilt” onto a stiff base. Both sides are fabric. Believe it or not the stamp sticks to the fabric with no problem and it goes through the mail just like a paper post card. This one went to my Dad, I’ll get to see him in person at the end of the week when we go for a visit to AZ! Can’t wait.