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See. Love. Gotta have it!

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If you haven’t seen it yet, run out and get the latest issue, Winter 2014 of Quilts and More!  Then turn to page 10 to find my Pincushion Kit featured in the HOT STUFF review.  It includes a fun pic of some  of my finished pincushions, and one of the components that are included in the kit.  It will direct you RIGHT HERE to my site so you can find out more!  These little guys are such a fast and fun project that you’ll soon have a list of people you want to make them for, or on second thought, maybe give the kit as a gift so the recipients can personalize it themselves!  You can see my neice Beret made one with me when she was only seven!

Check my shop page to purchase one, or email me for multiple orders!

Upcycle/Recycle!

Well, it’s been rainy and windy for the last few days here in the Pacific Northwest! I thought I needed a pick-me-up, so I’m sharing a project that was featured in an article in the Fall/Winter issue of Make It Yourself.

These flower pot cover-ups are so cheerful and fun!  I especially love having something to set my Christmas poinsettia into that will fit with the rest of my Holiday decor, and what better use is there for a worn out Christmas sweater!!  Find out how to make them, and lots of other projects in the magazine, it’s available now at newstands.  The article has several designs from  Lisa of Towerhouse Quilts too, BONUS!

Check out Make It Yourself on facebook, they always have creative ideas to share!

Make It Yourself!

Believe it or not, this Men’s Neck  Scarf was made with upcycled sweaters!  It’s part of an article featured in the Fall/Winter issue of Make It Yourself magazine which you can find on newstands now, or you can get a digital copy by using the link.  It is a fast project, very functional and stylish.  Make it in team colors for your favorite sports fanatic, or like I did in monochromatic shades.

If you missed my previous post about this article, check it out here!  Then don’t miss out on seeing the fb page for Make It Yourself, and for me!

New Projects in Print!

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Several projects that were done in collaboration with my friend and quilting buddy Lisa, over at Towerhouse Quilts are featured in the Fall/Winter 2014 issue of Make It Yourself magazine!  Be sure to keep up with Make It Yourself on line and on facebook!

We love working together on anything, and this is a fun example of Girlfriends Gone Wild with imagination!  We had the best time brainstorming how to make the projects we came up with.  Once you get atarted, it’s hard to stop! I hope you will pick up the magazine, it is loaded to the MAX with fun stuff and of course the directions and patterns are included for you to make your own wonderful versions!

Here’s a link to get a digital version and see other awesome projects included in the mix.  Lisa is also featuring more projects on her site too!

I’ll be posting more pics of some of the projects soon!

 

Quilt Show Fun!

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I came home with a few ribbons today!  I don’t do that every day, so it is a thrill!  The Blackberry Jam Festival was held this weekend, with all the blackberry pie, jam, syrup, scones, treats and recipes you could hope for! AND it includes a fun judged Quilt Show put on by the host quilt guild, the Pine Needlers.  It is a fun show with a wide variety of styles included, but one thing you can always count on is the high quality of quilts.  Yes, I’m telling you, the competition is fierce, and the hand-made ribbons are spectacular! I got lucky and came home with these:

Best of Show and Best Machine Quilting, for Hidden Agenda which is currently in American Patchwork and Quilting.

Honorable Mention, for Harrington’s Guardian Stars, in the Traditional Category.

Best Use of Color, 2nd Place, entered as a collaboration with Lisa Bee Wilson! (I’ll tell you more about this quilt in a future post)

Excited?  YES!  All the quilts were simply marvelous!

A Quilter’s Affair 2014

What a wonderful week in Sisters, Oregon of teaching, special events, meeting up with old friends and finding some new friends too!  I’m in awe and grateful for the experience in such a wonderful setting.  The students were absolutely wonderful, making great progress on their projects each day.  It was fun to meet up with several later in the week as they let me know that they had finished their quilts!  I had several groups attending my classes who came together including a set of sisters I’ll never forget as well as a set of Grandmother/Mom/daughter who spent a remarkable day together with me.  My youngest student is pictured above, a teenager who did an outstanding job on a complicated pattern! The middle pic is a fun and colorful version of my Hot Ziggidy! pattern from Friday’s class.  The pic of me is from the instructor’s show and tell on Thursday night.  I decided to show a footstool instead of a quilt!

Thanks is hardly expansive enough to cover the amount of effort Jean Wells, Valori Wells and all the Quilter’s Affair staff, as well as the townspeople of Sisters, Oregon put into this event.  It is humbling to see how well everything works, and to be included.

Stay tuned for more pics and thoughts about the Sisters Outdoor Quilt Show which is always the second Saturday of July.

New Pattern on Craftsy!

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A New York Minute!

This is my most popular class pattern of all time.  Most guilds will choose it because it looks complex, but is simple enough to finish in a day-long class.  Originally it was designed as a baby quilt, but I’ve also used it for a throw and a wall hanging.   It finishes at 40″ x 50″ and takes mostly 1/4 yard and 1/2 yard cuts of fabric.  It really is a fun quilt to sew together, and can easily be that last minute gift you pull from your stash.  You can cut and sew it together in 4 hours!

Use the Craftsy icon in the left column to get to my Craftsy Pattern Shop.  You will make this quilt over and over! The name says it all, you will finish this one in a New York Minute!

BlackEyedBatik

Love making Table runners!

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I’m just like a lot of you, I love a quick project now and them sprinkled in with the more complex quilts I work on.  Table runners are one of my go-to projects, when I just want to FINISH SOMETHING…….., ANYTHING!  These pics are of table runners, and one horizontal wall hanging that have helped me keep my sanity that way!  I love rich saturated colors, and making a small piece gives me a chance to work with different fabrics and colors I might not automatically choose otherwise.  I can see how they work together, and that will give me confidence to use them in a larger piece as well.  All of these runners were designed in collaboration with Lisa Bee-Wilson over at Towerhouse Quilts, so be sure to check her site to get a look at her versions.   Click here to download the FREE patterns for each of them! The wall hanging, Waves of Hospitality is an art piece I did a few years back, and of course I teach classes in this technique, and have added my signature pieced borders to this one.  Hope you enjoy seeing them!

For previous posts about these runners:

One Hour Table RunnerBarber Pole Table RunnerPiano Key Table Runner Summer Star Table Runner.

The featured image at the top of this post is a table runner from “Perfect-Fit Pieced Borders” called “Black Eyed Batik”, another colorful favorite!  That book is out of print, but I have copies available on my shop page.

 

Footstool Mania!

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The latest footstool class started up yesterday at Piece By Piece in Eugene!  What a fun group!  Everyone is making so much progress with their sewing.  The first class is centered around learning how to make the “upholstery” for the footstool, as well as getting to know each other,  seeing everyone’s fabric choices, and plenty of laughter and encouragement all around.   The sewing machines were humming, and the conversation was lively!  We’ll get back together in two weeks to actually construct the footstool!  There’s a little homework to be ready for that class, and that day is so remarkable!  Everyone will go home with a completed project!  I truly cannot wait to see them finished, stay tuned for more pictures of that day.

Of course you know you can make one for yourself by ordering the kit!  It comes with a 9-page instruction booklet and all the “parts” you’ll need.  Of course you get to choose your own fabric, feet and decorative button to personalize it.  Scroll down on my shop page to find it here!

just BRIGHT!

 

 

just BRIGHT is a version of my Hidden Agenda quilt that I’m proud to say is included in American Patchwork & Quilting this month!   The blocks are laid horizontally in this one and made with a scrappy mix of solids, making it a fun and playful quilt.  Don’t you just LOVE the  way the photographer Adam Albright captured this with it styled to look like a tent?  It makes me want to crawl in to see what this little one is working on!  The quilting for this one is not as elaborate, finished in my signature “topographic” design.  You can find that design in my latest book, Get addicted to Free Motion Quilting.  What you night not be able to see in the photo is that the quilting thread is variegated, adding to the interest and giving you more to look at.  I hope you’ll get the magazine and make one up for yourself!

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