I’d love your HELP to get my NEW License To Quilt Pattern Club started! It will be a fun way for me to let you know when I have a new pattern available, a special running, discounts, give-aways, or just to keep you posted when I’m at a special event! I love you to PIECES and that’s why we need to stay in touch!
Bring on summertime and the fun quilter’s retreats we’ll be enjoying! A Quilter’s Affair in Sisters, Oregon is just about heaven on earth for me and about 40,000+ of my quilting friends! This year I have the great honor of teaching these three quilts, and I couldn’t be looking forward to it any more!
Hot Ziggidy! is a fast and fun quilt, large blocks that show off your large scale prints. The pattern is a downloadable from Craftsy that you will notice on the left sidebar.
Shooting Stars is a Hunter’s Star variation where the colors drift in diagonal rows across the quilt, and it has my signature pieced border that blends so well, and is easy to add. It’s from my book Perfect Fit Pieced Borders, which you might already have, and if not you can pick it up from the Stitchin’ Post, or get it from my shop page.
Spinal Cord is an intriguing block, you’ll be surprised that it goes together as a tumbler design rather than a rectangle. This one too, has my signature pieced border which makes it very special. It’s also from Perfect Fit Pieced Borders.
There’s plenty of time to sign up for classes, so don’t hesitate. Look through the on-line catalog and choose your favorites! I’ll see you there!
I wanted to share a fun gift I made at Christmas. I thought I was SO clever! Many of you have seen the fun up-cycled shopping bags made from pet food bags, my quilting buddies made quite a few! I didn’t really need more shopping bags, but THEN I had the idea to use that as inspiration to make a larger container to store firewood! It would have to be more or less waterproof, keep the mess contained to a limited space, be easy to move, and fit inside the storage compartment of a camper (not too much to ask, right?). A friend saved large dog and cat food bags for me which I cleaned, and after that I was off to the sewing machine!
One 30# dog food bag made the sides and bottom, and two cat food bags made the ends of the tote. It is large! Approx. 24″ x 16″ x 16″! I purchased about 4 yards of 1″ nylon webbing for the handle which is continuous and runs under the tote for extra support and strength. I added nylon webbing pulls on each end so it is easy to grab. The gift was a big hit, we can’t wait ’til next camping season to use it!
If you’re like me, you’re planning your projects for the next few months! I had some ideas for great gift projects that didn’t get past the drawing board before Christmas! Getting a jump start on those, as well as some new designs that I’ve saved for winter will be fun. My husband and I drove over to Sisters on Friday so I could see what’s new at the Stitchin’ Post. The shop there is always inspiring, and of course I know a few of the employees so it’s a fun reunion too! I picked up some “yardage” for two projects.
On the way home we stopped at the Lodge at Suttle Lake for a wonderful late lunch. It was over 50 degrees! Such a beautiful sunny day in the mountains, especially compared to the fog we’ve had in the valley. There was a nice breeze, hence, the flying hair in the photo!
I have a footstool class coming up at Piece by Piece at the end of January, so I needed to order supplies. They are all in now, and ready to ship out to those of you who live far away. Some of you know that when you get the kit through the mail it comes with a NINE page instruction booklet that is filled with pictures of the process so there’s no question that you’ll be able to finish the project! You can order one here!
Just noticed that All People Quilt was featuring some cozy flannel quilts on their weekly newsletter today! I thought I should check it out, and what did I find but MY QUILT Wintergreen featured on the first page! What fun to see it again in a wonderful setting. This quilt is on my guest bed right now, awaiting our company for Christmas. It is made of flannel, and homespun, both plaids and prints, and even a stripe thrown in for good measure! I used a shot cotton backing as I wanted to keep it light, but I used a wool batting for the warmth. The quilting is pure fun: a large paisley in the plain blocks with contrasting thread so it would show against the print, and horizontal zig-zags in the background. My good friends helped me meet the deadline: Wendy Fast pieced the quilt top and Lisa Bee Wilson of Towerhouse Quilts did the quilting on this one. It’s fairly loosely quilted so the loft of the wool is maintained, and believe me, this is a cozy one. All People Quilt is offering it as a free download now, but originally it was published in “Quilts and More“.
I hope you will send me a pic when you finish yours!
While working behind the scenes is very rewarding and gives a great sense of accomplishment as I check things off the to-do list, it’s so fun to get to the point of being able to share my latest project with everyone! I’ll be teaching at a BIG EVENT this summer (more on that later) and am finalizing plans by dropping off the “virtual” pattern, photos and sample blocks to my wonderful graphic artist Barbara Gleason!
Next, she will make it beautiful, legible and clear, put the photos just where they should be and return it all by email for a final edit. This quilt uses some fun fabric from Maywood Studios, called “13 Going on Thirty”! Very soon it will become a downloadable pattern! It’s exciting to learn how to make this all happen, I’m so glad to have some experts around to help me figure it all out!
Then of course there are the quilts! They are shown in an attached (I’ll say arena, since I don’t really know what to call it)! A HUGE place hung with AMAZING quilts, special exhibits and honorary exhibits. Wow, it took a few trips to see the whole show, and even then I felt like I had to hurry! I did get some pictures where it was allowed and will study those over the next months. I was able to talk with some friends including Valori Wells Kennedy, Rashida Coleman, Jessica Beaudet, and briefly to a new acquaintance Alex Anderson!!!!! What an experience, I am proud to be a part of this industry!
So, you need a fast project for a last minute gift. Run to your stash and pick out some fat quarters, follow these easy directions, quilt, bind, label, wrap and go! So easy, so fun to see it all come together. You saw Lisa’s version a bit ago, now here’s another color-way and of course with a totally different personality! The lavender and grey color combination is sophisticated, but not so much that you’re afraid to use it! Click HERE to download the free pattern. Then let me know how you used it! You might remember this fabric collection, which was used in my previous post as well for the darling footstool, and doesn’t it show well here too?
What a beautiful baby! So sweetly sleeping on a footstool made by my daughter-in-law Samantha and I for this wee little one, the one week old daughter of Samantha’s boss. The photographer, Nicole Hart of Portland, OR. added her deft touch and Ta-Da! Pure magic! I’d love to see birthday pics of this baby with her footstool as she grows! May she have a happy and healthy life!
Of course, you could make your own footstool in my next class at Piece By Piece Fabrics in Eugene, or order the kit if the distance is too far. Naturally you will add your own fabrics and finishing elements (feet and buttons). Included are 9 pages of pictures throughout the narrative instructions making it easy to be successful. I always have them on hand, so there is no delay.
My next post (you will see later) is related to this, an idea using up the left-over fabric from the footstool, you’ll probably want to make that too!