Shipping Multiples!

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Lots of you have asked about getting more than one pincushion kit at a time, and bundling them together to save shipping!  YES! That’s exactly what I do!  Send me an email: (see my contact info at left)  with your request, I’ll ship them out in bundles and can easily bill you through PayPal.

These are a fast and fun project, make great gifts, and there’s still PLENTY of time before Christmas to make a few for your quilting buddies!

What’s YOUR Preference? Added Incentive!

IMG_2224So, I am testing a block for a new design for P&B Textiles.  I have a choice to go with a portion of the block being paper pieced OR rotary cut and pieced the usual way.  I’ve done them both, and they were each accurate and simple enough, that I couldn’t decide which way to go!  So I’m asking for your help:

Which do you prefer, Paper Piecing OR Traditional Piecing?  Won’t you help me decide?  Leave your response in the comments.  I’ll publish the results in a few days! As an added incentive I’ll choose a random winner and send you a copy of the block pattern!

The scrap fabrics I’ve used in the test block are not like the final fabrics, except that there is a print in the center of the block, surrounded by stripes.

Aaaand, New Jersey is in the lead!

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Just an update on Pincushion orders!  Yes, Virginia was at the front of the race, but holding steady wasn’t enough and New Jersey has taken the lead!  Oklahoma, North Carolina, Connecticut, and Massachusetts are showing well!  Thanks to my recent article in Quilts and More, I appreciate all of you checking out my site, and my shop page.  Be sure to contact me directly if you need more, as I can save you some shipping costs by bundling multiples together!

In the meantime, I felt like I just HAD to finish something and didn’t have a project even close, but LOTS needing more hands-on time than is possible with my regular job, home responsibilities and a holiday looming LARGE.  So!  Since I needed to test the pattern for a Christmas project, I was able to put together a fun 24″ x 42″ table runner on Sunday.  Now, don’t get me wrong, it’s not quilted yet, but I’m looking forward to that since there is a lot of background negative space where the quilting will show nicely.  More later when I get to that!  This is a project I’m preparing for P&B Textiles, one of the many fun patterns they give away on their web site!

 

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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!

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