I just can’t decide! What do I like best, sewing or quilting?? It depends on my mood, how much time I have available, and what project strikes my interest at the time. I started out doing a LOT of garment sewing over the years and then got seriously into quilting. Now, I like to do some of each! The FREE project for this month is a fun Picnic Napkin Pattern! You know, the kind you take with you to a pot-luck or picnic, where you’re supposed to take your own table service. This is so fast and easy to make, and what I love best about any project–it is functional! Hop on over to Lisa Bee Wilson’s blog to see her versions. We’d love to see yours too, and let us know what events you’re taking them to!
Find some spunky fabric–you know it has to suit your personality–or make a statement! You’ll have it done and ready in no time. I’ll be using mine for the first time this Saturday at my quilt group. When I come home, all I have to do is put the silverware in the dishwasher, and throw the napkin in the laundry! Make a bunch of these, enough for the whole family, and then start planning your next picnic!
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Tagged free download, Free pattern, napkin, picnic, picnic napkin, potluck napkin, travel napkin
You know what happens when a friend makes one of your patterns, in a better version than the original? You get all choked up thinking that SHE wanted to try one of YOUR patterns, and that she chose such AMAZING fabrics! That’s what happened to me at the Pine Needler’s Quilt Guild a couple months ago. There were two lovely ladies that who brought show and tell of my patterns! It was very touching, and though I didn’t break into the UGLY cry, I did get all choked up! Lora made a spunky version of “A New York Minute”, changing the size of the quilt just a bit. Her fabric and quilting just make me want to SHOUT! (Lift my hands up and) SHOUT! Come on now!
Virginia made an awesome “Swiss Army Quilt” in green and yellow, that is to die for! I hadn’t seen this pattern made in any other color but red, so it was a real treat to see it so well made, and quilted by Lisa of Towerhouse Quilts.
Both of these patterns are from my last book, Perfect Fit Pieced Borders.
If you EVER make one of my patterns, be sure to send pics so I can see the results!
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Tagged A New York Minute, Fantastic Fabrics, Friends making Quilts, Pine Needlers, Quilt Guild, Show and Tell, Swiss Army
I have a pretty big extended family, and we love to get together. The problem is, we all live so far away from each other! When we can get together, we love to play music, play games, cook and eat together, and work on projects! Of course I try to steer them all to working with textiles–like me! So today I’m going to highlight one particular great-niece!
Beret lives in Minnesota, she’s sweet, smart, funny, and SHE’S THE ONE who’s interested in projects, textiles, crafts and learning something new! I got to see her last month, and we had SO much fun together. I went with a plan to teach her some embroidery stitches and we did some weaving too. She made a pincushion with me last year when she was only 7! We have a plan for next year. Beret wants to learn to sew, after that crochet and maybe knitting! Of course in between all the crafty things, we played some baseball, played in the sand box, and worked in the garden. Fun times with the fam, that’s what it’s all about!
I had the shock of my life during show and tell at the Pine Needlers! My amazing friend Carey Ravare (she didn’t warn me she was going to do it) had made the Barber Pole Table Runner in some fun Halloween fabrics! But if that wasn’t enough, she designed and figured out how to stitch SPIDER WEBS into the crevices between the strips! Talk about T.A.L.E.N.T.E.D., and imagine the hours she put into making those spider webs! And THEN she was willing to GIVE it to me! (I talked her out of that, because after all, a girls got to build up her stash to keep the creativity going)! So we worked out a deal in another way, and let me just say my Halloween-baby son will be so happy come his birthday later this year!
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.
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Tagged arts, diy
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!
Download your free pattern HERE! – Summer Star Table Runner
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!
Meeting Amy Marson, Portland Spring Market, 2013
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!