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One of my Favorites!

The “Walled Garden” quilt is one of my favorites!  I designed it for  my book called “Perfect Fit, Pieced Borders“.  Since that release it’s also appeared in a few other places, such as American Patchwork & Quilting (chosen for the COVER!!!)!,  “Quilt Lovers Favorites”  vol. 11 from Better Homes and Gardens, and “The Big Book of Scrappy Quilts” from Martingale, and then of course it appears regularly on my bed!!

“Walled Garden” is the most frequently chosen classes as I travel to teach and lecture at guilds!  I love it too as there are some techniques to teach, and of course who doesn’t LOVE an opportunity to make a scrappy quilt from their stash?

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Make It Yourself–For Real!

The latest issue of MIY or Make It Yourself magazine is available NOW!  It is filled with fun projects from several great designers.  A few of mine are included and I collaborated with my buddy Lisa Bee-Wilson to top it off!  We always have a blast working together.  This time we put together several coiled projects that you can finish in an afternoon or less!

One fun brainstorm lead to hand dyeing cotton cord with an ombre’ effect, and then coiling it into a little sunglass case.  You’ll never loose them in your purse again!

Run out and pick up a copy!  I love to relax with just this kind of magazine, and I try to always pick out a project or two to make as a gift, or maybe even for myself–think of that! LOL!

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New Projects in Print!

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!

 

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Quilt Show Fun!

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!

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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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Hidden Agenda is here!

Be sure to check out the latest issue of American Patchwork & Quilting!  My Hidden Agenda quilt is featured, along with it’s companion just Bright!  My plan as I was designing this quilt was to use the piecing lines as registration marks for quilting.  That helped in a couple of ways.  First, I didn’t have to mark the quilt to prepare for quilting and second, I didn’t have to get rid of any markings later! The quilting may look complex, but that is only because there are a few steps to complete it.  But each step is fairly simple and even considering the large size of the quilt, didn’t take all that long!  I’m really proud that AP&Q chose this quilt to be included in the magazine, and BY THE WAY the photography is spectacular and very creative!  Get you copy before they’re sold out!