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:
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!
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!
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!
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.
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!
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!
Ever wonder what happens when you decide to make a quilt the second time? I’ve done just that with a couple of my favorites lately! The Guardian Stars Quilt looks amazingly different in these two fabric collections. It was designed originally for the Harrington Collection from P&B Textiles. You can download the free pattern here. Then, as I was teaching the class at the Emerald Valley Quilters in Eugene, OR, I needed to have a sample. So, I made it up with fabrics from my stash. What fun to see how fast it went together! I love both quilts, and I’m so glad I made this pattern again. I love the diamond shape that surrounds the center medallion.
So, best of all, it’s not too late to enter this quilt into the Blogger’s Quilt Festival! Amy, of Amy’s Creative side organizes these which I’ve always enjoyed, but this is the first time I’ve entered a quilt! Here goes; Let’s enter Guardian Stars into the Original Design category!
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So, as I’ve been mentioning, there have been some new patterns in the works. They are inspired by new fabric collections coming out from P&B Textiles! Well, they are available now on their web site, and I’m happy to introduce them to you!
Three of a Kind table runner is made from the Silvia’s Sonnet Collection. It’s a quick little project of three repeated blocks using fused applique. The picture shown here uses just one block for a pillow.
Fun With Fizz is another modern quilt that features the whole line of the Fizz Collection. Simple cutting and piecing, you’ll have this one finished in no time!
#Zig #Zag is modern quilt that will help to debut the Moderne Collection! Following the pattern is the only way to keep things organized to make the colors flow across the quilt. Remember it’s FREE, so don’t miss out!
Guardian Stars, made using the Harrington Collection is a quilt that I’ll be teaching this coming weekend for the Emerald Valley Quilters Guild in Eugene, Oregon! It is a fun quilt to put together, and I’ve made it in other fabrics as well. I think it would be a great Quilt of Valor!
Just got word the newest Generation Q has been released as is now in stores. These pics are just a teaser of the fun project Lisa Bee Wilson and I collaborated on for this issue! See the full version in the magazine! Can’t wait ’til mine comes in the mail!
I’ve been designing a few quilts for P&B Textiles over the last few months, and will be able to share the designs and quilts with you along the way! It’s been a fun, new adventure, and I’ve loved the time I get to spend at the sewing machine producing the quilts! This collection, called Harrington, is an elegant design and I thought would show well in this star medallion which I’ve called Harrington’s Guardian Stars. The pattern will become a free download on their website, and I’ll let you know when it becomes available! Any of you going to Spring Market will be able to see the quilt (and others) in their booth. You know me! I love a new challenge, and this has gone very smoothly, so there will be more to come!