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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!

 

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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!

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Guardian Stars , free pattern

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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Free Patterns Available through P&B

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!

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Lookee, Lookee, Lookee!

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!

See this post for all the great details on “Between the Covers”!

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A Little work with P&B Textiles

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!

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Cozy Flannel Quilts!

wintergreen quiltJust 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!

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Excited to Share!

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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!

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Dedication mystery solved!

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I’m often asked how I choose whom to dedicate my books.  The question comes up each time I have a new book release, and this time is no different.  Of course I love talking about my books, and the dedication is a very meaningful part of it for me.  My first two books were dedicated to different members of the family who had been supportive since my childhood and encouraged my sewing/quilting/craft habits, and who generally inspired my by their own creativity.

My new release from C&T, “Get Addicted to Free Motion Quilting” I felt I wanted to dedicate it to the people who were directly involved with my beginning as a longarm quilter.  Let me tell you about Judy Dillree, a long-time friend and quilter who seemed to think my crazy idea of buying a longarm machine (without ever having touched one) was a no-brainer!  She took me around to her favorite shops in the big city and from that I was able to develop a full time business in a matter of–no joke–less than six weeks!  I had no thought then of becoming an author, but looking back it was a huge leap to where I’ve taken the business today!

The quilters I’ve included in the dedication are those who taught me so much, either in their classes, or by simply looking at their outstanding work.  So, to Janet Fogg, Linda Taylor, Jodi Beamish and Marilyn Badger, thank you for  your insight, willingness to share, creativity and continuing freshness! You still inspire me!