Posted on

In a Pinch!

This slideshow requires JavaScript.

Just finishing up a few new pincushions this weekend.  I love have some ready for a last minute gift!  But I also LOVE thinking ahead and putting together fabric collections for specific people.  Greens for Cheri, polka dots for Ellie, plaids for Jenn.  Then there’s the fun of choosing the buttons to complete the mood, or punch up the personality.  I always have the kits available here on my SHOP page!  When you’re finished with yours, be sure to send a pic, seeing your fabric collection is a highlight of my day!

Posted on

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!

Posted on

Love making Table runners!

Black Eyed Batik

This slideshow requires JavaScript.

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!

For previous posts about these runners:

One Hour Table RunnerBarber Pole Table RunnerPiano Key Table Runner Summer Star Table Runner.

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.

 

Posted on

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!

For those of you who have been following me for a while, PLEASE follow me with the Bloglovin button at right and with the FOLLOW button at the lower right for email messages.  I’ve upgraded my site, and don’t want to loose you!

Posted on

Sewing and Stitchery Expo Invitation!

If you’re not already planning to be there, I am personally extending an invitation for you to attend this Sew Expo 30th anniversary event! Located in Puyallup, WA, at the Washington State Fairgrounds, it is a very large and exciting retail show that covers every sewing and quilting interest and related topics you can think up! I’ll be signing books at the Pine Needle booth, talking quilting and I just might even have a few give-aways each day! At any rate I’ll definitely have chocolate! There are classes, lectures and demos, as well as the wonderful vendors, each with something fun, unique and inspirational to show. We’ll have lots of copies of my “Get Addicted to Free Motion Quilting” available, and I’ll be happy to give you a tour and tell you all about it!

Posted on

A Quilter’s Affair is coming, plan ahead!




Bring on summertime and the fun quilter’s retreats we’ll be enjoying! A Quilter’s Affair in Sisters, Oregon is just about heaven on earth for me and about 40,000+ of my quilting friends! This year I have the great honor of teaching these three quilts, and I couldn’t be looking forward to it any more!
Hot Ziggidy! is a fast and fun quilt, large blocks that show off your large scale prints. The pattern is a downloadable from Craftsy that you will notice on the left sidebar.
Shooting Stars is a Hunter’s Star variation where the colors drift in diagonal rows across the quilt, and it has my signature pieced border that blends so well, and is easy to add. It’s from my book Perfect Fit Pieced Borders, which you might already have, and if not you can pick it up from the Stitchin’ Post, or get it from my shop page.
Spinal Cord is an intriguing block, you’ll be surprised that it goes together as a tumbler design rather than a rectangle. This one too, has my signature pieced border which makes it very special. It’s also from Perfect Fit Pieced Borders.
There’s plenty of time to sign up for classes, so don’t hesitate. Look through the on-line catalog and choose your favorites! I’ll see you there!

Posted on

Handmade gift review: This one’s for real!

log carrier
I wanted to share a fun gift I made at Christmas. I thought I was SO clever! Many of you have seen the fun up-cycled shopping bags made from pet food bags, my quilting buddies made quite a few! I didn’t really need more shopping bags, but THEN I had the idea to use that as inspiration to make a larger container to store firewood! It would have to be more or less waterproof, keep the mess contained to a limited space, be easy to move, and fit inside the storage compartment of a camper (not too much to ask, right?). A friend saved large dog and cat food bags for me which I cleaned, and after that I was off to the sewing machine!
One 30# dog food bag made the sides and bottom, and two cat food bags made the ends of the tote. It is large! Approx. 24″ x 16″ x 16″! I purchased about 4 yards of 1″ nylon webbing for the handle which is continuous and runs under the tote for extra support and strength. I added nylon webbing pulls on each end so it is easy to grab. The gift was a big hit, we can’t wait ’til next camping season to use it!

Posted on

Memories of Houston!

This slideshow requires JavaScript.

I experienced a few red-letter days at Houston Fall Market! It was fun, exciting and busy. My Schoolhouse presentation was to a packed house! It’s always great to see old friends and acquaintances, and of course Amy Marson, Ruthmary and Allison from my publisher C&T were on hand to help with holding up quilts and anything I needed! I also did a book signing in the C&T booth where we gave away a whole CASE of my new book, Get Addicted to Free Motion Quilting! Then I turned right around and did the same thing at the Checker booth! Fun, fun, fun! In between things, I did a spontaneous interview with Rob Appell! I don’t know how or when that will show up yet, but I’ll keep you informed.
Then of course there are the quilts! They are shown in an attached (I’ll say arena, since I don’t really know what to call it)! A HUGE place hung with AMAZING quilts, special exhibits and honorary exhibits. Wow, it took a few trips to see the whole show, and even then I felt like I had to hurry! I did get some pictures where it was allowed and will study those over the next months. I was able to talk with some friends including Valori Wells Kennedy, Rashida Coleman, Jessica Beaudet, and briefly to a new acquaintance Alex Anderson!!!!! What an experience, I am proud to be a part of this industry!

Posted on

Fall is here!

This slideshow requires JavaScript.

Oh yeah!  My favorite time of year! The colors of fall, the smells of things roasting and simmering are invading the house.  The last camp fires of the year are here to savor. And QUILT season!  It’s a busy time, and full of excitement.  My annual Pacifica Quilt retreat is passed, along with the Pacific Northwest Quilt Expo, Pacific Northwest Quilt Festival (MQX) and next is Fall Market in Houston.  All over the country plans are being finalized, projects finished and packing is in mind, even if it isn’t started.  I still plan to take in a few more local quilt shows as I begin planning my winter projects.  But for now, I’ll raise my cup (of Chai tea with a shot of pumpkin spice) to fall and the sweet memories it brings.

Posted on

Dedication mystery solved!

IMG_1674

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!