Thanks to the Umpqua Valley Quilt Guild, I got to spend a fun 3 days in Roseburg, talking (mostly) quilting! The quilters there are very familiar to me since I’ve taught there a couple times in the past, and are so friendly and supportive. A special thanks to Helen and Teri for their organization in putting the show together, and to Margo who was much more than a contact for the vendors, and for me, the Featured Quilter. I’ve included a pic the wonderful sign Teri made for me, I was so surprised to find it in my booth!
The show was well lit, offered some great make-and-take classes and had a nice cafeteria with great food available. There were LOTS of great quilts, I got to spend a bit of time talking with the Best of Show designer and maker as she explained her inspiration and method for the beautiful landscape quilt she made.
Fun weekend, filled with quilters and quilt talk, who could ask for more?
Kelley over at The Scrappy Apple in Winchester, VA. sent me this sweet Color Wheel Pincushion her customer Dot S. had brought in to show her. We were all so excited as I happened to be on the phone with Kelley at the time! What a coincidence! Notice, that Dot used a covered button, it’s the first time I’ve seen that, and isn’t it a good choice. Love the batiks, and the color selection! Kelley will be teaching a class in making the pincushions in April, and will have lots in stock, so stop by to sign up for the class, and to see that and all her other goodies!
I love getting pics in the mail from quilters and crafters who have made projects using my kits. They seem to be mushrooming up all over the country, and internationally as well!
Kathy and Doris from Aurora, MO. sent me this pic of their pincushions. LOVE that they are so totally different from each other! Notice they don’t have feet, not sure if they will be added later, or if this is the final outcome. Congrats on your fabric choices and finishing elements–as well and your FINISHING! Thanks for sharing!
If you want to dream a little bit about making your own Color Wheel Pincushion or footstool, check my Shop Page!
It is so fun to see my footstool kits getting shipped off all over the country, and internationally as well! I recently had the great pleasure of working with Vanessa Christensen of V & Co., to put together a footstool for her booth at Fall Market! We used a jelly roll of her SPECTACULAR Ombre fabric for a footstool and a companion pincushion. She’s located in the Moda–Show Me The Moda– booth! I hope you’ll swing by to visit with her and see the footstool, and pincushion I made for her! Check my SHOP page if you want to order one for yourself!
I also just have to brag about one of my very generouscustomers who purchased a footstool kit for her dear friend in England. Kathy, what a wonderful friend you are, and Elizabeth, you are going to get such a surprise! Now, it WAS shipped to England, and her name IS Elizabeth–could it be? Yes??!! Maybe!!?? I think the Queen would look so cute with her feet up on one of my footstools, but I’ll have to let you all know later if it was her or not!
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!
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!
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.
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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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!
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!