The Spirit of Winter makes me thing of many cozy things, like a burning fireplace, a fuzzy robe, flannel pj’s, and yes, a good hot drink as I’m watching a movie, or having family time with a puzzle or a deck of cards. To celebrate those ideas, I’m introducing today for the first time my License To Quilt mugs. Fill it with your favorite hot beverage–maybe you love coffee!? I’m a tea drinker myself, but I can also go for a good hot chocolate, and just about any Christmas drink you could name!
Earned your License To Quilt!?
No doubt you have earned the equivalent of a License To Quilt after all the hours of cutting, sewing, pressing, quilting and binding–not to mention the shopping!!! Now you will have proof, in a 12 oz. mug! Choose your favorite color and fill it up with your favorite drink. Wouldn’t your Mom love one? How about your girlfriends, the retreat organizer or your secret pal? Everyone already knows you have a great sense of humor, and you can add to your whimsical collection of quilting toys with this “Class Q” License To Quilt mug.
Hot Caramel Apple Cider (Adults only)
Start by heating Apple Cider, or use a favorite powdered mix, in your License To Quilt mug. Add a shot of Butterscotch Schnapps. Stir and enjoy! This is a very smooth drink with lots of flavor and a bit of a kick! If you have a sweet tooth, you will love it.
Fellow Stash Busters! There’s a story behind every quilt, some are planned and some are spontaneous, and this one definitely falls is the last category. You may remember a fun quilt I did a couple years ago which was published in Quilts and More, (photo used with permission). Well, that fabric collection was from MODA, called “Walk About”. They were very generous and had sent more fabric than was needed. I gave some away as door prizes when I was speaking, etc, but had some opened bundles and strips left from that first quilt.
Something Old is New Again!
I happened to need the box that remaining fabric was stored in, and not wanting to put those precious pieces into a cupboard to be forgotten, I decided to use them in a new project. I was looking for something fast and easy, so not cutting them more than needed allowed me to finish the quilt top in a few hours–less than my normal day sewing. BUT THEN, there was still a bit of fabric left, so, onto piecing the back! That took two days, as I did not have a plan from the beginning except to use ALL the fabric. So, a little sewing and pressing, a little deciding what to so next, and a little making it all fit yielded a fun backing, perfect for a scrappy quilt. I did need to add the blue fat quarters, which also made the binding. You can see how much of the “Walk About” fabric is left; just a tiny pile.
No Pattern Needed
I’m so happy I worked this project in, and used that fabric to make a companion quilt/throw to the original quilt! I haven’t decided where it’s home will be, they seem perfect for camping quilts and that does spark an idea for a recipient! For me, the satisfaction of using up some of my stash is enough, I’m happy for this one to find a new home.
I love giving quilts to family and friends! There are some occasions that just seem to call for a warm cozy hug from home, and going off to college feels like a perfect moment to let someone know you are thinking of them, hoping for good things to come their way and celebrating the new paths they will take. This quilt is going off to college with a great-niece soon, meaning not yet! She is starting her college career with on line classes, but I have a feeling that won’t slow her down a bit. She is smart and insightful, already in contact with room mates and dorm mates anticipating when they can be on campus.
So, the QUILT!
My co-ed gave me a color scheme of gray and lavender, which I thought was very sophisticated and would make a spectacular quilt. I chose a pattern designed by a dear friend, Lisa Bee Wilson of Towerhouse Quilts, called “Mountain Top Quilt”. It is available at her Etsy shop, and believe me, this is a pattern you will use more than once. It really does lend itself to using any simple color scheme, and lots of stash fabrics. Since we are in a pandemic, I did need to ask my quilting buddies for some lavender fat quarters, and even so, did end up getting more from my favorite shop, Jean Marie’s Fabrics. I was lucky to have just enough of this fabulous Tula Pink backing fabric in a complimentary color way! Seeing these stacks of blocks grow and putting it on the design wall was pure enjoyment for this textile junkie! I loved adding a variety of grays and blacks to the full spectrum lavender fabrics, and I do love the controlled scrappy effect of the layout with darker blocks framing the quilt.
Look closely, and you will see the quilting I chose, called “Topographic”. It is featured in my Get Addicted To Free Motion Quilting book. It’s a design I like as an all-over, on a contemporary or earthy quilt. It is fast and easy, giving the quilt a relaxed drape, perfect for a bed quilt.
I’m so excited to tell you about the new DIY Barn Quilt Kit I have available on my site now! It is special because it is prepared for an exterior application, perfectly water-proof and weather-resistant, it will last for years! Best of all, you get to choose your favorite block, and have the fun of making it yourself! They are available in onsies, and twosies–that’s as a single, or as a pair.
Included in each kit is a pre-primed 24″ x 24 board, a sample foam brush and a set of 4 stainless steel mounting screws, as well as the downloadable instruction booklet, sample patterns and access to a video tutorial coming soon! Doesn’t that sound fun? Who wouldn’t want to dive into this fun project? Go to mySHOP page to see these two great offers!
Having just recently sent out MANY Color Wheel Footstool Kits, all over the US, I was surprised when pics of this first finished footstool was sent to me! Becky A. has a charming fabric collection, with perfect sewing and construction of the footstool, and also the perfect model to show it off! Isn’t Ginger cute, you can tell she loves the footstool too! You can find the Color Wheel Footstool Kit on my SHOP page with some other irresistible projects.
There have been a LOAD of Color Wheel Footstools shipped out over the past 2 weeks, after a wonderful blitz of attention it got from being the feature of Quiltfolk! I wanted to make sure you can all find my tutorial for sewing the panels that make up the Color Wheel Footstool. Click the Link to find it on youtube, it will make it easy to complete your panels!
It’s no secret that I love spreading Barn Quilts all around, but I can’t possibly do it all myself. So, teaching classes is how I plan to spread the Barn Quilt craze, helping folks decorate our world with color and the good feelings that come from sharing your creativity.
Here are just a few of the Barn Quilts that were created last Friday at the Skyline Grange, north of Portland!
Some of the questions that came up were interesting, such as. “What is the correct size to make a Barn Quilt?” Well, in my classes we make 2′ x 2′ squares. They can be completed in a 6 hour class, and some complex designs are included, though most are fairly easy to draw. For example an Ohio Star is offered, but not a Feathered Star which is too complex a design for your first Barn Quilt. I think of the classes as an opportunity to learn the technique, not to make the family heirloom! To answer the question requires some explanation. The 2’x2′ squares fit well on a pump house, garden shed, garage or fence, but might get lost on a big barn. It also depends on the distance the Barn Quilt will be seen from. Also, a more complex design may be more suited to a larger board such as 3’x3′, or 4’x4′. I’ve seen a wide variety of sizes of Barn Quilts while I’m out driving and no matter the size it is a nice surprise to spot one! I feel like the answer should be this: There are no rules! Make and use the size of Barn Quilt that suits your space! I have small 1’x1′ squares available, and have seen that they can sometimes be made 8’x8′. I’ve seen that some are painted directly onto a barn which must be a little challenging, considering the rough barnwood.
One of my favorite reasons to love these classes, is that I get to see the finished project! Nice work. My next classes will be at the NW Quilt Expo in Portland on September 26 & 27, go to their website to register. After that I’ll be at the Stitchin’ Post in Sisters, OR (October 8th) and at Tillamook for the Partners for Rural Innovation Center on October 12th.
Yay! It’s out there in stores now! Quilts and More, one of my all-time favorite magazines includes one of my quilt designs for this, the Summer 2019 issue. They sell fast, so be sure to get your soon. So, why is this one of my favorites? There is a huge variety of quilt projects, including bags, pillows, table runners as well as fun quilts in all sizes.
You know, I DO love a project! So the crafty inspiration really gives me a boost. I actually try to make at least one thing from every magazine I bring home, or at least use the inspiration for a new design of my own.