Technically, it’s bigger, and heavier than my kiddos, but a new sewing machine is just as exciting around here!
My friends at Baby Lock have provided the Crown Jewel, a 18″ long arm, in exchange for some projects and tutorials for all of you and their loyal readers! It’s a win-win situation :) (Yep! That’s a pallet in my driveway!)
Thankfully Joe was home yesterday afternoon when it was delivered – I know I could have put it together, but I trust it a lot more with his handiwork. The table went up, we made lots of adjustments and rearranged a few things in the space around the table.
Isn’t she pretty?
The kids kept checking in on our progress, Ella and Sophia were excited to … Read More »
Looking back over the eight other Festivals I’ve hosted, I’m looking forward to the next installment, and hope you are too! Do you have a quilt to share yet? I’m still deciding which quilt I will share. It’s so hard to pick a favorite, but usually it’s the most recent finish!
The Festival will run May 17-31st. As in the past I have a great group of sponsors, and everyone is welcome to participate! (email me, if you would like to sponsor a prize) I’m thinking about making each category it’s own linky, this time around, I’m thinking more quilts will be viewed if we aren’t overwhelmed by the volume of quilts to view, in each post. It also means you have to pick just one category to enter your quilt in. I would love to know your thoughts.
A few … Read More »
Good afternoon! My week is all mixed up with my kids home on Spring Break, but last night after they all went to bed, I made a little sewing time for myself. For the last few years I’ve been using a yogurt container to keep all the binding necessities in one spot. Boring…I think it happened when I was writing/binding quilts for my first book, I just needed something quick! And I never took the time to make something new.
This is my new binding bag! I used Anna’s tutorial, and added a few of my own details. Like a double zipper, meeting in the center, quilting to the exterior with a layer of batting, and a divider in the lining to keep my binding clips separate from the scissors and thread.
Now … Read More »
Melody and I were busy all last week piecing 30 Dancing Stars blocks – I’m working toward the throw size, which includes 99 blocks total. Each block has a different print in the star, I love the variety!
I thought I would share a few tips for chain piecing these blocks.
First, I pieced the background with the white fabric in the second position. Then, I pulled prints out to add them to the mix, in the second or third position. I chain pieced all the pieces that I could at one time, then trimmed and pressed them together as well. I alternated the fabrics as the pieces dictated and sometimes, one or two of the sections would sit out while the others were pieced. In the last phase, I pieced the background fabric, … Read More »
Hi there! For those of you quilting along with me, I have a giveaway for you today!
Vicki Welsh is the sponsor this month, and has agreed to giveaway a Stash Pack of your choice! I love the variety of tones in the hand dyed fabrics – the Stash Packs are a great way to add variety to quilts.
Enter the giveaway by linking up with a post about your progress, if you are just on flickr, share your most recent picture in the linky.
Don’t be shy – share your progress! This week I’ve pieced segments for 30 blocks, today I plan to trim and finish piecing the blocks. I have loved working on these, and I’m excited to work on more of them in the coming weeks!
Can’t wait to see where you are in the process – a winner will be … Read More »
Hi there! This time of year is so hard – the days are just warm enough to hint at spring, and I find myself drawn away from the computer screen! I hope you have some sunshine where you are at too! Our kids and I are really looking forward to Spring Break next week – They just want to sleep in and play outside all day, I’m looking forward to more time around the house, and hopefully some sewing too!
Recently, I’ve been rushing through some sewing. The quilt above was shipped off last week, after a rush job with Natalia, and a quick binding.
Immediately after that finish, I started on these blocks. This one is for Market in May – I’ll share more once it’s quilted.
Last night I … Read More »
Hi friends – I had intended to post yesterday, and my day got away from me! I thought I would share a few new books where you can find my work, along with a bunch of other great designers, in these compilation books.
I, of course knew about these compilations, but by the time they arrived on my doorstep -
I had completely forgotten about them, and my role within! Fun surprise ;)
Evening Bags was produced by Interweave, and includes complete patterns 16 fun clutch, and small purses for you to customize and make in your favorite fabrics. There’s a couple I am hoping to make soon!
Patchwork Pillows also produced by Interweave, and includes 20 great pillows from whimsical to decorative – this book is full of inspiration, and has complete, easy … Read More »
Hi there! I hope you had a great weekend – ours was relaxed with a sick boy, and a touch of spring in the air. Sunday afternoon, I realized that I had a couple hours of free time, AND my deadline for this week is as far as I could get it. Yay! I pulled my Asbury charm pack from my Quiltcon swag, and found some solids to mix with it.
In about an hour of sewing time I had a vibrant, and fun table runner top for our kitchen table!
I could have pulled a rainbow of solids to mix with the prints, but decided to stay in the yellow/green family to let the other colors stand out a little more.
I’m pretty pleased with the results, and can’t … Read More »
The often discussed topic of modern quilts and the variations of this very traditional art form, quilting, got me thinking about my quilts in 50 and 60 years. What will I think of them? Will they stand the test of time, aesthetically? It also reminded me to hurry and label the few that I haven’t so far! I know that they will be loved and cherished long after there are holes in the bindings, and the colors have faded, but is that enough to make them timeless?
So earlier this week I asked “What makes a quilt timeless?” and had some great responses! I want to share a few of the comments, and my thoughts – I hope you will add your own too.
Queenie said – Timeless is akin to classic – trends that become style/design that stands the test … Read More »
Today Ronnie, at The Quilting Garden is giving away an adorable Layer Cake and Gift Certificate!
Ronnie has taken her love of quilting, and created a thriving business! The Quilting Garden, has a great selection of fabrics, a huge collection of patterns, kits, notions, and thread too! From my experience, Ronnie is quick to ship, and there’s always a great deal to be found too. If you haven’t stopped by her shop lately, the site has been updated with a brand new look – be sure to check it out!
This adorable Little Apples Layer Cake and a $25 Gift Certificate will be given to one of you!
To win, use rafflecopter to enter:
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I will select a winner on Monday, March 18th, 2013.
Hi there! I was amazed to fly into Seattle last week, to clear skies! My parents and sister met me at the airport and we made the most of the day in Seattle. We visited Quiltworks, then headed toward the water. (The question is later in the post – read on)
The Seattle/Bainbridge Ferry, and the Olympic Mountains in the distance. I always forget how much I love the water until I see it again.
Stumbled upon this shop, selling marimekko fabrics, dresses, and accessories. Everything in the shop was beautiful, and beautifully made, but left me wishing for a fuller wallet!
On our way to dinner, my sister snapped this pic of the Space Needle, and was kind enough to share with me. Always iconic Seattle, and a fun … Read More »
I hope you all had a great weekend! I was busy writing a pattern for a deadline and packing up quilts to fly to Seattle this morning! I’ll be doing a signing, visiting with my mom, and my friends at Martingale all in a quick 36 hours, then get back to family life here again!
Before I take off, a big thanks to these lovely ladies that took the time to participate in the Blitz for Modern Basics II -
Emily Herrick , Amy Newbold, Dana Bolyard, Amy Webb, Martingale , Victoria Findlay Wolfe, Katie Blakesley, Kimberly Jolly, Terri Harlan, Mary Kolb, Pat Sloan, Natalia Bonner, Candy Glendening, Vicki Christensen
I was happy to know that some of you learned something new from my friends, and hope that you all had fun visiting my friends.
Now for the fun stuff!
***Modern Basics II ebook winners:
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