Monday, August 24

Lone Star explosion!

I've been super busy making Lone Star models for a class I'm teaching in a few weeks at a quilting retreat.
I can hardly wait to get there!
It's in beautiful McCall, ID.
My friends at Craft Taffy are hosting it.
I can't even begin to tell you how much fun it will be!
There is always lots of laughter, surprises, goodies, fabulous food and meeting new friends.
What could be more fun?
It's September 20th - 23rd.
Here are a couple of samples I've made for the class:
I made this one from my stash - 11 different prints.
It measures about 70" square.
The backing is a piece I've had for a long time - I'm happy to finally find a home for it.
I made this one from a Kona solid jelly roll.
This beauty belongs to Corrie - of Quilt Taffy - she's hosting this retreat.
She will have kits available if you want to make one like hers.
She chose this adorable orange flannel for the backing.
These two quilts are friends now. 
They're packed & ready to head to the retreat!
You could make a new friend at the retreat, too!
My chestnut neighbors wanted to help with the photography.
(sorry about the haziness - it's super smoky outside here in Montana with all the wild fires surrounding us....)
Aw - she wants to come to the retreat, too.
There are still a couple of openings for the first session  - Sept. 20th - 23rd.
Contact Corrie here if you want to snag one of those spots!
I would LOVE to see you there!

Tuesday, August 18

"Spin Cycle" with Denyse Schmidt prints

I finally finished a quilt of my own!
It was several years in the making, but it's finished!
I'm so happy with it!
It's a Cluck Cluck Sew pattern, "Spin Cycle". 
You can find it here, along with all of Allison's other amazing patterns. 
This is one of those patterns that I could make at least a dozen quilts out of......I love it that much!
I used all Denyse Schmidt prints - one of my favorite designers.
I quilted rows of single loops - one of my favorite quilting designs.
Love this old fence.  It's right next door to our Channels Ranch.
I made my quilt just a little larger than the original pattern - 30 blocks - and added some extra sashing.
As I was taking pictures, these two beauties came over to see what was going on.
I think she was just looking for an apple treat - I'll bring them one tomorrow.
I used a couple of different prints for the backing - Denyse Schmidt's "Hope Valley",
then added a scrappy binding.
I love my quilt so much - so does my pretty chestnut neighbor!
This quilt was the inspiration for my barn quilt I posted about a couple of years ago.
It still hangs on my shed - I love it!

Sunday, August 16

Ronda's "General's Wives" quilts - a beauty!

Ronda, from Idaho, sent me this absolutely beautiful "The General's Wives" quilt a while ago.
It's so gorgeous!
I love the Civil War prints she used.
She had Andrea, of "Andrea Quilts", piece it for her. 
Andrea's work is near perfection - she loves piecing quilt tops for others.  Just contact her through her lovely blog here.
I wanted to give each section of this lovely quilt it's own quilting design.
 I used wool batting - so soft and allows those sections to "show off".
Pretty red floral print.
The center block - appliqued stars.
 Ronda's backing is a simple shirting print - perfect. 
(I love quilting feathers)
An over-all "fluer" design.
 I attached the binding for Ronda to hand finish it.
Such a beautiful quilt - thank you for letting me add a 'bit' to it!

Sunday, August 9

Two "Moda Modern Building Blocks" quilts...

The "Moda Modern Building Blocks" pattern came out at quilt market last year and took solids to another level. 
It's such a beautiful quilt! 
Seems like most of the quilt shops across the nation were selling the kits. 
Danielle, of Colorado, created this beautiful Moda Modern Building Blocks quilt using lighter colors.
Some of her fabrics were prints that "read" solid.
So, so pretty!  I quilted an all-over clam shell in all of the larger block areas and did some straight line quilting on the 6" blocks.
Jessica, of Virginia, made hers using a beautiful "Morris", Barbara Brackman, reproduction line.
I quilted an all-over clam shell design over the entire quilt.
There are block sizes ranging from 6" - 36" - brilliant!
Thank you, ladies, for inspiring me to get my pattern cards out and get going on one of my own!
Now I just need to decide on a color palette.
They are both so beautiful!

Sunday, July 26

fishy baby quilt...

Sarah - of Rhode Island - asked me to quilt this darling baby quilt for her little one.
I love the simplicity of it!
She wanted random size bubbles all over.
Perfect choice!
 I also quilted simple little fish scales on the fish...
I added a cute scrappy orange binding on the front so Sarah could hand stitch it to the back.  
Happy baby - happy quilt!
Thank you, Sarah!  It's darling!

Saturday, July 18

Project bags, by Shauna!

My friend, Shauna - a fellow Montanian - makes these adorable project bags.
I have LOTS of them.
I need even MORE of them!
I have a pattern to make my own...but why would I do that when I have Shauna in my life?
She makes large ones and small ones.
The large ones are about 16" square and sell for $15.
The small ones are about 8" square and sell for $10.
Here are just a few of my "future" projects:
A Queen size Lone Star from my stash...
See how my charm pack fits so nice & snug with its template?
Shauna will make you some, too!
Just shoot her an email here.
They are very well made....she used pretty fabrics and matching zippers, then adds a ribbon pull in the zipper.
An American Jane jelly roll pattern along with the jelly roll, binding fabric, background fabric and Thangles.
See how much you can stuff fit inside?
An opened jelly roll doesn't EXPLODE inside a project bag!
And the little jelly roll fuzzies (you know what I'm talking about) remain contained!
Parts, lots and lots of parts! 
My Cluck Cluck Sew, "To the Point" pattern with fabrics cut & ready to sew up!
There's a DS jelly roll tucked under that "Single Girl" pattern just waiting for me to unleash it!
Shauna also makes these adorable little coin pouches.
They're made out of cute vinyl fabrics - very sturdy.
Contact her if you'd like to own some of these!
I love mine - thank you, Shauna!
You've completely organized my quilting life for me!

Thursday, July 9

Two to Tango....

Laura, from Washington, made two "Tango" quilts.
One was for a birthday and the other was for her to hang on her wall.
They're both so different from each other and I love them both!
It's a Cluck Cluck Sew pattern that you can purchase here.
This is the one Laura will hang on her wall - it has a lot of white in it which makes some of the blocks appear to be floating - I love it.
 I quilted a pretty all-over swirl on this one.
Soft & feminine.
 Here is her son's birthday Tango.
It's more scrappy looking with fantastic colors!
 I quilted an all-over large stipple with random swirls
thrown in.
I have plans for my own "Tango".

I'm going to use all my favorite colors.....aqua, yellow, orange, lime green, and pink.

Thank you, Laura, for inspiring me to pull my "Tango" out and get cutting!
Your quilts are wonderful!