Thursday, October 24

Metro Rings class....

Recently I was asked to teach a class at an adorable quilt shop in Lewisville, Idaho, out in the country, away from the crowds with cows watching through the fencing. 
A destination shop where people come to gather and chit chat and touch fabric and choose their next quilt project.
It was at "Olie and Evie's" shop.....owned and operated by Rhonda Walker.
The classroom is sunny, warm, inviting and a very happy place to hang out and create.
Thank you, Rhonda, for creating this space for us.

Rhonda and I settled on the "Metro Rings" quilt 


You can find this pattern and more here on their website.
We started from here:


And eventually got to this point:


There were a total of 24 students over the course of two 
days - it was busy!
They came from Utah, Washington, Oregon, Montana 
and Idaho.


Every single set of blocks reflected the personalities 
of the ladies.


We had fabric themes ranging from Halloween and Christmas to camping, farming, vintage, modern, batik and everything in between.  


 Thank you, Rhonda, for having design walls for us to play with our blocks. 


So many options on the block settings - this one has a modern feel with the one direction.


This setting is an "X".


The traditional "circle" setting with modern fabrics:
(I love Shanna's sewing shirt)


This is a masculine color way with grey's and blacks.


This student is experimenting with color placement. 
Half of her rings are red and the other half are blues - they will interlock. 



Happy blocks...


Our goal was to construct four complete blocks.
These are halves.


You all know how I feel about a cute pin cushion - absolutely darling beehive!


Basic Grey always works with a traditional block.


Happy students! 


Very classy colors, Debbie.


Most of the corner triangles were two different prints.

   
Some corner triangles are the same print.  Lovely.


Hmmmmm - my sister trying to decide on her block setting....she used a linen background.


 Four blocks - DONE!  
This will be a Halloween quilt, by my niece, Ally.


 Blue Feed Sack prints.....sweet.


 Such a happy, bright block.


Love the calming blues & coral colors on this one.


Here is my Downton Abby Metro Rings.
I started it 5 years ago and this class gave me the 
push to finish it.

 

I can't believe I found this perfect backing - 
the Downton Abby castle.



My finished "Swell Christmas" by Zen Chick quilt. 
(There should be snow on the ground...)


 This photo was taken in my yard......


...with the local long horns girls watching.....across the street.
I love Montana.


Thank you, Rhonda, Olie and Evie and beautiful ladies for spending the day with me sewing, giggling, chatting 
and just having fun.
I had a great time.....hope to see you all again soon.

On a side note.....if you were asking for the popcorn recipe Marjean brought to class....here you go:
one bag of microwave popcorn, popped
Melt some white chocolate melts and poor over the popcorn.
Spread the popcorn on parchment paper and lightly sprinkle with some kosher salt - let cool and eat!


Wednesday, October 9

Christmas Quilt Return...

I am no longer accepting quilts for a Christmas return.
At this point I cannot guarantee your quilt will be finished in time for Christmas.


Between the past summer and fall orders and now the Christmas orders coming I am booked solid.
I have the greatest customers on earth and I love what I get to do every day.



Thank you for understanding this time frame.
Here we come, holidays!

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Tuesday, September 10

CHRISTMAS RETURN DEADLINE...

OCTOBER 10th is the cut off date for 
 Christmas return. 



Please ship your quilts by October 10th to insure a December 20th return.



Please let me know your quilts are coming my way so I can log them into my schedule.




Can you believe the holiday's are upon us?



Here we go!






Monday, August 26

"To The Point"

I finally finished my sweet "To The Point" quilt I started about......oh.....3 years ago.



I seem to start a quilt, put it away, start another quilt, put that one away....and on and on.
I started this one a few years ago at a retreat and 
must have gotten distracted.
Each year I brought it to that same retreat and worked 
on it in little spurts.
I was determined to finish it at the last spring retreat.  
I'm so glad I did.  
I think it turned out pretty darn cute.



I used Allison's fabric line, "Hazel".  
Love her fabrics!
You can find her patterns here at Cluck Cluck Sew.  
Love her patterns!
I wanted to remember the fabric line so I added a piece of the selvage with that information to my label -- a leftover block.
  





I straight line quilted it - random widths between each line.


My pretty wildflowers are in full bloom - I couldn't resist a photograph with them.


I could use this sweet quilt for a picnic quilt, but I don't want to spill anything on it so it's just hanging out with my flowerbed.


I would make this quilt again - which I rarely do - but it turned out so cute and was fun.
So in about 3 years you might see another one on my blog!

Monday, July 29

Orange Peel quilt

A friend of mine was having a baby this summer.
They did not want to know the gender of the baby, so they had picked out a couple of names for 
either a boy or girl.
As we were talking about babies and such, I was hand appliqueing some orange, orange peels blocks together for a quilt of mine.  
She fell in love with the blocks and said, "If we have a little girl we're naming her Clementine."  
I thought the orange peel blocks would be perfect for a little girl named Clementine!
Well, sure enough, they had little Miss Clementine.  
I put together a few orange peel blocks for her baby quilt and this is the result...



I quilted a double bubble design and used a sweet flannel backing.





Welcome the this crazy wonderful world, Miss Clementine.
  


I used this template from Missouri Star Quilt Company for the orange peel shapes.
My background low volume squares are 
cut 6" - finishing at 5 1/2".  
I set the blocks 6 x 6 with the quilt finishing at 33" x 33".