Thursday, November 19

Sherri's quilts...

My Anchorage, Alaska friend, Sherri, makes the most amazing quilts. 
They are simple and beautiful.
I love simplicity....and I find myself wanting to make every single one of her quilts for myself.
She has a flair for putting the perfect colors together.
Just like this 16-patch.
She certainly knows how to mix 'n match!
I did a simple stipple on this comfy quilt.
 Sherri has fabulous backings, too.
She very seldom uses the same fabric line within a quilt. 
(I wish Sherri lived closer, I would beg her to give me a lesson on color & design!)
Here's a cute little crib size 4-patch....sweetness.
 And here it is again made out of Kaffe Fassett fabrics.
I cross-hatched this one.
 Again - a perfect Kaffe backing!
 This soothing "T" quilt is so calming....
 I hate to admit this, but....I've never made a log cabin quilt.
I love log cabins so much and Sherri had me at "scrappy look" on this one.
This is the latest quilt I quilted for her.
Triangles for her granddaughter's "big girl" bed.
Swirls - lots and lots of pretty swirls.
They're just the right touch for the cute hot air balloon backing. 
(I had to order some for my stash, too.) 
I want this quilt, just for me....
Thank you, Sherri, for the constant inspiration I gain from your lovely quilts. 

Thursday, November 12 many stars......

I love stars.....
All stars.....
I recently became aware of these wonderful people who make the most beautiful stained glass stars.
Here is their Etsy shop - full of stars - hundreds to choose from!
I saw my first "Piggy & Dirt" star at the retreat I attended in McCall, ID.
This one was a prize for one of our games.....
Oh, how I wish I could have brought this beauty home!
But, I can order one for myself - and I did just that!
I did a little Christmas shopping!
This is how my stars arrived.....can you believe this packaging? 
The outside of the box was stamped just like this, too.
I felt so special....and a bit embarrassed at my own packaging for my customers (yep, plastic garbage bags). 
I really need to step up my game in that area!
Here's what I ordered:
This is a sunflower star - the center has little seeds drawn in.
(I don't know how Kurt does that!)
Here's a patriotic star - they have lots of patriotic stars to choose from - it was a difficult choice!
 I love my Christmas star. 
The star points look like elf stocking legs!!!
This is a baby star - so tiny & precious - they come in all sorts of colors. 
This one is watermelon.
Can you see this hanging in a child's bedroom window? 
Thank you, Kurt & Peggy, for sharing your creative side with the world!

Wednesday, November 4

beautiful butterflies...

My friend, Agnes, made the most beautiful butterfly quilt, I just have to share it.
Her hand work on each butterfly is so pretty.
She used pretty 30's prints for the butterflies and prints that read "solid" for the background & sashing.
I straight line quilted along her running stitches on each butterfly.
I quilted a simple stipple in the background,
and added simple swirly feathers in the sashing & borders.
She made it for her bed and it looks so, so pretty!
I love the simplicity of this quilt.
The prints are perfect for this traditional pattern.
A bit of spring and sunshine to get you through the cold Montana winters!
Thanks, Agnes - it's a beauty....

Thursday, October 22

2 sisters, 2 quilts....

Vicky and Sally are twins.
They live in the UK.
They both received the "Vintage Quilt Revival" book for Christmas last year...
and they both made the quilt!
Even though they're twin sisters, their quilts are completely different styles!
This is what I'm talking about...
Here's Sally's quilt - she set her blocks on point.
I quilted a teardrop shape in that pretty white background. her backing...
I gave each quilt block its own personality with different quilting.
The blocks look like they're floating - I love that!
All bound and ready for home...
Here's Vicky's quilt. 
She went traditional.
Vicky framed each block, added sashing strips between and a post.
 I gave each of Vicky's blocks individual treatment, too.
I quilted ric-rac in the sashing & swirled the posts.
That backing - after spending some time in Japan, Vicky knew she had to have this piece for her quilt. 
So darn cute!
This one is all bound & ready for home, too.
(they said they were "giddy kippers" waiting for them to arrive)
They sent me these adorable little "haberdashery" items - a pin cushion and matching tape measure.
thank you...I love them...
Thank you, Vicky & Sally, for allowing me to "do my thing" on your beautiful quilts!

Thursday, October 15

Christmas cut-off date for quilts...

will be the cut-off date for me receiving quilts that need to be quilted for Christmas.
This allows me time to get them quilted and returned back to you so you can bind them, hug them, and wrap them up for gift giving.

This is such a busy time of year, but I love the change of seasons and the holidays that are fast approaching.

I've already got Christmas music lined up in my quilting room - ready for me to hit "play" when the mood hits me!

I'm sharing this pretty "Ellen's Sewing Basket" quilt that I made, with you.
It's a Minick & Simpson pattern - all of their patterns are so pretty.
I am so happy with it - I put flannel on the back so I can snuggle under it.
I quilted an all-over pointy tear drop design.

Someone mentioned that the stars look like colored snowflakes...I love snowflakes!
I'm calling it an early Christmas present to myself.
Are you working on Christmas quilts?


Sunday, October 11

retreat projects.....oh. my. stars!!!

I was fortunate enough to get to teach the Lone Star quilt class at the McCall, ID retreat.
I love making Lone Stars....I know.....who says that???
I do!
The theme for the retreat was "Starry, Starry, Night" - perfect for getting you in the Lone Star mood.
This is one I made for Corrie - who hosted the retreat - made from a Kona solid jelly roll...she had kits available.
Here are photos of the projects that were created:
We welcomed the guests with Lone Star quilts hanging from the balcony - lots of inspiration!

Here's the first group of "guests" sporting their "Starry Night" scarves we all received.
Here's the second group of guests -
looking at......I don't know!
A serious purple project - so many parts!
Cindy finished this amazing denim & flannel cathedral window "heart" quilt.
OK - now on to the Lone Star progress...
Strip sets....
lots of strip sets...
so many different jelly rolls...
This is a planned Lone Star - cut into 45 degree strips.
Those numbered pins we all received came in handy keeping track of our star point order.
(thank you, Corrie & Des)

Nancy & Dianne (daughter & mom) finished a baby pink/gray just in time for
Nancy's baby girl,due next month - perfect for her.
Brenda's beautiful "country feel" star...
Shelly's Tula Pink scrappy jelly roll...
Shelto's finished Tula Pink star...
Lynette's planned Tula Pink jelly roll...
The same Tula Pink jelly roll as Shelto's - amazing how different they ended up!

Ramona's planned patriotic jelly roll. 
Notice how she planned a navy diamond running through the center of each star point - so smart!
Paula's planned jelly roll....happy Paula!
LeAnn's scrappy Christmas jelly roll...
Shauna's 30's jelly roll scrappy star...(semi planned - see how the center star is all the same print).
JoJo's planned jelly roll....makes me smile!
Gwyn's beautiful planned Christmas bed size star... 
I had such "star" students - you were all so diligent and did an excellent job!
Quilters hard at work....oh, how I love the hummmmm of sewing machines at work! 

Several of us took a stroll down to the lake during sunset.
Perfect way to end a perfect week....
This is true....
We each received a "Starry, Starry, Night" CD full of 'starry' tunes for the trip home.
Ahhhhh - what an amazing retreat - I hope I get to repeat it again one day.
Thank you, Des & Corrie, from Craft Taffy -  for a beautiful week - I love you both.