Sunday, March 29

pumpkin seed flower quilt

Martha, from Missouri, made this adorable pumpkin seed flower quilt for herself.
 
 
I love it when we get to make a quilt just for ourselves!
No - it's not selfish - it's rewarding and fun!
It's such a pretty springy quilt.
Is that striped binding just about the cutest ever? 
Martha was a little hesitant about it but I think it's perfect!
 
 
I quilted a large feather in each "seed" shape and single loops in the background. 
I wanted the seed/leaves to stand on their own.
 
 
Such happy pretty prints!
That backing - I could honestly live with an entire bolt of it!
 
 
This quilt says, "happy spring", to me.
Thank you, Martha, for bringing some spring into my sewing room!
Are you working on a springy quilt? 
 
 

Sunday, March 22

Hexagon Quilt....

My non-sewing sister, Vicki, went shopping on the internet a couple of years ago, for some fabrics to give me as a gift. 
She is miserable in a fabric shop. 
She starts to hyperventilate when she enters a room with a sewing machine. 
She literally gets hives when we go to quilt shows - remember that summer in Preston, ID, Vicki? 
We had to find some Benadryl - FAST!
So - when she said she had purchased some fabric for me.........for no other reason than she loves me....I was shocked pleasantly surprised! 
She found these darling, "Color Me Retro", prints - 1/2 yard cuts of the entire line, and sent them to me. 

 
I cried when I opened them because I know how painful that must have been for her to shop for fabric. 
Gosh - I love my sister.


I knew I wanted  a quilt out of them which showcased the prints.
So I chose a giant hexagon.
I purchased this Hex 'n More ruler - it's wonderful! 
 
 
I asked my friend, Andrea in Pennsylvania, to piece it for me.
(If I try to piece something I know it will take at least 5 more years to get around to it!  That's just way too long to wait for something this cute).
Andrea used this "Candy Dish" pattern for the setting instructions.
Here is Andrea's blog post about her process.
This is my quilt top hanging on a door in her home.
I feel like I'm sitting in her pretty home watching her piece my quilt top!
 
 
Andrea did a beautiful job, as always, on my quilt top. 
It's so fun working with her.
She will sew a quilt top for you, too!
Just contact her through her blog.
 
I have a flannel backing and used 80/20 batting - I wanted a "snuggler".
 
 
I used a bracelet print from Lizzy House for the binding.
 
 
I quilted an all-over swirl pattern.
 

 It turned out to be a full size quilt - perfect size!
 
Thank you, my sister - Vicki, and Andrea for this wonderful quilt!
I love you both.....
 

Wednesday, March 18

Metro Rings

Shari - from New Jersey - sent me this pretty aqua (one of my favorite colors) Metro Rings quilt to quilt.
 
She used a bright jelly roll for the rings.
 
 
 
It's made from one of the "Sew Kind of Wonderful" curved piecing patterns.
You can purchase the pattern here on their website.
I love Shari's color choices.
 
 
She said I could quilt anything I wanted to - I love that!
So I looked at other Metro Rings quilts and settled on this:
 
I quilted straight lines in the large open areas then added a string of pearls to out line that area, "L's" in the football areas, looped the quarter square corners, and lined the rings.
 
 
 
I love the solid pink & white 1/4 squares at each intersection.
 
 
 This backing is a very happy pink and orange - perfect!
 
 
Shari is going to bind it with the solid aqua - good choice!
Thanks, Shari....now I need to get mine out and start sewing!
I chose a Downton Abby jelly roll and a very soft pink for the background.
Not my usual choice of colors but I needed at least ONE quilt with Downton Abby prints!
 
 
You need a "quick curve ruler" that the ladies at Sew Kind of Wonderful have created - it's worth it! 
They have SO many beautiful patterns to choose from.

Thursday, March 12

Pow-Wow quilts!

Cute Katie, from Pennsylvania, sent these adorable twin baby boy quilts to be quilted. 
I love this pattern!
It's "Pow Wow" from Cluck Cluck Sew.
You can purchase one here at Allison's shop.
 
 
Each one had different prints so I quilted them different.
One was quilted with swirls, the other one was quilted with double bubbles.

 
But look at these flannel backings....
extra cute!
 
 
Katie tucked this cute little pyrex dish inside the box when she sent the quilt "parts" to me.

 
She knows I love pyrex and said while she was out shopping, she saw this blue dish and thought it was perfect to send with the little boy quilts.

 
I course I filled it with coconut flavored M&M's.
Oh my!
Have I ever mentioned my love of coconut?
Oh, that's right - I have - here!
They're SOOOOO good!

 
I love my vintage table cloth my friend, Brooke - from Arizona, sent.
Thank you, Katie & Brooke.
My table is so pretty and springy!

Sunday, March 8

green...

 
I found this pretty Jeanette Jadite bowl at an antique shop and had to bring it home!
Then I just had to fill it with some of my favorite green fabrics.
 
The month of March brings that out in me.....green-ness!
That's it.
Green.
 
 
 
 

 
 
 

Thursday, March 5

Candy's quilts....

One of my customers from Missouri, "hi" Candy, spent some serious time with her sewing machine and produced 4 quilts for me to quilt!
She's getting WAY ahead of the holidays this year...
Here's her pretty spring quilt...
 
 
This beauty got loose swirls all over - edge to edge.
 
 
What a perfect backing!
 
 
I thing swirls fit almost any quilt!
 
 
 Here's her beautiful patriotic quilt... 
 
 
Each block is different so I quilted a single edge-to-edge wave all over it.
 
 
 
Here's her Autumn quilt...
 
 
I quilted simple leaves & loops in the center, a ribbon in the inner border and straight lines in the outer border.
 
 
Here's her Christmas quilt...
 
 
I love a pretty Christmas Chain - I quilted loops in the center, another ribbon in the inner border and swirls, loops and holly leaves in the outer border.
 
 
Now you're ready for any holiday this year!
Thanks, Candy!
They are all beautiful!
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 

Thursday, February 26

"Starry Starry Night" retreat.....I'm teaching!



I'm so happy that Corrie & Des, of Quilt Taffy, asked me to teach a Lone Star quilt class at their upcoming 2015 fall retreat in September.
You can read all about it here....on their craft taffy blog.

I'm Teaching at Craft Taffy
 
It's going to be in this amazing old lodge in McCall, Idaho. 
I've gone the past two years and I wouldn't miss it for anything in the world.

I'll be teaching the Lone Star technique and once you understand how its put together, the "Starry, Starry" sky's will be the limits! 
I will have a couple of models to chose from.
You can either make a scrappy looking quilt top, 70" x 70", out of one jelly roll like this one of mine:
 

Or you can make a traditional planned looking quilt top, 70" x 70" or larger, like this one of mine:
(mine is a queen size)


I will have instructions for you at the retreat. 
You can contact me ahead of time for the materials lists.
(skill level:  intermediate)

 
Love the old rusty hinge on this barn door.
 
 
I pieced my backing with Denyse Schmidt prints.
 

My queen size Lone Star out of Fig Tree prints. 

 
I'll be sending a little flyer with the information on the retreat with your finished quilts.
You should consider joining us for the "Starry Starry Night" fun!