Friday, October 31

Happy 35th Birthday - rotary cutter!

Several months ago, Robin, the Associate Brand Lead for OLFA, contacted me and asked if I would consider piecing and quilting an OLFA rotary cutter birthday quilt. 
She had my attention!
I thought about it for about 30 seconds and then jumped on it. 
I was intrigued! 
I also recognize when my commitments won't allow much of a time frame for something of this magnitude so I referred her to my sweet friend, Andrea, to do the piecing. 
She had pieced a quilt for me a while ago and I was thrilled with her work. You can read about it here.
OLFA has posted a page on Pinterest which shows each designer's block and their comments as to why they created it. 

It was actually quite a process. 
Robin, Andrea & I stayed in constant contact with each other to make sure we were all visualizing the same end result and staying within our deadlines.
OLFA sent out a little kit to designers all over the nation, inviting them to join the celebration. 
Each designer was asked to create a 6" block inspired by the rotary cutter and they had to include the iconic yellow color somewhere in the block.
36 designers across the nation joined the party! 

After they created the block, they sent it to Andrea so she could set them all together.

Here is where it gets exciting! 
Andrea started receiving them in the mail, (she lives in Pennsylvania), and started documenting the blocks and their stories. 


After receiving 36 blocks, Andrea went shopping for just the right color combination when setting the blocks together.

She did a great job designing the setting. 
Here is her design wall:
Andrea then sent all the quilt "parts" to me and I got to add my quilting touch to it.
I was shaking in my boots a bit nervous - I wanted the designers and OLFA to be pleased.
I had creative license to do whatever I wanted and I had a vision in my head.
I quilted diagonal straight lines, each quadrant being opposite from each other. 
And I wanted the shape of the rotary cutter (circles) somewhere in there, too.

 So I filled in the  rows of straight lines with bubbles.

  Each block is individually quilted (that was the really fun part for me!).



Andrea created a very cool label for the back with each designers name in the place corresponding with their placement on the front of the quilt - so clever!
 The quilt is now hanging at the Houston International Quilt Market and will travel to OLFA Japan next.
This was such a fun project!

Thank you, OLFA and Robin, for asking Andrea & I to share our talents with this commemorative part of history with you! 

You can read more about Andrea's "journey" with this project here.
Here is my rotary cutter family.....that first one is 35 years old!


What would we do without them?  eekk!



Monday, October 27

Christmas quilt cut-off date....

I really don't like setting a cut-off date for receiving quilts...
 I want to quilt them all RIGHT NOW!
But, I need to have a date so I can insure you will have your quilts back in time for Christmas.
The date is NOVEMBER 10th. 
If I receive your quilt by this date I will guarantee you will get it returned in time for Christmas.
(Jan's Christmas quilt)
All of the quilts I have right now will be returned before Christmas.
Thank you for your patience and for trusting me with your lovelies!
I've already started quilting to Christmas music and keep a stash of chocolate on hand - I love this time of year!
(my Candy Cane Christmas quilt)

Tuesday, October 21

anitra's quilts

Anitra sent me a GIANT box full of quilts to be quilted - 9 in all! 
Here are just a few of them....
A sweet patriotic quilt - I could have easily kept this one!
I sewed a black & white bracelet print binding on it...
This is a pretty batik aqua strippy quilt - she wanted quilted, so pretty!
A Kaffe Fassett "Bold & Beautiful" - with swirl quilting....amazing!
A cute little baby boy quilt - love the stripe binding!
"Carnival" out of more bracelet print fabrics.
Anitra wanted the white & aqua areas of this "Learning Curve" to be quilted with different designs.
I swirled the aqua areas and pebbled the white - stunning quilt!
Another Kaffe Fassett Stripes quilt - she named it "Urban Cohesion".
I quilted opposing loops in the blocks and echoed the triangle border.
I LOVE this quilt!!!
 "Kaleidoscope" - cross-hatched.
Thank you, Anitra, for sending such beautiful quilts to work on.
I wonder what you're working on now?

Friday, October 10

baby quilts

I love everything about baby quilts.
I love picking out patterns and fabrics.
I love piecing them.
I love quilting them.
Here are some that my customers made...
Christine, from Rhode Island, made this sweet little pyramid one:

I quilted loops within each triangle - each direction.
The backing is just as sweet at the top.

Jan, from Florida, made this modern one:

I quilted random spaced straight lines in the solid background and looped the patchwork squares.

I like how Jan used some strips in the center of the back.

I loved this one so much that I made one, too.
I don't know who will get it - I just had to have one on hand!
I quilted wavy lines and looped the patchwork squares. 
I used a dot flannel for the back.
Thanks, Jan, for the simple idea - I'll be making more of this one!

Denise, from Florida, made this cute critter quilt.

The prints are adorable!
I quilted a wood grain all-over pattern.

Julie, from California, pieced this patchwork, wonky star quilt for her new grandson.
I love how it turned out - she wanted simple quilting because she put grey minky on the back.
Very snuggly!
Are you working on any baby quilts?

Thursday, October 2

oh - the goodies!

Here are just a few of the goodies we received at the Quilt Taffy retreat in McCall, ID.
Des - "Chef".
Wrapped in this wax paper are the most delicious German Chocolate brownies - ever! 
And they're loaded with nuts!!!  (thanks, Des)
Everywhere you looked there were pink & white treats.

The first night we exchanged "my favorite things" gifts. 
I got this awesome tattoo!

And these other gifts....a Christmas CD, a measuring cup filled with chocolate, an insulated drinking glass with a Diet Coke tucked inside and a dish cloth.
The dish cloth had this amazing hazelnut chocolate bar inside.
(hazelnut & chocolate - one of my most favorite combinations....EVER.)

I also received this handy little tote, to tote all of my goodies in!

Every afternoon Des treated us to homemade snacks.
Her husband, "hello" Dave, made us these giant sugar cookies - ahhhh....cookies & milk in the afternoon.
When we arrived we had this pile of wonderful-ness waiting on our beds.
I LOVE the plastic quilt block containers - I could easily have dozens of these in my home....they're perfect for storing your ongoing projects.
Don't you just love the nighttime shades made out of MINKY?
I've already started using my fabric covered notebook and trim.
We all received a chair massage -
oh. my. goodness. gracious! 
I could have fallen asleep right there. - thank you, Eva.

We played and played.....we even played a lotto game with fabulous prizes.
I won a package of pink Skittles from my ticket!
Here I am peeking over my scrappy trip with my sister, Leela.
Ahhh - a finish!

Des had a book review on this sweet little book, "Stargirl", by Jerry Spinelli.
I read it at the retreat and loved every word of it.
It's an easy read which is packed with life lessons.
I highly recommend it!
I'll be dropping quarters on the sidewalk for the rest of my life. 

So many great friendships were formed.
Here's the first group:
and here's our second group:
Our parting goodie was a giant box of pink Whoppers with a personal note attached - safe travels.
Thank you, again, Des & Corrie, for a fantastic retreat.
You're the BEST!