Saturday, October 31, 2009

Friday, October 30, 2009

Another UFO begins...

Do you ever feel just a twinge of guilt when you start a new project before you have finished the last one (ok, ones...)?

Well I do on this one. But won't it be colorful?! I have never made an entirely batik quilt before, so I am excited to start this one, finally. I think I washed these fabrics 6 months ago & they have been staring at me ever since.

The quilt top will be a sampler, so I can show the blocks as I get them done. Lots of stars!

Thursday, October 29, 2009

2009 Projects ~Vintage Chenille Baby Girl Tumbler Rag Quilt

Inspired by one of my recent creations, a local customer was inspired to add some brown to a quilt for a baby shower gift. I think she was on to something!

Tuesday, October 27, 2009

2009 Projects ~ Braided Round & Round Lap Quilt Top

The scraps tend to start to exceed the fabric stash by this time each year. I usually devote the fall of each year to my scrappy time of the year.

Here is the first quilt to that end. This lap quilt is approximately 45" square. It will be donated to one of our local churches that is participating in Prayers & Squares.

This pattern is similar to Bonnie's Pioneer Braid Border. I built the top like a log cabin block, working from the center block outward in my round 'n round scheme.

2009 Projects ~ A Boy's Boy Crib Quilt

This custom order quilt is for a soon to arrive "boy's boy". The nursery is decorated in cammo & fishing theme. I hope they agree this is a great compliment. I bound the quilt with the same cammo used on the back.

As I was quilting it, it struck me how the stipple is kind of like cammoflauge.

Friday, October 23, 2009

Rag Quilting Class Tomorrow!

I am gearing up for a rag quiliting class tomorrow. I have all the kits cut & ready for the students. I love teaching this class, as it is easy to learn and easy to finish up the project at home.

Want to learn? Check out my website for links to free online patterns & my free calculator!

Love this fabric? It is from the Grammercy Park collection by P&B Textiles. See it here!

Monday, October 19, 2009

Quilt Show Highlights ~ Mountain Laurel Quilters, London KY

What a great group of ladies the Mountain Laurel Quilters are! I had a wonderful, yet cold weekend in London. Unfortunately it was raining & yucky outside, so I was not able to get any good landscape pics of the mountains changing colors (bummer).

I loved the display racks they created. So much lighter to put up & not noisy when they came down!

Here are some quilts for your viewing fun!

Best in Show:

Wednesday, October 14, 2009

Quilter's Blog Hop~Hop Along!

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2009 Projects ~Vintage Chenille Rag Quilts for Baby Boy and Baby Girl

We will be having a Rag Quilting class on 10/24 and I realized that I had only a couple samples to show participants who will be planning thier quilts, so I whipped up these 2 cuties!

Using vintage Austrailian Cotton chenille, I accented the Baby Bear (Michelle D'Amore for Marcus) flannels in a Trip Around the World pattern. Batted with yellow flannel & backed in a pretty deep blue flannel.

Using another vintage chenille & my Go! Cutter, I used tumbler blocks to create this cozy soft quilt. Batted with deep pink flannel & backed in white flannel.

Isn't it great the way the batting in a coordinating color adds to the bloom of the seams?

Sunday, October 11, 2009

Easy Peasy Trick or Treat Goody Bag

As you know, we have a whole page of links to free patterns on, but I wanted to share this easy-as-cream-pie pattern for a goody bag with you.

I added am embroidered Jack O'Lantern to mine, but you sure don't have to.

Saturday, October 10, 2009

2009 Projects ~ When Pigs Fly Wall Calendar

This is the cutest calendar, but wow was it a lot of work! 84 button holes...I now can say I have mastered that skill with my machine. I am pretty happy overall with the outcome and most importantly, so is my customer.
Each month buttons over the January block. Note the too cute piggy buttons my customer had. The numbers button in place too, so they can be rearranged each month. There are 9 extra squares to mark holidays, birthdays and special occasions.
This is from the "When Pigs Fly" line of fabric by Avyln designed by Nanette Hilton. It is a very uplifting line with messages of hope, miracles & love. I wish I could find more of the yardage :)
These are the other monthly squares. I put a pocket on the back to hold the extra number squares & monthly blocks when not in use.

And the winner is....

Thanks to all of you that entered our Fall Giveaway! So nice to see new faces!

Our winner is
Paula in OH said...
Beautiful Fall panel. Autumn is my favorite time of the year -- cool weather, beautiful changing colors, & clear blue skies (most days!). Would love to win the panel.Paula in OH

Congrats Paula! Drop me a note with your info!


Friday, October 9, 2009

Wednesday, October 7, 2009

My Block is here for the Appalachian Quilt Trail!

Isn't it great!? This quilt block is 4' square and will be displayed on a soon to be constructed wood fence on the south side of the building.

The students at our high school made these. They did such a wonderful job! I am so happy that it has lots of color!

The Appalachian Quilt Trail is a project across the Appalachian Range where folks & businesses display quilt blocks for driving tours. Check it out here