The Spokane Interstate Fair and More

I have definitely experienced my ups and downs at the fair.  The first year my Paris Medallion quilt won a blue ribbon and on of five special awards given by the fair, beyond thrilling.  The second year my Mountain Scene quilt received a red ribbon and was hung in the rafters, the rafters, a huge crusher. Then last year I won two blue ribbons for my two entries, Scandinavian Pathway and Lost in Oz, definitely unexpected after the prior year's results.  This year when I dropped off my quilt the attendee suggested my quilt was more interesting from the back, ugh.  I know she was trying to be nice and compliment me but it sure was disheartening.  When I got to the fair I was expecting the worse, red ribbons or even yellow, the Spokane Interstate Fair uses a Danish judging system, but in disbelief I saw my quilt with a blue ribbon, a special award and an quilting excellence honorable award!!!

I'm still blown away!  I just don't know what to expect from the fair from year to y…

Modern with a Twist Block

Have you seen the quarterly e-zine Modern by the Yard?  It's a great magazine from Benartex fabric featuring free quilting projects made with Benartex fabrics.

This current issue's Modern with a Twist section focuses on making a modern drunkard's path block.  When Benartex asked me to contribute to this of course I jumped at the opportunity.

I was instantly drawn to the calming color palette Kelsey Williams chose for her Coastal Orchard fabric line and how the navy was a great foundation for the soft taupe, peach, green and grey as well as a perfect contrast to the more energetic yellow and orange in the line.

I used two different sized Drunkard's Path units in a four patch style block to create depth and movement. The block can be rotated to form secondary patterns and the illusion of a much more complicated construction process. This easy to make block paired with the fresh and clean palette of Coastal Orchard gives a timeless classic a modern makeover.

There are many…

Quilt Show Season

I know there is no official "quilt show season" but if I were to pick one it would be Fall.  Every time this year I'm at the shipper sending out quilts to various shows around the country or frequently online entering quilts here and there.  I've compiled a list of shows that I will have quilts in this Autumn.

Spokane Interstate Fair, Spokane Valley, WA - September 7th - 16thDiamonds On DisplayLost In OzAQS Fall Quilt Week, Paducah, KY - September 12th -15thCitrus PlayPositive IlluminationsMQX Midwest Quilt Show, Springfield, IL - September 19th - 22ndStratagem Northwest Quilting Expo, Portland, OR - September 27th - 29thPickle KnotsSparrows At Play  Quilts and Fiber Arts Expo, Everette, WA - October 12th - 14thFaux Hare FairMisprint Washington State Quilters Show, Spokane Valley, WA - October 19th -21stMore Stop Than GoLiliumDiamonds On DisplayThe Cool KidsPositive Illuminations 2.0 International Quilt Festival, Houston, TX, - November 8th -11thFringe Area I'm so…

Fun Odds and Ends

Summer is flying by but I do have some fun news to share.  Both patterns that I wrote for Robert Kaufman earlier this year are now available to download, instructions and all not just fabric requirements.

The first pattern is my Moments quilt featuring Lou Lou by Emmie K.  I am completely in love with this fabric line and all the great low volume prints.

Also available as a pattern is my Maritime quilt.  Not only is it a pattern but Robert Kaufman featured it in a It's Sew Friday video!!  The Maritime quilt features Essex Yarn Dyed fabrics and has excellent tips for piecing strips with curves.
I also am excited to share that my Stratagem quilt will be hanging in the MQX Quilt Festival - Midwest September 18th - 22nd.  I've always been a little intimidated by this show becuase it focuses on machine quilting and I never thought I had a piece "good enough" to enter but earlier this year someone suggested I enter my Diamonds on Display quilt and that's what convinced…

QuiltCon Challenge

Usually I'm on top of things and entering my quilts in QuiltCon that first week in July but this year I haven't done that and it's been ok because it gave me a chance to make a quilt, Pickle Knots, for the American Patchwork & Quilting Two-Color Quilt Challenge.
The second I saw the two color challenge I was inspired to design a quilt.  I wanted to go high contrast but not too jarring so I toned it down a touch by using Kona Pickle and Kona Storm.
I also wanted to expand and experiment with my quilting skills and used a mixture of straight lines and circles to enhance the design.
It was nice to take a break from all the deadlines and make a something more creatively inspired.  I was still on sort of a deadline because I wanted to have the quilting done in time to take this along on my recent vacation to Alaska.
I actually lugged three quilts along with me to Alaska in order to finish hand binding them.  I knew we'd have alot of down time while traveling so it was …

Beads and Bauble Pattern Release and Giveaway!!

It's been an interesting journey for my Beads and Baubles quit pattern but totally worth all the tight deadlines and unexpected turns.  This designs features each of the prints from Christa Watson's Fandangle fabric line and Benartex color weave basics.  All these bright colors are perfect for summer!

It's always a joy working with Christa and all her fun vibrant prints.  Fandangle is no exception.  Christa's new fabric line is a fun mix of colors, textures and designs.

After hearing Christa's inspiration for Fandangle I knew I wanted to design a quilt using a bead shape and even incorporated the bead theme into the quilting.

The Beads and Baubles pattern is now available in my Etsy shop but as part of the blog hop I'm giving away one Beads and Baubles pattern, one  Pearl Pendants pattern and one complete Fandangle fat quarter bundle!!!  Beads and Baubles is a fat quarter friendly throw size quilt and the pattern includes easy to follow instructions, full colo…

Sparrows At Play

I know I always "I'm excited to...," but I really am excited to share my Sparrows at Play quilt!

My Sparrow block is also June's Modern Quilt Guild Block Study!!  MQG members will have access to multiple layouts, templates and construction details for this block.  As the name suggests, the inspiration for this block came from the silhouette of a sparrow.

I continued the sparrow theme to the quilting and and decided to crisscross 1/2" horizontal lines to mimic the way sparrows interact with each other in flight.

This was the second time that I have used wool batting in a quilt.  I do like wool but I think I'm going to try a cotton-wool blend next.  I never thought about experimenting with batting until I got my longarm.  I can say I do not like cotton-poly blend and that is one of the reasons I tried wool.  In the end I'll probably end up sticking with cotton but it's been interesting seeing how changing the batting changes the quilting.

My dog, Anne…