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Fun Odds and Ends

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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

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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!!

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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

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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…

The End of an Era

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I'm so happy to share that my Diamonds on Display quilt is available as a pattern in the July/August issue of Modern Patchwork!!

I discovered that I design quilts for publication differently than quilts for the sake of creativity.  I like having patterns that are approachable, easily customized, and have ample opportunity of quilting creativity and I've notice when I'm designing quilts for myself I don't shy away from multiple step blocks and complicated layouts.  I'm sure there are a few reasons for this but I think the main reason is the hope that people will enjoy making the the pattern and try to add their own creative signature to the design.  To me, an overly complicated design doesn't leave much room for tweaking but a design like Diamonds on Display leaves room for the quilter to shine through.

Diamonds on Display is the last full sized quilt I completed on my domestic machine before I started using my longarm.  At the time I was really frustrated beca…

Quilting Practice

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As I've mentioned before I recently got a Gammill Statler Stitcher and have been really enjoying getting to know my machine.  This week I finished my 8th quilt on my longarm, EIGHT!  I can't believe it.  While I can't show that quilt I can show you another quilt I finished right before it.

The inspiration for this quilt top came from the Pendleton Wool Mills series of National Park quilts and the desire for simplicity.  I made this quilt top at a a recent guild retreat and knew that I wanted to use  this relatively simple quilt to experiment with different quilting motifs.

One of the techniques I really wanted to try out was some free hand work, check out the yellow and pink sections.


I used the design software to create the hexagons then I filled in around them by hand.  I did a similar technique with the circles.  I used the software to quilt a grid then filled in the squares with circles.  I thought I was getting the hang of it and feeling pretty cool when I realized t…

Pantone Quilt Challenge 2018 - Ultra Violet

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It never rains but it pours or in other words, back to back postings!  
I had just enough time after all my deadline sewing to finish a quilt for this year's Pantone Quilt Challenge hosted by Rebecca Bryan, Bryan House Quilts, and Sarah Elizabeth Sharp, No Hats in the House.  

The Pantone color of the year this year is Ultra Violet and challenge requires you use the color of the year as the feature color on your quilt.

I had this design sitting in a folder all in pink and a friend suggested I change it to purple for the challenge, which was perfect.  Even the orange worked.

I think, visually, my favorite quilting is 1/2" horizontal lines and I wanted to use them on this quilt but I added a slight deviation.  I'm completely in love with the effect and will definitely be using this quilting motif in the future.

Of course I'm still loving my Gammill Statler Stitcher.  I really enjoy designing on the computer and applying that design to the quilt.  I really see this as a…