Thursday, June 23, 2022

UFO INSANITY!

I thought I was doing sew good!
I had finished 3 UFOs in 3 Weeks!
I had started these patterns all last fall!
Then they waited...


A quilt top from this pattern was finished July 2021!
I just didn't have the courage to applique the very large 
SWELL SANTA onto it!


And this pattern was cut and partially sewn.


I am working on posts for these 3 finishes but
in the meantime...I forgot all about these 3 projects.

I need a small Christmas Charley Harper
wall hanging for my guest bedroom.


I have no idea what these summer Art Gallery prints will become!
BUT I LOVE THEM!


Last, but certainly not least, I found these FQs
by Maude Asbury, in my stash for at least 5 or 6 years.
Thimble Blossoms BEACH HOUSE pattern
(also in my stash forever) will be perfect for them!


Anyone else have a lot of UFOs.
I just love planning...
I have a lot more projects on my to do list. 
Apparently planning is more fun than actually sewing.










Thursday, June 16, 2022

LORAINE COUNTY PIECEMAKERS and ME!

Anytime I can talk about my quilting journey
with other quilters...its a good day.

After teaching a Plaidish workshop I was the guest
speaker for The Loraine County Piecemankers Guild!
Its a real treat to show my MODERN makes to an
almost all Traditional makers group!
They seem interested and lots of questions follow.

I was very excited to show the group many makes
that came along with stories and laughter.
Although I have been making quilts for 30 years
I often have to limit my trunk show to a certain time frame.
Picking those 15 or sew quilts is always the hard part.

This was one of my first modern 
Pattern: Wonky Cross Tutorial by Jeni Baker.
Fabric: COMMA by Zen Chic


A Laura Heine collage called Pinkekrton.
I named her my Perry County Flamingo
as the members of Perry County Sewcial Club
donated all the pink and coral fabrics
she is made with.


This is a Ghastlies Halloween Family quilt I fondly
call "Orange you Glad its Done"
There's a great story with this Nested Churn Dash quilt.


Another Halloween favorite is Painted Forest Pattern
by Blue Nichols Studio.
I used all C&S Halloween fabrics for the tree leaves.
GRUNGE for the trunks and pulled black and gray scraps
from my stash for the backing.
I call this one "Don't Go In the Forest"


If you ever need a trunk show for your guild,
I am available.  Contact me for details!



Thursday, June 9, 2022

LORAINE COUNTY PIECEMAKERS GO PLAIDISH!

In May, I was invited to provide a workshop for
the Loraine County Piecemakers Guild.
My favorite quilt and an easy all day sew-in would be
The Plaidish Quilt by Erica Jackman. 
I asked  Erica aka Kitchen Table Quilting 
for permission to teach her pattern.

I was staying near Cleveland in Wellington, OH
at a lovely B&B, formerly a Funeral Home.
No haunts were noted and the owners were a lovely retired couple.

Then the workshop (and trunk show) was held
 in a beautiful lodge near Oberlin called
The Lodge of New Russia Township.

I brought both my Plaidish quilts for the participants to see.
They had all their 567 pieces of scraps cut and ready to sew!
There were 19 participants and I was overjoyed!


My partner in quilting crimes, Kathy Guenther,
 attended this workshop with me.
She is NOT a random, let go of control kinda quilter.
BUT she DID and THIS is the result!
It's jut lovely.


Here are some of the lovely guild members
and the beginnings of their Plaidish quilt tops.
I waited, hoping to get some full finish pics...
but those may never come?

As random scraps can be hard but with this one only
needed to sort by value, Dark, Medium and Light.

3 colors choices, Blue is Dark, Green is Medium 
and white is Light...see the pattern?


All solids works as long as you make sure the 
Dark, Medium and Low Volume 
pieces have enough volume contrast.



This participant came in with her entire layout on a 
flannel tablecloth...well that wasn't the point of a
'random quilting experience" but
if it works for you, its ok with me.


Totally scrappy!


Christmas prints.


Another all solids.


These busy florals also worked!
I was totally surprised by this one!


All scraps


A red, white and blue design.


3 color design


An autumn color palate REALLY caught my eye!


All Scraps


Minimal color selections.


Black, White and Gray


Blue, Yellow, White


Everyone seemed happy as they allowed the fabrics
to work the magic. 

This is a free tutorial and you can download it here.
PAY CLOSE ATTENTION
TO THE DESIGN LAYOUT!
If you don't your won't be plaidish or happish!

I am available for trunk shows and workshops.
Contact me for details.

Friday, June 3, 2022

WHEN LITTLE GIRLS QUILT!

When you have someone you can pass on the passion
of quilting...you do just that.
For many, that is a grandchild...
for me, that person is my great niece, GEMMA

My Gemma, is now 11 years old and she finished her
first quilt December 2021 when she was 10.


She immediately wanted to begin another quilt
 and of course we can make that happen.

She found an Alex Anderson Rail Fence pattern
from the Learn to Quilt book by Alex.
She pulled some fabrics from my stash
for a rainbow quilt!


 I decided it was time for Gemma's first visit to 
a real fabric/quilt shop.


The Calico Cupboard, a local brick and mortar shop
was open and having a huge 19th anniversary sale.

We took her first quilt with us.


I knew all the people at the shop
would make a big deal out of her first finished quilt.
And oh me gosh,  DID they!



Gemma was beaming from all the
wonderful compliments and conversations
with all the other quilters.  

It wasn't just Aunt Kathy doding on her and building her confidence.
Perfect strangers just loving it all.


We found some more fabrics
that we could work into the Rain Fence quilt.
She was having such a fun time. (me too)


Back to my house and I cut some pieces.
I need to get her a rotary cutting glove.


She loved pulling the pieces for each block
and using my design wall to put the blocks together.


She just steals my heart every time
I get to share this passion.
I think she likes it too!

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In the interim we won a 19 FQ bundle from that
quilt shop celebration.  I just picked it up. 
 She hasn't seen these yet, but I can hear her squeal with delight.


I just have to share another photo.
We stopped at The Nutcracker Diner in Pataskala, OH

Her interpretation of the Nutcracker.
NAILED IT!



We have a way to go she just got her hand out of a cast.
Pinkie finger was broken in 2 places due to a horse kicking her
while she was riding at a horse show.

Thursday, May 26, 2022

FLAIRING CHARM PATTERN

Because I always have more projects started than I realize...
I didn't disappoint myself while at the beach.
I took a fun pattern along called "FLAIR'
 and thought I could work on this if I have time.
It uses 4 charm packs and background fabrics
cut into charm sizes of 5"

Of course I had enough charm packs,
actually CHRISTMAS charm packs.
The Christmas Card, Eat Drink and be Ugly,
The Cookie Exchange and Mistletoe.


I cut lots of scrappy low volume 5" squares.




What I didn't realize was...the pattern instructions
were to lay the skinny strips on top of the 5" square and 
raw edge stitch them down!

ahh, nope, that's sew 20 years ago.

Sew I cut the squares one way,
sewed in the strip
Cut it the other way
sewed in the strip.
Still a 5" square with a nice finish.
You have to sew the same amount of stitches
sew why not make it look clean and neat.



This will be a project sitting beside my sewing machine and
I can make a few squares, now and again.
The lesson learned...even if the pattern is a postcard size....
READ IT ALL before you purchase!


Tuesday, May 17, 2022

A WALK IN THE WOODS

I had a fun time sewing at this beach in April.
My Instagram friend, Cory, who lives in Alabama,
 and I decided to do a sewcial distance project apart/together. 
We opened it to others as a sewalong...and a few
people began it and some finished it. 

I have had the 'free'  TYPE IT pattern by Zen Chic on my radar
for awhile and its a jelly roll quilt.
I didn't want anything that would take too much time...
cause THE BEACH!



I found a Jelly roll by Aneela Hoey in my stash.
"A Walk in The Woods"
I also had a white jelly roll
and some other fabrics that can become
the backing if I sew choose.



I sewed the strips together and selected random colors
for sections.  Sometimes sections are easier to manage.


I didn't have much room in the condo,
sew after sewing the strips together
I used the kitchen counter as my design wall.


One makes do with what one has to work with.


As I began sewing the strips together
The love seat became my design wall,


Once it was all sewn together
the lanai railing became the design wall.
with the ocean as a perfect backdrop.



It really was a fast sew and then because it was fabric
called "A Walk in the Woods"
I needed "A Walk in the Woods" for a photo shoot.

And now make like Lil Red Riding Hood and 
enjoy the walk in the woods aka
Vereen Memorial Gardens, Little River, SC



















I am home now but this baby quilt has ended up at the bottom
of quilts to finish. There's a baby yet to be acknowledged,
who will love this one!

Before I go...let me show you the TWO quilts Cory made.

She had some great Bonnie & Camille!



I love her version of a Low Volume Christmas prints quilt!


And another finisher was Angi Jean who used a Jelly Roll
by Poppy and Posey by Dodi Lee Paulson