Tuesday, February 25, 2014

Marching Along!

I have somewhat accomplished my February goals.
The next Le Jardin block.  
I chose this one because there were very few pointy leaves!
A Rainbow Garden is half quilted and my hope is to get it finished this week.
Another row is done for my red and green quilt.
I do have another pile of blocks made for Christmas Magic, but they do not make for an interesting picture. 
I did not make any progress on my red and white quilt, but...

worked instead on the long overdue wedding quilt. I also added a dozen or so of the joining hexies to the pile. Hoping this quilt will become my summer finish.

It is not too late to enter the drawing for the Easter Baskets kit.
Just head on over to The Olde World Quilt Shoppe blog and leave a comment.
And remember, if you are a no-reply commenter, there is no way I can notify you if your name is drawn, so your name is not in the drawing.

Monday, February 17, 2014

Easter Baskets Kit Giveaway!

Easter Baskets
26" x 26" 

Here is my little quilt I designed for the quilt along over at The Olde World Quilt Shoppe.
To get the quilt along started,
they will be giving away one kit.
The kit includes all the fabrics to construct the flimsy, the Triangles on a Roll paper for the half square triangles and the binding.  
To enter the drawing, just leave a comment on the Shoppe's blog letting me know you want a chance to win. 
I am sure they would appreciate it if you subscribed to their new blog by email!
I will be drawing the winner on Friday, Feb. 28th.

If you have a blog, please help me spread the word about both the quilt along and the giveaway. Leave your comment here about your post and I will enter your name a second time.

Hope you join me!
Instructions will be posted every Friday, starting the 28th, on the Shoppe's new blog.

Monday, February 10, 2014


The quilt shop where I teach is launching a new blog.
Please take a peek!
Lisa Bongean, of Primitive Gatherings, recently taught at the shoppe and my friend, Cheryl A., took her class, Homegrown.
Cheryl used her Sashiko machine to quilt her project.

She did an awesome job!

The shoppe will be offering Lisa's new BOM, Words to Live By.
For more info, go here.
It was so beautiful to see in person!

I am also excited to announce that the shoppe will be offering
 Kim Diehl's Simple Whatnots Club.
I will be signing up!

Now for the collaboration part...I will be designing their first quilt along project,
Easter Baskets.
I would love it if you joined me!
To help launch their new blog,
I will be giving away a kit for the project.
Check back later for more details.

In the meantime,
check out The Olde World Quilt Shoppe here.
In 2009, they were featured in the BHG Sampler Magazine as a top ten quilt shop.
They specialize in reproduction fabrics, homespuns, flannel and wool.

This month is going by way too quickly!
 I need to get to work on my monthly goals!!!

Sunday, February 2, 2014

Progress on Several Fronts

First three rows of In the Meadow.
I was so pleased with my progress until I noticed I had forgotten the steps on the church in Row 3...argh!! I am contemplating some unsewing, but now that I see it all together...maybe not. I used a 28wt. Aurifil cotton to blanket stitch the barren trees in Row 3.  Much quicker and easier than doing by hand!
Really enjoying A Rainbow Garden by Liberty Homestead. I am even giving the embroidery a go.

I used my Sashiko machine to quilt this UFO from a few years back.  
It is a Carol Hopkins pattern, Grandpap's Cards.
This time I used a low contrast thread.  Cannot wait to see what it looks like after a washing. 
I had a request to show what the back looks like
and here is a close up of the front. 

For those of you who expressed interest,
Kim Diehl's club can be found at the Fat Quarter Shop.  Country Spools is also offering it, but you can pick which quilts you want to make. 

Last year I designed a patriotic quilt that I submitted to several magazines.  I was honored when Fons & Porter showed interest.  I just learned my quilt will be featured in their May/June issue of Love of Quilting. I am grateful to Diane Tomlinson and her staff for selecting my quilt. 

It is the first of the month, so time to make time for work on my blockhead projects. 

Fell Off the Wagon

 It was bound to happen. I had stuck to my guns until I saw Laundry Basket Quilts' pattern, Alaska Magic. I told myself,  "It is te...