Monday, January 26, 2015

Brandon's Birthday Quilt

Now that things have settled down after the holidays, playing catch-up on some projects that fell by the wayside last fall. Grandson Brandon's 2nd birthday in October found his birthday quilt still in the design phase, so I've been working on getting it closer to a reality. The theme for his birthday was all things construction, even found him a construction role playing outfit from Melissa and Doug and lots of truck books to add to his library.

I found a tractor image on Google that I imported into EQ7, then traced as applique and I'll be posting the progress I make on it.

Here's the jpeg from EQ7 - it's very cute and I'll keep you posted. Have the applique done and the black and yellow border pieced. This blizzard just might give me a chance to finish it!



Thursday, December 25, 2014

Happy Holidays!!!

Thought I'd share one of the Christmas quilts I designed for Quilting Treasures a few years ago. LOVE the poinsettia fabric and just had to make up one for myself. The fabrics all have a glint of gold to them as well, even more festive. This is a free pattern too which can be found of the Quilting Treasures website. Enjoy!



Here's the block too. It was featured in Quiltmaker's 100 Blocks magazine, Volume 3.



Enjoy the day surrounded by family and friends.

Sunday, December 14, 2014

Super Workshop with Jane Sassaman at Hudson River Valley



Just home yesterday from a fabulous week with an amazing group of women at the Hudson River Valley Inn in Greenville, NY with my quilting buddy Judy Chase.   With just 9 of us in the group, we had lots of one-on-one time with Jane as she walked us through the process of "Abstracting from Nature". I chose a scarab beetle as my "nature" and surrounded him with leaves, the design of which the delightful Stella allowed me to replicate. We won't go into what this adorable bug has at mealtime, couldn't bring myself to add his favorite meal to the quilt design...

Besides having the freedom to work all day at our projects we also were pampered each night with gourmet meals prepared by Chefs Mark and Kim LaPolla - delicious... and even had time to mosey up to the local Western store to try and wipe out their slipper stock.

Got a good start on putting my bug quilt together with some decorative stitches on my Pfaff. Spent one morning making a sample book of all the stitches - about time after having the machine for 10 years - LOL!

What a luxury to have time to create without the demands of regular day-to-day life!

Tuesday, November 18, 2014

Quiltmaker 100 Blocks - Volume 10!!!!! That's 1000 Blocks - a lot of blocks!

Welcome to my blog!

Hope you'll have the time to visit and comment so I have a chance to give away some copies of the magazine. The magazine is chock full of amazing blocks - they get better with each issue!

Here's my block, Tulip Flurry(page 19, #904), inspired by my love of tulips and a trip to The Netherlands in 2013, took a while to percolate. I used raw edge applique with a collection of batiks and Misty Fuse for the fusible. Such a great product... love that it doesn't change the hand of the fabric yet holds all those little bits nice and secure while they're stitched down.


I design exclusively in EQ7, (even teach EQ7 all over the place and design for Quilting Treasures) such a great and powerful program.
So, besides the quilt on page 14 of the magazine (notice the little tulips in the corners), here's a glimpse of some other quilt designs I popped Tulip Flurry into. As there was a time crunch getting the quilt to QM, the applique vine went by the wayside but I do like the way it repeats the tulips and greenery out to the border.



This one is sans applique, but still very pretty. I would be fun to choose the strata fabrics for the corners - now, that could use up some scraps.And who doesn't love a scrap quilt - so much to explore and such vibrancy and movement!



And lastly, I create a label for the quilt using the quilt design in EQ, how much more custom can you get? - yes, I am a bit obsessive.
I did get so inspired seeing all the varieties of tulips at Keukenhof in The Netherlands, here are some pictures for you to enjoy!




Hope you've enjoyed visiting my blog, I'm always posting pictures of my customer quilts as well as what I'm up to in my own designs, so check back in again.
 Enjoy the Blog Tour!




Sunday, November 16, 2014

Blog Tour - This Tuesday!

Hope to see you all on the Blog Tour this week. My blog will be featured in Tuesday so have to get that post ready tomorrow to go live at 12:01 am Tuesday. Haven't managed to get it right on time yet - so maybe this time is the charm!

I'll be posting about my block, Tulip Flurry, which was inspired by a trip we took to The Netherlands in 2012. A beautiful trip topped off by a visit to the amazing gardens at Keukenhof - never seen so many varieties of tulips and orchids as well - mid boggling!

Keukenhof is only open a short time every year, they even rent their swans for the river. Could have spent a number of days here - just beautiful!


Previous to going to Keukenhof we had visited a tulip farm where they grow tulips  - but only sell the bulbs. So the tulip flower is chopped off and discarded. We kept insisting there must be some use, but no, they're compost. The tulips we buy in this country are raised in greenhouses, never in a field. The tulips in this next pix were being forced under plastic just for the tourists as the cooler weather had made the blooms about 2 weeks behind their usual schedule. It was incredibly windy that day and very cold - poor tulips!


So, in my block, which I'll be able to share with you on Tuesday on the tour, the tulips have lots of movement, just like these.

Hope to see you there! Just use the link at the bottom of the this poster and you'll be at the tour - Enjoy!