Sunday, May 26, 2013

New Quilts, New Toy!

I have returned from Portland. I had a great trip. A few days before we left I got a new toy! I have a new iPad and I am so excited. This is my first attempt at posting a blog from the new toy. So far I love it! Am so happy that I made the investment.
So I guess I should get busy sharing. I have been asked to speak at a quilt meeting and present a workshop. This is exciting for me. I have decided to present a workshop on Asymmetric Blocks. I need to get 2 samples to the guild so they can get some students signed up. I was originally scheduled for October, but was asked to change to August. Of course I said yes. Ten I realized I needed to get some samples made up pronto!

Dawna helped me pick out fabric Wednesday night and I finally got to cut it up on Friday. Here are the two sets of fabrics.


Both quilts will use the same block, but different fabric choices and different rotations of the blocks.


When I made the first block I was a bit excited. You know what that translates to? I made it wrong!

Darn, do over!

Wrong again! These might make new and exciting quilts, but for this project they a both wrong. Back at it again.
Finally, this one is right! Now for the other color way.
Whew! Got this one on the first try, thank goodness! Now to show you the quilts!

They are each made with 16 blocks and measure 54" x 54".

I love them both. I have sent them off to be quilted by my friend Vickie. Now to write up some instructions and a supply list. I will have to get binding on these lightening fast and send them out licking split. Guess that's how I work, like a crazy quilting woman!

Let me know what you think of these. I sure hope this blog attempt works on the first try!

Well, blog at you later,



Monday, May 20, 2013

Portland, Quilt Market, Woot Woot!

I would like to tell you about my first experience at Quilt Market!

This is Daryl!  I finally got to see her face to face.  We have worked together for years.  This was kinda like meeting a pen pal.  I think we were both excited.IMG_0038

Daryl is Brand Manager for Andover Fabrics.  Andover had 6 of my quilt patterns on display with their newest fabric lines.  This is what a couple of them look like.IMG_0028

I just snapped a couple of quick pictures so you could get an idea of the layout.  They are sharing all my important info with every buyer (how cool is that)!  These quilt patterns are brand new (meaning they are not on my website yet).  Give me a few minutes, I just got home, ha ha.IMG_0029

I made up a couple of quilts for their displays as well.  The folded quilt top and center is a free pattern.  It is called Seasons Best Fall by Kim Schaefer.


The one in the bottom center below is another free pattern.  This one is by Jamie Kalvestran and is called Chickadee.


I designed and had on display in the Exclusively Quilters booth my Amethyst Quilt.  This pattern is available on my website.


Now for the star of my showing!  Asteria – Greek Goddess of the Stars!  This Block of the Month is being offered by e.e.Schenk.  It is also available on my website.


Scott and I did sneak away for a couple of little adventures.  We went to the Grotto.  What a great place.  If you are ever in Portland put it on your list of places to go.


We also ate and ate and ate.  So many great places.  Here is a crazy place you should check out if you get to Portland.  It is called VooDoo Doughnuts.IMG_0095

We had to go to Harley Dealers too!  We managed to go to 3 different locations.  Scott had 3 new shirts!

We have made it home, whew are we worn out!  Gotta rest and then get back to work!

Blog at you later,


Tuesday, May 7, 2013

Burgundy & Orange, Really?


Burgundy is really tough to photograph!  Above the fabric that looks purple, is really supposed to be burgundy.

Here are the fabrics right from the web.

PicMonkey Collage

You probably think I have lost my mind (well maybe), but I have found that I seem to love the colors of Autumn.  I used to think that tulips were my favorite flower (and I do love them), but have an affinity for sunflowers.  I also love the purple and orange color combos for Halloween.  Apparently, when you take away the black and add a pale background those same colors leave the Halloween vibe and just present themselves as autumn.

So with that said, I am making an autumn quilt!  Check out those points.  I am rather impressing myself with them.  I have decided I have a thing for asymmetrical blocks.  Here is the thing with asymmetrical blocks, you can put them together in many, many combinations.  The bummer is you never know how the seams are gonna line up.  Pressing to the dark won’t always work.  So guess what?


I am pressing those seams open.  I know, I just knocked you off your chair!  Again, I am pressing those seams open!  Oh, how glorious my points are!  No bulk at the intersections either.  Oh, I have a soap box to climb on and shout out to the quilting world how fabulous this is.  I am gonna share again and again about this.  Warning:  you will get tired of my professing how wonderful it is to press seams open, but more on that later.


Back to these asymmetrical blocks!  They are a blast.  Here is the layout I have decided to use, but check out some of the others.  Isn’t this just a bunch o’ fun!


Move those blocks around and line them up different each time.

Inspiration 2

I think the combinations might be endless.Inspiration 3

I might be exaggerating just a bit, but this next one is combined with 4 large half square triangles and just look at what it did.

Sheryl 2 - small

Well, I need to get that quilt top together (I really want to take it to Quilt Market next week).  Wow, next week!  Market is really more than a week away, but we fly out next Thursday, so it seems like it is going to get here faster than I will be ready for.  So much to do!  Yikes, gotta go…

Blog at you later,