You have to make a lot of strip sets, and half-square triangles for this little block.
Friday, January 15, 2021
Friday, January 8, 2021
There will be more pictures of the quilt in the magazine, a story about the guild, and the directions for the pattern. This will be coming to a newsstand within the next couple of weeks.
The quilt was made with scraps from my stash by this group of women in the classroom at Independence Hall.
A lot of hands, and sewing machines made quick work of this beauty.
Friday, January 1, 2021
I love these little blocks! I'm only using my stash of Betsy Chutchian fabrics, since they all work so well together. I put a little tutorial together which you can locate by clicking HERE.
So, dear readers, 2020 is now in our rear view mirror, and it's time for a reboot. What lessons did we learn from last year? I learned many things about myself, and I'll bet you did too. I learned just how dear friends are, and I'll never take their hugs and smiles for granted ever again. We've all had to learn to smile with our eyes, now that half of our faces are covered up.
I always knew how dear my family is, but now I profoundly realize just how loved they are. I miss giving and receiving their hugs. I miss seeing the interaction between all of them during family gatherings. I miss it all. When our son was dealing with Covid, there were many days filled with worry for his return to good health. He is doing fine now, and so far, no other family members have contracted the virus.
I learned not to schedule every day with workshops, lectures, classes, and vending at quilt shows. In 2019, I was always packing, and preparing to leave for an event. I think I was gone more than I was home. I have enjoyed being home for the past 9 months. Yes, my income has taken a huge hit, but my piece of mind and happiness is priceless. My Etsy shop has really kicked into high gear, and it has filled the financial void.
Next year I'm planning on hosting four Sew'n Wild Oaks quilt retreats. I just have to walk down the street to Snowflake Lodge and I'm there! Yes, there is a lot of planning involved to make it successful, but once that is done, I'm good to go. I've missed the retreats soooooo much. They are the happiest of times for all of us with so much laughter, sharing, eating, and yes, a lot of quilting!
Today, the first day of 2021 begins a new journey. It's up to us to make it the best journey yet. It's up to us to see the best in everyone, be more tolerant, give more, and expect less. We need to practice patience and civility. Enjoy simplicity, and create harmony and peace in our homes. We can do this! Our story begins at home.
Happy New Year!
Monday, December 28, 2020
I love this little table topper! I will be writing a pattern for this one, and it is going to be one of the projects for my Sew'n Wild Oaks retreats in 2021.
The big success for me was Christmas Ribbons. Several quilt shops kitted this quilt, and it was a good seller. I burned the midnight oil on this one by designing the quilt, making and quilting the quilt, and writing the pattern in a month. Whew.....that was exhausting.
Friday, December 25, 2020
Next year at this time we will all be together with our families, and appreciating every single moment of being close, hugging, kissing, and laughing. The "socially distanced" phrase will be in our rear view mirror.
I hope you have a wonderful day, and reflect on the important things in life.....which aren't "things".
Saturday, December 19, 2020
I have been so bad about posting anything this month. I can't reveal the project that I'm working on yet, but I can share some good news. My Crossing the Pond quilt is going to be in the May/June edition of QuiltMania magazine!
I still need to machine quilt this beauty, and I must admit I'm a little afraid to begin. Now with my feet held to the fire, I'm going to have to decide how I'm going to quilt it. I'll have to dig in after Christmas, put on my big girl panties, and just do it!
Those of you who follow my blog know that my longarm is in the freezing garage. I do have a heater I can use, but it is the equivalent of heating a barn. I'll be like the little kid in A Christmas Story who got his tongue stuck to the light pole. My hands will be stuck to the handlebars of my longarm. I've thought about sending the quilt to a professional, but I want to take ownership of the entire, quilt-making process. Between wanting that, and my procrastination, I've managed to get myself into a pickle.
I wish, really wish, I could show you the gorgeous images of fabrics that are on the table right next to me. I've been asked to design a block of the month for Marcus Fabrics using a new reproduction line designed by Judie Rothermel. This is one of the prettiest lines I've seen! You, my readers, are going to LOVE it as much as I do.
In my mind, the design had to be jaw-dropping gorgeous. I've been working, and working, and working some more on it. I designed three quilt in EQ8 software. Three very different designs using different techniques. I didn't think the quilts I designed had the "WOW" factor.
One afternoon this week, our main water line sprang a leak. The whole time I was outside helping Mr. Joe dig, and repair the leak, I was thinking about the new design. After the water line was fixed, and I got cleaned up, I sat down at the computer, and bingo, the break, away from the computer was just what I needed. My jaw-dropping-wow-factor-quilt came to life before my eyes. The next day I sent an image of the design to Marcus Fabrics, and received immediate validation that this was IT!
Now I'm pattern writing, and shop guide writing, which isn't a trivial undertaking. I think, and hope this BOM is going to go big, and be in major quilting catalogs. Fingers crossed!
On another note, our son with Covid has finally turned the corner to feeling better. It was such a worry! He's a big, strapping 44-year-old man who goes to the gym daily, rides his mountain bike constantly, and goes hiking almost every weekend. He was reduced to total exhaustion for 16 days. He called us the day he walked outside to the back yard and mowed the lawn. That was a red-letter day! Thank God for family, and his girlfriend delivering meals. We spoke with him daily, but I got the real scoop from his girlfriend and daughter about how he was really feeling. He put up a good front to us, but he was totally unconvincing.
We knew he was feeling better when his sense of humor returned. He said he lost his sense of smell and taste. He prefaced that by saying he lost his sense of taste when he got married! Insert grimacing face here.
Thursday, December 10, 2020
Maybe you've been wondering where I've been.....maybe not. I'm working on a special project for a major fabric company which has been filling my days.
Wednesday, December 2, 2020
It's another day of sharing my Christmas decorations. This pie safe is the home to my cookbook collection, that it until Christmas rolls around. I move out all of my books, and fill the shelves with my Christmas houses.