Friday, July 3, 2015

Lil' Orphan Scrappy

Hello Everyone,
Remember this quilt?  Long, lost Lil' Orphan Scrappy?  The quilt made with only Marcus Fabrics?  The quilt made entirely from my stash?  The quilt that is going to be huge because I don't know when to stop?
I'm really embracing the "slow stitching" wave that I'm reading about on other blogs.

Well, I'm finally getting back to her.  What's it been.....a year in the making now?  All of these blocks are just waiting patiently to become a quilt.  Good things come to those who wait.

The last blocks are cut and ready for assembly.

I'm teaching this class in August at In Between Stitches so it needs to be finished.....and the pattern needs to be written.....soon!

Wednesday, July 1, 2015

Lucy Boston Class is in Session

Hello Everyone,
It was a busy, yet fun weekend full of teaching for me.  Sunday, I taught Lucy Boston at In Between Stitches.  I absolutely love selecting the fabrics and making these blocks.  Each and every block is like a mini-quilt.  The process is slow, but the rewards are huge.  This is my nighttime/TV job.  Very relaxing, and I feel as though I'm engaging my brain in something productive.

The girls began by using a bi-fold mirror to see how the center sections would look clustered together.

They then traced around an acrylic template.

They used just a spot of glue to secure the paper template to the back of the fabric and got ready to do some stitching.  They didn't stitch through the paper, they only took small basting stitches in each corner.

I made layout sheets so they could lay their prepared pieces out in order.

Then the blocks started to be born.....always exciting to see the process!



If you are thinking about starting a Lucy Boston quilt, I highly recommend the Lucy Boston Patches of the Crosses book.  It is very informative and gives you a lot of good information and design layouts.  If you use Pinterest, do a Lucy Boston search, and you will be amazed at the amount and variety of Lucy Boston blocks.  My Lucy Boston board in Pinterest is located HERE.  I hope this link works for you.

Another great day in the classroom.  The girls were so much fun and did such a good job on their designs.  It is always so rewarding to be in a class full of quilters.  I love to watch and be part of the process and see the outcome.


Tuesday, June 30, 2015

The Ladies of Turlock

Hello Everyone,
I spent a very special day with some fabulous quilters at Cloth and Quilts in Turlock, CA last Saturday for my Patchwork Math class.  Here is a small sampling of their progress throughout the day.

The classroom was decorated with beautiful fabrics.....all just my style!  This could be the beginning of a medallion quilt. This gives me some ideas for future designs.

This is going to become a king-sized quilt all from stash.

Their blocks look beautiful together in a computerized collage full of vibrant colors, and different designs and arrangements from the same components.
There were several beginnings of table runners in the classroom.
The girls all caught on to the formulas and the process very quickly.  I am a new teacher to their area, and they all made me feel so welcome.  I look forward to a return visit to teaching again at Cloth and Quilts soon to visit "my girls"!

Friday, June 26, 2015

Sew'n Wild Oaks Class Was in Session

Hello Everyone,
Top of the morning to you!  The crowing from Kathy's rooster couldn't begin to get me out of bed this morning.  There are so many good things going on at Sew'n Wild Oaks which I'm not able to share with you just yet......but I will soon!  All of the good things are taking me away from my normal routine.  Normal is highly over-rated.
Anyway, last Tuesday was my Sew'n Wild Oaks class at In Between Stitches.  As always, the girls have been busily working on their projects during the month.  Kathy's Harvest of Hope blocks are amazing.

Everything Kathy does is incredibly precise and gorgeous.

Nancy is working on her Country Corners blocks.  She came with a box full of finished blocks and we put just a few up on the design wall.  It is fun to compare the different look by turning the blocks on point.

She will put setting triangles in the edges if she chooses this layout.  Do you have a preference?

In this photo, Nancy made 11 components from my Patchwork Math book.  She arranged and re-arranged them to create several different designs.  This is so much fun and so creative.  The hardest part is trying to decide which way to put the components.

Kathy is also making Country Corners.  She's added a few additional blocks which aren't in the book to add more variety.

We borrowed Nancy's Courthouse Steps blocks and created this layout for Kathy.  Can you tell we had fun playing?

Karen has lots and lots of beautiful Grammy Squares blocks made.  I wish you could see all of her cute center hexagons.  Karen has more blocks completed......we just ran out of wall space.

Gail has a ton of blocks made too.  She only displayed the blocks that she worked on during class.  Look at all the wonderful plaids and stripes!

Wendy is working on nine baskets full of flowers.  She is so determined to get this project completed for Fall.  I love her little flowers.

Maryanne is working on a beautiful quilt made from batiks.  She finished piecing the beautiful back of the quilt in class. 

Patty got her whole quilt top together during class.  The day started with individual the end of the day she had Once Upon a Vine ready for the borders.

Donna Fay made great progress on her Butterscotch Baskets quilt.  She made wonderful use of charm packs to make the blocks.  Well done!

I will be teaching Patchwork Math at Cloth and Quilts tomorrow in Turlock. I'm looking forward to meeting some new quilters, and spending the day in the spacious classroom and quilt shop full of reproduction fabrics!
Sunday, I'm teaching Lucy Boston at In Between Stitches.  I'm going to have a busy weekend, so I'll be busily preparing today. 
Have a wonderful weekend.

Wednesday, June 24, 2015

Marcus Fabric and Book Giveaway

Hello Everyone,
Today I'd really like you to head on over to the Marcus Fabrics blog HERE.  Make a comment and your name will be entered in a chance to win a 12 pack of blue, half-yard cuts from Collector's Gallery by Faye Burgos.
 Now wouldn't that be a nice prize to win before the 4th of July! 

But wait, there's more!  The fabric will be bundled with a book called Red, White and Sometimes Blue published by Martingale.  If you go to the Martingale blog HERE you can double your chance of winning by commenting on their blog.

I would absolutely love to see one of my readers win this wonderful prize. Thank you Marcus Fabric and Martingale for this great giveaway.  Good luck!


Monday, June 22, 2015

More Dresdens

Hello Everyone,

I worked on a couple of different projects over the weekend and this was one of them.

The little basket-filled Dresdens measure only 4" when finished.  They are just so sweet.  The ten little baskets will surround the big basket when completed.

I originally was going to set the baskets in the red fabric, but I felt they got lost.  I'm still undecided and will probably change my mind a hundred time before I decide on the final set.  Just looking at this picture may sway me to this setting over the setting in the first picture.  I'll lay all of the parts and pieces out on my design wall and make a decision......soon.

The striped fabric from the Past Endearments line is just perfect for the handles.  I used bias bars to make the handles since the finished measurement is so narrow.

I'm off to work this morning at the shop. When I worked last week, I noticed the Halloween and Christmas fabrics were starting to arrive.  It's never too soon to start on your holiday projects!  I should take my own advice......don't you think?



Friday, June 19, 2015

8th Grade Graduation

Hello Everyone,
Just time for a quick post this morning.  Our house will be filled with twenty people for dinner tonight to celebrate our granddaughter's graduation from the 8th grade.
We knew when she was born that she was something special.

We knew she was destined to make the world a better place with her compassion, her devotion to family, her ability to relate to people of all ages.

She will always have the support of her entire family.....a strong bond between past and present.  She's made from "the right stuff".

.....and she doesn't take herself too seriously!


Wednesday, June 17, 2015

Basket Beginnings

Hello Everyone,
I have finally been home for more than two days in a row and it feels so good!  I've been getting reacquainted with my sewing machine and quilting room. Oh how I've missed them!
How many times do you have things that you HAVE to do, and in the back of your mind there's a list of things you WANT to do. I WANTED to work on the little baskets for my Dresden I did. 

The fabrics are from the Past Endearments collection from Marcus fabrics. 

Two baskets finished, ten more to go. 

They are going to be combined in the same quilt with these blocks.......somehow.  I can't let all of the cat out of the bag just yet.  There is going to be some embroidery in the basket too.

I used my Patchwork Math book and calculated the size of pieces that I needed to cut for the square in a square along the side of this block.

Now today I am going to work on my list of things that I HAVE to do.  I begin filming again for The Quilt at the end of July.  I will be putting five, short segments together centering around Patchwork Math.  I teach this all the time, but there is a BIG difference between a 6 hour class and  5 to 10 minute segments.  The word of the day is condense.

Graduation is late this year in our area.  I don't remember the school year continuing almost to Father's Day.  Our granddaughter graduates from 8th grade on Thursday.  When I graduated from 8th grade, I was lucky to get a cake, a card, and a pat on the back for a job well done.  Well, our granddaughter is heading to Washington DC and New York City for six days!  Kids today seem so much more mature than back in my day.  Was I "delayed" in the maturation process? I'm still trying to figure out what I want to be when I grow up!