Wednesday, November 18, 2020

Buttonwood Tablerunner

 Hello Everyone,

I'm wearing my Henry Glass Madam Ambassador hat while working on a table runner for Spring.

The fabric is called Garden Inspirations by Jane Alison for Henry Glass.  I made 9 little yo-yo's to make little groupings of flowers.  They will be attached with buttons after this is quilted.

The table runner measures 15" x 44" - just the perfect size.  It is going to be a nice addition to the dining room table at Easter, and I can use it throughout the Spring and Summer months.

It would also look good in Christmas fabric.  Hint, hint, wink, wink.

The runner is just one row from my Buttonwood Pattern. I've made this pattern so many times, I think I could make it in my sleep.

It is going to be a delightful, rainy day here in the mountains of Northern California.  I declare the fire season officially OVER!  At this writing, I have a nice fire going in the wood burning stove.  I can hear the rain on the to my ears.

Madam Ambassador

P.S.  I still need to have Joanne get in touch with me about the contest.  Joanne's comment was:  As always a beautiful quilt and now the fabrics to go with it.  Joanne, you were are no-reply status, so I can't contact you directly.  Please email me - - with your address, so I can send you the fat quarter bundle that you won.

Tuesday, November 17, 2020

Drumroll Please!!!

 Hello Everyone,

As written through the paws of Mazey.

Boy, did I have to work hard today.  My forever parents held the drawing for the fat quarter bundles of "Journey to America" fabric.  I've been the very impartial judge before, so I know the routine by now.

First of all Mom wrote numbers on my doggie cookies.  I'm wondering if it is safe for me to ingest cookies marked with a Sharpie.  Oh well, if I can eat decaying mystery meat from the forest, I guess a little Sharpie won't hurt me.

I know that I have to wait patiently while Mom and Dad get their act together to take pictures of me while judging.  I'm only 6, so do you know how much self restraint this takes?

I decided I would execute a sneak attack around the perimeter of the doggie cookies.

Then I walked around to the other side.  During this entire judging time, I was pelted with pine needles from the incoming storm.  Luckily for me, the pine needles match my natural hair color.

I can't forget this side too.  I selected 8 winners, and yippee, skippy I ate all eight of the winning numbers.  My Dad tried to get them away from me......not a chance Dad!  My Mom is giving away 4 bundles on this blog, 2 bundles on Facebook, and 2 bundles on Instagram.

So they had to put out all of the cookies in numerical order to find the winning numbers.  I'm so young, I guess I didn't like selecting the higher numbers.  I can't read past three digits you know.

So the winners of this fabulous fabric line graciously donated by Marcus Fabrics to kick off the release of my newest "Crossing the Pond" pattern are:

Joanne wrote:  As always a beautiful quilt and now the fabrics to go with it.

Joyful Quilter wrote:  Bribe?  How about I offer to let Maisie chase my cat?  The pattern and fabrics are lovely.  

Linda C wrote: Beautiful fabrics and a lovely quilt.

Jan Hutchinson wrote:  You are such a talented designer.  I enjoy seeing your new designs.

So you lucky winners, please email your address to me -   I will get your box of loveliness in the mail to you.

Lynn here now, I wrestled the keyboard away from Mazey.  I want to thank everyone who entered the contest.  You have all been so supportive of me in my quilting journey, and wrote such kind words.  I also want to thank Marcus Fabrics for making this giveaway possible. Mr. Joe and I read each and every comment over breakfast.  I have to tell you, when I read the comment from the Joyful Quilter, I almost choked on my oatmeal!  We howled with laughter....pun intended.  Don't we all need more laughter in our lives?  

This was so much fun, I'm going to have to do this again.....


Friday, November 13, 2020

Crossing the Pond Contest

 Hello Everyone,

My "Crossing the Pond" pattern is now available in my Etsy shop. To kick off the roll out of this quilt, Marcus Fabrics, generously and graciously sent me a box of Journey to America fabric to offer as a giveaway to my readers.

As soon as the box arrived, I immediately started in cutting it up into fat quarter bundles.

I will give away three of the bundles here on my blog next Tuesday, November 17th.

To enter the contest, just leave a comment on this post.  My beautiful Golden Retriever Mazey, will be the impartial judge, and the decision of the judge is final.  Mazey has been known to be bribed with tummy tickles, belly rubs, and treats.  

You can triple your odds of winning if you also make a comment on my sewnwildoaksdesigns Instagram page or my Sew'n Wild Oaks Facebook page.  This contest is only open to quilters in the United States.

Good luck!  Mazey is anxious to pick all of the winners.


Wednesday, November 11, 2020

Buttonwood Table Runner

 Hello Everyone,

I've been busy making baskets from my Buttonwood pattern.

I received my last shipment of the year from Henry Glass Fabrics last week.  The package contained 1/2 yard cuts of Garden Inspirations by Jane Alison.  I decided to make a table runner for Spring by making just one row from my Buttonwood pattern.

I began by making 12, half-square triangles and placed them on my block layout sheet.  Once you have them made, the block goes together very quickly.

I've made this quilt three times in three very different colorways.  Here's a Christmas colorway. This was a project that I offered during one of my retreats quite a few years ago.

The following two quilts are both scrappy.

I always hang this quilt out on the front porch during Summer.

Then I wanted to change things up, and made blocks for Fall.

My plan for the new fabric is to make only one row of blocks.  This way I can make a project quickly, and have something to show for it at the end of the day.  It's just the perfect size for a table runner.

I'll be making more baskets today while enjoying the leftover snow, and the few remaining colorful leaves hanging on for dear life.  When I have so much going on, I feel like I'm hanging on for dear life!


Monday, November 9, 2020

A Change of Seasons

Hello Everyone,

The first snow of the season provided the perfect backdrop for my newest version of Leaf Peepers.

I'll get the borders on her this week.  But by the time I do, the snow will be long gone.  We are heading into a long spell of rain.....glorious rain.  We can breathe a sign of relief that fire season will be over soon.  

For the second making of Leaf Peepers, I wanted to create a vision of leaves in the forest with a gradation of color from the light tree tops in the canopy, to the darker depths of the forest floor.

Here's my first Leaf Peepers which has a setting square between the blocks for an entirely different look.  I like this version too, and it was much easier to make.  It took me longer to get the shading just right in the batik version.

We received a bit more snow throughout the day on Sunday.  This morning, that snow has turned to a solid sheet of ice as the temperature dropped to 25 degrees.  I'll have to put on my ice skates to navigate a path outside.

It's probably a good thing I had a dull blade in my rotary cutter when I decided to roll over my index finger.  Two Band-Aids, a finger cot, and a lot of pressure later finally stopped the bleeding.  I was so lucky I didn't damage the quilt. Today is the first day I can type on the computer without hitting three keys at the same time with one finger.

There were a lot of "firsts" this weekend.  We had the first fire of the season, and the first snow of the season.  We had our first walk through the forest in the snow to the lake.  Our country has selected the first woman Vice President.  As the leaves change with the season, our country is turning over a new leaf, with a change in leadership.  I welcome this new change, as I welcome each change of the seasons.

“I wonder if the snow loves the trees and fields, that it kisses them so gently? And then it covers them up snug, you know, with a white quilt; and perhaps it says, "Go to sleep, darlings, till the summer comes again.”    Lewis Carroll.  Alice's Adventures in Wonderland.



Tuesday, November 3, 2020


 Hello Everyone,

VOTE today to honor all of those before us who never had that privilege. 



Friday, October 30, 2020


Hello Everyone,

My sister, and our friend Paula have been up here in the mountains this week for a very mini quilting retreat.  Paula is working on my October Magic pattern, and is making this pattern her own with many special touches. I love her dark background, and leaf fabric in the foreground.  

This is Paula's very special reverse applique ghost.  I love to see my patterns changed, and in different colorways.  I always say to make it your own.

Here's my original pattern.  It's a fun one to make, and I enjoy having it on display every Fall.

My sister has her Country Sunshine quilt almost all together.  The picture doesn't do this one justice at all.  She has her border cut out, and she's ready to have this flimsy in the finished column.  Gail selected this colorway to match her couch and her living room.  It is very rich looking.

I've made this quilt twice in two different colorways.

Gail also has her Once Upon a Vine quilt together.  Again, I love to see quilters put their own spin on my patterns.

Her blocks are always very precise and perfect!  This is a fun block to make.

I have an applique center in my original pattern featuring bunches of grapes.

This quilt has a lot of open space that can be filled with beautiful quilting.

Here I am last Friday at my QuiltMania magazine signing at Quail's Nest Quilt Company in Sonora.  It was so much fun seeing so many of you!  I really appreciate you coming by to see me.

You may think I've been "bone idle" lately, but that is far from the truth.  There are many wonderful, quilting things swirling in the background that I can talk about soon. 2021 is stacking up to be a very busy year for me in the quilting world.


Tuesday, October 20, 2020

Magazine Signing

 Hello Everyone,

Quail's Nest Quilt Company in Sonora, CA is celebrating their 4th anniversary beginning this Thursday, October 22nd.  I'll be there on Friday, October 23rd for a mini-trunk show, and QuiltMania magazine signing. 

My Country Courthouse quilt was featured in issue #139.  If you have the magazine, bring it in,  Magazines will also be available for purchase.

There will be demonstrations during the 3-day celebration.  You will need to call the shop ahead of time to secure a time slot at 10am, 11am, 1:30pm or 2:30pm.  The shop's number is:  209-536-4009.  Social distancing will be observed, and masks are required.
The quilt looks so different in either a contemporary or traditional setting.

I'm still working on my leaves for my Leaf Peepers in Batiks.  I'm totally hooked.


Sunday, October 18, 2020

Leaf Peeper Progress

 Hello Everyone,

I've been enjoying the nice Fall weather while making leaves......lots, and lots of leaves for my Leaf Peeper design.

I have about 25 leaves ready to be stitched together and tacked on to the block layout sheets.  The following two  pictures show a leaf using the same background fabric, but the leaf fabric is different.

I'm making only two leaves with the same background.

My pile of leaves is getting bigger by the day.  I'm preparing for a Leaf Peepers class via Zoom tomorrow to my quilt guild.  This is an experiment for me to see how this is going to work.  There is still a lot of preparation, in fact probably more than when I teach a regular class in person.

I was supposed to teach in person for three days last week in Livermore.  The numbers just weren't there to hold classes.  I don't blame quilters for not wanting to gather in groups.  I was a bit hesitant too.  So, I'm going to see how the class works on Zoom.

We spent several days down in Livermore during the week to see the family. Since we don't get to see them as often, we notice just how much our grandsons are changing physically.  The boys, 12 & 13, have gone from little boys to young men since last March.  They are getting taller, and their voices are changing.  It's astonishing! 

Our middle son and his family are coming up to the mountains today, and we are going for a walk in Calaveras Big Trees State Park.  The dogwoods should be spectacular this time of year.  But, this year has been a strange one.  It is still incredibly hot for October, and the leaves are falling off the trees before they get a chance to change color.  What can I is 2020!