Monday, October 20, 2014

Whole lotta binding.......

Hello Everyone,
My friend Sylvia came to the house yesterday to help us celebrate my sister's birthday.  Sylvia brought three wonderful quilts to show us.  Almost finished quilts!  The first quilt is my Madrigal pattern.  Sylvia took my class, and now she has a finish.

Her second finish is from Quilt Sue's Pick Four book.  The quilt is called 3D Noughts and Crosses.  It is a beautiful quilt with wonderful quilting.

Sylvia also made a table topper which is just perfect for the season. Sylvia will be binding for quite some time! 

Your quilts were fabulous Sylvia.  It has been fun watching your quilting progress through the years.  You've become quite the prolific quilter.  You have a good eye for color and I know how much you are enjoy your hobby.  I'm so glad you brought your quilts to share with me.

I'm off to the shop this morning to help Melissa unpack and put all of the product away from the quilt show.  Maybe we should make the shop "self service" today.  The customers can do their own cutting and ring themselves up, while we sit in the classroom and snooze.  Sounds like a good plan to me.


Friday, October 17, 2014

Pacific International Quilt Festival 2014

Hello Everyone,
Yesterday was the start of Pacific International Quilt Festival.  It is HUGE!  Leslie and Melissa created a warm, and comfortable booth that was so inviting you just wanted to pull up a chair and enjoy your quilted surroundings.

Sew'n Wild Oaks was well represented in the booth.

This is my Butterscotch Baskets pattern made by April from Prairie Queens quilt shop.  It is so much fun to see my quilts in other booths.

There are hundreds of quilts on display throughout the convention center.  I took very few pictures. There were so many people it was hard to get a clear view, so I just put my camera away in my bag and enjoyed the show.

My friend Candy, one of the Needle Nellies made this quilt, Vintage Valentine.


The Ladies of the Lake quilt guild in Lakeport made a super-sized Country Charmer for their opportunity quilt.  It was beautiful and I loved the quilting.

I had so much fun seeing so many of my quilty friends at the show.  Thank you for all of the hugs. 

I'll be in the booth tomorrow demonstrating the quilted components and formulas from my book.  I'll be like one of those people at the County Fair demonstrating non-stick pans and slicers and dicers. Wait, maybe I can be like Lucille Ball in her classic Vitameatavegim skit! Remember that?  Let me know if I start slurring my words.


Thursday, October 16, 2014

Sew'n Wild Oaks Class Continued

Hello Everyone,
I'm posting more pictures from my Sew'n Wild Oaks class to show you what the girls are working on.  They always test out the Country Corners blocks a month in advance for me.  Several of the girls decided to work on their blocks and completed them.

Here are Carol's beautiful Country Corners blocks.

More Country Corners blocks from Barbara.

We had pumpkins and acorns for Harvest of Hope.


We had haunted houses and fences for October Magic.

There was a pile of blocks for Wendy's project.

Susan finished her Nostalgic pillow top.

 Gail finished a Winterset block.

My sister and I are headed to Pacific International Quilt Festival in Santa Clara this morning. There are hundreds of vendors and hundreds of quilts to enjoy.  I'll also be there again on Saturday at the In Between Stitches booth #732.  I'll be demonstrating my Patchwork Math book formulas and piecing techniques.  Please stop by to say hello and visit the booth. 


P.S. Great job Giants!!

Wednesday, October 15, 2014

Sew'n Wild Oaks Class is in Session

Hello Everyone,
I've always said my girls are finishers......and here's more proof!  My sister Gail finished her 120 little 4" baskets and now For the Love of Baskets is officially a flimsy.  It is magnificent!  I know just how hard she worked on this one, and this is her reward.

Wendy brought in one of her first quilts to show us. There is a huge amount of detail in this quilt. This pattern was designed by Verna Mosquera.

Suzanne put this cute design together using a panel from Sandy Klop.  Very sweet and vintage.

Suzanne also finished her Heartfire quilt with a twist.  I love how she changed up my original pattern for a fresh, new look.

Cindy has been busy making two quilts for the Quilts of Valor program.  Each member in her group of seven make 2 to 3 quilts every year for wounded veterans. 

Her quilts are going to be very loved and appreciated.

Patti, in her own words, said she threw this quilt together using a couple of charm packs and added borders.  It is wonderful.

The girls were very busy in the classroom at In Between Stitches busy that I'm going to post the rest of their work tomorrow.  The classroom was just buzzing with activity, food, chatter, singing and laughter.

This is the motto for In Between Stitches......a place where friendships grow.  Strong bonds of friendship are blossoming in my class and all the classes offered at the shop.  Our local quilt shop does so much good for the community and each other.  Support you local quilt shop, become involved, and your life will become rich with friendships, creativity, and beautiful projects.


Tuesday, October 14, 2014

Country Corners Month #5

Hello Everyone,
Today is the day to post Month #5 for Country Corners.  As we progress, each block is getting a bit more complex.


Here are the components that are in this block.  The block looks much more complex than it really is.  This isn't rocket science, it just like a puzzle.  If you trim your components to the correct size as listed above, all of the pieces will fit together beautifully.

If you would like to follow along, the directions to make the components are in my Patchwork Math book available HERE.

Half Square Triangles - Make (8) Directions on Page #4
Cut (1) Square 4-1/4” x 4-1/4” from light fabric
Cut (1) Square 4-1/4” x 4-1/4” from dark fabric

Trim to 1-5/8” x 1-5/8”

Large Flying Geese – Make (4) Directions on Page #17
Cut (1) 6” x 6” square from light fabric for goose
Cut (4) 3-1/4” x 3-1/4” squares from dark fabric for wings
Trim to 5” x 2-3/4”

Small Flying Geese – Make (4) Directions on Page #17
Cut (1) 3-3/4” x 3-3/4” square from light fabric for goose
Cut (4) 2-1/8” x 2-1/8” squares from dark fabric for wings
Trim to 2-3/4” x 1-5/8”
Half Square Triangles for center section – Make (2) Directions on Page #3
Cut (1) 2” x 2” square from dark fabric
Cut (1) 2” x 2” square from medium fabric

Trim to 1-5/8” x 1-5/8”

Cut (14) 1-5/8” x 1-5/8” squares from medium fabric
This is the same block in a different colorway with step by step assembly directions.

First, sew the center section together. 

Stitch two of the little flying geese to the center section.  Stitch the squares to the flying geese on the top and bottom of the block.  Then sew the top and bottom to the completed center section.

Lay the next components out like this.  Stitch the flying geese to the sides of the center section.

Put the corner sections together.

They will look like this.

Stitch the corners to the flying geese.  Then sew the whole block together.  As a general rule, I sew my blocks together horizontally and not vertically.  Don't ask my why.....just a habit.

The 2nd Tuesday of the month means that I'm off to the shop today to be with my Sew'n Wild Oaks girls.  I know one of them finished a very large flimsy and you will get to see it tomorrow!
Make it a good day for yourself and everyone you see.


Sunday, October 12, 2014

Weekend Update

Hello Everyone,
I said a few days ago that I would take pictures of the absolutely FINISHED Emilie Elizabeth quilt.

It is so hard to get good pictures to showcase the quilt and the quilting.  You'll just have to go to Pacific International Quilt Festival this week and Houston Quilt Market in two weeks to see this one in person.  It is now, officially checked off my to-do list!

To celebrate my quilting freedom, Mr. Joe and I headed out for our annual trek over Ebbetts Pass through and over the Sierra Nevada mountain range.  This road is not for the faint of heart.  The narrow road threads itself along steep cliffs from California to Nevada.  I don't know how anyone could have made this trip in a covered wagon!  I would have gotten out and walked the whole way.  Last year when British Quilt Sue  was here for a visit, we drove her over this road.....what a trooper!  She never screamed once.  You know those Brits and their stiff upper lips!  How odd it must have been for her to be sitting on the passenger side of the car, totally out of control of the steering wheel, peering over the side of the cliffs.  I think she has fully recovered from the ordeal and we remain good friends! 

The weather people are forecasting snow this week.  That means all of the beautiful leaves will be gone and the pass with close for the season.

The weather was perfect yesterday.  Crystal blue sky showcased the quaking aspens.  I think they should be called quivering aspens instead.  They are probably quivering because they are afraid of falling over the cliffs!

Pincushion update.  I received many personal emails about the pincushions. I began mine with an 8" circle not a 6" circle as the Fiskars directions suggest.  I stuffed mine with ground walnut shells and a touch of "fresh linen" potpourri.  Mr. Joe thinks the cabin stinks!  He would much prefer smelling the crisp mountain air than potpourri.....I'm in agreement with him on this.  Filling the pincushions is a two person operation. One holds the funnel and the pincushion, while the other one fills up the funnel while inhaling potpourri. I just used a teaspoon of the stuff and we overdosed on "fresh linen."   Each of these little guys hold almost four cups of crushed walnuts.  They have some weight to them.  I like using the crushed walnuts to keep the pins sharp.

Stay tuned for my busy week ahead.  I'll be posting pictures from the huge quilt show.  I have to get out my good walking shoes and brave the crowds for my outing on Thursday.  Make it a good week for yourself.  Everyday can be a good day if WE make it so.  All of the great days turn into good weeks and happy memories.