Friday, March 22, 2019

My Progress

Hello Everyone,
 
I'm on a roll on this quilt.  I'm obsessed with these little 5-1/2" blocks.
 


I'm surprised at how many 1" strips I've used to date.  I didn't know I had so many shirtings, and they are all being used in this quilt.  I want to get another row added today.  The good news is the longest row is now done and attached to the quilt. 

Sewing the rows together is my least favorite part of quilting.  To reward myself for getting another row completed, I will stop and make more 9-patches and incorporate them into the blocks.  Today I get to make more Courthouse Step blocks...my favorite.

I guess I'm obsessed with this quilt since I "dreamed" up a border last night.  Luckily I remembered it when I woke up.  The problem is that it adds a whole new level of detail to the quilt.  I guess I'll be cutting more and more 1" strips!

Remember this little table topper?  I started my new Sweet Sapling line of patterns with this quilt called Cute as a Button. The plan was that a Sweet Sapling would grow into a mighty quilt.  This is the seed that started it all.


I'm already planning my next Sweet Sapling pattern.  I'm wondering what it is going to look like when it grows up?

Enjoy your weekend.  I will be preparing for my class at Quail's Nest in Sonora on Wednesday, then I head to the Golden Valley Guild in Citrus Heights for a lecture on Thursday, and a workshop on Saturday.  The problem is more snow is in the forecast.  I'll either get snowed in or snowed out.  I thought it was Spring???

Soon,
Lynn

Thursday, March 21, 2019

Patchwork Math Was In Session

Hello Everyone,
 
Tuesday was Patchwork Math time again for the Independence Hall Quilters.  This is the 3rd time I've taught the class to my guild.  I think I've exposed just about the entire guild to my techniques.  There was a lot of creativity in the room.
 





It's beginning to look a lot like a tablerunner.



Judy got a lot of extra credit since she worked with stripes and has everything going in the correct direction.


It was a pleasure for me to get to know the members better.  Such a great group of women.  They didn't complain when I made them work through lunch.  The clock had not "sprung" forward and I wasn't paying any attention to my watch.  I just kept yammering on and on.  Luckily, Joanne suggested that it was lunchtime.  I was thinking it was 11:30 when it was 12:30.  We took our break and everyone was fortified to make it through the afternoon.

There are only two more Cute as a Button kits left in my Etsy shop HERE. As time permits, I will make more kits and more fat 1/8th fans.  All of the fans sold the first day they were posted.

In my travels over the next two months, I will be traveling to Country Pines Quilt Shop in Susanville and Friends Around the Block in Colusa.  Both of those shops have an excellent selection of reproduction fabrics.  I will be returning with a car full of lusciousness. 

I already have stacks of fabric here to cut......I just don't have the time to dig in and do it!  We have more snow predicted over the next week.  Maybe I need to spend a snow day cutting fabric.....or not.  Snow days lend themselves to quilting the day away.

Soon,
Lynn

Sunday, March 17, 2019

Kits and Product Added to Etsy

Hello Everyone,
 
Quilters have been asking me to post my fabric kits and packs in my Etsy site....so I did.  Click HERE, and it will take you directly to my Etsy shop.
 
I put 11, Cute As a Button kits on the site.  The kits will make the 31" x 31" tabletopper.  There are only 11, so don't delay.  The last time I had them for sale, they sold out is just a couple of days.  I will be making more as soon as time allows.

 

Each kit contains (32)  medium and dark 2-1/2" x width of fabric strips.  It also contains (7) light 4-1/2" x width of fabric strips and 3 squares for the setting triangles.


I had three remaining Fat 1/8th fans left over from my last show.



Here's what 61 fat 1/8's look like from a variety of manufacturers.

SOLD


45 fat 1/8's

SOLD


35 fat 1/8's

SOLD


As soon as I have time, I will cut more of the fat 1/8th fans.  They sold like crazy at my last show.  I have a pile of new material that I'm itching to cut up.  The new fans will be just as striking as these. 

If you are a scrappy quilter, this is a wonderful way to add little bits of color and patterns here and there.  They are perfect for so many uses, and in so many quilts.  Especially Sew'n Wild Oaks patterns!  

Happy shopping!

Soon,
Lynn

Saturday, March 16, 2019

National Quilting Day 2019

Hello Everyone,
 
I plan on spending my National Quilting Day in my sewing room and work on my Cute as a Button quilt.

 

I was feeling so proud of myself for getting so far along on this one, and then I spotted a booboo.  Can you see it? When I spotted the mistake, I said something a little stronger than H-E double toothpicks!  I knew this would drive me crazy if I left it.  Every time I looked at the quilt on the design wall, my eyes went right to this block.  I posted this picture on Instagram, and about half the comments told me to leave it.  But I couldn't.  It is all fixed now.


The girls in class helped me decide on the fabric to use for the setting triangles.  I love it, and think it is really going to showcase the interior of the quilt.


Yesterday we set out on our annual pilgrimage to see the height of the snow at Lake Alpine.  We parked at the winter parking area at the end of Highway 4.  The sign says "road closed".....no kidding.  We found the snowmobile trail that wound its way up to the top of the snowbank, and walked in to the lake on the groomed trail.


This is Alpine Lodge.  People have been skiing down the roof. The sign says closed for winter.  Really?  I can't understand why.


Mazey had a ball playing and running through the snow.  There is no way of knowing the depth of the snow where we were walking.  The cabin in back of me is a two-story cabin, if that gives you any idea.


I'm 5' 9".....well I was until I went in for my last bone density test.  My doctor thinks I'm shrinking.....I'm sticking with the height I've been using for decades.  This gives you a good idea of the size of the berms along the roadway.  It was like driving through a tunnel.  No landmarks, no nothing along the way except for snow.


]This little outhouse looked so funny.  Maybe it's a new design for a ski jump?


The white area in the middle of the picture, behind the trees, is the lake.  We have hiked up the mountain called Inspiration Point that you can see in the distance.  I can't imagine the level of effort that walk would require now.  It was a tough hike during good weather in the summer.


California is officially out of the drought!

Enjoy your weekend.

Soon,
Lynn

Wednesday, March 13, 2019

Sew'n Wild Oaks Class Was In Session

Hello Everyone,
 
I had fun the last two days with my friends at In Between Stitches.  I'm surrounded in beauty, friendship, laughter, and creativity for two entire days!  I missed them all last month since I was snowed in.  We made up for lost time.
 
Valerie completed her batik Country Sunshine.  What a beauty!
 

Laurie finished her 18 Country Sunshine blocks and is ready for borders.   She dug through her stash of Jo Morton fabrics for her blocks.


Beautiful work girls!  Perfect points and precision.


Mary finished up a UFO.  I've always said my girls are finishers.


Carrie took a "fabric weaving" class at IBS, and made this beautiful bag. 


Evelynne showed us her machine embroidery on cork fabric.  Amazing!


Kristi is heading off to a Jo Morton workshop and she's taking her quilt to show Jo.  She incorporated years of Jo's fabrics into her braids.


Lynnette made 20 gorgeous pin cushions for the Paradise Guild Members.  My sister Gail will deliver these to the guild next week.  They will be so appreciated and loved.



Kathy made this precious smocked doll dress.  Such attention to detail!


Barbara put her leftovers from a quilt to good use and made a table runner.  Nothing goes to waste at her house.


The center of this table topper is a recycled doily.  This is a perfect combination of fabrics.
 


Gail's geese will take flight soon in her Zinnie's Choice quilt.


Lynnette is working on her Heritage quilt.  She's seeing the light at the end of the tunnel.


Pin cushion Lynnette is making an almost Amish quilt.  She has quite a few more blocks completed to add to the design wall.


Barbara is make a ton of Y-squares to make this block.  She was adding to the design wall all day long.


We've had a wonderful three days at the "city" house.  We were able to see all of our kids and grandkids.  We were able to watch and cheer our two youngest grandsons on the baseball field. It's been a busy three days!  Now back to the mountains, the snow, no traffic, and solitude.  I have a few days of preparation for my visit to the Golden Valley guild in Citrus Heights next week.  In the meantime it's quilt, quilt, quilt!  TAXES ARE DONE and I can move on to something fun.

Soon,
Lynn





 

Saturday, March 9, 2019

My Week

Hello Everyone,
 
As usual, my week has been a busy one......and a rainy, snowy one.  I decided to put Country Sunshine out on the wishing well, and wish for some sunshine.  It didn't work.....more snow is predicted today.
 

When I left on Monday for Redding, we had about two feet of snow on the ground.  Then the torrential rains came and washed a lot of it away.  Now the snow was back yesterday.  The wishing well and snow was the perfect backdrop for Toyland Tree.  Even though it is March according to the calendar....it looks like December.


It also feels like December.  It is 28 degrees this morning.  Now we have our own personal ice skating rink around the house.  During our February storm, I wanted to get out back and take a picture of the cabin, but I couldn't get through the hip-deep snow.  This picture will just have to do.


Now let me tell you about the wonderful trip my sister Gail and I had to the quilt guild in Redding.  It was a dark and storming Tuesday night in the northern part of our state, and the quilters arrived anyway for my lecture.  They were delightful women!


They laughed in all of the right places during my talk.


 
Wednesday morning we hit the ground running with my Patchwork Math class.  Just look at some of their creativity.











Lori and Vicki prepared the nicest buffet lunch for the class.





The workshop was held at The Sewing Room quilt shop and Crafters Mall on Park Marina Drive in Redding.  Such a cute and interesting shop.  It is 3/4 quilt shop and the rest provides stalls for crafters.  It is a fun place to shop, and owner Cyndi is a hoot! 



It was a long, 6-hour drive home to my Mr. Joe and my Mazey through torrential rain and double rainbows.  I'm going back to Redding in May on my extended tour from Susanville, to Red Bluff, then back to Redding.  I've found a haven of quilters who love traditional quilting and reproduction fabrics.  I'm greatly looking forward to my return trip to meet up with my new friends.

I'm finishing up my tax preparations today.  If I didn't have to gather so much for the business, I would have been done days ago.  What a chore!  Just when I think I'm so organized.....I'm not.

Soon,
Lynn