Monday, July 27, 2015

Variations on a Block

 Hello Everyone,
I'm putting more blocks together which will be available on TQS beginning this Friday.  I'm trying to incorporate brand new blocks for you to make.  I was just playing around with components and came up with the first blocks.  I think I will try it in different colors which will really change it up.

This is more of a "standard" block.  Easy to make with the larger pieces.

Now it's time to make a predominantly blue block to add to the mix.

I'll be working at the shop today.  I haven't been there in two weeks!  I'm sure all of the fabrics that Melissa ordered are filling the shelves and displays with quilted goodness.  I'd better scoot and start getting ready for my day.  I love visiting with customers, and helping them select beautiful fabrics. 
The shop is participating in the Row by Row Experience.  It is so much fun to meet people who are coming in from all over the country.  It's amazing!

Sunday, July 26, 2015

Almost Time for Popcorn

Hello Everyone,

Get the popcorn ready!  My first segment will air on The Quilt this Friday, July 31st!

I've had the opportunity to view all of my segments.  Mary Kay did an amazing job with the editing.  I have her to thank for making me look good, and not like a bumbling idiot.  Her ability to slice and dice the footage was amazing.  Thank goodness she left all of my boo-boos on the cutting room floor.
In conjunction with each class, you will be able to download a formula for each segment, and a block lesson.  The block lesson will show you all of the components you need to make, along with the cutting directions. You will be able to build on your skills each week as a new class becomes available every Friday for the next six weeks.  By the end of the six weeks, you will become a quilting math whiz.
I'll be sure to post a link to TQS every Friday.  This is all so exciting!


Wednesday, July 22, 2015

Lights...Camera.....Take 382

Hello Everyone,
Jumping catfish!!!  That's me with Alex Anderson in her beautiful quilting studio yesterday, taping segments for The Quilt

You can see my huge binder on the cutting island that contains all of my teaching material.  I made all new "step-outs" to show and talk about every step of the construction process for my quilting components.

My beautiful backdrop was created by my friend Barbara G.  She signed up for my Country Corners block of the month and completed her quilt.  Barbara selected her setting arrangement which nicely showed off her blocks.  This was a gorgeous backdrop for all of my segments  Thank you Barbara!

Some more quilted eye candy was provided by my friend Irene.  She made every block in my Patchwork Math book, which was no small undertaking, then she set the blocks between Courthouse Steps.
Even more eye candy was provided by my friend Suzanne.  Her quilt showed off the fact that the blocks can be re-sized down to 6-inch blocks.

Alex was very gracious and funny, and made me feel very comfortable while she filmed.  Mary, the very supportive editor, was also there.  They walked me through the some cases multiple times!!!  The Flying Geese segment was challenging.  I got to the point that I didn't care which way the geese were flying or if they were flying at all!!!  I only thought about banging my head on the cutting table a few times......but never actually did it.

If Mary put all of the out takes together, it would a hit on America's Funniest Home Videos.  There are probably more out takes than actual material. She has a very challenging job trying to cobble all of the scenes together.  I have complete faith in her and know she will do a fabulous job. Remember, what is on the cutting room floor, needs to stay there!

It's one thing to teach a class in front of students, and it's a whole different ball game teaching a class in front of a camera. The good news is there weren't any hecklers, and no tomatoes were thrown during the process.

The segments will start appearing on The Quilt at the end of the summer, or early Fall.  The best thing is they will be available for everyone to view.  You will not have to be a subscribing member of TQS.....but if would be nice if you decided to join, and have access to an enormous amount of quilting knowledge.

I am so thankful to Alex Anderson for inviting me back to TQS and giving me such a wonderful opportunity to talk and show Patchwork Math.  I want to thank Marcus Fabrics for supplying me with the Past Endearments fabrics which I used in all of my components.
In my wildest quilting dreams I never imagined reaching this level....for that I want to thank you, my blog followers, and everyone who has ever taken one of my classes, or purchased a pattern.  Your support, emails, friendships, and constant encouragement keeps me inspired along my quilting journey.



Monday, July 20, 2015

The Happenings

Hello Everyone,
Whenever a box arrives from Marcus Fabrics......everything in my world stops while I savor every moment of the unveiling.  Georgetown by Judie Rothermel and Ties That Bind by Deirdre Bond-Abel arrived last week.

I've been so anxious to see the Georgetown fabrics.  They are even better in person.

I'm going to start on a Christmas quilt soon.  It's never too early to start!

Ties That Bind is a debut fabric line from Hat Creek Quilts.  I think a field trip to Tasmania is in order after looking at Deirdre's website.  We can stay at Grandma's House during our visit.  Let's pack our bags, I'm ready to go now and enjoy those views off the verandah.

Enough day dreaming.  I need to finish up the final rows for Lil' Orphan Scrappy.

But not until I finish all of my preparations for my taping tomorrow for The Quilt Show.  Soon there will be a link to this button, and you can see me again on TQS, and learn all about Patchwork Math.  It is going to be a mini-workshop.  So get your calculators, pencils, and scratch paper ready.  I'll let you know when to start making the popcorn for the show.



Friday, July 17, 2015

Buddy's Design

Hello Everyone,
All this week we've been watching our grandson while his sister is at cheer leading practice every morning.  After he and Poppy watched the last episode of BattleBots, I asked him if he wanted to join me in my sewing room.  He was as content in my sewing room as I am!

I've been preparing for The Quilt and have many little components pre-made.  I asked him if he wanted to sort them into piles.....and he did.

Then I asked him if he wanted to make some blocks on the design wall.....and he did.

He started out small at first.

Then he pulled up a stool and got serious about his design.

The design grew......

......and grew some more.

Just like me, he would place a few components on the wall, then stand back and look at it. 

We had a wonderful morning together in my sewing room.  It was time well spent with my little Buddy.  He sat on the stool for a long time while I showed him how to do the math for the components.  He watched me turn squares and rectangles into triangles. He had his first geometry lesson with his Grammy. 

Moral of the story, working with quilting components is so easy and fun, a 7-year-old can do it!


Thursday, July 16, 2015

Another Marcus Giveaway

Hello Everyone,

Here's a chance for another giveaway over at Marcus Fabrics.  Treat yourself to Christmas in July with this prize. Follow the link HERE and this could be yours!  I would be super excited if one of my readers won their generous offering.

I'm working away behind the scenes preparing for my taping for The Quilt Show.  My new mini-episodes will be in the classroom section of their website.

Have a great Thursday everyone.


Wednesday, July 15, 2015

Sewn Wild Oaks Class is in Session

Hello Everyone,
It was another magical Tuesday in the classroom at In Between Stitches yesterday.  My girls came prepared to sew, chat and they had a lot to show and tell.  Susan just started working on her Grammy Squares quilt.  She is off to a good start.

Karen is starting to stitch her blocks together and learned how to make flawless "Y" seams.

Jan has a horse theme going cute.

Shelley's blocks are beautiful.

Jeanne is quickly getting her gorgeous Country Charmer blocks and sashings together.

Several of the girls are working on Once Upon a Vine quilts.

Patti finished her borders and learned how to miter them yesterday.  It was so much easier than she thought it would be.

Suzanne is making adorable little baskets for her Dresden quilt that she is designing.

Barbara machine quilted cross-hatching around her little vases.

Paula is working on her Lucy Boston blocks.  She brought in a book about Lucy Boston which was fascinating.

Gail is finishing up her Winterset quilt.  All of the pinwheels, and blocks are finished.  We decided on the best fabric for her borders and binding.

Now it's time to get them sewn on the quilt.

Paula brought in her quilted Party in the Garden.  Paula cried happy tears when she picked this up from machine quilter Diane.....for good reason.  It is fabulous!

Paula added many of her own personal touches.  The dimensional flowers add so much interest.

LOVE the quilting in the borders!

Suzanne finished this beauty of 6" blocks.  Some of the blocks are from my Patchwork Math book, the other blocks are some that Suzanne drafted from other sources.  This was amazing!

Isabelle has Autumn on her mind as she works her way through Harvest of Hope

The room was alive yesterday with so much creativity and companionship.  It was a great day which we all look forward to each and every month.  I adore you girls!

Sunday, July 12, 2015

Christmas in July

Hello Everyone,
It's not too early to think about Christmas.....without being too Christmasy.   

I made a digital rendering of Buttonwood using the Georgetown fabric line by Judie Rothermel for Marcus Fabrics. The line will be available in October.....just in time for Christmas.....but it's not Christmas fabric.  How cute would this quilt be on display during the Holidays!  Oh the stripe fabric!!  I could lay down and roll around in it.  It doesn't get much better than stripes with polka dots.

I've also been playing around with the rest of the colorways in the line.  I envision sewwww many possibilities.

Again, I need more hours in my day!


Saturday, July 11, 2015

Sweat Shop Day Two

 Hello Everyone,

Here she is, Lil' Orphan Scrappy in all her glory.  Six rows are sewn together, five more rows to go.  After this picture was taken, we finished adding another row.  Thanks to Gail, all of the rest of the blocks are finished.  They only need their setting triangles sewn on and then assembled into the last four rows.  It is going to be a BIG, scrappy quilt!

What are your thoughts about a border.  Do you think it needs one?  I'm undecided, and it will be easier to make that decision once the entire quilt is together.
The amazing thing about this quilt is that each and every scrap came from my stash of Marcus Fabrics.  Maybe I should have named it Lil' Orphan Marcus.  The largest piece of fabric used in this quilt is only 5-1/4" x 5-1/4".

The following is Gail's narrative of our day.  No expense was spared on her lunch for those of you wondering if we fed her during her stay at the sweat shop.  ~~Lynn
Good Morning Everyone...Yes, Lynn let me wander away from my workstation long enough for a delicious char-broiled burger at The Lube Room up the road in Dorrington.  I had mentioned yesterday that my machine needed oiling.  Lynn thought I said I needed oiling, hence the trip to "The Lube Room"!  She just takes me so literally, or maybe she needs a hearing aid. We both decided it was one of the best burgers we've had!  It's quite a colorful place, as you can see below.  One could stare at the walls and ceiling for ages and never see it all, just like at Lynn's cabin.  It's a little disturbing, however, as you have all these dead animals suspended from the ceiling watching you eat your burger!

You'll be happy to hear I did get my 18 blocks finished and without a single cookie!  Must have been that burger that spurred me on!  However, the accountant in me calculated that those 18 blocks are only 20% of the total.  Do you think Lynn will still give me credit for helping? 

Lynn again.  Mazey decided to behave herself and plunked down in front of the quilt long enough for me to take a picture.  She is a beautiful girl.......squirrely, but beautiful.  We heard through the mountain grapevine that two bears are patrolling our neighborhood. We've been walking every morning between 5:30am and 5:45am to take Mazey out for her morning constitutional.  This morning we took a big walking stick with us.  Like that is going to do any good!  But I felt so much safer just having it with us.  I just need to run faster than Gail!

Now that my job is done here AND due to the bear sightings, think it's time I hit the road for home this morning.  All kidding aside, Lynn and I always have fun whenever we get together, whether it's on a road trip or hiding away at the cabin for a marathon quilting session!  Sisters are the best! Stay tuned as "Thelma and Louise" hit the road again next month to Chico, our old stomping grounds.
A final note, thanks to all who commented yesterday!  We always enjoy hearing from everyone!  And don't forget to lobby for more cookies for me!
Enjoy your day everyone and take care,