Thursday, September 5, 2013

How I Spent My Summer Vacation

Hello Everyone,
So this is what I've been doing over the past few days, making quilt blocks, quilt blocks, and more quilt blocks on my computer for my Patchwork Math Reference Manual for my class during Quilting in the Garden at Alden Lane Nursery and at In Between Stitches on Oct. 15th and Nov. 19th.  Click HERE for a link to the class schedule.

I've assembled thirty pages of how-to instructions and resizing formulas to make quilting components to assemble 12 blocks.......and this is just the beginning......I'm only limited by my imagination.  My imagination is kicking into overdrive!  My next trick is to make a sampler quilt with all of the blocks from the book. 

This binder if full of "step-outs" which are all of the components broken down into the different assembly steps that I use for demonstration in each step of the quilting process.  I know all people have a different approach to learning, so I make sure everyone has the instructions in their hand, and I then demonstrate the process.  Since this class is pretty technical, I'm creating a PowerPoint slide show that I will set up in the corner for students to review the process.

For a square in a square, I show how to cut your corners like this when using strips.....

Not like this, because you would end up with stripes going in different directions which is not a good mix if you like having your stripes all going in the same direction.

A corner trimmer tool is a necessity as far as I'm concerned.  It makes my quilting much more accurate.

 When you stitch a triangle to a square, you cut the corners off at a 90 degree angle.


The corners of the opposing side triangles are cut at a 45 degree angle, and again, you get a perfect fit.


Here are just a few more of the 12 quilting components in the reference manual.

I've also been folding applique sheets into cute little bundles for my Harvest of Hope  pattern.  The quilt is hanging in the front window of the shop surrounded by bundles of hay, pumpkins and a red barn door!  Leslie's creativity with the front window display in phenomenal!  I'll try to take a picture of the front windows and post it. 

I'm getting tons of patterns stuffed for the upcoming quilt shows in Georgetown, Quilting in the Garden, and Pacific International Quilt Festival.

So there you have it.  I'll probably be pretty quiet online for the next week or so.  Both my printer and I are working is Mr. Joe.  He's taken the lead in preparing the house and the cabin for Quilt Sue's visit.  My gosh, he's taking his duties very seriously.  I swear he thinks the Queen of England is coming for a visit.  I'm not going to tell him otherwise and just let him continue on with his chores.  There is always a certain amount of work that needs to be completed at the cabin before winter.  He's on an accelerated program and started staining the decks and railings early this year.  Sue, I think you need to come for a visit more often!



  1. You have been busy! Looks intriguing for sure.

  2. A picture is worth a thousand words! I only saw the stripes and stared at your "wrong" picture for the longest time before I saw the error!!!

  3. Wow - anyone who takes your class, Lynn, will come away with a wealth of knowledge, and, I'm sure, a lot of smiles on their face! So many valuable tips so necessary to make your quilt just perfect! Did you use EQ to make the wonderful blocks on your computer? I may have to get one of those triangle trimmers! Mr. Joe is quite the guy to have everything ready for the Queen! Maybe she will knight him ;>)

    1. Hi Candace,
      Mr. Joe said Sue doesn't need to knight him, but she could polish his armor so he's shining again!

  4. Wow....if I only knew.....I think I need to take this class......trying to get the stripes in one direction...yikes....and the corner trimmer tool....I did not know of such a thing.....

  5. Oh, Lynn, what a lot you have accomplished! Your organizational skills are very noteworthy! And you're really good at delegating too...Your Mr. seems to have everything in order for the Queen's visit...oh what fun!

  6. I've heard of the outdoor quilt show at Alden Lane Nursery and ONE of these years I'm going to travel from my home in Utah, pick up my mom in Sacramento and see that wonderful event! Wish me luck! You've done so much work getting ready for your class!

  7. Perfection as always! I am always amazed at the work you do whether by needle & thread or the spotless perfection of your pattern publications. BTdubs...Long Live the QUEEN-S!!!

  8. I have been commanded by Her Majesty to say the following:
    1) it looks to me like you have written a full book there
    2) please thank Mr Joe for preparing for HM's visit so thoroughly. There really is no need to go to so much trouble, but it is very much appreciated.
    Yours faithfully
    Lady S, Lady-in-Waiting to the Queen.

  9. I've always wondered how to write instructions like you have in you have shown in the first 2 pictures (of your computer screen). How did you make your little drawings of the cutting examples? Thanks in advance for the info. Could you email me the answer?

  10. Such lovely work, Lynn! I am awed by your skills and talent. :)