A warm welcome to those of you coming to my blog for the first time from The Quilt Show.com. Sit down, pour yourself a cup of coffee, or your beverage of choice and stay awhile. There is so much to look at under the oaks at Sew'n Wild Oaks. It is nice and calm here, no drama, only beauty and creativity by me, and the wonderful ladies who attend my classes. Please make a comment. I love comments and read each and every one.....multiple times. I will also respond to everyone who leaves a comment as long as I have your email address.
To those of you who have been following me, and encouraging me for a long time, an extra special welcome to you. It is because of YOU, my faithful blog readers, that I am where I am today in the grand scheme of the quilting world. You are my fan club, my supporters, my wings, and I'm flying pretty high right now after my first appearance on The Quilt Show.com
I also want to thank Alex Anderson, Ricky Tims, and the entire staff of The Quilt Show.com for inviting me to be part of your show. Once the initial terror of being in front of the cameras subsided, you made me feel very comfortable and welcomed. I loved how you presented my show! You both asked all the right questions and made it appear seamless......1/4" seamless!
For most of you, this is a recap of what is on my design wall, my long arm and what's coming down the pike from Sew'n Wild Oaks. For those of you who are new to my blog, this re-cap will give you an idea of my style of quilting.
WHAT'S ON MY DESIGN WALL
I have most of the blocks made for Lil' Orphan Scrappy, a quilt using only Marcus Fabrics.....my Marcus medley. This quilt sings to me. I love it and I never get tired of making the blocks. While I'm designing and making a quilt, I'm always planning the machine quilting. I have this one figured out and I can't wait to finish it.
I've been bitten by the Lucy Boston block or as my co-worker Lisa says, the Lizzy Borden blocks. I'm afraid I can't get Lizzy Borden out of my head.....but you can't fussy cut with an ax! The LB blocks or Patchwork of the Crosses are my night job. I have my Lizzy bin next to my chair, and this is what I work on at night while watching my favorite shows. You'd better be sitting down for this next sentence. It takes me about 12 hours per block to make one of these beauties using the English Paper Piecing method. That calculation is from fabric selection to the finished block. Now some of you may be saying, "Is she nuts???" Well, maybe, but I feel that I making good use of my time in the evening while watching American Idol. I don't have to think, I just stitch.
I also have my Country Corners blocks on my design wall. Country Corners utilizes my Patchwork Math book. I give you all of the cutting directions HERE, but you will need the book to figure out how to make the components and the 9" blocks. I know this is a shameless self promotion of my Patchwork Math Manual, but I have to supplement my retirement income somehow!
I think the Courthouse Steps blocks beautifully frames each of the blocks.
WHAT'S ON MY LONG ARM
Grammy Squares is on my long arm......not my dog Mazey! Although given the chance, if she had thumbs, she would try to help me quilt. I LOVE THIS QUILT!! Love the dog too, but I really love the quilt. This will be a new pattern ready for release in March.
WHAT'S COMING DOWN THE PIKE
I teach two Tuesdays a month at In Between Stitches in Livermore, CA and my girls are testing out my newest pattern. This is going to be the year of the Dresdens. I'm going to be making and designing Dresdens every which way. This will be in a new quilt pattern released at the end of the year.
Wow, now that's a lot going on at Sew'n Wild Oaks....but wait, there's more! Filming for more segments on The Quilt Show start in July. I'll be making mini-segments for Patchwork Math which will begin airing in the Fall in the Classroom Section of TQS.
Well all of this has made my head spin. I knew I was busy, but not THAT busy! It's all good, it's all fun, and it all makes me feel so blessed to be a quilter.
Pour a second cup of coffee, sit back and enjoy the show!