Wednesday, May 24, 2017

Sew'n Wild Oaks Class Was In Session

Hello Everyone,
What a fun day yesterday in the classroom at In Between Stitches with my Sew'n Wild Oaks girls. Paula is working on Lil' Orphan Scrappy and has all of the blocks made.

 I love this pile of scrappy triangles she has prepared for the randomly planned corner squares.

Irene worked on this beauty throughout the day.  
The classroom was so full......

.......that we had to put up a couple of extra tables for the overflow.  This little room was our caboose.

Speaking of a full house, Karen is making great headway on her Journey's End houses by Kim Diehl.  They are just a cute as they can be.

 Here's another example of beautiful Kim Diehl fabrics for Walk in the Park.

Laurie is working on my new Huckleberry Hill pattern and is anxiously awaiting me to finish my blocks.  Laurie is an excellent pattern tester for me.

At the start of the class, I taught a half-square triangle session and Patty put the knowledge to work immediately in a little basket.  She has lots of little HST waiting in the wings.

Mary has a good start to a Lucy Boston block.

The geese are going to be flying south in Janie's October Magic. Love those plaids!

Meike is making a Grammy Squares quilt.  This one is going to be striking!

Rose is assembling all of the parts and pieces for her beautiful quilt.

Mary is making her first English Paper-Pieced flower for Summer's Blush.

Now I'm poking some good natured fun at Mary.  This is her contribution to the design wall at the end of the day.  I heard her say the back is a "hot mess".  But Mary, the front is perfect!

 I hope you all have a perfect day.


Monday, May 22, 2017

Patchwork Math Was In Session

Hello Everyone,
It's been a busy couple of days with a lecture to the Flying Needles Quilt Guild in Woodland on Thursday, and a workshop on Saturday.  Here are a few pictures from the creative quilters at the workshop.


I present the formulas and techniques for one component at a time.  You can see everyone taking good notes while I'm presenting.  Then they go off to their machines and make the designated component for that hour.

Once they've made several of the components, they start playing on the design wall.

From beginning to advanced quilters, there is always something new to learn in this class.

We had a few "aahaa" moments, and there were light bulbs going on in the class.

This was an absolutely delightful group of women.  Gail and I thoroughly enjoyed the time we spent with this quilt guild.  You were good quilters which made our job an easy one.

I really enjoy spending good, quality time with quilters.  I love to hear their stories, see pictures of their quilting style, and watch them add new knowledge to their quilting toolbox.

Gail and I were so warmly received by the guild members.  We look forward to a return trip to the Flying Needles Guild in Woodland.


Wednesday, May 17, 2017

Flying Geese and Double Flying Geese

Hello Everyone,
We are going to "fly" on over to The Quilt Show this morning and take a look at my Flying Geese video in the classroom section by clicking HERE.
The following two blocks each have flying geese and they are two different sizes.

This block contains two double flying geese in each basket.  I love the fact that I can make four at a time which makes quick work of these baskets since I have two matching set of geese.

This is an entire row of double flying geese in the baskets.

Here are regular flying geese surrounding the center of the medallion quilt.  Parallel geese are on the last border, creating the rick rack look.  The directions for all of the geese are located in my Patchwork Math book which is on sale at The Quilt Show HERE.

This is Emilie Elizabeth, a quilt I named after my maternal grandmother.  It is full of geese.

Here are the little baskets again in Once Upon a Vine.

I also have tutorials posted HERE on my Virtual Classroom tab at the top of my blog.  I remember the afternoon I made all of the flying geese for October Magic.  When I make them four at a time, I whip right through the task.

So check out The Quilt Show today. Check out my tutorial, and get those geese flying around your sewing room.


Tuesday, May 16, 2017

Butterscotch Baskets Revisited

Hello Everyone,
I love, I repeat, LOVE to get photos of my quilts made in different colorways than my original.  Pat, from Northern California, came to see me at the quilt show in Grass Valley, and showed me pictures of her Butterscotch Baskets which she renamed to Baskets on the Mesa.

Pat said it took her 3-1/2 years, and look what she has to show for her efforts.  Well done Pat!  I love your rich colors and precision piecing.

Here's my original Butterscotch Baskets in a photo taken at Calaveras Big Trees State Park. This quilt is very scrappy.

I had to throw in this picture of the reflection in the water.  It was so unusual to have water in this stream since we were in our drought at the time.

Here's another Butterscotch taken at Quilt Shop on Main in Hutchinson, MN. This quilt was made using only Thimbleberries fabrics.

Don't be afraid to change up those colors and make the quilt your own.  Your reward will be a beautiful quilt like Pat's.
My grand daughter is coming over after high school to help me stuff patterns.  I have a stack of printing just waiting to be stuffed and priced.
I'm headed to the Flying Needles Quilt Guild in Woodland for a lecture this Thursday evening.  Then I'm going back on Saturday for a Patchwork Math workshop.  I have a quick turn-around time to get ready to be a vendor at the Wine Country quilt show sponsored by the Moonlight Quilt Guild in Santa Rosa the first weekend in June.  My booth is right by the front entrance, so EVERYONE stops by.  Talk about FUN!  I also tend to get a little hoarse since I try to talk to all quilters who come to my booth.
I don't have time to quilt, so someone has to quilt for me today!


Saturday, May 13, 2017

Sew'n Wild Oaks Class Was In Session

Hello Everyone,
My Sew'n Wild Oaks girls have been busily creating over the last few weeks.  This show is brought to you by 15 extremely talented quilters!
Barbara finished her Walk in the Park quilt.  Seeing this makes me want to dig mine out of the UFO pile and get it finished.

Barbara has also made good use of her fat quarter tower of Kim Diehl fabrics by making the quilt and two table toppers.

Jeanne also got her quilt back from the quilters.

The ribbon-like border was a great alternative to applique......Jeanne's favorite thing.....NOT!

Kristi finished her barn quilt complete with a rooster in one of the windows.

 Barbara B. finished her elephant the tale end of this one!

 Melody is diligently working on her border.

 Suzanne is holding up this cutie.

Suzanne is also working on Moda's Block Heads.  Now I don't want to hear any complaints from quilters working on the 6" blocks.  Suzanne is also making 3" blocks!

Kristi is also making the Block Heads.

Barbara B. is working on Spoken For in a wonderful collection of 30's fabrics.

Carol is also working on her Dresdens.

Lynnette just started her Grammy Squares quilt.  Great combinations of color.

Gail is putting the frames around her blocks for Walk in the Park.

 We also have more Journey's End houses and I can't remember who made these!

Cindy is working on this beautiful wreath.

If it seems as though I'm in a hurry this morning.....I am.  I have to get to the Little League field muy pronto!  Jess is playing this morning, and Kade is pitching this afternoon for playoffs.  The little boys live across town from each other and play for two different leagues.  It will be ironic if the cousins end up playing against each other one of these days.  Grammy will have to rotate from the home team to visitor bleachers for each inning! We just don't want to miss a thing watching all of the kids sporting events.

Another life milestone for Harleigh yesterday which tugged at our heartstrings. We watched her "drive" away from the baseball game last night.  She has her learners permit and will soon have her license. A very generous Auntie Gail gave Harleigh a car for her 16th birthday.  This SUV will be perfect when she needs to drive to the FFA farm and take care of her pigs.  Harleigh is a 4-wheel drive type of gal in her boots and Levis. 

When she first got her permit, Harleigh drove over to her boyfriend's house with her mom.  Jarret came out of the house wearing his football helmet.  I like this kid!  Great sense of humor.

Gotta run!  Hope you all have an enjoyable Saturday.