Sunday, May 12, 2019

Happy Mother's Day

Hello Everyone,
Happy Mother's Day to all! My plan is to do what I enjoy doing......which is quilting.  My pink background fabric arrived, so I can proceed with the blocks for my new Country Romance quilt pattern.  Here are the components which make up the block.

I'm making lots of components at one time to make the blocks.

I'm packaging all of the parts and pieces into individual snack-sized sandwich bags to take with me to the Country Pines Quilt Retreat next week, where I plan on doing some serious power sewing.

We celebrated Mother's Day with all of the family last weekend.  Today is a free day for me.  I get to do whatever I want to do......and we all know what that is!

Don't forget, tomorrow is the last day of my Mother's Day pattern sale on ETSY.  All patterns are 15% off.  I won't be having another sale for awhile, so take advantage of it now.  Click HERE to go to my ETSY shop.  The sale has been keeping Mr. Joe and Mazey business with their daily trips to the post office.  Mazey loves it!  She gets to hang her head out of the car window and blow all of that skunk smell out of her golden fur.  She is smelling is the cabin.


Friday, May 10, 2019

Sew'n Wild Oaks Class Was In Session

Hello Everyone,
I had two wonderful days with my Sew'n Wild Oaks girls in Livermore this week.  We haven't been together for two months, so there was a lot of catching up to do, and a lot of quilt tops and completed quilts filled the room.
Gail has her Zinnie's Choice together just in time for the summer holidays.

Kristi is also seeing stars in her future.

Now we go to Christmas with Pat's beautiful quilt.

Pat is doing her own machine quilting!  Well done.

Laurie has been working hard on her quilt.

Everything about this one is wonderful.

Vicky finished her Spoken For.  Just a little more stitching on the binding and this one goes in the finished column.

Both Barbara and Melody had completely finished Row-Mancing Alaska quilts which they started on board our quilting cruise to Alaska.  They were in a friendly competition to see who could finish first.

Barbara has a hospital ship on her quilt since she spend a bit of time in "sick bay".  All is well and she's good to go.

Irene and Karen are also working on their Row-Mancing Alaska quilts.

Karen is going to fly away with her geese.

Paula is working on her Lucy Boston block.  Notice the glass of wine?  It is very relaxing to sit, sip, and stitch.

 Wendy is working on her Crabapple Hill quilt for Halloween. 

Patty is working on Buttonwood.  I love the little flange!

Lynette has her Heritage quilt together.  We found a couple of oopsies when she put it on the design wall. Better to find them now when they are easily fixed, than later after it's quilted.

So this is what we do.  We gather together in love and friendship once a month.  We share food, lots of laughter, support, and our quilting projects.  This week we met at the Purple Orchid in Livermore.  We usually meet at In Between Stitches, but the shop is in the process of moving to a new location. We were very spoiled!


I hit the road again next week with a 4-day retreat in Susanville.  I'm teaching one class and doing a trunk show at the retreat.  Then I head over to Red Bluff for a lecture/trunk show and workshop.  I'll be busily preparing over the next few days for my trip.
On another note, poor Mazey came face to hind end with a skunk the other night.  We've had a place in the mountains for the last 20 years and this has never happened.  Five baths later, she still stinks.  Poor baby isn't getting as many lovies from us as usual.  We now have a super-duper bottle of skunk smell remover.  Either the odor is dissipating on Mazey and in the cabin......or we are getting used to it.  When we went to the grocery store yesterday, I was sure the other shoppers detected our charming eu-du-skunk fragrance.
P.S. The sale ends in my Etsy shop on Monday, May 13th.  All of my patterns, many of them shown in this post, are all 15% off.  Click HERE to be redirected to my shop.


Monday, May 6, 2019

Country Romance Progress

Hello Everyone,
Here's my progress on Country Romance so far.  I'm impatiently waiting for more of the pink background fabric to arrive. 

I originally started with a half-yard bundle of Susannah's Scraps by Betsy Chutchian for Moda.  Once this bundle arrived, I didn't open it up for a few days.  I wanted to keep it pristine and beautiful until I had the time to work with it and create a new design.

After I finally opened it, I put it on display in an old tool box in my sewing room.  Here is part of the bundle.

Here's the other part of the bundle.

Since the first bundle arrived, I've purchased additional yardage.  I didn't know what I was going to do with this fabric until I started playing with it.  When I decided to use the pink floral as the main background.....guess what? I only had the original half yard, and I needed three yards.....and I didn't have any. The yardage is in the mail and I can't wait until it arrives.

I'm in Livermore today and tomorrow for class with my Sew'n Wild Oaks girls.  I'm so anxious to see what they've created since the last time we met.  I know it is going to be good!

Don't forget my Mother's Day Sale is still going on in my ETSY shop.  Click HERE and it will take you directly to my shop.  All orders placed over the next few days will be mailed this Thursday.

I hope you all have a great quilting week ahead.  It's a new week, and a good time to finish up a project.....or start a new one!



Saturday, May 4, 2019

Mother's Day Sale on Etsy

Hello Everyone,
If you have been wanting to purchase a Sew'n Wild Oaks quilt pattern, now is the time.  I'm offering a 15% off Mother's Day sale in my ETSY shop.  
All patterns are marked down 15% starting today, May 4th, 2019 to May 13th, 2019.  Click HERE to access my ETSY shop.  Have fun shopping! 

While you are busy shopping, I'll be busy writing pattern directions for Country Courthouse and Country Romance.

Country Courthouse

Country Romance
I'm waiting for more background fabric to arrive so I can keep working on Country Romance.  This quilt will have either 36 or 42 blocks.  I'll see how it looks once I get a few more rows made.  I absolutely LOVE this block!  It goes together so easily and quickly.  There is something to be said for 10" blocks.


Thursday, May 2, 2019

Country Romance

Hello Everyone,
One test block using Susannah's Scraps fabric led to four test blocks.

Now my mind is spinning with ideas for this block and fabric.  It is a very romantic looking block since I used the larger print fabrics for my backgrounds.  This is something a little different than my normal style.  It has been fun changing things up.  I love the additional design the blocks make when they are put side by side.

It is an easy, 10" block which is huge for me considering my last quilt was made with 5-1/2" blocks.  This quilt should go a bit faster.

I'm heading to Susanville in a few weeks for a quilt retreat.  I have two projects that I want to work on, and this is one of them.  The other project that I want to work on is Huckleberry Hill.  If workspace is limited, I will work on the appliqued border.

So many projects, so little time.


Tuesday, April 30, 2019

Classes in Colusa

Hello Everyone,
I just returned from my 5-day road trip beginning with a workshop in Stockton, CA, and ending with two classes at Friends Around the Block quilt shop in Colusa, CA.  I taught Country Charmer and Cute as a Button in Colusa.

Cute as a Button was first up on Friday.  There are lots of little 9-patch sections to this little quilt. It all begins with cutting strips......lots of strips.

There were many 9-patch blocks born during class.

Then they started coming together.

The classroom at Friends Around the Block is very large, and the lighting is wonderful.

Saturday, was Country Charmer day.  Some of the girls worked on their Gold Rush blocks for my Romancing Alaska pattern, and some worked on the same block for Country Charmer.  I include a block layout sheet for my patterns that have a lot of pieces.  I call it the map to your success.  You begin by laying all of the pieces on the sheet, then take the sheet next to your machine and start stitching.


Mary came into the shop to show me her Country Sunshine quilt.  I taught this quilt in November in Colusa.  The fabrics she used were very directional.....and she has everyone going in the correct direction.  Well done!

My sister Gail was determined to get her Zinnie's Choice quilt together and into flimsy status.....and she did!  She had all of the parts and pieces made, she just needed to stitch them together.

Great attention to detail.  No "points" were lost in the making of this quilt.

Tomorrow I'm teaching an applique class at Quail's Nest in Sonora.  This is the block that we are going to work on from my Party In The Garden pattern.  If the class doesn't want to make the entire quilt, they can turn this block into a small wall hanging or a pillow just in time for summer. 

It feels good to be home with my dog and husband.  I think Mazey missed me the most.  She just about turned herself inside out when I walked through the front door.  Mr. Joe was a bit more reserved.  If he jumped around as much as Mazey did, he would now be in traction.


P.S. All of the patterns that are featured in this post are located in my Etsy shop.  Just click on the word ETSY toward the top of the blog post to enter my shop.