Thursday, June 5, 2014

Row By Row Experience

The Store where I work is participating in the Row By Row Experience.  Click here to find out more.  The theme is "Sew A Season."  Since I live in Utah, we would naturally choose Winter.  

Here's our row, designed by me.  It's called "Snowflake Collection," and is done with English paper piecing, hand applique, and hand embroidery.  You can click on the picture to see a larger image.


There are shops in 34 states, plus Canada, that are participating.  You can find a list of participating shops on the link above.  

When you go into a participating shop, ask for their row pattern, and they will give you the pattern for FREE.  If you make a quilt using at least 8 of the Free Row By Row Patterns, you may win a prize.  Sounds like fun for traveling quilters!  I hope to collect some patterns, myself.  The dates for this are July 1 through September 2, 2014.

The only way to get these FREE patterns is if you go to the shop in person.  That's the rule, and we want to keep the rules.  However, after October 31, it may be available for purchase. 

Wednesday, January 8, 2014

Beginning Piecing Workshop Available as pdf Download!

Just wanted to let everyone know that my Beginning Piecing Workshop is now available to purchase as a pdf download!  Currently, you can find it on Etsy, Craftsy and YouCanMakeThis.  There are 18 pages of instruction for $12, and includes the pattern for the Confidence Block.  The workshop is 5 classes for $50 in person, so I think $12 is a pretty good deal.  Here are a few pictures from the instructions.

The Confidence Block -- choose mini, baby or table topper, or throw size

Learn Rotary Cutting

Find Your "Scant 1/4" Seam

Learn How to Use a Tape Line



Here's the description from the front page:  

Making beautiful quilts begins with skillful piecing — the art of sewing fabric pieces together to make a specific design.  When you have completed this workshop, you will feel confident with your piecing skills.

Skills taught in this course include:  rotary cutting, sewing accurate 1/4” seams, quilting tools, thread, machine set-up, pressing, 4-patch, half-square-triangles, sparrow block, “twist and shout,” snowball corners, flying geese, square-in-a-square, matching points and diagonal corners, squaring-up, chain piecing, block construction, “needle down and stomp your foot,” “steering with the pin,” and borders.

Wednesday, December 18, 2013

Last Minute Gifts

For Christmas this year, I wanted to make all of the ladies I work with, an Iron Cozy.  As I searched the patterns that are already out there, I found that they were for certain sizes.  Well, I don't know what size all the ladies irons are!  So I made my own pattern for a one-size-fits-all iron cozy.  Here's a picture...




They have a casing for an elastic cord, that gets drawn-up and is held in place by a spring cord clip.  There's a dart in the front, and 2 darts in the back corners to make them square.


 I made 7 Iron Cozies, and will take them to work to pass out today.

Sunday, November 17, 2013

New Pattern: Holly Table Runner

I've just released a new pattern!  It's actually a revision of an older pattern that I sold locally in 2007.




The Holly Table Runner will add a
touch of class to your winter home
décor.  It’s unique 3-D effects give
it personality.  Fusible machine
appliqué and a simple design make
it a quick project.  

The 3-D parts include the black flange, gold accent pieces in the center and corners, and the buttons that hold down the gold accent pieces.  

Sometimes I enjoy doing a quick project.  It's fun to see the progress as it goes from fabric, to a holly leaf, to a stem of holly, to a bordered quilt top, to a finished table runner.

Other times, it's very gratifying to work on a huge, difficult project.  These projects help me to hone my skills, and to grow appreciation for the skills of others.  They also teach me patience, and show me that, yes, I can do hard things.

I really love the feeling of accomplishment that comes from quilt making.  That's why I do it.

Sunday, July 14, 2013

Chenille

A long time ago, I made some pot holders with denim and flannel.  I used 3 layers of denim and 3 layers of flannel, sewed them together with diagonal rows of stitching.  Then cut between each row with my scissors, to  make it chenille.  I loved how it turned out, but it was really hard on my hands. 


So, I've had my eye on one of those chenille cutters, 
and finally bought one.





Here's the new set of pot holders that I did with the new chenille cutter.




I also thought it would make a great rug!  I used yardage that I already had.  There's a blue denim on the bottom, with a yellow denim and a pink denim.  Then I had some dark blue flannel that went between each denim piece.

Here's the rug, and the close-up.



I love the feel, texture and weight of the rug.  But it turned out kinda wonky.  I'll have to figure out how to make it more squared.  Maybe I could do a couple sets of back-stitches at the beginning and end of each row, so I can square-up when it's finished, without the stitching coming undone.

Thursday, June 20, 2013

Denim Quilt Class

Tuesday, I got to teach my Denim Quilt Class.  It was a big class (10), but the ladies were all sharp, and we had a great time!  The students had a choice of Denim Stars, Brick Work or Windows.

Denim Stars
Brick Work
Windows
These 3 quilts are done in a similar way.  We work with a small section of the quilt at a time, sewing the blocks together and finishing the raw edges.  Then the quilt is done when it's done, there's no quilting or tying to do later, and batting is optional.

Here's some of the ladies and their work...







It's fun to see everyone's fabric choices!  Beatles fabric, polka dots, a soft girly print, cute bees, pirate fabrics, old fashioned charm and manly flannels.

Monday, May 27, 2013

Memorial Day Family Picture


Today is Memorial Day, and I got the day off work.  So our family went for an easy hike up near Bear Lake on the Limber Pine Trail.  The tree we are in front of is about 560 years old.  

It was a perfect day for being out in nature.  There were a few patches of snow, so of course, we had to put some snow down everyone's back.  LOL!


We saw a couple chipmunks and a baby moose.




The wild flowers are blooming, but I only saw 3 butterflies.  We'll go again when the butterflies are gathered in thick groups.