Saturday, October 25, 2014

"Windows" Quilt With Flannel and Minky

This has been my most popular quilt pattern at the store lately.  It's my Windows quilt from the pattern, "Brick Work or Windows Denim Quilts."

As you can see, it's not made with denim.  It's made with Flannel and Minky!  It's very fast to make, and it's oh, so snugly!  This one doesn't have any batting, and when it's done, it's done.  There's no quilting or tying needed!

I purchased 2 flannel prints, and the butterfly and green minkies.  But he rest of the minky was scraps.  It's a great way to use up those minky scraps!

Monday, October 13, 2014

I Joined A Quilt Guild!

I haven't joined a quilt guild for about 5 years, just because I'm so busy.  But I decided that I work too much and don't have any fun.  So I joined the "Sew Small" guild, whose focus is on miniature quilts.  I figured the projects wouldn't take as much time or $ because they're small, and it might be do-able.  So I signed-up for the Row Robbin.  There will be 7 ladies participating, so I get to work on 6 other ladies quilts, and get 6 other ladies to work on my quilt.  Here's the start for my Row Robbin.  This row's finished size will be 6" X 18."  The other ladies will add rows that will be 18" across, but they can be any width, up to 6."  I'm excited to participate!!!

Monday, August 4, 2014

New Denim Quilt Pattern!

Introducing my newest denim quilt pattern, 
the "Denim Waves Beach Quilt."

I have 3 sons, and they go through lots of jeans.  So, what's more natural than saving their old jeans to make denim quilts?  This is my 4th denim quilt pattern to be published.  It will only be available as a pdf download because it's 11 pages, and the printing cost would make it not so affordable.  You can find it on Craftsy, Etsy and YouCanMakeThis.

The Denim Waves Beach Quilt was fun to make!  I'd saved this hand-dyed fabric to make a special quilt, but didn't have a quilt in mind when I bought it.  It goes so great with the denim! The pattern includes 5 wave templates, so you can mix them up and get a random wave feel.  It's done with a quilt-as-you-go method.  And I actually did most of the quilting on the Handi Quilter Avante at the store where I work.

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.