Thursday, September 18, 2014

Home again home again....

 I had so much fun in Newtown, PA the last two days!! These ladies were one rocking group! Fabric was flying, people were sewing like crazy, and I cam home inspired!




Classroom is ready for QTM this weekend! Quilters Take Manhattan!!! YAY!!

I'm now home, whipping up my home, classroom to be ready for tonight's ( Thursday) party for Roderick Kiracofe's new  book release Unconventional & Unexpected .

AMAZING book of inspired quilts!

This a must have book for all of you who, like me, love the out of the norm- artistic and unique quilts!

More on the book later...  But here is one peek.... My grandmother's quilt she made for me, is included in the book... This moved me to tears... If only she knew.

Sunday, September 14, 2014

Atlanta and back....

Quilting Live in Atlanta was great fun!  We made Mini quilts and also some Double Wedding Rings!  It was such a whirlwind trip! Check out all the fun stuff!



I'd say these are about actual size... ;-)      1.5" blocks...



My husband and daughter picked me up friday night and we went straight out to our house... I meant to post over the weekend, but I realized I didn't bring my computer along with me!  And no other WORK projects, so I got to relax, sew whatever I wanted, and also Cooked all day on Saturday! Beatrice and I made a carrot cake, I made a few jars of Rhubarb chutney, then cooked a great meal of Salmon with Leek & spinach cream sauce with Gruyere scalloped potatoes... Yep, I went all out!  



I sewed some 15 Minutes of Play blocks, which are for one of six new commission quilt projects!
Someone asked me this weekend if I still get to "just sew." 
 I said, "That's all I pretty much do." 
She said, "No like, just for fun." 
I said, "Everything I do is fun! 
 I only make what brings me joy...  Finding people who want to have one of my quilts, and making it for them, is pretty great...  Next to giving one away! That is #1, to give to those who need. 
Quilts bring Joy.
I get Joy in making them...
I always make the quilt I want to make... So the fun is always present.


I'll keep you posted on this project as it grows... 
It's so bright and happy, hard to be sad, looking at all that color!

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A super Busy this week!

Newtown Quilters Guild in Newtown, PA Tuesday and Wednesday. 16th -17th

Hosting a Book Release Party for Roderick Kirakofe here on Thursday eve.

Quilters Take Manhattan Saturday at F.I.T. ( sold out) 20th
QTM After Dark party here in my home Saturday night. 20th
Miniatures Class here in my home classroom Sunday. (sold out) 21st
Then I head to Acton, MA with Alex Veronelli of Aurifil to Quilters Way : 
we both lecture on Sept 23rd.
Then Sept 29-30th I am at Keystone Quilters, in Quakertown, PA 



Amazing book, by Roderick Kiracofe. So many fabulous quilts inside, you will be inspired!!! Check it out! 
More info on that to come...


Thursday, September 11, 2014

Off to Atlanta!



I'm packed to fly off to Atlanta today for Quilting Live! Class tonight is Miniatures, and tomorrow is the Double Wedding Ring Single ring class...  I'm excited to teach both. So much fun!
I also look forward to seeing the Double Wedding Ring Exhibit hanging!! Of course!


The Dogs get all worked up when they see the suitcase come out... They sit by it, on it, in  it... Sorry Pups, not this time.... Poor Kia has been up every night since her second heart attack.... And if she is up, that means I am up...  Three times last night.... sigh. poor thing... Hope no one minds the bags under my eyes....
 Speaking of eyes...

When did small print get to be so SMALL!
Finally got a pair of readers...   Had to go funky.... like? ;-)


Prepping for the class samples means, I get a bunch more ideas....and
yet another DWR! 
These pics are fuzzy because they are off my iPhone... 
Seems to me my camera is not taking the greatest pictures anymore....   And here i thought it was just my eyes... ha!


Got my airplane hand work ready, having my coffee, and I am outta here!  Pics when I return!
Have a great day!!!

Sunday, September 7, 2014

Another done.

Another healing quilt is done and will ship Monday.  I was told of a woman who desperately needed a quilt... She was not feeling well, went in, and came out with some very bad news...  I hope this quilt,  filled with all our love and support, will help her in her journey....

Thank you again for all your support in contributing these blocks. Together we are bringing a touch of Joy to those who need some extra love and prayers.


Thank you!



Friday, September 5, 2014

QTM HOT TICKET giveaway!!

Quilters Take Manhattan Ticket Giveaway by Aurifil!!!!!


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Quilters Take Manhattan, the once a year extravaganza hosted by the Quilt Alliance, has grown every year adding classes, tours and special contests to the delight of the quilting community.  Although all of this is fun, the Alliance has a very important purpose in the preservation and education of the quilting arts.
The Quilt Alliance 
Quilt Alliance is a nonprofit 501c3 organization established in 1993 whose mission is to document, preserve, and share our American quilt heritage by collecting the rich stories that historic and contemporary quilts, and their makers, tell about our nation’s diverse peoples and their communities.
In support of this mission, the Alliance brings together quilt makers and designers, the quilt industry, quilt scholars and teachers, and quilt collectors to further the following goals:
to promote the understanding of the quilt as an important American grassroots art form
to make information about quilts available to a broad public
to educate Americans about the importance of documenting quilts and quiltmakers so that their stories will not be lost.
This year’s event speakers include  the very talented designer Amy Butler and the president and owner of Moda Fabrics, snazzy dresser, and Quilt Alliance board member Mark Dunn, a beautiful quilt exhibit and a goody bag that will make you drool!  Everyone that attends  this event is inspired to go home and create!
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The Quilters Take Manhattan 2014  has completely sold out ( you can still buy tickets for the at home option) but Aurifil has a wonderful surprise!  Two people will win one ticket for the SOLD OUT day event at FIT in NYC and one ticket for the After Hours party at the loft of Victoria Findlay Wolfe.

To enter this giveaway is made easy with many options on Rafflecopter!  This giveaway will close on September 8, 2014 and  the winner will be announced on or about September 6 on Aurifil blog

To enter for this giveaway please visit


(Do not enter for drawing here.. Please go to the Aurifil link.)

Thursday, September 4, 2014

MINI'S!


Playing in Miniatures!

Next week I will be tacking the Miniatures class at Quilting Live in Atlanta.  I have so much fun with these!  Perhaps you saw the Miniatures challenge last year at 15 Minutes Play?
SEE pics here

Yesterday I made up two new ones for class samples. The two little quilts below... They are so fun to make, addicting, if I can say so!
Using your solids is the way to go with these babies... These are 12" finished size quilts.









I'm also doing a quilt walk/talk of the new DWR exhibit I organized for the Show! Come by at 1pm next Friday Sept 12th, at Quilting LIVE!





Also! The Quilt Alliance Contest INSPIRED BY.... quilts will be on display! Be sure to swing by and hear Jodie Davis talk about them and see how amazing they are! Times listed below.




Tuesday, September 2, 2014

new one for me.

My master bedroom at my house, was renovated 10 years ago. I bought this lovely indian cotton quilt and it's been everyone's favorite quilt all these years...It's soooo soft!  I have not even been able to put one of  my own quilts on the bed, because, like Goldilocks, none have ever been "quite right."

But now, after ten years, the very thin soft indian cotton is tearing each time you touch it... and it's very faded... It really is time to do something about it...

I've tried several times to make quilt that would feel like this one... I love the color palette! It's warm,  soft yummy colors go nicely with the peachy color on my walls, and chocolate linen covered headboard...

I did a post not to long ago about trying to make the right quilt for this bed...  After that post, well, things fell into place by a series of events...
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One, back when I was in Naperville teaching, Catherine Redford was in my class, and she was given a set of giant dahlia templates by Marti Michell, she handed them to me and said, 
"Here, you try it..."
I said, "Sure I'd give it a go!"

Then two:  I went on to QBL, (quilting by the lake) and my friend Lisa, was trying to use a fabric yardage that was given to her by another friend Karen, who also didn't know what to do with it....
Well, Lisa found a way to use it, 

By dropping it into my suitcase!  

So now I have the "hard to use fabric", by way of three owners...

I have everyone's hand me downs!  ( just like when I was a kid with all male cousins, and I still got all the hand me downs.) haha

So.... I get to my house after all the summer travels, I'm home, I'm happy to be home, I'm happy to be in my studio, I should be working on other stuff, but instead I find the templates....


hmmmmmm, well that was fun! 
(I was cutting up new fabric I bought on the road this summer)

 hmmmmm, well if I just cut a few more, then I will get back to my work....
(sound familiar to anyone?)

 Yeah, but I really like yellow, so where are those other yellows I bought....

 But it needs more red...
yeah! Cool! I love it...

Now what...

Well, I love that cheddar gold...
Love that brown polka dot, wish I'd bought 8 yards of it...
Purple? Lavender? Love lavender... Nope...
What else do I have around here....


Hey, where's that weird fabric that Lisa gave me...
hmmmmm, not bad!

Wonder what it looks like on my bed?

yes, I like it!!


I also had a striped border fabric in my stash that is at least 9 years old... 
A fabric that every so often I'd think I should donate to someone else, too!
But alas!
It found it's home on the border of this quilt top!

I'm considering adding more appliqué design work around it... but frankly I really like
 how simple the shape and color is... 
I didn't center the dahlia on the quilt top, I centered it the way the design lays on the bed,
 just before the pillows start to cover it...

I also won't feel to bad if the dogs jump on the bed with a simple quilt...
That makes me say "o more appliqué..."
just call it done.

Next, a good ironing, and...

...a good backing fabric!

 I wonder if I have any more hand me downs?

Then quilt it!

(then I need time to make new sheets and pillow cases, too!)

;-) See how my friends are quilting instegators?
hehe
(see how easily I chomp at the bit?)

But hey! I finally have a quilt for my bed!!! Yahoo!



Here's a tiny video of the quilt being Kinetic art...






Sunday, August 31, 2014

two more attempts, Larger

Still working out the quirks getting this bag just right... (see last post) This time I took a table cloth I bought in Africa, and used that....
I forgot to add a pocket, so I will go back and add one on both sides... since it's reversible...  I made it twice the size of my old shopping bag this time around....

 I totally LOVE how it turned out....  ( still will add pockets)

This one has a pocket on!  I wanted to use up this super, cute, giant print I've had for ages in my stash.... I think Jenny Egg likes it too...

The bag is addictive, and so crazy easy to make.  So many fun ways to adapt it; I have an orphan block picked out for one more.  really how many do I need?

Once I get it just right, The pattern will go up here...
Just need a bit more time...  It's kind of like a A line dress with a curved yoke. ;-)




My old shopping bag is one of these goodies from like the container store or somewhere... I've had it for years....  It's nice, but it is a bit to small for lugging groceries in NYC, so I used it as a base pattern to make it larger.   
The part where you put your groceries in, I thought was to small, so I widen that area. Next I squared it out in an a-line shape,  and boxed out the corners for width to the bottom of the bag....
The TOP Yellow African bag, I also made longer straps. I also cut out the armpit area larger, so you can easily sling it over your shoulder... the red one was a bit to snug...

Getting there...It's been fun to play with!!!