FREE TQS! this week!! January 22 2017, 83 Comments

 

 

A GIFT to my Lovely Blog Readers!!!  

 

Free this week Jan 22-29 you can watch my episode 

#2002 CURVES AHEAD at the Quilt Show!  

 

YIPPEE!

 

 

Giveaway!

Once you watch my episode, come back and comment at this post, 

and share one little thing that you enjoyed about the show... 

 

No, I'm not looking for compliments, I'm looking to see what you learned or thought was interesting! Which quilt, or technique, or comment on the show, etc etc...

 

I'll do a give away prize of my Double Wedding Ring Template set!  I'll pick a winner and announce it on Monday the 30th.

 


Thunder Struck! January 20 2017, 6 Comments

 

  We all had a lot of fun in my THUNDER STRUCK CLASS at CraftNapa, 

I was so impressed with the work my students did! Aren't they fun?? 

Each is so interesting, and I love all the colors!

 

 

 

 

...And Michelle got her's complete as soon as she got home! Beautiful!!

 

 

The THUNDER STRUCK PATTERN and template is now available in my shop!

 

If you already have my small diamond template, you can purchase just the pattern, at the link.

 

 

We have a couple NEW PATTERNS available! Keep an eye on the "WHAT'S NEW" page!

 

Pop over to see what other item is NEW that I have not mentioned yet!

Leave a comment here telling what is the item I have not mentioned...and all who guess correctly will be entered into a drawing , and one lucky person will be selected to win, the"said item"  On Sunday, January 22nd, 5pm. (see who reads this far) haha.

 

and...

 

GO!

 

 

 


A Simple Life, Quilts inspired by the 50's May 31 2016, 1 Comment

Above are my blocks from Shelly Pagliai's Book, A Simple Life!  I LOVE this BOM quilt of hers, and I have to make my own as she won't share...  ;-)
She's my friend, I can give her guff!  
I LOVE the quilts in this book, perfect scrap quilts!  I am using all Mostly manor Fabrics in my quilt, which you can purchase in my shop!
and also Hazelsdiary.wordpress.com  for an upcoming quilt-along!

My Hex Star Sizzix Die! May 24 2016, 1 Comment

 

 

My Videos are back!  Subscribe to my YOUTUBE channel so you don't miss the "up close and personals!"   ;-)

Hex Star!  I LOVE THIS DIE... Well, actually I love them all. I'm making several king size quilts for myself from these dies, and even another geese crossing version that I started today. It goes so quick with my Sizzix!!

 

Three machines sizes. (Think, Small, Medium and Large) 

Big Shot, ( the small machines, take the 6" dies... 

Big Shot Plus, ( medium machine) uses The small 6" dies,AND the 9" dies... 

Big Shot Plus,(the LARGE) can use ALL the dies, 6", 9", and 12" dies... 

These sizes are the WIDTH that can go through the machine.. It depends on how you want to use them... TO carry with you on retreats? Small one... 

Medium for more flexibility uses two die sizes, can still carry it with you... 

And last, the Big Shot PRO- A stay in one place machine, I'll do a video soon on them.

 

Above on the left is the BIG SHOT PLUS, all three dies shown above A 9" platform die,under my hand, and two 6" platforms dies beside that.

 

on my Right, is the Big Shot, (otherwise known as a fabi)

Uses only 6" platform dies... that 6" is what fits through the opening the machine.

 

All my Sizzix dies are available HERE.

 

 

 

OK, My HEX STAR die. You can use this die in a couple different ways, I like to design dies that give you a multitude of options!  Loving HEXIES? The star without the half rectangles, gives you just a nice big pieced hex. I have a video on making all the die shapes at my website.

 

This red and brown version is going to be king size. I already raided my friends stashes for more Reds and browns, as I depleted most of mine!  My bed.  Can't wait.  Must get busy!

 

 

But you can also square out the Hexagon to make it a block, like this one below! Isn't it so fun? I even fussy cut on my die!  Fabulous!

 

 

 

 

 

 

At the last minute I made up a small wall hanging, that I can hang in my kitchen... using my Yellow Leo Diamond print from Mostly Manorfor the background. Next I  dug out some favorite golds, and bright yellows to make this version. Using the half rectangle, finishes my hexes so they have a straight edge...

 

So much fun!

 

One more die to go!

 

 

All my Sizzix dies are available HERE.

 

 


QuiltCon Recap! March 02 2016, 1 Comment

 

Shelly and I thank again the voters for picking Mr. Swirl E. Bones for Viewers choice! (and Judges Choice)  Shelly and I discussed this quilt, as I was making it, as I just knew I would not have time to quilt it the way I hoped too. Shelly quilts many of my quilts, so we have a great partnership and she understands my work.  It certainly helps to have a best friend quilt your work!  For a quilt of this nature, (meaning I made it to be entered in the show) do not pay her to quilt it.  It is a collaboration. We talked about what the quilting needed to be, and what I was thinking. It was a true collaborative effort between her and I. 

I designed the quilt, and I gave my ideas to Shelly about elements I'd like to see in the quilting carried through the quilt. She was free to add her story to my quilt. I often work this way.   This also means, the monetary award is half Shelly's and half mine...  This is OUR quilt.

 

I think this is important, just like when I won Best in Show for Double Edged Love, Lisa Sipes is credited for her beautiful work, half the prize money went to Lisa. Lisa also, was not paid for her quilting on Double Edged Love. It's a collaboration, it is OUR quilt ,We put our two brains together so the award is split between the two of us.  

 

Giving credit where credit is due, is very important. Personally and historically, and in this day and age where inspiration is plentiful, why not share where/who you were inspired by? 

It's an honor an a "good humanly thing to do." 

 

 

 

Tricia Royal's beautiful quilt, "A Kiss for Paul" was inspired by a block and Play process from my 15 Minutes of PLAY book, and I'm honored that she emailed me and asked me about submitting this and mentioning (and giving credit) where her inspiration came from. (This is an honor, Thank you) It is her beautiful artistic vision that put this wonderful quilt together, her color choices are fabulous, I love what she did, and thank you again for giving the credit. Frank Palmer quilted this beauty. Frank does some quilting for me too.  So many talented people out there...

 

 

 

Other Personal Favorites from QuiltCon:

 

 

By Leslie Tucker Jenison, the graphic design power and simplicity of this quilt knocks my socks off... I love the color. Design wise, probably my most favorite quilt at the show.

 

 Kerri Green... Design and color, Fabulous. Well done!  (Anyone know a link for her? Thank you)

 

 Plaid on Point: Jennifer Jones Rossotti Quilted by Darby Myer

What's not to love? Great use of color.

Color definitely caught my eye at this show...Obviously!

 

 Frequency   (title correct?? Hard to read from my image, let me know)

 by Cheryl Brickey : Mini Triangle quilt challenge.

Very nicely done.

 

 Falling by Kathy York.  Impeccably made, clean, and very beautiful visually.... Gorgeous color.

Kathy won QuiltCon last year.

 

 

I'm sorry I did not get the name of this quilts maker... Anyone know?

I love it's simplistic pattern, and graphic punch.  Everything about it makes me happy.   

Love the color palette. 

It's bold and gutsy.

 

(Anyone know the maker?  Please let me know... Thanks!)

 

 

It's hard to pick favorites... I literally had one hour to walk the floor to see quilts, so I looked for what grabbed my eyes and allowed my intuition to guide me.

 

Well done to all who had quilts in the show. 

What I love about QuiltCon is that everyone is so happy to be there.  I also LOVE that they hang the quilts on LIGHT backgrounds. It feels so much air-ier and happier then any other show. (those black drapes really make for cave like viewing at other shows) The brightness really adds to the show.

 

I love teaching at QuiltCon also. Students are very happy to be there... And everything ran very smoothly, in my experience.

 

Images from my awesome students work, in the classes I taught, coming soon.

 

 

 

Till Next year QuiltCon peeps! See you in Savannah!

 

Sublime Stars! June 03 2015, 1 Comment


In my plodding along, (!!!) I am slowly getting my new quilt top appliquéd!  YEP! This baby is called SUBLIME STARS!

 

I am quite slow on my appliqué projects... I only work on them at night, when I don't have binding to do...I must have a some netflix to watch to make the time go by faster!  I think It will be my take along project not his road trip coming up...

 

And guess what? This quilt is made with my new Stretch Hex and Tumbler Set! 

SO MANY OPTIONS!!! Keep on reading for more goodness!

Find these in my shop here.

 

 

 

 

QUILTCON WEST CLASSES ARE UP for viewing!!

 

One of the classes I am teaching is using my two new templates...

STRETCH HEX &  TUMBLER

This post is showing you all the options and FUN we will be having in this class!

 

 

This quilt is now finished,  and off to be quilted by my friend Shelly, as I am still without my long arm... I used only the Stretch Hex template here... and made the entire quilt out of my scrap bins.  Yes it is wide, Y seams, and actually, goes to gather quite quickly, one you get your groove on.  ( it each the tricks... don't be Scared!  I then hand appliquéd it down on that fabulous yellow background... Mmmmmm, it sure looks good. I can't wait to snuggle up under it. it took my 12 hours alone to hand appliqué it to the background... you could just cut it and square it up... but I love the crazy shapes...

 

 Here I was mixing different blocks into the quilt with the Stretch hex and Tumbler, together.

The big shape is fun to see what else you can put into that space... PLAY IT UP...

 

And this was the "in progress shot" of my SUBLIME stars! I love seeing how many different ways I can use my templates together. This will soon be a class as well, but for now... We focus not eh two shapes, and I hope I see you at QUILTCON WEST, so I can show you all the options!!

 

I will do another post this week on the second class I am teaching at QuiltCon later this week...

 

Stay tuned!

 

OH! And... These are now in Stock in my shop!!

my NEW Aurifil 12 wt large spool set! 

Don't drool on the keyboard. Squeal! Yummy, right?

 

Aurifil has a nice blog post up on them here.