Need proof? Here's a small smattering of the 5-10 green & red quilts I make each year!
I love subtle Holiday fabrics, Fabrics that read Green & Red. So they can be red & green without being overly "Christmas-y." ...Although I do love me some Santa and reindeer fabrics too, who am I kidding? Need more proof? Click here.
But in general, I love the combo of colors. I also love vintage quilts and red, green and yellow here hugely popular back in the day, so this can work both ways... Modern vintage!
The Studio has been humming along getting last minute finishes made for Spring Quilt Market which is the end of next week, but next Monday I am going on retreat with my pals, so I have to be done this week! I can tall you, CHRISTMAS QUILTS are being made with my GREEN & RED line due in the store end of May, and a sneak peak of my line after that! ALSO, my next three NEW SIZZIX dies have been revealed already if you didn't see the video a couple posts below...
This past week, I've been adding all my Sizzix dies to my website, so if you are looking for them, they will be there shortly... The newest ones will not be available until June...
Marilyn's look amazing in my MOSTLY MANOR fabrics!
I'm loving seeing how other SNACK set blocks are turning out!! Come join in the fun!!
Well I alway have multiple projects going on, and sometimes, they are lifetime projects... One fo my current favorites are making my Variety Block templates, or the "snack sets" as I like to call them, as You can't just make one!
I started a sew-a-long Facebook group where we can all share our progress of our little cuties... We all love to show our work, talk about fabrics, and this make adorable things, so this is a place for you to play along! No hurry, no deadline, join in at any time... Just pop over to Facebook, and join/request to join my:
My attempt at making a quilt I will actually sleep under! You may notice in the video that Jenny Egg does not stay of my bed... She has to sleep with me, touch me, and snuggle... So I need a quilt that is not WHITE! The quilt I currently have on my bed, is laying upside down, so the backing is face up... It looks great in my rom, but I want something a little more patchwork-y!
So here I am using Browns and pinks. The fabrics I am using are:
Using easy HST's and Four patches, I am getting a lot of movement among these blocks. I'm loving it, but need some selfish ME time to get it finished...(things with no deadlines seem to take me a lot longer to finish!) It will be a KING size quilt.
My current quilt which I made YEARS ago, before I was serious about quilting, uses a random dresden wedge shape. I sifted through my scrap bins and stash and puled all my "not so pretty fabrics, and then added in a pretty fabric to each set, to make them all look nice together, Which, actually made a really beautiful quilt! (it's a good challenge and a great way to get rid of a few old fabrics in our stash! How can you bring new eyes to old fabrics and make them look vibrant and pretty? PLAY! VFW QUILTS DRESDEN TEMPLATE
Now I use my VFWquilts Dresden template. I have a new quilt pattern coming soon, but this is a very easy handy tool to have in your stash... 22 blades makes a full circle... I used appliqué glue to hold my dresden circle in place on a giant quilt block, next used Bias tape to top stitch the circles into place on the basis tape. easy to deal with that raw edge! No appliqué!
I also used it to make this sweet customs quilt before Christmas... More on that coming soon!
The SPLENDID SAMPLER book is here! Jane and Pat did an amazing job getting this organized and I'm so happy to have been a part of it! My little Full Circle Block landed on the cover! Adorable!!
Jane and Pat have a giveaway happening an you can join in by clicking here.
It has been so much fun watching all the different quilts come together! All the various blocks are so adorable! If you haven't made one yet, you can join in on the FB page, as they start the next round.
I encourage you all to go back and learn my block.. You build your appliqué skills and learn how to make easy little circles! They are not hard, and what better way to learn a new skill on a small project! My video is always listed on my website.
MQX New England was a lot of fun! The Exhibit of Double Wedding Rings was so lovely to have! I took my classes to the exhibit and related all the things we talk about in class, to the quilts we were looking at... Its such a treat to have that many pieces of work available to share! If you have my Double wedding ring book, you will have seen many of these quilts! Although I did have quite a few pieces that are not in the book. So the next time you can see them is at Paducah the end of the month! Come by as I will be lecturing at the exhibit several times that week Hours will belated in the catalog... I have to look that up yet. I am also Lecturing on Play and Creativity! Don't miss it!
I taught a 15 Minutes of PlayClass and a Double Wedding Ring pillow class. When I only have one day to teach DWR's, we really only get on ring made in that time frame. But that ONE ring, is all you need to know to make an entire Double wedding ring Quilt! Did you know that? All the tricks you need for success happen within the ring, and then you constantly use those same tricks through the entire quilt. The students made some really fun pieces! Here are just a few of the pieces... My Double wedding ring templates are available here!
It was nice to see some of my 15 Minutes Players at MQX! They even brought in their lovely pieces that they made! I love seeing what you've done with your 15 Minutes or your double wedding rings! Keep those emails and pictures coming!
Kim was with me, as we also vended at MQX. it was so nice to see so many of you there!
Using my Large Diamond Template to make this quilt. It is THE MOST used template I have. I can make big, impressive quilts quickly by using up large pieces of my stash, cut up old quilt tops with it, (which I did in the red stars on the quilt that hangs in the video) Fusy cut my fabrics, piece something fun and fabulous! My Manor Stripe fabrics look fabulous as back ground setting fabric!
This is one I have started but have not finished yet... Using up all the Kaffe shot cottons I have... Looks so yummy like this!
I can also use the template along with my SMALL Diamond template, they work together! You can make this quilt up in a day! Four of my Small diamond templates, together make on Large Diamond. Sew together in rows! Bing Bang Boom, and you done! ( No Y Seams!)
Here are some of the other awesome quilts that have been made using my Large Diamond template.... So many goodies, so many options!
I hope to see you at MQX New England this week!!
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So after you see the quilts, please stop by the booth! Kim will be working the booth as I am teaching Thursday and Friday, But I will pop over to her during lunch break. I will also give a talk with my DWR class on the exhibit near the end of the class time on Thursday, you can tag along! Probably around 4:45.. swing by and ask Kim as I will know better that day what time... I'm so looking forward to it! See you there!!!
This quilt above is a variation on my Bright Lights Big City Quilt. The pattern is in my Double Wedding Ring book. It's quite large, no there is no acrylic templates for it, but I may do a special pre-order, so stay tuned.... ( but know I make all my quilts from paper patterns, so you can certainly make it with paper too. ;-)
Here's a few pictures of our trip to Japan... I took a zillion photos, of course... I selected a few favorites to share with you! Don't want to bore you touch with vacation pictures!
Fushimi Inari Shrine, Kyoto
Kasha Taisha shrine, Nara
Todaiji, a great temple in Nara
Arashiyama Bamboo Grove
Jigokudani Snow Monkey Park,
ryokan in Hakone
Arriving at the foot of the entrance to walk a mile up the mountain to see the snow monkeys...
A bus pulls up and off jumps my friend Linda from Ohio!
Can we all sing together.....
It's a small world after all....
Actually, I had another friend in Japan at the same time as well, but what are the odds you run into each other? Even better, my daughter spotted two fellow school mates in Kyoto... randomly in the lobby of our hotel, having no idea they were in Japan...