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. ;-)
It's freezing here in NYC today (15 when I walked the dog this morning)...Our building's steam heat is not keeping up with the cold, so it's very COLD IN MY LOFT right now...as I write this, this very moment, this is what I look like..
I have silk long underwear on head to toe, a wool sweater, a fleece jacket, and my hat!!!
On a warmer note: I head to CRAFT NAPA on Wednesday... I will unthaw then.
(No, being a Minnesota gal does not mean I should be used to the cold. That is why I don't live there anymore... LOL)
I have been anxiously awaiting this line! You all know how much I love a good scrappy quilt, well this line does all the WORK for you! LIGHT WORK!
This line focuses on "light" background fabrics, (Low volume, neutral base.) You can use the whole bundle of lights, all together in one quilt! Each light print has various soft colors in them, that make it easy for you to add other pops of color to your design. Blues and whites always look so good... Add in some yellow for soft, french feel, and then take it further with fresh limes, and pinks to make a incredible cozy project...
My NEW Favorite quilt! This LIGHT WORK Quilt KIT will be available online, later today. I'll add a link as soon as it's available.
The PATTERN for this Diamond Work Quilt is coming soon!
This a quilt my daughter and I designed together... Using my BOW TIE Template set, and focusing on the brights with less lights. This fun design gives you multiple shapes and patterns depending on how you layout the blocks with color.
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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.
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 Manor, for 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...
I've been obsessed lately with big quilts, with small pieces… Last September, I started gathering signature blocks from any quilters I know… And will continue to ask for them when I teach or lecture etc…
So now I realized, I missed a bunch of people this past year that I'd like to have in my quilt...
Have you ever taken class with me?
...or my come to my lecture?
or met me somewhere along the way,
or not even met me but want to contribute a tiny block?
I'd love to get a signature block from you, for a quilt I'm making…
Pass it on, ask your quilter pals...
cut TWO - 1.5" X 3.5" strips
A SOLID COLOR
NO PRINTS OR HAND DYES PLEASE!!!!
Please make it this size, or I can use your block.
cut ONE - 1.5" X 3.5" strip
of WHITE for signature
Sew them together, press seams open
….and sign, (fabric pen) Pigma Microns are great!
Keeping your signature at least a 1/4"
in on the sides,
so it doesn't get cut off in the seam allowance…
**I am trimming these blocks down smaller, you don't have to worry about doing that.
If I came to your guild, can you ask your peeps and gather some blocks for me from the members?
There is no deadline…. this quilt will just grow and grow…
Putting all my happy memories all in one place. :-) NOTE: I want to be able to use all the blocks coming in, so if your block is TOO SMALL OR TOO LARGE, I can't make it fit in the quilt… PLEASE NO HAND DYES!!! If I don't know where they are, they will bleed all over the quilt! NO cherrywoods, NO hand dyes… ***If you do not have a solid color, just send me the white strip 1.5" by 3.5" long, with your signature, and I can add the solid. Thank you! The quilt is looking so great so far!!!
This past weekend, I drove to Virginia, (8 hour drive) to teach at the Virginia Consortium of Quilters! 200 ladies, all at the 4H camp in the Mountains.... Yes it was beautiful! I taught my Florid Blooms quilt pattern, getting the quilter's used to curves, and I can say, that they all achieved success! I was quite impressed with the amount of work they got done in one day! Way to go Ladies!
Not only did they get their quilts into shape, but I now have yet another Double Wedding Ring quilt! I was at 60ish a while back, then I quit counting. I think I'm near 65 now(!!) Every time I teach this class, I get another double wedding ring quilt.
Below you can see I finished my 4th Christmas quilt for this year... I dug through my scrap bins to fussy cut the fun fabrics to highlight in this version. I took liberties with the 6.5" squares that fit the melons, to drop in some Drunkard path blocks to make those cool dots, and also the Saw Tooth Star in the center of the quilt! I will go back in an appliqué some red dots, inside the big green dots, and I plan to piece an interesting border around it. I have not decided what yet... but probably something intense and small pieced... That seems to be were my head is these days...and in solids.
I also taught my 15 Minutes of Play class, and talk about being impressed!, Everyone was working fast and furious to have their items to show at Show & Tell on Sunday morning! Many beautiful projects got started. I was inspired as well, and now have an idea to finish a very old project of mine, that is sitting in a box, in my storage bins! So it was a WIN WIN for me!
So now that I'm home... I'm catching up on things on social media! It' see so much fun to see what you are all making with MOSTLY MANOR! My friend Maureen, made this super adorable mini dresden. LOVE IT!!
And I am Finishing up the ALS quilt for the Quilters Dream Auction. These blocks were hand pieced at QuiltCon, by those of you who swung by to help me out!
Remember my posting about all the blocks being made? Here, Shelly and I, and a few peeps, were sewing blocks together at Quiltcon. OK, maybe we just finished sewing... and we were gabbing away... ;-) any who!
The top is nearly finished! It will be up for auction sometime later this year.