Thomas Knauer Abecedarian Quilt Along. You can read more about it here.
This will be the third quilt top I've finished since the end of July that I plan to donate to SafeHouse (a domestic violence shelter) through the Greater Ann Arbor Quilt Guild. I'm really hoping to find some time this month to quilt them - 'cause, you know, there is lots of free time in December. I want to practice my free motion quilting and these tops will give me a lot of quilting real estate to cover! I'm having a bit of a hard time setting aside the time to make backs and get them basted - my least favorite part of quilting :) I'll get there.
I'm beginning to accept that I am perpetually unrealistic in my quilting goals. I'm always trying to fit more in than will actually fit into the time I have. As long as I can meet my important deadlines and not stress myself out about the rest, things will get done.
Just a few more blocks and the border left on this one!
December 2, 2013
November 27, 2013
I wanted to make some more potholders to show everyone for Camp Stitchalot next week. I have quite a few that are made with a single fabric, but I wanted to show some pieced ones. I also felt like making a block I hadn't made before. Do you all know about Quilter's Cache? The site is fantastic! It has tons of quilt blocks and how to make them - everything from a traditional four patch all the way to super new and complicated paper pieced blocks. So I searched on the size I needed (what a great feature!) and found the Double Quartet block - perfect :) Aahhh, craving satisfied! Do you get color cravings?
By the way, there are still some spots left if you want to come to Camp next week!
Happy Thanksgiving to all my US readers!
November 25, 2013
|Randot Table Runner|
|North Pole Tree Skirt|
|Scrappy Classic Stocking|
|Winter Night Pillow|
|Christmas Tree Farm|
November 22, 2013
I'm pretty excited to say that not only will Fat Quarter Shop be selling this pattern, but they are kitting the quilt too! It isn't in stock yet, but you can sign up to find out when it will be and I'll let you know as soon as I find out too.
A little more about the actual quilt: Turnstile uses 5" squares so is charm pack and scrap friendly. A partial seam method is used to make the charms twirl around the centers, but I explain it fully with lots of diagrams. It really isn't nearly as hard as it sounds, I promise! Turnstile includes 5 sizes from baby to queen/king.
You can get paper copies of the Turnstile pattern in my Etsy shop and PDFs in my Etsy, Craftsy and PatternSpot shops. Wholesale purchasers can contact me directly at ehq at sbcglobal dot net or order from Checker, Brewer, Petersen-Arne or United Notions.
November 20, 2013
I've got some great events coming up and I hope to see some of you there!
First, I'll be lecturing on modern quilting to the CAMEO quilt guild this week on Thursday evening at 7 pm. Then on Saturday, I'll be teaching Machine Appliqué there too. If you are interested in either event, please contact Lori.
The next week is Thanksgiving so I hope you all have a wonderful time with your families! This will be the first year my older daughter won't be home. We'll definitely miss her, but she's having such a great experience in England it is worth it. She'll be home in just under a month now :)
Then it's Camp Stitchalot! I can't believe it is finally here! We started talking about it last Spring and December sounded so far away :) I'll be teaching my Holiday Hot Pad and Easy Turn Potholders.
Jeni from In Color Order showing us how to make this great pillow. Won't that be fun? Her blog post is here.
We'll be taking over the Hankerd Inn from Friday, December 6 to Sunday, December 8 (Thursday, Dec 5 optional) and sewing all weekend! There will be plenty of time to work on some of your own projects too. All the teachers will be around all weekend to help out and hang out. Brenda and Rossie of Pink Castle Fabrics will be there as our official "hostesses". Meals are all included and there will be plenty of snacks around too. There are a few spots left, so sign up here to join the fun!
Finally, on December 12, I'll be teaching my new Snowflake Tree Skirt pattern at Pink Castle Fabrics! Join us from 5:30 - 8:30 pm and learn how to make the tree skirt using non-fusible machine appliqué. Wouldn't it be wonderful to have a new tree skirt this year - I know you can do it!
I've got some more classes coming up in 2014, so check out my "Teaching Schedule" tab above for more information.
November 18, 2013
|Snowflake in action last year|
Fast forward a bit and now we have a tree skirt that is definitely me and, hopefully you too! I love the simplicity of this snowflake design. Of course, I made it in my favorite neutral grey and white solids, but it would look equally fantastic in brighter colors and prints too. The skirt finishes at 48" wide with a bound opening and optional ties. The pattern is designed for machine appliqué that does not use fusible web. However, if you have a bit of experience with appliqué and prefer to hand appliqué or use fusible web, a few minor adjustments are all it would take to use either of those methods instead. My skirt was made with Robert Kaufman Kona solids in Medium Grey and White.
We still have more than a month until Christmas, so I know you can make Snowflake in time. If not, Christmas does come around every year :)
You can get paper copies of the Snowflake Tree Skirt pattern in my Etsy shop and PDFs in my Etsy, Craftsy and PatternSpot shops. Wholesale purchasers can contact me directly at ehq at sbcglobal dot net or order from Checker, Brewer, Petersen-Arne or United Notions.
November 15, 2013
From time to time, a quilt pops into my head complete. I may play around with it a bit, but I often end up sticking with the original vision. Follow Me was one of those designs. I suppose it was born somewhere in my love for games, puzzles and mazes, but I really don't remember. Night Forest was the original picture in my head*. Something about following the dark navy path through the white "forest" captured my brain :)
Night Forest was made using Robert Kaufman Kona solids in surf, white and navy. Coffee Run was made using the Collage collection by Carrie Bloomston for Windham Fabrics. When I saw that coffee cup fabric, I just had to have it and fussy cut it. In fact, I put off making Night Forest because I was so obsessed with those coffee cups :) Fussy cutting animals or letters would make a really cute quilt for a child too.
So that is all about Follow Me! You can get paper copies of the pattern in my Etsy shop and PDFs in my Etsy, Craftsy and PatternSpot shops. Wholesale purchasers can contact me directly at ehq at sbcglobal dot net or order from Checker, Brewer, Petersen-Arne or United Notions.
I hope you have as much fun thinking about the possibilities as I did!
*Except, I just noticed as I was doing this post that I sewed the top and bottom borders on backwards! Aargh! The bottom border should be the thinner one and the top border wider as in Coffee Run. Shaking head at myself...