Tuesday, February 26, 2013

Quilt Almanac Winner!

Hey there! I finally remembered to choose a winner for one of my magazines!

I have to leave a comment over here on this blog, too!

I have already sent you an email so I can get your address. Happy sewing!

On a different note, We are snowed in! I plan to quilt until my power goes out...then I may drag out a hand crank machine!

It is so beautiful outside, I hope you are all warm and toasty!


Friday, February 22, 2013

My little quilting lair

Hi there! Have I ever given you a tour of my quilt lair? I don't think I have. I am sure you have seen little peeks now and then, but let  me take this post to show you around. My studio is in our basement...it takes up most of the basement. As you come down the stairs you are greeted with thread and a shelf with junk. I need to sort it.

Across from that is my book shelf, buttons and some favorite fabric.

I like a quilt book. I used to buy them all the time, but that was silly, so I have sold many off on Amazon and I am now down to my real favorites.

If you turn left after coming down the stairs you are greeted by my new Long arm. She will probably be named Queen Elizabeth....we are trying that out to see how it fits. This picture really doesn't show her off very well, but it does show the pretty quilt I am working on right now.

I have always wanted a peg board in my sewing room. I have the hopes of having all my tools right on the wall, organized where I can find them. But now that I have rearranged, the peg board is in a funny place and most of my tools are strewn all over the place.

Behind the Statler Stitcher is some of my fabric stash. I tried to color spectrum it, but lost interest pretty quick unfortunately.

Here are some of my quilt tops that I intend to quilt up someday. I have an old herb drying rack to drape them over. I think old quilt tops are beautiful and there is so much to learn about quilt construction from an old top. I don't put client quilts here.

Here is my other Long arm, Lady June. She is great, but sad that I am not using her as much since the new machine is such a joy to quilt with. I do rent her out if you are in the area and want to quilt your own quilt. Just let me know. More fabric is on the shelves behind her and more quilt blocks waiting to be made into quilts. My design wall is big and wonderful. I am bad about putting blocks up and thinking about them then taking them down and putting them away again. I am about to do the same thing with my "X plus Along" quilt. The blocks are super tedious in my opinion.

Around the way is the guest bedroom and my sewing room. My cutting table is here.

And my sweet big Bernina 820 is over in the corner. I am not thrilled with the placement of her....I am sure to find another spot for her in the future, but I have too much to do to fret with it much right now.

I have more fabric in this room. Most all of this shelf is Heather Ross and Denyse Schmidt.

I know you are probably wondering about my awesome flooring? Well, it is actually vintage 1980s carpeting. It is gross. But it is also magical. No matter what you drop on it instantly disappears...never to be found again. Something special about the color and pattern makes it the perfect camouflage. We should have ripped it up before our household goods arrived, but we were too busy putting in a wood floor upstairs and repainting. The floor down here is a someday later project. In Time is will change.

So that is where I spend a great deal of my day. There is also a bathroom, and storage room, but they aren't that exciting. When you come over I will show you, hows that?

It snowed a bunch yesterday, and the kids have not had school for the past 2 days. In my mind snow days should be spent quilting, but my kids had other ideas. It has been fun playing in the snow with them.

I hope you are all warm and dry. Happy Sewing!


Thursday, February 14, 2013

Quilt Almanac Giveaway

Hey there! Did I mention on this blog that I have some patterns out? Well, I do! They are starting to pop up on news shelves now. My first one is in Quilt Almanac. It is a quilted Kindle case, or "Hip E-reader"

Cool huh? Well, I have 2 copies to give away. Do you want one? It is pack jammed with great projects I promise.

I just finished another pattern this morning for the Type quilt I made for quilt market out of Julia Rothmans awesome Type fabric it will be in a Fons and Porter magazine soon. Gosh it feels good to have that project away.

Modern Patchwork will have my Library Tote bag pattern.

Ok leave a comment letting me know if you would like to see any specific patterns from me in the future. I have been making bags and quilts for the past 10 years from my own designs so they will be easy to make into patterns. This pattern writing is pretty wonderful.

Leave a comment below and maybe on my other blog ( you will have 2 chances to be a winner).

Good Luck!


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Spiky Boarder Tutorial

I love a boarder on a quilt. I like to make boarders and I LOVE to quilt them. Here is a super fast and easy boarder that you may want to add to your next quilt.

I learned this technique from Wonderful Gwen Marston. I have used it in quite a few of my quilts. I felt my Scrappy Trip Along quilt needed something more....there was just so much going on in it, a little more may be just the thing!

My Spikes on this quilt go both directions. It was a mistake, but a happy mistake I think.

My boarder consists of strips of fabric cut 8 inches (selvedge to selvedge) and sub-cut into 2.5 to 4 inch rectangles. I don't measure the sub-cuts, I just cut.

The "focus" fabric is also cut in 8 inch strips, but they need to be sub-cut a bit more wide like, 3 to 4.5 inch rectangles.

Cut the "focus" fabric rectangles in half diagonally.

****this is the step that I made my mistake with.

If you want all your spikes going the same direction Lay all the focus fabric face up as you cut them diagonally and keep the diagonal cuts going the same way.

If you want the spikes to go both ways alternate the direction of your diagonal cuts.

Lay your triangles on the rectangles in a position that when they are stitched and pressed back the triangles will cover the background section.

When I am piecing these spikes I have a pile of triangles and a stack of rectangles right beside my sewing machine and I chain piece them. It goes super fast. I love fast.

See the triangles over-hang the rectangles a bit? This way they will be sure to be the right size.

Flip them over and trim them up

Trim off the back part of the background.

Sew all the spikes together, and you have a fast boarder the packs a heck of a punch, it makes a bland quilt shriek with delight.

Happy sewing folks!

Friday, February 8, 2013

Some quilts for Cauchy.

Hey there! I have just finished 3 quilts for Cauchy. Cauchy likes to make big statements with her art for sure. I am only showing peeks of these quilts because She has plans for them. These 3 quilts are pretty neat. One I LOVE...and want to keep (the one on the top of the stack made of luscious Oakshott cross weaves) But it is not mine so I will send it off this afternoon.

This is the back of the Oakshott quilt. The texture on this quilt after it is washed will be out of this world!

This one I used an all over flame design....it is going to be a riot of texture when it is washed too.

And this one is the one that had my husband down in the basement with his guitar singing dirty limericks. So so funny. I am sure it has a story behind the making of the top....but boy let me tell you, Stu and I had a hilarious time quilting it. I will of course need to rip out the pages of my sketchbook where I worked up the quilting design. Some of the drawings are a bit too anatomical for comfort...I was a L&D nurse back in my professional days so I am familiar with lady bits if you know what I mean.

When I was quilting this top I wanted it to be over the top with its feminine flare...but a bit aggressive. Over all I am so excited about it. I wish I could show you a big picture of the whole thing, but Chawne has plans for these quilts so these are just seek peaks. Keep an eye on her blog for the full reveal. I am sure they will pack a punch.

I have a giveaway next! I got some magazines with my kindle cover pattern in it. I bet you want one...for free! Hot dog.