Wednesday Giveaway

Maureen Griffith is this week’s lucky winner! She will receive a Tri-Tip Eraser which is a very fancy way of saying that it is in the shape of a triangle :-). I do not use erasers on fabric very often/ever but, if I ever do, this is the eraser I will choose. It is both hard and gentle, which seems odd but is true. The eraser ‘dust’ is fine as opposed to being long and rubbery which probably has something to do with the way it works against fabric.

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Come hand quilt with me…

In Daytona, in February! AQS has added a hand quilting class to my roster and I would love to see you there.

If you’ve never hand quilted, this is an excellent class in which to learn the hand quilting stitch that is tricky until you know how it works. Once you can do it, hand quilting becomes a very relaxing way to pass time.

Click here for more information on the class.

North Pole show and tell…

Diane Pfeifley wrote to say: “After I made Whoville for my niece, I decided that I wanted a Santa village for myself. It’s all needle turn appliqué, hand quilted, and embellished to death. I searched and collected fun, little things for several years. Then I decided to try beading. I hadn’t done any beading before. Well, if a little beading is good… a lot of beading is better! I’ve had so much fun using your North Pole patterns. Thanks for a wonderfully fun bunch of patterns.”

Is this not the cutest quilt ever?! I love the way she mixed and matched the houses from Welcome to the North Pole over the face of this quilt. I wanted to see details and Diane kindly took and shared more photos…

Daine also said: “I also forgot to mention that I used trapunto for the snow banks. First try at that too. If you can’t experiment on yourself where can you experiment?” So very true.

Every part of this makes me grin! Thank you, Diane, for sharing your fantastic quilt!

Show and tell…

Jackie Madison emailed to say that she finally finished quilting her Pick up Sticks quilt made during the class I taught 2 years ago in Plymouth, MN! Isn’t it wonderful! Her quilt is the first I’ve seen in this grape/raspberry color combo and it works really well.

The instructions for this quilt are in my book, A Quilter’s Practical Guide to Color. It isn’t a straight-up cut-flip-and-sew pattern—there are some important cutting instructions that enhance the ‘explosive’ movement.

Thank you, Jackie, for sharing your finished quilt!

The Mysterious Challenge Quilts

As I wrote in previous posts, my friend Susan Allen, and I challenged each other make a quilt that began with pieces of the same 40+ fabrics. We made and traded five 9″x9″, ten 6″x6″, and twenty 3″x3″ blocks. Actually, we made twice that many blocks because we each kept a set of our own. I designed an 18″x18″ applique block. Click here for the free applique pattern.

Our Mysterious Challenge Retreat started Monday morning. Susan and I both had a plan and we got to work. This is where I was Monday morning at 9:00AM.

I had made strips of 1 1/2″x1 1/2″ finished squares before I left home and that saved time.

By Monday night at 11PM I had the top finished! The tables are in the way, and the quilt itself is really lighter, but there you go.

There isn’t a pattern for this quilt but it is a medallion quilt. Here are the finished sizes of each row out from the center. A big part of the challenge is deciding what blocks you want to make.

  • 18″ Center medallion
  • 3″x3″ blocks
  • 1 1/2″x1 1/2″ squares
  • 9″x9″ blocks
  • 1 1/2″x1 1/2″ squares
  • 6″x6″ squares

Susan’s vision was to put the applique block off-center and surround it with movement and color.

I think it’s fascinating to see them together. There is no one right way to make a quilt. We each have to follow our own instincts.

On Tuesday I turned my attention to another project, making pillows from a couple of my mom’s favorite garments. One pillow is going to Carla, who was a good friend, and one to Bear.

And then I came down with a cold and sinus infection that put me in bed until today. If it had to happen, I think that was pretty good timing.