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My friend, Margaret Thompson, wrote to say that she finally finished these two unicorn quilts.
She made them for Emma and Elle, two young girls close to her heart.

Aren’t they great!

Margaret started these two quilts in an independent study class I taught at Empty Spools. She knew what she wanted to make and she made them! Margaret is a finisher, even when work-life slows down her quilting life. I’m happy for you, Margaret, because I know how happy this makes you :-). Well done and thank you for sharing!

The quilts are boxed and on their way to their new home. It’s magic in a box.

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Gabriele sent me this photo of her recently completed quilt from our book, Wool Applique the Piece O’ Cake Way. I love the way the patterned fabrics work together to set off the wool applique!

She taught a class from the book at her local quilt shop. Gabriele says: “I currently have a 12 year old and her mother. She took to applique and is already planning her next project. She is home schooled and the class can count towards math, fine arts and even history (I give a short history on each type of quilting or block in each class). I just love sharing my love of quilting.”

Well said and well sewn. Thank you, Gabriele, for sharing!

Show and Tell and more…

I’m in Houston for Quilt Market where there will be lots of color on display and it won’t be complicated at all. It’s going to be really pretty! I’ll post photos on Instagram and FB for you to see. Until then, here is Angie Weldon’s quilt…

Angie made her quilt after I taught a class at Out On A Limb Quilt Guild in Jasper, GA (North of Atlanta). Isn’t it cute! I love it when quilters adapt a pattern to make the quilt they want to make. Well done, Angie!

FYI: In case you are wondering, Lorna, sadly, had to stay home because of various family-related issues. I do miss her company but these things happen. Luckily, Market and Festival roll around every year :-).

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Gail Ghiozzi from the Brentwood Delta Quilters Guild wrote to me back in January asking for permission to use our pattern, Swallows in the Window, from Once Upon a Season for their opportunity quilt. I happily gave permission and today I got to see the quilt. It is lovely! Thank you, Gail, for sending these pictures!

They adapted the pattern from the original in a really brilliant way. They only used the pieced bird body units in bright batiks and with a white background. They didn’t add the setting blocks in between. Amazing how the pattern changes, isn’t it?!

Gail says that

Matching the points of the bird body units so that the four point stars that touched were the same fabric was quite a feat. Lots of brainery and patience was required. LOL.  I am attaching two photos of the quilt itself; on the design wall and at its first showing, which was at a Quilt in the Garden affair. I am also attaching the flyer for our Opportunity quilts for the 2020 year.  

Here’s the flyer…

Here’s a link to their site: in case you want to see about buying tickets.

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Pat McCandless sent this version of the Lawn and Garden design. Here’s what Pat wrote:

I used magenta background based on the one you showed some months ago, and combined it with 3 different artists’ bluebird patterns to create a wedding quilt for a young friend. I loved the way it turned out. It is now en route to Ohio, due to be delivered to the bride’s mom today, in time for a shower on Saturday. After I had already completed the quilt top, I learned that the bride’s fiancé calls her his”little bird”, and the decorating theme for their December wedding revolves around birds. Ahhh….kismet!

Thank you, Pat, for sharing your quilt. I love the way you mixed up the different quilt blocks to make this special quilt!

Pat also said that she is truly appreciating the Hand Sewing Adventure right now. She was one among the many, many California household without power due to the PG&E shutoff.  Having something to sew by hand underway is especially important at times like this!

I agree with that sentiment!

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I met Lynn Hyman last month at a quilt meeting in Loudon, Tennessee. She wasn’t happy with the way her Sizzle blocks were turning out. I suggested that she remake the blocks she wasn’t happy with because she had already put so much work into the quilt.

Lynn did that, and also removed the corners from all of the circles.  She auditioned some other fabrics and fell in love with a different color than my original choice for the corners. That made such a difference! Lynn says that she can’t wait to finish the quilt now….

I really like Lynn’s colorway. It is so different from either of the two Sizzle quilts I made. You can see both of my quilts at The Quilt Show. The pattern is part of your membership for 2019.

Thank you, Lynn, for sharing your quilt!