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!

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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!

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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 :-).

Show and tell…

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.