Friday, June 16, 2017

Quilt Finish: Lucky Stars

I haven't finished many quilts recently.  This is probably because there are many quilts stacked high on my binding chair waiting for me to put the final stitches into them!

I recently finished Lucky Stars, a fantastic pattern from Atkinson Designs.


When I was getting ready to quilt it, I remember asking for help picking threads:


I picked FabuLux Mellow Yellows for the stitching:


Do you like the quilting pattern?  I teach how to stitch this in one of my Craftsy classes.  Coupon for 50% off HERE.*

I can't wait to deliver this to sweet little Evelynn!


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Thursday, June 15, 2017

1000 Cards for Peace

Ever since "Fun with Dick and Jane" I have been an avid reader.  I am proud to admit that I read every single novel in my junior high school library!  One book that has stuck with me since childhood is "Sadako and the Paper Cranes."  If you haven't read it, read it now.  I'll wait.

In post WWII in Hiroshima, Sadako attempted to make 1000 paper cranes so she would be granted her wish -- living despite a leukemia diagnosis.  This is based on a true story.  There is a statue of her in Hiroshima.  Under the statue is a plaque reading "This is our cry.  This is our prayer.  Peace on earth."

Sometimes life can be overwhelming.  Natural disasters.  Terrorism.  Illness.  Family difficulties.  Turmoil among friends.  I often want to respond in anger.  I am often not at peace.  I often don't know what to do.

When I don't know what to do, I quilt.  Yesterday was one of those days.


Recently I have been making fabric postcards for my grandson.  I enjoy making them; he enjoys receiving love in the mail every week.  My amazing friend Teri Lucas and I have decided to expand on that.

When I am tempted to respond in anger, I will make a card and send some love through the mail.  When I am overwhelmed with evil and hate in the world, I will make a card and send some love.

Teri and I will will log our journey using the hashtag #1000postcardsforpeace in honor of Sadako.  We have also started a Facebook page called "1000 Postcards for Peace."  We may never make 1000 cards or we collectively may make 10,000.  The number doesn't matter, only that we send love to others.  We encourage others to join with us in sending love into the world through fabric postcards or any way that you can whenever you are not at peace.


Tuesday, June 13, 2017

NEW CUTIE QUILT PATTERN: Tutti Frutti

Sometimes, being a quilt designer is quite amusing.  I named my newest pattern Tutti Frutti and repeated to myself "Tutti Frutti Cutie Pattern" as I was binding it.  I can't say that ten times fast, nor can I say it one time slow, so I basically giggled my way through the binding.

This small quilt is fun, easy, and ADORABLE:


This was made using yummy, yummy Sew Batik fabrics.


As someone who doesn't actually like batik fabrics, it surprised me to fall in love with Sew Batik fabrics.  I can't wait to use more of their fabrics!

I quilted this quilt using FabuLux Mellow Yellow thread and a DecoBob bobbin.  I used ribbon candy, ferns, and continuous curve and I taught all of those patterns in one of my Craftsy classes (click HERE to get the class for $20 off retail price).*

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Wednesday, June 07, 2017

MAIL CALL: The Letter "L"

I'm making a series of fabric postcards for a special little boy.

I printed out an L in a fun font.

I traced the letter "L" on Steam a Seam 2 and fused it to a scrap of fabric.  I fused the letter to another scrap of fabric and I added some Tearaway Stabilizer behind the fabric, threaded my handy-dandy Handi Quilter Stitch 210 machine with In The Pinks FabuLux Thread in the needle and DecoBob in the bobbin.

I started stitching down the letter "L" using a blanket stitch (set at 5.0 width and 2.0 stitch length):


I tore away the stabilizer and fused some scrap backing fabric, Peltex, and my top fabric together.


Then I trimmed the card to 4 1/4" x 5 1/2".  I set my Stitch 210 machine for zig-zag (set at 5.0 width and .4 stitch length) and stitched around the edge of the card using Neon Lime FabuLux Thread:


Another card, ready to mail!

  
I sent the card off in a clear mailing envelope and am now planning which letter to make next. 

Tuesday, June 06, 2017

NEW CUTIE QUILT: Due North

I'm tickled to announce a new Cutie Pattern release!

I present to you, Due North:


I used Free Spirit's Butterfly Garden fabric and it was so So SO yummy!!!

The wide strip of fabric was a perfect place to add some feathers:


I love to teach feathers and did so in one of my Craftsy classes (50% off coupon HERE).*

I think I need to re-make this quilt and am on the lookout for a fun strip or large print to use as the wide strip of fabric.  I'll let you know when I find one.
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Thursday, June 01, 2017

New Cutie Pattern -- Field of Flowers

I'm ridiculously excited to share with you my new Cutie Pattern that was shown at Quilt Market.

At long last, Field of Flowers:


I designed this quilt to use Sandra Clemons' new fabric line -- In Bloom for Michael Miller.

She's fabulously talented and you should all buy her fabric.  Especially the butterflies.


Every time I photograph this quilt, it looks like a small quilt:


But it is 64"x80."  Weird, right?  This will be the perfect bed quilt for my non-existent granddaughter Molly.  Maybe someday.  Sigh.

As usual, I had fun with the quilting on this quilt:


Can you believe I only used white thread?

The back proves it:


This is all DecoBob white thread.  Swoon!  Is it wrong to have a crush on the back of my quilt?


It took me a lot of years to be brave enough to use a contrasting thread on a solid backing, but every time I do I nearly cry with happiness.

I was looking forward to having this quilt back home with me, but alas it has to go to Belgium to be displayed at a quilt show.  I think I might need to go and visit it.  Who wants to come with me?

Wednesday, May 31, 2017

MAIL CALL: The Letter "E"

I'm making a series of fabric postcards for a special little boy.

I printed out an E in a fun font.

I traced the letter "E" on Steam a Seam 2 and fused it to a scrap of fabric.  I fused the letter to another scrap of fabric and I added some Tearaway Stabilizer behind the fabric, threaded my handy-dandy Handi Quilter Stitch 210 machine with Cabana Fabulux Thread in the needle and DecoBob in the bobbin.

I started stitching down the letter "E" using a blanket stitch (set at 5.0 width and 2.0 stitch length):


I tore away the stabilizer and fused some scrap backing fabric, Peltex, and my top fabric together.


Then I trimmed the card to 4 1/4" x 5 1/2".  I set my Stitch 210 machine for zig-zag (set at 5.0 width and .4 stitch length) and stitched around the edge of the card:


Another card, ready to mail!


I sent the card off in a clear mailing envelope and am now planning which letter to make next. 

Wednesday, May 24, 2017

MAIL CALL: The Letter "U"

I'm making a series of fabric postcards for a special little boy.

I printed out a U in a fun font.

I traced the letter "U" on Steam a Seam 2 and fused it to a scrap of fabric.

I fused the letter to a scrap of fabric and I added some Tearaway Stabilizer behind the fabric, threaded my handy-dandy Handi Quilter Stitch 210 machine with Neon Lime FabuLux thread in the needle and DecoBob in the bobbin.

I started stitching down the letter "U" using a blanket stitch (set at 5.0 width and 2.0 stitch length):


I tore away the stabilizer and fused some scrap backing fabric, Peltex, and my top fabric together.


Then I trimmed the card to 4 1/4" x 5 1/2".  I set my Stitch 210 machine for zig-zag (set at 5.0 width and .4 stitch length) and stitched around the edge of the card using In the Pinks FabuLux thread:


Another card, ready to mail!


I sent the card off in a clear mailing envelope and am now planning which letter to make next.  

Wednesday, May 17, 2017

MAIL CALL: The Letter "M"

I'm making a series of fabric postcards for a special little boy.

I printed out an M in a fun font.

I traced the letter "M" on Steam a Seam 2


and fused it to a scrap of purple fabric:


I fused the letter to a scrap of yellow fabric and I added some Tearaway Stabilizer behind the fabric, threaded my handy-dandy Handi Quilter Stitch 210 machine with Neon Lime FabuLux thread in the needle and Sage DecoBob in the bobbin.

I started stitching down the letter "m" using a blanket stitch (set at 5.0 width and 2.0 stitch length):


For the record, all of those tight curves were a bit fussy to stitch around.

I tore away the stabilizer and fused some scrap backing fabric, Peltex, and my top fabric together.


Then I trimmed the card to 4 1/4" x 5 1/2".  I set my Stitch 210 machine for zig-zag (set at 5.0 width and .4 stitch length) and stitched around the edge of the card using Paradise FabuLux thread:


Another card, ready to mail!

  
I sent the card off in a clear mailing envelope and am now planning which letter to make next.  Any suggestions?

Tuesday, May 16, 2017

Cutie Quilt: Going My Way?

Going My Way? is one of my early Cutie Patterns and I'm so tickled to have made this new sample!


I used Allison Glass Sun Prints for this quilt:


Because the fabrics are so colorful, I chose to use white thread for the quilting and quilt it quite simply:


I need to make another one of these soon.  Hmmm..... which fabric should I choose next?

Wednesday, May 10, 2017

MAIL CALL: The Letter "A"

Let's start at the very beginning.  I'm making a series of fabric postcards for a special little boy.  Last week I made him the letter "S" and this week I started at the beginning of the alphabet.

I printed out an A in a fun font.

I traced the letter "A" on Steam a Seam 2 and fused it to some funky turquoise fabric.


I fused the letter to a scrap of yellow fabric.



I added some Tearaway Stabilizer behind the fabric, threaded my handy-dandy Handi Quilter Stitch 210 machine with Blue Heaven FabuLux thread in the needle and Gray DecoBob in the bobbin.

I started stitching down the letter "A" using a blanket stitch (set at 5.0 width and 2.0 stitch length):


For the record, all of those tight curves were a bit fussy to stitch around.

I tore away the stabilizer:


I fused some scrap backing fabric, Peltex, and my top fabric together.


Then I trimmed the card to 4 1/4" x 5 1/2".


I set my Stitch 210 machine for zig-zag (set at 5.0 width and .5 stitch length) and stitched around the edge of the card:


It was a quick project!


I turned the project over to Grandpa who wrote a silly note and we packaged our gifts into a clear mailing envelope.  

Which letter should we make next?

Tuesday, May 09, 2017

Cutie Quilt workshop: Summer's End

I recently taught a Summer's End workshop for my local quilt guild.  At the last meeting, several of my students brought in their finished quilt tops.

Louise made this lovely green quilt:


Trish used her ah-ma-zing snow-dyed fabrics:


Dawn made a sweet baby quilt:


All of my students did a great job.  I can't wait to see the rest of the quilts as they are finished!

Saturday, May 06, 2017

Batting, Batting EVERYWHERE!

I'm so excited to be involved in the Spring Clean Your Studio blog hop again this year!


I've been working hard on improving my studio space this year.

Being a WonderFil thread designer, I own a lot of thread:


No, reallly -- a LOT of thread:


This is only the thread that's on display.  There's so. Much. MORE!

I've kept my cutting table clear for most of the year:


I've added a new sewing machine and a design wall to my studio:


I love my design wall more than I can possibly express.

I'm a high-volume quilter and I have been for many, many years.  I make a lot of samples of my Cutie Quilt Patterns.  I make a lot of quilts as gifts.  I make a lot of charity quilts. I have developed systems to deal with my fabric scraps and I'm 80% (ok, 75%) on top of them.


But there are other scraps produced by high-volume quilters -- batting scraps!

I use many types of batting and have bags of leftovers in various locations in my sewing room.  I try to join my scraps by hand stitching, machine stitching, or fusible tape and use the "Franken-batts" in charity quilts.  A few years ago I started sorting my batting scraps by type, but then I ended up with a bag of wool scraps, a bag of cotton scraps, a bag of polyester scraps, etc.  The bags were taking over!

Pet beds to the rescue!  I sorted through my scrap bags of battings and filled several pet beds with the small pieces.  The animal shelter is happy, and so am I.

I gathered all of the remaining large batting scraps into one bag:


I hope to keep making pet beds from my batting scraps so that my batting always fits into one IKEA bag.

I now store that single bag under Sergio, my suave and debonair Handi Quilter Simply Sixteen.


But what shall I do with all of the empty bags?


Thanks for visiting my studio today.

Check back daily for my Spring Cleaning inspiration!

May 1 - Teri Lucas - www.terificreations.com
May 2 - Tammy Silvers - www.tamarinis.typepad.com
May 3 - Emily Breclaw - www.thecaffeinatedquilter.com
May 4 - Amalia Morusiewicz - www.FUNfromAtoZ.com
May 5 - John Kubiniec - www.bigrigquilting.com/blog/
May 6 - Debby Brown - www.higheredhands.blogspot.com
May 7 - Melissa Marie Collins - www.melissamariecollins.blogspot.com
May 8 - Delve MIY - www.fronddesignstudios.wordpress.com
May 9 - Misty Cole - www.mistycole.com
May 10 - Sam Hunter - www.huntersdesignstudio.com/blog
May 11 - Dale Ashera-Davis - www.dalead.wordpress.com
May 12 - Sara Mika - www.mockpiestudio.blogspot.com
May 13 - Sarah Trumpp - www.Wonderstrumpet.com
May 14 - Carma Halterman - www.beanstrings.blogspot.com
May 15 - Jessica Darling - www.jessicakdarling.com
May 16 - Lisa Chin - www.lisachinartist.com
May 17 - Sally Johnson - www.sallysquiltingcorner.blogspot.com
May 18 - Mandy Leins - www.mandalei.com/blog
May 19 - Shruti Dandekar - www.13woodhouseroad.com
May 20 - Jane Davila - www.janedavila.com
May 21 - Ebony Love - www.lovebugstudios.com
May 22 - Cheryl Sleboda - blog.muppin.com