Wednesday, November 28, 2012

Black and Brown

The sun and shadows were hard to deal with while taking this photo.  I decided to call this quilt Black and Brown.  I made it to compliment the decor in my fifth-wheel trailer. The binding is black.  There are at least twelve different fabric patterns in the squares.  I like this pattern and will probably use it again.

Monday, November 26, 2012

Strip Stacks

A couple of years ago, Roxane gifted me with a jelly roll of Kaffe Fassett fabrics.  I had been looking for a pattern since that time and I found this one in Houston.  It was in a booth (Desert Stitchin) that had mostly southwestern-themed quilts and one similar to this.  I purchased the pattern called Strip Stacks.  This quilt is only 50" x 72".  The background is really five different black on black fabrics that all read as black. I really like the colors, the way it stands out with the black background, and it was quick to make. I have been thinking about how I am going to quilt it and have finally decided to just use a meander with a variegated thread.

Friday, November 23, 2012

Modern Pickle Relish

This quilt is Modern Pickle Relish from Modern Quilt Relish. The pattern shows a green quilt with a black background but I have really wanted to make a white quilt for a long time. The focus colors are five shades of green. The quilt will be a sample for Overbrook Quilt Connection.  It was fairly easy to make.  I cut the pieces after lunch and had it completed by nine the evening.  I had to take time out of that to fix supper and bake some cookies.  So it a project that can be completed in a day. I like this quilt and will be making it in primary colors with a white background.

Wednesday, November 21, 2012

I Pledge Allegiance

Claudia's Creations designed this awesome small wall quilt. It has excellent directions for multi-hooping the embroidered words.  The stars are simple to applique.  This will be a Christmas gift for my military grandson.  I haven't decided whether to attach a hanging sleeve or wait to see how he wants to display it. It is inspiring! Thanks, Claudia.

Sunday, November 18, 2012

Cowgirl Boots

I think these are just the cutest cowgirl boots!  There are from Kwik Sew pattern K113 Ellie Mae Designs. The pattern also include peep toe sandals and little flats.  I saw this pattern at the Overbrook Quilt Shop and just had to make it.  After making a sample for checking the size, I tackled the tan boot. I would have been much easier if I hadn't chosen the tan fuzzy lining.  But it did not take long and I love then! I think my favorite baby cowgirl will also love them.

Wednesday, November 14, 2012

A Small Quilt

Sometimes a day brings a glorious surprise!  Last Wednesday I presented a class for making a cathedral window quilt-- a small quilt of four squares...Yesterday I received a thank-you card with a four-inch cathedral window quilt stitched to the front.  It is absolutely beautiful and well-done.  You just never know what someone with do with a new technique. Thank you so much, Levia!!!!!

Saturday, November 10, 2012

Christmas Gift

This is a chalkboard made from the chalkboard fabric.  I put a piece of peltex and fabric on the back for stiffness.  The loops on top are for hanging and the big loop on the bottom is for holding an eraser.  This is easy to make.  You can tell that this piece had been rolled tightly.  When you purchase this fabric, be sure it is rolled loosely with no kind of wrap around it and not ever folded.

Thursday, November 8, 2012

Cathedral Window Class

This group from North Central Kansas asked me to teach the techniques for making a cathedral window quilt.  We started at 10:00 am and by noon all the ladies had completed a four-patch cathedral window "quilt".  The colors are magnificent, the ladies are great stitchers, and the fellowship was great fun.  We had show-and-tell after a yummy potluck lunch.  I also demonstrated a technique for using the triple stitch for redwork and showed some new notions. Thanks to Bonnie for being my co-pilot on the trip. It was a fun day with lots of laughter.

Tuesday, November 6, 2012

Houston Quilt Festival

This is Overbrook Quilt Connection's booth at the Houston Quilt Festival.  I am demonstrating a three-pocket bag in the middle of the photo.  I did purchase a couple of vests and one quilt pattern.  The show brings a lot of quilters and stitchers from all over the world.  I talked with ladies from Belgium, Brazil, Australia, Netherlands, UK, France, and many states in the US including Alaska.  So it is always fun to hear what they want and what they have found at the show.  We sold lots of Bohin chalk pencils, FriXion pens, three pocket bags, and patterns.  But I am glad to be home.