Friday, April 4, 2014

I found it!

I've been looking for a quilt I had designed in EQ7, and could not figure out where I had filed it... I know silly me. It was in the file I thought it was in but for some reason the file was empty the other day. So, let's begin with a recap:

I believe 2 days ago, or maybe it was yesterday, I posted these two blocks, so here is that entry:

Here is the quilt that goes along with those two blocks! Except, I changed the background from the original design. I had made the background in the original white. I have two versions of this quilt: no applique in borders, and the other has applique.

You could also make the inner border white and the binding white. I like framing the outer border.So, what do you think? That is a lot of 6" blocks!! There are 64 inner blocks, and 44 border 6" blocks...lets do the math, how many blocks does that total? 108 I still like it and want to make the one with the applique.
In case you are wondering, yes, this is paper piecing. It is much faster to paper piece this.
I almost forgot to post this one, I made the inner border white.
 This one has a simple elegance to it.

Thursday, April 3, 2014

Its Thursday already

Doesn't seam right that it is Thursday! I don't know why, but this entire week is off for me. I can't remember what day of the week it is, all week long. You know how when your Monday is different, such as a holiday, and your entire week is thrown off. That is how I feel this week.

Yesterday was wonderful!! I had a trunkshow at Material Girls Quilt Shop in Dearborn, MI. I was only expecting a few quilters. Lets just say it was more than just a few quilters!! LOL Almost standing room only! How cool!! I made a lot of nice friends :) Showed off my quilts! Talked about Accuquilt, Innova longarm machines....sewing is good! Life was great! I'm still coming down from the high! LOL

I woke up this morning around 4:30AM and could not go back into a deep sleep. My mind beginning racing! Racing with quilting designs, designing fabric! I could see images running through my head, I tossed and turned and then the alarm went off. I get out of bed and think go write those ideas down, quickly! by the time I get into the kitchen, cup of coffee in hand the ideas were gone! Oh I hate when that happens!

Today, the photographer is suppose to come out and take pics of my free pattern for the newspaper. They never showed up on Tuesday, called the reporter. She had written down the wrong date so we rescheduled, no biggie :)

I ordered a book yesterday, just because I love the quilt on the cover, and I plan on making this quilt!

I have already figured out how it was made, but I want to support that designer of the pattern :)

I've included the link if you wish to purchase the book yourself and make the quilt! I plan on using the ribbon as a border! Wicked cool!!
Happy Quilting everyone!

Saturday, March 29, 2014

Life of quilting is changing, changing for the good!

I've been quilting for over 18 years, how about you? Each time I embark on a new project, I hope I learn a new technique. I scour the internet (facebook and yahoo groups) look for tips and tricks. It "seams" as though it always takes one (quilter) longer to make that first block, you know that new technique. During the process of piecing the block your mind begins thinking....hmmm...I wonder why the designer did not do this or hey, what if I try to piece it like this or maybe cut the unit out this size and do....Oh please! LOL I think we all do this! Ok, well I know I do! LOL
Recently, I found a pattern in my EQ7 library. I don't know if I designed the block myself or if it was already in the block library. I was too tired to do some research I just wanted to piece the block!
Here is the block:

This looks like a variation of a pineapple block. I found one similar in EQ7 that was titled Gentlemen's who knows the name of this block? Before you respond, notice the triangle tips are there, they are not chopped off. Notice where the triangles are located as you move your eye around the block. I love this block and want to make more!

So, the first time took me forever to piece...ugh! I cut all the individual units out, some as rectangles, some as triangles....trying to make sure I had everything right. I wanted the triangles to be in the middle where they anyway, that method took way too long.
Next, I decided to paper piece!! Walla! I had that block pieced in no time!! So Paper Piecing won!! Now to just find the pattern somewhere in my EQ7 program!! I know it exists, I just need to figure out what I named it!

I've been traveling often as of late :) I went to Mississippi to teach at Jackson Quilter's Guild, and there are 3 guilds across the Reservoir (Rankin County) that I also taught a class too...and I taught longarm quilting at Stitch-n-Frame! A trunk show, 2 piecing classes, 1 longarm class, great food, friends and sights!! What a week I had!
Next month I will be having a trunk show at Material Girls Quilt shop in Dearborn,  MI, that I this coming Wednesday actually! April 2!! I will teach on April 5. I'm teaching my barn swallow block which was featured in Quiltmaker magazine 100 Blocks vol 7 and the quilt that I made from it was in Quiltmaker's Quilts From 100 Blocks Fall of 2013 Cosmic Vibrations.
The Detroit Freepress featured the shop this past Friday in the home section. The shop has expanded!! If you are in the area, stop by and check out her shop!
The newspaper will be featuring me on May 9 :) How cool!!!
I will leave the Monday after on April 7, probably to head to SC. I will be teaching at Elaine's Attic quilt shop in Landrum. I will be teaching 2 piecing classes and a longarm class. The longarm class though is just for the employees of the shop.
Wow!! Lets see, longarm quilting!! Check this out!!
I'm calling this work Shadow Dancing!

I love the freedom to draw like this all over someone's quilt! It is sooooo freeing!!
I've also been creating more patterns!! WOOHOO!! I'm on a roll! I've been putting my sewing machine to work!
Now, I'm making this with a white background too. I will upload pics soon.
I've got more exciting things coming!! Be patient!!

Tuesday, February 18, 2014

NQA, Columbus, OH I'm teaching at this show!!!

Hope to see you there, I'm teaching 4 classes, 2 piecing and 2 longarm. I will also be in the Accomplish Quilting booth, come by and see me!
Special Edition!!

NQA Online Quilt Show Registration is Now Available!! 


We've done it!  The new website and online registration is ready for you.  This is how it works-

1) Go to  

2) Use the button under Quick Links called ‘Quilt Show’

3) Use the button under Workshop Info called ‘Register Here’

4) Fill out the information, and click on the choices of the classes you are interested in.  A full class will be indicated automatically, and the system will prevent you from overbooking (trying to sign up for conflicting times) automatically as well.  All of the highlighted fields (teacher names and class names) are links that you can use to get more details, and the supply lists are available through those boxes, too.  Have fun, and when you are ready, your registration shows up at the bottom, your total is there, and you choose the ‘register’ button to complete this step and go to the checkout!

5) From the checkout, you can increase the number of dinners if you would like, or cancel your choices all together and start over, or you can even choose ‘modify’ and the system will take you back to the filled out form on the previous page.  

6) Use the online payment system through Paypal to pay by credit card securely.

This year's show is truly a special milestone in NQA's history, and you are an important part of making it so! 


Friday, February 14, 2014

Longarm quilting

This week I have been working on a customer's quilt that she wants to enter into a national show. And guess who woke up with a fever last night around 2am?
Even though I don't feel very good, I still worked on her quilt this morning. I have had to call it quits for the day. So, I thought since I'm resting in bed for the rest of the day, I thought I'd post my pictorial tutorial.
I used the following rulers for straight lines, some circles and arcs. Straight lines I used the Mini straight tool from Quilter's Rule. It has grid lines, curve and a 45degree line. For my center circles I used Dusty Farrell's Pocket Pebbler and for the arcs, I used Lisa Calle's arc ruler pack/set. You cannot purchase these arcs separate, I believe there are 5 different arc rulers in the set. I love Lisa's arcs!!
 I'm hoping my work shows up, as I'm typing this out the pics don't look that great, I apologize now! They were clear on my camera.
I began this quilt by stitching in the ditch on all the blocks/shapes. The black diamonds were what I began quilting first. With these diamonds, I stitched a circle in the middle of the diamond.

I place Dusty's pocket pebble in the center, I use the registration lines on the ruler and line them up with the diamond points on all 4 corners of the diamond. There is a center seam on these diamonds so it is easy to find the center. This ruler separates at both ends so that you can open the ruler and place the correct circle size you need. First, I get my needle in place, pull up the bobbin thread, then place the ruler where I need it. I do "test" that it is in the center first. Once all is in place, I place my left hand on the ruler, and stitch around. You don't have to have a death grip, just hold steady and in place :). I also make sure my hand is down on the ruler, meaning my palm and all fingers are out of the needles ways! I don't hold the ruler in place with my finger tips. I have learned my lesson and over worked the tendons in my fingers and now have developed arthritis. So, please place your hands on these rulers properly. I speak from experience.
Pocket Pebbler ruler by Dusty Farrell

Next, I used a chalk marker and Lisa Calle's arc and drew my shape you see
in the diamond. Now, the trick was remembering to start in the middle not on the outer edge/point :)
I use the arc ruler and stitch the lines, I continue all the way around. When I get back to my starting point I then go and fill in the designs on the inside and outside. See the beginning picture of what I drew/stitched.
Next diamond design:
This diamond I did the same as before, stitched that center circle first using the same ruler and lining up the registration marks. Second step, I used the Mini ruler tool from Quilter's Rule to stitch the outer straight lines. I used the first registration line, which is 1/4" line, plus the hopping foot running along side the ruler makes a nice space for little free hand stitched circles. As you are stitching the interior line, make sure when it is time to stop and turn the ruler you are needle down. Once the interior border line is stitched I removed the ruler and began drawing circles, freehand. I try not to stitch right on top of the interior stitched border line. I don't want too much of a thread build. Next I brought my quilter's rule tool back and used the curve side of the ruler to make the shape that surrounds the center circle. Watch how you place the ruler/curve.

Next is the third diamond:
With this diamond, I only used Lisa's arc. Lisa's arcs have wonderful registration marks:
I lined up the first registration line along the seam line, checked the location of where the needle was going to end. I wanted it to be equal on all 4 sides of the diamond. Also I did not want a huge curve/arc, just a tiny bit. I began stitching in one corner working my way around. Don't forget, needle down when it is time to stop and change directions. Sometimes I turn the machine off so I can flip the ruler around and make sure I am aligning it up. After the arcs are completed I stitched a swirl from end to end, the longer length of the diamond.

Once all 4 sides/arcs are done I stitched "c's", continuous "c".
I hope you enjoyed my pictorial tutorial. Still more to stitch on the quilt, but with having a fever I just can't do it today.
I hope to be able to put more about how I quilted this quilt in the next couple of days, lets hope I feel better tomorrow.
Happy sewing!!

Thursday, February 13, 2014

Preparing for next week

This week is all about getting ready for next week! LOL
Next week, I fly to Mississippi.
Jackson, Mississippi to be exact :)
I can't wait to arrive!
While I am there, I will be teaching my Feathers class,
Fantabulous Feathers and Frivolous Fillers
at Stitch-n-Frame quilt shop located in Vicksburg, MS.
My feathers class is Friday.
Over the weekend I will spend with one of my best friends Dorinda!
I'm hoping that she and I can spend time piecing together and visiting with old friends.
I have not see these ladies in about 7 years.
Who are these ladies?
I met them when I lived in Mississippi 7 years ago. My husband's work took us down there for a short stay, only 3 years.
I became a member to Jackson Quilters guild, Quilts by Hearts Desire and Brandon Quilt Guild. I will be teaching 2 workshops while I am down there. One for Jackson Quilters and one for the Brandon guild.
The weekend is my only "down" time, but once Monday hits, we will be pretty busy till I fly back home on Thursday.
Thank you Roanoke for my flight!
Now to go a little backwards, I started out this morning talking about preparing for next week, well now lets talk about last week, I will begin with Virginia Beach and end with what I worked on Yesterday:
Founders Inn and Spa
Atrium where the Innovas were set up

Sorry this quilt turned sideways, I can't get it to rotate :( it is a giraffe) This quilt was made on the longarm machine by Jo Ann Blade and Kim Diamond
one of the classrooms
Again, I can't get the picture to load correctly :(. So, this is a seahorse the quilt was made on the longarm machine by Jo Ann Blade and Kim Diamond
 The two quilt pictures: Sea horse and giraffe, I cannot tell you how gorgeous these 2 pictures are!!! Those two ladies are so talented and so wonderful!
I learned how to use the Innova 18" sit down longarm machine. I love it! If you don't have space for stand up machine set up then this is the way to go!!!
 That was last on to this week :)

And here is a little more, don't know if you can see the work, but I stitched 1/8" curved cross hatching lines using Lisa Calle's Arcs.

I arrived home on Monday. I missed my family!! I enjoyed my experience in Virginia Beach, but there is nothing like coming back home and your kids (ages 27-17) giving you big hugs cuz they missed you! On Tuesday morning, my youngest son, John, who did not get to hug me on Monday when I arrived home (we saw each other in passing in our cars) walked over to me right after he woke up and gave me the biggest hug!!! OH I love my family!
Happy Sewing everyone!!!

Tuesday, January 28, 2014

What a week...and it is only Tuesday

Life is pretty busy these days. I'm preparing for lots of events. I wanted to show you some projects I have been working on.
I purchased an Accuquilt before Christmas. I have designed a couple of quilts specifically with Accuquilt dies in mind. I love to layer cut and well, Accuquilt allows that and then some!!
I purchased an Accuquilt GO so that I could do applique, but as it turned out I have been enjoying it for strip cutting, half square triangles, triangle square units and squares.
Strip die: Item 55025
Triangle Square: Item 55027
Half Square Triangle:Item 55009
Square:Item 55006
Here is the quilt, still in progress:

 I've made all the blocks, still have to piece the rows together...not all the blocks are in this picture.
 Some of the pieces laying on my table

Chain piecing

9 patch units made from 2" strip die. I made these blocks while I was piecing the blocks from the current project. These 9patches were my Leaders and Enders :)
This is a drunkards path. Also cut from Accuquilt's dies! Can't wait to finish piecing this one!

Longarm work: The other night I wanted to try something different. So I stitched a butterfly with my Innova longarm machine. Then I colored the butterfly in with Prisma colored markers. I like the way it turned out.
after :)
Hope you enjoyed my latest creations!
Happy Sewing!