Monday, May 18, 2015

Quilt Market Minneapolis

This past weekend I flew to Minneapolis early Saturday morning and back to DC late Sunday afternoon. I went to Quilt Market to promote my ideas for new books and rulers. It was a very successful trip so watch this space to see the roll out of multiple new books and rulers from this fall to next spring. I have a list of several deadlines so I will be sewing like a crazy lady to get it all done. All will be revealed as each phase of design work is completed and released. Until then, its all a secret.

Here are views of how I was represented at Quilt Market...

My first stop was Checker Distributors to see my Creative Grids© rulers and Cut Loose Patterns. First thing I noticed was this poster featuring the top 20 pattern sales. 10 of the patterns use my rulers to make the quilts. I designed and made 6 of those projects. The top 3 patterns are my quilts. Big grins.
This is the Landauer Publishing booth. The curvy log cabin quilt on the left is the cover of my new Curvy Log Cabin Quilts book and the quilt with the circles and flying geese on the right was made by my sister Janet Houts and its the cover of our new jointly authored book, Best of Circle of Nine. Both books are available on my website

I also design free to use (FTU) patterns for Andover Fabrics There is a menu across the top of the home page so just quilt the link "free patterns". Had a very nice chat with Daryl, the marketing director about quilts I am designing for some of their new fabric collections. These patterns will appear over the summer and next fall. As I finish the quilts, I will post their photos here and direct you to the free downloadable pattern on the Andover website.

Friday, May 15, 2015

Wiregrass Quilters - Albany Georgia

Here are photos from the workshop I taught last weekend for the Wiregrass Quilters. They have a wonderful big room so everyone gets a big round table for themselves unless they choose to share. This is the second workshop I have led for this group...a lively, friendly bunch of quilters who are a delight to be with. I'll go back anytime I am invited. I love teaching workshops.
Everyone was teasing Cathy about her chaotic workspace but it looks very much like my own sewing studio at home while I am in the middle of a quilting project.

Plenty of table space for everyone in this workshop space at Grace Baptist Church in Albany.

These two sisters often take workshops together. Note how organized their workspace is.

A group of blocks showing how different they look with each choice of color and fabric pattern.

Two blocks that will become part of a Carousel quilt. Blue and yellow always play together well.

An unlikely pairing of bold prints with a red, gray, white and a touch of blue.
Bold solids make a dramatic choice for this start of a star block.

Friday, April 24, 2015

Field Trip - Capital Quilts

It isn't warm in DC but at least it's not snowing. Yesterday I made a field trip, driving 11 miles north to Gaithersburg MD, to visit my new and nearest quilt shop, Capital Quilts The occasion for the trip was to visit Hilary Hastie's Circle of Nine Workshop using our latest book, Best of Circle of Nine.

Hilary's quilt and pattern is Teddy Bear's Picnic. She used preprinted panels for the main squares or blocks and simple squares for the spacers. Capital quilts sells my books and rulers so if you live in or visit the area, you must visit! They have two huge rooms full of fantastic fabrics, all kinds of notions and they sell my favorite sewing machine, Janome. 
Jean Ann and Hilary
Here are some photos of the class and the quilts they made using Hilary's pattern. 

Cathy's quilt using a warm bear/brown for the spacers.
Nina's quilt using a delightful juvenile panel print of jungle animals.

Class snapshots - Capital Quilts, Gaithersburg MD

Saturday, April 18, 2015

More spring!

My friend Debby Kratovil - - has made a number of quilts using my trim tools. Here is her Sunshine Butterflies quilt using the 6" Curvy Log Cabin Trim Tool. Debby made her quilt with in natural hues for garden butterflies. Debby has featured both of these quilts on her blog...another interesting blog for quilters to follow.
Here is another version of the same quilt using bright colors for spring. Debby has featured both quilts on her blog, with this comment "A Wisconsin quilt shop, Quilting Divas Sewing Boutique, sent me their finished quilt that they are featuring during their shop hop in June. Isn't this just the cheeriest?" The Wisconsin State Shop Hop is in June, so those of you who live there are in for a treat. Here is the info for the Quilting Divas:

The 6" Curvy Log Cabin Trim tool and the pattern for this project can be found on my website

Monday, April 13, 2015

Quilt Blocks for Spring

I can't believe that Spring has finally come to Washington DC. What a dismal winter we had. But now the sun is shining and the sewing machine is humming! Here are the first 2 rows of blocks for a new quilt I am making. I am calling the quilt Rainbow Mountain. The blocks are 6" and made with my Log Cabin Trim Tool Two.
I am using the Riley Blake textured solid fabrics. I really love this collection because the solids have a slight color variation that adds depth and interest. There are 7 blocks in a row and the finished quilt with have 10 rows. Seventy blocks may seem like a lot, but they sew up really fast cutting the strips with Creative Grids© Stripology ruler to cut the strips and the Log Cabin Trim Tool for the blocks.

Monday, April 6, 2015

Done at last - Pineapple Rings

The Pineapple Rings quilt is finished at last. After I made most of the blocks I decided it was just too white and the "rings" didn't show enough. So I took off all the white corner triangles and replaced them with bright colors. Now you can see the Pineapple Rings clearly. My best memories of actual eatable pineapple rings are the Pineapple Upside Down cakes my mother used to make. It was one of her favorite family desserts.

I am not sure about the quilting. I think I should add some more quilting to the overall design. Look at the bottom of the quilt for the best view. Two of the rings show the most clearly in that row. 
The quilt design is easier to see in the quilt diagram that I created in Adobe Illustrator. Here it is....

I love doing quilts like this with subtle design elements that have to be "discovered" after carefully looking for the design.

Tuesday, March 24, 2015

1 week later - a pineapple update

I have finished 12 Pineapple blocks. I will be making a total of 16 for the quilt and it will be finished as a square instead of a rectangle because I have discovered I don't have enough background fabric to make 24 blocks. It's good to be flexible when you are making a quilt. 

Here is a 4 block unit. All that's left to do is make 4 more blocks and 3 more 4 block units. Then find a border and the top is ready to quilt. I was thinking of doing a white border, but I just spied a Kaffe Fasset fabric in my collection that might make a better, brighter border.