Monday, November 17, 2014

Curvy Log Cabin Quilts - Book #6

Working on quilts for my new book: Curvy Log Cabin Quilts. Here are two of the projects that will be patterned in the book. The book will be available late winter or early Spring. It will have 8 great curvy log cabin projects. Watch this space for more previews of the projects.
This quilt is named Ripples and uses the 8" Curvy Log Cabin Trim Tool.

This quilt is named Solomon's Puzzle. It uses the 6" Log Cabin Trim Tool. The blocks are sewn into a popular Drunkard's Path block called, Solomon's Puzzle. 

Tuesday, November 11, 2014

There's nothing new....just almost new!

When my sister, Janet Houts, and I were designing quilts for fabric companies we figured we came up with a brand new concept - the Circle of Nine - to set blocks into a quilt. But my recent contact with a long time quilting friend, Carol Doak, has shown there is nothing really new in the quilting world or the whole wide world.

Carol has just launched her new Craftsy class: Paper Pieced Stars. In this class she has packed in all of her tips and tricks for paper piecing star blocks. Carol uses nine blocks (with eight surrounding the center block) to make a really big quilt that frames her blocks beautifully.
Visit Carol's website to get more details about the class, to contact Carol, and to receive a discount that is being offered to sign up for the Craftsy class from Carol's website.

Here is the quilt Carol made in 1999 using the setting that Janet and I have used in our 3 books featuring this setting. You can see how the big triangles in the spacers around Carol's center block to create a star-within-a-star setting that is a dramatic frame for her paper pieced star blocks.
50 Fab quilt by Carol Doak, 1999

Wednesday, November 5, 2014

camping out

In just one month I will be moving from Marietta GA to Washington DC. This week I am camping out in my new apartment so I can get the internet up and running and have the hospital OR room white walls painted in my favorite colors. While here I am sewing the last quilt I need for my new book, Curvy Log Cabin Quilts by Landauer Publishing www.landauercorp,com Here are some pictures to show how necessity can really challenge a quilter when determined to sew, but quilters always win!
Here is my quilters reversible ironing and cutting surface. In this photo I am trimming the first round of a block using my 8" Curvy Log Cabin Trim Tool
Have you seen the new Stripology ruler by Gudrun? It is so cool I wish I had thought of it myself. Being a Creative Grids ruler I just added it to my growing ruler collection. I use it every day to cut the strips I need for all of my strip pieced blocks. I have discovered if I cut all my strips in 3 sizes - 1-1/2", 2" and 2-1/2" I can store them in color groups and always have strips ready to use when I want to sew. The Stripology ruler has little square symbols to cut strips at 2-1/2" intervals, star symbols to cut at 1-1/2" intervals and I just use the inch markings to cut at 2" intervals (I learned to count by 2's in elementary school). My cutting is always quick and accurate with the Stripology ruler.
Sewing on a plastic folding table can be a challenge. The machine makes the table bounce so it is fun trying to keep everything in place. Note the 2 folded quilts I am using for chair pads and the cardboard carton I am using for a waste basket to catch my fabric snippings.

Sunday, October 26, 2014

Dotsy Do Little

A few months ago Donna Latour of DeWitt, Michigan emailed me to ask for a quilt pattern. She wanted to make baby quilts for twin boys. They will make their debut into this world in November. Donna's quilt will greet them and provide loving warmth during their first winter. 
The Rowdey Twins Quilts
Here is Donna's email to me that came with the photo of the completed quilts.
"Dear Jean Ann
I want to send you my finished baby quilts. Remember I called you and you sent me the patten of your Dotsy Do Little quilt. The twin boys are due Mid November and will send them off soon. I think they turned out very nice. Thank you very much for sending the pattern."

Friday, October 10, 2014

I design quilts for Andover Fabrics For the past two years Andover has brought Downton Abbey fabrics to quilters with lots of FTU (free to use) patterns to sew. My latest design for this collection is named "Table Talk" using the new Downstairs collection  that features fabrics for the people who work downstairs at the abbey...the servants who take care of the family. Here is the quilt I designed for this collection.

You can get the free pattern by visiting the Andover website and clicking on the link to Free Patterns at the top of the page and then doing a search for Downton Abbey , or use this direct link: Table Talk

Monday, October 6, 2014

6" Curvy Log Cabin Trim Tool is here!

Are you on Facebook? If so take a look at my new 6" curvy log cabin projects. They are featured on the Creative Grids USA facebook Go take a peek and see the new projects I designed for the ruler. Obviously I was in a playful mood when sewing the quilts this summer. This little photo is a sneak peek, follow the length, enjoy, then rush out to your local quilt shop and ask them to order ruler and patterns so you can join the fun.
The new ruler and patterns are for sale on my quilting website as well You can order and I will ship!

Fredericksburg, VA

Just got home from the Sewing Expo in Fredericksburg VA. I sold my strip piecing trim tools in a vendor booth and taught 2 workshops....Cut the Cake Hexies and Curvy Log Cabin. The quilters in Virginia are a great group to work with in class. We had loads of fun and lots of quilt blocks were stitched up. Here are photos from my Cut the Cake Hexies workshop.

When a workshop space has no design walls, the floor works! This quilt is for a baby on-the-way. Grandma-to-be is getting ahead of the game with her nautical theme quilt.

At the Sewing Expo you don't have to bring your own sewing machine...the classrooms are set up with latest models from all of the best manufacturers with the help of local quilt shops. Ironing stations, rotary cutters, mats and rulers are also provided. In the front row are two quilters who are best friends and cousins. If you can't bring your sister or your best friend, bring your cousin! 

October 16 to 18 I will be in Ft Worth with the Sewing Expo. See you there!