Thursday, February 28, 2013

Kona Giveaway!!

Hello Everyone,

Have you been following Amy's Dancing Stars Quilt-Along??  If not you should be... it is quite cool and I am a sponsor too!

As part of the Dancing Stars Quilt Along....

 I am giving away this fabulous pack of Kona Berry fat quarters!!!! 

I know you ALL love Kona right??

If you are not participating in the quilt along, now is a good time to start, it is pretty cool.

So if you would like a chance to win this bundle, please...

Say hello to Amy for me too!

Until Next Time...


Wednesday, February 27, 2013

Cats and Quilts

Hello Everyone,

A few nights ago I was binding my Stepping Stones quilt and it served as my cat magnet for the evening.  All of you quilters who own cats know what I mean right??

See what I mean... My little Watson was very contented while I sat and bound my quilt.  Plus he doesn't like to move while I am doing my work.

This is what it looked like before the arrival of Watson. 

Then we have my other little mischief maker... Mr. Pavi.  I had purchased this wonderful little cart, to bring to my classroom studio, from Ikea.  Of course it had to become cat approved.

He really liked the top level so much he just laid down.  The rest of the day he did try the other levels and really liked all.  He also enjoyed being rolled around... silly cat!

This was the scene last night while I did some computer work.  I guess you can tell I have some contented kitties and I am one big kitty lover

Until Next Time...


Tuesday, February 26, 2013

Bound and Done

Hello Everyone,

I know I showed you my Summer Solstice in my blog post here, but I hadn't quite finished it... now it is done!  I have sewed the binding down, put a sleeve on it and a label and sent it off to be displayed here where I will be teaching this class.

I used the same fabric for the binding as I did the inner border.  I really like this effect!  Actually I am really smitten with this entire quilt.  Done with Kaffe Fassett fabrics and 3 batiks.

I must tell you that paper piecing is the ONLY way to go with a Lone Star, no doubt in my mind.  No worrying about bias edges and everything is extra precise.

The following photos you have already seen but felt you might want to see them again.

Close up of the quilting.

The quilting turned out just fabulous!! I love this quilt!!

If you would like to take this class from me in Massachusetts in April, just click here for the details.

Until Next Time...


Monday, February 25, 2013

Progress on the Glacier Star

Hello Everyone,

On Saturday we also had the second Glacier Star Class.  I wanted to share some of the progress.

This is Lisa's... the photo was taken after she went home and finished her homework.  So I guess I am working backwards.  She is doing a beautiful job!

One side of the classroom with all the NY Beauties hanging on the design walls.

A beautiful blue version from Sue.

Anne's NY beauties.

Some circling geese added and a few units from her Queen Extension are sitting there too!

Lillian's geese and NY beauties are complete.  Looking good!

Gloria has one circling geese done.  It looks great.

Anne is a happy quilter.  If you would like to see more photos from this class and the progression of the students quilts, just click here.

Until Next Time...


Sunday, February 24, 2013

Sit and Sew Saturday Inspiration

Hello Everyone,

Yesterday, we had Sit and Sew Saturday at the studio.  Love these days as there is such inspiration.

Fran brought in this lovely scrappy Courthouse Steps to work on... I can't tell you that this photo does not do this justice.  She had this stored away for YEARS and decided to break it out and finish it, it is going to be a beauty and will be in the Flights and Fantasies Quilt Show in September!! Find out more about the show by clicking here.

Anne brought in these little pouches that she made and was selling... ADORABLE!!

Justine was working on this Sweet 16 Signature quilt for her granddaughter.

Sally brought in these stacks of triangles to work on a One Block Wonder.  

Show and tell from Kathy...  gorgeous!

Nancy working on her Cactus Flower table runner.  Find the pattern here.

WOW... Look at Sally's One Block Wonder... A.M.A.Z.I.N.G.!!  There is Sally doing her best Wilson pose.

Kathy is a happy quilter.

There is always time for socialization!

Kathy posing with her Man Cave Quilt in front of the One Block Wonder... a busy little corner.

Little mini one block wonders!

My Indian Summer quilt is growing.  The pattern can be found here.

Grannie squares from Justine!

Sally's neatly stacked wonders to take home and join together.

Believe it or not, I also had the Glacier Star class going on at the same time.  Photos from my students tomorrow!

Until Next Time...


Saturday, February 23, 2013

A Private Class

Hello Everyone,

Have you ever taken a private quilting class?  If so, they are great.  Yesterday, I had the pleasure of teaching a private class in my studio.  Yes, I do teach private classes!!

This class was taught teaching the paper piecing technique for the quilt Stepping Stones.  The pattern can be found here.

Here is a close up of my quilt and the quilting.

The afternoon started with Cherie and I sorting her 2.5 inch strips of batiks.  We paired them up together in pleasing combinations of light and dark as well as contrasting.

Here is what the table looked like as we were pairing.

Here are all the pairs neatly lined up.  I just love these batiks, bright and bold.  She had purchased these strips from my shop.  They are Anthology Story Strips sold in boxes of 20 strips... no repeats!  You can find them here.

Oooops... what is this?  Cherie brought in a little show and tell!  She made a quilt that I had designed and published, called Raspberry Roll.  She made a few more rows to enlarge the quilt.  You can see my original here.  Great job, Cherie!!

Here are the blocks that Cherie completed yesterday! Aren't they wonderful??  She did a great job in class too!

Another close up of my quilt with all Kaffe Fassett fabrics.

Here is the completely quilted quilt! The binding has been applied to the front and I just have to turn it to the back and hand sew it down.  Love this quilt!

Oh, and if you are a Kaffe Fassett fan, I am having a 2 day sale February 23-24.... ALL Kaffe Fassett Collective yardage has been marked down to $8.25 per yard for 2 days only!!!  

Until Next Time...


Friday, February 22, 2013

Quilt Guild Show and Tell

Hello Everyone,

Last night was my monthly quilt guild meeting and we had some wonderful show and tell.  Let's have a look!

I hope you enjoyed this talented group of quilters!

Until Next Time...

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