Saturday, August 31, 2013

Now That's A Lot of Flying Geese...

Hello Everyone,

The past several days I have been sewing LOTS of flying geese!!  Yesterday, I finished the geese.  Luckily as I was making them, I just started putting them up on the design wall in no particular order...

This is not all of them, a small portion... how many do you think I made?  Go ahead take a guess.

The answer is 164!  Yup.. that is right 164... I made them all by using the method that I teach in this tutorial here.  This method yields 4 flying geese... at once.  Very quick, very easy.  

Now for the layout.  You are probably wondering what I am doing with all these geese?  Well, this is the last you will see of them until sometime next year.  They are going into a quilt I have designed that will be published next year.  So you will have to wait.  

I know... I am sorry that I can't show you anymore, but trust me you will get to see this again and much more!!  Stay tuned!

Until Next Time...


Thursday, August 29, 2013

Come and See the Quilt Show

Hello Everyone,

I am very excited!! In just a few weeks the 2nd annual Quilt Show Flights and Fantasies will be taking place at the New England Air Museum (NEAM).

The final preparations are being made... the program is at the printer, the quilt layout has been decided, Vendors are getting ready... the excitement is building!

The show was fantastic last year, but this year will be outstanding!  With close to 200 quilts in the main exhibit, a Special exhibit of Botanical Quilts from Sue Reich, a tribute quilt  for the Sandy Hook Elementary School, Vendors (on the weekend only), Basket Boosters, Auction quilts, Marie Bostwick Lecture, and two trunk shows by me!!  

The show runs from September 16 through September 22.  And the best thing is that it is a family event!! Bring the husband, the kids, grandkids, nieces and nephews.  You can enjoy the quilts and they can enjoy the planes and flight simulators!!

Learn more about the show and the museum by clicking here.  If you come to the show be sure to say hello to me!  I will be vending on the weekend as well.

Until Next Time...


Tuesday, August 27, 2013

Ready, Set, New Project

Hello Everyone,

I suppose I was inspired by all the 1930s quilts that I saw at the antique shop on Nantucket this weekend.  Because my newest project is featuring 1930s fabrics.

Yes, believe it or not, I do love not only Kaffe, batiks, black and whites, but also 1930s.  I have quite the stash of them too.  It just seems that lately I haven't been working with them.  So it was time to do so....

I selected a variety of blue, green, yellow, red, purple, and orange prints.  What you can't see is that there are a variety of different prints under each color.

I started with two of the blues... 

Then went to the greens...

Then the yellows...

And ended with reds for the day.  I see more geese on the horizon for tomorrow!

Do you like 1930s prints?  How do you use them in projects?

If you like 1930s I still have some on Clearance in the online shop!  Just click here to see.

Until Next Time...


Sunday, August 25, 2013

Antique Quilts On Nantucket

Hello Everyone,

Yesterday was a lovely day and my husband, good friend Nora, and I decided to fly over to Nantucket for the day.  We did a ton of walking and saw lots of great things, but I wanted to share the quilts that we found at this wonderful antique shop...

This was the entry way!!  There is my hubs making his way inside.  Can you just tell this is going to be a great Antique shop??

Another quilt in the window.

Look at this gorgeous stack of red and white quilts.

Blue and white... Oh my!

But this is what got me... Look at this wall of quilts!!! There were so many lovelies to look at, but I will show you my two favorites.

This one was my first favorites.  Look at the appliqué and the embroidery... just impeccable.

A beauty!

This star pattern and the use of the black, pink and white fabrics were to die for....

This grandmother's flower garden is gorgeous!!

This one had tiny flowers...

A wool penny rug.

A teeny sewing machine.

A quilt top made from state fair ribbons.

Another gorgeous block from my first favorite quilt.  LOVE!!

This is my second favorite.  Love the colors!!

Here is my favorite... LOVE every block and just gorgeous!! If only I could have taken these two home... If only!!

We did tons more things and then it was time to go home....

Here is my most favorite pilot and his plane... ready to go...

If you would like to see more photos, you can just click here.

I hope you all had a wonderful day too!  

Until Next Time...


Wednesday, August 21, 2013

A Blast From The Past

Hello Everyone,

While I was in Arizona, I spent the last night enjoying a wonderful dinner with my cousins and my Aunt and Uncle.  While there, I noticed a quilt hung over the back of my cousin's rocking chair and asked my cousin who made here the wonderful table runner...

To my surprise, she said... "Well my beautiful cousin did..."  meaning me!  Well that floored me... I didn't remember making it...LOL!!

Here is my gorgeous cousin with the table runner I made.  And to prove it, I actually had put a label on it, can you believe it??

Yep!  I made it 10 years ago.  After she told me the story, I began remembering it...  Wow!  I can't believe I had forgotten.  Does this ever happen to you, doing something and then forgetting about it??

Here is how she displays it on her table.  She uses it everyday.  I am so pleased that I made something that she uses and loves.  

Isn't that a great feeling that something that you made is loved and used??  How about you, have you ever made something, given it to someone you love and forgotten that you have done it??  Ugh...

Until Next Time...


Tuesday, August 20, 2013

Quilts on the Bed

Hello Everyone,

While I was in Arizona, I had to place my quilts on my bed there and do a little photo shoot.  I am so glad that I did.  Have you ever made quilts and not ever placed them on the bed?  I have and I just had the need to do it and I am so glad that I did.

My quilts look just wonderful on the bed. 

Let's take a look.

This is my Mariner's Compass quilt.  The bed is a Queen Size bed, but this is a King Size quilt.  When the pattern was actually published it was reduced in size to a Queen.  But anyway I love how it looks on the Queen.  I love the drop!  

The pattern can be found here.

This is the Queen Size Glacier Star.  I am just loving this on the bed.  There is something to be said for having a medallion style quilt on a bed.  The design just is gorgeous!

The pattern can be found here.

If you don't have a full size bed quilt, a bed runner might just be the right thing.  It add just a little bit of color and design.  I really like this look and it is easy to change out too!!

This is the Willow Bed Runner and the pattern can be found here.

This quilt just has the WOW factor!! I love how it looks on the bed, but I think if I were going to use this design on the bed, I might have to make it in a little more subdued colors.  But this gives me a really good idea, doesn't it?

This is the Queen Size Feathered Star and the pattern can be found here.

So how about you??? Have you put your quilts on your bed to see what they look like??? 

Until Next Time...


Monday, August 19, 2013

Gaggles are Giggling...

Hello Everyone,

Yesterday marked the last day of my workshop in Arizona.  First, I must say what a wonderful group of ladies I had in the class!  I loved each and everyone of their stars and their geese.  Yesterday, we I had them working on their border geese and they are fantastic!!

I love this... it is going to be a two color quilt.  I just can't wait to see it finished.

And Ooooo how I love the brights on the black, they just pop.

This version was so different from the others and I love this one too.

These geese are the four corners of the quilt.  If you take the four corners and arrange them in this manner you have a great beginning for a placemat, don't you think? 

This was the classroom.  The ladies were all busy and very productive throughout the day.  See my quilt hanging in the front... the black and white?  

If you would like to see all the photos from the class, just click here.

If you would like to take the Technique of the Month ~ Glacier Star Class, I will be teaching at 35th Ave Sew and Vac in Arizona, beginning in January.  Come join me... Seven of these ladies have already registered and are ready to go!!  Just click here for more information and to register.

Hope to see you there.

Until Next Time...


Sunday, August 18, 2013

The Stars are Out...

Hello Everyone,

Yesterday was a fun day!! I taught My 2 Baby Sisters in Arizona at 35th Ave Sew and Vac.  I had a wonderful group of ladies as my students.  As you will see in the photo below, everyone had different fabrics that turned out very different looking LeMoyne stars.

Aren't they all wonderful?  These are all paper pieced with the pattern that you can find by clicking here.

This is Belinda's swatch card... isn't it beautiful?  I just love all the Kaffe Fassett fabrics she is using.

Here is a beautiful line up of all little baby stars just waiting to be chain pieced.  

Kelly was able to get one Big Sister done and two Baby Sisters.  Aren't they gorgeous?

Just thought you would like to see the back.  Here is the center, when you open it up it forms a pinwheel and lays flat for you.  Brilliant!!

If you would like to see TONS more pics and all the ladies in the class just click here to see the album.

Today, I am teaching the second half... the border blocks... flying geese!  Stay tuned for more pics.

Until Next Time...

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