Thursday, April 20, 2017

New Dutch projects and upcoming Adventures


Last week was busy and all about Rabbits & Applique.
This was a beginner Applique' class and first time for these students attempting needle turn reverse applique'. It was such a pleasure to work with these passionate and determined quilters. They completed their blocks in a 3 hour class - impressive and beautiful work!

And then I moved on to Klosjes (spool blocks).
I used a template set from the Netherlands, made by Ingrid of SuperGoof Quilts.
I made 18 of these little blocks that finish at just 2 1/4".
They were made using Dutch fabrics designed by Petra Prins.
(more about these blocks in a later post)

I only made one Dutch Treat block this week - WATER LILY.

But I've got plenty more of them basted and packed into my suitcase.
I'm happy to announce that I will be leaving soon for a very exciting trip with some awesome quilting friends to Holland/Amsterdam/The Netherlands!

We look forward to experiencing the Dutch culture, seeing the tulip gardens, discovering the towns and cities and the opportunity to meet in person with some very special Dutch friends, bloggers and Quilters.

After a lifetime of dreaming and a year of planning, I feel blessed to begin this wonderful Adventure!

every quilt tells a story....

Sunday, April 2, 2017

Welcome Spring - some final shares from March

Meet the Robin Family. Above is a picture of this little Acorn doll family "nesting" atop a bouquet of recently purchased tulips. Just a temporary setting for pictures, they actually prefer to sit under the bouquet (or on their placemat).

Mom & Dad measure approximately 3.5" in height, Brother is 3" tall and Sister, just 2.5". I chose to stitch and embellish their clothing is shades of robin egg blue, creams and tan. Their hair is brownish red wool roving, similar in color to the red breasted Robin.

Just 2 Dutch Treat blocks for the month of March.

And the Botanical block for the month of April - Rose of Sharon.

You can learn more about this block on the SVBAQ Sew Along page here and follow along on facebook here.

every quilt tells a story....

Monday, March 27, 2017

A wonderfully busy month of Classes & Activities...

My March schedule certainly came in like a Lion...
Classes, Lectures and Workshops - Oh My!
I taught several classes at Suzzie's - 2 sessions were Crazy Quick Cathedral Windows. The project is completely sewn by machine. (below is a student at work)

Once you get the hang of this technique, you can create a pillow or table topper in under 2 hours. The pillow shown above is using the same technique but reversing the fabrics for a "negative" or orange peel effect. I love to see the diversity of fabrics my students choose - such fun variations. (more work in progress below)

And a few finishes....

I would like to thank the Fairfax Chapter of Quilter's Unlimited for inviting me on Thursday March 23 and Friday March 24th to provide a Lecture presentation and 2 days of applique' workshop classes! This is such an inviting, creative and fun group of quilter's.

One of their members Ann Clare attended my workshop last year at another chapter's meeting and she was kind enough to share a picture of the beautiful quilt she made from her blocks. Ann also added the addition of sweet Yo-yo's to her flower baskets. It turned out beautiful!

Next up will be a Reverse Applique' 101 class.
I'm teaching this at Oh Sew Persnickety on April 10th.
I'm very excited about this beginner friendly "easier" form of needle turn applique.

This is the only class I will be able to teach in April.
I will be off on an amazing adventure with a few of my quilting friends later in the month. (I'll share more on this at a later time)

Still a few more fun events & special projects lined up for this week.
March will remain wonderfully busy with activities right thru the 31st.
I hope you are also enjoying a Happy & Productive month of March!

every quilt tells a story....

Monday, March 13, 2017

Botanical block for March - a modified version

I've strayed a bit from the original block, but I don't think that Esther would have minded. As someone passionate about flowers, natural landscapes etc,I've been concerned for the plight of Bee populations across our country and the world.
So I decided to make a personal statement with this block.

I drew my bees onto a solid taupe background using an archival ink marker. (Micron) Then cut them out with a 1/8" seam allowance. Once I stitched them onto the wings, the little legs and antennae were drawn onto the background fabric also using a Micron pigma pen size 01. The bodies of each little bee measure just under 1" in length. Click HERE to see more SVBAQ blocks for March.

With barely a flake of snow falling in town all winter, we are bracing for a big snowstorm tonight with possible blizzard conditions. Big businesses in our area have already announced closings for tomorrow.
So it looks like Tuesday is going to be a Snow day - Sew day at my house.

If you will be affected by the storm...Stay safe and if possible, Stay home!

every quilt tells a story...

Tuesday, February 28, 2017

Stonefields & Special Deliveries in February

February was a month filled with surprises here in northern VA.
Usually the coldest time of winter, this year it's been warm with rain showers. Spring like weather has even fooled mother nature.
Cherry trees in my neighborhood are blooming 6 weeks early.

The mailman also brought me a couple surprise deliveries...
Wendy Reed, The Constant Quilter gifted me with a package of 200 different fabric charms in 1930's reproduction. Many of these will be used in my Stonefields quilt. Thank you Wendy, I can't wait to use these fabulous fabrics!

And I won a WIPS be Gone drawing at Angie's - A Quilting Readers Garden. Angie sent me this Beautiful book and I already found a quilt that I would love to make. Thank you Angie!

Here are my final 6" Stonefields blocks for February....

Bordered Hexagons, block 1

Bordered Hexagons, block 2 (the hexie flowers are 2" finished)

Square Peg in a Round Hole, block 1

Square Peg in a Round Hole, block 2

Star in a Star

I managed to complete 8 of the 11 block assignments.

every quilt tells a story...

Tuesday, February 21, 2017

February Treats & Stonefield starts



Here are my first 3 blocks of Stonefields for Month 3.
The designer named this block "O is for Oscar".
I have nicknames of my own for each of these blocks. (grin)




This is really all I have to show for last week.
I've been working on my Botanical blocks and a couple samples for a fun class I will be teaching this Thursday. (I'll share more about this on Friday)

every quilt tells a story...

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