Sunday, April 23, 2017

Blue and Green Clergy Stole

Quilters will recognize these fabrics! Yup, I used my blue and green Westminster fabrics to make this clergy stole, and I think the result is delicious! This is Joyful #185. (I started with #1, and this is my 185th stole! I tend to go overboard with things.)

In case you're new to clergy stoles, they're worn by many ordained Protestant clergy. Some are subtle, and others, not so much. Haha.

P. S. I'm hoping my readers will help me by Pinning the listing. Thanks!

Wednesday, April 19, 2017

Pat Kilmark's First Prize Quilt!

This fabulous quilt by Pat Kilmark won first prize at Quiltfest in Pigeon Forge, Tennessee in March.
She used my Fandango pattern for the center, then she invented an awesome asymmetrical border. I particularly love those polka dots and the striped fabrics in the fans. Lots of action there.
Congratulations, Pat!!

Monday, April 17, 2017

Boho Springtime Quilt by Monique

I found this colorful quilt on Etsy. It was made by sewfunbymonique in California. She used Jennifer Paganelli's fabric line: Crazy Love. Such a simple design, but the bright fabrics do all the work.
Monique uses minky on the back and no batting in the middle. Clever, Monique!

Sunday, April 16, 2017

Happy Easter!

Happy Easter! May the saving message of Easter bring you hope and peace and joy.

Sunday, April 2, 2017

Fancy Feathers' Incredible Longarm Quilting!

Have you ever seen a modern whole cloth quilt like this? It's the work of longarm quilter Rose Bell in Canada. Her website is Fancy Feathers. Nice work, Rose!

Thursday, March 16, 2017

Beautiful Shibori!

Take a look at this beautiful handmade shibori fabric from the Yunnan Province in China.
 See more details on These Days of LA, California.
See more examples of outstanding shibori here on my Pinterest board.

Monday, March 6, 2017

New Selvage Quilt from Nancy Eaton

Take a look at this beautiful new selvage quilt by Nancy Eaton of Connecticut! She was inspired by the quilts in my book "Quilts from the Selvage Edge" pub by AQS in 2008. Nice job, Nancy!

Thursday, March 2, 2017

More Couching from Hata Larson

I found the entire post from Hata Larson. She couches strips cut from old tee shirts (1-1.25") onto foundation fabric along drawn lines. She starts with the flowers, then fills in the background. And this new photo shows beads too! Nice.
See translated post here.

Thursday, February 9, 2017

Good Quilt for a Snow Day

Upcycle is perfect to make during a blizzard because you already have all the supplies: fabric scraps, background fabric, glue stick, and basic sewing supplies.  It's fast and fun to make. And it's a sturdy machine washable quilt too. Get the pattern. If you don't love it, let me know and I'll issue you a full refund. Enjoy the day!

Friday, January 27, 2017

Up-cycled Thread Spools

If you're a regular visitor to this blog, you know that some quilters save our empty thread spools and then count them at the end of the year as a rough measure of our quilting productivity. Every January someone asks for ideas about how to use them. How about this spool chair/folk art? Granted, the chair wouldn't look as amazing if it was made from the white plastic spools we have today. Haha.

This spool table was made around 1900. It was featured on Antiques Roadshow, and valued at $1,000-1,500 a few years ago.

Click here to see more ideas for up-cycling thread spools.

 Have a creative day!

Tuesday, January 24, 2017

Selvage Pickle Dish - Free Pattern from B


See B's free pattern showing how to make a little 4-block pickle dish quilt: Modern quilting by B. She says that using selvages makes this block easier. I like her fabric choices, very modern. Nice, B!

Thursday, January 19, 2017

Flow Acrylic Painting

Flow acrylic painting has captured my imagination this winter and I'm working on achieving these pretty "cells," the rounded shapes with narrow borders. It's tricky business getting the paints mixed to the correct consistency, and getting the right variety of paints so that they interact in interesting ways (like forming cells). It's very messy too! This painting is one of my most successful ones. I have a lot of duds, but I just paint over them.  
I haven't given up quilting; this is just a little side-trip.
I hope your new year is off to a good start.

Sunday, January 15, 2017

Husband Gives His Bride a Wedding Quilt!

This beautiful bride's husband bought my Bunting quilt for her. What a sweet wedding keepsake! He asked for a personalized label with their names and wedding date. I love it when my Etsy customers send a photo. 

They were married in December and had a nice honeymoon in Europe. I hope this quilt sees them through many happy years together. 

Wednesday, January 11, 2017

Big Year for Thread Use!

Biggest year yet for thread usage! 46 Spools! 

This is the least scientific measure out there because the spools are different sizes and I don't start with new spools at the beginning of the year. But still. I usually use about 20 spools/year, so 2016 was a very good year for sewing. 

Do you have a spool count for the year?