I spent a lot of time at the sewing machine this weekend, working on my Marcia Derse fabric blocks. I’ve decided to call this my Lighthouse quilt, since the design reminds me of the light coming out of one.
I am on a deadline to finish this quilt by Friday so I’ll have my nose to the machine this week. In fact, I’ve even moved my machine to the kitchen table so you know I mean business!
I still am planning to start a quilt along for this pattern. Most likely late September/early October. Keep an eye out!
I also was able to spend time Saturday with a handful of lovely quilters from the DeKalb County Quilters’ Guild. I taught Improvisational Log Cabins, which is a really fun introduction to improv.
It’s always great to see quilters “let go”, be wonky, and create as they go. Thank you for having me DCQG!
August 26, 2013 7 Comments
I just returned from such a fun weekend, sewing with friends, in Madison. Wisconsin has been a bit of an unexpected surprise for me. I live in Illinois, grew up in Ohio, have lived in Indiana. I’m used to seeing farms and cornfields. But something about the farms in Wisconsin, with the rolling hills…I really think it is so beautiful.
Plus, I love cheese. And there’s no shortage in Wisconsin!
I’m really lucky to have a supportive husband who encourages me to take time away like this to relax.
Although we spent a lot of time in our little chalet sewing, we also spent Saturday afternoon checking out Madison. We got to see Jeni’s apartment (basically where all her amazing design happens!)
And we shopped (a lot) at The Sewcial Lounge!
Besides talking and eating all the delicious food Deedee made us, I spent the entire weekend working on a stack of 140 little blocks.
These are the fabrics I just received from Modern Yardage plus some extras from my fabric stash.
I highly recommend organizing a sewing weekend with friends. I’m so grateful for these wonderful people near me!
Also, just a quick note that today is the last day of my big pattern sale. If you were thinking about getting one, this is your last chance for the 50% off discount. Thanks everyone!
July 2, 2013 18 Comments
I’m really excited and honored and I hope you will join along with her. Be sure to stop over at her blog quilt along details, the schedule, and even prizes. You can find the pattern in my shop, available for instant download. Happy sewing everyone!
June 10, 2013 8 Comments
It’s always a fun opportunity to submit a block for Quiltmaker‘s 100 Blocks magazine series. Volume 7 was just released and I’m very excited to have a design included on this round! It will probably come as no surprise to regular readers here that I created a paper pieced star design. I’m nothing if not predictable, right? (You can find my paper piecing tutorial here.)
When I was selecting the fabrics for this star, I was torn. Blocks can always look so different depending on fabric placement. I really wanted to showcase this variety by making another block with the same templates, but using another fabric layout. Over the weekend I created this block.
Same pattern, but the effect is totally different. Cool, right? These blocks have 8 paper pieced components. Here is one quadrant sewn up:
I hope you will check out the magazine at your local craft and bookstore! It’s also available as a digital download.
May 20, 2013 12 Comments