Modern Quilts, Home Decor, and Handcrafted Clothing

Quilt Camp

Whew! I’m back from a busy weekend away at Quilt Camp! I actually got back Sunday evening, but I still feel like I’m recovering from all the late nights and fun. We had such a good time. Thursday afternoon, Jeni drove to my house from Wisconsin so we could car pool to Michigan together. It was really nice to have someone to chat with during the drive and it seemed to go by rather quickly, rather than the 3+ hours. We stayed at the Hankerd Inn in Pleasant Lake, Michigan. It was so cute! Lots of old barns and cottages set up specifically for quilting/sewing retreats. The owner was just the sweetest and took such good care of us while we were there.

There was lots of open sewing time and also four classes. I taught my Poinsettia Mini Quilt Pattern.

There were quite a few people paper piecing for the first time – and we had a lot of success! These are only a few of the finishes.

Since I’ve already made one mini quilt from the pattern layout, I’m thinking of an alternative design with my blocks.

Heather taught Improv and everyone made really great blocks.

Jeni taught her famous drawstring bags and Brenda taught English Paper Piecing. There were bags and hexies popping up all over the place!

So much holiday sewing was accomplished – this is only part of the projects everyone finished.

These were my table mates for the weekend – my great friend Kara (we met just after college in 2000), Cristin, Angela, and Amanda.

And my fellow “camp counselors” – Heather, Brenda and Jeni.

I’m so grateful for everyone that came to hang out and sew. This was the first time for Brenda’s Quilt Camp and I know she plans many more! Hopefully many of you will get a chance to attend one of the future camp weekends.

December 11, 2012   26 Comments

Modern Quilts Unlimited ~ Cutting Edge Quilt Pattern

Modern Quilts Unlimited - Premier Issue, Fall 2012

You know the saying, Good Things Come to Those Who Wait? Well, the wait is over for those of you that have been looking for the pattern to my Cutting Edge quilt.

Cutting Edge Quilt

I made this quilt about 6 months ago for Free Spirit Fabrics to display at Spring Quilt Market. I also made them a pattern sheet to go with it. I was hoping that it would become available to you, in some way, but had almost given up hope.

Cutting Edge Quilt

Then a few weeks ago, I received an email from Modern Quilts Unlimited letting me know that the pattern would appear in the premier issue of the magazine! To say I was thrilled would be an understatement. For one, I knew the news would make a lot of very happy readers on the blog. I still get comments and emails about that quilt, lots of people hoping for the pattern. It also was a huge surprise and awesome honor to be in this magazine. It is FULL of great quilts – including that stunning one on the cover by none other than my Sewing Summit coteacher Kati Spencer.

Cutting Edge Quilt Pattern in Modern Quilts Unlimited - Premier Issue, Fall 2012

A bit about the magazine. It is really beautiful. The pages are nice and thick, very high quality. It’s a quarterly magazine, this first issue is Fall 2012. You can order a subscription online (although that would start with the next issue). But if you want a copy of this one, you should be able to find it at Barnes and Noble, JoAnns, and some local quilt shops. It sounds like from their Facebook page that they expect it to be at those shops by November 1st.

And on an unrelated note…those of you that subscribe to my blog via e-mail have probably noticed something new! For many of you – it’s finally working again. :) I had outgrown my old (free) service which was preventing most of you from getting e-mail notifications of new posts. I’ve signed up for a fancy new service so you will now be receiving pretty emails for my blog posts. If you are interested in signing up so you don’t miss anything, you can either do it in the right hand column of the page (above my sponsors) or by clicking here. This is probably the best way to make sure you don’t miss any posts. I know a lot of you follow me on Facebook, but because I don’t pay Facebook to promote my posts, they only appear in about 20% of your feeds. So the e-mail subscription is nice!

And if you just want to stop by from time to time, that’s ok too. :) Be sure to visit by Thursday though, I will be posting a new block tutorial for Quilting Gallery’s Glorious Autumn Block Party. Here’s a sneak peek for you.

A little peek at something I'm working on for @mishkaottawa Quilting Gallery's Glorious Autumn...block tutorial will be up Nov 1.

Happy sewing everyone!

October 30, 2012   34 Comments

Island Girl Quilt

Island Girl

I’ve been waiting to share this quilt with you for months! Back when I was making the two quilts for Spring Quilt Market, I was lucky enough to also have the opportunity to make a quilt for the Fall 2012 Issue of Scrap Quilts by Fons & Porter…at the same time. During those weeks, I thought I was nuts for signing on to make 3 quilts in 3 weeks, but looking back it was completely worth it!

Fons & Porter Scrap Quilts

The Island Girl Quilt is made from a beautiful collection of Cotton Supreme Solids by RJR Fabrics. I had never used these fabrics before and I was very happy with them. Very soft and tons of colors available. I just did a bit of searching on Google to see where you can buy some now.

RJR Fabrics - Solids
See this blog post for color names from the above photo

The blocks consist of a light, medium and dark shade of each color. The pattern has some tips on how to sew your fabrics to make the blocks go together a lot quicker than you might think.

Fons & Porter Scrap Quilts

I’ve spotted the magazine out in the wild already (at my local book store).

Fons & Porter Scrap Quilts

I hope you will check it out!

October 2, 2012   34 Comments

A Pick Up Sticks Update and Weekend Fun

I’m back! I had a great few days away in Michigan and am now busy unpacking from our trip and getting ready for my sister and her family to arrive in town tomorrow! While I was gone, one of my lovely readers emailed me and told me she found the latest copy of Modern Quilting Magazine, with my Pick Up Sticks pattern, at her Barnes & Noble. You can read more about the quilt and magazine here. On our drive home I stopped at the bookstore and found my own copy. :)

My quilt in Modern Quilting Magazine Issue 2

The issue is the one with “Meet Tula Pink” on the cover (Issue 2). While I was flipping through the magazine looking for my quilt and pattern, I saw this!

My Blog in Modern Quilting Magazine Issue 2

Not gonna lie, I was pretty excited to see my blog photo. :) It was all I could do not to bust out and tell the check out girl about it. She already was looking at me weird for buying a quilting magazine with a giant smile on my face. Ha

So if you are interested in making the quilt or seeing any of the other wonderful patterns in the magazine, go check out your local Barnes & Noble. The magazine is $10 (as it is an international magazine).

I also thought I’d share a few fun pictures from our weekend. We were up at Crystal Lake in northern Michigan. The water is really this clear.

Crystal Lake

The kids did their first tubing with Mr. Fresh Lemons. You don’t think they liked it do you?

Tubing 1

Tubing 2

Even my husband’s 91 year old grannie took a jet ski out.

Great Grannie

Bonfires…

Beach bonfire

Sunset…

Sunset
I hope everyone else had a wonderful holiday. It’s almost the weekend again!

July 5, 2012   32 Comments