Monday, July 25, 2016

The Quilt Show - A Sneak Peek

It's almost here! My appearance on The Quilt Show with Alex Anderson and Ricky Tims. I won't be interviewed by them...instead you will get to visit with my in my quilting studio in Washington DC. It is in my 800 sq ft apartment and occupies just over 1/4 of my living space. Since I spend most of my day quilting...having most of my space devoted to quilting makes sense.

My daughters are eager to see the program because they have never seen  my studio so clean and they doubt it will ever happen again. My daughter here in DC helped with the cleaning and organizing (she once visited me and arranged all the food in my pantry in alphabetical order). My son-in-law helped worked hard to hang up all the quilts. They are still on display.

You can see a sneak peek of the program which airs on August 14 by following this link

Then, for one week from August 21 to August 28 you can follow a new link to see the show for free...but it is just for one week. I will remind you again on the 21st and post the new link at that time.

Friday, July 15, 2016

How much does it weigh?

I was interested in seeing how much a pile of quilt blocks weighs before they become a quilt. Here is a pile of 4" Log Cabin blocks ready to become a quilt. I made them using my new 4" Log Cabin ruler much do they weigh? 8 ounces. What do 64 log cabin blocks look like when they are all piled up on my postal scale?

And this is what they look like when the quilt is completed. They do weigh a bit more than 8 oz now with the addition of border, batting, backing and lots of stitching. 

It's A Puzzlement quilt, another Cut Loose Pattern designed to use with the 4" Log Cabin ruler.

Thursday, July 7, 2016

Oh, so long ago

August 14th, in just about a month, I will be featured on The Quilt Show. The staff from this computer based show featuring Alex Anderson and Ricky Timms paid a visit to my home in Washington DC in July of 2015. Now just over a year later the episode with my studio visit will run for everyone to see. I am very excited. This week I had to send some additional photos of me, during my early quilting years. Here they are...
This photo is from 1986. I am holding a Nine Patch quilt I made that year. It is the first photo I used for the editor's letter at the beginning of my tenure as editor.
This photo was made just a few years later. I think about 1989, but I am not sure. The quilt is made using entries in our annual block contest. 
This photo was taken last year in my studio here in Washington DC. My studio has never been so clean. 

Friday, June 24, 2016

Little Mariner's Compass

Last winter I taught a 3 day quilting conference at the Kanuga Conference Center in Hendersonville, NC. There were 25 quilters sewing all day and sometimes late into the night. Denise Dews is one of our return quilters. She has come every year for the past 5 years along with her mother for a weekend mother/daughter getaway. Last winter one of the projects I presented was this Mariner's Compass. The compass is paper pieced with the simple Square on Square border pieced in the traditional way.

Here is the quilt I made using the same pattern but very different colors. It is easy to see how different color palettes can completely change the appearance of a quilt. What colors would you choose?

Saturday, May 14, 2016

What I found On Pinterest

I love looking at the quilt postings on Pinterest. Here is one I found made using my Curvy Log Cabin ruler and my Rainbow Swirls pattern. It was made by Lisa Redmond.
Here is what Lisa says about her quilt...."My second quilt using Creative Grids Curvy Log Cabin Ruler. This one is the 6" one. I am in love with these rulers." Lisa, so happy you love my rulers because I love it when I see a new quilt made using one  of the

Tuesday, April 19, 2016

Sewing Slowly

At last I can sew again. I can take my removable cast off and actually sit at the machine for about an hour at a time. Stitching with a stiff and swollen left hand can be a little challenging so I am so thankful my 4" Log Cabin Trim Tool can straighten up my strips after each round of four so I end up with a perfect block. This is the table runner I started yesterday. I have finished 12 blocks so far. I need 30 blocks.
I press my seams a lot so I can get a good crisp seam edge before I trim to size. I love my Oliso iron because when I put it down it jumps right up and makes a little hiss and squeak sound. I am trying out names for this project. They are, Along the Nile or King Tut's Table Runner or Cleopatra's Table Runner. What do you think, which name should I use?

Saturday, April 16, 2016

Cast Off!

Now that my cast is off and I am slowly using my left arm and hand I can sew again. Not sewing for two months is so depressing. Here is the first quilt I finished since last Monday.

I am calling it Triangle Twist Log Cabin. I took the photo in Poolesville Maryland, a charming little village just 27 miles north of Washington DC.  It uses my new 6" Log Cabin Trim Tool. It will be available as a pattern in a couple of weeks. Now on to the  next project.