Wednesday, July 1, 2015

Another day...2 more quilts

Here are the quilts that were finished on Tuesday. Actually 3 quilts got their binding but you have to wait to see the big reveal of quilts 3 and 4. I got ahead of myself a little bit, by putting the binding on a quilt for scheduled for Wednesday.

Back to Tuesday. newly finished is Hex-A-Dizzy, named for Dizzy Gillespie the great jazz musician.

Tuesday afternoon the Ragtime quilt was bound. I have often said that when a quilt top is pieced together it is just a rag until it is quilted. This one especially looked like a rag before it went to my longarm quilter, Susan Bentley of Believe it or not it has only 3 different blocks to create the overall design. It may look complicated, but putting it together like a puzzle proves it very easy to make.
After making the hexagon blocks I realized the same jelly roll fabric collection was used for the hexagon quilt on the cover of my previous book, Jelly Roll Jambalaya. All I can say is this, "If you have a fabric you love, stick with it!" It looks like a winning hexagon duet. The first book is still available from my website but supplies are getting low.

Monday, June 29, 2015

Sneak Peek - Monday

      My first Jelly Roll book, Jelly Roll Jambalaya is so successful I have been asked to write a sequel. I think this one will be called Jelly Roll Jazz, but it could change. Here are the first two quilts finished for the book. I picked up six beautifully quilted quilts from the longarm quilter late yesterday. Now I have to get to the sewing machine, get the bindings on and get them to the post office to ship to the publisher
Because it's a "sneak peek" you are seeing just 1 quarter of the folded quilts. Two more to come every day this week! Watch this space to see what's up next.

Monday, May 18, 2015

Quilt Market Minneapolis

This past weekend I flew to Minneapolis early Saturday morning and back to DC late Sunday afternoon. I went to Quilt Market to promote my ideas for new books and rulers. It was a very successful trip so watch this space to see the roll out of multiple new books and rulers from this fall to next spring. I have a list of several deadlines so I will be sewing like a crazy lady to get it all done. All will be revealed as each phase of design work is completed and released. Until then, its all a secret.

Here are views of how I was represented at Quilt Market...

My first stop was Checker Distributors to see my Creative Grids© rulers and Cut Loose Patterns. First thing I noticed was this poster featuring the top 20 pattern sales. 10 of the patterns use my rulers to make the quilts. I designed and made 6 of those projects. The top 3 patterns are my quilts. Big grins.
This is the Landauer Publishing booth. The curvy log cabin quilt on the left is the cover of my new Curvy Log Cabin Quilts book and the quilt with the circles and flying geese on the right was made by my sister Janet Houts and its the cover of our new jointly authored book, Best of Circle of Nine. Both books are available on my website

I also design free to use (FTU) patterns for Andover Fabrics There is a menu across the top of the home page so just quilt the link "free patterns". Had a very nice chat with Daryl, the marketing director about quilts I am designing for some of their new fabric collections. These patterns will appear over the summer and next fall. As I finish the quilts, I will post their photos here and direct you to the free downloadable pattern on the Andover website.

Friday, May 15, 2015

Wiregrass Quilters - Albany Georgia

Here are photos from the workshop I taught last weekend for the Wiregrass Quilters. They have a wonderful big room so everyone gets a big round table for themselves unless they choose to share. This is the second workshop I have led for this group...a lively, friendly bunch of quilters who are a delight to be with. I'll go back anytime I am invited. I love teaching workshops.
Everyone was teasing Cathy about her chaotic workspace but it looks very much like my own sewing studio at home while I am in the middle of a quilting project.

Plenty of table space for everyone in this workshop space at Grace Baptist Church in Albany.

These two sisters often take workshops together. Note how organized their workspace is.

A group of blocks showing how different they look with each choice of color and fabric pattern.

Two blocks that will become part of a Carousel quilt. Blue and yellow always play together well.

An unlikely pairing of bold prints with a red, gray, white and a touch of blue.
Bold solids make a dramatic choice for this start of a star block.

Friday, April 24, 2015

Field Trip - Capital Quilts

It isn't warm in DC but at least it's not snowing. Yesterday I made a field trip, driving 11 miles north to Gaithersburg MD, to visit my new and nearest quilt shop, Capital Quilts The occasion for the trip was to visit Hilary Hastie's Circle of Nine Workshop using our latest book, Best of Circle of Nine.

Hilary's quilt and pattern is Teddy Bear's Picnic. She used preprinted panels for the main squares or blocks and simple squares for the spacers. Capital quilts sells my books and rulers so if you live in or visit the area, you must visit! They have two huge rooms full of fantastic fabrics, all kinds of notions and they sell my favorite sewing machine, Janome. 
Jean Ann and Hilary
Here are some photos of the class and the quilts they made using Hilary's pattern. 

Cathy's quilt using a warm bear/brown for the spacers.
Nina's quilt using a delightful juvenile panel print of jungle animals.

Class snapshots - Capital Quilts, Gaithersburg MD

Saturday, April 18, 2015

More spring!

My friend Debby Kratovil - - has made a number of quilts using my trim tools. Here is her Sunshine Butterflies quilt using the 6" Curvy Log Cabin Trim Tool. Debby made her quilt with in natural hues for garden butterflies. Debby has featured both of these quilts on her blog...another interesting blog for quilters to follow.
Here is another version of the same quilt using bright colors for spring. Debby has featured both quilts on her blog, with this comment "A Wisconsin quilt shop, Quilting Divas Sewing Boutique, sent me their finished quilt that they are featuring during their shop hop in June. Isn't this just the cheeriest?" The Wisconsin State Shop Hop is in June, so those of you who live there are in for a treat. Here is the info for the Quilting Divas:

The 6" Curvy Log Cabin Trim tool and the pattern for this project can be found on my website

Monday, April 13, 2015

Quilt Blocks for Spring

I can't believe that Spring has finally come to Washington DC. What a dismal winter we had. But now the sun is shining and the sewing machine is humming! Here are the first 2 rows of blocks for a new quilt I am making. I am calling the quilt Rainbow Mountain. The blocks are 6" and made with my Log Cabin Trim Tool Two.
I am using the Riley Blake textured solid fabrics. I really love this collection because the solids have a slight color variation that adds depth and interest. There are 7 blocks in a row and the finished quilt with have 10 rows. Seventy blocks may seem like a lot, but they sew up really fast cutting the strips with Creative Grids© Stripology ruler to cut the strips and the Log Cabin Trim Tool for the blocks.