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.

Tuesday, April 5, 2016

Mini Madness

Bit by the Bug! I've been bit by the mini-madness bug! I have been so obsessed with making strip pieced quilts in the 3 years since I introduced my original Log Cabin Trim Tool. I realized I could make more finished projects if I simply made them smaller.

Introducing 2 little rulers. I have added 2 little log cabin rulers to my fun family of strip piecing trim tools. They are the 4" Log Cabin and the 6" Log Cabin. Trim Tools.

The Book - Little Log Quilts. I got so excited about sewing small that I made lots of quilts. After all, if you are having fun, why stop? Soon I had enough for a book! So I self published a 28 page book featuring 9 original quilts. For the modest price of $17.99. A bargain price that comes to just $2.00 a pattern for the quilts in the book. Here is a sneak peek of the quilts a featured on the front and back cover of the book. Individual patterns are also available.

Order Online. 4" and 6" rulers, the book and individual Cut Loose Patterns are all available on my website.

Wednesday, March 30, 2016

April Calendar - Computer Wallpaper

Here is a link to download wallpaper for your computer that is also practical. It is on the Landauer Publishing website and it is a free download.

The quilt is from my new book, Jelly Roll Jazz. The name of this quilt is Gypsy Jazz. I made it using 60 precut strips of Kaffe Fassett fabrics. Each fabric roll had 30 strips. I used french braid design to make the vertical patchwork strips. The directions are in the book.

Monday, March 7, 2016

Jelly Roll Jazz

My latest book published by Landauer Publications is soon to be released. There are 9 great quilts to make taking advantage of those fantastic 2-1/2" precut strips. The book, a sequel to me first book, Jelly Roll Jambalaya.
The cover of my new book, Jelly Roll Jazz, has a Log Cabin quilt on the cover in a new, innovative design.  Other quilts in the book use hexagons, french braid strippy, bargello design and more. Each Quilt has a jazz theme name and description linking it to a specific jazz style.