• 10Jan
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    Our Quilt Guild just held a Paint Chip Challenge!  What’s that, you may ask?  Each participant got a paint chip and some simple rules—use three of the colors on your paint chip plus black or white.  Okay, I’m up for that.

    Here’s the paint chip I got.

    I chose to use the two on the left and the lightest one on the right.  Imagine, I had fabrics in my stash that worked great!

    I had seen a tutorial for a cute table runner on the Knitty Bitties blog, so decided to make one.  It starts with half-square-triangles.

    Once they were sewn together, I added wide rickrack.

    I think the colors are pretty true to the paint chip.

    Once the rickrack and borders were on, I layered everything, using the dark purple solid on the back and a scrap of cotton batting that I had left over from another project.

    I knew I’d need three threads to quilt with.  I just don’t like light thread on dark fabrics and dark thread on light fabrics!  Once again, my stash—thread stash, that is—came through!

    I just did some straight line quilting on my Featherweight.  I used my foot as a guide to quilt a 1/4″ from the edge of the triangles.  For the other rows of quilting, I used the Frixon pen to mark the lines and loved it!

    I trimmed away the batting, cut the backing 1″ larger than the top and just did a double fold, bringing the back to the front for the binding.

    I wasn’t sure how I wanted to stitch the binding in place so I experimented with a couple of stitches on my Elna.  I decided on the middle stitch, a triple zigzag,but once I started on the actual runner, I had trouble with consistency of size.  So, after about 12″, I decided to tear it out.  Ugh!

    Do you know this little trick?  After you’ve cut your stitches with your seam ripper, you can use a lint roller to pick up all the tiny treads!  As you can see, I had a lot!

    In the end, I used the buttonhole stitch, and it worked great.

    The finished product!

  • 20Jan

    Nancy Goldworthy is a long arm quilter and author.

    One of her books is Quilter’s Guide to UFO’s – UnFinished Objects.

    She was the speaker last week at the Peninsula Quilt Guild.

    She brought lots of quilts for inspiration…

    …which I LOVE!

    I never get tired of looking at quilts.

    Nancy swears that all of these quilts used to be UFO’s.

    They languished in her sewing room.

    But eventually lived to see the light of day…

    …and become finished quilts.

    Some were piles of blocks.

    Some were from block exchanges.

    Some were set on point.

    Some were tops that needed quilting.

    Nancy even has a chart of what she needs to finish.

    It was a real inspiration to all of us.  Thanks, Nancy.

  • 01Nov

    I’ve been saving the selvages from my fabrics and I’m getting quite a bin full.

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    A long time ago I made this fun Quilt In A Cup, but I haven’t done anything else–until now!

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    It’s really fun to see my name and Anna Lena’s on the selvages.  I’ve been wanting to do something with them, but it seems like there’s never time for a project that isn’t FOR something–to support a fabric line, for a class, for a book.  So, a few days ago, I decided to heck with everything else, I’m making something with my selvages!  The result is this little bag.

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    It was more of an experiment than a real project, and I’d do some things differently if I did it again. But it’s kind of cute and I did learn a cool thing when quilting the orange polka dot fabric for the bottom.  If you look at the polka dots just right, they make a perfect diagonal line!  So, I sat down at my Elna and just followed every other line of dots to do my grid quilting, and it worked perfectly.

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    I think you can see it better from the back.

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    I’m going to remember that for a future project!

  • 29Oct
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    We still had Sunday left, and, as promised, we started it off with a bit of a sleep in.  That was followed by Orange Rolls and Quiche–and I forgot to take pictures!

    But, can you believe they’d been here two days and we hadn’t even walked across the lawn to the Quilt Studio?  I’m sorry they never got to visit Anna Lena’s, but this was the next best thing.

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    They were quite impressed by the rick rack holder Bob had built!

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    Kasi wanted to finish her wonderful Owl Quilt, so I gave her a quick lesson in stippling and off she went!

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    Didn’t it turn out fantastic!?!

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    Kasi intends for it to be a floor quilt.  Some of the squares are Minky–so it will really be tactile for the baby.

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    While Kasi was quilting, Kathleen was busy trying on my aprons.  Here’s the Saucy Circle Apron.

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    And the Lilly Apron made with my Butterfly fabric.

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    This one’s reversible, so she had to model both sides.

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    Kasi had seen my Garden Trellis quilt in Studio post, and had to bring the first quilt she ever made–a Garden Trellis quilt!  She made it for her mom many years ago.  It was easier to pin hers up than to take mine down!

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    Since she had only stitched in the ditch when she made it, we decided to put it on the long arm and quilt some flowers in it.

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    Won’t her mom be surprised!

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    Here’s Kasi getting a binding lesson.  I wish I had a photo of what Sally was doing during this time–she was Swiffering the floor!  Not that it needed it, of course!

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    Don’t you love Kasi’s embroidered jeans?  Melissa, this one’s for you!

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    We had a great late lunch at Full Circle Cafe in Ocean Park,then drove through historic Oysterville. The old church there is so charming.

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    And here’s one of my favorite houses.

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    It was all over too soon,but, let’s check Kasi’s list and see how we did.

    Kasi’s list.

    Tour a cranberry bog ?
    Visit the beach ?
    Meet Monica ?
    Meditate in that fabulous craft space ?
    Meet Poppy (now Lola)  Oh no, poor Lola!
    Tour the little Swedish cabin ?
    Sleep in ?
    Stay up late ?
    Drink wine – well, I think Lemon Drops count! ?
    Eat yummy fun food at fun yummy restaurants ?
    Shop all/any cute little stores in downtown Long Beach ?

    Well, I guess it’s best to leave something undone–that way there can be a next time!

  • 11Oct

    Not only do I have new Redwork Panels out at Market this week, I also have Bluework!  I’ve designed a panel with twelve flower basket blocks.

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    I only had one strike-off panel to work with and no time to get it embroidered as I was still stitching the At Play Panel.  Thanks to the ladies in my Redwork Club!  They came to my rescue.  Connie, Marla, Cortne` and Robin each took two blocks and stitched them for me.  And let me tell you, they do beautiful work!

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    There are six coordinating toiles to go with the baskets.  Just like the panel, we didn’t have yardage yet, just strike-offs–the little pieces we get from the mill to approve or deny.  I had less than a half yard of each.  In fact, I had to scrounge to find enough for the 3″ squares I needed so I could take this photo!

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    At first I thought I’d only be able to make a sample with four basket blocks, but in the end, I was able to squeeze out enough fabric for sashings and borders for six blocks.  It was rather interesting designing with such a limited amount of fabric.  I had to go scrappier than I normally would have, but I like the result.  It’s good to have to stretch once in awhile!

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    I stippled the sashings and borders and quilted a spider web in each basket block.  I was afraid it might detract from the embroidery stitching, but when it was finished I was pleased with the result.

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  • 09Oct

    I’m off to Quilt Market.  Yeah!  A time to catch up with old friends and see what’s new in the world of quilting.  Does it get any better than this?  I don’t think so!

    I’m very excited about my new Redwork Panel called At Play.  Once again, I was inspired by a vintage quilt.

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    These kids just looked like they were having so much fun!  We added to it to make twelve blocks in the panel.  I wanted to get the blocks as large as possible, so instead of a 24″ repeat, I designed the panel to use the whole 26″ repeat.  Then, in order to get the blocks square, there was this odd bit of space left along the side.  I decided to make little blocks in the space and filled them with pinwheels!

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    I got busy and embroidered the sample panel I got, and made this quilt.  It will be hanging in the Timeless Treasures booth at Market.  It was so fun using the pinwheels as corner stones and centers for the nine-patches.  Here it is on my design wall before I quilted it.

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    I put it together with my toile fabrics.

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    Here’s a close-up of a block after quilting.  It’s always so hard to know how to quilt the embroidered blocks, especially when machine quilting.  As you can see, I opted for a simple diagonal line.  I stipples in the sashings and borders.

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    But wait–there’s more.  I also have a second, brand new Redwork Panel – Flower Baskets!  This fabric hasn’t arrived in the warehouse, but it will be here soon.

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  • 05Oct

    I decided to take a break from retirement (insert laugh track here) and take a booth at the Northwest Quilting Expo at the end of September.


    It was fun to see all the samples hung up and the fabric displayed.  Thanks to Robin and Connie, my Beck and Call Girls, the booth looked great.  And they worked their tails off all weekend!


    All the fabrics in the booth were designed by me, so that was kind of cool!


    I got to do two lectures – one on using large scale prints and one on using fat quarters.


    This woman had made a shirt from my fabrics.  I was delighted to see that!


    The quilt displays were great.  This was the winning quilt.


    And you know I’m just a cowgirl at heart, so I fell in love with this quilt.


    Oh, my gosh, here’s the quilt that reminds me of the doors in Sweden!


    Like this one…


    Perhaps it was the orange in here, but I loved this one as well.


    Here’s a close-up.  I love the strip piecing and the quilting on it was stunning.


    I’m sorry this is blurry, but this was a lovely quilt.


    Again, the quilting was amazing.


    This quilt is from the Latimer Quilt and Textile Center.  If you’re familiar with Tillamook, Oregon and the Tillamook Cheese Factory, you’ll recognize their logo.


    It was incredibly well done.


  • 21May

    aka a quilt in a hurry



    Every year my dear friend Pat makes a quilt to donate as a fund raiser to a golf tournament.  The tournament is held in Minnesota and named for her brother.  And each year I quilt the quilt for her.  She gives me the top months in advance, but I always wait until the last minute to get it done.  This year was no different, but when I went to the quilt cupboard to get it the other day, it was nowhere to be found.  You can’t imagine the searching that has gone on–all to no avail.  So I made a distress call to Center Diamond and asked them to send me golf fabric and coordinates.  They had a large Alexander Henry print called Augusta.  I took all they had.  This quilt is the result.    I’m still heartsick about Pat’s quilt top.  My only hope is that it turns up and the quilt for next year is already to go–right on the quilt machine, that is!

  • 09May

    Look what got delivered to my studio last week!



    It must be a boy.  It came wrapped in a blue blanket!  I need to give it a name.  Any ideas?

    It took three guys most of the afternoon and a whole lot of tools to get it all hooked up.  


    I got a couple hours of training and, boy, I’m having fun now!  But first I have to tell a little tale on myself.  For years I had a Gammill long arm quilting machine in my shop.  People loved to watch Nancy or me working on it, but someone, usually a man, would invariably say, “That’s cheating!  My grandmother used to do that by hand.”  For a long time I tried to come up with a snappy comeback.  I didn’t want to be rude, but I wanted to make my point.  Finally I decided on, “Did you get here on a horse today, or did you come by car?”  That usually got a laugh and I’d go on to say that my grandmother quilted by hand, too.  In fact, I quilt by hand sometimes, too.  BUT, if my grandmother had had a machine like this, you can bet she’d have been having a ball with it!  

    I almost always quilted free hand on the old Gammill, and took pride in the fact that some of “me” went into every quilt.  I didn’t think I’d want a computerized quilting machine.  But, hey, even I eventually catch up with the times.  Heck, I have a cell phone, a lap top and even a DVR.  I might as well have a Statler Stitcher.  The quilt you see on it here is one made by my friend Pat Hall.  It was a big quilt, and a good one for me to experiment on–hope you don’t mind, Pat!  


    I can’t wait to learn how to use all the bells and whistles this baby has.