• 15May
    Categories: fabric design, travels here Comments Off on Market Images 2011

    As usual, I had a fabulous time at Quilt Market!  Here are some of my favorite images from my days there.

    During set-up, I spotted this fabulous clock–which looked so much like a Swedish Mora clock, that I just had to as if I could take a photo.

    As it turned out, it’s by Rebekah Merkle, who is designing fabric for Timeless Treasures–just like I am!

    Her booth was adorable.

    Of course, the Dolly Dear display was lovely!

    I’m such a daisy fan, I must find a way to get my hands on some of this daisy fabric.

    This sign cracked me up!  I guess if you’re a Farmall fan, you’d be delighted, but don’t tell Bob!

    Deb Tucker’s new Lemoyne Star ruler is perfect for making all sizes of Lemoyne Stars.  I can’t wait to make some blocks and demo it!

    Did I mention how cute the Dolly Dear fabric are??

    I know Jamie from Timeless had the cutest ruffled backside in all of the convention center!

    I love the Let’s Twist quilts.  This pattern is from Bean Counter Quilts.

    As a fan of dots and bubbles, I couldn’t resist snapping a picture of this quilt.

    Since my fabric is called Dolly Dear, I thought it appropriate that I make a sample of Little Mary.  Carol O. made this sample for me, and she has named her Ethel.

    It’s always so incredible to see how talented people are with their displays.  Don’t you love this!?!


    And the cute clothes.  This is Chelsea, who filmed a video of me that will be on the Timeless blog soon!

    My Christmas Memories Redwork quilt was also hanging in the Timeless booth.

    I picked up a new book, Those Flirty Thirties.  This is one of the quilts from the book.

    Here’s a close-up.  Gosh, love her strong colors!

    Covered buttons were big and this is just a fun way to use them!

    I always love the inspiration I get from Market!  The quilting world is a great place to live and play, and I’m glad I’m part of it!


  • 05May
    Categories: brilliant ideas Comments Off on Kids Quilt for Japan

    I got this email this morning, and I think it speaks for itself!

    Hi, Karen,

    It’s been several days since I’ve read your blog, but I caught up this morning and saw some of the pics from the quilt show.  I went there with a couple of friends and their 9YO granddaughter.  She is a member of the Northwest Quilters Youth group, along with 4 other 9- and 10-YOs.  We saw an easy strippy quilt there, done in scraps plus solid blue, and were taken with how easy it would be to teach the girls.

    Just a few days later was the call for Quilts for Japan.  In one session, the five girls sewed all the strips and assembled the front, plus the long strip for the backing.  I thought you might like to see.  It turned out really beautiful, as almost all scrappy quilts do.

    The hardest part for the girls: Just Use The Next Strip You Pull From The Bag!  (and, oh yes, the continuing quest for a quarter-inch seam allowance!)

    Thanks for the inspiration,
    Maureen in Portland

    The only thing I can add is a big CONGRATULATIONS, GIRLS!!!

  • 03May
    Categories: Everything! Comments Off on Vintage Double Wedding Ring

    Someone just stopped by to show my a vintage Double Wedding Ring quilt she has and ask me for some advice and information.  You know what an effort it is for me to look at vintage quilts.  NOT!


    This is an extremely lovely example of a Double Wedding Ring.  White it is showing some wear, the workmanship on it is some of the best I’ve ever seen–and I’ve looked at a lot of vintage quilts in my day!  Her circles are perfectly round.

    The fabric placement is the same in every arc, indicating she purchased fabric for this quilt.  No scrap bag for this treasure!  I have a feeling it really was made for someone as a wedding gift–or perhaps from someone’s hope chest.

    I love the different graphic aspects of Double Wedding Ring.  And I think you can see in this photo how beautiful her quilting is.

    The binding is impeccably done, and very narrow.

    I wish you could see her quilting stitches.  I’m not usually one to count stitches, but these were so, so tiny, I just had to.  They are consistently 13 stitches to the inch.  Can you imagine!

    But, it’s been well used and the fabric is starting to deteriorate in many places.

    Around some of the arcs it has split.  I never feel too bad when I see wear like this on a vintage quilt.  It was obviously made to be used, and it was used.  This quilt undoubtedly provided decades of service, keeping the lucky ones sleeping under it toasty warm.

    It has one tear where it was caught on something.

    Saddest of all, though, is this stain made from candle wax.

    Of course the question is, should it be restored.  That’s a hard one to answer.  I did give Donna several things to consider.  And in the meantime, I’m enjoying looking at it on my design wall!