Saturday, February 28, 2009
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Please let me know what you think of this block, and the super simple directions for this quilt. After the BOM is over I plan to publish this pattern and your feedback will be very helpful. I wanted to make an easy quilt that a beginner would enjoy, that doesn't look like a beginner quilt. The bold fabric, floral theme, and simple border with fusible applique makes this quilt look so much more challenging than it actually is. That is the concept that drives all my patterns. I hope you enjoy making this quilt as much as I enjoyed designing and teaching it.
Tuesday, February 24, 2009
Saturday, February 21, 2009
Marjoram is a very old herb that is not used much lately. But I loved the shape of the leaves.
The dill leaves are really accurate, I think. Reminds me of the plants in my sister's garden. The flowers are a bit light, though. I think I may take those out and use a darker shade of yellow.The chives are fun. The blooms are as I remember them from my own gardening days. The variegated green thread is a bit light in this block, but I think I will leave it. What do you think? I started the word in the Parsley block, then remembered I wanted to change colors for the word. I will have to go back and take out the loop on the "P" and change it to blue at some point, I think. But I love the shape of the leaves. I just started on the Sage block, and it is a real challenge.
I chose the striped background to go with a very pale delicate victorian floral in shades of rust and gray greens. It goes perfectly with the accompanying fabrics and has that vintage look I love so much. I have been using Weeks Dye Works Over Dyed Fibers for the thread, and it is lovely with its slightly variegated colors. I only have 8 herb designs and I need 12 for the quilt, so I bought a book of herb drawings from Dover books and will make 4 more myself, duplicating the script style woven into the pictures. I'll post pictures of my four additional herb drawings when I get them complete.
Monday, February 16, 2009
This wonderful pattern by Sandy Klop was featured in the October 2008 issue of McCalls Quilting. It is made using Moda's Jelly Rolls and is so easy to piece. The one I worked on today used children's fabrics, but the sample I did earlier for the shop was Mary Englebreit fabrics (pictured here). I love the pointed top and bottom, which was actually fairly easy to bind! The one I made today will be a baby quilt for my Nephew and his wife who are expecting in April.
After my quilt class I scooted off to Lawrence for a pricey hair cut, then back home to get to my guild meeting by 7. One of our members presented a program of the antique quilts she collects. She had some lovely examples of 19th C. quilts and even a few 18th C. ones in chintz, wool, and silk. Wow, they were lovely. I have collected a few older quilts. Here is one of my favorite older applique quilts I purchased on ebay.
It was awe inspiring to know that these very important, and very old traditional spiritual objects are still around, though I am told they are hidden away. In some small way, by re-creating these in a form that can be shown, I feel like I am participating in the survival of something very sacred.
You just never know where quilting will lead you!!
Above is one of Nighthawk Keetoowah Chief Redbird Smith’s sons
displaying the Sacred Keetoowah Wampum Belts, which tell the story
of the Keetoowah People and the laws from the Creator.
Sunday, February 15, 2009
Block #1 of Midnight Posies is ready! It is a simple nine-patch, but I call it a Nine-Patch Daisy.
Friday, February 13, 2009
I recently purchased a set of original newpaper patterns for Eveline Foland's Flower Garden Quilt. I am working on developing a new pattern using these wonderful 80 year old blocks in an updated quilt. Here is a sneak peak of one of the patterns.
Imagine my suprise when I was going through some pictures of old quilts I had saved on my laptop and found this quilt:
And while I am on Flower Garden quilts, here is a picture of an *Amazing* flower garden quilt I recently saw at the Blue Valley Quilters Guild quilt show in Kansas City. I don't recall the quilter's name but her work speaks for itself!
Thursday, February 12, 2009
Today I noticed the first shoots of my garden poking up through the dirt. The promise of spring flowers always fills me with joy. What a perfect time to do a Flower Block of the Month to celebrate those tiny shoots. In honor of spring I will be offering one of my patterns, Midnight Posies, as a free Block of the Month and will post the first block very shortly. Here is a picture of the pattern. Hope you like it. This pattern is a great beginner project and is a wonderful "first quilt" for those who want a pretty small throw quilt with simple piecing. The fusible machine-applique border is super simple and is a great project for learning a few new techniques.