Wednesday, October 1, 2014

What a Great Idea Wednesday

I was recently talking to one of the children in my neighborhood and the subject of holidays came up. She knew that some of her favorite holidays were just around the corner and we were discussing their order and what she liked about them.  This made me realize that Christmas would be here before I knew it.  As I like to make gifts this means I need to get busy.  

I figured I would not be the only one looking for homemade gift ideas, so I decided to start What a Great Idea Wednesdays.  Every Wednesday I will post a fun gift idea, recipe or helpful tip.  If you have suggestions email me.  I'd love to include them.  

For our first What a Great Idea Wednesday I found these fun hot pads over at Quilt Expressions. I thought the addition of a spatula and favorite recipe was a great idea.  I can't wait to make a some for a few people on my Christmas list.  If this sounds like a great idea to you too; you can find the tutorial here .
Make sure you check out the rest of their site.  It is full of great information and useful tutorials.

Friday, September 26, 2014

Me and Mary Lou

I have admired Mary Lou Weidman's quilts since I fist discovered them almost ten years ago.  Her style was the inspiration for this, this and this quilt.  So when I found out she would be at this years Quilt Fest I knew I had to take a class from her.
 The first day we learned how to make 'hoochy' blocks.

Mary Lou was so like her quilts; bright, happy and so much better in person.

 The second day we pictorial blocks.  I just loved Gayla's face block.
 It was a great two days.  I love all the blocks I made.
 Can't wait to see what they become.

Now for the winner of the Sew Red Glasses.  Vicki H is our lucky winner.  In her comment she said she was putting them on her wish list.  Guess her wish came true.  Vicki send me your snail mail and I'll have Joleene get your glasses in the mail.

Wednesday, September 24, 2014

Sharing my Love

Last week I had fun sharing my love of scrappy quilting.  The first class I taught was Stellar Stars Caught in a Web.  (You can read the story of this quilt here.)    
Peggy was focused and got two blocks done.  She was worried about the yellow in her quilt.  I thought it really added interest.
Lori's blue star's really pop!
Lots of other stars were partially finished all are beautiful.

My next class was Mad Dash.  It was tons of fun.  the ladies were so fun.
At first they were a little worried about breaking the rules and not having things match up.
But once they got going some pretty great blocks were made.
And everyone was pretty pleased with the results.

Tomorrow and Friday I will be at Quilts Etc for their annual school house.  I'll have new patterns and be teaching how to use Triangles on a Roll.  Stop by and see me if you are in the area.  I'd love to see ya.

Monday, September 22, 2014

Sew Red Giveaway!!!

 "Color takes the credit while VALUE does the work" words of wisdom from Mary Lou Weidman.  While at meet the teachers I found the perfect product for working with value in your quilts.  Giving them that pop we all desire.  Meet Joleene Kooyman, president of Sew Red Glasses.  What a fun lady.  What an amazing product.  Her Sew Red Glasses are a must have for any quilter, especially a scrap quilter like myself.  They allow you to see values without being distracted by color or pattern. You don't have to take my word for it.  See that picture to the right of Joleene?  Yep, that's Jenny Doan from Missouri Star Quilt Co. and she was wowed by them also.
 No longer will I be running upstairs to find my camera.  Set it on black and white and test my quilts.  I'll just slip on Joleene's Sew Red Glasses.  Then as I arrange things on my design wall I'll just keep them on and step back for a peek until I find the right combo.
 Joleene has generously offered to give one of you a pair.  To enter like Sew Red Glasses on facebook then come back and leave a comment.  Good luck everyone!  I'll pick the winner Friday.

Friday, September 19, 2014

Learning and Sharing

Tuesday kicked off this years annual Quilt Fest, with meet the teachers.  I can't tell you how thrilling it was to meet Mary Lou Weidman.  She has been an inspiration to me for years now.  I love her use of color and whimsical style. And for the next to days I will get to learn from this amazing quilter.  Can't tell you how excited I am!  
 When the board asked if I wanted to teach this year.  I told them yes as long as it was not during a time Mary Lou was teaching.  So after learning from Mary Lou during the day, I'll be teaching my Mad Dash and Stellar Stars Caught In A Web at night.  I look forward to sharing these two with the wonderful quilters in my classes.
 It's going to be a fun filled weekend.  I'm almost ready.  I just need to decide on which background
 I will use for Mary Lou's class.
Whatever I choose I know it's going to be great!

Wednesday, September 17, 2014

Being A Little Wonky

I really love my Sew Bee Wonky group.  I love the quilts I have made with their help.  You can see them here, here and here.    I always look forward to seeing what these creative ladies come up with.  Not only for my quilts but for their's as well. 

 I got a little behind this summer with my bee blocks.  So Cyndi has had to wait for her blocks.  I feel so bad.  She chose wonky trees.  She created this great tutorial here.  So this last week I repented and got busy on her blocks.  Three little wonky trees are now on their way to Cyndi.  Oh, I feel so much better.
 And to avoid that guilty feeling again.  (Yes, I'm a little like the dinosaur in Toy Story.  It can be annoying and not just for me.)  I made Janeth's blocks too.  She choose wonky stars in gray with a white background.  She said she would be combining them with other blocks.  Oh, I can't wait to see what she does.  Her quilts are always so amazing.
Now I must patiently wait for October to see what Jennifer is going to have us make.

Monday, September 15, 2014

Around the World Quilting Blog Tour

My friend and neighbor, Cheryl asked me to take part in this fun blog tour.  Cheryl is an amazing quilter.  She has published two books.  If you have not visited her blog you should.  She has some pretty great stuff their with lots of eye candy.
For my part of the tour I get to share a few answers to these questions.
 1. What am I working on?  Well, a lot of things.  The next scrap squad quilt is in process.  You'll have to wait for pictures of that.  Samples for classes this weekend.  And in my spare time.  HA! HA! That's funny.  More like when I'm being naughty and put off what I should be working on for what I want to work on.  That's when I pull out my Blue Bird Flour Sack quilt.   
2. How does my work differ from others in its genre? I like to pull from the past and give things a modern twist.  I love anything scrappy.  I take the Pirate's of the Caribbean approach to quilting.  In that the rules are more like guidelines.  So a little wonkiness is perfectly acceptable.
33. Why do I write and create what I do?  I love the creative process.  Letting an idea evolve in my head.  Trying new things and seeing how they work.  Besides if I don't use all these scraps and bits of fabric they might just take over. 
4. How does my creative process work?  Most often it's because I can't put a lid on one of my scrap bins.  When that happens I have to figure out a way to use up those precious little bits.  Heaven forbid that they should fall on the floor, get lost or dirty, and remain homeless forever.  

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