Monday, January 14, 2019

Moving It Forward

I had a little fun last week.  First I dove into my solids bin and pulled lots of bright happy solids out.  Something about my solids bin makes me feel like a kid with a new box of crayons.  All that pretty color creates a world of possibilities. 
 Look how cute these little four patches are.  I could make these all day.  They are just so fun.
 I tried some square in a square blocks.  I like them with the white background but I think next time I might try a black or navy.  
Finally I made a few diamond blocks. What will become of this play.  That is a good question.  Once again the possibilities are endless.

While I figure that out let's see what you are moving forward.  Link up and share your progress.  

Friday, January 11, 2019

Medallion Quilts

As I design quilts I draw a lot from the past.  Quilters from yesteryear are a great resource.  Isn't it wonderful that we can pick and choose from all those that came before and make something totally are own?  Recently I've had an interest in Medallion quilts.  A lot of that interest was inspired by this quilt by Jen Kingwell
By Gone Aussie Quilting
 So I did a little research.  Medallion quilts were a favorite style from 1780-1800.  They often used a panel as a center.  Fabric manufactures printed fabric specifically for this as well as fabric that would work for borders.  Quilters would often have the same center then create their own borders to make the quilt their own.

Applique centers became popular in the late 1700's.  Quilters often cut out shapes from printed fabric for their applique.
Hexie Center
Later pieced centers became popular.  Hexagon centers beginning in 1817
 Star Center
Centers featuring a pieced star started around 1830.

Hope all this information as made you excited to make a medallion quilt as I am.  Would you be willing to join me in a sew along?  We'll change things up a bit from our sister quilters of yesteryear.  Instead of having the same center I thought we could each make our own center.  Choose your favorite method, applique or pieced.  You will want to have a 24" center for next month when I start giving instructions for various borders.  From then on the second Friday for the next five months you will find new instructions for another border.  By the end you will have a nice throw size quilt.  Sound good?

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Grab the button and get going on your center.  This is going to be so fun!  I think a link up party next month anyway would be fun to see what everyone came up with.  Then wait until the end to do a big reveal.  What do you think? 

Monday, January 7, 2019

Moving It Forward

I hope everyone had a wonderful fist week of the new year!  I can definitely tell it's January.  It's bitter cold.  It's hard to find a parking place at the gym.  And difficult not to step on someone in Zumba class.  (Not cause I'm uncoordinated which has happened.Whoops! But because there are so many people in there.  

As far as my quilting ventures go I pieced a bunch of fabric from my bits bin.  Then cut out three tulips from my made fabric. 
 Finally I appliqued them and stems on a lovely gray background.  I have some great plans for this little piece.  I'll share more on Friday.
But now it's your turn.  What great things have you started this new year?
Link up and let us see!

Friday, January 4, 2019

Recap 2018 and First Finish 2019

2018 was a great year.  My quilting angels, the wonderful women who join me each month to create Quilty Hugs, made several great quilts.  Each of these quilts is given to a cancer patient to bring comfort and love during their battle.  It was fun to look back and remember who worked on each quilt and what they did.  
In addition to the Quilty Hugs I had a lot of fun creating new patterns.  I was a little amazed to see all that came out of my little head.  The creative process is my favorite part in all this.  Taking an idea altering it, making it my own now that is fun.  Kind of like a mixtape for quilting.  I enjoy sharing them with others through magazines, classes and my shop.  I love when someone takes one of my patterns and makes a mixtape of their own. 
I try to have a few free tutorials each year. Mostly I gave a lot of tips and trick on working with scraps.  In addition I had these three scrap friendly, I hope you found them helpful.
Change for a Jelly Roll
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Log Cabin Star
I hope to have more tutorials this year as well as a sew along.  I'm very excited!

2019 is off to a good start.  Crazy Love being the first of what I hope will be many finishes.  I'm looking forward to teaching it in February at a local quilt shop.
  If you would like me to come and teach any of my quilts or scrappy methods to your guild or quilt shop contact me. I'd love to meet you in person and get to know you better as well as your quilting friends.  Best wishes for this new year.  I hope you find many hours creating while you check off a few of your bucket list quilts.