Monday, March 30, 2020

Evolution

 Isn't it nice to know that snow will melt. That the cold of winter will turn to the warmth of spring.
That what once seemed dead will soon come to life.  Buds emerge.  Bulbs and seeds sprout.  Blossoms bloom.
This gives me so much hope for the future.  Even as classes and trunk shows have been put on hold or cancelled.  I'm planting seeds.  Moving forward.  Even before all the crazy broke loose I started making changes to my business.  One of those changes was to have my friend, Lauren, create a new logo for my business.  What do you think?  Didn't she do a great job?

Out of frustration with blogger not notifying me when you all comment.  Thus making it hard for me to connect with you, and reply to your comments. I've tried unsuccessfully to remedy this.  So I'm working on combining my blog and website.  Watch for those changes to happen in the next few months.  I'm hoping it will go seamlessly.  I know that may be a lot to ask.  I've handed it over to the professionals.  Or I'd have no hope at all. 
This meme reminds me that all this change is normal.  That it is how we grow and improve.  Wishing you all the best as you figure out what your new normal is in these changing times.  That you can find creative solutions to your challenges.  Wish me luck as I figure out mine.

Friday, March 27, 2020

20 Half Square Triangle Blocks

 The half square triangle may be one of the most versatile quilting units.  You can create so many designs with it.  I recently spent a couple of days playing with these cute little building blocks.  I came up with 20 blocks.  I know I could create more if I spent more time.
 Or if I broadened my horizons beyond a 16 patch block.  Here are just a few of the blocks I came up with.
Can you tell I really like pinwheel blocks?  I like the movement they create.  They just make me happy.
I've created a YouTube video with the remaining 12.  I hope you'll take a moment to watch it.


 I will also be including a pdf for each one in upcoming newsletters along with a quilt layout for each.  Make sure you sign up so you don't miss out.

Also did you know that Bluprint is offering free classes for through April 9th?  Relax with a yoga class.  Entertain your kids.  Learn a new skill or hone your skills with an existing one.



Wednesday, March 25, 2020

Quilts and Comfort

I've posted some of these pictures of quilts over water in some of my social media.  
Floating Boxes
 I got several comments from quilters worried that they might have fallen in.
Linked
 What they didn't realize was that I was behind the quilt holding on to it.  My sister, Becky, took all the pictures.
Twinkle
 In these times of uncertainty I hope we can hang onto each other.  Even with social distancing I hope we will check on our friends and neighbors.  Shoot them a text.  Call to see how they are doing.  Let them know you care.
Twisted Star
Together we can get through this.  We may not know what the future holds.  But we can show up kind, loving and supportive.  
Who knows we might end up even better on the other side.

Monday, March 23, 2020

Quilters Are Resourceful

I was recently listening to this podcast by Brooke Castillo.  In fact her whole new series on handling chaos is great.  But what stuck out to me was that when things get crazy if we will dig in and create we will be better able to cope.  
By creating good in the world we find solutions not only for our problems but can make the world a better place for those around us. 
This video from on of my favorite talks by Dieter F. Uchtdorf says it all.  It touches my heart and makes me want to create more.

It is why I do what I do.  I know quilters are kind, generous people.  I know by helping them develop their skills and giving them resources to create beautiful quilts I'm enlisting their help to make the world a warmer, softer, more loving and beautiful place.  
Thank you for helping me reach my goal!

Friday, March 20, 2020

Easy Accurate Half Square Triangles

 One of my favorite things to do as a designer is to play with various quilt blocks and units to see what I can create. The half square triangle is one of my favorite units to play with.  I recently created a video to show you my favorite method for making these little gems.
 By playing with color placement you can create all kinds of designs.  My Sunshine on a Cloudy Day is a result of this kind of play.

By putting them on point and changing up sizes I came up with Mountain Retreat
Watch my latest video and start making lots of these fun handy little quilty units.

 Tune in next week and we will explore even more options.  Hope you'll share what you come up with in my Facebook group.

Tuesday, March 17, 2020

I Feel Lucky!

Happy St. Patrick's Day!  I hope you are feeling lucky on this holiday, despite the crazy that is going on in the world.  I know it can seem scary with the caronavirus spreading and shelves in the stores empty but I find there is still so much to be grateful for.  
Lucky Pinnie
I just want to take some time to mention a few of the things I'm grateful for.  One, I live in a great neighborhood.  My neighbors look out for each other.  As a fun, safe way to entertain the children while they are home from school one neighbor suggested we put up a shamrock in one of our windows for St. Patrick's day.  That way the kids can get outside and do something fun while still keeping a safe distance.  It was fun to walk this morning and see all the various shamrocks in windows.  Gotta love my neighborhood!

I'm also grateful for good friends.  Last week before most of this crazy happened I had left for a quilt retreat.  We started to hear of all the toilet paper shortages, school closures and rising cases of the virus while we were there.  Nikki came up with this solution for the toilet paper shortage.  I don't think I would use my pretty fabric.  But it could be a good way to get rid of that ugly fabric lurking in your stash.
I'm very thankful for the many lessons that quilting has taught me.  The one that comes to mind at this time is that there is an abundance in this world and I will have enough.  I pulled scraps from that overflowing bin for two days at my retreat.  I have a pretty stack of blocks to show for my efforts. Yet that bin is still overflowing.  It's like the measure of meal the widow, associate with Elijah in the bible.  Because she was willing to share she had enough and it lasted through the famine in the land.  I truly believe that as we share what we have with others that we will have enough.  That while times may be hard we can get through them together.

I'm sharing my lucky feeling with a free pdf of  my four leaf clover lucky pinnie.  Sign up for my newsletter to receive your free copy.

Friday, March 13, 2020

Quilting Is My Superpower

Quilting is my superpower.  Well, maybe.  I feel pretty confident when it comes to choosing fabric.
Clamshells
 My piecing while not perfect is pretty good.  But when it comes to figuring out how to quilt it I call in reinforcements.
 I watch Bluprint classes on free motion quilting quite a bit.  I must admit they have really helped me hone my skills.  I really like Christina Cameli and Angela Waters' videos. 
 As I've been doing my How Do I Quilt This series on YouTube, I called in the expertise of my friend, Ruth Davis.  While I'm often quick and dirty, feeling done is better than perfect.  She is a show quality quilter.   Check out our newest video in this series on my channel. Remember to like an subscribe if you find my videos helpful.
Is it a quilt or a super hero cape?