I'm moving right along on my Challenge 2017/18 to finish 52 quilted projects in the year 2017. That was one for each week of the year. I didn't make it so I'm continuing into 2018 and added an additional 12 projects (one for each month). This post is about a twice quilted quilt. I wrote this pattern as part of a scrap swap series of patterns/classes I offered when I owned my own quilt shop, Needleworks. Participants came with a supply list of fabrics, we would cut our fabric
It is always exciting to finish a quilt and make use of it. My very latest finish is Sharkespeare in Trail. About 5 years ago I re-connected with a customer from my quilt shop, Needleworks. She tracked me down asked if I would help her finish a quilt for her husband. Since then we've gotten together often to quilt and eat and we even retreat together. Once her husband's quilt was done, Brenda wanted to do something else. She showed me a picture she found on pinterest and ask
This fantastic quilt was started so very long ago that I've forgotten when I started it. Probably like the Asian Stack-n-Whack I posted about, it was the late 1990s or early 2000s. I love Lone Star quilts. I think I like them so much because they require precise stitching and give lots of space for free motion quilting. I had this ready to go and was showing it off to friends when I noticed that there were a few mistakes. See the pink squares pinned on? Either I had put a b
A week in the tropics was a good rest with lots of sunshine and warm breezes. I took my tablet and spent some time playing with Quilt Pro Systems. I designed (or I should say re-designed) a quilt that I'm posting as a freebee! First, a little bit about Quilt Pro Systems. This is a fantastic program for designing blocks and quilts and working out fabric requirements and even the size of each of the pieces needed to make the quilt. If you change your mind and decide to make 7"
I've had this quilt on the go for over 2 years and I'm finally quilting it! I'll be doing a more detailed post about the quilt, but thought I'd show the thread I've chosen to use. This thread is Superior Threads OMNI in colour 3148, Bahama Sand. I'd say its more peachy than sandy, but I wanted some color other than beige and didn't want blue. This quilt has quilted quickly as I've been playing with a custom all over fill design. Watch for the full blog post on Shakespeare in
Vacation is a great time to unwind away from the daily challenges and stresses of life. I've been thinking of some ideas for the new studio. Now that I have the 2 Handi Quilter Longarm machines in the studio I am able to increase the times when a machine is available for rental. So there will be less scheduling conflicts. I've also been contacted by some quilters and quilters-to-be who want to learn. This has lead me to think of offering regular STITCH-IT WEEKENDS. The studio
You'd think think that some time away from home and a chance to soak up some rays would be relaxing. I find this not so. We spent the first day of our SUN TIME getting a little baked! But I did spend time thinking about this week's posts. We quickly develop a SUN TIME schedule. We can't sleep much past 6am local time (no matter where we are) and we are up and moving early. We get down to the beach/pool and secure our spot with towels. Breakfast/Lunch and then time relaxing
Vacation time in the much needed sun gives me time to think, dream and plan. We've arrived at a new resort just north of Cancun, Mexico and spent the afternoon enjoying a drink and walking along the beach! I'm feeling the effects of the waves, not the drinks! This time last year I was days out from my foot surgery. I had the joint on the big toe on my right foot fused. I hobbled around for a few weeks and gained a new appreciation for those with chronic health issues. Even t