Sweater Monsters

When there’s a free pattern, who wouldn’t want to have a few of these creatures around for company!

Towerhouse Quilts

Sweater Monsters
It might be too late for the Halloween just past, but you are certainly in plenty of time for next Halloween if you start now! The sweater monsters that Sheila and I designed for a prior issue of Make-It-Yourself Magazine were blogged about…and this time with free pattern instructions. So gather up those monsters parts and get sewing!

Seriously, this is a face anyone could love!

monster face

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Keeping a Tally!

Just for the fun of it, I’ve been keeping a tally of where my pincushion and footstool orders are coming from!  I like to imagine these little gems popping up all over the country.  For example remember those time-lapsed films of flowers blooming where they just seem to explode open all at once?  That’s what I think of when I send off your kit!  There’s PLENTY of time to finish these projects for Christmas gifts, or for yourself.

So far, VIRGINIA is taking the gold medal in pincushion orders, with NORTH CAROLINA and CONNECTICUT tied for second place, along with ALBERTA, CANADA!  Though I’m not much into competition, I do think it will be fun to track this for a while.   I’ve got lots more kits to send off, so don’t hesitate!  Thanks to Quilts And More for featuring my pincushion kit in their FUN Stuff article (page 10) for Winter 2014.  It is packed with good things.

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2014 Raffle Quilt

Such a fun group, and I love this little town! They let me come out to play on quilting day!

Blackberry Jam Quilt Show

2014 BBJam Raffle Quilt Lowell Pine Needlers

Our 10th annual raffle quilt is ready and it’s absolutely spectacular! This year we went scrappy and modern and our aptly named, “Seaglass” quilt is the result.

With modern technology the way it is, you can now donate to our quilt show to help make it the best ever. The money we raise will go towards improving the show, renting the Grange Hall, buying new equipment, and helping to keep the show free for viewers. Just click on the Eventbrite button below (or on the right-hand side of the page in the sidebar)…

Eventbrite - 2014 Blackberry Jam Quilt Show

…and you will be directed to our quilt show page where you can donate any amount you like.  The monies received will get mailed to the Blackberry Jam Festival in the form of a check.

Thank you for your support! Please help us spread the word if you are so inclined.

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Hand-made gift review!

Log carrier

I wanted to share one of the hand made gifts I had given for Christmas. I thought I was so clever! Of course I’d seen lots of friends making up-cycled shopping bags from used pet food bags. I thought it was a clever idea, but didn’t really need more shopping bags. But THEN, I had the idea to use that inspiration to make a larger container to store firewood. It would be more or less waterproof, keep the mess contained to a limited space, be easy to move, and fit inside the storage compartments of a camper! A friend saved large dog food and cat food bags for me which I cleaned, and then I was off to the sewing machine. I used one 30# dog food bag for the bottom and sides of the tote, and cat food bags on the ends. So it is large!  Approx. 24″ x 16″ x 16″!  I purchased about 3 yards of 1″ nylon webbing for the handle which is continuous and goes under the bag for extra support and strength. I added nylon webbing pulls to each end so it’s easy to grab. The gift was a hit, we can’t wait ’til next camping season to use it!

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Over my head!!

Hot Ziggidy smallWell, I’ve been working on it for many hours, and finally got to the point that I had to admit I was over my head! So, I’ve hired an expert to help me with a few things on my site. ESPECIALLY the downloadable pattern for the quilt Hot Ziggidy that I’ll teach next summer at A Quilter’s Affair in Sisters! It’s offered both on Tuesday and Friday.
Never fear, the download should be up and running shortly, and you’ll be able to purchase it just like there was never an issue in the first place! In the meantime you can still register for the class now through A Quilter’s Affair! Thanks for your patience! I know you’ll love the class, and I promise to open a fresh bag of chocolate for the occasion!

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New supplies just in!

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If you’re like me, you’re planning your projects for the next few months! I had some ideas for great gift projects that didn’t get past the drawing board before Christmas! Getting a jump start on those, as well as some new designs that I’ve saved for winter will be fun. My husband and I drove over to Sisters on Friday so I could see what’s new at the Stitchin’ Post. The shop there is always inspiring, and of course I know a few of the employees so it’s a fun reunion too! I picked up some “yardage” for two projects.
On the way home we stopped at the Lodge at Suttle Lake for a wonderful late lunch. It was over 50 degrees! Such a beautiful sunny day in the mountains, especially compared to the fog we’ve had in the valley. There was a nice breeze, hence, the flying hair in the photo!
I have a footstool class coming up at Piece by Piece at the end of January, so I needed to order supplies. They are all in now, and ready to ship out to those of you who live far away. Some of you know that when you get the kit through the mail it comes with a NINE page instruction booklet that is filled with pictures of the process so there’s no question that you’ll be able to finish the project! You can order one here!

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Cozy Flannel Quilts!

wintergreen quiltJust noticed that All People Quilt was featuring some cozy flannel quilts on their weekly newsletter today! I thought I should check it out, and what did I find but MY QUILT Wintergreen featured on the first page! What fun to see it again in a wonderful setting. This quilt is on my guest bed right now, awaiting our company for Christmas. It is made of flannel, and homespun, both plaids and prints, and even a stripe thrown in for good measure! I used a shot cotton backing as I wanted to keep it light, but I used a wool batting for the warmth. The quilting is pure fun: a large paisley in the plain blocks with contrasting thread so it would show against the print, and horizontal zig-zags in the background. My good friends helped me meet the deadline: Wendy Fast pieced the quilt top and Lisa Bee Wilson of Towerhouse Quilts did the quilting on this one. It’s fairly loosely quilted so the loft of the wool is maintained, and believe me, this is a cozy one. All People Quilt is offering it as a free download now, but originally it was published in “Quilts and More“.
I hope you will send me a pic when you finish yours!

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Excited to Share!

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While working behind the scenes is very rewarding and gives a great sense of accomplishment as I check things off the to-do list, it’s so fun to get to the point of being able to share my latest project with everyone! I’ll be teaching at a BIG EVENT this summer (more on that later) and am finalizing plans by dropping off the “virtual” pattern, photos and sample blocks to my wonderful graphic artist Barbara Gleason!
Next, she will make it beautiful, legible and clear, put the photos just where they should be and return it all by email for a final edit. This quilt uses some fun fabric from Maywood Studios, called “13 Going on Thirty”! Very soon it will become a downloadable pattern! It’s exciting to learn how to make this all happen, I’m so glad to have some experts around to help me figure it all out!

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Memories of Houston!

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I experienced a few red-letter days at Houston Fall Market! It was fun, exciting and busy. My Schoolhouse presentation was to a packed house! It’s always great to see old friends and acquaintances, and of course Amy Marson, Ruthmary and Allison from my publisher C&T were on hand to help with holding up quilts and anything I needed! I also did a book signing in the C&T booth where we gave away a whole CASE of my new book, Get Addicted to Free Motion Quilting! Then I turned right around and did the same thing at the Checker booth! Fun, fun, fun! In between things, I did a spontaneous interview with Rob Appell! I don’t know how or when that will show up yet, but I’ll keep you informed.
Then of course there are the quilts! They are shown in an attached (I’ll say arena, since I don’t really know what to call it)! A HUGE place hung with AMAZING quilts, special exhibits and honorary exhibits. Wow, it took a few trips to see the whole show, and even then I felt like I had to hurry! I did get some pictures where it was allowed and will study those over the next months. I was able to talk with some friends including Valori Wells Kennedy, Rashida Coleman, Jessica Beaudet, and briefly to a new acquaintance Alex Anderson!!!!! What an experience, I am proud to be a part of this industry!

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One-Hour Table runner! Free Pattern!

So, you need a fast project for a last minute gift. Run to your stash and pick out some fat quarters, follow these easy directions, quilt, bind, label, wrap and go! So easy, so fun to see it all come together. You saw Lisa’s version a bit ago, now here’s another color-way and of course with a totally different personality! The lavender and grey color combination is sophisticated, but not so much that you’re afraid to use it! Click HERE to download the free pattern. Then let me know how you used it! You might remember this fabric collection, which was used in my previous post as well for the darling footstool, and doesn’t it show well here too?

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