Thursday, January 21, 2016

A Sweet Little Quilt in the Quilts & More Magazine

Jody Sanders, editor of Quilts and More, surprised me with a copy of her Winter, 2015 magazine showing how the Flying Geese fabric collection was used in this sweet little quilt.  

Again, I am most surprised by the way different people design with each fabric & the way each one puts fabrics together. Every one of us works with a different eye for the fabrics!  I am always amazed by the discoveries that come from our market days together - shop owners, publishers, pattern designers, fabric designers, notions designers, & for sure, old friends in the industry.

This quilt was designed & sewed by Jan Ragaller, a dear friend from my quilt shop owner days.  I won't say how long ago that has been!  

But it was very endearing to see what her eye had imagined for my fabrics.  Thanks so much, Jan!

Wednesday, January 20, 2016

Must-Have Reproductions!

 Fat quarter bundles of the Washington Street Studio  collections, Friendship Ring & Flying Geese, were featured in the 
Fresh Picks section of McCall's Quilting!  
A nice surprise!

Did you see them?

Tuesday, January 19, 2016

Another Lovely Surprise from a Friend!

Bernie Gee surprised me with a lovely little quilt that uses the Friendship Ring fabrics & the templates!  Isn't it sweet! 

She enlarged the size of the templates one at a time on her printer & then hand pieced them together, so the quilt measures 23" square instead of the normal size of the template block which is 12"!  

How ingenious of you, Bernie!   One extra-large block makes a super wall hanging size block!

Thanks so much, Bernie!  I appreciate you & your friendship!  This is the gal who began our Thursday Girls quilting group!  Again, how ingenious!  We all look forward to Thursdays now because of you, Bernie!

Thursday, January 14, 2016

A Lovely Gift from a friend!

Send a friend some of your fabrics & what comes back to you . . . a gift, of course!  And the best kind of a gift . . . a quilt!

Using the Flying Geese fabrics, Kathleen from Mountain Patchwork used her Double Stitch magic with her Nana's Flower Patch pattern to create this little beauty.   

Thanks so much, Kathleen!  I love it!  

And be sure to go to her site & order her new book! Excitement is seeing your friend signing her new book at market!

Kathleen Brown of Mountain Patchwork

Kathleen's new book all about
Sewing on the Go with her Double Stitch!

Stitching on the Double is

another example of what I call

"Pieceful Quilting"

Tuesday, January 12, 2016

Mariner's Compass by Machine!

You know how they say "some people are friends for a day, some for a year, some when we are young, etc.  But some become friends forever" . . . as the years go by you can get busy & move apart, but when you meet again, it's like you've never been apart.

Well, that is how I feel about Denice Lipscomb from Waxahachie, TX.  Years ago I stopped at her shop Common Threads Quilting on my way to Houston for market, and we have been friends ever since.  I do believe that this happens often in our quilting world!

Well, at market last fall Denice & her gals clued me in to Robin Ruth  & her new machine pieced, strip pieced Mariner's Compass technique. So, of course I had to check it out.

And now see what I have accomplished with Robin's books & ruler!  It works!  You can make compasses from sizes 6" all the way up to 36." You can choose the Skinny Robin or the Fat Robin rulers & instruction booklets. (sold separately) You can also make Sunflower blocks with the companion booklet that comes with the set.

This is only my first trial block; I chose to tackle the 10" size & it measures exactly 10" across.  Now that says a lot for Robin & her ruler!  

And I'm sure I'll be making more of the Mariners Compass which I have to say is a block I never thought that I would tackle!  

Sunday, January 10, 2016

Courthouse II in Simply Vintage !!

It is just so much fun to see your quilts in these wonderful magazines!

Simply Vintage is a publication of Quiltmania - - the magazine with the most beautiful photography ever in a magazine. 

I am always so proud to be featured in this magazine & want all of my friends to know about it so you can get your own personal copy . . . Winter, 2015 issue!

The projects are spectacular & the articles, the best!  

There is a wonderful article about Lori Smith's World, From my Heart to your Hands, in this issue.   

And, don't forget, they print the entire pattern in the magazine in inches, yards, etc. and also in centimeters, millimeters, etc.

Maybe it's time to begin your next year's Christmas projects from this book!

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