May 2014

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Market Post #4

Hello from a VERY tired me!  Quilt Market has ended today.  The booths are all torn down and we’re exhausted.  But I have lots more to show you so there’ll be a couple more posts.

I wanted to show you a few quilts from the quilt exhibit.  They are BEYOND amazing!

birds - show

Isn’t this amazing?  The quilting is so creative and interesting!

dog and boy - show

dog - show

I’m in love with these two dog quilts!  The method used to create the images is called “micro applique”.  This is a very simplified explanation, but slivers of fabric are laid out on the surface of the quilt (I would imagine it has fusible on the back or maybe they use a spray adhesive to hold the slivers in place while stitching) and then it is pretty solidly stitched over with thread.  The thread color changes a lot!  Anybody want to make one of Ella for me?

whole cloth - show

A whole cloth quilt that was simply SPECTACULAR!  This quilt is only about 50″ square but the amount of stitching on it was stunning!

clothesline Quilts

Mini’s from Clothesline Quilts

Mini's from Carrie Nelson

Mini’s from Carrie Nelson

More mini's from Carrie.

More mini’s from Carrie.

Our neighbors, Birch Fabrics.  They had an adorable booth.

Our neighbors, Birch Fabrics. They had an adorable booth.

birch 1

I’ll be back tomorrow with shots from the Moda booth and designers.

Have you ever done a pictorial quilt?  Is it on your list of quilts/techniques to try?

Thanks for visiting!
Blessings ~

Quilts, Bags & Pillowcases OH MY!

Our November SYOB Retreat was great fun!  I thought I’d show you some of the projects that were being worked on.

(sorry the lighting in the studio is not great for pictures)

Roundabout Mary

Mary’s “Roundabout” quilt.

The “Roundabout” quilt was the November project in the Schnibbles club.

Roundabout Sue

More “Roundabout” blocks from Sue.

Shirley's scrap runner

Shirley and her runner from leftovers. Beautiful!

Sandy's "Springtime Baskets"

Sandy’s “Springtime Baskets”.

Karin's rag quilt.

Karin’s rag quilt

Mary's exploding pineapple block quilt

Mary’s exploding pineapple block quilt.

If you haven’t taken a look, I have an exploding pineapple pillow pattern in the free patterns section.  The block is so versatile.  We’ve used it for pillows, quilts, potholders – we LOVE it around here!!

Jeanie made some ADORABLE pillowcases using the burrito method

Jeanie made some ADORABLE pillowcases using the burrito method.


Jeanie, Shirley and Julie were making bags today.

Mary's 2nd Glamour Girls quilt.

Mary’s 2nd Glamour Girls quilt.

If you’re not familiar with the Glamour Girls line of fabric by Robert Kaufman Designs here’s a link to a short version of the story and pictures of the original sketches with the artist/designer of the fabric, Lorene Carnes.  Lorene lives here in Salem Oregon.  As a young art student she sketched these beautiful images.  WW II broke out and she went to work in the ship yards, tucking away her artistic dreams.  Fast forward 70 years……..a family friend who works for Robert Kaufman Designs saw the sketches in Lorene’s garage and well…..the rest is history.

The line of fabric has been very popular here in Lorene’s home town.  Mary loved the fabric and bought an assortment to create with.  She has made three different “Glamour Girl” quilts.  This is quilt #2.  I’ll do a post with pictures of all three once #3 is completed.  They are all different and it’s been so fun to see the quilts come to life at the retreats.

Block close-up

Block close-up

I wanted to show you the block close-up.  I love the way Loretta Orsborn quilted the blocks.  The quilting gives the quilt a very “Art Deco” feel.  It also puts the focus on the Glamour Girls.  We LOVE Loretta’s quilting!!

Hope you enjoyed the project inspiration from retreat!

Thanks for visiting!
Blessings ~

Chevron Love baby quilt

Just had to share this adorable baby quilt from the Chevron Love booklet!

Sue B's baby quilt

Sue was finishing this up at retreat this weekend.  It’s for her grandbaby that will be here soon.  The gray pindot is Maywood flannel and the back has Minky on it.  Little Finlay is going to be so snuggly wrapped up in this cutie!

Do you mix textures in your quilts?  This has regular cotton and flannel both on the front.  For snuggle quilts it just adds that little extra “snuggle” to the quilt.  I need to do that more.

Thanks for your inspiration this weekend Sue!  Can’t wait to meet little Finlay.  :-)

Thanks for visiting!
Blessings ~


August 2013

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Diamonds for Judith ~ our newest booklet

Diamonds For Judith ~ this new release has a special place in my heart.  It all started with this quilt ~

Original Diamonds for Judith

Original Diamonds for Judith

And this friend ~

Judith Lock

Judith Lock

Judith was the original owner of The Cotton Patch in Keizer Oregon.  We instantly connected when a mutual friend introduced us as Judith was putting her new store together in 2003.  Our love of quilts and fabric instantly connected us.  I helped with the final preparations to open the store and began creating samples and teaching for Judith.  And as they say…..the rest is history.

Judith is the reason I began designing patterns.  Something I had never imagined doing.  I sort of fell into it because of a need at the shop.  I’m forever grateful for the opportunities she gave me along with the love and encouragement.

We lost Judith to Cancer in 2010 but her influence in the quilting community continues and the love and influence she had will always be with us.

So I could continue and get really sappy right here but I won’t …… introducing the new and updated pattern!

The original pattern pictured above was released as a throw quilt.  We’ve made MANY!  It’s still my favorite version.  I’ve had so many requests for other sizes that this updated pattern is the result of those requests.  It has sizes from a baby/tabletopper to king, with the option of borders or not.  These are the three new quilts featured in the new pattern.

Borderless Twin

Borderless Twin ~ in Kimberly’s Garden by Maywood Studios


Bordered Throw

Bordered Throw ~ in Dashing All the Way by Hoffman Fabrics

Borderless Baby/Tabletopper

Borderless Baby/Tabletopper ~ in Flats by Moda

Pattern Front

Pattern Front

Pattern Back

Pattern Back

I love using a quilt on my dining room table so just had to enjoy this for a little bit before it heads off to be a sample somewhere.  Oh, by the way – we will have kits for this one soon!

Tabletopper size for my table!

Tabletopper size for my table!

If you’d like to purchase this pattern it’s available HERE on the Sweet Treasures website.

Thanks for joining me on this little trip down memory lane.

Thanks for visiting!
Blessings ~