Saturday, October 25, 2014

Charming Scrap Quilt

What a pretty scrap quilt. Just a simple log cabin block, but so artistically done. Nice colors, good variety of fabrics, especially the one in the center. I like the soft puckery look. Looks like it's been machine washed and dried.

I found this photo on Pinterest, attributed to Etsy. Link goes to a dead end. Too bad. Does anyone know who made this?

Friday, October 24, 2014

Selvage Jacket!

Lynda Duplissea created this beautiful selvage jacket! Here's what she wrote about it:

Late in 2012, I was asked to prepare a 15-20  minute program for our chapter to share the selvage edge technique I used when making a quilt from your book. At the end of the program, one member shouted out, “What’s your next project going to be?” 
With a broad grin, I answered, “I think I’ll make a jacket.”  “Have it ready by our quilt show!” was shouted out in reply. 
It was a good natured exchange;  you see, a few months prior to the program, I accepted the position of Biennial Quilt Show Chair for 2014 and at various workshops, I would encourage the gals to make sure their projects were ready by the quilt show. Though playful,  the challenge was on.
I’m attaching a few photos taken of my newly completed jacket. (Which by the way was ready for our show.) 
I am particularly pleased with my first attempt at making a jacket. The lining is tone on tone with the words ‘Recycle, Repurpose, Reuse” which I felt fit perfectly with the use of selvages. One of the selvages even had my name LYNDA so I placed it on the inside collar but I don’t think I’ll hang the jacket from it …that's purely decorative.
 Lynda is from the border town communities of St.Stephen New Brunswick Canada/Calais, Maine. Nice job, Lynda!

Saturday, October 18, 2014

Meet Rebecca from Connecituct

Tonight I was waiting to have some fabric cut at JoAnn's in Waterbury and I met Rebecca, owner of Rebecca's Dorky Designs on Etsy. She designs and makes superhero/Star Wars/Hello Kitty dresses. One even glows in the dark. Pretty creative. Way to go, Rebecca!

Thursday, October 16, 2014

Rock Pillows

I found these rock pillows among the new trending items on Etsy. They are offered by GlassandBrassCo located in Hong Kong. The listing is for 6 pillow cases for easy shipping. Then you fill them yourself. Pretty clever for a playroom.

Monday, October 13, 2014

Fancy Four-Patch Tutorial

This is my 6th year coming up with the Block of the Month designs for my guild Empire Quilters in New York City. 
The current block for November is the Fancy Four-Patch, shown above. This is a quick and easy block. You start with four 6" squares: 2 reds and 2 whites. See the instructions here.

Sunday, October 12, 2014

Carolyn Wenzel's Ferris Wheel Quilt!

This lively Ferris Wheel quilt was made by Carolyn Wenzel from Wisconsin. It won Viewer's Choice for the "Black Quilt Challenge" recently at her local guild quilt show. The red centers and the light red block are brilliant, aren't they? And the red binding too. Nice nice job, Carolyn!

It's fun to make these fans. View the Ferris Wheel quilt pattern.

Saturday, October 11, 2014

Fall Festival Quilt Exhibit

Today we had the Fall Festival at the First Congregational Church of Litchfield, CT. I had the honor of exhibiting 32 of my quilts in the sanctuary. One of the highlights for me was meeting two young sisters who want to learn how to quilt. They are going to spend an afternoon with me in my quilt room to make a small quilt. Can't wait.