Archive for April, 2012

Cathedral Windows

Sunday, April 29th, 2012

We had a great class last week at Hoppin’ Bobbin in Aberdeen! Cathedral Windows by Machine! The entire quilt comes together so much more quickly when constructing it with a sewing machine. Hand-sewn cathedral windows, while absolutely beautiful, take a long, long time. The students in this class picked such a variety of fabrics for their quilt too! Wow! I was quite impressed!

And by the way, did you know that a Cathedral Window quilt is not really a quilt at all? It traditionally does not have the three layers; top, batting and backing – so it can not be called a quilt.¬† Most quilt shows put it in the “other” category – just so you know.

 

And Finally, I Have Arrived!

Tuesday, April 24th, 2012

I am officially listed in the Checkers Catalog! All my patterns and my 15-Degree Triangle Ruler. Click on the link and it takes you straight to the listing that is all me! On the side of the page are pictures of all the companion quilt projects that the ruler can make.¬† If you see something you like, just ask your local quilt shop to order it. Its been an amazing roller-coaster ride. Lots of Hurry-ups and Waits! But the waiting it over! Twelve months of quilt making, pattern writing and ruler tweaking…

Hmmm, now what will I do….

New York Beauty Simplified

Wednesday, April 18th, 2012

I had the good fortune to be able to take Linda Hahn’s New York Beauty Simplified class yesterday with the Flying Geese Quilt Guild. With Linda’s informative yet relaxed teaching style, it was so SIMPLE! It is truly what it says it is – Simplified.

Here’s the blocks I finished and have even started 6 more – I suspect that if I didn’t get chatty in classes I would get a lot more completed!

Linda’s¬† technique is so amazing and liberating. I’ve done a New York Beauty before and it just took FOREVER! One of the things that makes it¬† so appealing is the foundation paper she uses.¬† EQ Printable Foundation Paper It does not have to be ripped out! When you wash it, it turns to a thin layer of polyester in your quilt but truthfully, it is such a supple product that you really can’t tell if its in there or not – so no need to wash your quilt (until it gets dirty!)

So, if you have always been intrigued by this block but thought it was just way too complicated Рnot so  any more. And if you get the chance, take a class with Linda or do the next best thing and get the book Рor both! I am looking forward to New York Beauty Diversified coming out next year.

Its Here!

Tuesday, April 10th, 2012

My ruler has finally arrived! It is in production as we speak/type! Creative Grids 15-Degree Triangle designed by Erin Underwood! So cool to see my name in print on it!

And I’ve got 12 patterns in my Fantastic Fan series ready to go! They all use the ruler, of course, but offer a wide variety of expected and unexpected ways to use a fan block. Slowly but surely, I will be getting them loaded in my gallery but here’s a sneak peak at just a few!

       

Come to Hoppin’ Bobbin in Aberdeen Maryland for an Free Trunk Show/Open House featuring all my new quilts on Tuesday evening, June 5th.

Making Tracks!

Sunday, April 1st, 2012

Goose Tracks that is! Another Goose Block of the Month installment ready to go – hope you are keeping up!

I love this block but it can be a bit tricky. “Y” seams and bias edges! But really¬† – can it be any harder that measuring in 16th inch increments as with the Goose in the Pond?

   

So cut some diamonds, insert those Y seams and let those geese leave tracks all over your quilt!

Goose Tracks

Only one more block to go for the Goose Block of the Month Series. After the last block, I will post how to put it all together with a great Goose border!