Archive for May, 2012

Finishing Those Pesky Geese!

Thursday, May 31st, 2012

So here it is – the final instructions to set all those geese blocks.¬† Hopefully you have discovered a favorite method to make all those geese since the border has lots and lots of them flying around the quilt. But never fear, if you didn’t find a method you like, there is still another one – 3 Dimensional Geese! If you can’t figure out what I wrote, here is a youtube video of Ricky Tims and Alex Anderson making them! Just use the measurements I gave you so they will fit.

Flying Geese 9 BOM finishing instructions

Don’t forget to send me pictures when you finish your quilt!

Here’s What I’ve Been Doing Lately…

Tuesday, May 29th, 2012

Went to Spring Market in Kansas City, MO and stayed on the 18th floor! That huge monstrosity of a building is the convention center where all was unfolding – it is so big that streets run underneath it!

See I really was there – somewhere…

Flew back home – way above the clouds to avoid the storms below – looks pretty peaceful to me! We deviated so far off course that I am pretty sure I saw a Great Lake through a hole in the clouds!

Watch a chick flick or two, went strawberry picking with my beautiful daughter! 13 pounds of strawberries in the rain – lots of fun! The chickens took great delight in the strawberry tops!

  

Made jam! – drank the left-over foamy stuff you skim off the jam while it cooks! Who knew you could find a purpose for that stuff! Very refreshing after spending the day heating my kitchen up to 110 degrees!

Went to Front Royal, Virginia, to see family and was awestruck with the price of gas…

Until my brother said it was $3.06 in Harrisonburg. : (

Played with the new apps on my Iphone (my brother told me about them too) – like checking your hearing and photo editing!

   

Tilled and planted the garden¬† – well the hubby tilled, while I mowed then I planted while he fenced me in – but no pictures of that – just a great tan! Yes, I know we’re a little late, but hey, its in.¬† Swam a little in the pool… well, I floated, my hubby and the dog did the actually swimming. Watched the Hatfields and the McCoys on the History channel…

I guess the fun is over and I really should think about getting back to quilting – after I fold and bag some more patterns! Hey –¬† I could watch another chick flick or two today and still be productive!

Maybe I’ll get back to quilting in a few days… After all there’s lunch with the girls tomorrow…and the cherries are coming into season…

FREE Tote Pattern for the Creative Grids 15-Degree Triangle Ruler!

Wednesday, May 16th, 2012

The Creative Grids 15-Degree Triangle Ruler design by me! is debuting at the Spring Market this weekend! Attached is a free pattern for a Tote Bag using this versatile ruler! Check out all the other Fan-Tastic Fanwork patterns for this great ruler at my store.  Ask about the ruler at your favorite quilt shop.

tote bag

 

Off to My First Market!

Thursday, May 10th, 2012

Spring Market – Kansas City MO here I come! I’ve got the quilts ready to go.. For all you quilt-police out there – No, the labels aren’t on yet¬† – that’s today’s project. If you are going to be there, I’d love to meet you. Come to my schoolhouse presentation for my Fantastic Fanwork Series featuring the¬†Creative Grids 15-Degree Triangle Ruler designed by me, of course. Its the last one of the day! A perfect time to sit down and rest while you get inspired and maybe even win a door prize!

     

Yes, all these quilts are made with the 15 Degree Triangle Ruler – it’s versatility is quite impressive! Can’t wait for their debut!

Wild Goose Chase!

Tuesday, May 1st, 2012

Here it is – the last block in the Goose Block of the Month series. I’ll bet you started to think I wasn’t going to post this. I was worried about finding the time to do it myself! These last few days have been very hectic with lots of driving here and there. Driving can wear a body out – especially a body that has been around a little longer than some other bodies – sorry, in my blurred vision, chocolate craving exhaustion, I digress.

But despite all the busy stuff I’ve been into,¬† I am grateful to offer to you WILD GOOSE CHASE.¬† This fancy little block has some paper-piecing for the geese otherwise it is traditionally pieced. Notice that in two of the blocks the large triangles on the 4 sides are¬† darker¬† fabrics and one block has lighter fabric in the same areas. Its your block so make it look the way you want it too!

   

Wiild Goose Chase BOM

Next month I will be posting suggestions for sashings and borders so hurry and catch up if you are not there yet!