Cindy sent me these vintage flower blocks that she picked up at an estate sale. She is not a quilter so she asked me to make a quilt for her to use them. she was gifting this quilt to her daughter. She wanted it to be bed size.
She let me decide how to set it and quilt it ect. So I wanted to make alternate blocks to set these flower blocks..that wouldn’t detract from the flowers but kind of frame them. They needed to be the star of the show. So I ordered a bunch of thirties reproduction fabrics and set them with hour glass blocks.
I quilted leaves, and feathers, and curls. It all turned out so pretty. She loves it and so does her daughter. YAY!! Success!
Thanks so much for following along. I hope you all have a wonderful day.
Mary sent these quilts. The Wise Men quilt is actually the second one she has made and sent me. It’s so beautiful. I have this panel ( thank to her..hehe) and she has set this perfectly with all of the different blocks of colors ect.
I just followed the lines in the panel and outlined a lot. But what I really love is that throughout the quilt there are these little strips that tell the story.
All of the little details. I love that!
Mary made this beach quilt for her son. He has a beach house in Florida and she thought this would be a perfect gift for him.
I quilted with water designs, lines, swirls, and outlines. It all came together so nicely.
Mary always does a great job.
The Beach is my Happy Place is what the panel says. 🙂
I released this pattern a few weeks ago. These are the pictures I took after it was quilted. This quilt was designed for a color wheel exercise. I was actually challenged to make a design that could appeal to beginners and also represent the color wheel. I used American Made Brand Solids. It’s a company I love because from start to finish the fabric is made in the USA. I LOVE to support American companies.
So I included something like 47 colors in this quilt. The patterns and kits are listed on my ETSY Site, HERE.
I am using this for guild talks & discussing the color wheel and color theory. 🙂 It is a fun quilt and easy to make. If there are any locals in my area I have booked a few work shops to make this as a group. Just contact me. 🙂 I will be releasing a newsletter soon with dates and information.
I quilted this with straight lines, some circles and swirls and I used monofilament thread and variegated thread. You can’t really see the quilting on the actual pattern so I wanted to share the quilt here. You can see that the pictures were taken before the binding was sewn. It is so difficult to decide on how to quilt my quilts that are going to be released as patterns. Some people get intimidated by fabulous quilting so they feel like they don’t want to buy the pattern if they can’t quilt it all fancy. So I struggle regularly on how to quilt my designs. But I knew on this one that I would do some fancy quilting simply because I will be taking this to guild talk and I need to showcase my skills. But this would look great with a simple edge to edge design. It is really all about the color.
I am very excited to show you all this quilt:
Let me know if you have any questions. I am happy to answer. I have several quilts to share. 🙂
Well I had no idea how much work it would take to change computers. LOL! All of the programs, files and everything that you have to move over. It takes so much time and work. So now I think we are good. But it was a wreck there for a minute because I could not post any pictures on here. I couldn’t get anything to work. Now we are back to normal. YAY!
So carol made this quilt for a guild color challenge. Isn’t it fabulous! I had some negative space to play in and I love the way it finished up.
I love that she trusts me.
So the good news is that I will be posting more photos. Finally!
Today …or tonight as soon as Rob gets home I am going to have him help me figure out the picture issue that I am having. We got a new desk top because our other one was 10 years old and so turtle slow it was a pain. But the problem is that now I have to learn everything all over again. Things change and I hate that sometimes. I appreciate change, just not technology changes ….LOL!
All last week I was taking pictures so I could share them here. I was so excited to start posting pictures this morning and here we are. What can I say it’s Monday. I even took pictures of several quilts that I have finished over the last 6 months that have been sitting in a pile because I hadn’t shared them here. So I can catch up. I feel really good because the last couple of weeks I have been cleaning & organizing. I had kind of let a few rooms get bad with piles of “stuff”. It feels good that it actually didn’t take that long to organize and put stuff away. I think the work that I have been doing to simplify and declutter has been so worth it because now when it gets out of hand it literally just takes a few hours to get back to normal rather than a whole weekend.
I was thinking that the only room that has an abnormally large amount of stuff is my kitchen. I am having a difficult time getting rid of all of those extra large dishes that I had to have when kids were home because I used them every day. Now we are using the smallest dishes because there is only 3 of us home.
Should I be keeping all of these large dishes for just holidays? I don’t know? it seems like a lot of wasted storage for a few days of the year. So I need ideas for how to deal with that. I have just started training myself not to buy everything in bulk because the 3 of us don’t need a gallon of ketchup when we grocery shop. I don’t even eat ketchup…LOL! So a gallon of ketchup for 2 people lasts a while. haha!
I have listed a few more patterns in my Etsy Shop I thought I could share here:
Glitter Sky is now listed as a pattern. You might recognize it as my first published pattern in McCalls’s : But if you just liked the pattern and didn’t get a chance to get the magazine….You can get the single pattern:
I also published a new pattern called “How Great thou Art” it’s a simple embroidery project that I just loved. I have a whole series of these smaller projects coming. I just have a few more deadlines to get done before I can start really diving into these:
I have also listed my cute sampler “oh Christmas Tree”
I have a whole bunch of new designs coming up soon. I absolutely can’t wait to show you the next few designs. I am very excited for what is coming up. I even bought a bunch of fabric on wholesale to start selling kits of several of my designs. I love American Made Brand Solids ( AMBS) and I love supporting American Companies. So I have decided to use those solids in my designs and carry them in my studio to kit up my designs that use solids. Those are arriving today. I will be selling on Etsy and any of my shows. I have no idea where all of this will lead but I am excited to take this leap. I pray it all works out because I am investing my money and energy …it’s so scary! But there is not reward without risk…right? it’s been crazy. 11 months ago is when I submitted my first design to be picked up & published. It’s amazing to see what has happened in that amount of time. I am not making any real money because everything takes time to build up. But I have to say that it has been fun to see my original sketches come to life. It’s amazing to see how God steps in and gives me hope and stamina to keep going when I feel defeated.
I think that I have to keep re-learning a few lessons in my life and that is that “All of the small choices every day make the big difference”. That pertains to my diet, exercise, business, finances, maintaining anything really. I have also learned that I am not invincible and I HAVE to rest. I have suffered from night terrors most of my life. I still walk and talk in my sleep. Rob makes fun of me when he has caught me walking and talking…it’s the stories he loves to tell to get a laugh, LOL! I guess there are worse things. I have learned to manage my mind and get it to stop running a muck when trying to settle down. But staying asleep is an issue. I have never been able to stop the terrors. Sharing all of this because I have many “Moms” in my life that read this blog and check in with me to ask “Are you resting?” I have to say THANK YOU for asking and reminding me. I know that I am always the person who works non-stop until I accomplish what I set out to do. I will sacrifice everything around me to accomplish this one task that I have in front of me….one bite at a time. But after my break down a few years ago that was due to a lack of sleep..I have learned that I will no longer test that boundary. As soon as I feel that crazy feeling coming on I make myself rest even if that means using a sleeping aid. My therapist told me that was acceptable ( I hate taking any meds at all….but sometimes it’s the lesser evil). That breakdown taught me a lot about myself , my boundaries and that I am human and I need to take care of myself. After that happened it made me second guess myself and not trust myself. Coming from where I come from and having to ONLY rely on myself and trust my instincts ( guidance from God)-losing that scared me to death. I don’t ever want to experience that again. So I appreciate the love & reminders. It does help and makes me evaluate that moment and think.There have been a few days that Rob says I am cranky. I don’t feel that I am cranky. But I am forgetting simple things and letting a few things go simply because I am distracted by the “Sunshine and rainbows” in my head. I have a difficult time staying out of the clouds sometimes and I don’t like coming back to reality when forced. LOL So I have to balance it.
Well I hope you all have a wonderful week. I need to go walk my dogs and start my week. I have a lot of things to accomplish today. Today is the beginning of a new day, a new week and a new adventure. I hope you all feel as blessed as I do.