Wednesday, July 23, 2014

Buttercup quilt class ;-)

Yesterday I taught my Buttercup quilt pattern at a local quilt shop, The Christmas Goose.  I had five students and we had a great time cutting out the blocks, then eventually sewing.  All in all, it was a good day.  This was the first quilt class I've ever taught and these ladies made it easy peasy!  Here are some pics of the finished blocks....

And here are pics of the students while they worked.  They were so diligent...it was like a final exam during Algebra!  Very serious....LOL....


They were such a nice group of ladies...it couldn't have been better!  Thanks so much for being great students!!!  I also discovered that teaching someone quilting is far more enjoyable than teaching math...who would have thought???  LOL...

I also brought my recently quilted Buttercup toddler quilt that I did in Riley Blake fabrics--Saddle Up, I believe.  Once it is bound, it will go in my Etsy shop.


The panto was Spring Garland, I believe....easy and fast!


Anyhow, that is all for today.  I'm working on a new pattern so I'll post more later this week.  Happy Quilting!

Thursday, July 3, 2014

The Hustle Quilt Pattern is Available!




I love to buy precuts and this is a pattern that is perfect for layer cake squares and charm squares, or fat quarters!  It only requires thirty 10" x 10" squares and thirty pairs of matching 5" x 5" charm squares, plus background fabric.  If you have a large stash of fat quarters, you can pick 15 of them and cut your own squares.


The cutting is easy and with some clever piecing and seam pressing, you will find that all of your blocks nest together nicely for the final assembly.  This quilt could be made bigger or smaller by adjusting the number of layer cake and charm squares you use.

As the blocks come together at the end, you will find a secondary pattern is created by the corners--a modern "plus" sign.  Some really great quilting in those areas would make this quilt shine ;-)

No special rulers are required.  You will also find a coloring diagram in the pattern.

The pattern is available in PDF form on Etsy or Craftsy.  Happy Quilting!



Monday, June 30, 2014

Another Hustle Quilt...

This was the original quilt I tested out The Hustle pattern on...I love this fabric.  High Street by Lily Ashbury for Moda.  I still have a few scrap bags leftover for another project...


And an up-close shot so you can see the quilting...it is a panto called Lovely Leaves.  ;-)


I need to bind it and photograph it for the cover of the PDF pattern.  I'll show it as soon as it is available online...hopefully in a few days.  This one was done with a layer cake and two charm packs.  I definitely like the variety in the fabrics...but it could also be made with 15 fat quarters.  I hope you are enjoying your summer, I know I am!!  Happy Quilting!

Tuesday, June 17, 2014

Denise's Dog Quilt...

Denise is a real dog lover and she made this quilt for her newest rescue dog, Louie (I hope I spelled that right).  The colors are very soft and it almost has a vintage feel to it.  I quilted loops and stars on it...


She rotated every other row of dogs to there wouldn't be a top or bottom (at least I hope that is what her plan was ;-)


All of the dog panels have words next to the dog...


This is just perfect her dog.  He will love it, I'm sure!  Happy Quilting!

Monday, June 9, 2014

Lucille in Red, Yellow and Blue!

I remade my Lucille pattern this week in semi-patriotic colors.  I threw in the yellow for some brightness and I love how it turned out.  I used a panto with stars and swirls on it...


And a sexy, up-close shot....you can really see the quilting. ;-)


I'm working on another quilt right now but I don't know if I would be able to write a pattern for it.  It is a bit complicated and I'm not sure it would make sense to anyone but me....but who knows??  I've got to do some binding tonight but I'll have more pics later this week...Happy Quilting!

Saturday, June 7, 2014

Photography....

A friend recommended that I get a photo backdrop stand to improve my picture quality.  Evidently, having Ryan and Rebecca try to hold the quilt straight, get their feet out of the picture, get their fingers out of the picture, stop bitching about how their arms hurt, etc. isn't very professional and doesn't yield good quality pics.  So I bought a stand from Amazon and set up my own photo op in my backyard.

Another sad problem with trying to photgraph in the desert is finding nice locations, like parks (with no kids running in the background and no dog poop) or other scenic places.  And I don't want to drive forever since my photos tended to suck and it would have been a waste anyhow.  But this is what I set up in my backyard this morning....


And I took 10 pics and got a winner, I think.....

It is a new quilt pattern and this would be the cover pic.... hopefully!  I'll let you know....
Happy Quilting!

Sunday, May 25, 2014

Finished Buttercup Baby...

Now a sexy, outside shot of the Buttercup Baby quilt....by the way, did I mention I got a new camera?  It came recommended by the Photography teacher at my school so I went with it--I'm really impressed.  It is  Nikon CoolPix S3600 from Target...with a beefed up memory card.  It had to have a "10" in the circle and have at least 8 GB of memory.  The camera needed 18-24 megapixels.  I got it for around $120 and I'm liking it so far....You be the judge...


Anyhow, I'm off to finish another new pattern quilt for the quilt shop.  Wish me luck...I have Rebecca working on it as well!  Happy Quilting!