A Month at Flathead Lake

I have had the best time this summer!  I was fortunate enough to work for the month of June for Judy Niemeyer. Here was my work space in Kalispell:


Here are a few (but not all) of my summer projects for Judy:

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These were projects for myself:

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The new Technique of the month. IMG_8854 

Here is a fun little gift (not a Judy pattern) I made for a new 8 year old friend! IMG_8791

I drove back to Alaska and, after a quick trip to Anchorage, I ran up to Fairbanks for a class and to visit with those people I love.  Here is my temporary work space in Fairbanks before my class starts:


Red and white challenge and beyond…

Which is sort of like to infinity and beyond! but more fun as it involves quilting. 

I have been working on my Red and White Challenge:


I like this but think that I will go for a whiter white and a redder red.  This will end up as a bed quilt for a new resident of the Care Center (or the Elder House as it’s now called!).


I also have been working on my Osprey’s Nest… I was worried about it but as it’s coming together I have decided I LOVE IT!


Now, I just have to FINISH IT!!

Bags and more BAGS

So, I have been working on bags for a few things–one type of bag to show off Judy Niemeyer’s Charm Elements for my favorite quilt shop, Compass Rose Quilting.  I bought the “Janet Tote” pattern from Sandy Lueth (Totes by Sandy).  I really liked this pattern!  Quick and easy to drop that sweet compass rose into!


The second bag I made this week was one for a friend who would be doing a little traveling this summer.  The is Aeroplane Bag by Sew Sweetness.  I had a tad bit of trouble with the zipper but that’s because of my skill set–not the directions!  All in all, I really like this pattern and have a couple more of these to make (one for me, one for my sister!).



Red and White Make It Challenge!

So this is going to be a new little fun Challenge for me…  It’s being put on by SewCalGal.  I’ve got about three or four quilt ideas running around in my head!  Thank goodness the timeline is March 24th through September 30th.  Now to start shopping for red and white fabric!

ImageI’m thinking about something like this:  IMG_7998I also have a pattern in mind that just came out (and is winging it’s way to me RIGHT NOW!)…

Asilomar/Empty Spools


Asilomar/Empty Spools.  My friend Jeanette told me all about it when I was at a Quiltworx retreat this past summer and talked me into it.  WHAT A GREAT TIME!IMG_7494

The beach at Asilomar… IMG_7508

The sand was like sugar!IMG_7509

I jumped right in and started sewing on Thistle Pods. Let me say right off, this is my favorite Judy Niemeyer pattern of all time (and I love her patterns!).  I picked my absolute favorite background–that blue!  I could get lost in it… and when Martha got it in at Compass Rose I bought it ALL! I started piecing the borders… I  figured it would be the most involved and it was.IMG_7506Then the geese!IMG_7527Once done with the border I moved on… but first a peak of the border:IMG_7575 The center started with the glorious green “stars” which are beautiful compass roses…IMG_7611Then I threw in a little bit of sun.IMG_7623This is what I had displayed by the end of the week…IMG_7637It was fun making new friends, sewing into the wee hours, and learning new techniques from Judy Niemeyer!  The other women were INSPIRATIONAL!  Their work was amazing.  I didn’t want to display their work on my blog without their permission…

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This cracked me up… IMG_7646

Once I got home I put up what I had (mostly… my wall isn’t big enough) and started to finish the few blocks I had left.

IMG_7669It took just a few hours to complete all the rest. 24 (partial blocks) stars from the border and 5 “suns.”IMG_7704Now to piece it all together! I am excited to say this one will end up on my bed.