So Many Projects…

I have been super busy lately! I just go from one project to another–multitasking my quilting projects.

One new obsession I have now is called Days for Girls.  It’s this fantastic organization that makes feminine hygiene kits for women in 3rd world situations where they have nothing.  A fellow quilter, Ardell Kerr who owns Quilting from the Heart, had advertized a day at her quilt shop to make these kits.  I read about this and immediately contacted her, emailed my guild, bought the correct fabric and snaps on Amazon and am lining up an All Day Sew in February.  I also have been working on making samples to show the other volunteers.

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Another project I am working on is a few Bionic Gear Bags.  I made a few for my regular sewing girls and now I am working on making a few to sell.  I LOVE THESE BAGS!

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My Glacier Star class is cruising along–this week we will begin bag 3/3rd technique.  I better get busy with the 2nd technique!  I like to make the quilt I am teaching with my class and this is a very fun quilt to make!  I had made another of these about 3 years ago but ended up giving it to Hospice of Kodiak for their raffle so I needed a new one to round out my collection of Judy Niemeyer sample quilts!

IMG_0575Additionally, I am working (slow and steadily) on the Circle of Life quilt as a retirement gift for a dear friend.  I wanted something BRIGHT and lovely.  The background is called “spinach” and it’s a Hoffman.  BEAUTIFUL green!

IMG_0571Katja’s Quilt Shoppe is hosting The New Hexagon Milleflori Quilt Along.  I was happy as a clam when I gave away my Milleflori quilt/pieces/templates/blocks at Christmas and all it took was one look at her quilt pattern and I started afresh! Will the madness ever end?!  (I hope not!)

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This pattern caught my eye over the holidays and I wasn’t able to stop myself on it either!  This is Joseph’s Coat.  The pattern was used in Kona’s 30 Days of Kona celebration–and it’s free!  It’s also quite addictive.  I think I am making this for a dear friend who lives in Fairbanks!

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OK, just to add a little mania to my ever so busy week–I’m teaching a few bag classes this coming month.  I appreciate the Pink Sand Beach patterns.  SO EASY!  I’d recommend starting with Fiji bag–it’s a simple intro.  I’m trying to get caught up on my samples as as soon as I make them they fly out the door! (so many “as” in one sentence!).

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Well, that’s all I can think that I am working on now.  Stay warm, wish for snow in Alaska and sew on!

Christmas rush and all that!

Well, it’s Christmas Eve… so, of course, I am busy cranking out a few little presents!  I had originally envisioned a quilt each for the two new boys living upstairs but all I could manage was a Superhero pillow for Max, Lars, and Erik. That’s what happens when I start out two weeks before Christmas!

I completed a 20″ Ironman pillow for Lars:

ironmanpillowI completed a 20″ Spiderman pillow for Max:
spidyI completed a 24″ Batman pillow for Erik (the smallest boy gets the biggest pillow!):

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One final little something.  I small gift for Martha–the owner of my local quilt shop where I teach and an all around wonderful friend!

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I wish a peaceful, happy holiday for everyone!

Reclaimed West BLOG Tour!

reclaimed-west-blog-tour-graphicI was THRILLED to be asked to be part of Timeless Treasures Reclaimed West Blog Tour.  I had worked this past June for Judy Niemeyer and had seen the samples.  Judel had taken a quick trip to New York to work with Timeless Treasures and had come back so excited that it was hard to not be about this fabric line!

I got the package from Hayden at Timeless and IMMEDIATELY started working on my quilt.  I decided to do the Desert Sky.  It’s a very simple, fast quilt that is FULL of New York Beauties (my FAVORITE block!!).

IMG_9649I started by cutting out pattern.  IMG_9654The directions lay out exactly how to cur the fabric for the templates.  The 24 fabrics lend themselves so nicely to this pattern!IMG_9656A little glue and I was off and sewing!IMG_9658Stacking techniques are laid out in the directions.IMG_9659 My first batch of New York Beauties done: IMG_9663Then on to more!IMG_9674 IMG_9676 IMG_9694Once all blocks were pieced I used my design wall to lay it all out…IMG_9708 IMG_9709 IMG_9720The back was made from the Firestorm, the coordinating batiks!IMG_9725IMG_9727I had a local quilter quilt it and then hand stitched the binding on the way to Quilt Market.

IMG_9852Bradley, Judel and Judy Niemeyer at Quilt Market 2014!

At the end of Market, Judel took it back to Montana to take a few snaps of it.  I was so excited to see how beautiful the photos turned out!

JN74 JN75Thank you for stopping in!  More of the Tour:

November 17

November 18

November 19

November 20

November 21

 

PRIZES: Enter the giveaway HERE at SewTimeless starting Nov 17 – it will be open for entries throughout all five days of the blog tour. THREE WINNERS will be selected on MONDAY, NOVEMBER 24 at noon (12 PM) eastern time.

EACH OF THE THREE WINNERS WILL RECEIVE: one fat eighth bundle of the entire Reclaimed West collection (24 pcs), one 52-pc charm pack of the Reclaimed West collection, one Braided Table Runner pattern by Quiltworx/Judy Niemeyer, one Geese in the West pattern by Cindi McCracken, one Reclaimed West bookmark & bag tag set from Quilt Dots, one spool of coordinating thread from the Reclaimed West designer thread set available from Aurifil.

Reclaimed West Blog Tour!

reclaimed-west-blog-tour-graphicYAHOO!  Next week will be the start of the Reclaimed West Blog Tour by Timeless Treasures!  I have been excited about this line of fabric since seeing the samples this summer.

I have some crazy serendipitous connections to it…  My friend Vernie, who lives in Kodiak, is the daughter of the man who owns the ranch where so many of the photos for this fabric line were taken.  She was the person who connected me with Judel Niemeyer about an upcoming vacation their family would be taking in Kodiak.  From connecting with Judel I arranged my local guild, Kodiak Bear Paw Quilter’s Guild, to hire Judy to teach a couple classes this past summer.  I decided to take a Quiltworx retreat in 2013 at Kalispell and Empty Spools in Asilomar in early 2014.  Judy had me come work for her for the month of June 2014.  I was SUPER jazzed about the whole experience and when Hayden from Timeless Treasures asked for participants I signed up!

The fabric is so great to work with–very high quality. I made a quilt from one of Quiltworx simple patterns–the Desert Sky.  (You will see more on the 20th!)  The person I asked to quilt it for me is a local quilter named Julie–who happens to be an in-law of Vernie!  I took my completed quilt to Quilt Market in Houston at the end of October and left it with Judy who (I believe) is taking it to Australia.  I have one final plan for it when I get the quilt back–a little surprise–it will all come full circle.

I can’t wait for the Tour to begin!  Here’s the schedule:

November 17

November 18

November 19

November 20

November 21

Catch Me… If You Can

PrintIt’s that fun time of year again… time for Amy’s Creative Side Blogger Quilt Festival!  I have been sewing quite a bit lately but have only finished a few things.  Most notably (and a very fun quilt) is my Catch Me… If You Can.

IMG_9136This quilt was finished up this summer and donated to my local Hospice chapter for their annual raffle.  While the front is nice, I think it’s the back that makes it beautiful!  What do you think?

IMGP0113IMGP0111IMGP0112It was quilted by Peggy Nekeferoff.  She donated her extraordinary quilting talents to complete this great quilt.

Click HERE to return to Amy’s site.

Another Red and White quilt…

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I started Sew Cal Gal’s Red and White challenge with the idea of making my own design. Well, one thing led to another and I wasn’t satisfied with the one I made (I wanted red to be more uniform and white to be brighter!) so I finished up the quilt and donated it to a new resident at the Chiniak Bay Elder House.

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She LOVED it–red is definitely her color!  I then turned around and made a second quilt for the Challenge.  You can find my Red and White Fire Island Hosta here!

Red and White Challenge Quilt and Tutorial

redandwhiteFor the Red and White Quilt Challenge Make It challenge I am going to do a tutorial on how to put in a little piping for a decorative touch.

I have been working on a Fire Island Hosta by Judy Niemeyer now since late May/early June.  I have to say I did not think that making a red and white quilt would be so difficult–creating depth, contrast, and visual interest has been hard!  One thing that I looked at was the “clamshell” part of the design–I needed to find a way to set it off.  It was getting to be a little too much red-white-red-white-red-white-red-well, you get the idea.  I solicited some input from friends with no real consensus.IMG_9291

I was wrestling with the process when a friend, Judy, suggested I put in a little piping. I was using a paper pieced block in this quilt so will explain this like a person who would be doing just that.

To begin you need to cut several strips of fabric on the bias.  In my case I used 1 1/2″ strips of red.  To make that bias strip I took a length of fabric (a rectangle) and folded a corner of it down so it formed a triangle and then used my regular ruler and mat to cut the strips.  This makes your strips have a “stretch” to them.  IMG_8712IMG_8711 I wanted it to have enough fabric to “cover the curve” on the corner so I pinned a strip on the front of NY Beauty portion of the block with a bit of a tail hanging over. IMG_8714I then sewed a 1/2 inch from the edge of the block. This will give me a 1/4 inch of color on the edge of my block.IMG_8713Once sew on I ironed it over.  This is the critical part for keeping the same sized block.  IMG_8715There are three major steps to this.

First, trim that corner keeping the same angle of the block.IMG_8717Second, trim the newly added fabric to the edge of the original block.IMG_8718Third, you need to trim the edge of the block so that when you sew on the next part of the block it isn’t too thick.  Flip the 1/2″ strip of fabric back.IMG_8719Trim the excess off to just inside the 1/4 inch of the original block.IMG_8720Once all trimmed up, iron the piping back down.IMG_8721After putting on the piping I sewed the next section of the block on and I press it to create the least amount of fabric thickness.  **You will notice the clamshell already has piping in it–I used the sew and cut lines on the paper piecing papers to place the red stripes in it before sewing the clamshell and NY Beauty blocks together.***

First, press the back.

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