Saturday, March 31, 2012

Anni on Apartment Therapy



I just found out that my Anni quilt was featured on the gorgeous design blog Apartment Therapy yesterday. What an honor! One of the site's editors wrote a post on ten modern quilting inspirations and included my Anni. I'm telling you, I think I need to make some more of these in lots more different color combinations. Ah, if only there were more hours in the day!

Thank you so much, Alysha and Apartment Therapy!

Thursday, March 29, 2012

Anni is in the Modern Quilt Guild Showcase!


I'm so excited to share with you that my Anni quilt was selected for the Modern Quilt Guild Showcase at the International Quilt Festival this fall in Houston! There were only 33 quilts selected, and I'm so honored that one of my works was included.





Anni, which was inspired by the work of Josef Albers and was chosen as one of the winners of the Project Modern Monochromatic Challenge, is one of my favorite quilts of all times. I love the simplicity of the design and construction and the four shades of pink are just so fun together.




The Modern Quilt Guild Showcase exhibition may also travel to Cincinnati next Spring and then to Long Beach, California next summer for the Quilt Festivals in those cities. If it does, it will be kind of fun to see my quilt on display in my hometown!




So, it looks like I won't see Anni for a while. In fact, she's actually been gone for some time already since she's got some big plans that you'll learn about soon.




I may just have to make another one until then.

Monday, March 26, 2012

it's here! my first publication and a giveaway!




Last week I received a copy of my first publication, Seaside Home. It's a beautiful design collaborative curated by Susanne Woods while she was still with Stash Books, and it has all sorts of projects in it, each with a seaside theme. Susanne asked me to be a part of this book back in October of 2010, so it's been a long time in the works to say the least! But it's so exciting to finally get that copy in your hands and to see your project in print.




And here's my project! My Jolly Buccaneer Shirt is fun appliqued project and it looks adorable on a tee, but it would also be fun on a canvas tote bag, or even a decorative pillow to use this summer. 

So, would you like to win a copy of the book? I'd love to share a copy with one of you, so let's have a little giveaway! You'll have up to two chances to enter and here's how:

1. Leave a comment on this post telling me what you're looking forward to most this summer.

2. Followers of my blog will receive an additional entry. If you're a follower of my blog, please leave an additional comment telling me that you are. New followers are welcome!

P.S. Please be sure that your email is either in the comment or connected to your blogger profile so I can let you know if you're the winner. Thank you!

That's it! I'll use the random number generator to choose one winner and the giveaway will be open until Monday, April 2 at midnight ET. International entries are welcome. Good luck!

Wednesday, March 21, 2012

drawing




I've been doing a lot of drawing lately. A whole lot. More than I have done in years. I used to draw and paint all time time, especially in high school, and I loved it. But when I started college, I didn't have much time for it. And then I went to grad school and met Jeff, and I had even less time. Then I got a job, had children, etc., so to say that my drawing and painting were put on the back burner would be an understatement to say the least. I've done a few paintings since then, some of which I really should share with you all sometime, but they were few and far between.




But, a friend of mine and I are working on a project together that I'm so excited about. I can't say too much about it now, but you'll be hearing more about it soon. One thing I can say that it has made me spend a lot of time drawing again! And it's like the old adage about riding a bike; I don't think you can forget how to draw either. I have a feeling that I'll be doing a lot more of it these days, even after this project is finished.



Time to stock up on some more pencils and erasers.

Monday, March 19, 2012

Angela Walters is my quilter



You all know how much I love Angela Walters of Quilting is My Therapy. She is simply the most phenomenal long arm machine quilter. I remember first seeing her work at Fall 2010 Quilt Market and I was blown away. There was nothing else like it there (and there were hundreds, if not thousands of quilts on display) and it was honestly the most amazingly beautiful work that I had seen. And when I met Angela at that market, she was just as sweet and as kind as can be, and we instantly became friends.

Since then, I've had the privilege of having her quilt two quilts for me, plus one of my quilt designs is in her new book, Free Motion Quilting with Angela Walters. Each time I've sent her the front and back of the quilt and let her have free reign, in terms of design for the quilting. And she has knocked my socks off every time!



She quilted the quilt for my new pattern Ohio Supernova, above, which is a giant Ohio Star block that I've shared with you before. There's also a detail of that work in my header above where you can see a closer look at some of Angela's stitching. Amazing, right?






And here's a sneak peek of a brand new quilt that she just finished for me. I can't show you the rest, but you'll be able to see the whole thing, complete with the pattern and instructions to make your very own version, on a newsstand and bookstore soon.




Ah, all of those tiny pebbles kill me!


Angela and I are working on a few more projects together and I can't wait to share those with you as well. For more information on Angela and to see more of her incredible work, please visit her blog Quilting Is My Therapy and her new site Free Motion Quilting with Angela Walters, and be sure to pick up her book when it hits the stands this spring.

Friday, March 16, 2012

Announcing the 3rd Annual AccuQuilt Barn Quilt Design Contest



How would you like to design the next Barn Quilt for AccuQuilt's new headquarters in Omaha? Well, here's your chance! The 3rd Annual AccuQuilt Barn Quilt Design Contest starts today and runs through April 9th. The winner will be announced at the AQS Quilt Show & Contest in Paducah, KY, which takes place April 25-28. and the winning Barn Quilt Design will be unveiled June 22. 


The AccuQuilt Barn Quilt Design Contest has been a very popular competition and there's no doubt that this year's contest will be as well. And there are some great prizes to be won!


2011 Grand Prize Winner
by Candace D.


The Grand prize winner will receive a prize package consisting of:

- One (1) $1,000 AccuQuilt Shopping Spree ($1,000 value)
- Round trip airfare for themselves and a friend from winner’s home and transportation to Omaha, NE, for an unveiling ceremony for their design on the AccuQuilt offices. 
- Two (2) tickets to the 2nd Annual Let’s GO! Quilt Retreat in Fremont on June 20-21, 2012 for themselves and a friend. 
- Three (3) night hotel stay (one room for three nights). 
- Includes breakfast, lunch and dinner for three days. 



2010 2nd Place Winner
by Mary J.


One runner up prize winner will receive a prize package consisting of:


- One (1) $250 AccuQuilt Gift Certificate 

- One (1) ticket to the 2nd Annual Let’s GO! Quilt Retreat in Fremont on June 20-21, 2012.




2010 Grand Prize Winner
by Linda E.



The top one hundred (Top 100) quilt block designs will be selected by a panel of AccuQuilt’s management from among all eligible entries received. Each of the 100 winners will receive a prize package aggregate value of $25 consisting of:

- One (1) $25 AccuQuilt Rewards Points ($25 value)



Sounds pretty good, right? To enter, visit the Barn Quilt Design Contest page on Accuquilt's site and hit the "Submit Your Entry" button. No purchase is necessary. 



2010 3rd Place Winner
by Jane R.




And if that weren't enough, AccuQuilt and TheQuiltShow.com have teamed up to give you the ultimate experience for International Quilt Day! 



Join them March 16-18, 2012 as they celebrate all things quilting!

*Visit TheQuiltShow.com community for FREE and watch more than 100 shows hosted by Alex Anderson and Ricky Tims featuring the Top Quilting Teachers in the world
*Explore classrooms, unique tutorials, inspiring slideshows, and much more
*Enter the contest to win amazing prizes from companies you know and love—here a sampling of the prizes you can win:
  • A BERNINA 550 sewing machine (yes! a new machine!)
  • Gammill's Deluxe Chair—perfect for sewing at any machine
  • Fantastic assortment of books from AQS Publishing, plus a 1-year membership to American Quilter's Society
  • A selection of inspiring quilting books from C&T Publishing
  • AccuQuilt's GO! Baby die cutting machine, GO! Value Die, GO! Birds die, and a 6x12 Cutting Mat 
  • Bundle of 41 fat quarters from Ricky's Blended Solids collection, compliments of Red Rooster
  • Box of silk threads from Superior Threads
  • One of five DVDs from Why Quilts Matter
  • One of five Stitched: The Movie DVDs

Plus, you'll have exclusive access to an episode of Why Quilts MatterStitched: The Movie, and many other sources of excitement and creativity in The Quilt Show community. Simply click here to get started. Enjoy, and we look forward to celebrating with you!



Thursday, March 15, 2012

Home Sweet Home Quilt Along: little house block tutorial


Thank you so much to Kim at Kim's Crafty Apple for inviting me to design a block for her Home Sweet Home Quilt Along. I'm a pretty simple girl, so I wanted to come up with something that reflected my design aesthetic, and here it is! I'm calling this block "Little House" after one of my favorite shows of all time. It comes together very quickly and it' a great way to use up some of those scraps of fabric you might have laying around. I think it would be really fun to add some hand embroidery details to the block, like maybe some flowers growing by the house or a few clouds in the sky, too.


Please read all instructions before getting started. All seam allowances are ¼". You can also download a free pdf of this block pattern, which I've posted here on Google Docs for you





Choose the fabrics for your block. You'll need a total of five different fabrics: one for the door, one for the house, one for the roof, one for the grass, and one for the background. I'm using a variety of prints and solids.


block layout diagram



Cut out all of the pieces of fabric. Here are the pieces and their dimensions:

•   Cut (1) 2 ½” x 12 ½” strip (A) of fabric for the grass
   Cut (1) 1 ½” x 2 ½” rectangle (B) of fabric for the door
   Cut (1) 1 ½” x 2 ½” rectangle (C) of fabric for the house
   Cut (2) 2 ½” x 4½” rectangles (D) of the same fabric as C for the house
   Cut (2) 4” x 4 ½” squares (E) of fabric for the background
   Cut (1) 4” x 7 ½” rectangle (F) of fabric for the roof
   Cut (2) 4” x 4” squares (G) of background fabric
   Cut (2) 3” x 4” rectangles (H) of background fabric
   Cut (1) 2 ½”” x 12 ½” rectangle (I) of background fabric






It's a good idea to label your pattern pieces with their respective letters to avoid any confusion during construction of the block.




Once you have everything cut out, lay out all of the pieces following the block diagram. Now you have an idea of what your final block will look like! Let's start assembling.



Place Piece B on top of Piece C, right sides together.



Sew, and backstitch at the front and back of the seam to lock the stitches together. Press seams open with a hot iron.



Next, following the layout diagram, place one Piece D on top of the pieced section, right sides together and secure with pins. 



Sew, making sure to lock the stitches at the beginning and end of the seam. 



Press seams open with a hot iron, and repeat with the other D Piece.



Here's what the pieced section will look like at this point. You've just finished the body of the house!



Next, place one E Piece on top of the pieced section, right sides together, and pin. 



Sew them together, making sure to lock those stitches again. 



Press seams open, and then repeat with the other E Piece.



Here's what your block will look like now.



Next, we'll start to work on the roof of the house. For this section, we'll be making a flying geese block. Grab Piece F and the two G Pieces.



Using a pencil or your water soluble marker and a straight edge, draw a diagonal line down the center of each G Piece, from corner to corner.



Here's what the G Pieces will look like after the lines are drawn on both of them. 



Place one G Piece on top of Piece F as shown, with the pencil line facing up and going in this direction, with one end of the line towards the lower left side of Piece F, and the other end of the drawn line towards the center of Piece F. Pin Piece G in place. 



Sew a seam directly on the drawing line, again locking the stitches at the beginning and end. 



Here's what it will look like after the seam has been sewn.



Place the edge of a ruler ¼" from the seam. Using a rotary cutter, cut off the excess fabric along that line to create a 
¼" seam allowance. 




Here's what the block will look like after the excess fabric is removed and the ¼" seam allowance is made.



Gently open the seam and press with a hot iron.



And here's what it will look like after the seam has been pressed. 



Place the other G Piece on top of the pieced section, right sides together, with the drawn line facing up. Make sure that one end of the drawn line is towards the center of the pieced block, and the other end of the line is toward the lower right. Pin in place.



Sew along the drawn line, locking the stitches at the beginning and ending of the seam. 



Here's what the block will look like at this stage. 



Place the edge of a ruler ¼" from the seam and remove the excess fabric with a rotary cutter.




Here's what the block will look like after you make the cut.



Gently open the seam



and press with a hot iron. 



And here's what the finished flying geese block looks like. You'v just finished the roof of the house!



Next, we'll sew the H Pieces to the roof block. Place one H on top of the pieced roof, right sides together and pin. 



Sew, making sure to lock the stitches at the beginning and end of the seam.



Press seam open with a hot iron, and repeat with the other H Piece.



Here's what the block section will look like after the two H Pieces are sewn to the roof block.



Now that all of the pieced sections have been constructed, we can sew the block together, row by row, following the layout diagram. We'll start with Piece A, which is the grass in our block. 



Place piece A on the top of the house section of the block, right sides together, and pin in place. Sew together, making sure to lock the stitches at the beginning and end of the seam.



Press seams open with a hot iron.



Here's what the front of the block will look like now. Next, place the roof section on top of the house section, right sides together, pin in place and sew. 



Press seam open with a hot iron. 



And here's what your block will look like now. Next, well add Piece I to the roof section. Place Piece I on the pieced block, right sides together, and pin in place.



Sew Piece I to the pieced section, making sure to lock the stitches at the beginning and end of the seam. 



Press seam open with a hot iron. 



And with that, your house block is finished! 
Square up block with a rotary cutter and straight edge if needed.



Thanks again, Kim, for inviting me to be part of the Home Sweet Home Quilt Along!
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