Every once in a while, it’s fun to try something a little different. I love to machine quilt and to design fabric, but something that I don’t do very often is design quilt patterns. Honestly, I don’t love the numbers and “detail” part of it, but I do like a challenge. So, to help promote my newest fabric line, Legacy, I designed a free quilt pattern, Roots. Of course, it’s a fast and easy quilt to put together. My thought is, the least amount time of piecing, the more time for quilting!! I like the quilt so much, that I had two made. Kristi pieced this one for me, using the same fabrics as the pattern, which I just love!! I also had my friend, Kathy, make me a second one using different prints from the collection. I actually had a chance to quilt this one…..I have to admit that it was fun to quilt a quilt made with a pattern that I designed, made with my fabric. Of course, I couldn’t just quilt an allover design, I had to have a little fun with it. So I incl
I am a firm believer that you can never have enough machine quilting resources!! There are so many talented people in this industry! One new free-motion quilting resource is a book by a fellow C&T Publishing author, First Steps to Free-Motion Quilting. This book is authored by the vivacious and fun Christina Cameli. As an author, I can definitely appreciate how much thought and work was put into this book. I love the clear quilting diagrams, they allow the reader to easily see the progression of the quilting design. I also love how she included projects in the book….not only do you learn a design, you get to practice it on a fun and functional project. Giveaway!! How about another giveaway?? One lucky reader will win a copy of this book….all you have to do is leave a comment on this post saying hi!! Winner!! I have drawn a winner for Friday’s fabric giveaway. And that lucky winner is……Jana Dee O’Brien!! I will be back tomorrow to tell you all about a free quilt pat
After months of work and waiting, my Legacy fabric collection has shipped and (hopefully) is available in a store near you! Just because this collection was inspired by some of my favorite machine quilting designs, that doesn’t mean that it’s only for quilts! My friend and fellow machine quilter, Molly, used Legacy to make some awesome accessories. First, take a peek at this purse! She actually cut up a pair of leather pants that she found at the thrift store and used it for the tassel and the bottom. It’s thrifty and pretty….that’s my kind of purse! And because she is an overachiever, she made a coordinating wallet. But wait….there’s more…. The ultra-creative people at Art Gallery Fabrics used these accessories to put together a video introducing the collection. After you watch the video, make sure you come back here. To celebrate the release of Legacy, I am giving away a fat quarter bundle of several prints in the collection… Just leave a comment tel
It’s that time of year again! Time for me to pack up my quilts and leave the midwest for gorgeous Portland to teach at the MQX Quilt Festival. I love to talk and I love to quilt, teaching allows me to combine both of those passions. I am so grateful that I get to do it!! In the “off-season”, I updated all my classes with different, new designs. So I have been busy pulling out samples for my classes and getting my handouts organized. Which means that the only thing left to do is pack, which I actually enjoy doing!! Check out the events page of my blog to see my class schedule. My hands-on classes are sold out, but there is still room in my lecture/demos. If you are attending the show, or if you happen to be in the Portland, OR area, I hope you will stop by and say hi!!