Last year, for my Block of the Month, I made 3 completed quilts with each of the different techniques (applique, embroidery, piecing only). This time around, I was lucky to just get the appliqued quilt done! But I decided that I would just start working on the embroidery and see what happened. I managed to finish the embroidery (it actually didn’t take that long), and then had a lot of fun picking out some fabrics. Made my embroidered block, and I’ll reveal it next week.
I LOVE how it came out! I’m working on the embroidery for block #2 now, so fingers crossed I’ll get that one done, too! (Here is a photo of Alfie testing the new block for me, he is the founding member of the CQTA (Canine Quilt Testers Association.)
It’s hard to believe we’ve been back from our trip to Europe for almost 4 weeks! I’ve finally got some photos for you- we took over 1000 photos! I promise you that I am posting fewer than that…
Our daughter studied at Oxford (which is about 1-2 hours from London) for a semester. When she finished up in April, my husband and I went over to pick her up and do a little driving around. Daughter is an Art History major, so lots of museums were on the itinerary, and we just love beautiful country side so we made to sure to fit in some extra time to just drive around and see the sights. And, of course, there was the FOOD…
We took the train from London to Paris and spent a couple of days there. Our first night, we went up to the top of the Eiffel Tower and saw the city lights:
From Paris, we drove through Belgium into the Netherlands. We visited Kinderdijk to see the windmills- we were actually there a couple of years ago, and liked it so much that we went back to show our daughter. It is soooo beautiful!
I learned so much from this class! I had never worked with gridded interfacing before- have you? It makes your patchwork come out absolutely perfectly- it’s like magic, lol. And if you can’t find gridded interfacing, Caroline shows you how to make your own.
Do you have a lot of projects underway at the same time? (Who am I kidding- of course you do, ha ha.) Do you need a way to keep track of them all? Do you sometimes put a project down for several months (or years), only to pick it up to work on it again but have no idea where you left off or which fabrics you’ve already purchased? Do you need a place to keep your quilt show submissions and SWAPS organized?
We will be starting the Free Maggie’s First Dance Block of the Month soon- Yippee!! One of my favorite things about the design process is playing with colors and prints. I had a ton of fun playing with the BOM pattern, seeing what it would look like made with all kinds of fabrics.
I can’t believe it’s almost Mother’s Day- I feel like I “lost” almost the entire month of April by being away, then being sick, and getting over jet lag. And I don’t know about what it’s like where you are, but here it is cold and gray and rainy- not feeling at all like May!
What kinds of gifts to do you give for Mother’s Day? Sometimes, I buy flowers, sometimes I’ll purchase a little something at the gift shop, and sometimes I make something. I do have several people whom I celebrate Mother’s Day with- my mom, mother-in-law, sister, sister-in-law, friends, etc., so I often need several gifts. And, let’s face it- I’m not usually one to plan ahead for these things, so making several gifts at the last minute can be tricky!
But, I do have an idea which is quick, fun, and uses up that stash of cottons and wools (and the button jar!) in my studio. For many years, I have been making wool flower pins- in fact, that’s how my business as a quilt designer got started! Here is the short story: I was making wool pins and selling them at quilt shows as a charity project. I was already designing and making my own quilts (mostly because I’m terrible at following directions…) so I thought I might as well try to write out some of my designs and sell them at the shows.
Hello, Creative Friends! Today I am going to introduce you to our featured bloggers for the Maggie’s First Dance Free Block of the Month! You may remember that I had a contest a couple of months ago, where people could submit their blogs. Once again, you guys totally overwhelmed me! So many really terrific blogs, it was so hard to choose!
I think I’ve chosen a nice variety for you- the idea is that as we do our monthly blocks, you will hop on over to these blogs and see how the bloggers are doing on theirs, see what fabrics they are using, etc. Also, every month they will be hosting giveaways- so you will want to be sure to click over to enter!
This month, we are having our first Blog Hop and Giveaway… here is the prize:
I know that a lot of you are very patiently waiting for the Maggie’s First Dance Block of the Month to start! I thought I’d create something fun for you to do while you are waiting- it’s a coloring sheet for the Maggie’s First Dance quilt. You can print out as many as you want, get out your colored pencils or markers, and play with all kinds of color combinations! Have fun with it!
Recently, my pal Christa Watson sent me an advance copy of the new book that she has just written with Angela Walters, called The Ultimate Guide to Machine Quilting- Long-Arm and Sit-Down–Learn When, Where, Why, and How to Finish Your Quilts. And let me tell you- this really is the ULTIMATE guide! I was honestly blown away about how much content and information is crammed into this book!