Friday, November 7, 2014

Classroom Show & Tell

I can't believe it's been a month since my last post.
My Activities calendar was packed full!
Since my last post - my Dear Jane Clubs have ended.(all 5 of them here in VA)
So hard to believe 13 months has gone by so quickly... and YES we have our first Quilt Goddess of 2014!
Missy McKenna of Williamsburg, VA has completed her Jane top in 13 months!.

Some of my students have been working on 2 Janes at once, 8 of my students have already completed the center of their quilts and are finishing up the last of their triangles. And many more are getting close. I am so incredibly proud of all 82 amazing women that took this 13 Month journey with me!

Also during October, I had students working on their Modern Applique projects.
This was such a fun class. Everyone really enjoyed the process - especially the concept of turned edge applique all done by machine. Here are pictures of a few of my students quilts in progress:

The pattern was designed by Dawn Ronningen of Collector with a Needle. It is called Radical Rose & Reel. If you are traveling thru northern VA you can find the pattern at Kelly Ann's Quilt Shop in Warrenton. It is also available in Dawn's etsy shop found HERE.

I look forward to working with Dawn on a very exciting project in 2015!
(details to be shared in an upcoming post)

I hope that October was a very Happy & Productive month for all my quilting friends!

every quilt tells a story....

Friday, October 3, 2014

Jane Quilts - Show & Tell

I met up with a few of my former students and very dear Friends last week for a special business meeting. We are in the process of gathering quilts together for an exhibit titled "Dear Jane Revisited" that I'm curating at the Virginia Quilt Museum this coming Spring into Summer. Approximately 30 of my former students will participate/display their work in the exhibit. (very exciting for all)

It's been a while since I've posted Show & Tell from my circle of friends. I thought I'd share what Irene has been busy working on. First up is her scrappy Basket quilt.

And here is her beautiful Pink applique Oak Leaves quilt.

And here is Wendy with her small Nautical Jane quilt. The quilt was made using Dear Jane triangle blocks.

And Donna's Candles for Jane quilt

And on the homefront - a Christmas quilt that I created called Snow Globes with fussy cut Snowmen & Santa's.

A quilt I created a couple of years ago called Acorns & Oak Leaves that I'm finally attaching the binding to.

I hope you are having a fabulous start to October!

Sunday, September 21, 2014

It's been a while....

I apologize for my absence from blogland the past 7 weeks.
I've missed seeing what all of my blog friends have been up to!
All is well. Things have just been extremely busy with LOTS of exciting things going on.

I made this quilt top in August (42" square) as a Class Sample.
The course I'm teaching is Modern Machine Applique.
My students are learning how to use quick prep basting techniques, specialty threads & machine stitch work. With no raw edges or fusible web, they will be able to achieve the look of Needle Turn applique in 1/5th of the time by Machine.

The beautiful pattern was designed by Dawn of Collector with a Needle.
I originally planned on offering this 3 part course in 2 time slots - a morning session and an evening session. Within days of people seeing Dawn's stunning design the classes were booked and a 3rd (afternoon) session was added. I'll be sure to share pictures of my student's work as we progress along.

I was also busy this summer designing/making quilts to display in the shop for the upcoming holiday season. Artie set up this festive display featuring some of of my Fall quilts.

The quilt in the center is Black Magic - a version of my Autumn Blossoms quilt.
This is being offered as a Paper piecing Class at Kelly Ann's the first week of October. (kits of this are also available at the shop)

I have a LOT more quilts and exciting news to share.
But I'll save it all for a post later this week.

Wishing you all a very Happy & Creative September!

Monday, July 28, 2014

July's 4th Sunday Finish

My evening stitch project this past week was Dutch Treat.
I had been warned about the teeny windows of the School house block.
They were indeed a challenge for me. Barely 1/4" in size, the basting stitches didn't hold.

As you can see - my windows are all crooked. (sigh)
Frustrated with the results, I might remove them and embroider the windows on, at a later date. I'm still very pleased with the process and enjoy each of these little blocks.

Now it's time to pull out my July block for Benjamin Biggs.
The block will seem Gigantic next to these little "treats".

every quilt tells a story.....

Sunday, July 20, 2014

July's 3rd Sunday finish

Happy to say that I've finished my very first block of Noah & Matilda!
I worked on it for an hour or so each evening this 3rd week of July.
The original block was created with green stems and green center buds for the tulip-like flowers. After the stems were stitched down, something compelled me to use deep saffron yellow for the center portion of the tulip flowers.

My intention is to respectfully recreate the quilt with color placement as similar to the original as possible. However, I have a finite personality quirk at times - so there may be 1 or 2 blocks in the quilt that deviate from the original color scheme.

The majority of this block was sewn via needle turn applique. For the basket section - I created freezer paper templates of the triangles and machine stitched the pieces and sections together. Once completed, I stitched the pieced basket onto the block - needle turning the outside edges under.

It's already apparent that this quilting journey is going to be a joyful one for me....
Red & Green quilts make my heart SING, but there is something I find especially endearing about this quilt.

every quilt tells a story...

Wednesday, July 9, 2014

Weekend Finish

I completed block 6 of Ben Biggs over the weekend.
The pattern for Block 7 has already been released, but it will have to wait it's turn in my "to do" pile for later in the month.

I've been anxious to fussy cut this pretty purple fabric that I purchased.
Finally, block 6 was the perfect opportunity to use it.

every quilt tells a story...