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Thursday, April 23, 2015

Eye Candy & Inspiration from a local Quilt Show

There's a group of quilters in town, Pioneer Quilters, who have been meeting in a traditional quilting bee-style for 40 years!! They demonstrate how to hand quilt and share the joy of our art and craft. If you hit the hyperlink I've provided, you can see some of their work over the past two years. I have some photos to share from this year's show in Eugene, Oregon (sorry I didn't touch up the photos so that you'd see their actual colors and brilliance):

"She Flies with Fish"

"She Flies With Fish" by Sharon Rogers

A Tribute to Laurel Burch
The show program says the following about this quilt:
"Size: 72" x 72"
This panel runs horizontal instead of vertical, so there was a bit more of a challenge when piecing it. I was inspired by Karla Alexander's book 'Dynamic Quilts with Easy Curves'...If I am not following a pattern, I work from the center out and add blocks, rows and borders according to what I see fits."

"Fireworks in Grandma's Garden"  (great name!)

"Fireworks in Grandma's Garden" by Robin Fouquette
The show program says the following about this quilt:
"Size 62" x 62"
Inspired by Mickey DePres book 'Pieced Hexies'. The quilt is hand-pieced, including the entire background, then machine quilted. After the quilting, pastel chalk was applied and finally Swarovski crystals were added to create the 'fireworks.' Received Honorable Mention at the Denver International Show, 2nd Place at the NW Quilt Expo and 2nd Place Viewers Choice at the Emerald Valley Quilters 2014 Quilt Show."

"Stars Over Marcola"

"Stars Over Marcola" by Diane Scott (Quilted by Lisa B. Wilson)
This clothesline is too cute!! (I still actually use one myself whenever I can.)
I love the detail of this quilt. The church windows look like stained glass.
Program Description:
"Size 63" x 63"
This folk-style quilt depicts life in rural Lane County [Marcola, in her title, is a small community in Lane County]. The structures and stars were created using a paper piecing technique. Rounded trees were made using needle-turn applique, and there are elements of surface embroidery in many details. It was great fun to design and make each of the border scenes. There are over 100 little paper-pieced stars in the background represnting local July constellations. Many of the individual patterns are from the book 'Down in the Valley' by Myra harder and Cori Lee Derksen."
What a masterpiece!!

I'll have another one to share later when I get the details about who made it. You'll love it!

Wednesday, April 22, 2015

Bowtie Block Swap & Bloggers Meet-Up

My blocks are very scrappy. They'll be swapped with 11 others, so it will become even MORE scrappy. I randomly laid them out on the floor to photograph. If this were my final quilt top, I'd definitely rearrange the reds and blacks to be more random throughout the top. In the grayscale photo, the darks are perhaps more obvious, a good technique to use when deciding on block/design placement.

Quilting is more fun than Housework   

Meeting another Quilting Blogger: Cynthia Brunz

I'm also looking forward to meeting Cynthia Brunz of Quilting is More Fun Than Housework today at the Pioneer Quilters Show at our local historical museum. She'll be sharing her experience and insights on "Social Networking for the Quilter."        

Linking up with you and others at these other sites as well:

Sew Fresh Quilts

WIP Wednesday at Freshly Pieced

Something to do...

Visit "Quilter's Bug" this month for more connections, resources, and fun!

Tuesday, April 7, 2015



I recently became involved in an online swap featuring bowtie blocks.
They're quite simple to make. I need to make 88 individual bowtie blocks (measuring about 6.5" each), assemble them into a larger block of four (measuring about 12.5" each), and swap 22 of these big blocks with others. Yikes!

 I've made 65 so far from my fabrics and scraps on hand, which means I currently have about 16 ready to assemble. It's definitely a stash buster!! Just a few more to go!

If you'd like to try this block, you can find the instructions at Quilters Cache.


I purchased fabrics from the Moda line by Kate Spain called "Horizon" (any time her designs come out, it's hard to resist!!) to make the "Leaves" Quilt by Barbara Cherniwchan for Coach House Designs. The moment I saw the pattern and the fabrics, I fell in love!! The leaves are appliqued and there are little appliques on top of each leaf. What a project!
Leaves Quilt Pattern Download
Pattern cover quilt (isn't it lovely??)

Leaves with Leaf bits machine appliqued
I organized the parts into a box a couple of months ago so that I can pull it out and "fuss" with it. I am beginnng to machine applique the bits of appliques on the leaves with invisible thread by Guterman. I tested the thread to make sure it wouldn't melt under the iron first! It's performing fine.

Looking forward to being inspired by YOU as we link up at:

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Wednesday, March 25, 2015

Working on "Periwinkles"

Using the "Mini Wacky Web" template I'd bought from Missouri Star Quilt Company a few months ago, I decided to try their "Mini Periwinkle" quilt pattern.

The "periwinkles" are a little fussy to make & waste a bit of fabric, but they are cute.
I'm using mini-charms (precut 2.5" squares)  for the stars or "periwinkles," and jelly roll strips for the background fabric. I don't remember the name of the fabric line I'm using, do you?

Happy quilting!
Sew Fresh Quilts                                                    WIP Wednesday at Freshly Pieced

Friday, March 13, 2015

Update: Gridlock Quilt

Aren't these going to be luscious?

Block "A" & Block "B"
Soon to come: Block "C" which will break it up.


Wednesday, March 11, 2015

New Batik Project, and More

I know it's been quiet on my blog. I'm back and will try to keep up.

Here's what I'm up to:

 Labyrinth Quilt Top

Previously on February fifth's blog page, I showed you this quilt. Now it's even 'more done':
Noteworthy Labyrinth Quilt Pattern by Karin Vail for Moda BakeShop

 Outlined with white borders, two more borders to go!
I used Sakura Park fabrics from Moda.

New Batik Quilt Project

I bought a pattern from Cozy Quilts called Gridlock. I am using a batik jelly roll and cut out background strips to piece this together. Here's the pile:
Aren't they yummy??

"Gridlock" by Cozy Quilt Designs

I can't wait to put it together!

Hexi-fied Again!

When I'm relaxing in front of a program at home (wishing I could do it anywhere), I continue to work on those hexies (English Paper Piecing) from scraps.
Part of the pile

Fun with fussy cut scraps

Join a new social network for quilters!

Have you heard about If not, use my name and join today! Have fun looking it over.

Linking with:

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Wednesday, February 11, 2015

Hens, Chicks & Roosters Log Cabin

What's not to like about this subject matter? I continued working with my scraps from the previous post, creating more log cabin blocks. I've now run out of this fabric's particular motifs:

What to do with them...quilt for a bed? table-topper? apron? handbag? market bag? potholders? None of the blocks are the same size. I fussy-cut the motifs randomly rather than using a square template for each. What was I thinking?? They'll be an adventure to put together. Scrappy, scrappy.

I finished the bovine blocks from this same fabric:

You can see some sample lay-outs for them at this post: LOG CABIN COWS

Next up, pink pigs! They might demand pink and white, or pink and brown logs to surround them. What do you think?

Linking up with you at these bloggers:

Sew Fresh Quilts                        WIP Wednesday at Freshly Pieced                       Quilting is more fun than Housework