Roses on Blue

Sunday, March 12, 2017

My Patterns and AQS Daytona Show

Yes, it's been awhile. . . I think I will just skip past the subject of how much time has gone by or where I've been!  Yes, I've been busy and yes, I am way behind on blogging!  If you are really curious as to what I am making and want to keep up, I do try to post more often on Instagram (and simultaneously on my Facebook page) due to the fact it is just so much quicker and easier.


I've added a few more patterns to my Etsy and Craftsy stores since I last wrote in November.  Above is the most recent quilt, Paris Romance, made with Robyn Pandolph fabrics from her Mon Cheri line. RJR Fabrics will be offering this to stores as a kit and you can also buy just the pattern from me. Below is another color option from the same line of fabrics for inspiration only; however, this is not being offered as a kit.  I love seeing how color and fabrics completely transform the same quilt!
And here are a few table runners I designed which are available as kits through Keepsake Quilting and Missouri Quilt Company.  I also have the patterns available in my stores.
Due out very soon, my quilt, Faded Memories, will be sold as a kit to stores by RJR Fabrics and I will also have the pattern available for sale in about a month.
Here is a close-up picture of the quilt.  The fabrics are from RJR's Afternoon in the Attic collection, soon to be released.
Recently the AQS Quilt Show was in Daytona Beach, so I am including some pics from the show.  Many of these need to be seen in person to really get the full appreciation of the quilt.  The amount of machine (and hand) quilting is beyond words, it is mind boggling to see the incredible workmanship in some of these quilts.  To save time, I tried to photograph the maker's name for each instead of typing out the info.  They are in no particular order.





There are several more to show, but I am out of time, so I hope to include those pics in another blog post.  Until next time, Happy Quilting!


Wednesday, November 23, 2016

Happy Thanksgiving. . . already???

Well, Thanksgiving is already here, can anyone believe it?  I'm not sure where the last few months have gone.  I know I feel like someone pushed me off a speeding train and I am still living back in July.  I never seem to be ready for this time of year, but like it or not, I've had to get a grip and come to terms with the fact that the holidays are really here.

I thought I was actually ahead of the game for once when I was inspired in early September to work on a fall-inspired quilt.  Originally the plan was that it would be hanging in my house during the months of October and November.  Oh well, maybe next year!
I had wanted to capture a softer autumn feeling in this quilt and as I was also going through my fabric stash, I realized I rarely use orange fabrics, but I have way too many of them!  I had started cutting and using scraps for the sashing, which I foundation-pieced.  I auditioned several different options for the blocks and loved the look of scrappy Dresdens.  It took a couple of months to get it all together and completed, but I am happy with the finished look, although it still needs to be quilted.  I've titled it Tupelo Honey, partly after the Van Morrison song and partly because I started reading about Tupelo trees that grow in northwest Florida.  The honey that is produced from the tree's flowers is the gold standard that all other honey is compared to.  The trees also turn a beautiful orange color and since we don't really have traditional fall like the northern states, this is my version of fall!
So let's catch up. . . I had mentioned in my previous post that I had been notified that I had won an award at the International Quilt Festival in Houston in October.  We flew out there for several days and attended the Awards Ceremony.  I was completely taken by surprise when my quilt, Grandmother's Cabin, won first place in the Traditional Pieced category.  What an honor!  And for those of you that may not know this, they do not split up the categories in the Houston show with long arm quilted quilts and domestic machine quilted quilts, they are lumped together.  So the competition is very high, to say the least.  Some of the very best long arm quilters, whom I greatly admire, were in the same category.  Having my quilt achieve such an award is quite an honor for me, since I quilt on my home machine and never felt I could really compete with the long arm quilters.  Here are just a few of the quilts that were in the Traditional Pieced category:
Stargaze by Susan Liimatta, Wisconsin
 Stargaze (detail)
 White House Hexagons by Fiona Bell, Australia
 Cardinal Points by Gail Stepanek and Jan Hutchison, Illinois

Cardinal Points (detail)

 Starstruck by Carolyn Hughes & Errol A. Hughes Jr., Texas
Starstruck (detail)
Houston is always so inspiring, the number of quilts on display as well as the immense variety is overwhelming.  One of my favorite exhibits there was the Quilts de Légende Brouage 2015 exhibit by French quilters.  These quilts are pieced, appliqued and quilted entirely by hand and they are breathtaking!  All are copies of antique quilts and done in reproduction fabrics.  They are exquisite.  Of course, photos don't do them justice, but hope you enjoy some eye candy, just the same.
Somerset by Marie-Francoise Gregoire 
Somerset (detail)

Potomac by Yvonne Calvez 

Potomac (detail)

Bouquet d'ananas by Laurence & Eric Durth 
Bouquet d'ananas  (detail)

Legende by Simone Patouillard

Chesapeake by Aline Joulin 
Chesapeake (detail)

 In Memory of Ann Randoll by Martine Lanux
In Memory of Ann Randoll (detail)

 Cephee by Marie-Josephe Veteau
Cephee (detail)
 Champ de Tournesols by Gabrielle Paquin
 Champ de Tournesols (detail)
 La Bertauderie by Monique Hovette
 Wales by Aline Joulin
 Wales (detail)
 Miss Rosetta by Dominique Husson
 Miss Rosetta (detail)
 Antique Basket Quilt by Ghislaine Lucas
 Scaramouche by Dominique Husson
 Amish by Anne-Marie Uguen
 Sunburst Avec Etoiles by Louise Marie Stipon
 Jeu de Dames by Anne-Marie Uguen
 Potomac by Annick Tauzin
Potomac (detail)
Hope all of you have a safe and wonderful Thanksgiving holiday with family and friends!  Happy Quilting!