Roses on Blue

Monday, July 4, 2016

Happy 4th of July!

Happy Fourth of July!  Hope everyone is enjoying their holiday weekend and having a great summer!
I have been very busy since I last wrote, but will try to do a bit of catching up while I have a holiday to goof off.  I showed you this little 9-patch table topper in my last post.  
One of the ways I like to display small quilts is to hang them from a hook or peg.  However, I find using clips to hang them tends to distort the quilt and stretches the corners out of square over time.  
Instead, I added a little strip of fabric diagonally across one corner on the backside of the quilt. I top-stitched a 1 1/2"strip of fabric folded in half with raw edges to the inside.  I basted it to the edges of the quilt before sewing on the binding.  While hand sewing the binding down to the backside of the quilt, I also stitched through all layers of the strip to keep it in place and prevent it from pulling on the binding's edge.  It is similar to the hanging loops you see on beach towels and bathrobes.  You could also use a strip of ribbon.  It works great!
I had also promised the rest of the quilt photos from Paducah, so here are a few more worth sharing.  These were mostly in the wall quilt category.  Better late than never, right?
It's the Cowboy Way by Karlyn Bue Lohrenz
It's the Cowboy Way (detail)
Reborn by Molly Hamilton-McNally
 Reborn (detail)
 A Toast to Toulouse-Lautrec by Kay Donges
 A Toast to Toulouse-Lautrec (detail)
 Song of the Sea by Kathy McNeil
 Song of the Sea (detail)
 The Paisley Peacock by Bethanne Nemesh
  The Paisley Peacock (detail)
 Jester's Jolly by Margaret Solomon Gunn
 One Fine Day by Laurie Britt

And here is the cover of the July issue of American Quilter with a peek inside of my winning quilt!  It still seems a bit surreal to me that my quilt won such a huge honor.

Finally, part of my excuse for neglecting my blog is that I have been busy designing quilts for RJR Fabrics for a couple of their upcoming fabric lines.  It is very exciting to be involved and such an honor as well.  This is a peek at a quilt I am doing from one of their new lines, Garden Gate, by Robyn Pandolph, due out this September.  I will be writing the pattern for this quilt (and others) and the kits will be available in stores this fall.  I will also have patterns for sale once the kits are released.
Which leads me to answer a question so many of you have asked me, when will I have patterns available for my own quilts?  I am working on it!  I will be writing and publishing the designs I create for RJR Fabrics, which I will also be able to sell myself to anyone interested in purchasing.  As I have the time, I am going to start writing patterns for quilts I have previously made, many of those which I have shared on my blog.  This is something I am doing in between my regular job at our business, designing and sewing for RJR, and creating my own show quilts.  I am a bit slow, but it is finally happening!  I will let it be known when patterns are available once they are published and will most likely sell them on Etsy until I get comfortable with the whole process. 

On that note, I would like to thank all of you who have commented and written me with your congratulations and words of support and encouragement.  It means more to me than I can say and gives me that extra little push to keep moving ahead.  I am a pretty solitary, homebody kind of person, so receiving your lovely emails is sort of like being part of a guild, except I don't have to leave the house!  Thanks so much to all of you and I hope to be able to share more of what I have been designing in my next post.  

Enjoy your holiday!  Happy Quilting!

Sunday, May 22, 2016

Catching Up & Paducah Photos

How is it that we are already over halfway through May?  It doesn't seem possible that summer is around the corner.  I feel like I've been doing nothing but playing catch up over the last several weeks since we were in Paducah, but then that always seems to be the case after being away!
I have been trying to get several quilt tops quilted and so far, I am only on number two.  And these are little quilts!  Here is a glimpse of this little nine-patch quilt that I've marked with an allover orange peel quilt design.  I've showed this quilting design before on another small quilt I did awhile back.  Several of you asked how I get the lines to curve and line up, so I am showing you here.
I used nothing more than a plastic circle template that I had laying around, part of a set of several different sizes.  You can use pretty much anything that is round as long as the circle is large enough to intersect the corners of the block.  This is a 4" circle over a 3" block.  You can see how I line it up, above.  You want the circle to intersect the block about 1/2" to 3/4" on each of the four sides.  Then I just draw around the edge of the template with a blue water soluble pen four times on each block.  It goes very quickly and it is an easy and effective way to quilt with a walking foot.  Click HERE if you would like to read more on how I do this type of quilting.

Since I am so behind on blogging, I am going to jump right in and share some photos from the AQS Paducah Quilt Show.  Hopefully this won't be an overload for most of you!
We stopped over in Chattanooga, Tennessee on our way to Paducah.  Of course we had to check out the antique malls across the street from our hotel.  This beauty was in one shop.  I didn't buy it, but I definitely lusted after it!  Don't you love the scrappiness and the mix of colors together?

Here are a few antique quilts that were part of a patriotic quilt exhibit at the Rotary Center in Paducah.  I apologize for not getting more details on each quilt.
This one was made entirely of yo-yos.
The following quilts were in the AQS Paducah 2016 show and are in no particular order.
Eternal by Kazuko Noto
Yumemi by Maiko Ogawa
Yumemi (detail)
Summer Stars by Cindy Behrens
Bodacious by Claudia Clark Myers & Marilyn Badger
Bodacious (detail) by Claudia Clark Myers & Marilyn Badger
Arabella by Deborah France
Arabella (detail)
Sunburst by Sherry Durbin
Sunburst (detail)
Extraneous Female:  Escapement Mechanism by Beckey Prior
Extraneous Female:  Escapement Mechanism (detail)
Arandano by Marilyn Badger--Best of Show Winner
Arandano (detail)
Ben's Midnight Garden by Barbara Korengold
Victory by Colette Dumont
Oscar the Great by Nancy Sterett Martin & Kristin Sistek
Oscar the Great (detail)
Sparkling by Mitsuko Hashimoto
Sparkling (detail)
'Twas the Night Before Christmas by Linda Neal & Jackie Brown
'Twas the Night Before Christmas (detail)
'Twas the Night Before Christmas (detail)
In a Spring Breeze by Rumiko Ooiwa
In a Spring Breeze (detail)
A Garden for Your Peace of Mind by Kazuko Yamada
A Garden for Your Peace of Mind (detail)
Plates on Lace Napkins by Dawn Larsen
Plates on Lace Napkins (detail)
Supernova by Anapolis Quilt Guild
Tulips in a Vase by Betty Sweet
Tulips in a Vase (detail)

That brings me to the end of the first portion of my quilt photos.  Hopefully some of these inspired you!  I have more photos to share, including some of the wall size quilts, which I will post next time around. Have a fabulous week and Happy Quilting!