Wednesday, April 29, 2015

Sew'n Wild Oaks Class is in Session

Hello Everyone,
I've been quietly working away the past few days, filling in at the shop and time for blogging, and I don't have anything new to show.  But my girls have been extremely productive!
Jeanne is making Country Charmer.  She's a girl after my own heart with her scrappy blocks.

Here are her pieces on the block layout sheet before.....

.....and after.

The fabrics and blocks sing beautifully together.

Barbara has finished ALL of her blocks for Grammy Squares!  She started sewing them together in class yesterday.  She'll be finished soon!

Pat is working on her pastel Grammies.  I can't wait to see this one!

Karen has 30 blocks completed.

The use of stripes makes a wonderful design on this block.

Patti finished this gorgeous quilt top and it is ready for the machine quilter.  This was a year-long technique class.

Pictures just can't do this one justice.

Patti is also playing tiddlywinks with her little hexie grapes for Once Upon a Vine.

Marti has a excellent start to her baskets for Once Upon a Vine.

Jeanne finished her Once Upon a Vine!  I tell you, my girls are all finishers.....beautiful finishers.

Wendy has been bitten by the Dresden basket bug and is creating several beautiful baskets for a quilt.

Love her flowers and leaves.

Cindy is working on Country Corners and created these two blocks.  She has an absolutely delicious box of fabrics to choose from.  I drool every time I see them!

Marti finished an American Jane kit.  This is going to be her new tablecloth.  I couldn't let food near this one!

Doris is making an adorable little vase filled with Dresdens.  She did a great job with her fussy cutting.

Here's the beginning of Susan's beautiful bag.  You will be seeing the finished product soon.


There is such a feeling of companionship and love in the classroom.  The walls are beautifully decorated and it is one "happy place" of creativity.  I wish all of you could have the experience of spending the day with my girls.  They are the best!


Saturday, April 25, 2015

Dressed up Dresdens

Hello Everyone,
You'll be seeing more in the near future.  Don't you love the little checked flower center?  It felt good to do hand work all day yesterday.  I find it very restful selecting the fabrics and preparing the pieces for applique.

All of the fabrics are from the Past Endearments line by Judie Rothermel for Marcus Fabrics, which will be in quilt shops very soon. The background is called Aged Muslin.  I'll add some embroidered touches after I finish stitching this one down.

Lots of flanges in this quilt.  More to come over the next few weeks.  I finished what I needed to finish on Friday for this quilt

Almost half of this quilt is partially together.  The blocks are stitched in rows, but the rows aren't sewn together......just in case I change my mind on placement.  I'm happy with the overall look on the outside edges.  I know exactly how I'm going to quilt this one too......which is unusual for me to know so early in the process.  This quilt is a testament on what can be done with scraps......that's why I named her Lil' Orphan Scrappy.

Have a super weekend.  We are getting rain.....a nice soaking RAIN!!!  California is desperate for water.  I'm a native Californian, and this is the worst drought I have experienced.  On that note, let a little rain fall on you today, save it, and send it to me.


Thursday, April 23, 2015

A Medley of Marcus Fabrics

Hello Everyone,
Remember this quilt?  I made ten more blocks yesterday and started sewing the rows together last night.  If I turn them just right, they will make a nice design next to the border. It is easier to see the design when I walk across the room, and get back farther.

I'll be placing puzzle pieces today from this pile.  I know I will be making more blocks after I see what colors are missing on the design wall.  Now I think I need to add more blue blocks.

I only used Marcus Fabrics in the entire quilt. Here's an organized sample of some of the fabrics, from fat quarters to half yards.  I would show you the other bin, but it's not very organized.  The largest piece of fabric I need is only 5-1/4".  I would like to say I'm making a dent in the stash, but it doesn't seen like I am.

So let's make some dents in that stash today.  I know I'm going to be rummaging around in more bins to see what I can incorporate into this quilt.  I might just find some nice surprises.


Wednesday, April 22, 2015

Mini Quilt Show

Hello Everyone,
I've been taking a few days away from blogging since I had such a busy time last week.  Here is a mini quilt show for you this morning brought to you by the Amador Valley Quilt Guild in Pleasanton, CA.  I was so busy at the show, I didn't have a lot of time to take pictures.  I snapped these shots after we set up my booth, and before the crowds arrived. 
First I want to pay tribute to my friend Chris who passed away in February.  Chris took my Scrappy Leaves class a couple of years ago and she finished her quilt.  The quilt is as vibrant as she was.  She loved this quilt and we all loved her.

This is the last quilt Chris made.  She took the final stitches on the binding before Christmas. She was admitted to the hospital in December, and never returned home.  Chris was an inspiration to everyone she met, and we miss her dearly. 

My friend Nancy made my Madrigal pattern.  It is beautiful!

Another beautiful version of Country Charmer made by my friend Diane!

Here are pictures of the final booth set up.  I was very pleased with the whole booth.  Many thanks to my sister Gail, my granddaughter Emily, and Mr. Joe for helping with the booth.  There is so much to unload, carry, lift, and arrange.  It really helps to set the whole thing up ahead of time in my living room so I know where to put things.

Thank you to Gail and both my granddaughters Emily and Kinsey for helping throughout the whole show.  I couldn't have done it without your help.

I loved having so many of my readers, friends, and customers stop by the booth.  I was hoarse by the end of the two days after visiting with everyone.  Thank you all so much for stopping by and spending some time in the booth.

Now it's time to get back to quilting!!