July 20, 2016

Redwing Blackbirds~~New Pattern

Announcing a new pattern!  Redwing Blackbirds!

I actually have a confession to make.  A variation of these birds are in my upcoming pattern called Summer Crush. I had so much fun making them, i veered off course a bit and came up with this first! 



Quick to make!  Once you make one Redwing Blackbird, you'll fly through the others!  Wall hanging size 40" x 38"


They are whimsical and fun!  A few birds are found standing on top of each other while some sit and relax on the comfort of another's back.


I played around with color and made a couple blue birds...
I Googled the species and come up with this picture


Okay, okay, mine don't look like the real thing...but then again, they are not real. Lol

Let's give these blue birds a hand! 
I purposely changed the direction of the sitting bird's tail (above)  from the written pattern, just to see how it looks.  I like it a lot.  It's kind of fun to play around and change it up a bit!

Pattern available now!  You'll find it on Craftsy and Etsy!



June 21, 2016

And the Winners Are.....

What a nice response to my Tulip Crush Give~Away!  Thank you all for entering!  

Here are the winners!  
My favorite season is spring. It is always such a relief after winter. I love your tulips. Thanks for the chance to win.
Your pattern is beautiful. Would look great in any fabric line! I like Spring and Summer, but my favorite would have to be summer. Maybe because our Ohio winters are so long and cold.
Spring, so glad winter is over and then it has to be fall. Who doesn't love all of the beautiful colors that come with the fall season? Thanks for the fun!!
For me, I think Spring is my favorite - I like the cooler days, the bursts of color, and some of the activities we do in the Spring. 
I have to pick Spring, when everything is just starting to come to life again. Plus, I'm not a big "hot weather" fan, and summer in Eastern Washington is just HOT!. I love your tulips, and those flowers just make me think SPRING!!! Thanks for the opportunity

On another quilt worthy note....
I want to share a fun friendship quilt with you.




Quilting was done by my longarm friend Judy who sold me her longarm machine and taught me how! 


I have no idea where i found this backing, but it's perfect!

Craftsy published my recent blog post titled, Common Threads:  How To Plan a Friendship Quilt Project
Click on the blue link and read how you and a couple of your quilting friends can make your own unique Friendship quilt!  

Here's a look at a recent Springtime Friendship quilt made by Diane!  It was super fun to make together!  Read How!
Do you see some of my Tulip's?  I made them specifically for our Springtime Friendship quilt...and from there...Tulip Crush was hatched! 



Hope this inspires you!  Leave a message on my Craftsy post...i love feedback!  Let me know what you and your friends will make together!  

June 20, 2016

Summer Solstice // Give~Away!

HAVE YOU ENTERED?
But first....

I'm working on a new pattern called 'Summer Crush'...here's a glimpse
I love this background fabric!!!  It's called Sunday's Best by Kim Diehl.  I'm still in the designing stages of Summer Crush...but if you think you might want to make this new pattern, using Sunday's Best...I'd purchase 2 yards.  {pattern will be available in July}
I purchased 3-1/2...cuz i think i can use it in many quilts! I love it that much!! 
You can find it at Piecing The Past Quilts  
Right now, Debbie is having a store wide 20% off sale!!


Back to the drawing...
At the end of today (Pacific Standard Time) i will draw 5 names, each will receive a copy of my Tulip Crush quilt pattern.



To enter the drawing...visit my Tulip Crush blog post and leave a comment there!  Include your email address too!  :)


Pattern includes lap size quilt and pillow instructions...and can easily be made into a table topper or mug rug too!


I'll announce the winners tomorrow

June 14, 2016

Tulip Crush Pattern Give~Away!

Ready to say good bye to Spring?  I am!  And to celebrate the passing season, i am having a Give~Away until June 20th!  Which by the way, IS the first day of SUMMER!!  Yay!  
okay okay...the binding is not stitched onto the back in this photo...Lol

But it is now!  Yay me!


Tulip Crush Quilt measures 54" x 72"


It looks good from every angle!  I just love it!


I've combined the new Tulip Crush Quilt pattern with the Tulip Crush Pillow pattern and together they sell for $8.50  Now available on Craftsy and Etsy!


Made from the smaller tulips in the pillow pattern, Karen Green from K's Quilting Korner whipped up this awesome mug rug!  I love the bright cheerful whimsical look! Thank you Karen for sharing your tulips and photo with me!  :)
A simple row of tulips facing opposite directions would make a great runner too!

If you would like to enter the Give~Away to win a Tulip Crush Quilt and Pillow pattern...answer this question in the comment section below....
What's your favorite season?  Spring or Summer?  Leave your email too!  :)
Mine, hands down is Summer!  
Give~Away ends midnight June 20th Pacific Standard Time.
I'll draw 5 names!

Oh...and ps...i have a Summer Crush pattern coming out in July!

Happy Flag Day with Lady Liberty!

I've been plugging away on Lady Liberty for years! 
Between client quilts, i had a chance to slip it onto my longarm.                                                        Yippee!!  


If you are on Instagram...you'll find me there too!  I posted this picture recently sharing my quilting design idea.  

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Someone asked on Instagram if i would share how i did the quilting.  I like feathers... lol 

First, I drew my design onto a photo copy of the pattern.

I marked my lady's skirt with a dividing line (as you can see by the white ceramic pencil mark) plus an additional curled line.  These lines remind me where to stop and when to curl the feathers.  Then quilted free hand feathers.

They are never perfect or the same...but we're all different right?

A few feathers in her hair, a simple necklace and star.

In God we trust was quilted into each sash.

The background fill behind each lady is what i call feather fronds.  Little snippets of connected feathers.  Wavy lines in the flags, straight lines in the sashing areas using Linda Hrcka's QP Edge straight ruler.  A bit of echoing and micro-stippling to make a few freehand stars pop!


The inner border is a simple wavy line.  The final border...more feathers!  I used Linda's #12 QP Curved template to mark the spine then added the feathers freehand.  Super fun!

Before i began all the fun quilting, every block, seam and applique edges were stitched in the ditch.  



Mondays are my Play~Days with friends.  Yesterday we made flags!
Wool background, red cotton stripes with a blue cotton field.  Pearl Cotton for french knots and running stitches.   
A stick plus tacky glue...and we have a flag made in time for Flag Day!

Make every day a Fun Day!

Links to where you can purchase Lady Liberty and Sewline Pencils

May 21, 2016

Tulip Crush goes Prim

Here's my Super Sized Tulip Crushes!  I really love the darker primitive look...so i just had to design this one to welcome Spring into my home!




Don't look too close...i still have to hand stitch the binding down!   Some quilters love that part...not me.  Lol



When i started this quilt, i picked a background lighter in color. After making 2 tulips, i knew i was not going to be happy with it...so instead of tossing them aside, i tea stained them!


The only problem with tea staining...those tulips shrunk just a bit. But i made them work regardless!!  Press, stretch a bit and press again.  

I'll be adding the new Tulip Crush Quilt pattern to my existing Tulip Crush pillow pattern.  If you have purchased the pillow pattern already on Craftsy, you will be notified of the updated version and can download it for free!  


Currently the pillow pattern sells for $5...once i include the quilt pattern, the price will become $8.50.   If you purchase Tulip Crush pillow pattern before May 25th, you'll get it for the lessor price and can download the new version when it becomes available.  :)  


Spring = May flowers!



April 22, 2016

Tulip Crush Pillow With Binding

A simple single Tulip can brighten even a tiny corner of a room.
My previous blog post has a step by step pictorial for making a pillow with binding.  

I made the pillow form too.  This finished Tulip Crush pillow measures 3" x 6" and no way will find a pillow form that size! 


For the pillow form, I placed (2) 3-1/2" x 6-1/2" fabrics right sides together, stitched around using a 1/4" seam allowance.  I left an opening about 3" long to allow for stuffing the form with a packaged polyfil.  Once it was stuffed, i whip stitched the opening closed.  

Placed the pillow form inside the envelope pillow (envelope pillow tutorial on my previous post)

ezpz!!


Check out this great example of Tulip Crush made by friend Cindy!!!  

Would make the perfect 16"table topper!!!
I've now listed Tulip Crush Pillow pattern on CraftsyEtsy and also available on my blog  

I'm designing a larger version of this pattern too!  Using two different tulips...as seen in Cindy's quilt.  Her right tulip is a bit chunkier than the other two.  
Stay tuned for Monster tulips that measure 6" x 18"!!! 

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