Thursday, February 26, 2009
Friday, February 20, 2009
This little floral quilt hanging from the ironing board was my first pattern, and the reason I started my pattern company. The block was the first shop hop block I designed for Gathering Fabric, and grew into a quilt sample, and then a pattern - so I had to start a company to be able to sell them the pattern, right???
My Sunflower Garden quilt is brightening up the window in this garden. A little different construction for this one, but so fun to make. It's also available from LAM Designs.
My Grape Fairy quilt flew above the crowd, and is another quilt that was made to compete in the applique category of that first Gathering Fabric challenge. After many requests, it also became a LAM Designs pattern.
Tom Quigley and Susan Webster, the master minds and collaborators for the Patchwork Garden display.
Here is Susan in her Gathering Fabric booth at the show. If you are able to get to the show, please take a minute to stop and say hi, and congradulate her for helping to create the Patchwork Garden. My Dragonfly Pond quilt is at her lower left, and not only does she have the pattern for it, but also for the other LAM Design quilts that I have in the show.
Saturday, February 14, 2009
The Urban Scraps quilt pattern has been designed to make the most of one jelly roll, one layer cake, and border yardage. Those cute little fabric packages are fun to buy, until you get home and wonder “what can I make with this?” With this pattern, all you need to do is select coordinating border fabrics, and you can start sewing as soon as you get home. This 90” x 90” quilt will look great made from any manufacturer’s fabrics, and since it is designed using simple blocks, even a beginner could make it.
Gathering fabric has already put together some kits with this exact fabric, and it is on it's way to Pattern Peddlers and Quilter's Warehouse.
If you look closely at this butterfly, you'll see that the inner butterfly is part of the original block, but the wings are only thread that was stitched after the fabric was cut away.
Water soluble stabilizers are very versatile, almost anything that is light enough could be suspended in a window that can be stitched into, or a lacy background could fill the opening, and then the item glued on. The key to any designs that you create on water soluble stabilizer, is to have the stitching interlock before it is dissolved.
Friday, February 13, 2009
Of course, I thought all I had to do was design it, and make a sample, well before long it grew to making the block, and then those words "if you made a pattern we could kit it up", and I was off researching how to go about starting a company, and publish a pattern. From there my company has grown, with the Urban Scraps pattern being number 23!
Thursday, February 12, 2009
Monday, February 09, 2009
No, I don't have a specific project in mind, I'm making some new samples for the first Creative Twist class that is being held here in Woodinville, at Fresh Air Farm. It is a continuing bi-monthly class where we will be exploring all sorts of techniques, with this month's lesson being free motion lacy techniques on water soluble stabilizers. I'm hoping our weather will cooperate, so we can have fun in class and not be snowed out. We're keeping our fingers crossed.
When I went to bed last night, I hadn't really expected to see this when I woke up. Of course, the weatherman said there could be some snow showers, but it wouldn't stick - and this morning he's sticking with his story. The road appears to be clearing, but there is more possibility of snow tomorrow, and with the temps dipping at night, I just know this will mean ice on the road in the morning. Good grief, isn't it spring yet?