Save the Date!

22 03 2017

Tarheel Quilters Guild is hosting a quilt show on April 7 and 8, 2017. Come one, come all! “Symphony of Quilts” is the theme; the quilts will be displayed in the gymnasium of Methodist University on Ramsey Street in Fayetteville, NC. In addition to viewing beautiful, intricate quilts, you can shop with 15 vendors, buy tickets for our raffle quilt, meet up with quilting friends, and purchase wall quilts in a silent auction.

My quilt, “Vintage Farm Girl,” will be in the show because I finished the binding just in time for turn-in.

#QF17, #Quilt Fest 2017, #Tarheel Quilters Guild





Guest Blogger for McCall’s

17 03 2017

I promised to let you know when I would be blogging about “Travel Plans” on the McCall’s Quilting magazine site. Yesterday was my day, but I was too busy unpacking, cleaning, and visiting with friends to sit down at the computer. Not to worry, you can still travel to the blog and read about my inspiration for the table runner. If you have a minute, leave a comment on the McCall’s blog; the editors want to know which published designs appeal to you.

Click here to travel to McCall’s Quilting blog for March 16, 2017.





Sneak Peek

16 02 2017

Aren’t these batiks gorgeous? I have Benartex to thank; they generously sent the fabric for a quilt I’m making. It will be published sometime this year in a Quiltmaker magazine. And that is all the information I am at liberty to divulge at this time!





Valentine Placemats

11 02 2017

Valentine’s Day is fast approaching! Although I admire heart quilts made by blogging quilters during this season, I realize that I won’t have time to make one this year. I decided instead to make a set of placemats for dear family members in Texas. I’ve been “threatening” to make something for them out of the ten gallon hat fabric for about a year. It’s perfect for placemats! Then I searched for a suitable Valentine fabric for the reverse side. Not finding what I had in mind, I purchased red and white polka dot fabric. The upside is versatility; red is great for Valentine’s Day, Fourth of July, and Christmas!

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Of course I added the kids’ favorite snacks to my shipping envelope:  some Valentine candies and packages of sliced pepperoni.

If you’d like to whip up some super simple placemats, click on the “Patterns” tab above. On the Patterns page you’ll see links to all the free patterns I offer on this blog. Click on the Placemats link, print the pattern, and enjoy making placemats for your table décor.





First Quarter Challenge – Blog Readers Share

9 02 2017

I have challenged blog readers and myself to use pre-cuts this year. Between January and March, the challenge is using Fat Quarters and/or Quilter’s Candy. Several blog followers have shared pictures of their projects for your inspiration.

Ronda made a fun, mid-sized purse from two Fat Quarters – one for the outside, and one for the lining. Click on the collage to zoom in and read pattern information (michellepatterns.com). Ronda notes that the grocery bag size uses larger cuts of fabric.

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Maridee cut hexagons from Quilter’s Candy 2 1/2″ squares to make a charming table topper. “I used the English paper piecing technique.  I think it looks a bit summery -which is good since I have so many fall things. I need to branch out in my color choices.”

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Stephanie has several projects underway.

19087216b8014dda8d3c6baa7b0e92d5-1She is happy to report she has finished piecing the top of “Maridee’s Quilt.” (Stephanie admired a quilt shared by Maridee on this blog post and asked for construction specifics. Hooray for a fun Fat Quarter finish!)

“There were some delays. After the top was finished, the first time, it bothered me that the cats, flowers, and state names were sideways and upside down.  You have to rotate your blocks 90 degrees in order to make the pinwheel; something I did not initially consider.  I took the top apart and put it back together so everything would go in the same direction. Unable to locate the gold and coral Cotton & Steel fabrics, at a price I was willing to pay, I opted for a gold grunge fabric for my stop border and a small floral print in coral for the outside border. Except for quilting, this 2016 project is complete.”

c48d1577692e460491bd9846db9ac54bThe kit of fabrics for this wallhanging was in one of the goodie bags from the Loving Stitches retreat last fall.  Finishing at 2”, the squares for the half-square triangles started a smidgen larger than Quilter’s Candy.  Loving Stitches (in Fayetteville, NC) provided everything needed, including backing, for this fun project.  “Nothing fancy, I did quilt it myself.”

 

Sally made a Double Four Patch quilt adapted from an Eleanor Burns “Quilt in a Day” design (from her 2014 Block Party, available on YouTube). The soft gray/green and white background fabrics allow the Quilter’s Candy jewels to sparkle!

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Sally writes, “I made this with 2  mini-charm packs plus background and 2 1/2” squares cut from white strips.  It was lots of fun and very easy.”

Click here to link to My Sewful Retirement blog where Karla shows a very cute snowman wall quilt made from Quilter’s Candy and also a mat for the top of her washing machine (to catch all the drips from laundry detergent).

It’s not too late to jump on the First Quarter Challenge Band Wagon! I’d love to share a picture of your project (aby.quilts@gmail.com).





House Construction

17 01 2017

img_0531Perhaps you are curious about the progress on our retirement home. The photo shows the back of the house; just one more warm day is needed for the bricklaying. In addition, wood under-layment is installed for vinyl in kitchen, bathrooms, and my sewing studio. And I have been shopping at Lowe’s for lighting fixtures and bathroom towel bars. Decisions, decisions, decisions!

For a textile rather than brick and mortar update, I’d like to show you the 6″ houses I made for a block exchange. The guidelines stipulated bright fabrics as well as black and white on a white background. The 12 participants each made 12 blocks of various sizes and one small wall quilt for a lottery exchange. I was ecstatic to find a fat quarter of the striped fabric for a border in the bottom of my sewing basket. The mini quilt is hand quilted; click the picture to zoom in an see the details.

img_0532I can hardly wait for our home to be complete, and I am on pins and needles to see the blocks my friends made for me!





Vintage Farm Girl Tp Complete

15 01 2017

I am so pleased with my adaptation of Lori Holt’s quilt, “Vintage Farm Girl.” The appliquéd leaf borders turned out nicely, don’t you think? I used most of the remaining 2 1/2″ wide strips in constructing a Piano Key border. It was fun to share my quilt during the Tarheel Quilt Guild meeting this afternoon.