Monday, March 28, 2011

Projects in the works

Projects and more projects. There are so many and not enough time to get them all done. I thought you would like to see some of the things I am working on. This is a quilt that I designed for Riley Blake Designs called Picnic. It is a free download here.
This is the fabulous fabric of The Quilted Fish called Sugar and Spice. The color combination is fabulous. It makes up into the cutest projects.
Here it is again in my Snowflake Skirt pattern. Aren't the greens and pinks gorgeous? You can see a piece of Riley Blake Designs designer ribbon that matches Sugar and Spice on our large pearl buttons that are now available in local stores. My pattern line is called Butterfly Kisses.
This is Lori Holt of Bee in my Bonnet's fabric line called Sew Cherry. This is my Butterfly Kisses pattern called Sunny Dress. It works up very quickly and look how cute it is in Sew Cherry.
The following fabric line is Sweet Nothings by Zoe Pearn Designs. This is my Butterfly Kisses line called Olivia Skirt.
This is my Snowflake Skirt made up in Daydream. The colors and design in this line are beautiful and designed by Cynthia Walker of Stitch Studios.
Happier is the name of this fabric line designed by Deena Rutter of My Mind's Eye. This is another skirt pattern of butterfly Kisses called Bella Skirt. This line of fabric has cute gardens, trees and bugs. It is so, so cute.
Another look at  Sweet Nothings fabric for Riley Blake Designs.
Another cute skirt with Sew Cherry by Lori Holt for Riley Blake Designs.
This is a quilt I made for one of our fabulous designers who had a baby and wanted something out of these colors. Most of these prints were from a line we did called Andrea Victoria for Riley Blake Designs.
I hope after looking at these fun projects and the beautiful color combinations, that they inspire you to get busy sewing and finish the fun things you are working on.

 Happy Sewing!!!

Thursday, March 24, 2011

Trunk Show in Draper

This is Connie Atkinson and Amanda of The Quilted Fish. Connie belongs to a wonderful group and invited Cindy and I to do a trunk show. At the beginning of the evening Connie presented Amanda with a beautiful quilt from her new line Sugar and Spice with Riley Blake Designs. As you can see she is so shocked at the generosity of such a beautiful gift.
Look at how fabulous this quilt is! Connie her sweet friend did all the work on this quilt and the group donated the fabric top and Riley Blake Designs donated the back.
She looks great wrapped in her beautiful Sugar and Spice quilt. What a treasure.
The following are a few of the show and tells from this wonderful group. I love the bright colors in this quilt against the black.
This is such a fun quilt. Raw edge flowers on a solid white background. A dramatic effect.
This is a beautiful quilt that a lady made for her daughters wedding. It is gorgeous.
I had to take a picture of this one because it is our first fabric line by My Mind's Eye called Just Dreamy.
This is a beautiful antique quilt that just inspires me. I love yellow with red in antique quilts.
Hope these quilts inspire some sewing this week.

Thursday, March 10, 2011

All Dolled Up in Salt Lake City

All Dolled Up in Salt Lake City was the brilliant demise of Amanda Herring of The Quilted Fish. The idea is to bring more traffic flow to the designers booth during quilt market and of course to  make new friends.

Each designer was given a doll template and then given the freedom to dress the doll however they wanted.
Each block is unique to each designer. This quilt is going to be charming and coveted by all who appreciate the art of quilting.
I themed my block  " I wish, I wish, for a happily ever after" I think it is every girls dream. Of course, she is wearing a crown and waving her wand and making wishes come true. The cake is part of her dreaming because we all want to eat an endless supply of cake and never gain weight. You will be able to see the quilt displayed in the Riley Blake Design booth at this spring market at the Salt Palace in Salt Lake City, Utah. We have created a wonderful space for the quilt. This will really put you in the mood to quilt.

Sweet Nothings

This is a collection called Sweet Nothings by Zoe Pearn who lives in Australia. We love her work. Her colors and designs are always spectacular. 
Chris Orton pieced this quilt.Her work is perfection. I designed the quilt with 10" squares in mind and also kept it very simple for the beginner sewer.Using pre-cuts can save you a lot of cutting time. Connie Atkinson quilted it yesterday and I finished it by binding it last night so we could show it at the warehouse.
You can download this free pattern from Riley Blake Designs free project sheet.

Wednesday, March 9, 2011

So many new projects and March Quilt Group

Here are some fun blocks that I started working on when I was in Bryce Canyon at Ruby's Inn. It was a class I took from Leslie and Norma called Summer Days.
This is the block. They are half square triangles pieced together. The circle is appliqu├ęd in the center.Super fun! Super easy!
This is another block that I am doing from Two Peas in a Pod. The quilt is called Swirls. They are paper pieced. Each square is different. The four blocks are pieced together to create the block.. There is a one inch post running through all the blocks.
A quick look at the Penny Lane collection from My Mind's Eye for Riley Blake Designs. This is the free pattern I designed for Riley Blake. You can download the pattern here for free.
This is a look at the Wanna Be A cowboy 2 collection from Samantha Walker for Riley Blake Designs and you can find the pattern here.
There are 3 color-ways in this collection. This being the boy color-way. There is a girl color-way with pinks and browns and a neutral color-way with the browns and creams that can go either way. It is a really cute collection.
This is show and tell for our March "That alpine Quilt Group"
A fun game board quilt that will be our project this year. Syd Hagland is the designer. She also has a fun quilt retreat place that you need to check out here.
One of my favorite students who has completed her quilt from my last years projects block of the month quilt. Moana Burgess has been working so hard to complete this quilt and she did a great job!
Aniva Willoughby who is our quilt groups secretary finished this beautiful project and it is framed and all finished. I think she is going to have to find a special place in her home for this one.
Joseph smith quilt. Isn't it spectacular.
Another block exchange quilt. It turned out so great.The middle block is a panel but she has put wool flowers over the top of the original design to give it a 3-dimensional look.
This lone star quilt is just spectacular. Don't you love the colors?
A very, very fun Christmas quilt. Love it!
This is the beginning of Jill Finley's trunk show. She is a local designer from Highland, Utah. Just down the street from me. Her work is just spectacular. Enjoy the photos and to check out more you can find her here.

Jill tells stories of these fabulous retreats with her family that she plans.
 These quilts are from the round robins she plans also. She does some really great quilts with her family.

I hope these quilts and projects inspire you as much as they do me. They should put you in the mood. Start quilting.

Tuesday, March 1, 2011

Ruby's Inn, Bryce Canyon Retreat

Bonnie Miles does a fabulous retreat down in Bryce Canyon at a place called Ruby's Inn. You cannot believe how organized and wonderful the ladies are at this retreat. I've never gone and stayed over night at a retreat and sewn for days on end but if you ever get the chance you should check this one out. The scenery is beautiful and it is just a treat to rub shoulders with some of the most talented women.
Downstairs in the conference room where the trunk shows were held, were stores. Fabric, books, notions, patterns, soaps and chocolate. What more could a girl want. One of my favorite people I caught buying some wool, Paula McKinlay. She is one of my fellow quilters that I have quilted with for over 20 years.
Everyday there were trunk shows and show and tell at noon and then again at night. It was like a never ending cruise ship with non stop entertainment, only it was women quilting. I can't possibly begin to remember the people who made all these fabulous quilts but they shared their talent with us all and it was great.
 I do remember Janus Mickleson. I've showed her quilts before but here are some more to share.

Look at the spectacular selection of colors in these quilts.

I took a class call Summer Days by Leslie Ison and Norma Whaley who I think are fabulous pattern makers and wonderful quilters. I so admire their talent.

More show and tell.

 Two Peas in a Pod did a fabulous trunk show. I took the above quilt class called Swirls. They are fantastic and so much fun.

More show and tell.

 The above fabric was a Riley Blake Designs fabric called Ivy Trellis and I just love how the above quilter has put the fabrics together. Love this quilt.

I just love baskets. These ones are great.

More baskets. Aren't they so cute.

Look how cute this quilt is embellished with buttons and ric rac. I think it is adorable.
 One of my favorite new friends, Anne. I met her at the retreat and everywhere I went I seemed to bump into her. Her laugh is contagious. She took my pin cushion class that I taught and look how great her pincushion turned out. Notice the cute zipper in the flower. This is one of my butterfly kisses patterns called Sew Cover Up! The pattern includes a sewing machine cover, pad to go underneath, ironing board cover and the zipper pincushion. I taught the pattern split into 2 classes at this retreat. I had great fun. Best of all I made some new favorite friends.
 Don't you love this patriotic quilt.
We heard about a story of 7 men from Panguitch. The town was starving and needed food. These 7 men set out to get food for this starving town. The snow was so deep. As they took a step they would sink up to their thighs in the snow. They found that if they laid the quilts out they could take a few steps and then lay another quilt, making their footpath quicker to their destination. They used these quilts to take them quickly to get food and bring it back to their starving people. This statue depicts what happens.
 You can see him lifting the quilt and then from the back you can see him walking on the quilt that he has already laid down. It's a remarkable story and gives new meaning to quilting.
I was so exhausted when I got home. So much quilting and talking. It was a great weekend. I hope all these fabulous quilts put you in the mood. That's what they do for me. Enjoy sewing or doing some kind of project.