You can get your pattern on Etsy. Make sure you check out Lisa's other patterns.
Llama Baby Quilt
I had an order for a llama baby quilt which I had never done. I found this adorable pattern on ETSY from Counted Quilts by Lisa Muilenburg. (She has made a lot of adorable patterns.) The process was easy and fun. There was a lot (ALOT) of cutting but Lisa had you label each piece, which is a must. I'm not going to get into the the whole pattern but I did want to show you how it is created.
It was fun seeing the quilt being built in this way. Here is my finished quilt.
I added the eye and lines for the mouth then did the free motion quilting.
You can get your pattern on Etsy. Make sure you check out Lisa's other patterns.
My Guild's Quilt Show!
Last weekend my guild, Merrimack Valley Quilters, had their quilt show. Unfortunately I didn't have time to put a quilt in the show this year. (Or fortunately, because that means business is growing.) I helped out at the show and enjoyed looking around at all the talent.
Below is just a sample of the amazing quilts I saw.
The top left won Best Use of Color. The pieces were so tiny.
The next quilt had beautiful free motion quilting.
The fish quilt used tabs pulled off of cans. Very creative.
The flip flop quilt was very cute. She used ribbons for the straps.
The top left was my favorite. I thin this one won the Best of Show.
The next one was just adorable. Such a peaceful scene children playing in the woods.
The third quilt was also amazing. Tiny piecing and great quilting.
The fourth quilt I loved the colors.
These last three quilts were from the challenge quilts. You had to make a quilt with a basket in it. I loved the creativity of each quilt.
This year I had started two different quilts for the show. I was very ambitious but not very productive. I hope to finish at least one of them for next year.
If you live in southern New Hampshire or Massachusetts border and would like to join our quilt guild, you are welcome to come to our next meeting.
Meeting: October 20, 2016 - Thursday
At Northern Essex Community College, Haverhill, MA
Conference Room 103B in the Technology Building
Meeting starts at 7pm - doors open at 6 pm for socializing.
I hope to see you there!
Augusta, Maine Quilt Show
Wow! What amazing quilts. I am so glad I'm not a judge. Honestly, there were so many winners in my opinion. I go to this show just about every year and am blown away by all the talent. Here are just a few of the highlights!
The quilting on this quilt was so inspiring!
I'm always looking for new free motion quilting designs.
Just look how tiny those squares are. Oh the patience.
And now for my favorites, the Boston Fenway Park Quilts!
I hope you have enjoyed my photos. If you are in the area, this is a great show. Unfortunately I wasn't able to take pictures of the "Best of Show" quilts. There were too many people looking at them.
You can get more information about the show and next year's show here:
Time Spent with Good Friends!
What a great time I had last week with my quilting friends! We didn't get together this time to quilt, just to sit and catch up with each other. They all came to my place on the coast of Maine and soaked up the sunshine. I had two of my friends pose as models for my "Lovie Lap Quilts".
At the breakfast table Nancy told us about a new easy stack and whack quilt block. She was showing us what to do using napkins as we were lacking fabric.
You use a fairly busy fabric and layer four layers exactly the same on top of each other. Then you cut squares. I used a 3" square. Take that pile of four 3" squares and arrange it they way you would like. Each block comes out totally different. I had to give it a try. I loved the results.
After breakfast we drove over to Land's End on Bailey Island. It's a cute gift shop with a beautiful view. The artist in me just had to take pictures.
Summer doesn't get much better than this, good friends, beautiful place and a little quilting! Hope you are all enjoying your summers!
Finding Time for Fun!
In between sewing I've been going for walks to get my exercise. My aunt had told us where to find the Lady Slippers along our road. My sisters and I couldn't believe how many are actually there if you look hard enough. They only come out in June here in Maine and are found in the woods. I've noticed they like the low bush blueberries. Below are just a few photos I took.
We also had the chance to put my sister's boat in the water. Boating has to be my most favorite thing to do in the summer! There can be a little anxiety putting the boat in the water but this year it slid right off the trailer. Way to go Norm!
Just look at that smile on my sister's face. I think boating is one of her favorite things to do in the summer as well.
We even met a neighbor putting his boat in so we followed him back home.
Look how pretty she looks sitting out on her mooring!
But don't worry, I did find time this week for quilting
As I have mentioned before, I am enjoying the free motion quilting classes I am taking on Craftsy.com. I love learning new free motion quilting designs and am always amazed at how many designs there are. So today I challenged myself to come up with a new design. I made a nine patch baby quilt with a square in between each block. Here is the design I came up with for the square:
I hope you are all enjoying your summer and taking time for fun!
Let Summer Begin!
I am headed up to our summer home on the coast of Maine! This year I am going up a month early. The leaves are just starting to open. I don't think I'll be going swimming for a while. The water looks a little cold.
If you look in the distance, you can see little white dots. Those are sailboats from a local college. It's a sailing class. I sure hope they don't capsize.
Over the last few months I have continued to take Craftsy classes on Free Motion Quilting! What fun. I'm learning new designs all the time. My latest class is from Lori Kennedy called Divide & Conquer. I can't stress enough how I enjoy the classes on Craftsy. I hope you give them a try. Just this week I learned they have a huge variety of classes, not just for quilting. I'm thinking about taking a few of their drawing classes.
Here's some of my free motion quilting designs I've learned:
I hope you give Craftsy a try. (Isn't that cat quilt adorable?) Hope you are getting ready for your fun summer as well. Until next time!
Creative Free Motion Quilting
I have to start by saying I absolutely LOVE Craftsy classes. This week I took "Wild Quilting" by Christina Cameli. What fun! I have also taken classes from Leah Day (whom I love and highly recommend for beginners of free motion quilting) and Angela Walters, another great teacher.
In the "Wild Quilting" class, Christina opened my eyes to combination designs and creating focal points. I haven't tried all of what I have learned but here are some quilting blocks I did yesterday.
I'm so excited to apply what I learned onto my next project. Check out all the wonderful Craftys classes. Enjoy!
Five years ago I designed the "Lovie Lap Quilt" with Pockets. I would visit my grandmother in the nursing home. Her hands were always cold. She would be sitting on them or rubbing them together. Now we all know that the nursing homes are kept very warm but for people who aren't moving much, they get cold.
In January of 2015 I made a pattern for this lap quilt.
Once I started selling my pattern I started getting stories from the people wanting to make the Lovie Lap Quilt for their loved ones. I love hearing who you are making the quilt for. I want you to know that I am touched by all your stories, whether it be the woman who's sister was in a terrible car accident, or whose friend had a stroke, or whose mother just went into a nursing home. I keep you all in my thoughts and prayers. I feel so blessed to think my design is helping others.
I have also had many people write to tell me they are using the Lovie Lap Quilt for their service project in their quilt guild or church groups getting together and making the quilts to donate to nursing homes.
I would like to thank you all for all you are doing to help someone else. Keep the stories coming!
Happy New Year!
Happy New Year to everyone! Last night I started thinking of all my New Year's Resolutions. When I started listing them all, my husband turned to me and said, "You're going to do all that in just one year?" I guess I had too many, which makes it totally unrealistic.
I think they all come down to being the best person I can be. That's all any of us can ask of ourselves.
Over the weekend we received our first snowfall. It's beautiful but back braking because there was ice mixed in.
I also want to introduce you to my wonderful husband, Ken. We have been happily married for 33 years. He is the love of my life!
I'm going to keep this short because my sewing room is calling me. I hope you all have a great year with many happy memories to be made.
Old Maid's Puzzle 1 - Block No. 117
Continuing on with my project to complete all 200 quilt blocks from "Around the Block with Judy Hopkins". Old Maid's Puzzle 1 is another easy pattern to try. Once you have mastered the half square triangle, this block is a breeze.
First you start by sewing your small half square triangles to your squares. Then you sew those sections together. Next sew your large half square triangles.
Sew all those sections together. I press all my seams open flat. This makes it a lot easier later when I am free motion quilting. I won't be fighting with lumpy fabric.
Then alternate your pieces and sew together. This is your completed quilt block.
Now for my favorite part and why I started this project in the first place. I never know what the blocks will look like when you put them together.
Here are two options you have for making your quilt. The first option is keeping all the blocks facing the same way. The second option is turning the blocks to make a star pattern.
I decided to go with Option 1 for my Lovie Lap Quilt with Pockets.
Thanks for joining me on quilt block 117, Old Maid's Puzzle 1. Be sure to give this quilt block a try!
I have been quilting for close to 30 years and after loosing my job twelve years ago, I am now able to do what I love, QUILT! I specialize in baby quilts and have designed the "Lovie Lap Quilt" with pockets.