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  • Children's Books for the Creative Soul

    It's no secret that I love children's books. One of my favorite things to do is sit down and read with my little kids. I decided that it's alright if it isn't quilt related. I am going to start sharing children's book I like every now and then. I am not the only one who likes books.

    This Christmas, I purchased books for all my kids. When these two books arrived, I realized that they were more for me than for my kids.

    The first book is What Do You Do With An Idea. A little boy gets an idea which is shown in the illustrations by an egg with a crown on it. Not all of my ideas turn out so wonderful as this little boy's idea. This books reflects the creative process. I enjoyed the story, but I also loved the art work. I am a sucker for good art work in children's books.

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    The second book, The Most Magnificent Thing, is also about the creative process. This book is about a little girl who is trying to make something magnificent. She makes many things that weren't quite right before she figured out how to make what she intended.

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    I liked how it took her a few tries to get it right and the realization the little girl has before she makes her final product. My favorite part was the reaction of other people to the things along the way.

    I also loved the illustrations in the second book. They have a lot of personality and are a little quirky in the best way.

    Both of these books are relatively new (published this year). I would recommend both of them if your child, or you, have a creative soul.

  • So you want to own a business??? Video Tip

    I am often asked questions from people wanting to start their own business. The first thing I try to do is get them to examine what they really want. Do they just want to earn money designing quilts? If that is all, there are ways to do that without starting your own business. There is a lot to owning a business that people don't think about at first.

    I was asked to make this video with a couple tips. This link should go to a youtube video.

    It is my first video. It isn't fabulous, but it might be helpful. I decided that I should start somewhere. Any tips would be welcome. This is something that does not come natural, and I would like to get better at it.

  • Awarding a Quilt of Valor

     

    Last Saturday I had the great pleasure of awarding a Quilt of Valor to my husband's uncle who is a Vietnam Vet. He got emotional when I explained to him about the Quilts of Valor organization and what the quilt was for.

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    Being around quilts all the time and putting all the hours into making a quilt, sometimes I wonder if people appreciate the quilts we make. It is nice to know when people do appreciate them and understand the love that we make them with.Uncle Scott2

     

    I have been wanting to make this quilt for years. It has been in the back of my mind like all good intentions. Then I found a fun Christmas golf fabric that I knew he would like. Sometimes things just fall into place, and you just have to go with it. That day I had to pick my son up from school. I was accidentally there 15 minutes early. That was just enough time to plan the quilt!

    When I got home and looked at the fabric that I had to go with the golf fabric, I found a charm pack that was just the right colors! With the charm packs, I could just start sewing! I put half of the blocks together that night and the rest the next day. These are the days I love owning a long arm. I put it right on and quilted it with an easy loop quilting that I thought went with the golf theme - a bunch of holes. My favorite part was the fabulous moda flannel on the back! I washed it so the quilt was super soft and cuddly!

    There was also just enough of the golf fabric to put a band on a presentation case. I used every inch of the 1 yard I bought. Because it was a QOV, I actually put a label on the quilt! I need to be better about labels.

    If you would like to know more about the Quilts of Valor Foundation, you can visit their website: http://www.qovf.org/

    I would highly recommend making and/or presenting a QOV. It is a unique experience that you will want to repeat!

  • Reclaimed West Blog Tour Winners!

    Congratulations to:

    Cyndy Knapp, Lori Smanski, and Julie A.!

    They are the winners in the the Reclaimed West Blog Tour. Emails have been sent.

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    Thanks for visiting on the tour!

  • Reclaimed West Blog Tour

    Are you having fun on the Timeless Treasures blog tour celebrating Judy & Judel Niemeyer's first line of fabric?! Yay!

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    The line is called The Reclaimed West. I have to say that I LOVE this fabric! It spoke to me immediately! I knew that I HAD to design a quilt with this fabric.

    I saw this fabric around the time that I drove across the Great Midwest to Spring Market. This fabric was perfect to capture my feelings about driving through this beautiful country. The pattern I came up with is called Midwest Memories. It is hot off the press! I barely got it done in time for Fall Market, and the pattern just became available last week!

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    The pinwheels and windmills, the stars and the barns - with quilts on them, of course - all reminded me of my roadtrip with my parter in crime Machelle Preston of Cherry Tree Cottage, who, by the way, is the queen of packing!

    The barn is my favorite:

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    My grandfather owned a dairy farm in Southern Idaho. My childhood includes many happy memories from that farm including climbing on the hay bales as high as we could just to swing down on a rope swing. I even liked moving pipes and hauling hay because I only did it once or twice :) I loved being able to put a quilt on this barn! Machelle and I saw many like that on our trip.

    I used some fun techniques making these blocks. In fact, when I created the pattern, I wasn't sure I could even make the quilt! After several test blocks, I created some fun methods for making the windmill blocks and the star blocks that make them a lot simpler than they look! I really enjoyed seeing this quilt come together.

    As with most blog tours, this one includes prizes! Here is the link to TIMELESS TREASURES GIVEAWAY.

    AND I will be giving away THREE COPIES of my new pattern Midwest Memories. To enter my drawing, leave a comment below telling me what you love about the Midwest, or your favorite fabric in this line.

    If you do not see where to comment, click on the title of the blog and you will see the comments at the bottom. I redesigned my website, and now the comments are messed up. I don't know how to fix it. Sorry :(

    I will be drawing for winners on Monday, November 24th, the same day as Timeless Treasures.

    Just for fun, here is the list of the other stops on the blog tour. Have fun traveling the Reclaimed West this week!

    November 17

    Carla Klop, Kits by Carla - http://www.kitsbycarla.com/blog

    Catherine Wilson, Queenie Quilts - http://queeniequiltsblogs.blogspot.com

    Lisa McCarthy, Compass Point Quilts - www.compasspointquilts.com

     

    November 18

    Deborah Brizendine, Just Stitchin with Deborah - http://juststitchinwithdeborah.blogspot.com/

    Denise Green, HollyDee Quilts - http://hollydeequilts.net

    Sandy Lueth, Totes by Sandy - http://www.totes-by-sandy.com

     

    November 19

    Cathy McKillip, Wish Upon A Quilt - http://wishuponaquilt.com/blog

    Marcia Nagel/Megan Bohr, Pine Needles Quilt & Sew - http://thepineconepress.blogspot.com/

    Stacey Day, Stacey in Stitches - http://staceyinstitches.wordpress.com

     

    November 20

    Barb Linares, Crafty Threads - http://craftyquilts.blogspot.com/

    Jennifer Eubank, Archipelago Quilting - http://jennifersewing.wordpress.com/

    Konda Luckau, Moose on the Porch Quilts - http://www.moosequilts.com/blog

    Susan Nelson, Prairie Sky Quilts - http://blog.prairieskyquilting.com

     

    November 21

    Jackie Kunkel, Canton Village Quilt Works - http://cvquiltworks.com/blogs/blog

    Lauren Rogers, Backdoor Quilt Shoppe - www.backdoorquiltshoppe.wordpress.com

    Osie Lebowitz, From Needle and Thread - http://www.fromneedleandthread.com/

    Timeless Treasures, SewTimeless (Giveaways!) - http://www.ttfabrics.com/blog/

  • The Most Creative Question

    First up, let me say that this is entirely my opinion and based solely on my own experiences.

    I have always said that I am an experimental quilter. I love to play and discover while working with color and pattern. My favorite question in my creative quest is "What if???"

    My favorite result happened when I asked myself two questions. First, "What if I make a quilt with a color I hate - orange?" Second, "What if I make a quilt with the color of the year - turquoise?"

    I found as I was looking at blues that I really liked aqua, but I was determined to use the turquoise that was more difficult for me. I bought Kona Turquoise to use as a background. I was determined to pair it with orange because at the time I hated (not actually hated - just didn't appreciate) orange. In order to do something that was so difficult for me, I decided to get some help. At the time one of my favorite fabric lines was Hope Valley by Denyse Schmidt. I loved the blues and greens. For this quilt, I decided to trust Denyse and use the pink and orange colors of Hope Valley.

    This is the quilt I came up with:

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    It was four years ago. Here is the original post: http://www.moosequilts.com/blog/2010/12/03/it-had-to-be-orange/

    I love the quilt! BUT the main result for me is that I now appreciate orange! I have used it on many occasions since then. It all started because of the question "What if?"

    WHAT IF I made a fish quilt with 5" charm squares?

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    The result to that question was Charming Little Fish in Simply Charming Fun.

    WHAT IF I made an appliqúe quilt starting from 5" charm squares?

    This question was interesting for me because I don't like appliqúe. I decided to appliqúe the easiest shape - a circle. I ended up creating a book from that one question, Simply Charming Circles.

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    This idea is expressed more eloquently by Phil Hansen in a TED talk: Embrace the Shake

    He is an artist, and I love his work: http://philinthecircle.com/tesla.html The best part about his work is watching the videos of him creating the art. It is amazing.

    We, as quilters, are artists. Embrace the creativity! What if you started with the question WHAT IF? What will you create?

  • Wear and Tear of a Weekender Bag

     

    A couple years ago I made one of Amy Butler's Weekender Bags with some friends. Here she is in all her glory!100_4466

    It was quite an ordeal. You can read the full report on my friend's website: http://myquiltdiet.blogspot.com/2012/10/weekender-finished.html

    The toughest thing about the bag was all the layers and layers and layers, between the piping and the pockets, and the stiff interfacing... layers  upon layer upon layers. I think it took me three tries to get the bottom corners right.

    A couple year later, there has been some wear and tear. I thought it would be interesting to show since we always see projects new and shiny not worn.

    I have used this bag dozens of times. I have taken it on a few airplanes and on many road trips. The airplane trips were difficult. This bag has gotten snagged on things in th e overhead compartment. That corner that I worked so hard to sew did not hold up well. Those seam quickly ripped open. I think this bag might be helped by using a stronger than average thread.

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    Because the bag mainly holds socks, shirts, etc, I am not too worried about the hole. It isn't large enough for anything like that to slip out.

    The first thing on the bag to rip was the handles. Originally, these were sewn half was up the sides. It is easier to carry when the handles are sewn on as instructed. The handles are now ripped on both sides. They have gotten snagged a few times. 
    IMG_0700Because there is a lining, this "wear and tear" can only be fixed by unpicking the lining, resewing, then sewing the lining. Because there are pockets in the lining, I don't think I can sew through the lining. With a sturdy needle and extra strong thread, I could fix it by hand - maybe.

    That is difficult enough that it may not happen. I think I will just make a duffle bag for myself. They are a lot more fun to make!

  • Reclaimed West Blog Tour - Coming Soon

     

    November 17 - 21 Timeless Treasures is having a blog tour for one of their new fabrics, The Reclaimed West. I designed a quilt using this fabric, and I LOVED working with it!

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    As with most blog tours, there will be prizes!
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    Including fabric bundles!

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    I will be introducing my pattern and telling its story on November 20, my day of the tour.

    reclaimed west collageHere is the schedule of participants:

    November 17

    Carla Klop, Kits by Carla - http://www.kitsbycarla.com/blog

    Catherine Wilson, Queenie Quilts - http://queeniequiltsblogs.blogspot.com

    Lisa McCarthy, Compass Point Quilts - www.compasspointquilts.com

    November 18

    Deborah Brizendine, Just Stitchin with Deborah - http://juststitchinwithdeborah.blogspot.com/

    Denise Green, HollyDee Quilts - http://hollydeequilts.net

    Sandy Lueth, Totes by Sandy - http://www.totes-by-sandy.com

    November 19

    Cathy McKillip, Wish Upon A Quilt - http://wishuponaquilt.com/blog

    Marcia Nagel/Megan Bohr, Pine Needles Quilt & Sew - http://thepineconepress.blogspot.com/

    Stacey Day, Stacey in Stitches - http://staceyinstitches.wordpress.com

     November 20

    Barb Linares, Crafty Threads - http://craftyquilts.blogspot.com/

    Jennifer Eubank, Archipelago Quilting - http://jennifersewing.wordpress.com/

    Konda Luckau, Moose on the Porch Quilts - http://www.moosequilts.com/blog

    Susan Nelson, Prairie Sky Quilts - http://blog.prairieskyquilting.com

    November 21

    Jackie Kunkel, Canton Village Quilt Works - http://cvquiltworks.com/blogs/blog

    Lauren Rogers, Backdoor Quilt Shoppe - www.backdoorquiltshoppe.wordpress.com

    Osie Lebowitz, From Needle and Thread - http://www.fromneedleandthread.com/

    Timeless Treasures, SewTimeless (Giveaways!) - http://www.ttfabrics.com/blog/

  • When Quilts Find Their Home

    Today I am going to a party for a cousin who I love. He is older than I am, and I am not young. The party is to celebrate his engagement. This is his first marriage. I am so happy for him!

    I, of course, planned to give he and his future wife a quilt. I had a feeling that I had a quilt already made that would be a worthy gift. I was pleased to find this selvedge quilt that I made five years ago.

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    Here is the original blog post: http://www.moosequilts.com/blog/2009/09/30/a-layer-cake-and-some-selvages/

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    My cousin loves hiking and the outsdoors, and this quilt feels earthy to me. The backing is a fabulous rusty orange "heather" fabric that Moda produced for a short while. It is soft like flannel, but it is a light weight woven fabric. It was slippery to sew with, but it has a wonderful drape. Used as a backing, it makes a quilt that begs to be cuddled with!

    The selvedges add a quirky-ness to the quilt that also suits my cousin. He has many varied interests, and is a little quirky. I am so happy my cousin has found someone who appreciates him, and I hope they love the quilt as much as I love them!

    This quilt told me that it had found its home. Have your quilts talked to you this way?

  • At Least My Quilt Gets to be at Market

    A few months ago I realized that I was not going to Fall Market this year. I have felt good about this decision until yesterday. Now I miss being in Houston. I am, however, happy that two of my quilts are there without me!

    Both quilts are hanging in the Timeless Treasures booth. The first one us a free download on the Timeless Treasures website. I call this quilt Rawhide.

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    I love the tan background fabric. It looks like tooled leather to me. For some reason the diamond pattern also reminded me of leather. Thus, the name Rawhide. The link it here: http://www.ttfabrics.com/projects/tonga-capri-rawhide/

    The second one is called Midwest Memories. This pattern is available for pre-order on my website. http://www.moosequilts.com/single-patterns/midwestmemories.html

    I was shown this fabric shortly after returning from a road trip to Spring Market in Pennsylvania. The fabric reminded me of the farmland that we drove through. I designed this quilt thinking about the vast and beautiful countryside we drove though and the wonderful people we met as we stopped at quilt shops along the way. I have posted a few pictures on instagram (@moosequilts) along the way.

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    My favorite part is the barn.midwestmemories3

     

    No, make that the pinwheel border. Well, maybe the windmill. Okay, it's too hard to pick a favorite part. This quilt had some challenges figuring out how to make the blocks. It was fun to see them come together as I envisioned.

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