Tuesday, August 19, 2014

Anita's finish

Anita took my workshop in Naperviille, Pride of the Prairie Quilt Guild. She sent along an image of her finished quilt! Isn't it wonderful? Love that red!! So much fun!!!

Monday, August 11, 2014

Lynn's quilt

The quilt has been donated to a 'quilt sale' here in Wolfeboro, NH. The proceeds go to support the Carroll County Childrens' Advocacy Center located here in our town. They do such important work, and on a shoestring budget. Our guild has adopted them, and will continue to support them.

Thank you Lynn for sharing this with us! A good deed! I love it! 

Sunday, August 10, 2014

Hearts Challenge Finish

When you last saw this quilt, it didn't have borders. Now its done.

I won the box of Victoria's Collection of Aurifil 12 wt threads from last year's Quilter's Take Manhattan where I attended on a "home ticket." I used those threads to quilt this mini with Aurifil 50 wt white in the bobbin and in the background. Everything was done free motion except the "wiggle stitch" in the borders. That was done using my walking foot on my Bernina.

I also really love the back of this quilt. I had some home dec fabric from a sample book with little cherubs on it and combined several different colors of the same print to make the back. 
And I labeled it!

Saturday, August 9, 2014

A New Bathroom Quilt

I have made a few small quilts to hang in the bathroom at church. I rotate them occasionally. About a year ago one was stolen on a rummage sale day. I should say, it disappeared. In theory, someone could be "borrowing" it for an extended time. But I really don't expect to ever see it again. It was a word quilt with three words: Faith, Hope, Love. (I should have included "honesty.") Anyway, I finally made a replacement quilt. It's not as elaborate as the other one was, but it looks fine in the bathroom. It's about 12" x 16".

-Carol E.

Sally's Made fabric Hexies!

Sally took my class last year at Canton Village Quilt Works. She sent me a photo of her made fabric hexagon quilt which she has gotten together!  
Nice finish Sally!

Please send me an email showing meYOUR finishes in 15 Minutes of Play!

Happy Summer!

Wednesday, August 6, 2014

Use it up!

Donalee showing her Made Fabric sampler quilt! Love those polka dots, and scrappy border!

Sunday, July 20, 2014

Color Challenge Quilt - finished!

My color challenge quilt top, started two years ago, is finally finished! Shown below are just the blocks on my design wall - not sewn together yet.

Each block is a challenge (given by Victoria of 15 Minutes Play blog) to work with a certain "difficult to love" color - like mauve, dusty blue, and rust. Here are my finished blocks. Love that X-pattern block.
The next challenge - how to set them into a top. Simply, in 4 rows? With sashing? Or?

After trying several layouts, I was happy with this arrangement. Then I decided to add some - lots of - triangles - and had to plan something for all that empty space, and the corner blocks.

I auditioned several solid fabrics for these large areas, but they just "sat there". I used a number of different beiges and grays, with little inserts of my colors, and voila!

Love how this is coming along. But now - the corner blocks, what there? I decided on a New York Beauty block, which I drafted to be the correct size. I thought I knew exactly how I was going to make them! But plans can change.

I paper pieced the arcs, which worked great.

This is my failed plan - I thought I would use all of my "ugly" colors for the arcs of the block, but was not feeling the love.  So, I made fabric to fill each arc.

Much better. Each corner block has a different colored arc.

Finished quilt top! Sorry it is a little dark, it is a lovely day today, but overcast.  On the right is my favorite hydrangea plant, called Incrediball.
I was able to show this at a nearby quilt guild meeting where Victoria was lecturing! Wish I had pictures from that event.

Dora had to get into the last picture.  I love how this turned out - lots of fun, learned a lot. Next step - sending it out for machine quilting!

Class play

 Student work from Prairie Quilt Guild in Naperville, IL.  Thanks ladies for a fun class!
Stars oh my! Love that batik setting fabric!

Mini's being made on a Featherweight, with matching table! Isn't that just the cutest thing you've seen?

 Hexagon Love...

 Repro mini's! Love these! Make more! Make more!

 Y seams, and Hallowen made fabric with itty bitty pieces....

 Super adorable repro's... that aqua and brown is just so yummy!

Chris Surprised me and brought in her BEE quilt from this site! Do you see your block in there? adorable!!

Tuesday, July 8, 2014

new works

Julie from my workshop in Wisconsin, finished her little piece for the office!  Sweet! I love seeing your finished pieces!

Tuesday, July 1, 2014



It's a fun subject to dive into... I can start with one idea and spin it into 20, and then I have a conundrum, because I have some many to choose from... Usually though, the one I go with is the one that I can tell a story with.

We all get inspired by many different things during the day, but which do you act on? How do you narrow down the one you will start to gather fabrics for?

For me, I don't often wait for inspiration to hit, I make my inspiration, in my fabrics... By putting my scrap together, I wait for something to spark me. something that will get my head spinning, with all the "what if" questions.

In my last class at the Wisconsin Quilt Museum, we had so much fun asking those questions...  I often find people start with their first idea, and don't push any further. Most of the time that is OK, But sometimes, people want to know how to push further...

Play out all the options.

Change the way you approach your design wall.
Change the way you put your fabrics together.
Change the way you see and think.

There were many fun fabrics going to gather into some very interesting new layouts.

I hope some of these will inspire you.

In fact, That is a good challenge!
Can you be inspired to try something based, on the images you see here in this post?
Is there a color palette, a block, and pattern that is being played out that you can spin add your story and turn it into something YOU?

I challenge you!!

Start by designing a 12.5" block.
Can you take that and turn it into a larger quilt. Either by repeating the block,
or turning it into a medallion?
Turn them on point and make a new design? How do you fill the empty spaces?
What if you....
How will you answer that question?

Go for it.
I dare you.


I'm off on the road for the summer, I just wrapped up lectures and classes and the opening of my Traditions Made Modern exhibit of 12 Double Wedding Ring Quilts.  See? Play it out, you will get loads of ideas, and what If you made all the ideas you had? LOL, one might think your crazy...  haha!
The book on this series will be out in January. If you can't get to the Wisconsin Museum of Quilts & Fiber Arts to see them, The book will be here soon enough.  
 I will have PRE ORDERS soon on my website.... SIGNED COPIES...    

Stay tuned!

Tuesday, June 24, 2014

15MP at Quiltcon

I'm officially "in" for the 15MP workshop at QuiltCon, in Austin, TX, (Feb. 2015), yay!
Who else is going to QuiltCon?
Looking forward to meeting more 15MP peeps in person!


Friday, June 6, 2014

new bits!

Donna in Wisconsin, sent me some shots of her new fun quilt! She says:

An I Spy quilt that I couldn't bear to toss so I just started sewing them together until I got a five inch square. I was between projects so I'd do a little bit each night. All of a sudden I had 70 5 inch squares! Most of the squares average about 14 pieces in them. A few have 22 pieces. I love my quilt made with made fabric. Thanks for the inspiration, and you are mentioned on the label on the back.

I will see you in Cedarburg, WI on the 27th of June,

See YOU in Wisconsin!!!

You can still attend the Lecture on June 27th,(we have a nice big space)at the Wisconsin Museum of Quilts & Fiber Arts!
Come see my new series of 12 Double Wedding Rings, Three of my Grandmother's Quilts that were inspiration for some , and 4 of my big Star quilts!
Also, Sunday the 29th,is the Big official opening party for TRADITIONS! 12pm! 

See you there!
Tickets for the lecture can be purchased here.
If you are a member of the Museum, details here for the Special member talk with the DWR quilts.