2015 was a busy year for us. We had just moved into our new home.
In the studio we had shelving to build, peg board to hang, cabinetry to place. Lots of rearranging as I decided to tweak things, 256 sf of design walls to put up.
Join local groups; Luling Fiber Arts. Create new groups; Settlement Magnolias. Just to name a couple…
My travel included a cruise where I was teaching, NQA in Little Rock where I was teaching and vending, Montana for a tune-up and so much more. My treasured time is when I am quilting with long-time friends and we are enjoying each others company (or when I am with my hubby!)
48 Retreat/Quilt To You Wilt/Cruise days, most of these where a taught, but a couple where I was a lucky participant! 6 visits to guilds to provide lectures and workshops! 22 workshop days at various shops usually involving 2 or more hours of travel each way! 6 shows including NQA in Little Rock. 1 Guest Artist appearance at a show where I was a vendor had a special exhibit and daily bed-turnings.
4 days of Farm Camp for the Grandkids, 7 days of Camp Dee-Dee with the Grandkids! Enjoyed 2 plays that my granddaughter was in, baseball games for the grandson as well as other family time events!
And along the way I finished a few quilts, a couple of them were started prior to 2015, but many were started and made it to top stage in 2015. I also quilted several quilts for customers (but not as many as I used to!)
In 2013 we had some fun at a few “Quilt til You Wilts” at Pinwheels and Posies. This is a “retreat” at a shop where you go home at night and sleep in your own bed. We would sew from early morning til late at night. What a great way to get immersed in a more complex quilt or technique!
This quilt was born during one of these events. I was happy to quilt Janeane’s quilt for her and she was willing to work around my crazy schedule last year with the “big move”. I had hoped to complete the quilting before I moved, but it was not meant to be. I know how much work is put into these quilts and I did not want to feel rushed on the quilting. So the quilting was put on hold until things were “settled” at the new house. I am so glad I waited, the quilt was able to talk to me and give me quilting ideas where I wasn’t sure what I wanted to do next. I am thrilled with how it turned out and so was Janeane!
Glacier Star is another favorite pattern that I teach. I have made several of these in conjunction with Pinwheels and Posies Quilt Shop. This was the first “technique of the month” quilt designed by Judy Niemeyer Quilting aka Quiltworx. It continues to be a favorite among shops and students.
Pat and her friend Patty decided to take this multi-part class, then life got hectic and Pat was not able to get back to her quilt for sometime. She was so excited to finally have the top done and dropped it off with me to quilt it a few months ago. I finished while she was in Boston on vacation and we were both finally able to get together Monday!
So now I can share with you!
I don’t currently have this pattern on my schedule to teach – but I do have a retreat schedule to teach the 2015 Technique of the Month – Click HERE for more information.
I love gardening and this name of this quilt just makes me smile. I am working on my own garden wall quilt but am at a stand still waiting for my fabric order so I can sash the blocks (and complete the very last block which I cut the background fabric too short! A photo of my progress is at the bottom of the post.
But first I would like to highlight the progress made by students in this one day class I taught at Pinwheels and Posies a couple of Saturdays ago.
And look at this great idea from Laresa
And then just because……
Which garden will you be working in today? I hope it makes you smile!
Lovely Rita – hard to say her name without the lovely.
Anyway, Rita had contacted me a few years ago to see if I would teach her how to make a Judy Niemeyer “Prairie Star” I was teaching machine quilting classes at the local quilt shop but had not ventured into a piecing classes for quite some time. She had also mentioned she was a new quilter. My daughter-in-law and I had worked through Prairie Star a couple of years previous and I knew it was not a quilt for the faint of heart. So I tried to dissuade Rita but pulling out my pattern notes and telling her how much fabric it took, then I told her how long it took us to cut out our Prairie Star (I know more tricks now and can beat the old time by a lot!) and suggested that Rita cruise the net and look for a different pattern, maybe even an easier JN.
She called back a couple of days later and said “Prairie Star” was it!
So I contacted Peggy at Pinwheels and Posies and we put a Judy Niemeyer Stars class on the calendar. The class filled quickly and I can now blame my migration from longarm quilting full time to Certified Judy Niemeyer Instructor on Rita. I absolutely LOVE LOVE LOVE teaching and watching students projects come to life.
Back to Rita, so after she made Prairie Star she made Bali Wedding Star and from there she migrated to Flowers For My Wedding and that is today’s featured story.
Flowers for my Wedding ring quilt is a beautiful quilt designed to have multiple backgrounds and pieces together in a block format rather than in rings and rows. Well, Rita was only using one background so we determined her assembly route should be more like Grandma’s Wedding Ring. We used the specially designed Wedding Ring Templates to cut all of her ring centers and melons. The templates were also used to trim up her paper-pieced arcs. Then Rita squared her quilt up and added the borders for appliqué, but determined the appliqué might be more of an adventure than she was ready for and she decided to have me fill it with some of my quilting. Noting that her granddaughter loves butterflies. So off to the quilting frame I headed – I loved watching this beautiful quilt soak in the quilting designs I had chosen, I think it turned out beautiful. I hope you enjoy
This granddaughter will receive her wedding quilt in July. The next granddaughter has already chosen a “Compass” style quilt – I can’t wait to see what Rita comes up with!
Lovely Rita – thanks for much for the not so gentle push into teaching – I am rewarding daily! And thank you Rita for being a faithful student! You are Appreciated!
First off, I am not an Austin Powers fan, not even in the slightest! However, I do love “Mini Me!” (Silver lining in every cloud). Sunday was a Mini Me day. Each of the grandkids will be displaying quilts in our local quilt show in May, it is their choice, they are not forced to do this. I am a firm believer that kids can do pretty much anything to some degree.
Little Toot’s adventure began at an early age, here she is working on the featherweight to help momma make Aunt Jess’s wedding quilt. She is 1 in these photos!
At age 3 I taught her how to use my embroidery machine. She would choose her design, select the threads and was able to rethread the machine for each thread color change. All I had to do was hoop the fabric and set up the design.
She put a design on a shirt for Grandpa! He still wears this shirt!
She had her first quilt in our local show when she was 4.
It is important that they do as much of the project themselves as is safely possible. I chose prairie points for the quilt because a 4 year old can fold a square to make a triangle and then fold it again, now they may have gotten straightened out a little bit when I ironed – but she did it! We also used glue AND pins so as she sat on my lap and pushed the go button and pulled pins I didn’t have to worry about the fabrics slipping. For this quilt we did it on the domestic machine, not the LongArm so she could participate by helping guide the fabric under the walking foot.
She wanted butterflies, I asked how we would do that, she pointed at a stencil I have on my wall and said “with that” I showed her to mark the design and then I quilted it (no easy feat for me on the domestic!)
All of the blocks in this quilt below were machine embroidered by Little Toot, starting at age 3. She chose placement of the blocks and all of the coordinating fabrics.
She sewed the blocks together and when she had long rows to sew together I sat behind her and helped with keeping the fabric feeding straight. I had planned another border around the outside, but, said she was done with the top – OK! This is her quilt!
Once the top was done we headed to our local quilt shop for some fabric for the backing and binding. Grandpa commented that he was surprised there wasn’t something in my stash that would work – I reminded him that this was her quilt and all of the fabrics for the top did come from the stash! At the shop Miss Sally was very helpful, but in the end the decision was up to Little Toot! She went with her first choice! (even though she had auditioned at least 20 fabrics)
Here is her quilt and a few of the photos (not the most flattering of me – but that is life!)
Once we returned from fabric shopping, she realized she was going to quilt this quilt all by herself! I asked what she was going to quilt on her quilt, she said butterflies, I asked how she would do that. She showed me on the whiteboard, then I said OK – now draw that design without the pen leaving the board – that is how it will work on the quilt machine. Then we practiced for a few minutes on a piece of muslin – then MAGIC! I was STUNNED! I was AMAZED! I was reminded of the shear pleasure of whimsical quilting and quilting just for fun!
Don’t be so busy making a living that you forget to have a life! Enjoy these moments, they can be gone in the blink of an eye! Create those memories, for in the end that is what it is all about!
Well not really, but we do have a double wedding ring quilt to celebrate. This is a pattern by Judy Niemeyer aka Quiltworx. It is called Grandma’s Wedding Ring. In the original pattern the “center” is a 4-patch unit, but Julie decided she would rather have one solid fabric, no problem. Julie had taken the wedding ring class from me at Pinwheels and Posies in Dickinson, TX. She lives in Austin, TX but has attended a few classes that I have taught. I must say, Julie’s work on this quilt was a delight to quilt. Her curves are smooth and her intersecting points when adding her corners were done very nicely. She loved Judy’s technique for assembling this quilt, I call it making apple cores! The arcs are paper-pieced and using rulers designed by Judy Niemeyer for the melons and centers insures you too will have a beautiful quilt!
I wasn’t sure how I was going to quilt this one when I put it on my quilting frame, but then some magic started to happen – I hope you enjoy! (Remember to click on the individual photos to see more details!)
I liked the feather design in this quilt so much, that I am now adding it to Ronda’s pretty cheddar civil war quilt – who wants to see?
Once a month I hostess a finishing class for students that are working on their Judy Niemeyer quilts. Some come to pick out fabric, some come to cut fabric, some come to sew. We all show up to be inspired! I have been teaching these classes for several years now and watching these quilts come together is always a treat!
So to inspire you I have chosen a few delights!
Be sure to check the calendar to see if I am coming to a guild or shop near you in 2014. I would love to come teach at your guild or shop!
As a Certified Instructor for Judy Niemeyer Quilts I was so excited about the latest technique of the month quilt – Mariner’s Compass. While this pattern is designed to teach a new technique each month I knew my students wouldn’t want to wait that long to finish their quilts. So I worked with Peggy at Pinwheels and Posies in Dickinson, TX and we came up with a mini-retreat – aka Quilt Til You Wilt! So on March 15th we started our first adventure.
We invited our students to come sew starting Friday am at 9:00 am until Midnight, we started again at 7:00 am Saturday and yep we sewed until Midnight. Sunday was a short day for us 7:00 am until 2:00 but they sewed every minute of those 7 hours too! Peggy kept our students well nourished from an italian sandwich for breakfast one morning to homemade chicken salad. We also had catering from a few of the local restaurants. One student made us chocolate dipped strawberries and we were also treated to “Nothing Bundt Cake”. Ice cream sundaes were also a late night snack!
We had a total of 9 students, class max. I like for each student to have their own 8’ table and their own design wall. We also have ironing stations setup and the shop supplies all of the cutting mats. In the evening we were able to also use the shop work tables. 3 of the students had not paper pieced before or had very little experience. I was so tickled with how much progress they made.
We are gearing up for another session starting April 12th with a new group of students and plan to schedule more of these for the coming months. We will also be including Glacier Star as a future Quilt Til You Wilt option. I love teaching and there is nothing more fun that to watch the students odd shapes of fabric turn into these beautiful quilts!
Now I am off to spend the weekend quilting until I am wilting!