A Year in the Life of – ME!

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!)

Here are most of the finishes for 2015….

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The original “One” was my first finish of 2015. Be sure to look at the close-up photo of the beading a fellow quilter added for me!
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While in Little Rock a delightful quilter offered to bead my quilt for me – it was already quilted but she very carefully hand stitched each bead on, only going through the top layers! She even put the binding on it before shipping it back to me! I just love quilters! Pattern “One”
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My 2nd “One” of the year! I have another one that just needs the leaf stitched down! I look forward to teaching this quilt again and again! It is fun!
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Paradise in Blooms, started, finished, quilted and bound in 2015! WooHoo!
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A beauty that was started this year – but I may need to go visit my friend Lisa at Compass Point Quilts in NH to finish it!
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Tea Time Placemats. I love making these leaf quilts. I have kits and patterns available at my online store.
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Vintage Compass – made as a sample for Pinwheels and Posies in Dickinson, TX. They have kits!
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My 2nd Prismatic Star of the year. I cannot get enough of this quilt! It is so quick and easy to make. Kits and pattern available at my online store.
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Paddlewheel using Judy and Judel Niemeyers fabric collection, Reclaimed West. Pattern is still available at my online store. All fabrics were donated by Timeless Treasures and I did a 2 part blog tutorial for how I made this quilt. See part 1 here.
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Landscape table runner made and kitted for the cruise I taught on in May. All kits are pre-cut ready to sew! Including the papers for one table runner. Kit includes papers to make 3 more quilts, they just aren’t precut! I have included a photo of the back of this quilt so you can see my “upside down” quilting!
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The back of my Landscapes Table Runner so you can see the quilting. This backing fabric was approx 24″ wide, purchased on Maui in 2001, just waiting for the perfect quilt.
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A small sample made to show the fabrics in kits I have available when teaching Seasonal Table Runner/Table Topper.
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This quilt is at Hancocks of Paducah right now so I am using the new coversheet for the photo. I made this quilt for Quiltworx, while I was there in July. Constellation is from the book Geese Migrations; available on my site!
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Vintage Compass made for Certified Shop Pinwheels and Posies.  Kits available from them!
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Osprey’s Nest, downsized. OK I got really tired of making geese – so I figured out what I could make with all those fabulous log cabin blocks and the geese I had done. So far 1 table topper, 1 table runner and 2 placemats. I will also have the mirror image of the table topper when I am done! Pattern available on the site!
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Dancing in the Moonlight! A silhouette of my granddaughter from a photo where she was dancing at camp in 2014. A friend took the tiny photo and made it life size for me. The blocks in the background are Garden Wall and available on the site. I used an ombre for my backgrounds and a Judy Niemeyer Bali pre-sorted Pops set for the accents.
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Some of the piecing for this quilt was started many moons (aka years) ago. AndSewItBegan asked me to come teach this at her retreat house so I figured I better get it together. I used a Kaufman Khaki for the background and hand-dyes for the accent fabrics. This pattern is Southern Beauty aka Sleeping Beauty by Sue Garman. Don’t you love Sue’s work?
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This year I joined the Luling Fiber Arts group and our leader, Kelly, taught us how to make this fun convergence quilt. This quilt is small but was made in 2 hours, including all cutting!
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Those are all silks on the wall, my WoodCarvers star is in progress! Any bets on a finish date? Pattern uses the new lone star technique and is available on the site!
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I cannot take all the credit for this one. Most of the paper-piecing was done while in Montana, but not by me. My 3 Australian friends did not bring enough of their own projects so they worked on mine! This quilt is called Chasing Rainbows and can be found in the Geese Migrations Book (available on this site). I used 2 different ombre fabrics for the color and black batik. I hope to have kits for this quilt very soon.
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These 4 quilts were completed by me to be donated to our local first responders! They will be quilted very soon!
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My version of Prairie Pinwheels. This quilt was fun and easy to make and I was able to use all stash fabrics! What a great quilt for a young child! Pattern available at my online store.
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Not finished but wanted to include it. I need to piece and add the borders. This pattern is called Indian Summer and is available at my online store. This sample is made with lots of Kaffe Fassett fabrics and black/whites. All purchased at Pinwheels and Posies Quilt Shop.
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Diamond Wedding Ring NEW version! I made the original version many many years ago and let me tell you it was not for the faint of heart. There were at least 8 billion Y seams! This quilt is assembled with ZERO Y seams. Quick and easy paper-piecing and custom creative grids rulers make this quilt a snap! Rulers and patterns available in the store! All fabrics (except the outer border) were purchased in June 2015 from Valli and Kim in Dripping Springs, TX. The background has all kinds of appropriate sayings for a couple in love!
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Fractured Paint Box – she’s a little loud but was so fun to make. The center is made from a very dark green accent and Kaufman solids strip set. The border was left over backing from a wedding quilt I made a couple of years ago; purchased in Maui when we attended the wedding! I love destination weddings – how about you?
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I have ended the year with “Three” I started this on Christmas Day, it went very quickly. Kits will be available on my site soon! This one is called Lemons, Limes and Satsumas; we had those 3 trees in our backyard before we moved. Picking fresh fruit around Christmas each year and burying your nose in the fabulous blossoms each spring. I miss those trees!
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A year in the review. Of course there are other quilts that are started but I did not include! I have to save something for next year right? (as I look at this photo I realize there is one here that did not get featured above)

 

Let’s all make 2016 fabulous!

Dee

Mariner’s Compass it’s Quilted!

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!

Here are the photos – I hope you enjoy!

The compass rose starts the center of the quilt.
The compass rose starts the center of the quilt.
Another view of the compass rose with more of the other piecing, see how the spokes radiate out from here?
Another view of the compass rose with more of the other piecing, see how the spokes radiate out from here?
These are the sails.  I created "billows" with the quilting.
These are the sails. I created “billows” with the quilting.
Sails, Feathers and Ropes - I loved how the ropes intertwined with the other piecing.
Sails, Feathers and Ropes – I loved how the ropes intertwined with the other piecing.
Spokes and feathers...
Spokes and feathers…
Pretty fill work - the right fill work will let the piecing stand out!
Pretty fill work – the right fill work will let the piecing stand out!
Quilting just for texture.
Quilting just for texture.
More quilting
More quilting
And the back of the quilt.....
And the back of the quilt…..
Back of the compass rose
Back of the compass rose
Corner view of the back.
Corner view of the back.
The full quilt - stunning!
The full quilt – stunning!

What project are you working on?

Dee

 

Gigantic Glaciers!

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!

An overall of the quilt - the green on the edge of teal with the burgundy always make a pleasing quilt
An overall of the quilt – the green on the edge of teal with the burgundy always make a pleasing quilt
Pat wanted her quilt a little bigger so she added an additional border.
Pat wanted her quilt a little bigger so she added an additional border.
Pat brought her hubby with her to pick up her quilt - explaining that they would now be painting the bedroom to go better with the quilt!
Pat brought her hubby with her to pick up her quilt – explaining that they would now be painting the bedroom to go better with the quilt!
The snowflake with geese on the pond units
The snowflake with geese on the pond units
Pat's center snowflake
Pat’s center snowflake
The pillow sham
The pillow sham
The center of Pat's pillow sham
The center of Pat’s pillow sham
The pillow sham
The pillow sham

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.

Dee

 

Piecing the Garden Wall

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.

One of the light and one of the darks from Kim
One of the light and one of the darks from Kim
Mm, mm, mmmmmmm
Mm, mm, mmmmmmm
Scrumtious
Scrumtious
Lovely
Lovely
Oh so pretty!
Oh so pretty!
Linda was already working on her quilt prior to class, in each stack there are 6 blocks.  She is making 2 or 3 of these quilts - they are quite addicting
Linda was already working on her quilt prior to class, in each stack there are 6 blocks. She is making 2 or 3 of these quilts – they are quite addicting
I am using an ombre fabric for my background - I think a nice name for this quilt will be Midnight in the Garden or perhaps Moonlit Garden - do you have a suggestion for a name?
I am using an ombre fabric for my background – I think a nice name for this quilt will be Midnight in the Garden or perhaps Moonlit Garden – do you have a suggestion for a name?

And look at this great idea from Laresa

Laresa had a great tip to share with your group.  And I love her beautiful smile!
Laresa had a great tip to share with your group. And I love her beautiful smile!

And then just because……

Nothing to do with quilting - but these little red birds love to sing outside my quilt room windows - they are very camera shy though!
Nothing to do with quilting – but these little red birds love to sing outside my quilt room windows – they are very camera shy though!

Which garden will you be working in today?  I hope it makes you smile!

Dee

 

Flowers For My Wedding – Grandma Style!

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

The beginning designs, before any background fill.  I used a light blue for the feathers and butterflies.  Also in the arcs and melons
The beginning designs, before any background fill. I used a light blue for the feathers and butterflies. 
Now with a little background fill
Now with a little background fill – which is done in white thread.
I love love love feathers in the wedding ring quilts!
I love love love feathers in the wedding ring quilts!
Whimsical longarm style feathers meandering through the border, see the area with background fill and then the area that hasn't been filled yet
Whimsical longarm style feathers meandering through the border, see the area with background fill and then the area that hasn’t been filled yet
And completion of the quilting
And completion of the quilting
Ahhhhhh
Ahhhhhh
And a little showing off from the backside
And a little showing off from the backside – remember to click on the photo to see the detail!

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!

Denise

 

Mini Me!

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!

Getting ready to help momma make a quilt!
Getting ready to help momma make a quilt!
Have to get everything setup!
Have to get everything setup!
Sewing with Momma - I hope Aunt Jess loves her quilt!
Sewing with Momma – I hope Aunt Jess loves her quilt!  Little brother is in the lower right!

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!

What a model!
What a model!

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!)

Marking her quilt!
Marking her quilt!
The proud winner - she still thinks she won the quilt show - don't you tell her any different!
The proud winner – she still thinks she won the quilt show – don’t you tell her any different!
Even little brother was proud of sissy - this year he will have 2 quilts in the show!
Even little brother was proud of sissy – this year he will have 2 quilts in the show!

 

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!)

What?
What?
Oops, she got off her 1/4" because I distracted her - time to learn how to unsew!
Oops, she got off her 1/4″ because I distracted her – time to learn how to unsew!
Feeding in the longer pieces!
Feeding in the longer pieces!

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!

Outlining the blocks
Outlining the blocks
Oh happy day
Oh happy day
She really had fun in the plain blocks!
She really had fun in the plain blocks!
Oh this one has nothing to do with quilting - we had the music up a little loud and "Do You Want To Build A Snowman" came on - we had to just stop and enjoy the moment!
Oh this one has nothing to do with quilting – we had the music up a little loud and “Do You Want To Build A Snowman” came on – we had to just stop and enjoy the moment!
Do you smile like this when you quilt?  You should!
Do you smile like this when you quilt? You should!
I could not be any prouder! And if it is a sin to be prideful, then call me sinful!
I could not be any prouder! And if it is a sin to be prideful, then call me sinful!
Showing Grandpa
Showing Grandpa
Look right here grandpa!
Look right here grandpa!
They don't teach cursive in school, and especially not in 1st grade, but she does it anyway!
They don’t teach cursive in school, and especially not in 1st grade, but she does it anyway!
Yup!  Me Too!
Yup! Me Too!
Not too Shabby!  She might even win the quilt show again!
Not too Shabby! She might even win the quilt show again!

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!

Dee

 

 

Going to the chapel and we’re going to get married…..

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!)

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Some minimal marking was required for the design
The beginning of the design
The beginning of the design
On to the melon, that is the little "football" in between the pretty arcs.  Can you see the quilting in the arcs?  I decided there wasn't enough so I added some more!
On to the melon, that is the little “football” in between the pretty arcs. Can you see the quilting in the arcs? I decided there wasn’t enough so I added some more!
See there is more quilting in the arcs now.  Can you see the "star" I quilted in the blue/green corners?
See there is more quilting in the arcs now. Can you see the “star” I quilted in the blue/green corners?
The melon and a peek at the centers.
The melon and a peek at the centers.
I fell in love with this one.  Alas, I have emailed Julie that her quilt is ready and at some point it will go home!
I fell in love with this one. Alas, I have emailed Julie that her quilt is ready and at some point it will go home!
Looking across the quilt
Looking across the quilt – don’t you just love the rich autumn colors?
And - and overall look at the quilt....
And – an overall look at the quilt….

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?

Wednesdays – Niemeyer Style

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!

Rita's Flowers for My Wedding Quilt - This will be for her Granddaughter.
Rita’s Flowers for My Wedding Quilt – This will be for her Granddaughter.
Pauline is working on Indian Summer - here are a few of her lights.
Pauline is working on Indian Summer – here are a few of her lights.
Marilyn has been busy working on Mariner's Compass - her first Judy quilt!
Marilyn has been busy working on Mariner’s Compass – her first Judy quilt!
And look - here is Cheryl's Mariner's Compass - she has her center completely done
And look – here is Cheryl’s Mariner’s Compass – she has her center completely done
But she will be adding 4 Compass Rose units to elongate her quilt!
But she will be adding 4 Compass Rose units to elongate her quilt!
Cheryl has already chosen the fabrics for her split log cabin!
Cheryl has already chosen the fabrics for her split log cabin!
Shirley has had her center done for her Mariner's Compass and is now working on her borders!
Shirley has had her center done for her Mariner’s Compass and is now working on her borders!
But look what else Shirley has completed - this beautiful feathered star came home with me for quilting!
But look what else Shirley has completed – this beautiful feathered star came home with me for quilting!
And another feathered star - Janeane added the queen  borders for Glacier Star to make this beautiful Feathered Star Quilt!
And another feathered star – Janeane added the queen borders for Glacier Star to make this beautiful Feathered Star Quilt!
And Janeane has also completed her Mariner's Compass!
And Janeane has also completed her Mariner’s Compass!
Janeane's time consumer has been this rendition of Flowers for My Wedding - a 50th wedding anniversary gift for her parents!
Janeane’s time consumer has been this rendition of Flowers for My Wedding – a 50th wedding anniversary gift for her parents!
Won't appliqué look stunning in this wide open corners!
Won’t appliqué look stunning in this wide open corners!

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!

Dee

Quilt Til You WILT!

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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.

Barb is using the happiest background fabric
Barb is using the happiest background fabric
Barb's fabrics were picked out by friends - her quilt is going to be awesome!
Barb’s fabrics were picked out by friends – her quilt is going to be awesome!
Earl is exhausted after all the sewing.
Earl is exhausted after all the sewing.
Rhea's Sails are so pretty.
Rhea’s Sails are so pretty.
Rhea's quilt is coming along nicely
Rhea’s quilt is coming along nicely
Vernell is pretty tickled - I have received emails and she is just about completely done.  Class was less than 1 month ago!
Vernell is pretty tickled – I have received emails and she is just about completely done. Class was less than 1 month ago!
I received this picture via email 2 weeks after class - as of last  nights email Vernell only has a few more seams left to go!
I received this picture via email 2 weeks after class – as of last nights email Vernell only has a few more seams left to go!
Kay, Liz and Nancy all chose the kit - however as class progressed they each made small changes that will give there quilts a little personal touch
Kay, Liz and Nancy all chose the kit – however as class progressed they each made small changes that will give there quilts a little personal touch

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We had several students that chose the kit option.  Here is Cheryl's quilt Saturday night - she was unable to join us Sunday.
We had several students that chose the kit option. Here is Cheryl’s quilt Saturday night – she was unable to join us Sunday.
Donna's in the beginning
Donna’s in the beginning
Donna's quilt is full of life - she was unable to do any of the homework prior to class so everything you see here was accomplished during quilt til you wilt
Donna’s quilt is full of life – she was unable to do any of the homework prior to class so everything you see here was accomplished during quilt til you wilt
I love Sari's red feathers
I love Sari’s red feathers
Sari is making this quilt for her niece.  She had some of her sections already sewn before retreat started.
Sari is making this quilt for her niece. She had some of her sections already sewn before retreat started.
Shirley was unable to take the class, but wanted to inspire the students with her finished top.  Lots of stonehedge fabrics used in this quilt.
Shirley was unable to take the class, but wanted to inspire the students with her finished top. Lots of stonehedge fabrics used in this quilt.

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!

Denise