I have joined a group of bloggers on Facebook – the goal of the group is to inspire each other to set goals for blogging. I set a goal to post on Monday and Thursday of each week. Today my post is short and sweet!
I may have missed the boat on this one, I should’ve posted it on Valentine’s day, but I didn’t! Do you still love me?
This beautiful quilt uses a technique called “reverse appliqué” It gives a little bit of extra dimension to the piece. Another term used here is “cutwork appliqué” Cutwork appliqué reminds me of when we would paper and then make cuts for snowflakes….do you still do this sometimes? Have you ever done it with fabric? To add additional dimension I used 2 battings, cotton and then a layer of wool.
I hope you enjoy today’s share – even though it is a few days late!
PS – if you would like to see this quilt in person; it is part of the “Best Little Quilt Show in Texas” Fayette County Fairgrounds – La Grange, TX. February 26 & 27, 2016
Back in September I was contacted by Timeless Treasures Fabrics to join their blog tour for “The Reclaimed West” fabric collection ……
Here is a complete list of all those participating in the blog tour….. as you can see I am in great company. I haven’t had a chance to check yesterday’s blog posts, but am excited to see all the wonderful projects this week.
And Guess WHAT? There are prizes…. click here to enter to win!
My project did not need to be done until November 18th, which is after quilt festival and it would also be after my “Summer Solstice” for Quiltworx would be due; also made from “Reclaimed West”The past few days have been busy here at HollyDee Quilts. (Photos later in the post)
Anyway – I immediately replied that I would love to participate and sent in my fabric order, which was shipped promptly and drooling commenced!
Now some of you are new to the blog so you may not realize we have been building a new home and our “big stuff” i.e. the longarm were scheduled to be moved on Friday, November 14th. I wish that meant that all I had to do was wait for the movers to show up – but if you have ever moved you know – there is lots of purging and packing that has to happen prior to the move! I have been working on and off since June of this year on the purging and packing (what could be packed).
I was also quilting customer quilts up until Tuesday, November 11th!
And yes – I was trying to work on my Timeless Treasures Project for the blog tour – now I shall no longer bore you with words and will give you a photographic tour!
Tuesday, November 11, we prepped the longarm for the big move (3 hours WEST of Houston)
Once the quilt room at the old house was ready for the movers I had some free time to either pack or work on my Reclaimed West project – I found a way to work on my project….
Thank you for stopping by the blog! I hope you enjoyed today’s post and don’t forget to go enter to win some of your very own “Reclaimed West” fabric and goodies! Click here to enter….
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Many many years ago I was at a Sew-In with the Lakeview Quilters Guild and some of the ladies were talking about a “block swap”. I did not know what that was so I nosed my way in and saw these blocks from a quilt I had seen at a retreat a few months prior. The quilt was called “Timeless Treasure” and the block is “Triple 4-Patch”. Well I opened my big mouth and said “oh that would be fun to do!” I received a phone call a few days later, one of the ladies wanted to drop out of the swap and was asking if I would take her place. I said SURE! I had no-clue what I was getting into at the time. Each month we made 21 identical blocks, 20 to swap and 1 for a quilt for our guild auction. Back then I traveled, A LOT, for my job and I would spend all my at home time trying to get my blocks done for the swap. Near the end of the swap they asked us to make the guild blocks ahead so we could make the guild quilt prior to the auction.
Then my friend Patty and I assembled the top for the guild too! If you are going to volunteer for something – do it with Patty – she is fun and takes her commitments very serious!
Fast Forward – my friend Holly (of HollyDee Quilts fame!) saw my quilt and wanted to make one too! So we found a group to do another swap – she was traveling A LOT back then, but was stuck in WI for a period of time and she ended up making most of our blocks for this swap! So, if you want to be in a swap, Holly is a good one to be with!
Fast Forward some more…… I worked for Sew Contempo in Clearlake, TX and we were hosting Alex Anderson back when she was still “Simply Quilts”. I had brought many quilts and quilt tops to decorate the courtyard where the event was being held. As Alex was leaving the morning event to go have lunch and relax until the evening event she saw my Triple 4-Patch quilt top and commented that it was one of her favorite quilts, but she would never have one because the best way to make that quilt was a block swap and she did not “do” block swaps. Well my brain went into overload upon hearing her words, I decided I was going to give her my quilt top – and I did! I had mentioned this to several of my co-workers and some quilter friends that were there for the event and no one told me that was a bad idea and I knew it was a good idea. So after the evening event while Alex was signing books and we were cleaning up I gathered my top (and my friends) and I presented her with the quilt top – needless to say she was SHOCKED! She did try to say NO!, but I did not listen. I explained it was no problem that I would just start another swap to get another quilt for me – she said she doesn’t do swaps – I said she did not need to be in the swap – this quilt was hers, but if she wanted to make one set of 20 blocks then I bet I could fill the swap right there and then – and I pretty much did!
A couple of weeks later a box arrived in the mail – it contained a sweet care package from Alex!
I must share the note inside the thank you card!
I am still Blown away by your generosity – I will never lust over a quilt again. I am torn over whether or not it should be mine, but too late now because IT IS! 🙂 It is in the living room on display on an antique quilt rack it is PERFECT! Thank you from the Bottom of my heart – Alex
A quick google search says that Simply Quilts ran from 1995 to 2006, so this probably all happened in 2006, because the show had just been cancelled when she visited Clearlake. My sources, aka Linda Wells, has done some research and she thinks the event probably happened in spring 2004 or even spring 2005. I know we were swapping the blocks in September 2005 when Hurricane Rita threatened our area because Marsha Henshaw moved all of our blocks to safer ground!
And – YES I do have a finished quilt for ME! I have had the blocks since probably 2007 or 2008, then at some point I put my quilt top together and it marinated (which is what happens when you are a long arm quilter and don’t have time to quilt your own quilts!) I had quilted a really fabulous quilt for my friend Susie McCracken and when I sent it with her I did not send an invoice – instead I sent her a note a few days after she received her quilt back and asked if instead of writing me a check she would quilt a quilt for me – I explained it was my Triple 4-Patch and that I wanted Baptist Fan, which meant she could use her Circle Lord Templates and she JUMPED on that!
I am a member of Lakeview Quilters Guild and have been since probably 1997. In this guild are some very well-known quilters.
One such quilter is the amazingly talented Cynthia England! I am also honored to call her my friend! Cynthia has won Best of Show at Houston International Quilt Show she really is quite good at what she does.
So…..several years ago when she contacted me to quilt a traditional quilt for her, needless to say I was scared! Yikes, this was Cynthia freaking England! I think the first quilt I did for her was an Irish Chain in lavender and creams. There have been many over the years that I have quilted for her and they are always fun to do because her borders are flat, her piecing is excellent – well you get it.
She had even come over to my house to borrow my Gammill to quilt 2 of her show quilts, One Fine Day and Through Tuscany. You have no idea how excited I was to see these quilts hang in shows and be able to think – YIKES – those were quilted on my machine (even if I had not done the quilting). I know I am a true quilt NERD! You will all be happy to know that Cynthia has been the proud owner of her own Gammill since September 2008 – I was there while they delivered it! (and hurricane Ike came to visit just a few days after that!) Cynthia lives on a bayou and was out-of-town when Ike hit, but her family moved her Gammill head and a large portion of her fabric stash upstairs. Thankfully IKE was kind to the England homestead!
In 2009 or 2010 Cynthia mentioned to me that she was working on a new book and wanted me to quilt one of the quilts for the book, I said well OK! She eventually got the quilt to me and I eventually got the quilt done, however the book was not ready to be born yet. Then in 2012 she started getting really serious about the book, Richard Larsen and I quilted most of the quilts for the book. I think I quilted 11 of the projects in the book! The book is designed to use smaller amounts of her picture piecing in traditional quilts. The book has all the patterns for the quilts and pre-printed freezer papers are also available for your convenience. Cynthia’s photographer for the book, Michael McCormick, did a fabulous job of not only capturing the quilts, but the quilting. Cynthia’s goal was to provide a book that was more than just patterns and she did that and so much more.
But back to that original quilt – sadly it did not make it into the book – Cynthia determined that she wanted the book to focus on traditional quilts with minimal picture piecing. The original quilt did not make the cut! (But you can see photos at the end of this post!)
Cynthia has been a guest on “Simply Quilts” with Alex Anderson and has been a guest twice on “The Quilt Show” with Ricky Tims and Alex Anderson, the 2nd show just launched last week and for a few days you can preview it here even if you are not a member of “The Quilt Show”. I have received a couple of notes that my name is mentioned – YIKES again!
Well here are the promised photos of the Roses Quilt and then I am going to sit down with a good cup of coffee and watch “The Quilt Show” episode #1412
Let me know if you watch the show and what you think of it!
Tomorrow I will share another “claim to fame” in the quilting world!
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!
2 years ago when sissy had a quilt in the quilt show Mr. B said he wanted to do that, he was 3. I said OK, you will be 5 for the next show and we will do that! He has now made 2 quilts, the first when he was 4 and he helped draw lines for me to sew on and then he say on my lap while I sewed at the machine.
This time he was able to guide the fabric, with a little help and understand the process much better. He thought it was cool how we could sew each piece together to make it BIG, like a puzzle.
When it came time to quilt it, asked if he wanted to draw with thread from the front of the machine or use one of the boards on the back. He like the swirlz board from Circle Lord so we used it.
As I learned in my first longarm class, it is important to finger trace the design, so we did that.
Then he stitched the first 2 rows (we needed 4). He watched from the front while I stitched another row. He liked that watching the stitches appear on the quilt.
Time for a quick photo and then he was off to ride his bike and explore the neighborhood with grandpa!
My niece made this beautiful quilt as a fundraiser for her son’s school. When she was trying to decide colors she wasn’t sure what to do and I suggested neutrals as this would appeal to a wider audience. Stripped piece in batiks – I think she made a very striking quilt! The is her 2nd Colorwash Trip Around the World. The first one she made was also for a fundraiser from when she was a “Rainbow” girl. I love that the young women in my life enjoy sewing, quilting and crafting as much as I do.
Ronda has been working on a beautiful quilt designed by Lisa Bongean of Primitive Gatherings, while at Market in Houston last November the quilt was staged in Moda’s booth. Ronda and I trekked over there and took some photos of the quilting by Linda Hrcka of the Quilted Pineapple. We also were able to visit with Lisa and Linda both, as well as Lisa’s charming husband who was manning the booth! I was so enchanted by Lisa’s quilts and Linda’s quilting that when I attended preview night for the main show I made a beeline for the Primitive Gatherings Booth to make a couple of purchases. Log Jam will be made for my brother-in-law, he has a beautiful home in Island Park, ID and this quilt will fit in perfect. And for Cordeeaiybray I will be making Portland Rose. But we must get back to Ronda’s Words!
Ronda calls this quilt her “Words” quilt, it is actually “Words to Live By” and we should all strive to live up to this quilts expectations! I have been watching Ronda chronicle the making of Words on her blog and I knew I was going to have to step up the the plate and hit this one out of the ball park. When she dropped the quilt off we visited The Quilted Pineapple to see what battings were used, wool and bamboo were the soup du jour, Ronda had brought the wool and all I needed to do was add the Bamboo…. easy you would think right? Well I forgot the bamboo until she called to see if I remembered – I had started quilting and it was a bunch of feathers and I really did not want to perform the frog stitch on all of those feathers, Ronda said it was ok. So I quilted some more feathers and then had a skipped stitch and said OK – the quilt wins! I called Ronda to let her know I would be taking the quilting out and adding the bamboo – obviously this quilt would not be happy with out it!
Those stitches go in a lot faster than they come out! Threads were removed and needle holes were carefully steamed and the quilt was reloaded, but only after a VERY thorough clean of the machine and re-thread from scratch with several adjustments to be sure we had no more skipped stitches!
Now I was ready to quilt, stabilizing the quilt first means quilting the borders and any ditch work as well as outline the appliqués. Then the fun could begin. I referred to my photos from market and visited The Quilted Pineapple a lot! Some of Linda’s quilting was outright copied and sometimes I put my own spin on it! I hope you enjoy!
Click on the photo for a larger photo!
And with permission from Linda Hrcka a link to The Quilted Pineapple. Her quilting is PHENOMENAL! I hope you will take the time to visit!
In January I posted a quiz on my HollyDee Quilts Facebook page – How many of my own Judy Niemeyer Quilts Tops do I have to quilt? The answer was 11 – that was on January 16th. Today is February 1st and I now have an even dozen! I am so excited because I just finished my Captains Wheel Quilt Top, pattern by Judy Niemeyer. (Judy’s Original). (Someday I will count how many other quilt tops I have of my own to quilt!)
I started cutting the fabric on December 16th. (Remember I also am a long arm quilter and we had the holidays in there – I did not sew every day on this project, I just fit a couple of hours in here and there.
A fantastic rainbow of color – I hope this is as pretty as think it is going to be!
I think I am in love!
See the fabric that randomly changes color around the smaller captains wheel block – that is the replacement fabric – much better than tan don’t you agree?
If you have already made this pattern or are currently working on it – you will notice that my corner is different than the pattern. I added a line down the center of the corner so my color wheel would work it’s way around the quilt properly.
The original pattern includes a rope that undulates around the quilt between the border and the Captains’ Wheel blocks
The rope really finishes it off and I love how the colors change as it goes around. I purchased the fabric at Houston International Quilt Festival in November with no particular project in mind – serendipity!
Now for some fun….. The pattern is “Captains Wheel” This is a companion quilt for “Mariners Compass”. Both of these quilts need names – do you have a good idea for a name?
I just finished quilting this fabulous quilt for my friend Marilynn. It will be a house warming gift for a friend of hers. Marilynn and I were at a retreat this past summer and stopped by a wonderful little quilt shop in Castroville, TX. The shop is Fabric ‘N Friends and it is always fun to visit them when I am in the area. This quilt was among the treasures we found that day.
Today’s post was short and sweet – I hope you enjoyed!