GiveAway Winners

by Stephanie on August 1, 2014

in Uncategorized

OMG, how can it be August already? Don’t know about you, but project deadlines have been pushed back and back and back this summer. I’m now looking at a few things and thinking, “maybe I can get that done before Labor Day?” The good news about a new month popping up so fast is that the magazine giveaway is now closed and two winners have been selected*:



Yay for Susannah


… and Patty!


I’ve sent you each an email requesting your mailing address.

If you’ve already got a copy, please pass this one on to someone you know who will enjoy it.

Thanks to everyone else who entered, I enjoyed reading your comments! As soon as I get a chance (this weekend?) I’ll retrieve my quilty road trip pics from the phone and get some of the edited and up in a post for you to enjoy. And maybe I’ll put some more thoughts done on batiks and modern quilting.


* Sharon’s second comment was disqualified:
if the answer had come up “4″ I would have tossed it out and drawn again,
although that wasn’t necessary.

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Aloha friends, since my last post I’ve been to Oregon and back, visiting with family and enjoying a change of scenery. This included a stop at the outdoor quilt show in Sisters, OR, on July 12, which was a treat, in spite of being brutally hot. Count that as one item off the Quilty Bucket List. Road trip pics await another post, because right now I have to show off what was in the mailbox when I got home:me-TQL(remind me to put makeup on before taking another selfie)

Yep, that’s me, in the August issue of The Quilt Life magazine: article by the lovely and talented Victoria Findlay-Wolfe. We had a fun Skype interview discovering our many layers of creative kindred-spiritedness, which she turned into a fabulous write-up.


And look, there’s more! I’ve got a pattern in the magazine, too:


It’s called “Down East Garden” and was inspired by my grandmother’s summer garden in Maine. TQL did such a great job with the photos and text, I’m tickled pink by all of it. Getting a pattern published in a magazine was on my 2014 Quilty wish list, so we can cross that one off, too. Yay!

The good news for you, dear readers, is that I’ve got two copies of TQL to give away. The theme of this issue is Road Trips, so if you’d like a chance to win, leave a comment below and tell me about a recent road trip you’ve taken, or one you’d like to take. Special applause for quilt-related travel, but any kind of road trip mention will do for giveaway entry.

This giveaway is open to anyone, anywhere, until midnight (Hawaii time) next Thursday, July 31st. I’ll pick two winners at random on August 1st.

BTW: In the text that accompanies the pattern, I’m on record as predicting that tonal batiks and hand-dyes will be the next big thing in Modern quilting. What do you think: yea or nay??

<< This Giveaway is now CLOSED >>

(but comments are still open, if you’ve got something to share)

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… that at the mid-point of the year, I officially pulled ahead on my 2014 “finish more than I start this year” count. (I’m counting as “new starts” only those projects for which fabric was first cut after Jan. 1, 2014.)

The picture above is a detail of something I can’t show all of yet. Soon, but not yet.

As laudable as this progress may be, here’s the real story:

I’m only ahead on the count because I took a stack of nine similar 12″ blocks — originally intended for use together in a single quilt — added borders to each one, and made nine 20″ pillow covers from them instead.


Heheh: pretty clever, right? Not only were these blocks from deep in the “orphans and extras” bin (meaning they were started well before this year), but I’ve turned what could have been a measly “one” finish into nine (nine!) tics in the “finished” column.

And I gotta say, the pillows are gorgeous!


I want to keep all of them.


The backs are nice, too. I keep a variety of home dec weight twills in the stash, for doing this:


After a certain recent not very fulfilling project, it was sooooo nice to work on these beauties. All those intense colors and patterns are food for my soul.

Midway through this quickie photo shoot, I turned back to where things were stashed in the shade beside the house, and discovered this (Cosmo, get out of there!):


Since I really don’t need to add any more pillows to the ample supply already filling this house, most of these will be out-placed via the Etsy shop. Some day. I’m heading for the mainland next week, and have what feels like a month’s worth of stuff to get done before then. Those Etsy listings are looking like excellent candidates for the “do when I get back” list…

MQG Fabric Challenge finish

by Stephanie on June 27, 2014

in Home Decor

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I finished this looooooong runner (15″x75″) over a month ago and only took finish photos of it yesterday, although there are some binding details here. Looks nice all loosely gathered up as you see above. The full front and back, side by side:


Here’s a closer look at one end:



… the middle:

serrano-the middle

… and the other end:


I was glad to have the chance to test out my newly-drafted octagon star blocks with this project (more of those in more “me” colors coming soon), but these fabrics are so not-me that by the time I’d finished this top I had very little interest in spending more time with it to quilt it.

That’s the good thing about a challenge: there’s a deadline and a reason to keep going. Plus I’d spent some of my fabric budget on additional yardage (those teeny fat-eighth cuts don’t go far), and didn’t want to feel I’d wasted it by not finishing the project. Overall, I’m pleased with how it turned out.


Wonky Web QAYG pillows

by Stephanie on June 21, 2014

in Improvisational Piecing,Pillows

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There’s a little boudoir pillow (12″x16″) that lives on my lounge chair out on our deck. What with the sun and salt air and drifting drizzle (we only bring the chair cushions in when it’s really raining), that little pillow gets grubby and faded pretty fast. I make a new cover for it every year or so, which is usually long past when it qualifies for a makeover.

Regular readers will know I’ve embarked on a mission to use up strip scraps by making both traditional spider web blocks and some wonkier improvisational ones. I looked at the wonky ones on the design wall the other day, and thought, “I bet those would be great for QAYG”. Quilt as You Go has been around for a long time, but for whatever reason I’d never done it.

Well, I happened to have a long piece of batt trimming that, when measured, was 17″ wide. The perfect size, in other words, for making a new cover for my deck chair pillow. So I cut a piece off (13″x17″), trimmed a lining piece from something in the “how did these uglies creep into my stash?” pile, and went to town.

When the top was done I threw together a quick back from some home dec weight scraps, and my new pillow cover was done.

It was so fast and easy, I made two more for the (not quite as grubby but looking kinda tired) throw pillows on the couch in my sewing studio. Those are each 16″ square, and didn’t take much longer to do than the little one.

This one has a wonky hexagon center:


And this one is built around a wonky pentagon:


For all of these, I grabbed strips at random, aiming only to avoid duplicates and use as many different fabrics as possible in each one. They are a true mishmash of everything.

The boudoir one has a zip in the back, the others got the quicker/easier envelope treatment because I was deeply into slapdash mode.


I kinda miss the added texture and detail of the usual done-on-top quilting, but not enough to spoil my delight in how these turned out. (And OMG, have I mentioned how SUPER QUICK and EASY these were?!?)


Couldn’t be happier with these, although there’s still a mountain of strip scraps to be put to use. I’m going to go rummage in the studio closet and see what other batting scraps I’ve got …

Which has me wondering : we quilters throw a lot of talk around about what to make from our fabric scraps, how to store and organize scraps, how small does a scrap have to be before it gets tossed out, and so on. But what about your batting scraps? How large does an extra bit of batt have to be before you’ll keep, rather than toss it? (If I could make a coaster from mine, I keep ‘em. Not that the coasters have happened yet, but there could be some QAYG ones in my future.)

Leave a comment and share your batting-scrap policy, ’cause I want to know!