This is the first quilt I’ve seen done by one of my customers with my Tranquil Forest pattern! Lorraine B. from San Diego did a super job on it and it was her very first quilt! It is so exciting to see my pattern turned into an actual, real, honest-to-goodness, living, breathing quilt! I hope I get to see many more over the coming years. Yep, that’s definitely an unveiled hint quilters! Here’s your mantra for today: “Buy the pattern, make the quilt…..buy the pattern, make the quilt”….
This is a great pattern to make if you are a beginner, but it’s also a good one for experienced sewists to whip out for that quick baby quilt. It can be done scrappy, or planned; either way it is fast and fun. The main thing is to prepare yourself a coffee (or tea or wine!) and just do it. Dive into that stash. Or go shopping. What are you waiting for?
Oh….maybe you need the pattern? Click on the image below to purchase, and it will be on its way to you before you know it.
I’m back at my machine and quilting up a storm! I’ve come up with a new overall quilting design which I call “Peacock.” It’s mostly swirly but with some longer curves. It makes a really nice texture and can be done big or small. It’s really fun to do, and flow really well out of my brain! Two of the photos above have the Peacock quilting, and the green one has the “Curls” overall design. My brain also loves that one!
Of course that’s in-between working at Doug’s Nuts (haven’t “liked” us yet on Facebook – we can always use more likes! As a matter of fact, that is my goal this month…just saying!), coordinating the annual Covered Bridge Regatta, creating fun projects with Sheila Sinclair Snyder, updating my website along with the OAR website, preparing another quilt to go to a magazine (coming out this fall),creating a custom commissioned quilt for my friends Jon and Kathy, and motivating the Pine Needlers towards their goal of our annual quilt show in July. Spare time? Ha! If I did, I could certainly fill it with dog training, gardening, rowing, or making caramel – my new “gotta master this recipe” challenge. No wonder the days go by pretty fast!
When I first designed the Dot to Dot Quilt, I made it in these red and taupe colors. I’ve been drawn to the taupe color for quite some time, and this seemed like just the perfect place to use such a color because it would nicely show my longarm quilting and be a fabulous base for the crazy strips of dots! The dots at the end of each row were hand-appliqued….yep, you read that right. Not my strong suit, but I muddled through. And I do love they way they look.
Then of course I had to do some crazy fun quilting on it. So I chose modern feathers and stitched them in down each of the solid rows. On the dotted fabrics I used straight lines and mirrored the angles at the end of each row.
I sent a photo off to Generation Q Magazine and they said they loved it, but wanted it in spring colors to add it to their Spring Edition. So off I went to the fabric store to buy more fabric (darn). It’s hard to find certain colors when you are actually under a deadline. That was my big discovery! But I found what I needed, and added a few more from my stash and it all came together. Phew! And now I have two of these fabulous quilts….that couldn’t be bad, right?