Archive for the ‘Quilting Inspiration’ Category

WISQ June 2013

July 17, 2013

       Quilt group was at Adele’s in June;

my favorite night of the month for chatting, laughing and sharing our quilting habits.

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Charity quilt from the Nickel quilt patterns.  Love this easy, but fun block.  Looks good scrappy too.

Thanks to Cathy this one is done.

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Two more charity quilts for Project Linus from Karen.  Is your stash used up yet, Karen??

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More quilts.  Aren’t these beauties?  I believe the bottom one was a stash buster pattern from Glad Creations in Minneapolis.

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Goodies from the MN Quilt Show:  a cute fabric bundle and two patterns from This and That.

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I always love a surprise when I look at the back of a quilt, and these from Cathy did not disappoint.

Like having two. . . two. . . two quilts in one.

Happy summer,

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Minnesota Quilt Show

June 15, 2013

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June is here.  It’s that time of year for sunshine, gardening, outdoor dining, . . . well not quite yet in Minnesota.  Sadly, we’ve had no spring and summer is slow to come.  But one thing we can always count on is the Minnesota Quilt Show.  It’s held during the second week of June, which is very convenient for those of us who are in education — or those of us who are retired (I won’t say any names you lucky ones).

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This year the show is being held in Duluth, our favorite location.  We all headed up on Wednesday to spend some time on the shores of Lake Superior.  The first thing we did when we arrived was to eat of course.  We headed to the Duluth Grill (on Guy’s Triple D list).  Let me tell you, it did not disappoint.  The four of us each ordered a different entree and shared: pasty (a Northern MN favorite), ratatouille, fish tacos and smoked salmon salad.  OMG – top mine off with slightly sweetened raspberry iced tea and it was Nirvana.  If you take a look at our photo, you’ll discover our little secret.  We all bought the Duluth Grill Cookbook.  Those of you who know me know that I really needed a cookbook!!  Hmm, I think I’ll be making a bunch of pasties soon.

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We stayed at the Suites Hotel at Waterfront Plaza.  I know, the outside of the building looks a little scary, but wow was our room great.  We had a complete apartment – two bedrooms, two baths, a main room with a fireplace, full kitchen and dining space, and a whirlpool.  We were over the moon when we saw it.  This place used to be a hardware warehouse but now is totally renovated into a beautiful hotel.

After having our wine and shopping a bit, we spent Wednesday night watching season one of Downton Abbey.  After episode four we all retired while visions of quilts danced in our heads.  More tomorrow on the Show itself.  But here’s a preview.  This was one of my favorite quilts:

 

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Stay tuned,

Spring Quilt

April 21, 2013

36 degrees, cloudy and gray, snow on the ground. If you’re like me, and most Minnesotans,  you’re sick of having winter in spring.  Come on already, Mother Nature!  Let’s move on.  I need sun and warmth and tulips blooming.

I saw this free quilt pattern from Moda on Bonnie Hunter’s Quiltville Facebook Page and it gave me a glimpse  of spring.  I had a vision of this as a tablecloth on my picnic table with my red dishes and a bouquet of flowers.  Sigh.

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It’s called Glamping= glamour + camping.  Designed by Mary Jane Butters.

Click here: http://www.unitednotions.com/fp_glamping.pdf

or here for the  Glamping pdf with all the instructions for free.

Maybe if we all make one of these quilts and chant “Winter, winter, go away. Come again another day.  Quilting friends just want to play” (and be warm, wear sandals, and eat outside) it’ll work and spring will have finally sprung!

If you haven’t already, “like” Bonnie Hunter’s Quiltville facebook page.  So much inspiration!

Dixie Diary Block 3

March 29, 2013

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Here it is.  Dixie Diary block 3.  I’m loving the pink and brown combination.

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Here’s one with the applique center.

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A 12″ version with a 1″ frame, set on point by Sandi Brothers.  Don’t you love that cute little star?

Check out Barbara Brackman’s Civil War Blog  for more  block information and a little inspiration.

Dixie Diary Block 2

March 18, 2013

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I recently posted the Inspiration Quilt for this block of the month series.  I included the link for block 1.  Here’s block 2 from Barbara Brackman, the first lady of quilt history.  You can applique a heart or star in the center of each block – or not.  It’s a really beautiful quilt and did I mention the patterns are free?

The Sixth Day of Christmas in July

July 30, 2011

Oh, Christmas Tree , Oh Christmas Tree, how lovely are your branches . . .

Here’s a cute little tree designed by Amy using Kate Spain’s new line Flurry.  Visit Moda’s Bake Shop for a tutorial.

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I’m back from my vacation, and it was fantastical.   So, Christmas in July will probably extend into Christmas in August.  Stay tuned.

The Second Day of Christmas in July

July 21, 2011

On the second day of Christmas my love of quilting gave to me, a free tree skirt pattern.

Stars All Around Tree Skirt

This is a free pattern from EZ quilt and was designed by Darlene Zimmerman. The skirt has a large central star with smaller stars around it.  It only requires two fabrics, although it could  be made scrappy as well.

I found a variation made by Jo of Jo’s Country Junction.  Check it out on her blog.  Nice work Jo.

♪♫ Oh Christmas tree, oh Christmas tree . . .  ♪♫