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Meet the Author event August 7

Yesterday was my “Meet the Author” event at the Silverdale Quality Sewing and Vacuum store.  It was terrific fun.  The 35 or 40 ladies in attendance were so enthusiastic and asked lots of great questions.  The staff at Silverdale QS&V were terrific hosts, providing savings coupons for attendees, door prizes, refreshments, and demonstrations of some of their products.  The three hours just flew by.  I signed lots of books and a few patterns.

This was my first trunk show, and went pretty well.  I did a lot of prep ahead of time, preparing a big notebook of  information about each quilt and samples of various techniques that could be handed around.  Now I have it all ready I hope there will be other opportunities to use the material.

After the event, the store manager (Jim) suggested they would be happy to do another book signing event “when my next book comes out”.  I told him first I have to think up a good idea for a book!  Since the binding book took several years to produce, even once the idea comes – if it does – the book signing won’t be any time soon.

Now this event is over, I hope to get back to some serious quilting and post here about some interesting quilting progress!

New quilt tops from “Super Swift Quilts” patterns

As part of my trunk show preparation, I decided to make up new samples of several patterns from my book, “Super Swift Quilts”.  A couple of them I hadn’t actually made before – I had made up one or more blocks as I was writing the book, but hadn’t completed a whole quilt.  These three (shown below) are all easy.  Rail Fence Flags goes together really fast.  Triple Pinwheels looks a lot harder than it is!   The mitered borders on “Lattice in the Window” are a little time consuming. The easy piecing of the center goes quickly (a couple of hours at most, once the pieces are cut) but expect to spend an equal amount of time on the mitered borders.

Rail Fence Flags

Rail Fence Flags

Triple Pinwheels

Triple Pinwheels

Lattice In The Window

Lattice In The Window

Happy Quilting!

Free Quilt Patterns Available

I am pleased to announce that I have uploaded fourteen FREE quilt patterns to my PatternSpot store.  These patterns are very simple ones, first developed some years ago for use by my guild for charity quilts.  Because the calculations are already done for yardage and cutting requirements, you can get a running start on quilt construction with these patterns.

Check out my Patterns page (scroll to the bottom) and you will see thumbnail pictures of each free pattern.  I hope you will find them useful!

A quilt pattern tuneup – part 2



Based on some excellent comments from Charlie, I have gone back to Electric Quilt and come up with a couple of revised designs. The first just changes the widths of the sashing strips so they are all a consistent one inch finished. I think Charlie is right, it is better with the consistent width. The second, shown below, follows Charlie’s suggestion of making all the sashing strips one color. This quilt would actually be easier to make because the sashing would not have to be added to each block individually, and it takes fewer fabrics. The first version has a little more “punch” and the second is softer and emphasizes the print fabric more.  I like them both.

Garden windows quilt with purple and blue sashing

   Garden windows with all sashing the same width

Garden Windows with blue sashing only

Garden Windows with blue sashing only



A quilt pattern tuneup part 1

I designed a quilt pattern a few years ago for a local shop, using a specific fabric line (Kumiko Sudo was the designer). The line included one fabric with a very large pattern. So the resulting quilt design, which I called Garden Windows, looked like this mocked up in Electric Quilt:

Garden windows quilt in red

Garden Windows in red from Kumiko Sudo fabric line

And here is another version, using a smaller scale focal print:

Garden windows purple and green quilt

Garden windows quilt in purple and green

I hadn’t actually made this pattern up in fabric, since I wasn’t getting paid for the design. I like the pattern enough to rework it, so this is my first report on the re working. I am labeling this post part 1 because I am not totally happy with the quilt yet, so I expect to change it a little.

I found another fabric with a large design at my local quilt shop, and selected several fabrics to accompany it. The fabrics are shown here.

Focus print and companion fabricss

Initial fabric choices for the Garden Window qult

The red and blue solids bring out the flower colors in the focal print. I hadn’t decided on the fabric for the borders and setting triangles at this point, but thought I would try to find a blue and black print. I couldn’t find one that worked, so I had to go another direction. I went back to the shop and bought a coordinating leaf print in the same line as the focal print. The completed quilt top is shown below.

Garden Windows quilt with red and blue flowers

Garden Windows red and blue flowers version

In retrospect, I think the solid blue is too bright, and I should have used a darker blue or switched to the red for the block sashing rectangles around the white/green blocks. Fussy cutting the large blocks consumed an incredible amount of fabric – not good in this day of rising fabric prices. I also think the blue sashing strips are too narrow. I will go back to Electric Quilt and mock up a new version of the pattern with wider strips — if that will work geometrically. Don’t know yet. Stand by for further developments…