Dutch Treat Quilt

I was thrilled to see Betz White’s new fabric line “Dutch Treat” for Riley Blake Designs.  I was even more thrilled when I was given the opportunity to make something using these fantastic fabrics.DutchTreat_Collage_72dpi_jpg_400x400_q85

I sketched up a few blocks and finally drew up one that has a bunch of pinwheels … which remind me of windmills so I thought it was fitting for the Dutch Treat theme.

Dutch Treat Quilt Block

I made my original block in two colorways for a total of four blocks.

Dutch Treat Quilt Block

I added a thin sashing between the blocks and then pieced a border to emulate the windmills from the block into the borders.  I used Aurifil thread and my Bernina to free motion quilt the top.  It was the perfect size top  (33” x 33”) to quilt on my home machine.

Dutch Treat Quilt

I had to wait for better weather to photograph the quilt … but I have to say … it was worth the wait!

Dutch Treat Quilt

This might be my favorite shot from that evening.  I haven’t named the quilt yet … or the block.  If you have any thoughts on a good name please leave a comment below!

Thank you to Betz White and Riley Blake for trusting me to make something cool with the Dutch Treat fabrics.  I’m also excited to say that Betz White will be coming to my area this September to teach at the Modern Stitching Affair.  While I’m extremely disappointed that I won’t be able to go myself (apple season) I hope if you can make it work you’ll consider checking it out!  And Betz … perhaps you can take a little road trip to the orchard so we can meet in person!

Scrap Quilt Challenge Sponsors and Prizes!

Today I’m really excited to share with you some of the details about the prizes you can win by entering a finished quilt into the Scrap Quilt Challenge.  (For complete details about the challenge click HERE.)  It just seems as this project keeps getting better and better!
A new set of prizes this year include “Designer Scrap Boxes”!  I have a fabulous group of quilters that are saving there scraps just for you!  I’m really excited about these boxes – they’ll all vary and all will add some amazing scraps into the winners collections!  Each person donating a scrap box has a completely different aesthetic –these are going to be amazing!
Here are all the folks donating a box of scraps to a lucky winner:

Designer Scrap Bags!

We also have prizes from …

Frank Palmer, Full Frontal Quilts

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A bundle of hand-dyed fabric specifically dyed by Frank for this challenge!

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Quilter's Dream Batting


  • twin size batting of our new Dream 80/20 in
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Stitch Fast Packages (5 prizes total!)

Bungalow Quilting and Yarn

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A copy of her new book “Quilts for Scrap Lovers” and the corresponding templates to go with it!

The Quilty Box 

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A past Quilty Box!  (get your subscription today so you don’t miss out on future Quilty Boxes!)

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Fabric goodies to increase your scrappy stash!!!!
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If you weren’t already excited about the Scrap Quilt Challenge I hope you are now!  Check out the rules HERE to see how you can enter to win!
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Amazing Technicolor Lionheart Quilt

Today I’m going to share with you photo’s of my “Amazing Technicolor Lionheart” Quilt for the Cherrywood Fabric Lion King Challenge.

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I used the same raw edge piecing technique that I did for the Amazing Technicolor Dream Heart.  I had such a fantastic time watching this quilt come to be.  I knew it was going to be either a fantastic fail or a fantastic win … pretty sure it was a win. 

Lion King Quilt
The "Amazing Technicolor Lionheart" is the third quilt in my raw edge piecing series. Using a foundation fabric, I sewed different raw edge strips of Cherrywood fabrics to create a lion face inspired by the program from the 2010 Lion King Broadway Musical. Raw edge strips of grab bag Cherrywood fabric was used for the background of the piece. After layering the top with batting and a back I free motion quilted over the entire piece. Cording, hand-dyed yarn and Angelina fibers was added as embellishments to add the perfect final touches to the piece. To finish, I added a faced binding.
Lion King Quilt

I was thrilled to find out that my quilt made the first cut and will be featured in the Lion King Book (which you can pre-order here).  Now it’s going through the next round of judging to see if it makes it into the traveling exhibit.  My fingers are crossed!

Lion King Quilt

PS … there is some amazing limited edition Lion King jewelry also for sale!  It’s gorgeous!
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Foiled Elephant Pillow

I adore being a designer for Therm O Web.  Most of the time we, as designers, get to make what we want as long as we’re featuring there product.  Sometimes we get a more specific assignment … I like to take these as a challenge.  We were challenged to make a mixed media product that featured the new iCraft® Mixed Media Sheets (coming soon!!) and the new watercolored iCraft Deco Foil sheets.  I was in!

Elephant Sketch

I couldn’t get this elephant I had sketched out of my head so I started there … and came up with this guy.

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I stitched him, I foiled him and then it was time quilt him.

quilted progress

I wanted to do something more here though .. it wasn’t enough “mixed media” for my taste yet.  So I played some more with the iCraft® Mixed Media Sheets , watercolored iCraft Deco Foil, and a lighter … yup, I wanted to see what happened when I burned the edges.

Mixed Media Foiled Flower

It was the perfect effect!

Do you feel like I’m only telling you part of the story here … I sort of am.  Head on over to Therm O Web’s blog to see the whole story and more of the process! 

Foiled Elephant Quilted PIllow

 

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Lodi Ag Fair - 2016

Last weekend was my favorite of the year– the Lodi Ag Fair!  Lodi is a small town who really knows how to put a great event together!  You can find everything from cows to chickens to quilts to pie auctions to quilt turnings! 

The fair is basically the Lodi Valley Quilter’s Guild’s big show of the year.  This year I entered nine quilted items and I’m beyond proud to say that 8 of them received ribbons!

Quilt Collage from Lodi Ag Fair 2016

I was also proud to be a part of this quilt

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which also took a blue ribbon home.  I made two of the blocks.  There’s a big story behind this quilt but you’ll have to wait just a bit to find out more.

I know 4H is an amazing program but at this point in our lives we can’t add anything more into our children’s world but luckily the ag fair has an open class option.  Last year Capri entered a fairy garden into open exhibit and this year all three girls entered a bunch of things into the open exhibit.  I found the entry options to be a great way to plan art projects for the girls.

First … let’s check out the fairy gardens.

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Capri made hers in a baby bassinette.

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Pip made hers in a pumpkin!

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And Cedi used an old lego table plus a few bonus boxes for her fairy garden.

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Capri also entered into the “Painted Fabric” category and took home a second place ribbon.

All three of the girls entered into the “Tie Dyed” category.

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Pip’s dyed hoodie took first, IMG_1601

Capri’s dyed vintage kerchief took second,

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And Mercedi’s dyed fabric took third.

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Capri made this doll which took 3rd.

All three girls did the “Mixed Media Seascape” category … this one was the most fun to do I think!

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Mercedi’s took a first

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Pip’s took second

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and Capri took third.

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Pip’s final project was the “Flowers in Acrylic” category and she took a third place ribbon home.

The girls were all excited to not only see there work on display but to see all the ribbons on them!  I was definitely a proud mom!

Full Frontal Quilts–Scrap Quilt Designer Showcase

One of my favorite things about the Scrap Quilt Challenge is getting to meet other quilt designers and take a peak into their thought process when it comes to making scrap quilts.  If you haven’t heard of him yet – you’re going to be thrilled you’ve heard of him now.  Today, I’m excited to feature Frank Palmer of Full Frontal Quilts on my blog today. 

You can find him on Instagram@fpalmer0526 and Facebook too!

K: Why do enjoy using fabric scraps for quilting?

F: In 2014 I started clearing out commercial fabrics from my stash, as I have been migrating to using my own hand dyes exclusively. It was harder than I thought, and in 2015 I joined the #sewmystash2015 movement on Instagram, which helped a lot, and hopefully, the #sewmystash2016 will finally kill off the rest. The precuts have been the hardest to move, oddly, because I don't work that way, so my block for this month uses those. Scrap bins not only hold leftover pieces, but also stash fabrics that have gone from "I will use this someday" to "what the hell was I thinking?".

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K: Do you have a secret or tip for storing your scraps? 

F: I used to sort by color and have a ton of plastic bins and they were all labeled with a PTouch, organized on shelves, and Martha Stewart was proud. But I found it crippling and I wasn't using them. I was just ignoring them. It's no secret, but now I cram them all into wire baskets, and when I begin working on a project, they get dumped on the floor in a big jumble, so I can see them all at once and grab them by color as I need them. Precuts are sorted by cut, and I use them as a group, with anything unused getting crammed into those wire baskets. In 2014, I had 24 wire baskets full of commercial fabrics. In 2016, I have three.

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K: If someone where to have given you one tip for sewing/quilting when you first started - what do you wish they would have told you?

F: I would have made it a point to turn out "you should only..." and only listen to "have you tried...". The things people tell new quilters when they start out, from rules to criticism, become their inner voice for a long time. If I hadn't believed I  needed to apply the "Moscow Rule of Shopping" to my quilts, I wouldn't have been loaded down with fabric for 20 years. **Moscow Rule states that when you see it, and you like it, you must buy it, because you will never see it again.**

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K: What's your favorite color to use in your quilts?

J: Yellow. Because someone I don't like told me that quilts should never have yellow in them. I don't really like yellow, but I put it in most quilts just because I hate being told what to do, and even more, being told what NOT to do.

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This is made of scrap flannel (a lot of it) back in 2001. The colors are not my general vibe, but it used up a lot of leftover bits from flannel quilts, flannel backings, and flannel shirts, and the weight of this quilt is wonderful in the winter.

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This came from a pile of the most hideous batik fabric I have ever seen in my life But, I had to buy it, because the fabric on top and on the bottom of the stack was really beautiful, and the insides were where they snuck in all the horrible gross weirdness. It lived in a stash pile from 2004 to 2013, and finally got chopped up and put into a top that I really like. It's the project that showed me that there are no really ugly fabrics. Only fabric that hasn't been chopped small enough yet.

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Frank is also generous enough to share a FREE downloadable scrappy pattern on Full Frontal Quilts’ craftsy page called “No Leftovers”.

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Description: Use those layer cakes and charm squares that are gathering dust on your shelves. They aren't books, and don't like shelves, or dust. They need to fulfill their destiny. It's up to you. Each block requires a MAXIMUM of two rotary cuts, and the rules are minimal. The only thing easier is to do nothing.

Head over HERE to get your own free pattern!

If you decide to make “No Leftovers” be sure to link up a picture to the linky below!  Include #SQC6 in any instagram posts!

 
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Dutch Label Shop Review

I was recently contact by the Dutch Label shop to see if I would be interested in trying out there product.  As a quilter I know how important it is to label ones creations and I thought this would be a great opportunity to try out a label that could make this process all that much simpler.  So I said yes!IMG_1652
You can either upload your own custom design for your label or use one of there design. The Dutch Label shop had a perfect little spool label so I went with that.
IMG_1645And I think it’s perfect!  If I wanted to I could easily add on the year that the quilt was made to the label with a fabric pen but I didn’t want to put them on the label because of the number I would need to order.  You can actually choose from three sizes, many colors for background/text, different symbols (in case for some reason you didn’t want a spool) and even font when creating your personalized labels.IMG_1646These shown are ones that I stitched onto the quilts I submitted to the Lodi Valley Ag Fair.  Now, many of the quilts I enter into the fair, I only enter into the fair and nowhere else so not a ton of information is needed.  IMG_1649There are three lines to fill in so one could choose to put whatever they wanted.IMG_1648
I only have pictures of the labels that needed to be stitched on (I figured out how to blanket stitch the one to the pillow) but I also ordered labels that are fusible.  I used a fusible label on my Lion King quilt and it worked like a charm!
For this apple season I will also have some beautiful hang tags labelled properly on the items in my shop.  Very high quality at a very reasonable rate.
After giving Dutch Label Shop a try … I would give them an A+.  They look great and are easy to add to a quilt, pillow, or other hand crafted item. For the history and future generations I can’t stress enough on how important it is to label your creations.
If you’d like to order some personalized labels, Dutch Label Shop is giving my readers 15% off there purchase when you apply the discount code "persimmon" (all lower case) at checkout! Yeah!  Don’t wait too long to order your labels as the code will expire 30 days from now (so on August 13th).   (Honestly … these would be great if you need to label all your kids stuff for school … no more lost coats, snow pants or mittens!).   
Thank you to the Dutch Label Shop for giving me a chance to try out your labels!  You have a new customer in me!