Thursday, April 26, 2018

In The Meadow Blog Tour

Welcome, Blog Hoppers!  I'm so glad that you are visiting here today!

When Shari Butler invited me to be part of her In The Meadow Blog tour, I was so excited!  I was also a little nervous since I knew that I would be on a 6-week machine quilting teaching trip covering all aspects of the hop so I would have to pull this together from a variety of hotels and other locations other than my home studio.

As soon as the fabrics arrived, I had to pet them arrange them and come up with a plan quickly.

I wanted to use as many as these beauties as possible.  Fortunately, I design Cutie Patterns which use sixteen fat eighths.  I decided to make an In The Meadow version of my latest Cutie Pattern, A La Mode.

A La Mode is a really simple pattern that shows off the fabric well.

I pieced my quilt on my travel sewing machine, Pigwidgeon, in hotels in New Hampshire and Ohio:

I photographed the quilt on a very dark and dreary day at my mom's house in Pittsburgh:

I had fun using my mother's childhood doll cradle (circa 1940) when taking the photos in her front yard:

Photo day was a day full of memories for me.  Hopefully this quilt will be part of its owner's memories as well.

Since I am a machine quilting teacher, you may wonder how I am going to quilt this quilt.  Well, I am thrilled to finally announce that I am putting the finishing touches on a video class on how to quilt this quilt on a home sewing machine.

So, I could quilt this quilt in a allover loop pattern like I did on my nautical quilt:

I could quilt a walking foot zig-zag like I did on my black and white and aqua quilt:

I could stitch custom free-motion quilting (ribbon candy, naturally) like I did on my Riley Blake floral quilt:

Or I could combine ruler quilting with free-motion quilting like I did on my neutral quilt:

I'm always asked "What is the best way to quilt this quilt?"  As you can see, each of these quilts were quilted differently and each one is wonderful in its own way!

My new video class will teach all of these techniques.  It's not quite ready yet, but you can join my mailing list to stay in-the-know about all of my upcoming classes.  Yes, I said classes, PLURAL!!!


Would you like to make an A La Mode quilt?  How about an A La Mode quilt using In The Meadow fabrics?  Well, enter HERE to win a kit to make this 48"x48" quilt yourself!

I had so much fun working on the In The Meadow blog hop.  I hope that you have fun visiting all of the other stops on this tour as well!

Tuesday, April 17: Jedi Craft Girl | 
Thursday April 19: Jina Barney Designs |  
Tuesday April 24: Gigi's Thimble | 
Thursday April 26: Debby Brown Quilts | 
Tuesday May 1: Piper's Girls | 
Thursday May 3: Go Go Kim | 
Tuesday May 8: Kea Bee | 
Thursday May 10: Doohikey Designs |


Sandal said...

I was wondering if you would use A La Mode for this quilt pattern-it is so cute and the fabric lovely! Thank you for all the different ideas on how to quilt A La Mode! They are all great! Now I want to make several to quilt, too!

Brenda @ Songbird Designs said...

I love this fabric and your pattern! They are a great combination!

Janet Myers said...

Thanks Debby, for all your inspiration. Sharing all the various looks of the same pattern in different fabrics help us to envision the quilts we could make. Sharing your quilting videos are even more inspiring. Love your work... stating from the day you made that Avante sing before I made the plunge. I will always remember that day and never regretted that purchase.

Frog Quilter said...

Very fun fabric! Thanks for the chance to win fabric, more is better.

mboykin said...

Your quilts are lovely. I enjoyed seeing the different quilting. It’s always the hardest decision for me! I must admit that you have made me a ribbon candy convert now that I have practiced it a lot lately.

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Maria Moore said...

I love how this pattern works so well with your different fabric choices. I love this fabric line and love seeing all the ideas you are all coming up with.

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cocoya said...

Exciting. I participated in the first Splendid Sampler, have all my top done just need to quilt it. Might need to get this book and participate again.


Carol Sc said...

Thank you for sharing the machine quilting ideas --- that is always a puzzle decision to make for me.

Fhaze said...

I appreciate your ideas on simple ways to machine quilt that look great. I'm inspired! Thanks.