Wednesday, June 27, 2018

New Online Class!

I have a new online class on Annie's Creative Studio -- Peachy Keen!  This was a difficult secret to keep because I absolutely fell in love with the quilt!  

Here's the class description:

Three simple blocks and dimensional applique stems, leaves and flowers are all it takes to create the gorgeous Peachy Keen Wall Hanging. In this Learn, Make, Create! episode, quilting expert Debby Brown will demonstrate a quick way to make bias strips, how to make the dimensional flowers and tips to meander your background machine quilting so that it flows from one block to the next. You'll learn two methods to prepare templates for the flowers and leaves. To add the pattern to your Annie's Creative Studio pattern library or to download it to your personal device, click on the Patterns tab.

I made a sample in flat cotton and filmed while making another sample using Sew Batik fabrics.  I was not a fan of batik fabrics until I tried stitching with Sew Batik fabrics.  They have converted me 100%!

Filming for Annie's Creative Studio is a lot of fun because they give you the pattern and I get to show you how to make the project.  What could be better?

"It could be better if it was free?" you say?  Well...…  You can sign up for a free 30 day trial at Annie's Creative Studio and take this class for (you asked for it) FREE!

Thursday, June 21, 2018

Splendid Sampler -- block TWO

This week's Splendid Sampler block is Milk and Cookies by Rebecca Bryan.

I borrowed Tara Lynn Baisden's block to show how I would machine quilt it:

Oh, the things that I could say about cookies.  I tried to make the quilting look a bit like a cookie.  How did I do?

Are you making blocks from The Splendid Sampler 2?  How would you quilt this block?

Friday, June 15, 2018

Friendship Quilt Along -- Gracious

This week's block from Amanda Herring's Friendship Quilt Along is Gracious.

I am writing this post from a hotel room in Long Island, NY while teaching at Pieceful Quilting.  Next week I hope to be caught up with all of my blocks and to show you my progress.

Here is how I would quilt this week's block:

Follow along with all of the other quilters working on this week's block HERE.

Thursday, June 14, 2018

A Splendid Sampler Sequel -- block 1

I am thoroughly honored to be a part of The Splendid Sampler 2!  The book is available for pre-order, but Pat and Jane are releasing a block every week up until the release.  The first block is Quilt Market by Alex Veronelli.

I borrowed Kitty Wilkin's block to show how I would quilt it.

I had to quilt this block with ribbon candy because, in my not-so-humble opinion, it is the world's most perfect machine quilting pattern.  Too much ribbon candy, however, can be a bad thing.  This block divides itself into sections of three strips.  I alternated quilting ribbon candy in one strip and lines in the next one throughout the block so the quilting didn't become muddled.

Are you following along with The Splendid Sampler 2?  What fabrics will you use to make this quilt?

Florabunda -- My Day on the Blog Hop!

I'm so excited that today is my day on the Florabunda blog hop!

When I received my fabric, I fell in love!  I knew I wanted to use this fabric in my A La Mode Cutie Pattern and I showcased it against black fabric.

And here's my finished quilt!

I decided to machine quilt only the black fabric so that the Florabunda fabric would POP!  I didn't want to use solid black thread, so I decided to use First Love instead:

This probably looks like a bold choice of thread to use on black fabric, but I know from experience that this thread blends into black really, really well.  Like "impossible to photograph" well.


Have you fallen in love with Florabunda yet?  Would you like to make this 48"x48" A La Mode Cutie Quilt using Florabunda fabric?

Enter HERE

If you wonder how you would machine quilt this quilt, you don't have to wonder for long.  My new video class will teach you how.  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!!!

Thanks for stopping by to see my Florabunda quilt.  Be sure to check in on all of the other blog hoppers!

June 7–Tiffany Hayes
June 9–Sara Mika
June 10–Lyric Kinard
*June 11–Kathy York 
June 11–Teri Lucas
*June 13—Tiffany Hayes 
June 13Jamie Fingal 
June 14–Debby Brown 
*June 14–Heidi Kelly 
June 15– David Gilleland 
June 15—Melanie Testa
June 16–Melanie Testa

Wednesday, June 13, 2018

Machine Embroidery Challenge -- part two

Last week, I shared a challenge that Lisa Archer from Pickle Pie Designs issued -- dust off my embroidery machine and USE IT!

I found her Modern Machine Embroidery book on my bookshelf and transferred the designs from the CD to my computer and then to a drive for my embroidery machine.

I opened it to the redwork section, and read it.  The book suggests stitching a redwork apple on a tea towel.  I don't have a fresh tea towel, but I do have quilting fabric.  I grabbed whatever tear-away stabilizer I had on hand, hooped my fabric and stabilizer, and stitched an apple (or two) on some quilting fabric.*

I tore away the stabilizer:

Now I'm dreaming of what to do with them.

What would you do with two lonely little redwork apples?
*Re-reading that, it sounds like it was easy.  It was not.  Let me share the rest of the story:

I am continually trying to clean my sewing room.  When I installed my design wall, I packed up all of my thread in boxes.  I put all of my embroidery thread into a single container... AND LOST IT!  So, an hour later, I found the embroidery thread hiding in an AQS tote bag from 2010 on the bottom shelf of my book case.  

Saturday, June 09, 2018

Scrap Quilt Saturday -- Sweet Tooth

I finished my Sweet Tooth Cutie Quilt!

Just look at the texture the ribbon candy quilting adds to the quilt!

After the machine quilting comes the binding.  This was a most-hated chore for me before two things.

1.  My Binding Baby:

2.  Learning to bind by machine:

This quilt is done, it was all made with scraps from my sewing room, and my sewing room doesn't look any emptier.  I have to make another scrap quilt from my 1 1/2" scrap bucket.  Any suggestions?

Friday, June 08, 2018

Friendship Quilt Along -- TRUSTWORTHY!

This week's block from Amanda Herring's Friendship Quilt Along is Trustworthy.

I might have groaned a bit when I saw that it was paper-pieced but I dove in, made it, and it was quick and easy!

I am writing this post from a hotel room in Layton, Utah while teaching at Handi Quilter Academy and my block is on my design wall in Hopewell Junction, NY.  How is it possible that I never photographed that block before I left home???

Here is how I would quilt this week's block:

Follow along with all of the other quilters working on this week's block HERE.

Thursday, June 07, 2018

Florabunda Blog Hop

The Florabunda Blog Hop starts today!

I'm hard at work preparing for my day on the blog:

Florabunda + Cutie Pattern = deliciously lovely quilt!

While waiting to see my finished quilt, follow along with all of the other designers HERE.

Wednesday, June 06, 2018

Machine Embroidery Challenge

Lisa Archer of Pickle Pie Designs is my hero.  Every time I see her or one of her adorable machine embroidery patterns, I want to make them on my embroidery machine.  I have one, but I'm quite afraid of it.

At Quilt Market in Portland a few weeks ago, Lisa challenged me to use my Janome MB-4.

I have a copy of her book, Modern Machine Embroidery, so there's nothing stopping me, right?

As soon as I get home from Handi Quilter Academy, I'll start stitching.  Don't let me chicken out, ok?

Tuesday, June 05, 2018

Tutorial Tuesday: Using a Ribbon Candy Stencil

I'm quilting my scrappy Sweet Tooth Cutie Quilt and am, of course, stitching a lot of ribbon candy on it.  I'm so happy to have my new Ribbon Candy Stencil.  See how easy it is to use on a real quilt!

To answer your questions:

Sweet Tooth Cutie Pattern is available HERE
Machine Quilting Grip Gloves available HERE
Ribbon Candy Stencil available HERE.

Happy Quilting!

Monday, June 04, 2018

Happy Birthday!!!

This is my twelfth year with Handi Quilter, but Handi Quilter is 20 years old this year and I feel like celebrating!

I had my cake and I'll share some with you, too:

Here's to another great 20 years, Handi Quilter!!!

Saturday, June 02, 2018

Scrap Quilt Saturday -- Sweet Tooth

I'm stitching together a scrappy Sweet Tooth Cutie Quilt and I have fallen in love with it.  I have noticed one thing about scrap quilts, however, that I don't love:  they require a lot of grooming!

I snip away the extra threads as I'm quilting and always amazed at how full my snip jar is at the end of the process!!!

Do you have extra grooming to do on your scrap quilts?  Do you have any tips to share?

Friday, June 01, 2018

Friendship Quilt Along -- FUN!

The first block of Amanda Herring's Friendship Quilt Along is FUN!  No, seriously, the name of the block is Fun!

Here's one of my blocks (there are two Fun blocks in the quilt):

Instead of using Amanda's gorgeous Hello Lovely fabrics, I chose to use very muted colors and patterns so that the machine quilting will show better.  I definitely need to make a Cutie Quilt (or three) from this fabric line, though, because it is totally darling!

I used Amanda's templates to prepare my freezer paper hand-applique shapes.  This first block was a test to see if my not-so-nimble fingers could once again applique... and THEY CAN!  This project brought much comfort while I was recovering from my last infusion treatment.  They work and I'm terribly grateful for them, but they aren't the most fun things to endure.  I don't have another treatment until after this entire project is completed.  Hurray for a completed project and no treatments!!!

I applique using straw needles and InvisiFil thread.  I find the longer straw needles easier to grip and the 100 weight polyester InvisiFil thread disappears into the quilt for a nearly invisible applique stitch.  How perfect is that???

Instead of waiting until the entire quilt is assembled to show you how I would quilt this block, I want to give you some quilting inspiration as we go.

Check on all of the Fun blocks on the internet today in blogs and on Facebook and Instagram!