Wednesday, January 18, 2017

FUSION mini


I've resized the FUSION block from the original quilt into a mini version. If you would like to print copies of the paper pieced pattern that finishes in 2 1/2" blocks, it is free for download HERE.


And just in case you want to see the full size version, here it is hanging over the fence in my back yard. This version is found in my book Scrap Quilt Secrets.


Be sure to check out the other free downloads available here.

Enjoy every stitch!
Diane

Monday, January 16, 2017

Tiny Stitches Retreat Review


Last summer, I was invited to teach at the Tiny Stitches Quilt Retreat which was held last week at the beautiful Brasstown Valley Resort. During that first planning meeting for the retreat, I landed a job working in the shop!


After much planning and hours of preparation, the weekend finally arrived! The main project for the weekend was the FUSION quilt from my book Scrap Quilt Secrets. However, we sprinkled in lots of mini projects as well.


We made these journal covers. I love how creative and unique each of them turned out!


We made name tag holders with zip pockets in the back for carrying room keys, credit cards, etc.

I gave a special edition version of my trunk shows. I knew that many folks attending had seen one or more of my trunk shows, so I included some special quilts and variety so everyone would get to see something new.


We ended the retreat with a little American Flag Tumbler kit that included pattern, template, and fabrics for making the flag along with wool for the star. You can find the patterns and templates to the shop!


My room mate Melinda and I slept well under some quilts from the trunk show!


We were super busy for three days and enjoyed every minute of it! I would like to thank the staff that were so helpful, and everyone at the resort who was wonderful to us. I am especially grateful to all the attendees for the overwhelming amount of sweet comments and generous praise they gave me. I put my heart into my quilts and it's so gratifying when they are received with such love.


I will admit that I did take a 3 hour nap the moment I arrived home. I'll be in recovery this week, but should be back to normal soon!

Diane

Thursday, January 12, 2017

Internet Spam

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Due to an overwhelming amount of internet spam that has come in thru the comments on this blog and the 'contact me' section of my website, I am asking all of you to please...

DO NOT OPEN ANY EMAIL FROM MY BLOG OR WEBSITE OR ME UNTIL FURTHER NOTICE.

My wonderful website professional has taken care of this! She's blocked the (Russian) addresses that this spam was originating from. Just when you thought they were busy with our election process, apparently they have time to tamper with quilters too. UGH!!!

I unfortunately have to leave town today for a four day teaching gig. I'll be back Sunday and work on this then. I am SO SORRY!

And to the &*%* that did this, you really should find something useful to do with your life!

Diane

Tuesday, January 10, 2017

10 Minute Tip


Making a Hanging Sleeve for the back of the quilt is not really my favorite thing to do, but I've gotten lots of practice at it so I though I would share how I complete this task. 


CUTTING

First I cut the sleeve fabric 8 1/2" wide (because most shows require a 4" sleeve). I use the backing fabric if I have enough left over, or I'll sew together other scraps from the quilt. Sometimes, I'll use a leftover strip from another quilt backing, I'm not picky as I don't consider this a permanent addition to the quilt. 

This strip needs to be at least as wide as the quilt and I prefer to fold over the ends for a simple hem, so it should be about 2" longer than the width of the quilt.


SEWING 

I fold the strip in half lengthwise WRONG SIDES TOGETHER and stitch a quarter inch seam the entire length of the strip. I will backstitch at the ends of the seam to secure it because this sleeve will get used and tugged on, so better to be safe that restitching later!


PRESSING

I press the seam allowance open and position it in the center of one side of the tube. I press the entire tube flat while I'm doing this. This side will become the side hidden between the sleeve and the quilt, so no one will see the seam allowance and the sleeve is ready for attaching to the quilt.

I simply fold the ends into the sleeve at the correct length, then slip stitch the sleeve to the back of the quilt about a quarter inch away from the binding.

I honestly don't remember how I came up with this method, but it's been working for me for years! Also, the sleeve is easy to remove and add to a different quilt if needed. (You know, for the show next year.)

If you have any tips or tricks that you use, I would love for you to share them in the comments.

Enjoy!
Diane

Sunday, January 8, 2017

We Survived the Snowstorm of 2017



It was terrifying and treacherous, but we managed to survive the snowstorm this weekend, all 2" of the fluffy white stuff! Some of it is still on the ground! In Georgia, it's not the snow that is actually the problem, it's the ice. We did get quite a bit of ice before the snow fell, so the roads have been super slippery. We don't have the equipment to treat the roads (other than major highways) so we've been home bound.

(Boomer is waiting for someone to play ball in the snow with him!)

Being home bound is the part I actually love about snowstorms in Georgia. They are the perfect excuse to stay inside and sew! That's exactly what I did. I was able to get a sleeve and label on the medallion quilt I just finished. I also layered, basted and machine quilted another  small quilt. Now I have the hand stitching on the binding to keep me busy.

All kidding aside, those of you who are in the middle of real storm weather, please stay safe and keep warm! I will be safely tucked into my sewing room with fabric and thread flying!

Diane

Thursday, January 5, 2017

Quilt Guild Meeting


Today was the first meeting of my local quilt guild and here's a sneak peek at why I love my guild so much. I had signed up to be on the hostess committee this month (that's just a fancy name for snacks!) And we had fun with our little warm and cozy winter theme. Now I realize not everyone has a fake fireplace, but we have a member with a very impressive prop closet and she blessed us today with not only the gingerbread cupcakes shown above, and hot chocolate with all of the fixin's but she brought along her fake fireplace. I know you're jealous now!



I made two kinds of donuts for my contribution, and there were several trays of what looked like Christmas leftovers but we're not too highbrow for leftovers, we love them in fact! So you can see that we ate very well this morning!



And then during show and tell, my sweet friend Helga (who takes care of all my digital designs for my patterns) just happened to finish her mystery quilt from 2014. You can find the free pattern HERE I completely adore her color choices and the slight variation she added to give this quilt a little extra sparkle. Isn't she cute?


Speaking of cute...look at my friends having such a good time! They thought I was joking when I said, "Let me take your picture so I can prove that I have friends!" Here's the proof, and Kathy is obviously enjoying that donut I made. LOL

Oh and there was a quick business meeting squeezed in as well as a great presentation by one of our own members who is a hand quilter. We all agree that there is nothing more warm and cozy than a hand quilted quilt.

So, if you aren't in a guild, I highly recommend it, but you may want to wear you elastic waist pants. Just saying...

Stay warm y'all!
Diane

Tuesday, January 3, 2017

Instagram Holiday Update


If you haven't been following me on Instagram lately, these are what our holidays looked like. There was lots of Boomer antics (he ate a spool of Auriful and a set of sneakers within a two day span!) Some Christmas lights and delicious food as well as fun with friends and warm flannel sheets!


We had fun using the new donut maker and there was more food and drink and merriment. Also there was a lot of quilt retreat prep (thanks Kelly!) and terrible traffic as usual but lots of puppy and kitty love and gifts around the tree!


And finally some quilting finishes and more eating and drinking and family fun. We rang in the new year with dinner at the Cheesecake Factory followed by the movie Fantastic Beasts and Where to Find Them. I highly recommend it!


I've also done some reading and finished my first book of the year. I plan to share a reading list and review post at the end of each month. I also added a feature to the left side of the blog showing which book I am currently reading/ listening to. I've had lots of requests for book recommendations, so I plan to do a better job sharing those.

If you want to follow me on Instagram, you can do that HERE

If you want to follow me on Facebook, you can do that HERE

If you want to follow Butterfly Threads (also me) on Facebook, you can do that HERE

I don't do Twitter, and I can only view Snapchat, it's too complicated for me!

Or you can just check back here from time to time. This is much more labor intensive to update, but I promise to do my best!

Oh, and if you're still working with your guild to have me come visit, please contact me to hold dates as soon as possible. My calendar is started to get a little crowded. And a huge thank you to those groups that have been so flexible in scheduling, I am REALLY looking forward to seeing all of you again!

Happy New Year friends!
Diane
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