Tuesday, May 14, 2019

Spring Quilt Market

I'm packing today for a flight tomorrow to Kansas City.  There will be friends to see, BBQ to eat, and lots and lots of quilts and fabrics.  Even for an introvert like me, these trips are looked forward to. These quilts made with Northport will be on hand....



6 Mini's from Our Best Friends, Forest Fete, and Live Your Life all put together into one full size quilt.

Close-up of Forest Fete


 There is another quilt made with Northport that is still in progress..... it's made by English Paper Piecing and I'll be posting more photos in as I go along.

There are more things ......... a whole cloth quilt has been on my bucket list for quite awhile.  Finally, I got down to actually putting pencil to paper.  This is a partial sketch of my plans.
A great many erasers gave their life to this project.  The basic bones of the design are drawn onto lawn fabric and it is being basted right now. When I get home from Kansas City - the first stitches will take place. I am very excited by this.

There was even an attempt at improvisational piecing.  This was made with a rotary cutter, ruler and a photograph of a industrial garage door as inspiration. That was a fun experiment.



Wednesday, April 17, 2019

BLOCKHEADS 2 - Finished!

The quilting was done by Maggi Honeyman. Thanks, Maggi!  

And in other news, Leo is finished also!



Tuesday, April 9, 2019

BLOCKHEADS 2 - Week 52!!!

We are down to the last block.  It is certainly not least......It is courtesy of Corey Yoder and you can get the directions HERE

Check back next week for the finished quilt.  

 The Good Boy Quilt Pattern is here!  Thanks to Quiltmania for getting this baby produced and printed.
 It has full size applique templates.
 Just tackle this one border at a time and it will be done......



Tuesday, April 2, 2019

BLOCKHEADS 2 - Week 51

This week's block is courtesy of Lisa Bongean and you can get the pattern HERE.

Only 1 more block to go!  I just got my quilt back from Maggi and I'm sewing on the binding - all getting ready for the big reveal!

The quilting on the Leo quilt is going swimmingly.  I hardly ever use variegated thread, but I really like it on Leo.

The Live Your Life and Forest Fete patterns are being bound here. 

 Forest Fete are 2 mini quilts - a bunny and a deer...... and Live Your Life is also 2 mini quilts - a flower and the Eiffel tower.  Forest Fete uses a charm pack of Northport and 1 yard to make 2 mini's and Live Your Life uses a charm pack of Northport wovens and 1 yard to make another 2 mini's.

As you can see from the the binding photo above...... I didn't EXACTLY make mini quilts..... I put them together into 1 quilt along with the Our Best Friends mini quilts.

The binding isn't quite finished, but will be soon.

 The deer and the bunny are Forest Fete.  Don't you love the quilting Maggi Honeyman did?  Oh, and look what will be available soon - Northport twill tape.  I LOVE twill tape.  Look for some quilts to be bound in it very soon.

The Eiffel Tower and the flower are the 2 mini's of Live Your Life. They are made using the Northport wovens. These wovens work so beautifully with the prints in Northport and well.... all of our collections.  There are directions with both patterns on how to put 6 together into the full size quilt. 

All 3 of these new patterns are available as downloads in our Etsy shop. 



Tuesday, March 26, 2019

BLOCKHEADS 2 - Week 50

It's a classic for a reason. The Vintage block! (or Broken Dishes). This week's block is brought to you by Sherri McConnell and you can find it HERE.  It's the perfect block to use up scraps, and you know how I love that.

What else is going on here? I tried to make some Hot Cross Buns last weekend.
Sadly, they were a big miss. There wasn't just one issue - there were three. First of all you can see the recommended size pan was too small and the center wasn't cooked.  Second, they were "cakey" instead of a bread texture.  Not good.  Lastly, the recipe called for 1/4 teaspoon of ground cloves. That's what I put in, but it was way too much. All you could taste was the cloves.  I hope the birds and raccoons enjoyed them (they got tossed into the back bushes). I am having a real losing streak with yeast breads lately.

I'm still working on my Northport quilts getting them ready for Quilt Market in Kansas City in a few weeks.  In the meantime, the hard working Moda Sales reps are showing samples to quilt shops all over the world right now. 



Wednesday, March 13, 2019

BLOCKHEADS 2 - Week 48

We are at week 48, people! Almost to the finish line.  I have assembled my top and it is being quilted by Maggi right now.  I'll be able to show you my finished quilt when we show the last block!

Oh, I have a lot to show you this week.  This is my block for Blockheads 2 - Ann Arbor and you can find the directions HERE.  How this block came about was from a trip to Cranbook last spring.  They had a superb exhibit of Alexander Girard, who was once on staff there.  It was the most inspiring show I have ever seen.  This is my version of his graphic style.  He designed furniture, architecture, textiles, and was incredibly prolific.  What I remember most is his personal notebooks and drawings from childhood. When he was at boarding school in England right after the first World War, he invented and designed his own country. He drew maps, buildings, and designed military uniforms, postage stamps, money, flags, and much, much more.  It was amazing. 

The brilliant sales staff of Moda Fabrics is showing our next collection to shops!  Crystal Lake has just landed in shops and this one......... Northport will be there in September.

We're pretty excited about it! 40 amazing prints and 29 wovens!

I started making my quilts with it and I'll have more to show you in the next couple of weeks.
This is the Leo quilt in progress on my wall.

I received some more exciting news.......

And last, but not least.....everything in our Etsy shop is 17% off if you use the coupon code PATRICK this week. :)



Tuesday, March 5, 2019

BLOCKHEADS 2 - Week 47

It's week 47 of Blockheads 2 and this block is brought to you by Jan Patek and you can find the directions HERE.

What is going on here is..... lots of top secret sewing.  You know what that means - we're getting ready to introduce a new fabric collection at the end of the month. 

In the meantime... I saw these lovely creations on Instagram using our patterns and fabrics.

This one by Karen Rantis uses the basket block pattern from Portage Lake Block of the Month.  She just kept making baskets and now I want to too. Lovely, Karen!

Kate made Hurrah! with lots of Minick and Simpson fabrics and now I want to make it again.  I've already made this quilt twice and a third time wouldn't be too much, would it?

Now, I must get back to cutting and pressing fabric - so I'll be ready for the big reveal



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