Tuesday, December 31, 2019

Ending '19 With Some 99's

Do you like scrap quilts?

Do you LOVE scrap quilts? I know I do.  I make scrap quilts all the time. They are my favorite type of quilt.  You may have heard I was asked to be in Lissa Alexander's new book - Sisterhood of Scraps.

I was honored to be asked and I loved making the quilt

SCRAPS!!! As you can see, I raided my blue and cream scrap bins to make this.  You probably have bins of scraps too, but maybe you could use a little boost in the scrap department.  This is where the 99 fabric bundle can help.

I have cut 99 different Minick and Simpson fabrics and put them in a bundle for you.  While every 99 bundle is different - you can rely on getting mega red, white, and blue fabrics.
I cut a couple dozen 99 bundles at a time.  They will contain brand new Minick and Simpson fabrics (the ones in stock right now have a few pieces of Mackinac Island - just a few days before it ships to shops. These came from my personal stash). They will also contain some current fabrics (Northport and Crystal Lake) and some long, long, out of print doozies.  Once these out of print fabrics are gone - they are gone, never to return.

You will get a hefty bundle of 9" x 9" squares.

There will always be lots of reds, blues, creams, and tans......

And have you heard? There is a new Blockheads 3 starting soon.  These bundles could come in handy.

You can find the 99's HERE in our Etsy shop.  Happy New Year.



Tuesday, December 3, 2019

Catching Up

It's kind of embarrassing to see how long it was since I last posted.  Things are well here, and there is a bit to catch up on.

For the past several months, my evenings have usually been spent on hand quilting a whole cloth quilt. Hand piecers (and especially hand quilters) Unite!!  The hand quilting was a dream.  I used a cotton lawn on both the front and the back and a wool batting.  It is feather light.  The biggest challenge on this project was the marking.  I didn't mark every element - but just the BONES of it.  I measured and sectioned off the rows and marked the large wreath in the center and the cables.  Once those were quilted, I used hand made stencils to mark the leaves as I went.  There are some individual elements that I hand drew and the cross hatching was marked using masked tape.  Basically, I made it up as I went along.  Most of the elements are classic whole cloth quilting motifs - particularly from the British Isles.  Those antique whole cloth quilts from the UK that I love were the inspiration for this quilt.

Other elements were completely individual to me.  Because of the many hours spent quilting this summer watching Detroit Tiger games - I needed some comfort and solace.  Those were some difficult games to watch, but if you are a diehard fan - NOT watching isn't an option.  There are Detroit Tiger motifs stitched into this quilt: Olde English D's, baseballs, mitts, bats, and leaping tigers.

Here is the quilt drying on the dining room table.  There is more on the sides.  I tried to take photos outside of the entire quilt - but all I got is red glare, but you get the idea.  The wool batting, and the shiny cotton lawn fabric really makes the quilting pop.

In other news...... those worn sofa cushions got an upgrade. In an effort to use up and recycle, I only used quilt blocks in my "orphan block" basket. Those blocks left over from other projects.  And yes, they are machine quilted.  Speed was one reason, practicality was nother.  Gibby spends a lot of time on the sofa arranging the pillows.  I wanted these pillows Gibby proof.

See what I mean?

and lastly....... The Derby House Block of the Month is starting!!!!!!

 Today I sent out invoices to the people who signed up with me.  They were emailed to the account associated with their Etsy account.  If you were one of these...... check to see if you received it. Check your spam account too.  I have had a few emails shoot back to me as incorrect.  We'll get it all sorted in the next day or so - and Month 1 will be in the mail shortly.  The next couple of days will be cutting fabric.



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