Sunday, November 28, 2021

Twelve Years Professionally Long-arming

I had so much going on, I failed to take a moment earlier this month and do a recap on year 12.

This Year:     68 Customer Quilts
88% Pantos, 12% Custom
60 pantos;  8 custom

Pantographs : 5 (#/mo)    Custom : 0.67 (#/mo)

Business to date: 820 Customer Quilts

Custom Quilts that weren't just a simple freehand:

Some ruler work and freehand.

Freehand seand dollars in the sashings, meander around the appliqued elements.

Ribbon candy in the sashing with cross-hatch at cornerstones and small meander around the embroidered blocks. Borders were continous hearts and wainscott.

Continous cabbage rose minding the minky bunny.

Ruler work and motif quilting of the large poinsettias.

Lots of ruler work and some freehand borders and feathers.

Trellis ruler work in the borders. Concentric circles mimicing the background fabric and highlighting the dragon flies and lilies in the panel elements.

This Inverted Rondure is still in progress...but here are some detail elements

Country Register - still writing 6 times a year you read my articles?

The health journey continues ...heavy metal detox progress --waiting for recent results.

Thanks for following along. If I can be of service, please contact me.
Watch for a year-end update with lots of personal projects, samples, etc.

Monday, September 6, 2021

Seaside Adventure Row-along

 It's that time of year when I normally participate in a Row-along hosted by Marian Pena (Seams to be Sew). Sadly she passed away earlier this year, so in her honor some of us are still gathering virtually to carry on the tradition. The selected theme had already been decided - Seaside Adventure - and it goes along with her passions for a thriving Ocean. Thanks to Melissa (Quilting Room w/Mel) for taking the torch and leading out.

The block I designed is inspired from a pixelated image of a Seagull. In this row-along we work within a few sizing options and I chose the 30" x 30" version giving me 20 x 20 pixels with 1 1/2" finished squares.

There are a couple of ways you could approach this:
a) lay out 2" squares on pre-gridded interfacing, iron them down and then stitch all verticals (or horizontals) and then clip the seams and repeat sewing the horizontals (or verticals). This technique is often used in water color or colorwash styles.

b) Lay out all 2" squares and then stack a vertical column of squares in order, then stack the 2nd column of squares. Sew the top piece from each stack and continue chain piecing until the entire two columns are sewn together. Put them up on your design wall and repeat with Column 3 and 4. Continue across the design until all columns are attached to at least one other column. Then take double columns and put them together --just be sure to maintain the order across the design. Once all columns are sewn, press the top row seams in one direction and the second row seams in the opposite direction. Continue pressing in alternating directions. This helps you nest the seams for sewing each row together.

Thanks to Northcott for sponsoring this row-along. I've used their fabrics in many of the colors. They sent the blue sky background, sand, shadow sand and accent. 

In my shop I've got all the white/grey/black (Dublin/pearl essence/kohana/dahlia) and apricot/clay-fossil fern. I've intentionally given you these key names in parenthesis if you'd like to search on the website and find them to place your order. The link at the beginning of the paragraph will bring you to them plus a few others. They are also identified as suggested products when you are at the pattern. Some of these fabrics are only $7/yd! Get them while you can!

NOTE: You'll need 1/2 yd of blue background (sky/water?) and 1/4 yd (if purchasing fabrics from my shop--minimum online orders) for all other colors. From your stash, at least a 2" strip, sometimes 4", sometimes 6".

If you'd like a kit of 2" strips for the fabrics that I do have, just leave a comment or contact me directly on my website and I'll put it together for you. Currently ordering online the smallest quantity is 1/4 yd. Adding more background and sand you could easily make this a lap size quilt by just changing the size of the squares. No matter what size you want it to be  --take that width and divide by 20. That gives you the finished size add 1/2" and that is your cut size for each square. If you're flexible on the size ...make an approximation up or down by making it an easy size to cut but close to the calculated size.

As an ode to the past and the great Row-alongs that Marian hosted, I'm sharing below past year's rows that I designed and results that I've made with them. Each year will have a link to my original post.

 -- I had Spring, so put this Dogwood Bloom block previously designed onto a tree branch. When you get to 2020 in this sequence you will see what I finally did with it!


I gave the row that I made as a sample to my mother and she put this together.

2019 - Once Upon a Story - Humpty Dumpty's Wall in all sizes


Brick and Mortar fabrics and pattern available. See next year's result for what I did with two size versions.

Poppy Dance Party - Kits and Pattern Available

Combining that first 'Spring' dogwood row from 2015 and my 'Humpty Dumpty' Wall from 2019 I was able to add other designer 2020 rows with mine and came up with this 
Spring Scene!

This week's rows also include:
me-- Marlene Oddie - KISSed Quilts --here is the link to my Seagull pattern.

I hope you're following me here on my blog or on one of these channels:
Facebook KISSedQuilts

Let me know in the comments which way you follow me and what type of content you'd like to see more.

If you'd like to sign-up for the email blast for weekly updates on this row-along, please go to Mel's post about the RAL.

Thanks for following along!

Here is the Participant Schedule:
September 6th, 2021
KISSed Quilts - Seagull

Made by Marney - Turtles

Bobbin In Quilts - Lighthouse

September 13th, 2021
Scrapdash - Cabanas
Blue Heron Quilting - Summer Schoolin' (Pieced Fish)
Pumpkin Patch - Applique Fish
September 20th, 2021
Patchwork Breeze - Sandcastle
Patti's Patchwork - Something's Fishy
September 27th, 2021
Duck Creek Mountain Quilting - Bucket and Spade
Linda B Creative  - Oceanwave and Starfish
October 4th, 2021
October 11th, 2021
Bdieges Designs - Garibaldi Fish
Quilt Schmilt - Colorful fish
October 18th, 2021
Cheryl Laplante - Under the Sea
October 25th, 2021

November 1st, 2021

Saturday, February 6, 2021

Quilt Ink Launch - color mine and many other designs on your own!

Excited to share with you the launch of a new app that allows you to color subscribing designer's patterns in your own colorway before you ever even make the quilt!

Designers use a variety of software tools to create quilt concepts, write their patterns, etc. But just imagine the ease of a simple app on your device of choice that will let you image your own colorway of a quilt before you make it!


There is a blog hop going on with various designers who are helping with the product launch.

If you're new to my page, be sure to read 'about' me from the tab on this page to get some background, but the brief version is I was trained as an industrial and systems engineer, worked as a project manager in financial services and now quilting is my passion! I started piecing quilts as an adult right after 9/11 (2001)--finding a purpose and something productive. Work and moves meant I didn't create much for a while, but I was learning the craft and curating my stash! I made a few things here and there and in 2009 I got married and had the opportunity to become self employed. I got a Gammill long-arm machine and started a business. In 2011 I was selected to be part of the McCalls Quilt Design Star Challenge and made it into the final round of 12 designers. I won a ribbon at AQS-Des Moines for "Rosie's BOMB" which resulted in them publishing my co-authored book. I have also had several other quilts juried into international shows and won many ribbons in local/regional shows and fairs. If you regularly pick up the Country Register (available throughout North America) you have probably read one of my articles that is carried in most regional issues. I now live in Grand Coulee, WA and have a small quilt shop, providing quilting supplies and services with my long-arm machine and design business. I'm excited to be a part of the launch of Quilt Ink and hope that you'll be inspired to be more creative on your own. Please reach out if you need any help, would like something kitted, or just need a personal shopper!

I'm the featured designer today at Quilt Ink! I hope you'll jump over to the application and check it out! Color in the designs in your own style, save them to your own computer or click on the link for each design to purchase the pattern from the respective designer. Here are a few screen shots to show you how my designs look on it.

Here is my Starlight Flutterbright design.

The palette along the bottom--scroll to the right for even more! Designers have color blocked their designs or saved a version that is 'freestyle' which means you can color each element whichever way you want. I put the Rondure up as color blocked and one Freestyle --lots of pieces!! Zoe has a freestyle one up as well which works great if you're thinking of using a stack of 10" squares.

Select the 'i' in the upper right and you'll see information about the pattern. In this case you get actual images of quilts that were made with this design. Note the panel squares used were pansies and butterflies, but you could use any square panels and set it beautifully.

Here I've colored 3 more versions. I have a great set of panel prints with wolves that the center one would go well with.

I've also put up Zoe --the popular baby quilt. I've included a few photos of quilts using this design.

Here is the 'wall' on QuiltInk where you can see all the colored versions for a particular pattern. As long as you're registered and logged in, you can save your colorations to the wall for anyone to see or just privately save them to your device.

And Rondure --how exciting to be able to color a Rondure, right? I do this for pattern purchasers using my design software, but now you can do it on your own until you have just the right color combination that you want before ever cutting or even buying the fabric. This was my round 1 entry in the McCalls Quilt Design Star challenge. We were given two blocks and this is how I used them --skewed on the golden ratio.

This is a mock-up of a my latest version of Rondure ...I called this one Electric City.

Photo of real quilt:

So, how about checking it out? sure to register on the quiltink app (no fee) so you can save your designs and come back to them in the future. Please leave a comment below on your thoughts about the app and if you would like me to add any other of my designs to the app. Links here to check out all of my: Printed Patterns, Digital Downloads, Kits

SPECIAL GIVEAWAY: Please purchase patterns you'd love to make! If you purchase any patterns of mine (one entry per pattern purchased), you will be entered into a drawing for an additional pattern of mine of your choice. In your check-out note 'QUILTINK'. All purchases must be made by February 15, 2021.

If you missed the opening day, be sure to read the creator's blog post about the app and the giveaway that will be happening on Instagram.

Here are the Launch blog hop participants and links to their blogs.

February 2: App owner and initial launch: Catalina at Amarar Creacions 

February 3: Claire Campion from Made Just Sew

February 4: Jen Frost from Faith and Fabric

February 5: Tammy Silvers from Tamarinis

February 6: Augusto Garcia from Capital A Quilts

February 7: Marlene Oddie from KISSed Quilts

February 8: Julia Wachs from Julia Wachs Designs

February 9: Carolyn Murfitt from Free Bird Quilting

February 10: Kiley Ferons from Kiley’s Quilt Room

February 11: Wendy Congdon from Truly Materialistic

February 12: Josianne from Indigoshima

February 13: Sarah Harris from Acorm Corner Quilts

February 14: Alex Hoffmann from Hoffmama Company