What Others Are Sewing 3

I love it when readers send me pictures of projects they are working on that have been made from my projects or fabrics. I know you love seeing the projects too, so this is my third post dedicated to "What Others Are Sewing." First I would like to introduce you to Kay Harold. She is a subscriber to this blog, but also a round about friend. Our husbands happen to work for the same company but in different states and in different roles. Kay moved to a town I used to live in and has become friends with a lady in my old quilting group. Small world huh? Well, Kay and I correspond and our love of quilting and sewing have brought us together as quilt-pals, even though we have never met each other.

Kay enjoyed my Valentine's Card Project and really took the project beyond just Valentine's Day. I will be doing a separate post in the near future explaining some of Kay's techniques in making the project even easier and in some cases even into a no-sew project. With small adjustments, this card project can be adapted for other holidays or celebrations throughout the year. 

The photo below shows Kay's log cabin blocks for her Valentine's Day Cards.

Here Kay made St. Patricks Day cards with using rubber stamps on one card and no-sew method on the other. Again, I will have more detailed instructions on another post.

Yesterday, I got an email from Sally Garrison, she made this baby quilt using fabrics from my Love Grows Collection.

Sally Garrison Quilt

Sally is using the Gathers & Giggles pattern from Sew Much Ado. What a beautiful quilt Sally, thank you so much for sharing it with us. Your baby quilt is so lovely, the effect is very Shabby Chic looking, what a lucky baby!

My last What Others Are Sewing projects to share with you are by a dear friend of mine, Marianne Jensen. Marianne is an amazing women and an amazing sewer. She sent me this beautiful tote bag she made using a pattern by Penny Sturges called Bow Tucks Tote #PS008 available from many online sources.

Marianne made the tote in fabrics from my Blue Skies collection. I love it! I can carry a ton of stuff in it and love all the interior pockets!

Bow Tucks Tote 1
Bow Tucks Tote 2

How cute is that tote?

But wait, there is more! I told you Marianne is an amazing sewer, she made me a quilt top made from the Fat Quarter Shuffle pattern by Connie Barr of Constantly Stitching 'n More.  Neither Marianne or I are a great one for getting the quilting finished on quilt tops, so I already have this over to the long arm quilter to be finished. I cannot wait to be enjoying it as a throw quilt in my family room! Thank you again Marianne, I truly love the tote and the throw quilt!

Fat Quarter Shuffle

I love seeing how my fabrics and my projects help to inspire creativity. It is a wonderful feeling and your creativity inspires my creativity. Thank you very much for sharing your projects.

Keep on Sewing!

Rings of Bliss

On the newsstands now is the Oct/Nov 2011 edition of Quilt Magazine. In this edition, you will find my New Dresden quilt in the article called Rings of Bliss. This quilt was made from fabric from the Love Grows collection. I just love the way it turned out. The 70" x 70" size is perfect for an over-sized throw quilt.

Brenda Plaster of Spool and Bobbin Quilting pieced and machine quilted this quilt for me. She did a beautiful job and brought my concept to reality. Thanks Brenda!

Midwest Trip

Last week my husband and I took a trip to visit friends and family in Iowa and Illinois. We also used our time out west (from Ohio) to visit Fabri-Quilt, in Kansas City, MO. This was my first opportunity to meet all the wonderful people at Fabri-Quilt in person. Up till last week, I had only talked with them through phone calls and emails. I am very impressed with all the goings on at Fabri-Quilt. Did you know they do all their quilted fabrics there, on site? I didn't know either. It is nice to know there are still products being produced in the United States!

My trip out to Fabri-Quilt was not just to see the building, we did have a little business to take care of. The first set of strike-offs were in for my new collection, Dilly Day!

The new collection is looking really good and all seems on track for having the fabrics ready for the fall. We still have to see another round of strike-offs, but I liked what I was seeing, hooray!

When we toured the building and were walking through the warehouse area, I spied my Blue Skies collection on the inventory shelves. I had to get a photo of that!

It is great having the faces to go with the names now. I think I am still smiling from my visit at Fabri-Quilt. What terrific people to be working with.

When driving down to Missouri at sunset, I photographed this beautiful silhouette of an Indian sculpture with buffalo at the Missouri state line rest stop.

We did most of our visiting of family in Iowa, I grew up in Iowa, so I just love that state. There is just something about the landscape, the rolling hills, farm fields and open sky that makes me smile. Not to mention the attractions at the Iowa welcome center.

I had made a quilt for my sister and wanted to give it to her in person. We do not get to see each other very often, so getting to see her last week made my vacation even more special. Before we saw my sister we had stopped to see my husbands father.  My father-in-law lives by a lovely park and I saw a photo-op to photograph the quilt on this beautiful stone bridge.

This quilt called Four Points which I designed using my Love Grows collection fabrics. I designed the quilt and pieced it and had Michele Mason of the Mason Jar Quilt Shoppe do the quilting on it.

I am back home now and missing everyone terribly. It was great taking the time off and seeing so many of my friends and family as well as meeting new friends. I just can't quiet get back into the swing of being home and getting back into all the projects and jobs I am supposed to be working on. But I am sure after one or two more days of drifting about the house I will get back to work, it is nice to take some time off now and then!

Fabrics Page

Not only do I have a new look for my blog site, but I also have a new Fabrics Page! My blog also has some new navigation menus. Look under the Where to Buy Page for a drop down menu, here you will find the Fabrics page along with the individual collection pages. The Fabrics page is devoted to showcasing my different collections in a picture gallery that highlights each collection and places all projects done in those fabrics in one gallery. Any images with captions have links to projects. Just click on that image with a caption and you will find the free download page whether it is from my site or a free download project from Fabri-Quilt.

I will be continually adding new pictures and project links to the Fabrics page along with new collections as they become available. I hope you enjoy this new feature. I have enjoyed putting it together it for you.