Wednesday, July 19, 2017

Coming to a Mailbox Near You

Hello Everyone,
Now I can let the cat out of the bag and share the news about the 365 pounds of patterns that we shipped off last week to.........drum roll.......Keepsake Quilting!  Their next catalog has two of my patterns, Country Charmer and Prairie Flower.  Both are offered as kits too.

Several months ago I was approached by Robert Kaufman fabrics to inquire about them remaking County Charmer in their Holiday Flourish Christmas fabric line.  I couldn't say "YES" fast enough!  To put the icing on the cake, I didn't have to make the quilt.....or quilt the quilt.  I don't know who made it, but I do know that it was beautifully machine quilted by Darla Padilla who just happens to live in the same town as me.  Small world.

Keepsake is offering Country Charmer as a kit and also only the pattern.  I have a bone of contention with Keepsake that no attribution was given to me as the designer of the quilt. I sent off an email to see if the online catalog could be fixed.  I'm sure the paper catalogs have been printed and mailed out by now.

I have an extensive tutorial HERE on my blog which shows you how to make this block step by step.

Next up is Prairie Flower.  I was driving down to Turlock to teach a class when I saw this street sign.  U-turn!  I went back and snapped a picture.

Prairie Flower is also offered as a kit or an individual pattern.  This quilt is made with Conestoga Crossing fabric by Pam Buda for Marcus Fabrics.

This quilt is going on the bed in Autumn and will stay on through the Holidays.  That is when it's not out traveling around the countryside.

It is my understanding that Keepsake rents a house for each photo shoot.  I love the way they displayed both of my quilts.

Now I have to get my head out of the clouds, and my feet back on solid ground, and start packing and drive up to Santa Rosa for a guild lecture tonight to the Moonlight Quilters of Sonoma County.  It should be a fun evening!  Prairie Flower is going to be there with me, along with a different version of Country Charmer.

Tuesday, July 18, 2017

Country Sunshine

Hello Everyone,
Between teaching, and doing trunk shows, I found a bit of time to get Country Sunshine together. 


No borders just yet.  I had the lion's share of this quilt together when I decided to move one of the blocks.  That boo-boo took hours to fix and change.

The fabrics are from Betsy Chutchian's line called Rachel Remembered for Moda.  I love this line.  In the picture below, I'm planning and visualizing how I'm going to quilt this one.

This is one of my favorite blocks.  I would like to work on this quilt more today.....but it's not on my to-do list.  I'm doing a trunk show tomorrow night at the Moonlight Quilters of Sonoma Country Guild.  I've had the honor of being a vendor at their quilt show for the last two years, and I thoroughly enjoy this group of women.  It is going to be a fun evening if any of you local to Sonoma County want to join us.

Oh the little boys of summer.  How we love to be out on a nice summer evening watching our grandson play ball.  His first pitch of the game, he hit a triple and drove in a run.  The boys played well but came up short in the end by one run. 
This team's summer season has come to and end.  A few of the boys were invited to join the 10-year-olds team, and play resumes for them next week.  Jess was invited to "move up" and play with the big boys. Just when we thought America's Pastime was over for us......we get to enjoy more summer evenings in the ball park. 

Play ball!


Friday, July 14, 2017

Zinnie's Choice Class Was In Session

Hello Everyone,
It's been  a fun, and busy teaching week for me.  Wednesday, Zinnie's Choice class took place in the classroom of In Between Stitches.  Here are just some of the results from the class.

The girls learned how to make the four components that make up this block.

They were like sponges, soaking in the information and learning precision quilting.

Some beautiful quilts were being born during class.

Tomorrow, July 15th, I'll be at Ladybug's Quilt Shop in Manteca for their 12 Days of Christmas. You are welcome to join me anytime between 10am and 1pm for a mini trunk show and an abbreviated Patchwork Math presentation.  I'll be presenting a new component continuously throughout our time together.  Come on by and check out Ladybug's wonderful selection of fabrics, patterns, wool and projects.  Ladybug's is a "gem" of a quilt shop.  Just my style!
In addition, I will show you how to make this intricate, little block in Checkerberry's tummy.
The day I finished this pillow, it started to snow.  It snowed, and snowed.  I took it out for a photo shoot and you can see the flakes falling in the picture.  It even looks like he's throwing a snowball! 
Hope you all have a great weekend.


Thursday, July 13, 2017

Sew'n Wild Oaks Was In Session

Hello Everyone,
Your twice monthly quilt show is brought to you by my Sew'n Wild Oaks girls who meet the 2nd and 4th Tuesday of the month at In Between Stitches.
Their work is impeccable and creative.

Many, many UFO's are being worked on and finished during class.

 Here is Suzanne's Madrigal quilt.

Wendy's wedding quilt is coming together nicely.

This pillow is made from 136 prairie points!

Candle mat by Jeanne.

Pat made this beauty from flannel.  It is so much fun to decorate with seasonal quilts.

 Barbara B. is designing something new!


Valery is finishing up her Bird Walk quilt.

Lynnette is adding a lot of blocks to her Grammy Squares quilt.

Lynnette Perkins was determined to get this UFO together during class.

Irene's Journey's End is coming together so beautifully.

Debby brought in a small version of Lil' Orphan Scrappy to show me.  She is donating this quilt to a worthy cause.
My girls constantly amaze me with their productivity. It is an absolute delight to spend the entire day with all of them.  What fun!

Sunday, July 9, 2017

We Can Do It!

Hello Everyone,
I lied to you.  I said I would post the winner of my Zinnie's Choice pattern on Friday.  Here it is Sunday and I'm finally getting around to selecting the winner.

Jess came over before his baseball game today.  I gave him the range of numbers to select from, and he chose #20, who is Susie!
Susie said, "Mazey, Mazey, Mazey. What are we going to do with you? I guess you like all of Lynn's quilts. You have excellent taste! I like them all too! Happy Birthday, America!


He may be all smiles before the game, but on the field he is a fierce competitor.  He is keeping the runner on 3rd base with a threatening stare down.  We have baseball this afternoon, in the extreme heat of the day.

We spent our morning at the Junior Livestock Auction at the County Fair.  This is Harleigh with Clover.

This is Harleigh with Crimson.  Both pigs did well for Harleigh and added a nice chunk of change to her college fund.  We sat through the auction and clapped for 163 pigs and their 4H or FFA companions.

We also clapped for the chickens and the bunnies.  I thought this young man had a sense of humor with the way he displayed his chickens.  If the chickens only knew.....

During all of the activities over the past few days, we were able to pack and ship 365 POUNDS of Sew'n Wild Oaks patterns to a large catalog company.  By the middle of the week, I didn't know if it was going to be possible to get all of the patterns stuffed in the plastic sleeves in time. Family to the rescue. We all adopted the "We Can Do It" attitude.  The last nine boxes will ship out tomorrow.

Now I'm ready to go to the baseball game and take a nap. Do you think the boss lady will notice if I fall asleep on the job tomorrow at the quilt shop?  I promise I'll try not to snore!


Wednesday, July 5, 2017

Country Sunshine Progress

Hello Everyone,
I have been focused on Country Sunshine over the past few days.  My diligence paid off with a lot of progress on this beauty.  I love this quilt and that makes it a joy to work on and finish.

All of the blocks are made and ready to be sewn together into the quilt.  This picture shows you just half of the quilt.

The fabrics are from Rachel Remember by Betsy Chutchian for Moda.  The fabrics combine beautifully together.  As a designer, this makes my job so easy.

Here's the anatomy of the block on my block layout sheet.  There are over 80 pieces of fabric, and this keeps me organized.  Each pattern will contain one of these sheets.  This one is missing four rectangles on the sides.  I discovered that when I began laying out the fabrics.  Yes, this block takes time to make, but it's not that hard.

Today is a travel day for me so I won't be able to work on my quilt.  Insert sad face here.  Our grandson is playing baseball tonight and we don't want to miss seeing him play.  Insert happy face here! 

Also, I have to pick up part of my monumental pattern order from the printer, and start stuffing the patterns into their plastic sleeves and ship them off. 

We also need to get back home to say goodbye to our granddaughter's pigs, Crimson and Clover, at the County Fair.

A petite and very shapely Clover, placed 3rd in her class during showmanship.

A robust Crimson placed 4th in his class during showmanship.

Many early mornings beginning at 4:30am can wear a person out.  Harleigh is a member and officer in FFA (Future Farmers of America).  In my opinion, this is one of the best programs the high school has to offer.  She learns so much about responsibility and has exhibited so much personal growth and developed leadership skills.  She has been involved in the Cradle to Grave program through FFA and 4H.  She has delivered scores of piglets, fed and cared for them for months, bought two of her own, and will now see them off to market this weekend.  It will be a sad yet rewarding day for her and the culmination of months of hard work and commitment.  After Sunday she can get caught up on her sleep for a few weeks, then the program starts all over again!


P.S. Don't forget to get your name in the drawing for a copy of my Zinnie's Choice pattern.  See my post on July 4th to enter the drawing.


Tuesday, July 4, 2017

Happy 4th of July

Hello Everyone,
I'm going to celebrate our nation's birth by giving away my Zinnie's Choice pattern.

 All of the components in this quilt are taken directly from my Patchwork Math book.

Zinnie's Choice is named after our beautiful Golden Retriever, Zinnie.  She liked nothing better than running through the mountains and playing in the high country lakes.  I was making this quilt when she passed over the rainbow bridge.  This was the only one of my quilts that she stepped on, rolled on, then ran off with a block in her mouth.  She would wave that red, white, and blue block like a rodeo queen during opening ceremonies.

We now have the holy terror, Mazey.  Given the opportunity, she will steal every block I make.  Forget the block, she will steal the entire quilt and drag it off to her bed.

Here's Mazey all grown up.  She's not as well behaved as her sister Zinnie, but we love her to pieces!  One of these days she will grow out of the never ending puppy stage.  Year three and we are still waiting for that transformation into adulthood.

I will be teaching Zinnie's Choice at In Between Stitches on July 12th. I guarantee we will have a fun day of learning the techniques used in this quilt.

To enter the contest, all you need to do is leave a comment on this post.  Make sure you leave an email address so I can contact you.  I will announce the winner on Friday, July 7, 2017. All decisions are final and Mazey will be selecting the winner.  So it's time to start sucking up to the holy terror!