Thursday, June 30, 2016

Honored Pioneer Sampler Quilt Pattern

My friend and co-worker, Amy Maxfield, designed this beautiful quilt after the LDS Hymn, "They the Builders of the Nation” (Hymn #36). 

She asked me to turn it into a pattern.  So I wrote it out and created the diagrams, and put it into a 46 page pattern.  She then asked me to make it available on Craftsy and Etsy as a pdf download.  It's going on TODAY!  Just in time for The Fourth of July and Pioneer Day!

Here's the Craftsy link.
And here's the Etsy link.

And here are some close-ups of the quilt:

There are 20 different blocks, plus the borders and border applique.   Here's Amy's introduction to the pattern:

"I have always loved and marveled at Pioneer stories and histories. I've wondered if I could have been a pioneer who never complained and survived the ordeal with an abiding love of God and faith to move forward. Pioneer Day, celebrated on July 24th in Utah, has long been a favorite holiday. As a young girl, I would go to my Swedish Grandmother's house in downtown Salt Lake City, Utah and walk to the parade route on Main Street near Liberty Park. Every year I'd sit on a quilt laid out near the street. I was there with my cousins, aunts, and uncles eating popsicles and cheering for the marching bands, the floats, and the horses. I see it clearly in my mind and what a happy memory it is. Still, I long to go to the parade every year to celebrate Pioneer Day!

This quilt is designed after the LDS Hymn "They the Builders of the Nation” (Hymn #36). Many years ago I drafted an idea for a quilt to go along with the words of this hymn. Two years ago I decided it was time to make it come to life. I appreciate Annette Rose, a co-worker, who is very talented at computer generated pattern making and also for Joye Hansen who willingly took the time to test the pattern.  Cover photo taken by Leisa Firth, with my appreciation. 

Each block represents some part of pioneer life: log cabins, farmer’s daughter, school house, wagon wheels, bow ties representing pioneer men, and churn-dash for the women. The flower pot represents the "desert blossoming as a rose" as stated by Brigham Young, the first governor of the state of Utah and second Prophet of the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-Day Saints. The honey bee block represents Utah, "The Beehive State.” The flower in the border is symbolic of the many graves along the trail. I intended for some petals to have fallen to the ground representing loss of life, but if you repeat the common phrase “he loves me; he loves me not” as you count the petals, you will notice that it ends with "he loves me!" To me that represents the knowledge that God loves us and watches over us. That is my experience and continues to be my abiding faith!"


Wednesday, June 15, 2016

Row By Row Experience 2016

The Row By Row Experience theme for this year is "Home Sweet Home."  I work at a shop in Cache County, Utah.  So our license plate and row include the "Cache" reference.  Here's our row (we went vertical this year) and license plate.

We look forward to meeting lots of new quilters through the Summer!

Wednesday, April 13, 2016

How To Add A Hanging Sleeve To The Back Of Your Quilt

It's a great idea to add a hanging sleeve to the back of your quilt -- especially if they are wall hangings.

First, measure the top of your quilt.

Second, cut the sleeve fabric width, 9" for a large quilt or 6" for a small quilt.  Then cut the length 1" shorter than what your quilt top measured.  Fold the sleeve with right sides together.  Then sew both ends, back-stitching at the beginning and end.  Trim the corners and turn right-side-out.

Center the sleeve on the back of the quilt and pin in place.  Then baste it in place.  Sew the binding to the front of the quilt, catching the sleeve in the seam as you go.  Finish binding the quilt, sewing through the sleeve on the back as you go.

Create some fullness at the top of the sleeve by folding it just below the top edge of the binding.  Pin the bottom edge in place.

Sew the bottom in place by hand.  I use a blind stitch.

Here's the finished hanging sleeve.

Monday, March 28, 2016

Tulips & Rainbows -- Little Ditty For April

Here's my Little Ditty for April!

The grey, dreary rain clouds of April
Bring the beautiful colors of Spring.

My batik and hand dyed fabrics worked perfectly for this Little Ditty.  It gives it a rainy, watercolor feel.  The quilt measures 18" X 23".  The tulips are done with fusible applique.  And the rainbow and cloud are pieced.  The pattern has 6 pages of instructions.  And the price is only $4.50!

Here's a link to the pattern on Craftsy.

Here's a link to the pattern on Etsy.

Keep watching for my Little Ditty for May!

Thursday, March 3, 2016

Announcing My Little Ditties!!!

Spring is my favorite season!  And it's a great time to start something new.  I've been working on some little quilts to represent each month of the year.  Today, I'm introducing my "Little Ditty" pattern line.  You can find patterns for these little quilts on Craftsy and Etsy, as pdf downloads.

Here's my Little Ditty for March, "Irish Pinwheels."

And here's the ditty to go with it...

It’s March! 

Open up
the windows
and let
my lovely fabrics
and I
breathe the
Spring air!

It's finished size is 24 1/2" X 24 1/2".  And each Pinwheel and Irish Chain block measure 4" square.

I'm not a very good quilter, but I've got to get my practice somehow!  So, here's my attempt at quilting my Irish Pinwheels.

You can also see that I've sewn the hanging sleeve into the binding, but still need to sew the other edge in place.

Monday, December 21, 2015

Tessellating Birds Pattern

This is my "Forever Project."  
It's all done by hand with English Paper Piecing.

 At my last count, I have 166 birds sewn in place.

I like to use freezer paper for my foundations.  I can iron it onto the back of the fabric, and it stays put while I baste it in place.

I sew them into groups of 4.

Then sew those groups together.

Here's a picture of a mini quilt I made with my tessellating birds.

You can get the pattern from Craftsy or Etsy.

Friday, September 18, 2015

NEW PATTERN! Activity Roll-up

In our church group, we collected items for Little Lambs. Little Lambs Foundation for Kids is a non profit Organization who provides Comfort Kits to Children ages 0-17 who are transitioning into Foster Care, shelter or who have been hospitalized by providing them with a little comfort in a bag.  Most children are not able to take anything with them.  Little Lambs provides a bag of items that can provide them with something they can call their own, and includes activity toys and hygiene items.

I had made one Activity Roll-up, just developing the pattern.  Then made a couple more to donate to Little Lambs.  It would be great if anyone would like to make and donate these to their favorite children's  charity.  Here are a couple pictures.

I've used horse and butterfly novelty prints for the outside.  The pattern has 19 pages, plus the tag that says, 

"You can practice Braiding, Weaving, Lace and Tie a Shoe, and Buttoning up.  Plus, there’s a Zipper Pouch to keep something special in.

Ages 4 to 8"

You can purchase the pattern at Craftsy or Etsy for just $7.50.