15 November 2017

Let's Bee Social #203

Welcome to the Let's Bee Social!

Things are finally returning to normal since returning from Quilt Market. I'm now working on this new pattern called Desert Donkeys. This quilt setting finishes at 38" x 47".






I am also working on this profile Donkey head block that finishes at 6" and 12" square.








I haven't sewn anything in over a month!!! But tonight I am away from home providing a Trunk Show for the Ancaster Quilt Guild. Can't wait to get out and meet some quilters in person!




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13 November 2017

Quilt Market 2017

I've been back from Houston for almost two weeks now. Things are finally returning to normal since returning from Quilt Market. Today I am sharing a few photos from my adventure!



This was my booth. Pretty simple. Just brought quilts to hang on the walls and a few smaller items to show on the table. And I brought a couple of binders with printed material - one to show the piecing methods I use in my patterns and one to share the covers of my patterns that are available for purchase.




I didn't bring a "real" camera. Just used my phone for these photos. My sister took this next picture for me. Actually she took quite a few of me being goofy in my booth. But she is a bit shaky and her pictures all turned out blurry. Maybe that's a good thing?




This is the view from our room at the Hilton.






During the weekend we did not wander far from the hotel or the convention center which was right across the street and can be seen in the photos below.





From the convention center you can see the other hotel that was also an option for a close stay. Both of them have a skywalk enabling you to travel from the hotel to the convention center without going outside.





We took two days to drive down. I chose to stay overnight on the first day at Nashville because it is about half way. On the return trip we took some time to see a few sights. I really wanted to go to the Cooter's Museum because I enjoyed the Dukes of Hazard show when I was young. And I enjoyed watching the DVD sets with my son Russell when he was younger. I had to get a photo of my truck parked next to the General Lee.





Inside the museum they had a lot of memorabilia from the show. I enjoyed all the little sets.




Then we drove over to the "American Pickers" Antique Archaeology Nashville location. It is one of many shops in this old building. My sister enjoys antiques and auctions.





I had a great time being able to spend the week with my sister. We have not spent much time together during the past 35 years. So it was fun to be able to laugh and be crazy with each other. We met a lot of fun people while we were at Market. Especially Cheryl and Vicki from 3 Hens and a Chick quilt shop. What a load of laughs we had together!

I'd tell you more but.....

What happens in Houston stays in Houston.





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7 November 2017

Let's Bee Social #202

Welcome to the Let's Bee Social!


I have been away at Quilt Market and haven't been doing any sewing lately, so I have nothing to share of my own. I did take a few photos with my phone while away and hope to share an update soon!

Thankfully, there are other busy quilters out there who are willing to send me emails and photos of what they have created. And that they have allowed me to share them with you!

This fun Black Birds quilt was made by Ann who wrote, "Thank you for making such a fabulous pattern. I haven’t been inspired to quilt for a few years but a good friend was having her first baby so I hunted around looking for a pattern that would inspire me. Thanks to you I have my quilting mojo back!"






Erica also allowed me to share her quilt and wrote, "My Dog Gone Cute quilt won an Honorable Mention in the Washington State Quilters Annual Spokane Quilt Show. I quilted each Doggy face individually to enhance their features.  I added your extra borders and also quilted bones and paw prints in the outer border."





Thank you Ann and Erica! 
Both of these finishes make me so happy!
And it is so fun to be able to share them here on my blog!

If you are interested, the Black Birds pattern can be found here.
And the Dog Gone Cute pattern can be found here.






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2 November 2017

High Heel Shoe quilt block tutorial



Some shoe fanatic inspired me to design this quilt.

And today I am sharing the High Heel Shoe quilt block tutorial with you!






High Heel Shoe block finishes at 6” x 9”







Sew Fresh Quilts – High Heel Shoe block

Read through entire instructions before beginning.  Press seams open as you go. 


STOP: Stitch, Trim, Open & Press. To perform the STOP method, align a square (A) or rectangle (C) on the corner of the unit (B) with right sides facing together. Draw a diagonal line and sew along this diagonal line. Trim a ¼” seam. Finger press the seam open and then press with a hot iron. Press all seams open to reduce bulk.




For each SHOE block:
Background
D
1 @ 1.5” square
F
1 @ 2” square
B
1 @ 1” x 4.5”
J
1 @ 3” x 4.5”
M
1 @ 4.5” x 8”
Dark

A
1 @ 1” x 1.5”
C
1 @ 1” x 9.5”
Medium
E
1 @ 1.5” x 4”
G
1 @ 2” x 9.5”
L
1 @ 4.5” x 5.5”
Light
K
1 @ 4.5” x 5”
For each ROW:
Background
N
2 @ 2” x 36.5”





Step 1:  Use the STOP method to add the Light (K) rectangle to the Background (M) rectangle, by aligning the bottom right corners. Then add the Medium (L) rectangle in the same manner. Use the STOP method to add the Background (D) square.



Step 2:  Sew the Medium (G) to the Dark (C). Use the STOP METHOD to add the Background (F) square. Sew this onto the bottom of the unit made previously.



Step 3:  Sew the Medium (E) to the Dark (A) and then add the Background (J) and (B) to the sides. Use the STOP method to add this onto the bottom of the unit made previously to complete the SHOE block. Make 4 SHOE blocks. Block measures 6.5” by 9.5” and will finish at 6” x 9”.



Step 4:  Sew the SHOE blocks together and add the Background (N) strips to the top and bottom to complete the ROW. Row measures 9.5” by 36.5” and will finish at 9” x 36”








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1 November 2017

Let's Bee Social #201




Welcome to the Let's Bee Social!

This is a tale of two shoes.

At last week's Let's Bee Social I explained that I love it when I see people using their imaginations. It excites me to see when you take something I designed and "tweak it" to make it suit your needs. And this is another example.



The work above was sent to me by Dianne. Dianne wrote to me following my post about The Tutorial and said, "Hi Lorna, After reading about your recent "problem" I got wondering if what I have done is going to be my "problem". When I was doing the shop hop this summer I stopped at the quilt shop "Quilting by Design" in New Hamburg and got your row for the Row by Row there. I have had an orphan block that I needle punched and painted at least 30 years! ago and wanted to make it into a wallhanging. I thought your shoe pattern would be perfect for it as it was a lady's head wearing a fancy hat. I also planned on paper-piecing a couple of dresses to go into as well. Unfortunately, your shoe pattern turned out waaaaaaaaaaaay too big so I reduced it by 50% and figured out how to make a paper-piecing pattern for it. I do not have a blog and certainly do not intend to do anything else with it. It is just for my personal use. The only thing I was going to do is take to my quilt guild meeting this month for show and share but felt I should contact you to make sure it's okay. If not, I will just leave it at home."

Now that broke my heart.

I replied, "Oh Dianne! Please don't feel like you have done anything wrong. I think it's great that you found a way to use the shoe design and cleverly went about figuring how to reduce the size and paper piece it. Really, I would be proud for you to share your wallhanging and if you mentioned that I designed the shoe pattern, but you worked out how to make it work for your purpose, that would be great! It makes me so happy to see people take any of my designs and to be inspired to make them work for their purposes. As you did! I would love to be able to share a photo of your wallhanging on my blog for the Let's Bee Social, with your permission. Thank you so much for writing to share how this confessional post of mine got you to thinking. Obviously what I did was a more clear cut case of what not to do. But like with what you have explained, there are a lot of not so clear cut issues out there that we aren't always sure what to do. You did the right thing by just contacting me to raise your concerns. And I commend you for doing so! Wishing you Happy Stitching!"

So Dianne wrote back and explained how she went about making the shoe blocks for her wallhanging, "Hopefully, attached is the picture of my wallhanging, tentatively called "Decisions, decisions". As you can see, I pinned the shoe from your row-by-row so that you could see the difference in size. To make it smaller, I took the small picture in the instructions and folded it in half horizontally and then in thirds vertically to give me the sections I needed to draft a new size. Then I just printed out copies on my printer until I got the size I thought worked best."


And that is the tale of two shoes.






Let's Bee Social! 

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Tablerunners a great for a quick make for gift giving... Even if you end up wanting to keep it for yourself! Tablerunner Bliss by Sherri Falls is the perfect book for inspiring you to create.

You can order your own copy of this super cute book here at Fat Quarter Shop.  




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