Thursday, March 29, 2012

Quilt Show!

Mary Ann of Rock n Quilts

beautiful miniature

Grand Champion

Best in Show - original design

Grand Champion

1st place

Love this version inspired by the "Ghastlies" fabric!

"Insanity" quilt - original design
created from thousands of leftover 1" HST's from several other quilts

1st place - lovely piecing and quilting!

Too darn cute!

2nd place - original design

Lovely handwork from the past

Rae-Bon Sewing Center of Fargo, ND taught "Cups, Cups, Cups" paper piecing

For coffee addicts lovers everywhere!

Hope you enjoyed the quilt show!
Which quilt was your favorite?  
Please vote by leaving a comment!

I'd love to hear from you,

Monday, March 19, 2012

Heidi Pridemore, Nancy Odom & a Quilt Festival Weekend!

This past weekend was so productive and lots of fun...I learned a new technique (paper piecing) and had fun shopping with my sis-in-law and her sis-in-law!  Truly a weekend to remember...a banquet with 250 quilting ladies, door prizes galore, and two national teachers....
Heidi Pridemore and Nancy Odom!

Heidi Pridemore (left) and me on the right with my version of Heidi's gorgeous pattern,

I have Nancy Odom's newest fabric and pattern 
"Orchard Park" from

Here's the 

Best wishes,

Sunday, March 11, 2012

Give away, Quilt Festival Info and FSNI reminder!

Give-away here:  h  Ends Monday, 3/12/2012  (This beautiful quilt pattern and curves ruler!)

Attending the Minot Prairie Quilt Guild Festival this coming weekend!  I entered my first competition with my daughter's graduation quilt - cross your fingers for me :-)  I'll be sure to let you know how it turns out!

FNSI is this Friday - have you joined the fun yet?

Saturday, March 3, 2012

An Artsy Wall Hanging - my first piece for the Downtown Artist's Cooperative

SewCalGal's FMQ Challenge is in full swing and this month features the wonderfully brilliant quilt artist Ann Fahl, who also loves to work with variegated thread!

Her idea to try many different designs and see where they go with different threads really intrigued me greatly....then, while at B&N for coffee this afternoon with a teaching friend, I saw the most inspirational magazine I've laid eyes on in a very long time....

Sew Somerset - the art of creative sewing with mixed-media

How cool!  What wonderful, new (to me) ideas!

1.  I love scrapbooking
2.  I love family heritage
3.  I love quilting
4.  I love thread
5.  I love fabric

All these added up to this after four glorious hours in my sewing room this evening!

This is my first 'artsy' piece which I will display in our Downtown Artist's Cooperative.
I really, truly enjoyed "Dancing with Threads" today - thank you, Ann!

I believe I will call it
"Unfinished Purse"

I used rayon embroidery thread, 100% silk, Floriani silver metallic and Sulky 12w variegated all with white embroidery floss in the bobbin and a 90/14 Universal needle.  Textiles include 80/20 batting remnant, Kate Spade's gorgeous fabric, dark yellow flannel scraps, grosgrain ribbons and my great-grandmother Minnie Block's buttons.

Fun, fun, fun!!  Here are some close-ups:

I took Ann's suggestion and tried zig zag FMQ!

What a FUN piece - so glad to be a part of the SewCalGal FMQ 2012!
It's not too late to join!

All the Best,


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Friday, March 2, 2012

In the Beginning...there was Jason Yenter's beautiful new fabric and quilt designs!

I'm just in love with Jason Yenter's beautiful new fabric and especially the above quilt design from his newest Feb. 2012 book "The Quilts of Avalon".  Gosh, this is just dreamy!

I was thrilled to see this fabric line available at J&R Vacuum & Sewing Center in Bismarck, ND priced at only $6.99/yd!  Sew you know what happened.....

I bought five yards for an April 21st "Stack 'n Whack" class I'll be attending

(The pattern recommends three yards of colorful fabric and two yards of lighter, contrasting fabric, so I'm pleased with these two from Jason Yenter's new "In the Beginning" line.


couldn't resist two more yards for a Nancy Zieman purse....can't wait to show you the finished projects!

With solid black Kona cotton, I believe the above two patterns will really make a stunning purse!

Please let us all know...what fabric are you just crazy about this spring?

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