Wednesday, May 20, 2015

A Vintage Cutie

I'm tickled to introduce my newest Cutie Pattern, Vintage.


Pantone named Marsala as 2015 Color of the Year, and we chose Marsala as the background for this latest Cutie Quilt.  We used Timeless Treasures Studio C fabrics and I love the finished quilt, especially since it is queen-sized at 90x90 and I can use it on my bed!
  
If you don't know what a Cutie is:  it is a fat eighth cut of fabric.  The Quilt Basket packages 16 fat eighths together in Cutie Packs and any Cutie Pattern will work with any Cutie Pack of fabric.  I am so excited to be a part of this project!  I love that I can buy a $20 pack of pretty! new! fabrics and make a quilt out of them  I have so much fabric that it is often difficult to justify buying a more expensive kit.

If you like this quilt pattern, it is only one of the patterns I have designed for the Cutie Pattern line.

Check out Squared Away:


Going My Way:


Stepping Stones:


Jack's Star:


and Boxed In:


If you like the quilting in my samples, I teach some of those designs in my Craftsy Class.


Happy Quilting!

Saturday, May 16, 2015

#Spring Clean Your Studio Blog Hop -- MY DAY!!!

Welcome to all of the #Springcleanyourstudio Blog Hoppers!  Today is my day to show the before and after photos of my studio.  In some ways I thought today would never get here, but in other ways it's too soon because my studio needed so much help!  

Question:  How did my studio get so messy?  
Answer:  I travel constantly teaching quilting and I'm either making a mess while packing or making a mess while unpacking or making a mess while getting some quilting done in between trips. 

I'm going to take a deep breath and show my messy studio to the world:


Hello Kitty on my cutting table? But of course!  She belongs on top of my HQ Sweet Sixteen.

Nail Polish remover?  Well, the time between the last snowfall and 93*F was 14 days.  I went from my Craftsy class pedicure (in February!) to sandals weather in a big hurry!

Chocolate?  Do I really need to explain that one?

I loaded a Coursera lecture on my phone and set myself to cleaning while listening.  I put away all of the things that didn't belong in my studio, put away all of the things that did belong in my studio, put the chocolate in the basement because it will melt in my hot studio (I don't have A/C), dealt with the fabric scraps left from old projects, and made some decisions on what to keep on my work table.  

Next I attacked the pile of magazines that gets taller every time I open the mail:


I flipped through a few to decide "keep or pass along." I put the "keep" ones on a book shelf, the "pass along" ones in my giveaway bag (I'm very popular at my quilt guild meetings), and the rest were stacked on my quilting bookshelf to go through when time allowed.

Since I was shelving the magazines, I decided to work on that bookshelf:


Quilt Market is this week and I knew I wouldn't have time to go through every single book, so I started with one shelf.  I pulled out a few that I knew I didn't want any longer and checked them with my BookScouter app.  I scanned the barcode to see if any online re-sellers would buy from me.  So far I have sold my books to SellBackYourBook.com, Textbooks.com, BookItBuyBack.com, and Powells.com.  The books that won't sell get added to my giveaway bag.

Another trouble spot in my sewing room is next to my gas fireplace:


That is a laundry basket full of old shirts waiting to be made into quilts, a bag full of flannel left here when a friend moved away, a Tiffany wineglass box full of random stuff, and a Hello Kitty purse.  Don't judge me.  Other random stuff was there, too, but those are the easily identifiable bits.

Here's my studio after my week of Spring Cleaning:


My pins are in a cute Hello Kitty tin pail. I keep my wrist magnetic pin cushion clipped to the side so I never lose it!  

The rotary cutters are now in the cutest Hello Kitty watering can that is a recent gift from my sister; it never had a real home and now it does!  

I lined up all of my cutting rulers in a rack that a student's husband made for me. 

My magazine basket is now empty. 


I keep throwing things in there and pulling them back out.  I need to get rid of the basket before it fills up again!

I have a stack of boxes full of books to take to the post office:


I've made about $80 on the books I've sold from my bookshelf.  I'm sure I'll find something (wink*fabric*wink) to spend it on!

Here is the improved corner of my sewing room:


The flannel was boxed to donate to the library sewing group.  The shirts were boxed and added to the boxes of my dad's shirts waiting to be made into memory quilts for his grandchildren.  A lot of other stuff was thrown away.  The mantle is a display for my Hello Kitty items, public speaking medal (first place!), dolls from Russia,  and other homeless stuff.  I didn't get to spring clean that before I left for Quilt Market, but I am still celebrating progress.

My sewing room isn't even close to clean, but it is definitely cleaner, more workable, and less embarrassing now.

Well, that's my before and after of this years #Springcleanyourstudio Blog Hop.  Check out what all of the other bloggers have accomplished in their studios:

May 7 Kathy Matthews http://www.chicagonow.com/quilting-sewing-creating/

May 8 Misty Cole Http://www.dailydesignwall.blogspot.com

May 9 Heather Kinion http://heatherkinion.com/


May 10 Jessica Darling http://jessicakdarling.com/


May 11 Lisa Blevis Filion http://upstatelisa.blogspot.com/


May 12 Peta Minerof-Bartos http://www.thenotsewguiltyquilter.blogspot.com/


May 13 Mandy Leins http://mandalei.com/


May 14 Amalia Teresa Parra Morusiewicz http://funfromatoz.com/


May 15 Sam Hunter http://huntersdesignstudio.com/


May 16 Debby Ritenbaugh Brown http://higheredhands.blogspot.com/


May 17 Debbie Kleve Berkebile http://www.mountaintrailquilttreasure.blogspot.com/


May 18 Michelle Mattingly http://stitchesofjoi.blogspot.com/

May 19 Cheryl Sleboda http://blog.muppin.com


Friday, May 15, 2015

Quilt Market

Today was the first day at Quilt Market in Minneapolis.  It is where all of the manufacturers, designers, fabric companies and the like meet and show their wares to quilt shops so that they can provide lovely goodies for quilters for the next year. A lot of business takes place here, a lot of learning takes place here, and it's a bit of a family reunion.

It has been 34 days since I've last had a Diet Coke.  It's easier say no to Diet Coke when I'm eating healthfully.  I was nervous coming to Market. Would I cave and drink a diet soda?  Would I give in to the temptation of cake? Would there be any healthy convention center food choices?

Well, I found that I shouldn't have worried.  My hotel supplies healthy breakfast options.  I had a lunch meeting and enjoyed this:


Beet salad.  Mmmmmmm.....

I think I'm going to have an easy time finding healthy food here.  To make matters even better:


I walked my feet off!  I may come home from Market a mere shadow of my former self.

If that doesn't happen, I will at least come home to a cleaner studio. I'm participating in the #Springcleanyourstudio Blog Hop.  Check out what the other bloggers are doing with their creativespaces.


May 8 Misty Cole Http://www.dailydesignwall.blogspot.com

May 9 Heather Kinion http://heatherkinion.com/

May 10 Jessica Darling http://jessicakdarling.com

May 11 Lisa Blevis Filion http://upstatelisa.blogspot.com/

May 12 Peta Minerof-Bartos http://www.thenotsewguiltyquilter.blogspot.com/

May 13 Mandy Leins http://mandalei.com/

May 14 Amalia Teresa Parra Morusiewicz http://funfromatoz.com/

May 15 Sam Hunter http://huntersdesignstudio.com/

May 16 Debby Ritenbaugh Brown http://higheredhands.blogspot.com/

May 17 Debbie Kleve Berkebile http://www.mountaintrailquilttreasure.blogspot.com/

May 18 Michelle Mattingly http://stitchesofjoi.blogspot.com/

Tuesday, May 12, 2015

Globetrotting, block 7: Sydney (the quilting plan)

I'm getting ready to quilt my Sydney block from Pat Sloan's Globetrotting block of the month from 2014.

Here's my block:


I used Quilter's Preview Paper to help plan my design:


I plan to quilt:
  • curves
  • straight lines
  • ribbon candy
  • and swirls
I placed the curves:

 
the straight lines:


the ribbon candy:


and the swirls:


I can't wait to get quilting!

While I'm not quilting, though, I'm working toward #Springcleanyourstudio Blog Hop.

My studio needs help.  Check out the back of one of my longarms:



Must all flat surfaces attract clutter?

Check out what the other #Springcleanyourstudio Blog Hop bloggers are doing:


May 8 Misty Cole Http://www.dailydesignwall.blogspot.com

May 9 Heather Kinion http://heatherkinion.com/

May 10 Jessica Darling http://jessicakdarling.com

May 11 Lisa Blevis Filion http://upstatelisa.blogspot.com/

May 12 Peta Minerof-Bartos http://www.thenotsewguiltyquilter.blogspot.com/

May 13 Mandy Leins http://mandalei.com/

May 14 Amalia Teresa Parra Morusiewicz http://funfromatoz.com/

May 15 Sam Hunter http://huntersdesignstudio.com/


May 16 Debby Ritenbaugh Brown http://higheredhands.blogspot.com/

May 17 Debbie Kleve Berkebile http://www.mountaintrailquilttreasure.blogspot.com/

May 18 Michelle Mattingly http://stitchesofjoi.blogspot.com/


May 19 Cheryl Sleboda http://blog.muppin.com

Monday, May 11, 2015

Because of Today

My birthday-through-Mother's Day festivities have ended and my loved ones gifted me with four different types of caffeinated tea:


I think they gave me all of this lovely caffeine knowing that today would come:  Monday, a day when I need at least one cup of each type of tea just to keep me going.  Thanks everyone, you know me so well.

My to-do list is long today as I prepare for a speaking engagement tomorrow and a trip to Quilt Market on Wednesday.  I also plan to keep working on my messy studio for #Springcleanyourstudio Blog Hop.  Today's mess:


If you are asking "What is that?" and "How did that happen?", sometimes it's best to not know the answers to all of our questions.

Check out what the other #Springcleanyourstudio Blog Hop bloggers are doing in their creative spaces:

May 7 Kathy Matthews http://www.chicagonow.com/quilting-sewing-creating/

May 8 Misty Cole Http://www.dailydesignwall.blogspot.com

May 9 Heather Kinion http://heatherkinion.com/


May 10 Jessica Darling http://jessicakdarling.com/


May 11 Lisa Blevis Filion http://upstatelisa.blogspot.com/


May 12 Peta Minerof-Bartos http://www.thenotsewguiltyquilter.blogspot.com/


May 13 Mandy Leins http://mandalei.com/


May 14 Amalia Teresa Parra Morusiewicz http://funfromatoz.com/


May 15 Sam Hunter http://huntersdesignstudio.com/


May 16 Debby Ritenbaugh Brown http://higheredhands.blogspot.com/


May 17 Debbie Kleve Berkebile http://www.mountaintrailquilttreasure.blogspot.com/


May 18 Michelle Mattingly http://stitchesofjoi.blogspot.com/


May 19 Cheryl Sleboda http://blog.muppin.com

Sunday, May 10, 2015

Good to Know

I learned something new yesterday.

I was in my sewing room, drinking a strawberry-blackberry-banana-chia seed-almond milk-chocolate smoothie in my Hello Kitty sippy cup:


Don't judge me.  Do you want a strawberry-blackberry-banana-chia seed-almond milk-chocolate smoothie spilled all over your sewing room?  I rest my case.

So what did I learn?

I learned that the little hole in the lid is important:


You see, my smoothie was really thick and I was tilting my head back and tilting the cup up but nothing was coming out of the cup.  I was coaxing the smoothie, "Come on.  I know you are thick but you aren't that thick!"  That's when I realized that my nose was covering the little hole and not letting any air into the cup.  Once I moved my nose, I was able to drink my smoothie easily.

For the rest of the night (until the smoothie was gone), I kept repeating to myself, "Move your nose, Debby" every time I tried to sip my smoothie.

Lesson learned.

And you thought I only gave quilting tips.

Why was I sipping a smoothie all evening in my sewing room?  I was attacking this:


...in preparation for this:  #Springcleanyourstudio Blog Hop!  Check out the other bloggers to see their studios SPARKLE!

May 7 Kathy Matthews http://www.chicagonow.com/quilting-sewing-creating/

May 8 Misty Cole Http://www.dailydesignwall.blogspot.com

May 9 Heather Kinion http://heatherkinion.com/


May 10 Jessica Darling http://jessicakdarling.com/


May 11 Lisa Blevis Filion http://upstatelisa.blogspot.com/


May 12 Peta Minerof-Bartos http://www.thenotsewguiltyquilter.blogspot.com/


May 13 Mandy Leins http://mandalei.com/


May 14 Amalia Teresa Parra Morusiewicz http://funfromatoz.com/


May 15 Sam Hunter http://huntersdesignstudio.com/


May 16 Debby Ritenbaugh Brown http://higheredhands.blogspot.com/


May 17 Debbie Kleve Berkebile http://www.mountaintrailquilttreasure.blogspot.com/


May 18 Michelle Mattingly http://stitchesofjoi.blogspot.com/




May 19 Cheryl Sleboda http://blog.muppin.com

Saturday, May 09, 2015

At last...

I have been drowning in a sea of mediocre books and wondered if I would ever find a good one again.

FINALLY -- I read Ordinary Grace by William Kent Krueger.  I probably loved it more than it deserved because of the awful books I had read before it, but this was just a well-written story.  It was a mystery that I figured out but didn't mind since I cared about the characters enough to finish the book.

I listened to this book, because audiobooks make my heart go pitter-pat.  While I was finishing the book, I was cleaning my studio, preparing for my day of #Springcleanyourstudio Blog Hop.

Want to see a before picture?


I'm keepin' it real here folks.  Be sure to check back to see the "after" photo.  Whilst you are waiting, check out the other bloggers:

May 7 Kathy Matthews http://www.chicagonow.com/quilting-sewing-creating/

May 8 Misty Cole Http://www.dailydesignwall.blogspot.com

May 9 Heather Kinion http://heatherkinion.com/


May 10 Jessica Darling http://jessicakdarling.com/


May 11 Lisa Blevis Filion http://upstatelisa.blogspot.com/


May 12 Peta Minerof-Bartos http://www.thenotsewguiltyquilter.blogspot.com/


May 13 Mandy Leins http://mandalei.com/


May 14 Amalia Teresa Parra Morusiewicz http://funfromatoz.com/


May 15 Sam Hunter http://huntersdesignstudio.com/


May 16 Debby Ritenbaugh Brown http://higheredhands.blogspot.com/


May 17 Debbie Kleve Berkebile http://www.mountaintrailquilttreasure.blogspot.com/


May 18 Michelle Mattingly http://stitchesofjoi.blogspot.com/


May 19 Cheryl Sleboda http://blog.muppin.com