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Focus Friday

Friday, August 19th, 2016

School started this week, so today’s choice for Focus Friday is “Little Old One Room Schoolhouse”.  I actually attended a one room schoolhouse one year and this always brings back memories – mostly good!

The traditional maple leaf block has been good to me! It’s a favorite, and I have included it in several of my patterns. This little pieced wall hanging, approximately 23 x 27″, is so quick and easy to do, even for a beginner – makes a great gift!

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“Little Old One Room Schoolhouse” Innovations #00322 $8.00
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The 23 x 27″ machine pieced and machine quilted pattern sample quilt is also for sale, only $200.00, email if interested.

I have been so bad this summer, at posting to this blog, including Focus Fridays. Those of you who are on FaceBook have probably seen postings already for “Coneflowers”,

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“Dragonfly Dream”,

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“Frog Frolics”,

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“Udderly Preposterous”,

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“Peace”,

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and “Tall Sunflowers”

 

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I’ll try to do better at keeping up!

Focus Friday – Blooming Trellis

Friday, May 13th, 2016

Today for Focus Friday, I am featuring “Blooming Trellis”, just because it’s spring and everything is blooming like crazy!

This pattern makes a bed quilt, approximately 72 X 84″. It is made up of a combination of two different 12″ blocks that come together to form the lovely trellis design. Simple piecing makes a striking quilt for your bed!

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Blooming Trellis -INNOVATIONS# 05946             $9.00
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The Sample quilt is for sale. Machine pieced and machine quilted, it is $2000.00. Email for details.

Focus Friday- Baltimore Album – Baltimore Oriole

Friday, April 29th, 2016

A few days ago I had my first sighting this year of the male Baltimore Oriole at the Hummingbird feeder – such a gorgeous bird! Usually the Hummingbirds are back before the Orioles but so far this year I have not seen any. I wonder if bad weather south of us has interfered with their migration and even if they will make it this year.oriole

We usually have at least two pairs of Orioles nesting in our yard and it is fun to see them at our feeders. They are so beautiful that I wanted to design a quilted wallhanging about them. This little 24 x 24″ piece combines piecing in the style of the Baltimore Album block, and applique. I like to make my applique designs in simple shapes that are easy to sew by hand or machine, which is the case for this bird. But I have to admit that those leaves, which are actual shapes from my Porcelain Berry Vine are anything but simple! But they are beautiful and I recommend fusing and zigzagging the raw edges in this case, which makes it very do-able! Porcelain Vine berries are not orange, but I thought a little artistic license was in order to compliment the bird. I hope you will want to make one for yourself or for your bird loving friend! Click on PATTERNS in the side bar to order.

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Baltimore Album/Baltimore Oriole, INNOVATIONS #03838      24 x 24″       $9.00

The machine pieced, machine appliqued and machine quilted pattern sample is for sale, $300.00. Email for details.

Focus Friday – Traditional Tricks

Friday, April 8th, 2016

You CAN teach an old block new tricks! For today’s Focus Friday selection, I am showing you Traditional Tricks, which is a bed quilt, approximately 84 x 105″. It features original blocks and is made up of mostly squares, half square triangle units, nine patches and log cabin blocks – what could be easier? I wondered what would happen if I gave that space usually taken by sashing strips and placed them as accent strips instead, and the accent they provide is just perfect! for someone who wants a bed quilt that goes beyond traditional!

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Traditional Tricks – INNOVATIONS # 02231 $9.00
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The machine pieced & machine quilted sample quilt is for sale, $2000.00, email for details.

Focus Friday – “Think Pink”

Friday, April 1st, 2016

Every day as I drive in to my classes, I am treated to so many beautiful spring flowers and blooming trees, so many shades of pink!

For today’s Focus Friday I am showing “Think Pink” which incorporates many many shades of pink. This little 32 x 40″ wallhanging (great size for a baby quilt!) – could just as well be made up of any color that you like, to use up a lot of scraps. When I designed this original block, I was actually thinking of Breast Cancer Awareness pink.

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INNOVATIONS #06949 “Think Pink” 32 x 40″ $9.00

The original pattern sample quilt, machine pieced and machine quilted, is for sale, $450.00

Focus Friday

Saturday, March 5th, 2016

Focus Friday on a Saturday this week, because, well, I forgot! I’m going to go for color this week with “Endless Possibilities”. The block is simple, only four seams! But the possibilities are endless!!

This pattern includes instructions and fabric requirements for a lap quilt, a wall hanging, place mats and a table runner. The photo shows the 60 x 63″ lap quilt illustrating the possibilities of a multitude of scraps, or possibly you would rather do planned design, with only a few coordinated fabrics. It’s all in the pattern. Possibly you will work small, possibly you will work large, the possibilities are limited only by your imagination!

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“Endless Possibilities” – many possible sizes – $9.00
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The sample quilt is for sale, machine pieced and machine quilted, for $1250.00. Email for details. The wall hanging sample is also for sale, approx 49 x 37″, it can be seen on my website, listed above. You will be surprised at how different it looks!!

Focus Friday -” The Northern Lily and the Southern Rose”

Friday, February 26th, 2016

For today’s Focus Friday, I am showing you “The Northern Lily and the Southern Rose”. This bed size quilt was inspired by a talk by quilt historian Barbara Brackman, and pictured in one of her books. She talked about how the Northern women made utilitarian quilts for the Civil War soldiers which were long and narrow, small enough to carry but large enough to lie on or under. In an effort to keep Kansas a free state, ads were placed in northern newspapers to recruit settlers sympathetic to that cause to come west and settle Kansas. The quote in the border, included in the pattern, by Lucy Larcom from 1855 was from one of those ads. “Sister true, join us too, where the Kansas flows. Let the Northern Lily bloom, with the Southern Rose”.
This design is not meant to be an authentic reproduction of those quilts, but rather, a tribute to the women of old, who, in ways both quiet and bold, endured and participated in times of war. The central portion is reminiscent of the soldier’s quilts made by the women and the border holds appliqued roses and pieced lilies as well as the verse by Lucy.

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“The Northern Lily and the Southern Rose”    80 x 94″
INNOVATIONS Pattern # 97309 $8.00.
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The cover sample quilt is machine pieced, hand appliqued and hand quilted. It is for sale at $4,000.00. Email if interested.

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Focus Friday–“Star Flowers”

Friday, February 19th, 2016

Today for Focus Friday I will feature “Star Flowers”.  This is a variation on the old traditional Seven Sisters design. I found the old yellowed newspaper clipping in a box at Houston Quilt Festival and it came with the warning ” Experienced Quilters Only!” which only challenged me to make it easy enough for anyone, which I did!  I devised a way to piece it so that those points just happen. To finish it off, I designed the applique to mimic the shape if the stars and to me they resemble Clematis, one of my favorites. There is a LOT of applique, but the shapes are easy and can be done by hand or machine to compliment this popular bed quilt.

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INNOVATIONS  94804  “Star Flowers”  86 X 106″   $9.00
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Pattern Sample Quilt for sale $2500.00 email for details

Focus Friday – “Little Houses On A Hillside”

Friday, February 12th, 2016

Focus Friday this week features “Little Houses On A Hillside”, a fun and easy wall hanging or kid’s quilt in a generous 48 x 60” size. Using an original 12” block, it goes together quickly to please the young or the young at heart. It is a true scrap quilt, so please use different fabrics for each of the twelve blocks!

The pattern contains twelve 2” finished size half square triangle papers, enough to make the 24 finished units needed to complete the quilt.

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“Little Houses On A Hillside” – INNOVATIONS #04842 –
48 x 60” Pattern: $9.00
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The cover sample wall hanging is for sale at $ 500.00. Email for details.

Focus Friday – Fairies In My Garden

Friday, February 5th, 2016

The groundhog says spring is coming and I am dreaming of my garden coming to life – will the Fairies still be there?

For today’s Focus Friday, let’s look at “Fairies In My Garden”, an enchanted gathering of fairies in the flowers. This 22 x 29” wall hanging is a combination of piecing and applique in my signature easy to do shapes. Don’t be afraid of the faces, they are in the pattern and easily traced with Pigma pens.

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“Fairies In My Garden” – INNOVATIONS #01126 – approx 22 x 29”
Pattern: $9.00
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The cover sample wall hanging is for sale at $250.00. Email for details.

This pattern has inspired two art pieces done in my pieced pictorial style. “Don’t Piss Off The Fairies”, 12 x 12” (sold)

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and “Foxglove Fairies”, 42 x 41”, $3000.00.

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These are one of a kind art quilts and are not in the pattern, but I will share them here for your viewing pleasure!