Month: October 2016

SEASONAL QUILTS

Just as I predicted, we did get a frost that put most things in the garden to rest.  This however, gave me an opportunity to regroup and gather together the things that still look good and create new arrangements in the yard.  It may refresh everything enough to get through Halloween and closer to Thanksgiving when outdoor decorations really do become the beginning of Holiday decorations.

I love stepping outside my front door to be treated by all the glorious colors each day.  All the colors really intensified in just 24 hours.  These colorful  moments are fleeting and it is important to not take one day for granted.  I try to capture what I see in photos, but they are never as grand as the actual experience.  You can see why I am inspired by my surroundings, even just outside my front door.img_0420 img_1486 img_1084img_0956 img_1081

Inside, a touch of fall color starts to appear in every room.  Most of my basics are quite neutral which really gives me an opportunity to transition from one season to the next by changing out some artwork, switching out pillow covers, tweaking arrangements of pottery and of course, changing out quilts.  They are the best for adding color, softness and interest to a room as well as actual warmth and coziness.  All the beds get new quilts and of course the dining room table is a great place to change out the multiple runners I have for Halloween and general fall decorating.  It is fun to bring the fall colors indoors. 2016-03-03 13.41.03

2016-05-30 09.52.02Sneak Preview . . . Quicker By The Dozen

t-25I promised a sneak preview of the Block of the Month made from the River Song Fabric Collection that will be debuted at the Fall Market in Houston at the end of October.  The colors in the River Song collection reflect a traditional color palette that appears along river banks everywhere, and definitely here in my home town.  The basic quilt is Quicker by the Dozen.  Each month, 12 blocks of one block design are made.  This is what makes it “quicker”.  The cutting is easier and the piecing is easy and multiples can be made quickly.  One size version is a Throw that uses 6″ blocks and no border.  Another size version is a generous Queen/King that uses 9″ blocks with a border.  Of course, borders are optional on either size.

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I collaborated with the ladies at Cotton+Steel and RJR Fabrics showcasing two other fabric collections.  This gives you, the consumer, a very valuable design that can be used for so many quilts that will be remarkably different.  It is easy to piece and would make a great project to do with someone who may want to learn to quilt while working along someone who can pass on hints and tips and they can make it in a fabric collection that appeals to their sensibilities.

It is a one size fits all kind of BOM.   Included in the pattern is also a view using the RJR Thirties, Everything But The Kitchen Sink collection as well.  All the versions are vastly different giving you a lot of choice.  Actually, it would be fun to make one of each.   Ask you local quilt shop to inquire about the Quicker by the Dozen – Block of the Month from their RJR representative.

My favorite Halloween Decoration:

img_0424My two grandchildren, Taylor and Ella, both wore the same Halloween costume at about the same age, just 2-1/2 years apart.  A similar picture was taken of both.  They are the first two things I pull out each year and if I didn’t get any other Halloween decor displayed, they would be enough.  Both Taylor and Ella, now 5 and 7 love to see the pictures as well.

FALL FAVORITES

I know, I am a little crazy about fall…the temps, the colors, the sites  and the food are all favorites of mine.    It is such a fun time for decorating the house and the yard.  I know our time here in Minnesota is very limited when we will be able to enjoy anything left in the garden before our first hard freeze arrives and closes the door on all the beautiful garden color.  We have had a longer than normal growing season, and I guess it is time.  This is my last  fall outdoor display of the season that will involve any colorful blooms.  Garden clean up is on the schedule for next week.

img_0324I found this wonderful penny rug at an antique shop last fall and now it is finally time to display it again.  It is always hard for me to pass up this much hand work and wonderful colors as well.  It is perfect on my table in the front entrance.  The wool circles were stitched on a burlap background with a hand blanket stitch.  It was then backed with a piece of fabric and simply hemmed with a double 1″ hem.

img_1507A few weeks ago, I found a picture of my grandmother’s barn that I fondly remember playing in as a child. Just before it was demolished, I took a picture of  it (now 40 years ago.)  I have been looking for the picture for years, and was so excited when I came across it this last month.  I decided to paint a picture of it to use outside in our covered porch for a while until the weather gets too cold.  I can see it from a number of rooms in the house.  It is my newest “fall” accessory, I will certainly find a spot indoors for it indoors as well, but for now, it certainly adds a nice pop of color to the porch.

img_0025I am busy getting samples ready for Fall Quilt Market in Houston.  The samples need to be sent off next week.  I will give you a  sneak preview next week before I leave for market.

I have had a few questions about the availability of the Garden Collage fabric collection used in the Spinners quilt pattern I posted last week.  If it is not available in your area, please call Quilt Haven on Main at 888-843-8215 or 320-587-8341.  As of yesterday, they had the collection in stock and can ship you what you need.img_0394

 

FUN FABRIC, FUN QUILT

My recent fabric collection, Garden Collage has been so much fun to work with making many new quilts.  The collection has a really great signature print in two color-ways with a host of coordinating side prints that work with both of the color-ways.  Now, with summer winding down, I hope you have a chance to make this wonderful quilt.

img_0221Spinners is a really fun quilt to make using the collection, but it would be a great quilt to have in your collection of quilts made from any fabric and a great scrap quilt option as well.

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