Wednesday, November 16, 2011

'The Tale of Three Trees' Tutorial

Once upon a mountain top, three little trees stood and dreamed of what they wanted to become when they grew up. The first little tree looked up at the stars and said......

That is the start of one of my favorite books for Christmas,  really it is such a beautiful folktale for any time.  If you have not read this book - please do, it will inspire and uplift you.

And today, in honor of one of my favorite books I hope you enjoy my gift to you, the paper piece pattern 'Three Trees"

I love the odd angles of the trees, and the folk art affect of the quilting.
  • Download and print pattern.
  • Paper piece project using pattern provided, white background, and three different green fabrics. (See tutorial below if you are unfamiliar with paper piecing)

  • Sandwich paper pieced top, batting and background fabric.
  • Draw lines for tree trunks.

  • Chain stitch trunks using 2 ply brown floss.

  • Using 2 ply red floss quilt a running stitch through all layers along each seam as illustrated.

  • Frame, make an ornament, mug rug, or small pillow.

If you are not familiar with paper pieceing - here is a fabulous tutorial found on Youtube. 

Post a comment and I will draw a random number to receive a free frame as shown in my model.  Enjoy!

Monday, November 14, 2011

Sew Glad She Shared...

I just LOOOVE to see my patterns done in different fabrics!  Merritt at Just BeeCuzz Quilting was kind enough to send me a picture of my Flower Sugar Sewing Caddy she recently completed. 

I just love it!!!

Here's a shot of my original - I just love the boldness of  her fabric selection!

Saturday, November 12, 2011

The Winner Is........

First of all can I say THANK YOU!!!   Your kind comments have been so appreciated!  I put things out there and hope that they will be enjoyed and so to hear your encouraging comments  was such a treat for me. 

Now for the treat for you, well one of you anyway :) 

Congratulations Colleen!

Friday, November 11, 2011

100 Blocks Blog Tour!

Hello All!  I was so excited to be asked by the great people at Quiltmaker magazine to submit a block for their fabulous 100 Blocks collectors edition magazine. And here's my block!

 I decided to do a Little Laundry with one of my dimensional dresses hanging on the line.
This block was of course inspired by my Laundry Day quilt. 

 Just like the piles of laundry in my laundry room, this quilt may seem a bit intimidating.  But why not take it one small batch at a time, like this darling dress and see how good it feels.

Here I chose to simply my laundry even more and simply applique the dress dress using fabrics from the new Ruby fabric line.  I finished the appliqued piece framed in a charming 8x10 frame with a matt of jumbo white ric rack.

I hope you enjoy my Little Laundry block.  Now to the good stuff!!!

Leave a comment for a chance to win one of my giveaways! 

 I will be giving away a charm pack of my favorite Ruby fabric, the 100 Block collectors edition magazine provided by Quiltmaker, and a copy of my book Laundry Day. 

Thank's for stopping by and happy hopping!!

Monday, November 7, 2011

I am so excited to show you my newest quilt
"Wonky Winter".
 For this design I wanted a quilt that I could enjoy at Christmas but also thru the remaining cold winter nights.

This is the companion to my two quilts Wonky Wildflowers and Wonky Fall Foliage.

Coming soon is the final quit in this series.

Wonky Love

Here is a little teaser!

I hope you enjoy!


Wednesday, November 2, 2011

December Cross Stitch Release

Halloween has been put to bed and it is time to start thinking about getting ready for the Jolly Holiday. 
I just love the bright colors of Christmas, can you tell?

Tuesday, November 1, 2011

It's Here!

It's here!  Quiltmaker's 100 Blocks Vol.4
The reason I'm so excited is because little old me has a block in this issue!  Click the link to the side to follow the blog tour beginning November 7th then check back here on November 11th to see my block and the fun way I finished it!

Friday, October 28, 2011

Wonky WIP

Here is what I am working on today. I finished the applique, embroidery and piecing for Wonky Winter and now I'm on to the quilting.
I do the quilting on my little Bernina. The key is taking it slow. That's a bit of a challenge for me but I am really enjoying this process. Actually, I enjoy every process in the Wonky series. A bit of piecing, wonky style of course, a bit of applique, just the right amount of embroidery and hello, hexagons - Love 'em.

Hope you have a great weekend - I'm off to start preparations for tonights family Halloween party at my sister Sherie's.

Monday, October 24, 2011

November Designs are In

I'm a little late on posting pictures of my November designs, but here they are. 
I also released my first cross-stitch chart

Fabric: 32 ct. White Belfast Linen
Stitch Count: 98W x 123H
Fibers: Weeks Dye Works (conversions to DMC/Anchor), Gentle Art (conversions to DMC/Anchor)
Frame: Pine Mountain X02-F 


These designs are available in stores now and I am busy working on the soon to be released December designs. 


Here is a sneak peak at a new kit Better Not Pout


With the size of the package this trio of Christmas characters are hauling - pouting would not be advised. Who knows, maybe it's full of stitching and quilting supplies - now wouldn't that be the tops!  This kit, along with 3 additional holiday designs will be shipping soon!

Wednesday, August 31, 2011

What I'm working on.....

Last year my Little Bit of Boo quilt was published in the Quilt Sampler magazine and I decided to give it a new twist.....

 A peppermint twist that is....  I have designed a new group of Christmas embroidery designs to combine with Riley Blake's Christmas Candy fabric line.  Using the same pattern as Little Bit of Boo this embroidery group is titled Little Bit of Christmas. Pine Needles will be offering the embroidery patterns FREE - watch their blog for details coming soon.

Also ready to head off to the quilter is a new Christmas table runner.....any suggestions on a name??

It's the Most Wonderful Time of the Year......

OK, I know...the song is about Christmas but I JUST LOVE HALLOWEEN and I hope you will love my new Halloween kits. 

'31' is creepy crawly and includes a fabulous orange sparkle frame.
The October small pillow is brewing up something special for cross-stitches of all levels
October Ric Rack Row will Frankly cast a spell on you!

Spooky Silhouette is a limited edition kit and includes chart and 28ct Cognac Cashel Linen.  Spooky Silhouette is stitched with weeks dye works (floss not included).  This is my first kit of this style and is available in limited supply.

New September Designs

Click here to see my new September cross-stitch designs
Included in this release was the final Blue House kit in the series.

Monday, July 11, 2011

Taking Wonky On The Road

Just wanted to pass along wome info on a Summer Party I am teaching at.  On August 12th, 2011, I will be teaching Wonky Fall Foliage at Village Dry Goods in Brigham City, Utah. The ladies at Village are always so fun to spend the day with and I can't wait!  Check out their website for more information! 

Wednesday, June 29, 2011

New July Kits!

I just checked my blog and was shocked that I had forgot to post a picture of my July cross-stitch designs.  do you remember when you were in kindergarten and they would pin a note to your shirt so you would be sure to give it to your mom?  Well, maybe I need to start doing that myself.  I am sure my husband and daughter would see it and help me remember. 

Here they are, hope you like :)

Friday, May 20, 2011

June Cross Stitch Release

Oops, sorry I'm late. I said I would post my new designs yesterday but I got to take the day and play with one of my FAVORITE quilt designers Kellie of Don't Look Now.  I don't see a trip to Australia in the near future so I am relishing every minute spent learning from this talented Aussie!

I hope the new designs remind you of fun days of Summer.  Picnics, days at the beach or pool side, ice cream, watermelon and sunshine!  Aah - I can't wait.