One of the nice things that comes from being a designer is hearing from someone who is using my patterns. Leona Harden contacted me a few months ago regarding a quilt block pattern that I had designed, “Pieced Eagle”
Leona was working on a quilt for an AQS (American Quilter’s Society) show that was held in Nashville in August. Leona’s quilt “Penny for Your Thoughts” was juried into the show and was selected along with 9 others for the Lincoln 2009 Celebration to be on display at the Museum of American Quilter’s Society in Padacah, Ky. The exhibit will run February 7 to April 6, 2009.
Leona did an outstanding job designing the layout of the quilt and combining blocks and techniques. The amazing story behind Leona’s quilt is that she has only been quilting for 2 years. This is a pretty amazing and complex quilt for anyone to complete.
Leona created her first quilt as a lap quilt for her husband to use during football season. After that, she was hooked with quilting immediately becoming her passion. In the past 2 years, Leona has completed 40 quilts. She devotes 8 hours a day to either quilting or studying quilting. Living in a remote area of Tennessee, she uses the internet for her instructor.
One of Leona’s other quilts was this beauty that was a 2nd place ribbon winner.
Leona is a member of the Smoky Mountain Quilter’s Guild as well as the Bit’s n Pieces Guild. I can only imagine the beatiful quilts she will compete in the next 2 years! And if you are in the Paducah area next spring, be sure to visit the Museum and see “Penny for your Thoughts” up close.
Are you feeling a little catty? I just finished this easy-to-make and fun-to-wear apron using the Meow Meow cat fabric collection that I designed for Quilting Treasures. This free pattern is for you to use and enjoy.
I’ve also given instructions on how you can adjust the size of the apron pattern. Sewing the apron is so easy, you can sew it then wear it in a couple of hours. If you want to purchase any of the Meow Meow cat fabrics, check out these links for online stores. Click for a link to download the insructions.
Sew It in a Weekend is published by House of White Birches and is edited by Julie Johnson, the editor for Sewing Savvy magazine. I really like that the pages are spiral bound so that the book lays flat when opened.
Take a tee shirt out of your closet and turn it into a dress with a few simple sewing instructions. I designed this child sized “T-Shirt Flounce Dress” for Sewing Savvy magazine. The pattern and instructions are on their website for free downloading so that you can sew a few before school starts The dress is embellished with ribbon and has a ribbon flower that you can make.
I chose a yellow and orange color combination, but you can come up with your own color combinations based on the tee shirt colors you choose. And why not enlarge the pattern and make one for yourself!! It would make a comfy dress to shop in or even a cute dress for the beach!
New sewing projects on the horizon! I just completed a sewing project that I designed for a publication due out in a few months. I can’t give any details but thought I would give a sneak peak of the fabrics I used. I am a fabric junkie and just love bright colored fabrics. Its inspirational just looking at my fabric stash because of all the colors. This is just a small part of my fabric stash.
I’m leaving Thursday for the CHA (Craft and Hobby Association) trade show in Chicago. I just read a comparison somewhere that its like the World Fair of craft shows. I agree and wish I could remember where I saw that, but my brain is in overload right now. I am displaying in the Designer Showcase at the show and am working on last minute preparations. The show is so exciting to attend and check out all the new products available to the crafters of the world
The Meow Meow quilt was displayed on the wall in the Quilting Treasures booth.
Both the Quilt and Table Runner patterns are available on the Quilting Treasures website for downloading. While looking at these patterns, note the other patterns available. I designed some of these as well – the Sophia quilt pattern and the Flintstones Nap Mat as well as the art and instructions for the Blanc et Noir quilt by Marie Osmond. In addition, there is a free quilt pattern for the Sweetheart Ballerina fabric collection that I designed.
Please enjoy using these free patterns – there are so many great patterns available for you to choose from.
As I walk the International Quilt Market, I am always in heaven seeing all the beautiful colors of fabrics and quilts displayed throughout the whole show. Another thing that I really enjoy about the show is catching up with friends, which I did last month at the Spring Quilt Market in Portland.
I think all of my friends are interesting and unique. I remembered to take out the camera a few times, but not often enough, to capture some of these moments.
Julie Stephani is sitting in the center and Carol Zentgraf is sitting on the right side. Julie is the editor of Today’s Creative Home Arts magazine. Carol is a very talented designer specializing in sewing projects. Its always a delight to be with these two as our conversations are always filled with many, many laughs.
I have to admit that I don’t know the 4th person behind us. She surreptitiously joined our photo session. We were in the Home Arts booth and didn’t realize until later that we were posed in front of a photo in the booth background – she fit in just like she belonged! Also note my tote bag – made with my new Meow Meow cat fabric from Quilting Treasures.
I’m afraid that I interrupted Gina Halladay’s lunch in the booth of her and Stephanie Goudzwaard’s pattern company, Threaded Pear (introducing several new patterns). Gina is such a cut-up, plus she looked simply fabulous. I just loved the booth sign using red long johns – what a great idea and easy to spot! Gina is also a blogger extraordinaire with her hit blog, Quilters’ Buzz.
Another friend, Desiree Overtviet, travels a great distance to attend Quilt Market. She is from Holland where she owns a very successful online fabric and quilt shop, Desiree’s Lappeteknikk. Desiree is fun as well as very interesting. I enjoy hearing about her life in Holland, which she tells with a humorous slant. And Desiree is definitely a shoe lover, traveling with many pairs of gorgeous and stylish shoes including some Jimmy Choo’s.
Proof reading this post reminds me of two quotes. “Laughter is the shortest distance between two people” (Victor Borge). Plus “A good snapshot stops a moment from running away”. (Eduora Welty). Note to self – remember to pull the camera out more often!
This entry. titled The Many, Many Tears I’ve Shed, was created by Virgie Fisher of Yukon, OK.
Audrey Durnan of Claremont, CA, created the blue Silk Road Caravanserai which has a coordinating hooded cloak.
This fashion, The Warrior Goddess…Guardian of Lost Treasure, was created by Janet Brooks of Rio Rancho, NM.
It was a busy show, so unfortunately, I did not get back to take additional pictures of the gorgeous fashions.
Please check back for more from Quilt Market. And one more piece of eye candy, a close up (although a little out of focus) of one of the beautiful rhododendron blooms that were outside the convention center.
International Quilt Market is always a beautiful trade show, full of eye candy with all the beautiful colors of quilts and fabrics. It was an exciting event for me as Meow, Meow, my new cat fabric collection debuted with Quilting Treasures.
I also created several projects for Quilting Treasures’ booth using Meow Meow. I’m in the center with Donna (left) and Jodi (right) from Quilting Treasures. The two quilted projects shown in front are a Meow Meow Cat Carrier (with a fluffy white “stuffed” cat), and a Meow Meow Table Runner. Free instructions for making the table runner as well as a quilt will be on the Quilting Treasures website for downloading soon. I will post a link when it it up.
Two other quilted projects that I designed with Meow Meow cat fabrics are a Chair Back Cover and a Tote Bag.
Quilt Market was held in Portland, OR in mid-May, during an unexpected heatwave with temperatures in the 90’s. Since I live in the South with high temperatures, I was looking forward to the cooler days in Portland. Oh well, at least it didn’t rain.
Portland was really beautiful with all the flowers blooming. Even though Portland is known for roses, I think it should be noted for rhododendrons as they were huge and blooming everywhere. They were gorgeous and gave additional eye candy for Quilt Market.
After Quilt Market as I took a vacation to Seattle and an Alaskan cruise. Please check back for lots more from Quilt Market as well as some photos of unbelievable scenic views from Alaska and Mt Ranier.
I just received the latest issue of Today’s Creative Home Arts magazine. I have 4 designs created with the Sweetheart Ballerina fabrics in this issue.
The sewing and quilt projects are designed for a child’s room with dimensional dragonflies. The projects include a quilt, window valance, lamp shade and fabric framed bulletin board. The Fabric Framed Bulletin Board is on Today’s Creative Home Arts website so that you can follow the easy instructions to create this project. This magazine is available by subscription only and is not on the newstand. It was fun to design these projects and I hope some of you enjoy sewing them as well.
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