Tuesday, May 3, 2022
Monday, December 27, 2021
Hello and Happy New Year! Christmas 2021 has passed…well almost! We have another family celebration starting today and then, we’ll move on to 2022! We have enjoyed the kids and grand babies so much this last week. A few more days of snuggles and we’ll be back to the regular life events.
Here’s a photo of our first half of Christmas celebration. We’re missing my middle daughter’s family so we’ll do another official photo in the coming days with everyone! The weather has been so nice we didn’t even need coats for the Christmas Eve church service! We don’t get mild winter weather in Des Moines too often so it was a nice change!
Monday, June 7, 2021
Hey ya'll! Pop over to my website at TraditionalPrimitives.com and check out my new blog post. I'll just be giving you a heads up when I make a new post from now on. It takes too much time do do the posts here and there on the site. Thanks for understanding! I've got a complimentary pattern posted there and a link to get you all the rest of the patterns in the Quilt Around the Block- US Tour! It's nearing the end, so don't dally too long!
Saturday, April 10, 2021
I’m thrilled to be involved in this Old School BOM project! It’s always so good to learn some basics for quilting, as well as something new! Thanks to Kim for including me and giving me the opportunity to show you all something “old school” done in a new way. We'll be making an old school Hexie block with a fussy cut center.
Years later I was preparing some applique’ shapes using freezer paper and starch and it dawned on me that perhaps this would work for basting EPP shapes. It worked like a charm, but after a while, I realized I needed some tools (notions) that were not available. My husband encouraged me to start designing what I needed and we now have a line of EPP and Applique' notions for Starch Basting. I've got a few videos on my website that tell you all about the technique and notions, and shows you just how to use them. Take a look HERE and after watching you'll be ready to begin the block. Try to watch the second video listed (from your PC or Android device) as it is the most recent. If you don't have a PC, you can watch the first video loaded. The rest are nice to watch too!
The basics of this technique are:
1-Make the hexie template from a double layer of freezer paper.
2-Cut fabric 1/4" larger on all sides of the hexie.
3-Iron the template to the wrong side of the fabric.
4-Paint the seam allowance with starch.
5-Fold the seam allowance onto the template and iron until dry with a mini iron.
6-Let the hexie cool and remove the template. Repeat, repeat, repeat!
7-Sew the hexies together...YAY!
When you finish getting educated on this method from the videos, download the PDF file HERE . You'll need to complete the checkout process, but don't worry, I will not ask for your credit card info or spam you! This is just the way my website requires you to get the download. Upon checkout completion a Purchase Confirmation box will pop up and you can get the download DIRECTLY FROM THIS BOX. That's the easiest way to find the link. 😊 An email will also be sent with the link to get the download.
You can make the hexie with a fussy cut center as shown above, or if you'd rather have a block full of hexies, you'll need to make a few more and fill the center as shown below. I can't wait to see how you make your block with your fabrics when you post in the Old School BOM FB Group! Have fun and please let me know if you have any questions by asking in the FB group or by sending me an email through the comment form on the website, TraditionalPrimitives.com.
Join the Old School BOM | Facebook FB group and join the fun to learn the basics of quilting! Here is a list of the participating designers sharing our lessons, tips and tricks.
Thursday, April 8, 2021
It’s time for the finishing reveal for the Potted Petals Mystery Stitch Along! Each block will be free but just for this week only, through April 11th. Kits are still available from each designer's shop. A list of shops and more information can be found on the Potted Petals product listing by clicking HERE. The download for the the borders is the last link listed on that page.
Friday, March 12, 2021
Hello Everyone! I’ve just returned from teaching at the Academy of Applique’ held in Williamsburg, VA. It was SOOOO nice to see people in person (with masks) and see the smiles in their eyes. I absolutely love teaching and to teach at the Academy is such an honor! I always tell my students I hope I can teach them something and love seeing them get excited about creating quilts using the methods I prefer and teach. I’ve heard from several students who have finished all the Hexies for the center and are on their way to prepping the rest of the elements for the center.
Tuesday, February 9, 2021
Today is the day for your Special Delivery! (Free for a short while!) When I was young I was a very inexperienced gardener. I finally found these whimsical blue flowers called Morning Glories and discovered they grow easily! So I dumped the whole seed packet in the large mailbox flower box. 🤣 I discovered my husband was picking them as fast as they could grow...because they were WEEDS! What?!? He worked in agriculture and he knew them as weeds! 🤣 I talked him into leaving a few so I could enjoy my hard work and loved seeing them grow. Eventually they climed to their beautiful glory! But one day the postal worker rang the doorbell and asked if I would mind cutting off the Morning Glories due to the bees. 😢 Needless to say I don’t plant Morning Glories any more and over the years, I discovered there are many floral varieties that are considered weeds! But they sure make beautiful Potted Petals! 😂🤣😅.
Enjoy your download and remember you can order the printed pattern, fabric kits, thread kits and other supplies if you need something to help make this art easier. Find the links on the home page at TraditionalPrimitives.com. Please read the instructions on the website, below the pattern picture, about how to download the pattern. If you have questions please contact me directly through the contact form on my website. Thanks for joining in on the fun!