Wednesday, March 2, 2016

Lots To Share!

Well, life's been keeping me very busy these days! I can't believe I have not posted since the new year! Where has the time gone?

Ginger has had her paws busy too, helping me guard new quilts until I finish them. Here she is keeping one of my new quilts, Gems & Jewels safe and sound!

And here is the finished quilt! I'm very happy with how it turned out. It's made of my favorite colors! These 1/2" Hexies are samples I made during shows last year to demonstrate my Starch Basting Technique for English Paper Piecing. I had a 5"x 9" x 3" box full of Hexies and decided to mix them with some wool and this is what they became. A fun little quilt!

The Gardens Of A King Stitch Along has begun on FB and this is my first block. I'm still deciding on backgrounds... I'll keep showing my blocks as I make them. This time around the colors will be bold and strong, so I need a strong background also! There are about 150 members and they are beginning to start sewing the blocks together and it's so exciting to see them done in other fabrics. So many different color themes and styles!

The latest issue of Quilmania arrived on my birthday so that was nice. It became a nicer b'day when I opened the magazine and found Pennies In My Garden featured in the Quilt Festival section! The quilt hung in the Special Exhibit at the show in Houston and it was such an honor. A perfect Birthday!

Moda has sent me some lovely new fabrics to work with. A happy surprise to be able to see and enjoy new fabrics before they are in shops. This is a Laundry Basket Quilts line called Southern Exposure. I'll be making two baby quilts from two Layer Cakes plus a little extra for the borders. So far so good and it's been a fun challenge!

This is the Baby Boy Quilt. The pattern is called Royal Babies and will feature both the boy version and the girl version in the pattern. The Baby Girl Quilt is almost finished so I'll show it soon! The name Royal Babies was chosen because the block shape in the quilt is one from the original King George III quilt and King George was married to Charlotte. Now the latest Prince and Princess' names are George and Charlotte so I thought the name fit well.

I sold my quilting machine and decided to get a bigger model. The A1 is what I chose and I'm so happy with it! The feathers on Gems & Jewels turned out so nice! It was so fun to quilt with the new machine!

I've prepared a new project for wool workshops and finished it in two evenings, so quick and fun! It's called Tulip Time. The 13" size was so easy to handle while stitching!

My husband is now my full time Marketing Manager and we are having fun working together. He was caught in corporate cuts recently and we'll give this a try for a while to see if he is challenged enough. I need help desperately so I am thrilled. Since we are empty nesters he will also travel with me to shows, which will be really nice.

We are headed to Dallas for the Dallas Quilt Show next week and my daughter will join us to help. It's a great show! If you haven't been before it's well worth it to go! Lots of beautiful quilts and unique vendors! March 11-13 at the Dallas Market Hall Convention Center. Hope to see some of you there!!

The 14th and 15th I'll be teaching a two day workshop on the basics for The Gardens Of A King at Happiness Is Quilting in McKinney, TX. The class has outgrown their shop space and we are letting more ladies in if you care to join us! Contact them through their website at Happiness Is Quilting to signup! It will be great fun to get you started!

The new patterns are on the site if you are interested. CLICK HERE to see details! Thanks for stopping by the blog today! Follow along on FB by liking my business page- Traditional Primitives; and Intagram- traditional.primitives.
Take care,