The mayhem of October and Quilt Market preparations is over, and I am settling into the mountain of paperwork that has taken over my desk. Fellow Northcott staffer Hania, who likes a minimal amount of clutter, shakes her head when she sees my desk. I am one of those people who functions nicely in a controlled amount of clutter – I have a lot of stuff on my desk, but I know where to find whatever I’m looking for. I think that creative people need a certain amount of clutter. How about you? Is your sewing space spotless, or do you have to push piles aside to cut a fat quarter into pieces?
I have lots of loose ends to tie up, and several new ones to show you. Last month, being October, I teased you with a couple of fat quarter packs of Sweet Jane, our latest Quest for a Cure collection supporting breast cancer research. There were some wonderful comments posted – thank you to all of you! It seems that a lot of us have very supportive spouses/partners, followed closely by friends, sisters and children. I randomly chose 2 comments – congrats to Jane Ritz & Kathleen Lambert.
In my August post for 1 Million Pillowcase Challenge I also had a giveaway, and Bonnie Pfrimmer, Sheila and Myra were the winners of packets of Noah’s Jungle fabrics. During my August road trip through Alberta, Canada I presented trunk shows in which I inspired the attendees to use panels in their quilts for simply stunning quilts. Since Noah’s Jungle has 2 panels, these lucky quilters will receive them in their packets. How fun!
Another quilt that uses panel-type fabric (it is actually running yardage of 8” blocks) is my Frosty’s Mittens quilt, featured on the cover of Quilting for Christmas, the annual holiday issue of The Quilter magazine.
Needless to say, I was delighted when I saw my quilt gracing the front cover!! It uses the Holly Jolly Christmas flannels for a super easy, super comfy lap quilt.
This easy wall quilt features the Stonehenge Out of this World collection, and several of the fabrics glow in the dark. We even added twinkling lights to it. How cool is that?!? The Solar System wall quilt uses the panel in the center, and has 2 simple borders. I taught this class at Quilt Market – it is an abbreviated version of my favorite new class on Borders and Binding, in which I teach participants 6 different border techniques, along with our speedy machine binding that looks as good as hand-binding. I really love this class because it empowers quilters – they learn how to fearlessly apply mitered borders to their quilts, among other things. The students pre-cut the mitered borders before they apply them to the quilt. Now, I know what you’re thinking, but trust me when I say that it works! I was delighted when the Quilt Camp at Sea organizers asked me to teach this class on their upcoming Panama cruise next April 7-18th. The students will start with a panel as their “quilt”, and then add lots of borders as they fill their “technique” toolbox with these new-found skills.
The other class that I am teaching is my Simplified Double Wedding Ring, and this one is almost full. Kathy, Pat and the QCAS gang do an amazing job of co-ordinating everything, including providing sewing machines. It is like going on a retreat on a luxury floating resort. I am really looking forward to several of the ports of call, including Aruba, Curacao, Cartagena, Costa Rica, and of course the Panama Canal! I will be ready for some fun in the sun by April, and look forward to seeing some of my quilting “buds” from previous cruises, as well as making some new friends. If you are interested in joining me, please visit www.quiltcampatsea.com. It will be a blast!
I’d like to send a shout-out to 2 guilds that I visited this week – Dunville’s Own Tiny Stitchers, and the Erin Village quilt guild. Tomorrow I am presenting at the Prince Edward County guild in Picton, ON. I am also participating in a blog tour for Quiltmaker’s 100 Blocks Volume 8. As in previous blog tours, I am giving away a copy of the magazine, and a couple of fabric bundles, so please come back tomorrow for a visit, or even better, subscribe to my blog. And have fun visiting all of the other sites on the blog tour.