Monday, December 1, 2014

"A Flair For Fabric" Blog Hop - Margot Languedoc + Desire To Inspire


We have a lot of stuff to talk about today! The "A Flair For Fabric" blog hop hosted by Martingale & Co. is continuing with Margot Languedoc of The Pattern Basket. She's from Canada and is one of our newer designers. Her signature flowers and beautiful palette are lovely. Make sure that you go to her website for some gorgeous inspiration.



We have our November "Desire To Inspire" challenger to post. Apologies for the delay. It is a fabulous one.

Juli Thompson is our November Challenger.

HG:  Name?  
JT:  Juli Thompson

HG:  Where do you live?  

JT:  I am originally from Portland, Oregon.  My family moved twice across the country in 2011 to Saint Charles, Missouri and then to Saint Michael, Minnesota.  

HG:  Family?  
JT:  I live with my husband Erik of 18 years, our 8 year old son Ben, and our dog Wilson.

HG:  How long have you been quilting?  
JT:  I fell in love with quilting after visiting my local quilt shop almost 12 years ago.  

HG:  What’s your favorite technique?  
JT:I enjoy challenging myself to learn new techniques and trying them out on smaller projects.  I also like mixing techniques.  For a Thimbleberries club challenge, I combined hand embroidery, beading, machine quilting, and bias binding with a scalloped border.



HG:  Who taught you how to quilt?  
JT:  I learned to quilt as an adult by taking various classes offered through my local quilt shop and participating in Lynette Jensen’s Thimbleberries club.  I have fond memories of learning to sew craft projects as a young girl on my mother’s New Home sewing machine, but I did not start quilting until my 30’s.



HG:  Do you belong to any guilds?  
JT:  I am active in several clubs at my local quilt shops, including a Block of the Month club, Redwork club, and Kim Diehl’s Simple Whatnots club.  I treasure the friendships made through quilting!



HG:  Anything else you would like to share with our readers?  
JT:  I enjoy making quilts for family, friends and charity.  After I finish a bright and cheery quilt, rather than sorting the fabric scraps back into my stash, I make a smaller quilt to donate to Quilts for Kids or Project Linus.  I plan to piece a quilt for Quilts of Valor in the future.  There is never enough time in the day for all the projects waiting for me in my quilt room!  I encourage everyone to support their local quilt shops, take a class, join a club, learn a new technique, enter a quilt show, and participate in a mystery quilt or challenge. 

HG:  Desire to Inspire:  
JT:  For this challenge, I focused on the preprinted panel with 1 large motif and 4 smaller motifs.  The panel offers the look of applique and the durability to withstand repeated washings from accidental spills.  For the 26”x44” rectangular table runner, I adapted Kim Diehl’s “Penny-Wise” from her book Simple Charm: 12 Scrappy Patchwork and Applique Quilt Patterns.  I substituted the pieced / appliqued center section with the larger panel motif.



JT:  For the 34” x 34” square table topper, I created a scrappy Irish Chain of red and blue fabrics to compliment the smaller panel motifs.


JT:  Both projects were made exclusively with the beautiful Vintage Farmhouse fabric collection by Kim Diehl from Henry Glass.
Thank you for the opportunity to participate in the Desire to Inspire challenge.  

Happy Quilting!   

HG:  Thank you Juli for such wonderful work. Your projects are so beautiful and we are glad that you took our challenge.



Today we are going to have another "Countdown To The Holidays" event and we are going to give away some Kim Diehl fabric!



Good luck!
Have a great day.

-HG

68 comments:

annmarie said...

I've finished 2 table runners for Xmas gifts - 2 more to go!

annmarie said...

What a nice family and great quilting! thanks for sharing.

WoolenSails said...

I love how the farmhouse fabrics look in the quilt, gorgeous prints and shades.

Debbie

Gill said...

I've finished 3 gifts so far!

Martina said...

Just did 10 little bags to fill with homemade goodies.

Michele T said...

I have made 3 different projects but that would total 14 gifts! I absolutely love to make special gifts for Christmas!!

Linda said...

Hi,just getting started this week: 3 quilty ornaments! would like to do 2 table runners too!
Thanks for a great giveaway!

msstitcher1214@gmail.com

quilter said...

So far this year only one throw quilt to give away. But in 2015 we have a family wedding( make a quilt), and would like to make quilts for 2 nieces, and in charge of making quilt for outgoing President of guild, I am VP so in charge of gift, me and my big ideas!
cork@pa.rr.com

JoyceLM said...

I'm working on 3 table runners - haven't finished them yet. Thanks.

Cathi said...

Those are absolutely gorgeous fabrics and would make a great quilt! Thanks for the chance at a wonderful giveaway.

Cathi said...

Those are absolutely gorgeous fabrics and would make a great quilt! Thanks for the chance at a wonderful giveaway.

Anonymous said...

I haven't finished any gifts so far but I have 12 Christmas ornaments that are partly done.

wlinda_ca at yahoo dot com

Anonymous said...

I haven't finished any gifts yet but I have 12 Christmas ornaments that are partly done.

wlinda_ca at yahoo dot com

Kathy H said...

I have made a few table runners and 2 small wall hangings.

Stacey Larson said...

I have 3 to complete - fabric bought one 75% done (matter of fact its from a class at hershey with Kim) 2 others in process. Appointment made with quilter.

Betsy said...

I have made a quilt, a child's quilt and now I am working on a table topper to match the quilt.

Stacey Larson said...

Incase my first comment didn't post-
I'm working on 3 quilts
One 75% done and a quilt from class I took with Kim Diehl in Hershey PA...other 2 in progress.

Diane H said...

So far I have made three gifts for Christmas this year. Many more to go.

Lisa Marie said...

I've made lots of holiday gifts! In fact I gave my husband's family their Christmas gifts at Thanksgiving since we won't see them for Christmas -- six lap quilts done and delivered! Still have some things I'm working on as well.

Cindy Dahlgren said...

I've completed 9, am mostly done with one, and have two more. cdahlgren at live dot com

EvaLyn said...

I have been busy baking and freezing goodies to take to people at work. My machine is calling to me and I think next weekend will be a personal retreat for me!

Gloria Galiana said...

Your designs are beautiful and I would love to win Kim Diehl fabric. Thanks for the giveaway.

lfhpueblo said...

Truly only two and one wasn't using fabric.
Lauralee Hensley
lfhpueblo (at) msn (dot) com

Tabitha Keener said...

So far I've made about 10 things but I'm still not done. I have a ways to go! Thanks so much for the inspiration and the giveaway!

tdkcarpenoctem@hotmail.com

OhioLori said...

Only have 7 finished...& 6 more to finish...only 2 are not even started...but will be easiest Lol!

Vicki H said...

I have got one quilt finished for my mom. I still plan to make zippy pouches for the girls.

KatieQ said...

I have to admit, I haven't started making my Christmas gifts yet. I only have 3 on my list, but I have been putting them off.

Janie said...

I have made 3 holiday projects so far. Thanks for the beautiful fabric giveaway.

Karen said...

I have yet to finish a Christmas gift. Hopefully, by Christmas Eve I will have 8 finished!

JD said...

I just love Henry Glass fabric. Keep up the good work.

Kristy said...

I've made about 5 so far with many more to finish! :)

Margaret said...

I am working on some now. When I finish these I will have at least 5 gifts done.

Renea said...

I have made about 10 different items for Christmas gifts. I still have 2 or 3 more to finish. Thanks for the great giveaway.

Ellee said...

So far I've made a dozen gifts with several more to go. -- soparkaveataoldotcom

SeeAmySew- Amy Caldwell said...

I've made two so far, but several UFO's waiting for finishing touch's. I'll be happier than a slinky on an escalator if I can get them all done in time. Thanks for sharing such beautiful work. "Sew" Inspiring!!

Anita said...

I have made three gifts so far.

Farm Quilter said...

I have made 36 gifts so far - 4 quilts and 32 microwave bowl potholders. Thank you!!

Paula said...

I love your fabric and also your use of Kim Diehl!! Kim's new fabric is wonderful!!

Lee said...

I have only made 2 gifts so far!

Linda said...

I hope this isn't a duplicate. Hit the wrong key on last one. To answer your question,I've made 3 gifts. I've started knitting again and made 2 hats and a scarf. Just hope they like them. And I still love Kim Diehl's fabrics!

Havplenty said...

I have made 25 pillow cases so far. they will be used as gift wrapping to put the holiday gifts in so the recipients will get 2 gifts now. I have a few fleece blankets to finish up along with some bath robes. Oh my, where is the time.

tushay3(at)yahoo(dot)com

Anonymous said...

Pretty table topper, I never think of taking a panel apart and adding more fabric to it to change the look. Thanks for the chance.

Jackie said...

Pretty fabric, thanks for the chance.

Deb G. in VA said...

I haven't made any Christmas gifts, unless you count the candy I give as gifts. I don't like the added pressure of trying to finish something before Christmas.

Denise Cabral said...

I love Kim Diehl fabric and patterns. I have all her books and several kits!

Gina S. said...

6 so far

Gayle said...

I'm enjoying the blog hop & hope I win some of these great fabrics!

delaineelliott said...

I have made 2 flannel rag quilts for Christmas gifts this year. Thanks!

Please click on the delaineelliott above for my email link.

DebraKay Neiman said...

two pincushions for Christmas swap. crystalbluern at onlineok dot com

Donna K. from N. Texas said...

Zilch. Nada. Zero. None.

WoolenSails said...

I have made about 20, unfortunately I realized I need some things, so I better get busy.

Debbie

debra said...

i am working on a few table top runners left overs and a wedding sampler next project is bom unity and peace

Kay said...

None so far. I have a table runner to quilt & a couple of candle mats to make & I think that will be the extent of my gift making this year.

Anne said...

I gave one already and I have one in progress!

JANET said...

I'm still working on #1. Can't seem to get motivated!

Joanne S said...

I'm making table runners for family (12!). Got to get back to it!

Judy1522 said...

So far I have not made any but I plan to make 3 easy ones this week.

Rosalind Gutierrez said...

OMG I only have one homemade pot holder but it is a cute owl.

Nancy said...

None? I don't have people that appreciate them.

Happy Cottage Quilter said...

I've made about 6 already :-)

dortha said...

Pretty topper. Love her fabric.

Anonymous said...

I'm in the middle of 1. I'm trying not to overdo it this year (keeping the stress level down)! Thanks: Sarah: crjandsbj(at)netzero(dot)com

Melissa Miller said...

Sadly, none yet. :(

Donna K. from N. Texas said...

In the middle of one but nothing finished.

Anita said...

I have made three so far.

Linda B said...

I have made only one thing....a quilt for my son....

Quilting Tangent said...

No, Holiday goodies this year.

Jessica said...

I have made some homemade spa and body stuff. I have made a foot soak, bath salts, and sugar scrub.