Monday, May 20, 2019

Kim Diehl's Simple Friendships II Stitch-Along Mystery Sampler - Week 2

Ok, Week 2 of Simple Friendships II Stitch Along ... here we go! This week you’ll be sewing one 5 1/2” Goose on the Loose block (beginning at Kindle location 1366) and one 5 1/2” Hearth and Home block from the Field of Greens project (location 550).

Please continue sharing your weekly progress using the #SimpleFriendships2QAL label so we can enjoy the eye candy. (By the way, did you know that you can click or tap on this hashtag label in any stitch-along post to see all the shared blocks? Give it a whirl!)

Hints and Helps for this Week:
 1.) For the half-square-triangle units in each block, be sure to apply last week’s tip for using a scant 1/4” seam allowance and trimming the units to the specified size for spot-on patchwork!

 2.) For these smaller scale blocks, reduce your sewing machine’s stitch length slightly (I adjust from 2.2 down to 1.8) and use thread in a neutral color (not white) for more invisible stitches. 

3.) For the “stitch-and-fold” triangles in the Goose on the Loose block (step 4 in the block directions ), an open-toe foot makes it easy to see the drawn line, and Kim suggests stitching NEXT to the line on the side closest to the corner you’ll be pressing the triangle toward, NOT exactly on the line (second photo); this will compensate for the tiny bit of cloth lost to the pressed fold.

 4.) If the pressed triangle doesn’t quite meet the corner edge, this is easily fixable! Trim away the middle cloth layer ONLY under the top triangle to keep the unit an accurate size and shape (shown in three-part photo).

Get Quilting - Buttermilk Autumn Bundle Giveaway

"Buttermilk Autumn" by Stacy West of Buttermilk Basin is IN QUILT SHOPS NOW! This 21-SKU collection features oak leaves, dot weaves, bud vines, and more! Also included are a border stripe and a 36" x 44" panel. Additionally, there are two FREE quilt projects available for download.

Monday, May 13, 2019

Kim Diehl's Simple Friendships II Stitch-Along Mystery Sampler - Week 1

This week you’ll be sewing one Small Ohio Star Variation block and two center-square patchwork units. Kim has shared her progress to give you a little bit of a visual guide. Remember, have fun with your prints and color choices — no rules!

To access this week’s instructions:
Instagram stitchers can use the link in Kim's profile; Facebook participants can tap this link: Please share your weekly progress using the label #SimpleFriendships2QAL so we can enjoy your blocks, and this will also enter you in the gift drawing at the end of the stitch along!

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Make Sure to Use the #SimpleFriendships2QAL in Your Posts!

Each week, Kim will share a tip for your current block assignment. For this week’s Small Ohio Star Variation block, here’s a quick summary of how she pieces the hourglass units (pics included!).

1.) Use a slightly scant 1/4” seam allowance to stitch the triangle pairs for the hourglass units.

 2.) Grasp the pieced and pressed triangle pairs firmly between your thumb and fingers as shown, sliding them in opposite directions to nest the seams together. 

3.) Pin the unit at the nested seams and flip it open to check your results — if the seams meet nicely, finish pining the unit. Less than perfect nested seams should be repositioned and repinned!

 4.) Stitch the pinned unit, again using a scant 1/4” seam allowance. 

5.) Use an acrylic ruler and rotary cutter to trim the slightly oversized stitched unit to the size specified in the directions, removing the dog-ear points in the same step. This approach will help you achieve perfectly sized patchwork units.

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Get Quilting - Berries and Blossoms Bundle Giveaway

"Berries & Blossoms" by Janet Rae Nesbitt of One Sister Designs is loved all over the world! This line features rich red berries and tones of vanilla cream. Mix and match to create a soft and sophisticated palette. This collection’s prints have a sweet essence, as warm and inviting as a berry cobbler on a cool spring day. You will be drawn in for hours of quilting pleasure. IN QUILT SHOPS NOW!

Thursday, May 9, 2019

Designer Spotlight - Jan Mott

Meet Jan Mott

As a young girl growing up in rural upstate New York, Jan was surrounded by a family of artisans consisting of a variety of artistic talents from painting to sewing and woodworking. Being a country girl, she was always surrounded by natures landscape and wildlife.

As a high schooler, she met her now partner in life and business Jay Harbachuk. They dated, but for a short period and moved on to focus on their education. Jan, after graduating high school, pursued her education, attending college to become a graphic designer. After graduating from college, she took her artistic talent home and began working as a print media advertising artist for a large local department store, illustrating home goods merchandise for newspaper ads.

Then she moved on to pursue a career in graphic arts, marketing and advertising sales for a large nationally known newspaper chain. She worked with local businesses developing advertising campaigns and also worked with the editorial department illustrating for special news features.
Twenty-five years into her career, Jan and Jay re-met. Their relationship would become much different than before. They combined their talents and started an antique business, "Snoopn2gether". 

Now, as life and business partners and best friends, Jan and Jay spend their private time working in the flower garden and taking country rides pursuing antique treasures and more inspirations to share in the near future.

Crane Design

About 11 years ago Jan discovered an age-old textile art called penny rugs while out antiquing. It renewed her interest in textiles and started to dabble in the art of wool applique. Wanting to use her illustrative talents, she started to design, following her heart of realism and nature, making her creations more than a stitching project, but a piece of art.

Her style started to catch on with stitchers across the country wanting to replicate her designs. Hence developing the pattern company know as" Crane Design". Over time she expanded the line to include realistic country & seaside patterns to include a large selection of realistic bird designs, that everyone can relate to from their own backyard. She has also developed a line that carries the nature theme into punch-needle ... And now to a fabric collection.

Crane Design offers nearly 200 patterns sold throughout the US and Canada to quilt shops and stitching enthusiast. Jan through trunk shows and social platforms has gained a strong fellowship and inspiration from shop owners to the stitching community. She believes it is important to work one-on-one with the quilt shops and is passionate about doing marketing for and with them so that they can continue to be a destination for quilters in the future.

Jan's Artistic Mediums and Inspiration

·   Jan is well-skilled in various art mediums from wool applique to clay and watercolors. Her work is greatly inspired by nature, particularly the Atlantic Ocean along the New England coast from Maine to Massachusetts, and her very own backyard.  

"Country Journey" by Jan Mott is a 15-SKU collection that features a novelty toss, pinwheel ombre, wheat star calico, winding vines, and more. Additionally, there are a border stripe and 24" x 44" banner panel. Also included are two FREE quilt projects (a quilt and pillows). Ships in January 2020.

·  This collection was produced based off of a four-part series that was originally created as a wool design in four separate panels as displayed in this panoramic series. It is incredible to see how this line has transformed from wool to illustration. Jan worked with Jaftex Lead Designer, Lisa Loessel to embellish the collection so that it was more appealing for the cotton version by emphasizing more elements of art.

Country Journey Quilt #1

Wednesday, May 8, 2019

Coming Soon - Janet Rae Nesbitt's One Crazy Sister Club II

The "Best of Days" Collection designed by One Sister was created with the One Crazy Sister Club II in mind. One Sister designer, Janet Rae Nesbitt has long been known for her scrappy quilting techniques and crazy pattern style. Janet incorporates a unique primitive color palette with her Crazy pattern method, blending prints and yarn dyes fabrics to create her look.

Sneak Peak of the Eight Free Projects for One Crazy Sister Club II:



Cat Angels

Crazies in a Row

Crazy Spools



Hole in the Barn Door

These eight club projects shown above come with loads of helpful merchandise moving tips and will be offered to the shops that order $1000.00 or more of the Best of Days Collection. Club members are awarded with these eight free small quilt patterns exclusively designed by Janet. These projects will be made available to the club members with a passcode. 

Stay tuned for more details about the club and how to fill out the club form!

Tuesday, May 7, 2019

Desire to Inspire - Last Month's Challenger - Pamela McDonald

 Meet Pamela McDonald- She took on the challenge of using "Fireside Pups” by Robert Giordano in the month of April 2019.

Hm, a bit about me and where I live.

My family consists of two Australian Shepherds, one boy, and one girl.  The hubby and I live upstairs and his two sisters share the basement.  We live out of town in a rural area up on a small hill.

I have been quilting off and on since the early '80s.  The first quilt I did with my mom, was one where we used a sheet, stamped the flowers of the States on it, embroidered it and then did the quilting by hand.  That was a lot of work.  My dad made us a quilt frame so we could work on it.  I know people these days may frown on using sheets as backing, but my Mom used them and I still have the Wedding Ring quilt she made for me and the back has lasted longer than the front, she did it all by hand.  My quilting consists of making tops, I do quilt some on my machine and want to learn some ruler quilting and more free motion.  I also have an embroidery machine I enjoy using.  I tend to jump from project to project, depending on how I am feeling that day. Which in turn, gives me quite a few UFO's. Hehehe.

I also have a small Etsy shop called Castle's Attic.  I am selling some pre-cut and pre-fused doggies for applique.

I have a local quilt shop or LQS in Kelso Washington, which is ten miles away.  The Paisley Duck is a fantastic little shop, so I am giving a shout out to my quilting buddies and the two wonderful ladies who run the shop. Susie Meyers is the Owner and Ms. Paisley :)  Pam McPheeters is the hardest working woman I have ever met.  I wish I had her energy!  We  have a lot of fun, Susie runs some great classes, plus Paisley Duck University, where you can start at the beginning and learn how to quilt, sew, etc.  We also go on retreats twice a year. 

I live in Castle Rock, which is the gateway to Mount St. Helens, if you were around in 1980, the mountain blew.  I moved up here a year later from Colorado with my Parents and hubby. Castle Rock is 160 miles south of Seattle and 63 miles North of Portland Oregon. It is a lovely, little town and has been in America Blooms and won a few awards for flowers.

Here are the projects I made with "Fireside Pups" by Robert Giordano:

1. Dog Pillow, Dog Bed, and Dog Stockings

2. Triangle Mat for a table, back and front.

3.Front Door hanger at Christmas

4 Advent Calendar.  I was going to add numbers and bones, but I figured people could do whatever they wanted with one.