Thursday, December 18, 2014

A Very Modern Wreath

When Georgann Eglinski was appliqueing this wreath, she made two and presented one to me. She thought it would look good in our modern house and it does! The light comes in just right and highlights the exquisite quilting Linda Frost did to complete it. And yes, that is Oreo the cat moving through the scene ... as usual.

Georgann's other wreath went to support a good cause, our community Shelter (via the Festival of Trees).

Georgann finished this one with a slick technique that is more like facing than binding. It was quilted by Kris Barlow - she quilted the words to a holiday song in the middle. It was fun to watch people bend over and read the words when it was on display ...

A Holly Jolly Christmas

Have a holly, jolly Christmas;
It's the best time of the year
I don't know if there'll be snow
but have a cup of cheer
Have a holly, jolly Christmas;
And when you walk down the street
Say Hello to friends you know
and everyone you meet

Oh ho

the mistletoe
hung where you can see;
Somebody waits for you;
Kiss her once for me
Have a holly jolly Christmas
and in case you didn't hear
Oh by golly
have a holly
jolly Christmas this year

Monday, December 15, 2014

My Current Take-Along

I think a lot of us like to keep our hands busy. I hate to just sit around. So I'm always on the scout for a project that stays in a bag, ready to take-along.

This project came to me last summer as the quilt historian cleared out her old house. It's an antique top that was harvested, with squares removed to go to the fabric company to be reproduced in modern fabric lines.

The way these squares are stitched together is a total pain in the neck. Some are hand stitched, which is not too bad to remove. The machine stitched sections use the smallest stitch length imaginable so removing the stitching is tedious. As a result, some squares were just cut away earlier ...

Some might think this project is just too tedious. I think the fabrics will make it all worthwhile in the end. They are in excellent condition, quite varied and fun to examine as I carefully pull stitches away. Some of the cottons are so stiff and brittle, while some of the flannels are totally soft and lush. I imagine what garments these scraps came from.

Progress on this will be slow, but worth it. Look, here's what I've got to work with - it's like a jigsaw puzzle of ~2" squares. This could entertain me for a while ...

Saturday, December 6, 2014

A Robots Tree Skirt

Another wonderful sight at our Festival of Trees was this tree - with a skirt made by Linda Frost. If you have her Robots book, you can make this too - most of the applique shapes are in the book. Don't you love the ball fringe she used around the edges ... and the sequins ...

Friday, December 5, 2014


Update: word is our quilt sold for $2,500! It was item 20 in the bidding the other night - none of the crew that made it was present. But isn't that wonderful notion - that our enjoyable work could benefit the Shelter so magnificently. Many thanks to our tasteful winner! This is a view of the entire Festival of Trees - you will see our quilt way in the back, right of center.

FYI - we used a pattern by Twiddletails to make our quilt and it's available here. They offer a pattern pdf on etsy so you can get started RIGHT AWAY.

Tuesday, December 2, 2014

Festival of the Trees

Trees under construction last summer.
Every year we look forward to the Festival of the Trees, held right after Thanksgiving weekend downtown in Liberty Hall. It's a fundraiser for The Shelter, a local organization that provides emergency services for youth and families.

Our small group made a quilt for their auction, which will happen tonight - items go to the winners after the show ends. Georgann Eglinski spearheaded the project - selecting the pattern and colors (with a bit of input from the group). Some people helped stitch blocks, we all helped assemble the quilt. Linda Frost quilted it in a spectacular way.

Stop by to view the entries if you can - it oozes creativity and really puts you in the holiday spirit. It's open daily through Thursday for viewing.

Read more about it here.

A peek of the show - that's our quilt in the background. Photo by Linda Frost.

Tuesday, November 25, 2014

Gotta Go

On the farm near Lincoln, Illinois c. 1953
I am a real sucker for old photographs. My cousin sent me this recently because that is my Dad, posing with a family member. Well, that is nice but what I really enjoy are several other details in this photo.

1. The little girl was captured in the classic "gotta go" pose. You know the one, you notice kids doing that when they are playing and don't want to stop but they clearly need to stop and go to the bathroom ...

2. Notice the dog in the background with the leash extending up into space. Aha! I know from experience that leash is attached to a clothes line. Dad used to do that with a wild little pup we had when I was little.

Enjoy this week of Thanksgiving.

Monday, November 3, 2014

Who's Holding Up Those Quilts?

Welcome to the Blog Party for Optical Illusions, a newly released KC Star Quilts Modern book.

We shot the location photos for this book in the downtown alleys of my beloved hometown, Lawrence, Kansas. My husband and I scouted the scenes one summer evening, took photos of possible shot sites and ran them by our book team. They liked what they saw.

Look carefully just above the ladder - notice the feet? Surprise!
Larry Billings, the antique mall owner, opened the door as this shot happened.

Sara Kirpes 
The day of the photo shoot, we had some lovely surprises. Some locals came upon the shoot on their way to a nearby coffee shop, The Bourgeois Pig. They loved the quilts. We invited them to be in some shots - you'll find them on pages 28, 36, and 72. If you happen by the Pig, you might find Ryan and Alicia behind the counter ...

Old editors don't like to call too much attention to themselves but that is me holding up the quilt in the photo above (that shot is on page 22). I'm also holding up the quilt on page 66. How fun is that.

The other model - dare we call him the cover guy? - also lives in Lawrence now. Abe Dick is now a freshman at KU. He also holds up quilts on pages 16  and 50.

I'd just like to mention what total fun it was to work with this talented group of designers. Their energy and excitement are contagious. We are really enjoying putting together these collaboration books for modern audiences. When a book this fun happens, all you can think is LET'S DO IT AGAIN.

Because this is on a blog tour, you can get a free book. Comment about Optical Illusions and I'll pick a winner. Runnerup wins a Moda Layer Cake of Union Blues, classic reproduction fabrics by Barbara Brackman (aka, the neighbor).
Comment away!

and be sure to follow all the fun of this blog tour, check out these posts in upcoming days (or peek now if you can't wait ...):

Nov. 3
My Stars – Kick Off (book)
Deb Rowden (BB FQ bundle)

Nov. 4
Angela Walters (Athena bundle)

Nov. 5
Penny Layman (book)

Nov. 6
My Stars  (book)
Melissa Corry (Oakshott FQ Bundle)
Lily’s Quilts (3 - 5" Oakshott charm pack)
Fat Quarter Shop (Naptime Bella FQ bundle)

Nov. 7
My Stars on behalf of Mary Kay Fosnacht/Karen Hansen (book AND Kona color card)

Nov. 10
My Stars (book)
Jamie David (3 packs of charm squares from RK)

Nov. 11
Elizabeth Timmons (3 packs of skinny rolls from Robert Kaufman)
Tammie Schaffer (book)

Nov. 12
Katie Larson (book)

Nov. 13
Jenifer Dick (book)
Trisch Price (Kona color card)

Nov. 14
Jacquie Gering (Kona color card)
Shea Henderson  (A large and small Kaleido-Ruler set by Marti Michell)