Posts Tagged ‘epp’

Big Bloombas is in the house! FREE PATTERN

Saturday, November 8th, 2014

For those who are a part of my facebook page, MDQuilts, you know that recently I switched back to my fermenting (projects are never UFOs here…they ferment) 30s Repro hexies & jewels quilt.

BigBloombasPic1This time around I finally sat down and did the math to see how many of the Hexie Blooms, 13 hexagons each,BigBloombasPic2

 

 

 

 

and what I call Jewel Blooms, 6 jewel shapes, I could achieve out of the stash I had set aside for this project.

I purchased 1.5 yards of the modern black & grey print  along with 1 jelly roll of soft creams, pinks, yellows, taupes, and very soft orange kona solids that I am using in the Jewel Blooms.

The 30s repro hexies are what I did in the 3700 miles of car rides in 3weeks in May 2013 when the kids each graduated collage and moved home for 6 days (Pauli) and 2 weeks (Emily) before we drove their stuff to their new out of state residences….whew.   That was a lot of driving.  And a lot of hexies got done when it wasn’t my turn behind the wheel.

BigBloombasPic3

 

Before I left home, I have been in Arkansas since Tuesday visiting Emily, I took this picture of where I was at in my idea for the layout.

 

 

Armed with that info, my fabric count, and some time I figured out I can make a center portion for this quilt of approximately 50 x 58.

Big Bloombas Quilt Layout 6x6

Then I will add borders of at least 8″ that will be pieced or maybe even appliqued.  I will cross that bridge when I get to it.

Several of you have asked for the layout pattern.  You can find it as a free PDF on my PDF page of this website under Quilt Patterns.

And if you haven’t “liked” my facebook page yet, MDQuilts.com, head over and do so.  There’s a lot going on over there each and every day.

Next week when I am home I plan to work on the borders of the Castle Wall Quilt.  Yes that will be a free pattern on the PDF page to as soon as I am done.

Enjoy,

MickeySignature

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

There’s enough fabric in the stash…

Saturday, August 9th, 2014

Honestly within hours of my last blog post I received an email from my editor inquiring if the deadline for my manuscript could be moved up.

Since I was so close to finishing all the quilts I decided to put my head down and just “get ‘er done” and will have the manuscript to my editor next week.  Even earlier than she inquired about.  WHEW!

Now with that pressure off I am winding down, or up, depending how you look at it.

I have pulled out some fermenting projects and started to play with them again.

And started a few new projects.  So watch for blog posts starting to happen again as I have stuff to share.  I’m even working on the first quilt of the next book already.

But something happened yesterday that prompted me to write this morning.    Two private Facebook (click on the side bar to join me there) messages within hours of each other asking the same question…and the writers were literally thousands of miles apart.

Which do you like best EPP (Paper Pieces)  or hand sewing (Inklingo)?

My answer:  I truthfully love them both.  And you can.  You don’t have to make a choice.  Love them both.  For me they each bring different things to my creative life.  And variety of technique.  Life is boring doing the same thing over and over.  I love to mix it up.  And many days I do both EPP/Paper Pieces and hand sewing/Inklingo during the very same day.  It’s ok.  You can do this.

wpid-img_20140703_064456.jpgCastleWallBlock

 

 

 

 

I love my newest EPP project as much as my Castle Wall Blocks. 

It reminds me of some of the emails received a few years back when Pieced Hexies was published.   How could I do both traditional and art quilts people would ask.PiecedHexiesCOVERsmall

Easy…I just do.   They both make me happy.  So I just do.

I have been making traditional quilts for decades, albeit behind the scenes as it was my Art Quilts that people knew me for.

Cham Sugar Cubes

 

But if you look closely at my art quilts you will see many traditional quilt piecing in the background.

 

 

 

Pieced Hexies BOOMER design

About 5 years ago I started piecing more.  And it made me happy.

And then Pieced Hexies happened and before I knew it my persona in the quilt world flipped.  But truly it is just still me just with a light shining in a different corner of my art work.

 

So back to the original question.   I do truly love them both.  Just as I do truly love almost all genres of fabric (my only exception is the Japanese prints with all the metallic…sorry) as you will see in my upcoming book.

Offset Squares Quilt Block

Yes a traditional pieced pattern book.

Truly I have now come full circle.  Well maybe not yet.   There are still many needle turn applique patterns to make and share.

 

I guess I might have to alter a tag line of mine.

“There is enough fabric in the stash to make both Art and Traditional Quilts” to

“There is enough fabric in the stash to piece quilts both EPP style and hand sewing style”.

Just do what makes you happy.

MickeySignature

 

NeedleTravel – Great App!

Thursday, July 3rd, 2014

Yesterday brought some down time and I was finally able to load a few apps into my phone and explore them.

One that wasn’t on my list to load but I stumbled across is NeedleTravel.

image

This app tells you of shops near your location.  But not just quilt shops.  Shops of any of the needlearts, so embroidery, needlepoint, knit & crochet.

Yes fiber friends this app rocks.

Here’s what my neck of the woods looks like.

image

And when I click on a dot or pin (I am guessing the pins paid more to be included) a page such as this pops up.

image

With all the travel I do I think this app is going to be used many many times.

Emily is here visiting to Saturday afternoon.  We discovered that Amazon Prime has just added the last season of Downton Abbey to it’s service and since I only saw four episodes (before travel took over) and Em only saw two we are going to binge watch the season over the next few days together.  And just relax, talk and laugh.

I so love The Dowager…she and I would most definately get along.  Dry wit rules…toss in a spot of sarcasm and life is good.

While watching I will work some more on my latest EPP project.

image

No name yet.  Loving the combination of 1″hexies and jewel shapes. The solids are an array of very light pastel solids to give the overall design some “twinkle” and depth. This quilt may take a few years of off and on work but it will get done.  Loving it.

Happy July 4th!
Mickey