Thursday, April 19, 2018

Mile High Pie

Hello Everyone,
We did a quick trip yesterday to Sonora to drop patterns and a quilt off at Quail's Nest Quilt Company.  Just as we walked out the door, I decided to take Country Sampler with me for a photo shoot.  We called our friend Kaaren and asked her if she wanted to come with us.  Thirty minutes later, we were in the car and headed over the river and through the woods to Sonora.

Part of the plan, and the carrot to get Mr. Joe and Kaaren along for the ride, was planning to stop at Cover's Apple Ranch for lunch.

I knew it was out in the country, but we'd not been there before.  I thought surely it would be a great place to get some pictures of Country Sampler.

.....and it was the perfect location for pictures.

Just take a gander at this pie!  And yes, there are ganders at Cover's much to the delight of children.  Each pie contains 12 apples!

To serve this pie, you don't cut it into slices, you just put it in the center of the table and everyone dives in with their own fork.  This pie would last a nanosecond in our family.  The only exception would be our daughter who doesn't eat desserts.  I need to run a DNA test on her to make sure she is my child. 

We are looking forward to a return trip to Cover's to try their breakfast menu.  I have it on good authority their biscuits and gravy is top notch.  I have never ordered biscuits and gravy in my life, but there's always the first time for everything.

On another note, stop by the Manteca Quilt Show this weekend and visit my buddies from Quails Nest, Ladybugs Quilts, Lori's Jellies/Jams, and Material Girlfriends. 

No vending at a show for me this weekend. I'll be on the baseball and softball field watching the grand kids play ball.  Watching them on the field is my favorite to quilting!


Wednesday, April 18, 2018

The Making of a Heritage Quilt

Hello Everyone,
I'm so happy to show you all of the progress the Independence Hall Quilters made on the 2019 Scholarship quilt yesterday in the classroom at Independence Hall.  This quilt is over halfway finished.....IN ONE DAY!

Many of the girls drove through ice and snow to get to class and spend the day in the sunny classroom.  They were on a mission.

It all begins with the block layout sheet.   I'd prepared several for the group, and then they started to select their own color choices and create their own blocks.  Many of the girls took home sheets filled with colorful swatches.  More blocks will be added to this beauty soon.

There was one group working on the Log Cabin blocks, while the other group worked on the Gold Rush (star) blocks.  At times I felt as though I was herding cats trying to answer questions, cut more fabric, and put on my Quality Control hat.  These girls are good quilters!  They received my highest stamp of approval.

The blocks are not trivial.  There are 53 pieces of fabric in each one.  There are lots of seams and triangles which require precision.

The girls were precise!  Just look at their work!

The design wall started to fill throughout the day, and became more and more interesting and  beautiful.

This is the result by the end of the day!  I was floored at the amount of quilting accomplished in one meeting.  This quilt is going to be a stunner and sure to raise a ton of money for the Scholarship fund.  I couldn't have been any happier.  The person who wins this quilt is going to be the lucky recipient of an heirloom quilt.

Marcus Fabrics graciously donates fabric bundles for me to give away at workshops and lectures.  Phyllis won the raffle and knows just what she is going to do with this bundle of 30's fabrics.

Here is a picture at the end of the day.  Some of the girls were gone, but I managed to get a shot of almost everyone.

I'll keep you all posted on the progress of this quilt.  I will also let you know how to buy tickets when they become available.  I know I'm going to buy a bunch!

Many, many thanks to each and everyone of you who worked tirelessly throughout the day.  Your laughter, and funny stories made for a lively day of companionship and creativity.  And remember, what happens in the classroom.......stays in the classroom!


Tuesday, April 17, 2018

Heritage Remake

Hello Everyone,
I have a fun day planned with my Independence Hall Quilters today.  We will be working on a remake of my Heritage pattern for the guild's 2019 Scholarship Quilt.  The guild gives out scholarships every year to deserving high school seniors.  Our goal is to raise as much money as possible to support the youth in our community.
Here is my original Heritage.

The new Heritage is going to be scrappy.  Each and every star is going to be different.  The log cabins will be the glue that ties the quilt together.

I spent a very snowy day in my dining room selecting fabrics, cutting fabrics, then lightly gluing the fabrics on my block layout sheet.  When I get to class today, I will let the girls select the block they want to make.

 Here are a few of the layouts.

I'll take pictures today of the quilts progress on the design wall.

Twenty guild members have signed up to help me with this endeavor.

Doesn't this look like a tile floor?  During the storm yesterday, I also cut all of the fabric for the log cabin blocks.  I have all the hundreds of pieces in marked baggies. 

After dinner last night, we enjoyed our evening walk around Snowflake Lake. 

Two geese glided over to see us.

 It was so peaceful and quiet at the lake.  The only sound was the geese talking to us.

We emerged from the woods to the lights of our cabin, sweet cabin welcoming us in out of the cold.

It's 25 degrees here now at 5:30am.  I hope it warms up a bit to thaw the snow on the roads.  It could be a bit dicey getting to Independence Hall to work on the quilt.  I do not enjoy ice skating with the car!
P.S.  If you are interested in making a Heritage quilt, the pattern is available HERE in my Etsy shop.

Friday, April 13, 2018

Aurora Blocks in Batik

Hello Everyone,
I've been on the road for eleven days from Petaluma, to Concord, to Livermore, to Pleasant Hill, and now I'm home to roost.  Do you hear me saying, there's no place like home?
During my travels, I received a wonderful assortment of batiks from Marcus Fabrics, and put them to work in a different version of the quilt for the cruise to Alaska.  The Aurora blocks are finished.  Now I'm moving on to the Glacier Bay blocks.

My goal was to make the blocks look like the Northern Lights.....or the Aurora Borealis. The fabrics truly captured the correct colors.

This wonderful assortment includes Primo Batiks by Sarah J Maxwell in several different lines.  Jewel, Must Haves, Tranquility, Sea, and Red Sky.

The bundles looked too pretty to take off the ribbons.  But off they came so they could work their way into my quilt.

It was so cozy in my quilting room yesterday.  We had snow showers on and off for the entire day.  I guess Old Man Winter isn't finished with us yet, and gave us a nice dusting.  Not too much, just a sprinkling of powdered sugar all day long.  I was happy as a clam.  On that note, how do you know when a clam is happy?  This clam was happily rolling around in Marcus Fabrics!


Tuesday, April 10, 2018

Sew'n Wild Oaks Class Was In Session

Hello Everyone,
Yesterday the sunshine, Country Sunshine, was in full bloom in the classroom at In Between Stitches.  I loved seeing the many different version of my pattern.

It all begins with the block layout sheet to help you plan your block from the very beginning.

The exact size of each component is on the sheet.  This is the map to your success.

So many different and beautiful fabric selections.

The pattern is beautiful in batiks!

Evelynne spent her day paper piecing, and she accomplished so much.

 Many Grammy Squares were born too.

Patty is working on my Buttonwood pattern.  She is becoming an expert making small, half-square triangles!

Laurie took a fabric weaving class at In Between Stitches.  Her table runner was so cute and she wants to make another one.

Laurie also made this adorable Hawaiian-style quilt. 

I'm off to class again this morning to spend the day with "my girls".  What a treat!


P.S.  All of my patterns are available on my Sew'n Wild Oaks Designs site on Etsy by clicking HERE.

Monday, April 9, 2018

Moring Quilt Show

Hello Everyone,
It was like old home week and the quilt show in Concord, CA this weekend.  I saw, and spoke with so many friends, and made many new friends and followers.
One of my new BFF's is Cindy.  Last year she purchased a kit for my Heritage pattern, and look at the addition to her quilt.....a second place ribbon for machine quilting!

Cindy cut the pattern down to a twin size.

I walked around the show, turned the corner, and saw a smaller version of my Butterscotch Baskets quilt!  It makes me so happy to see my quilts come to life in a new and different version. 

The following is just a small sample of some of the quilts at the show.  Enjoy.

This quilt was incredible!

If I live long enough, I would love to make this quilt.

 Anelie Belden, author, teacher and designer was the featured artist at the show.  What was I thinking not taking a picture of her booth?  Anelie is the author of Thoroughly Modern Dresden.

I'm off to class this morning and tomorrow morning at In Between Stitches.  I love seeing MY GIRLS!  I can't wait to see what they've been working on since we last met.