Monthly Archives: March 2015

Lessons from Quilts Trunk Show

Last Friday several ladies from my mom’s group came to my house for a trunk show.  Several of the women recently started quilting & had heard I was a quilter & were very interested in seeing my work.  So 5 ladies, 7 babies & many cups of tea filled our living room that beautiful morning!

I gathered most of my quilts from various places in the house (closets, quilt racks, boxes, backs of chairs, beds, & cribs) & chose my “favorite” quilts I wanted to chat about.

I knew in planning my talk that I wanted to share more than just the stats about the quilt.  I mean, there’s so much more to a quilt than what fabric I used, what pattern I chose & how I quilted it.  I wanted to share my story through the quilts & my thoughts on quilting as a hobby or vocation.

It was a wonderful experience to share from my first to my most recent quilt & be able to talk about who I was at the time I made it.

Because, when we create we are invited to learn a new piece about ourselves.  And when we continue to create, we are able to remember who we are.

I could go on & on about last line, in fact, I think I will in a bit (I hear Teapot waking up….)

I didn’t get any pics of the trunk show, but after everyone left there was a heap of quilts in the middle of the living room & Teapot took to climbing & hugging the pile.  Or actually this pic might have been after all the playing when she was tired (but not too tired to actually nap!)

Teapot on the quilts from Ormond Beach Quilts
 

Quilting Highlights: Simple 9-Patch

This is another quilt I longarmed for Quilts from the Bluffs.  Isn’t it the most darling little quilt?

9-Patch quilt for Quilts From the Bluffs quilted by Ormond Beach Quilts
I love the design & balance of this quilt.

Design:
The 9-patches are bold & distinctively stand out in the quilt.  And by adding in the skinny teal inner border they gave the quilt a nice “pop”.  Now your eye isn’t getting bored with looking at pink & brown.

Balance:
The complementary print fabric adds texture and subtlety- see how it appears to hang out in the background & doesn’t overpower the 9-patches?  This is a great use of a print fabric!
Then the added brown cornerstones in the outside border then create a sense of continuity.

9-Patch quilt for Quilts From the Bluffs quilted by Ormond Beach Quilts
Quilting:
For the quilting I chose the pattern “Jilly” by Keryn Emmerson because the round design worked with the flowers in the print while at the same time the center of the swirls gives some dimension to the quilt.

Jilly by Keryn Emmerson, 6"

This quilt is one of the best examples of traditional quilt design I’ve seen recently.  I hope this quilt is kept a little girl warm this chilly winter!

A Charmed Life: A Free Quilt Pattern

A Charmed Life- a FREE Quilt pattern from Ormond Beach Quilts
NOTE: This WAS a free pattern for a period of time.  I’ve since decided to charge $3 for this pattern.  Thank you for supporting indie pattern writers!

Who wants a free quilt pattern??

I designed this several years ago for a class I taught & decided it was high time this became a free pattern available to my readers.

A Charmed Life- a FREE Quilt pattern from Ormond Beach Quilts
This is a great pattern for using your stash.  Because well, you know, most of us quilters might have more stash than we know what to do with!  Whether you decide to use many fabrics of a single color, or focus on brights, reproductions or just random scraps- this quilt will highlight the beauty in all the fabrics you’ve purchased over the years.

I’ve written this pattern in two sizes: 61″x61″ for a generous lap size & 97″x97″ for a queen size, so this is flexible for your needs.

A Charmed Life- a FREE Quilt pattern from Ormond Beach Quilts
This pattern also uses 5″ squares, or charms for the main fabrics & the corner pieces are 2.5″ squares- so if you have access to an Accuquilt machine with a 5″ die, you can cut these fabrics in no time!

Again, this pattern is available for free from Craftsy, but only for a limited time!

VAT Update

If you remember I posted back in December about the VAT “to do” that was impending.

(Quick recap, the EU was going to make me file & keep track of a lot of tax info for every country that had a citizen buy a digital download from me.  I opted to not sell any digital pattern to an EU citizen.

Well we can have a party now because Etsy has figured out how to keep track of this for small businesses like me so guess what folks??

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Yes!  I now have patterns available for sale on Etsy!

These are digital downloads with immediate access- just like with my Craftsy patterns, only through Etsy I’m able to sell to EU citizens.

Thank you so much for being patient with me through this- I’m so glad Etsy worked out a solution that enables us pattern writers to get back to business!

Quilting Highlights: Blue & Cream Charity Quilt

I was going through old pictures & couldn’t believe I never shared this beautiful quilt with ya’ll!

Baptist Fan quilting for Quilts from the Bluffs by Ormond Beach Quilts
This was a donation quilt for Quilts from the Bluffs a few years ago, pieced by one of their members & that I quilted.

Since the fabrics reminded me of a reproduction look, I wanted to use a classic quilting pattern to bring justice to the quilt.  The Baptist Fan pattern was the perfect choice!

Baptist Fan quilting for Quilts from the Bluffs by Ormond Beach Quilts
I love how it adds a nice subtle background texture, yet doesn’t distract from the overall design.  In fact, the clam shells help add an element of movement that works with the diagonal stripes.

Continuous Baptist Fans by Hermione Agee, 5″
The Baptist Fan pattern is one of my all time favorites- it’s classic, simple & elegant.  What more could we ask from a design?

Random Thoughts on Tuesday

  • We’re all moved into our new home!  (well mostly, you know, there are always things to be done…)
  • I have a studio again, & it’s wonderful to be able to work in a good usable space.
  • I have (almost) mastered quilting in one hour bursts.
  • I’ve been piecing string blocks since they require little thought & can easily be picked up/put down.
  • It is a fact that no mater how many string blocks you piece, your stash of strips will never decrease.  I have pieced 20+ blocks & still have two shoe boxes full of strings.
  • Teapot is ten months old today!
  • I found this Piece of Cake dress from Anna Maria Horner that I *need* to make for her. (& while you’re looking at that picture, scroll on down to the Paper Fan Dress!  Adorable!)
  • I finished two UFOs in February!  Once the weather isn’t so glum, I’ll take some pictures outside.
  • I’ve been quilting beautiful cross stitched & embroidered quilts for customers!  Seriously, my clients give me the most amazing pieces to quilt.

Happy Tuesday everyone!  (& if you’re in the path of another snow storm or winter weather- stay warm & safe!)