Saturday, August 19, 2017

ERA T-Shirt Quilt

Betty made this quilt for her granddaughter, who will be taking it to college this fall!

On the bars...

Eagle Ridge Academy (ERA) in Minnetonka, MN, has obviously been an important place in this young woman's life!

These two blocks were part of a pajama leg in a previous life. Notice the sashing, made from a light denim fabric.

The quilting, "Cinnamon", shows up great on the backing fabric, too.

Great job, Betty! This will hold many special memories and thoughts for your granddaughter.

Grace and peace!!! ~Nancy

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Wednesday, August 16, 2017

Fibonacci Lace

This antique-looking bed runner was made by Julie. She made it as a gift for a friend.

On the longarm bars...

The backing is Minkee, the fake fur-type, which called for a larger quilt pattern. I quilted it with "Fibonacci Lace" and "Mocha" colored thread.

I love how the blocks form stars where they meet!

Great job, Julie!

Grace and peace!!! ~Nancy

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Sunday, August 13, 2017

Flannel Jelly Roll Quilt

Jane made this soft northwoods quilt from a flannel jelly roll. She gave it a different look by having the strips go the long way. This is a super long quilt--62" X 98", just the way my family loves them, too!

This edge-to-edge design is called "Whitecaps".

It's hard to get away from those lint bits when working on a jelly roll quilt, since the edges are cut in a zigzag. But they will eventually shake or wash off.

Great job, Jane!!! Someone's going to be glad to receive this soft quilt!

Grace and peace!!! ~Nancy

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Friday, August 11, 2017

Bonnie Hunter Comes To Minnesota!

We were blessed to have Bonnie Hunter visit the Twin Cites this week! Here I am, left, with Bonnie, right, during her 3rd day of workshops. Bonnie was here at the invite of the Chaska Area Quilt guild. It took 4 1/2 years from booking to event!

On Tuesday night Bonnie gave an informative trunk show, including many sentimental moments, as Bonnie grew up in Minnesota. Bonnie's kindergarten teacher was introduced in the audience!

Bonnie brought quite a few of her amazing quilts made of many small scrap pieces!

This is the quilt that we worked on in our workshop on Wednesday--Jamestown Landing.

My area, set-up and ready to sew the next day! This is the first sewing machine I bought, in 1983, a Stella Elna. I bought it for its portability and brought it to Japan in my carry-on bag. It weighs 13 pounds.

I am using blue and white fabrics from Japan for my version of Jamestown Landing.

The block I completed.

A variety of blocks made by our class.

Here's the video of our class that Bonnie Hunter put together on YouTube. My fabric is pictured at 0:24, my sewing machine at 1:24, and I'm at 1:42--yes, I'm looking at my phone, like everyone else!?!  

We had "show and share" your Bonnie Hunter design quilts during class. I couldn't bring my En Provence quilt, as it is hanging at the Dakota County Fair right now. It received an Award of Excellence ribbon, top center!

Bonnie is always happy, full of energy and has great quilt tips. If you can get to one of her workshops, do so, by all means! If not, follow her daily blog and watch for her many YouTube videos, including the occasional Quilt Cam, where we all sew-along live with Bonnie on Facebook Live.

Grace and peace!!! ~Nancy

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Thursday, August 10, 2017

Quilt Minnesota 2017 Southwest Region

My quiltin' cousin, Sue, myself and our chauffeur (DH) took off early Monday morning to do another region of the Quilt Minnesota 2017 shop hop! We visited 9 shops and covered 450 miles.

Here is our personal "Row'd Warrior"!!! Thanks for safely driving us around on the shop hop!

  1. Our first stop was Heather's Book Nook and Sew Much More which is half quilt shop and half used bookstore. It's a mother/daughter business set-up. They gave out chocolate dipped pretzel logs to all the shop hoppers--a nice treat!

This shop is in Granite Falls, so we stopped by to see the falls. There were several pelicans at the falls waiting for breakfast.

We walked over to get a closer look and discovered 30+ more pelicans down river!

2. Fabrics Plus in Marshall:

3.  Crafty Corner Quilt and Sewing Shoppe in Worthington had these cute samples:

4. Prairie Quilting in Windom shares space in a grain elevator!

5. Old Alley Quilt Shop in Sherburn is in a former bowling alley and had a bunch of samples made from the shop hop fabrics:

6. Michele's Quilting and Sewing Center in Blue Earth:

7. The Thimble Box of New Ulm:

8. Spinning Spools Quilt Shop of New Ulm:

They had a great idea for what to do with the 5" squares each shop is giving out:

9. The favorite for all three of us was our last stop, Sewing Seeds Quilt Co. of New Ulm:

The block on the right, below, was the free pattern Sewing Seeds Quilt Co. was giving out, called Minnesota Lucy, done in the Lucy Boston style. We bought kits for this adorable block done up in Minnesota fabrics:

And our reward for finishing the Southwest Region--12 flannel fat quarters! We are giving both bundles to DD2, who is making Days For Girls kits. These flannels are perfect for that project!

Grace and peace!!! ~Nancy

Monday, August 7, 2017

Heirloom Baby Quilt

This is Lisa's first quilt!!! This beautiful rose red and gray pineapple quilt is for an upcoming baby shower for her first granddaughter.

This is definitely an heirloom baby quilt! It called for feather quilting--"Feathered Curls" is the name of this edge-to-edge quilting.

The backing is a Robyn Pandolph paisley print.

Lisa said she had some help from her quilting sister. What a beautiful first quilt, Lisa. Great job!

Grace and peace!!! ~Nancy
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