Friday, April 13, 2018

Grace & Peace Update

Here are some projects coming out of my own studio recently. First off, I'm doing a Gypsy Wife sew along with two groups. I'm making the blocks in the order that they appear in the book, using Japanese fabrics. Here are the 10 blocks I have so far:
Last Saturday I joined a class at The Quilting Grounds in Norwood Young America, and made a barn quilt! I did a Bear Paw block, which is the logo I use for my quilting business.

I had to do a lot of "fussy taping" for my block. Also, the teacher told us that the colors red and yellow both need extra coats of paint to get good coverage, so I did 4 coats of each of those colors.

We worked from 8:30 to 3:30. There were only 2 items we had to bring for the class: a 6" X 24" ruler and a hairdryer. Here's my finished barn quilt! It's 24" square. 

There were 8 of us in the class. It was fun to see the variety of barn quilts that were made! Also pictured here is the paint and rollers that we used in class.

I also made these Sidewinder pouches from the Minikins collectionI made sizes small, medium and large. Fabrics by Tula Pink. I used "pleather" for the handles.

You can see an entire parade of Sidewinder pouches at Sara's blog, here. I added my own photo, also, #41.

I've been working intensely on Bonnie Hunter's "Talkin' Turkey" quilt pattern for a few months now. I finally got it on my longarm this week! 

This quilt is a scrapbook of my 38 years of quilting: old & new, traditional & modern, American & Japanese fabrics. It's going to hang at the Minnesota Quilters quilt show in St. Cloud in June, in the special exhibits section: Red & White Quilts for the ruby (40th) anniversary of Minnesota Quilters.

What are you working on?
Grace & peace!!! ~Nancy
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  1. Wow, do I ever love your Talkin' Turkey quilt! That is gorgeous! I love seeing how quirky fabrics go together somehow to make a strikingly beautiful quilt.

  2. Your Barn Quilt turned out so nice. Love it!

  3. I absolutely love your Talkin' Turkey quilt! I love scrap quilts that are able to include so many favorite fabrics like that -- it's like a yearbook of our past quilts!

  4. Gorgeous simply gorgeous. Love the zippered pouches also

  5. I love your red quilt and reading about it's impending showing at the show in St. Cloud. I am going to suggest to my nephew's and their wives that they check out that show in June. They both live in the Twin Cities area. Your painted quilt block is great too. That must have been a cool workshop.

  6. Nancy, your red Talkin’ Turkey quilt is amazing! I’m so glad it will be on display for people to admire.

  7. You've got a lot going on, don't you? I've been dying to make a barn quilt (or twelve), and you've just whetted my appetite! All of the class did a great job! Oh, and those Sidewinder pouches look AMAZING in the stripes. Love them!

  8. I am so in love with your Talkin Turkey Quilt--what fun it must be to "read" this quilt and seeing all of the fabrics of your life. I can't wait to see it quilted!

  9. Wow, love the talkin turkey quilt! The bags are great too, and your barn quilt is awesome

  10. I love the barn quilts! They're really gorgeous, and I hope to make one at a retreat sometime when there's supplies. The sidewinder pouches are so cute, and your Talkin Turkey quilt is amazing, it's SO intricate!

  11. Oh my, I don't even know where to begin! All your projects are so amazing. I love the barn quilt and your classmates barn quilts are so stunning too. I love the fabrics and colors in the Talkin Turkey quilt. The Gypsy Wife blocks are beautiful in the Japanese fabrics you chose.
    I just finished the top of my Pick Up Sticks throw. I'm happy with the layout you helped me with. I think I'm going to move on to making a table runner next.
    Quilter Bonnie

  12. Oh my goodness, I can't wait to see the red and white quilt. Wish I could see it hanging in the show. I'd like to make a barn quilt one day. I love how you outlined in black. Great job!

  13. Talking Turkey is goooooorgeous! Gosh, that's just spectacular, Nancy. And the barn quilt workshop looks like it was really fun. Where will you put yours? Do you have a barn? :)

  14. Wow, so much eye popping stuff in one post! Your barn quilt is fabulous! I'm hoping to make one this year that will go outside on a new storage shed. My current plan includes red & yellow, so the tip about extra layers is helpful. Your pouches are amazing! And I love the red & white talking turkey quilt!

  15. That quilt is gorgeous - the turkey red one. The other thing I love is the Gypsy Wife - that will be fun to see its progress. And of course, last but not least, love the barn quilt and the varieties are so much fun. A lot of good and hard work done and in your future. And I almost forgot about the cute pouches. Just too much good stuff in one blog entry!

  16. Your Red & White is fabulous. You'll have to tell me how you got your blocks into the Gypsy Wife grid!

    1. Thanks, Laura, for stopping by! Here's how to do the coloring page of Gypsy Wife:

      Download the free Gypsy Wife coloring page from Pink Door Fabrics.

      Take a screen shot of the coloring page on your cell phone and crop out the unnecessary parts.
      Also take photos of each of your quilt blocks and crop them to eliminate the seam allowance.

      Download the free app, "piZap". Open app and go to "Edit Photo". From your photos choose the coloring page.

      Then click the circle "Add Pic", and select one of the quilt block photos you took. From there you have to move the photo to the correct spot and shrink it a lot, until you get it in place.

      After you do that with each quilt block, save it to your photos. When you make more blocks you can work off the updated coloring page.

  17. This post is loaded with great projects. I especially love that quilt on your frame. Can't wait to see more. Thanks for linking up with Oh Scrap!

  18. Those barn quilts - I want one for myself! All of them look so good and it sounds like a really fun class to take. I love the colors you used in your bear paw. Talkin' Turkey is sooooo pretty on your frame. I can't wait to see the whole thing quilted!

  19. My goodness, you've been busy!!! I enjoyed seeing your barn quilt. I can't read the kind of paint you used. I made a barn quilt a couple of years ago at the North Country Arts and Crafts Workshop in Bemidji. I didn't notice it until lately that I had switched two of the colors around. Now it sticks out like a sore thumb. I have to repaint that section when I get back home. Where will you hang yours? All of your projects look incredible!!

  20. Oh my goodness, I can't wait to see the red and white quilt. Wish I could see it hanging in the show. I'd like to make a barn quilt one day. I love how you outlined in black. Great job!


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