Tuesday, May 29, 2012

Rainy Days never get me down:))

Working on a new block and loving the Autumn vibe on a rainy day!
I am a rainy day kind of girl;  The sound of the wind and pattering of rain is the perfect weather for curling up with a project and stitching the hours away.  Today the added sound of a friend's laughter while I worked on my new design was just what my soul needed!!

Does the rain hinder or expand your creativity?

Friday, May 25, 2012

Kansas City Spring Market 2012

Spring Market has come and gone...what a whirlwind!
This is one of the many fountains in KC.  The city is known for its beautiful fountains and only Rome, Italy has more. 

Here is the NESTLINGS booth and new designs are on my website ready for ordering:)  I really didn't get to leave my booth much over the 3 day market.  First thing in the morning before opening, I walked a bit of the floor and saw a lot of kids patterns and fabrics, bright colors, and supposedly we are trending back towards solids.  They aren't my personal favorite since I really like tonals that add a bit of texture and depth to my designing.  What do you think?

                                         BOOTH MATES
Perkins Dry Goods and my sweet friend Celine.

Suzn Quilts with my dear friend Susan and her daughter Chloe.

The ever energized Susan and Mary Jane of the Quilt Branch.

Our hotel room overlooked the KC Royals stadium and
one night we were treated to a fireworks show.  The city is beautiful and I would recommend a stop there if you are ever out that way.
In the meantime, keep quilting.

Wednesday, May 2, 2012

Volume 5 Has Arrived!!

I am honored to once again be included among today's top designers in the newest issue of Quiltmaker's 100 Blocks.

Pinwheel Salute

For all the paper piece lovers out there, here is another versatile block to play with.  Pinwheel Salute is a great block that can be rearranged and / or changed to the colors of your heritage.

Here I have shown German and Irish for my heritage and the blocks are arranged differently as well.

This fun little quilt uses 8 copies of the template in the magazine.  Then add 4, 6-1/2" x 12-1/2" border strips.
The quilting was done with a star stencil, quilting wiggly lines along the paper piece seams, and tracing straight lines into the border strips.  It was quilted with a variegated Red/White/Blue thread for more POP.
It finishes at 24-1/2" square and there is still plenty of time to get one done for Memorial Day or 4th of July;)

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I will draw a winner on Friday, May 4th.
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new friends on Friday, May 4th as well. 

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So glad you hopped by and have a great week!!