Thursday, October 8, 2015

Published! And Another Giveaway!

After the fun of winning third in the American Made Brand Tiny Quilt Challenge, here's the AMB fabric bundle that arrived for me today. Pretty, aren't they?

More happiness arrived Tuesday in the form of the Fall issue of Modern Patchwork magazine. A hexagon pillow, designed by little 'ole me, was selected for publication! I couldn't be more excited about it! Gosh, you can even buy this magazine at Barnes and Noble, and JoAnn Fabrics!

While my piece isn't on the cover, you can see it in this online link. And, here's the page in the magazine... my pillow on a hot pink butterfly chair. I like it!

For my personal styled photos, I chose an aqua chair.

Hexagon Pillow, 15" X 15"
This project can be used to learn English paper-piecing, hand appliqué, and big stitch quilting.

The pillow is sewn together with a nice envelop back because I prefer to be able to remove the form to wash my piece.

I'll be teaching how to make my Hexagon Pillow soon! If you're in Central Florida, you can register for classes here, at the Lifelong Learning College. We'll be meeting three consecutive Monday afternoons beginning October 19.

Modern Patchwork has graciously provided an extra copy for me to giveaway. This giveaway is open internationally and a winner will be chosen Saturday evening.

Just comment to let me know...
Have you ever looked at or purchased an issue of Modern Patchwork? 

Please be sure I have a way to reach you, should your name be drawn! Linda

Saturday, October 3, 2015

Already a Fun Month!

Such exciting things are happening this month! Even more than the usual teaching, and activities in my guilds that include taking an all day "Modern Block Improv" workshop with the renowned Sherri Lynn Wood, which I will be doing next Tuesday.

I learned this week that the 15" X 15" quilt I made for the American Made Brand "Tiny Quilt Challenge" received a "third prize" award in the appliqué category. I designed this quilt, but haven't been able to share it on social media - a stipulation of entering a quilt in the AMB challenge.

My design was inspired by a 15-second ATandT U-Verse commercial seen on television last April when visiting my daughter in Kansas City! It was one of those quick, "oh look at that" moments when I tried to burn the design onto my retinas - moving, multi-colored circles radiating from the lower right side of the screen.

I started working on the design in August. Though I looked for the commercial online, I was unable to find it and I kept referring to the picture in my mind.

The background is improv-piece with several different colors of AMB solids. Then I raided my sewing room closet and kitchen pantry to come up with assorted-size circles to trace onto fabric.

Each fabric circle was hand-basted around the edge, and drawn up around a circle of template plastic. With the template still inside, each circle was hand-appliquéd to the background. Then, from the back I cut away the background to release the template - sort of like giving birth!  

Big stitch quilting is with #8 Presencia pearl cotton. 

Using the "no tails binding" method, I added yellow at two corners to emphasize yellow circles. 

AMB said 228 quilts were entered in this challenge. Forty were selected to be in an AMB exhibit at the Road to California quilt show (Upland, California) in January, with some of us receiving prizes. My prizes are 31 fat quarters of AMB solids, an AMB color card, and an AMB tote bag. Since I already have the latter two items, I'm giving away my new color card and new tote bag. This giveaway has ended.

If you'd like a chance to win, comment to answer my question: 

Have you ever made a solids-only quilt? Did you enjoy it? 

This giveaway is for US quilters only (sorry!). Two winners will be chosen Monday morning. Linda
This giveaway has ended.

Wednesday, September 30, 2015


Since this fabric arrived in the mail last Friday, I've been itching to start sewing. "60s Scrapbag" is a fabric collection by Emma Jean Jansen for Ella Blue Fabrics (Australia), and I've been looking for it all over the online shops! I was tickled when my friend Lora, who has an Etsy shop - DragonflyQuiltworks - began stocking it... at my request. What a friend, huh?

Right away I pulled out the Sorbetto top pattern that I've been wanting to try. It's a free downloadable pattern by Colette Designs! I'm happy to report that it's super! Only two pieces, easy to sew, and a great fit. Choose your measurements and then follow their advice to choose the next size up. The top is a pull-on style (no buttons, zippers, or closures) and the fit is meant to be tailored. 

I made my first Sorbetto top - sleeveless - with the 60s Scrapbag quilting cotton, embellishing the front placket with three orange buttons. 

The second Sorbetto top is made with double gauze fabric - I've been wanting to try sewing with double gauze, and bought this piece from The Cloth Pocket in Austin, Texas. The fabric is really nice! As you can see, this Sorbetto version has sleeves. I found that sleeve piece free online, designed by someone else. I couldn't believe that the two different designers' patterns worked together, but they did.  I really like this version too! I'm pretty sure Sorbetto tops are going to be my new wardrobe staple. 

I knew I wanted a skirt from 60s Scrapbag too, so I pulled out my favorite skirt book - The Essential A-Line, by Jona Giammalva. This is the seventh skirt I've made from that book, and the second time I've made this layered version. I like this style because it allows me to show off three 60s Scrapbag prints!

Off-topic of sewing... last week I went with a friend to see the wonderful movie "War Room." It's a Christian movie starring Priscilla Shirer, a Bible study writer/leader, and apparently an actress too. I had no idea! I was stirred to make a few changes in my prayer life, including writing and praying Bible verses that keep me in the Word.

My hairstylist told me she often leaves messages for her children by writing on a mirror with a dry erase marker. What a good idea! For myself, I chose to write on my mirror this meaningful verse from "War Room."

Submit yourself to God. Resist the devil and he will flee from you. James 4:17
The movie certainly spoke to me, renewing my desire to pray for myself and others, and to expect results. 

If you plan to go to the movie, better hurry! It's been out since August 28. Take tissues! Linda

Wednesday, September 23, 2015

And So It Goes

It seems that when I'm teaching a quilting class and that class takes four hours a week of my time (prep, set-up, teaching, and take-down), I manage to make more time for my own projects. Perhaps it's a case of "the more you do, the more you get done." 

Saturday and Sunday saw me making quilt sandwiches. Anticipating that I'd need backings, I had recently bought several wide backs. This is another time when I really appreciate having a cordless iron. It's so nice to press without the cord dangling and hanging up on all that yardage.

After using all my safety pins to pin-baste Triangle Tango (65" X 73"), and most of Scrap Vortex (89" X 91") I finished basting the latter with 505 Basting Spray. Guess I need to buy more safety pins.

Last week my Pfaff Grand Quilter was serviced, trying to determine why the upper thread has been snapping. My tech-friend, Al, decided the Pfaff needs a new throat plate. Though he was able to buff out most of the nicks in the small opening of the throat plate I have, there is still a problem spot. So a new one has been ordered. I couldn't wait to start quilting though, wanting to do some ruler work. I wondered whether I could quilt circles with one of the 1/8-inch thick circle ruler in the set of 12 rings I already have. Well, it takes nimble fingers to hold the ring down while quilting around the circle! Though it worked, I don't know how often I'll do this. At least the machine thread didn't break even once.

However, when I got to this all-over design (such a refreshing quilting design change after the detail in my Prism quilt), there was thread breakage. While quilting about a fourth of this quilt, threads broke four times. Ergh. 

This Hook and Swirl design is from Angela Walters' book Free Motion Quilting. The pattern isn't intuitive for me, so I practiced it first, and found myself pausing often to think about where to go next.

A couple days ago, Hogan started barking frantically at the front sewing room window. Typically he barks when someone walks past the house, but this particular bark was more urgent. "Walking" past our house was this not-so-handsome Florida Softshell Turtle. He abruptly stopped moving and drew his head in when I took this picture...

... continuing down the street, near the curb, after I walked away. We're pretty sure he reached his destination - a pond further down and across the street.

And speaking of Florida, this lovely bed of coleus was a delight to see on a morning walk. There are many such beds of color throughout this area, and we appreciate every one of them. 

On Monday I completed this 60" X 72" scrappy quilt top. I've been piecing a couple 12-1/2" x 12-1/2" (unfinished) block each week at Big Cypress Quilters using my pretty aqua Janome Derby sewing machine that I carry in a shoulder tote. Yes, it's that lightweight and portable.

The quilt design is based on a quilt I saw on Instagram and recreated with EQ7. Because I learned long ago, from my friend Carla (Lollyquiltz) to habitually cut fabric scraps into 2-1/2" squares, this quilt was ready to make, except for background fabric. This project uses 1,080 2-1/2" squares!

If you like this scrappiness, I'm happy to share the block with you, just because you're my blog follower. It makes me terribly happy when you comment once in a while, and I always respond... if your email address isn't blocked.

Here's the link to download a color JPG of the block. Note that each Nine Patch variation block is repeated four times to make a 12" X 12" finished block. Cut patches 2-1/2" X 2-1/2". Cut 3" X 3" squares to make half-square triangles. To make a 60" X 72" quilt like mine you need 30 12" blocks.

At my weekly Happy Stitchers group I started this embroidery. I've got a set of four stitcheries, and all of them are about Iowa. They came from Stitch, a shop in the East Village near downtown Des Moines where I also bought Cosmo embroidery thread and Valdani pearl cotton. It was a lovely shop to do mail-order business with. My very small start is on the Iowa sampler.

Gosh, this makes me miss living in Iowa. Mostly I miss my friends, my church, and the church quilt group, Hope Quilters. And then there's the state fair, the sweet corn, Iowa chops, Hy-Vee popcorn, UNI football games...  But Florida is a good place to live too. Linda

Sunday, September 20, 2015

And the winner is...

And the blog winner is:

Jodie, a member of our Central Florida MQG! She commented:

Love this bright, modern, fun colors. I quilt in my domestic machine, but someday I hope to get a long arm machine.

Congratulations Jodie!

While hosting a giveaway is great fun, as a blogger, it's also frustrating. Of the 150 quilters who commented, many of you are "no reply." This means your Blogger profile is set to "noreply," and you did not provide your email address.

As a courtesy - so you know in the future - I am listing the 31 commenters who left no way for me to reach them! If you comment to enter any blog giveaways your entry is worthless until you change your settings, or you leave your email address in the comments.

Anna Orduna
Jennie Wallick
Claudia D
Donna M
victoria girl
Wendy D
Sandra Laws
Glenna Denman
Jacklynn Grimm
Donna Cutting
Sheryl Noland
Aunt TC
Kathy E.
Kim R.
Nathalie Rubsteck
Phyllis S.
Quilting Momma
Tammy Lewin

Thanks for letting me share my Candy Pop quilt with you, and for participating in the giveaway. Linda

Thursday, September 17, 2015

Machine Quilting With Style, and Giveaway

Welcome! I'm glad you stopped by on my day to tell you about Christa Watson's new book Machine Quilting With Style: From Walking-foot Wonders to Free-motion Favorites, and enter the book giveaway at the end of this post. This giveaway is now closed.

"Candy Pop" is the quilt I made from Machine Quilting With Style. It's pattern number nine of 12 in Christa's book. Obviously, I'm a fan of rainbow gradations, so it was fun to choose an assortment of prints from my stash.

Candy Pop, 44" W X 45" 
The background blocks were pieced with Kona Snow and Kona Silver. Silver is my new favorite shade of grey solid.

I didn't follow Christa's instructions for making the circles as she did with fusible, raw-edged appliqué. My fabric circles have finished edges. I made them using my most favorite quiltmaking tool - a 12" set of 1/8"-thick, acrylic nested rings (I swear, I used them all the time!) I picked the proper ring size to trace.

Adding 1/2" to the diameter when I cut circles from fabric, I then hand-basted with quilting thread around the perimeter of each fabric circle, gathering it around a finished-size template cut from iron-able template plastic. A word of caution when pressing heat resistant template plastic... don't set your iron too hot. My T-Fal iron actually warped the plastic! 

Machine appliqué was fun and easy. Threading my machine with monofilament thread on top, and 50-weight Aurifil in the bobbin, I remembered to put the thread through the bobbin case finger, to give a little extra tension on the bottom. (A feature on Bernina sewing machines.)

You really can't see the tiny, nearly invisible zig-zag stitches all the way around each circle.

A note here. When I finished machine appliquéing the circles, I cut away the background fabric behind the fabric circle, about a quarter inch from the appliqué stitches. That way, there's less bulk to my quilt - another reason I prefer turned-under appliqué. If you use fusible web, you can't cut away the background. 

After each block was finished, putting the top together was a snap using my favorite Web method of assembly. If you're not familiar with it, here's my How to Sew a Web tutorial. The quilt sandwich was  made with Quilter's Dream select loft poly.

The beauty of Christa's book - actually a somewhat unique feature for a quilting book - is that she has  not only has 12 great designs, but she offers lots of helpful instruction for quilting - numerous straight line and free motion suggestions - and she peppers the book with practical and helpful tips.

For her Candy Pop quilt, Christa quilted a spiral in the center of each appliquéd circle. I copied that design, sit-down quilting on my Pfaff Grand Quilter.

Next, I quilted a ring of approximately quarter-sized pebbles around each circle appliqué. They're not all perfectly round, but from a distance - while riding on that proverbial horse - they look just fine.

And last, I quilted hooked swirls in-between the circles, occasionally improv-quilting designs Christa refers to as "box texture" and "triangle texture."

Never one to leave a quilt unlabeled, and believing more information is better, I added this.

Then I was off to take pretty, styled photos in the entry to the Big Cypress Rec Center, where my Big Cypress Quilters group meets every Tuesday afternoon. Perfect! How about that hot pink table?!

Candy Pop should take up permanent residence.

To get your own copy of the book, here are two suggestions: 
For a print version get it on Amazon.
For an eBook version, go to Martingale Press.

Or, if you like to first take a chance at winning an eBook, Martingale Press is allowing me to give one away. By the way, an eBook makes it super-easy to follow patterns on your computer, or just print the pages needed for the project you want to make.

This giveaway is now closed.

To enter my giveaway, comment below to answer my question:
How do you quilt your quilts? By domestic machine? By longarm? By check?
Also, please be sure I know how to contact you. If you're a "no reply" commenter, I can't tell you that you've won! A winner will be drawn Saturday night, September 20. The giveaway IS open internationally. This giveaway is now closed.

In the meantime, check out the other 11 patterns made by quilters. You'll enjoy visiting each of them, and you'll also find additional opportunities to enter giveaways!

9/14 Color Crystals – Vicki Reubel from Orchid Owl Quilts
9/14 Technicolor Backing – Ida Ewing from Ida Rather Be Quilting
9/15 Pearl Gray – Alyce Blyth from Blossom Heart Quilts
9/16 Broken V – Sharon McConnell from Color Girl Quilts
9/17 Candy Pop – Linda Hungerford from Flourishing Palms You are here!
9/18 Ripples – Melissa Corry from Happy Quilting
9/19 Little Man’s Fancy – Tina Guthmann from Mod Geometry
9/21 Square in a Square – Stacy Cooper from Farm Road Quilts
9/22 Static – Lee Heinrich from Freshly Pieced
9/23 Rain – Cheryl Brickey from Meadow Mist Designs
9/24 Lightning – Leanne Chahley from She Can Quilt
9/25 Facets – Kristy Daum from St. Louis Folk Victorian
9/26 Focal Point – Amy Garro from 13 Spools

Visit the blogs below too! You'll find additional insights including book reviews, interviews, sample blocks, and other interesting content you won’t want to miss.

9/15 Andover Fabrics
9/16 Amy’s Free Motion Quilting Adventures and Leah Day’s Free Motion Quilting Project
9/17 Do You EQ? from Electric Quilt and Darlene from Quilt Shop Gal
9/18 Jacquelynne Steves’ The Art of Home and Scott Hansen from Blue Nickel Studios
9/19 Moda Fabrics – The Cutting Table
9/21 Krista Hennebury of Poppy Print and Katy Cameron from The Littlest Thistle
9/22 Debbie Grifka of Esch House Quilts and Generation Q Magazine
9/23 Rebecca Bryan of Bryan House Quilts
9/24 Stitch This – The Martingale Blog and Riley Blake Fabrics
9/25 Michele Foster of The Quilting Gallery and Teri Lucas from TerifiCreations
9/26 Pellon Projects and Amy Ellis from Amy’s Creative Side

P.S. If you're in Central Florida, beginning in late February, I will be teaching this "Candy Pop" quilt at the Lifelong Learning College. Watch my "Schedule" (see tab above) for more information. 


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