Wednesday, December 2, 2020

Hope Quilts Blog Hop....Pieced Promise

The definition of hope as a verb (an action word) is to cherish a desire with anticipation: to want something to happen or be true, to desire with expectation of obtainment or fulfillment, and to expect with confindence. 

To expect with confidence, is the line that spoke to me most in this definition.

Sarah, at The Quilted Diary is hosting a month long blog hop of Hope quilts. Sarah will also be having a quilt-along with her quilt Hope for Tomorrow in January. Information and kits can be found on her website HERE. Make sure to check the list for each  designers' "hope" quilt and the story that goes with it. I will have the list at the end of this post. 

When the pandemic first started, I will admit to feeling a bit of panic and overwhelming heaviness in my heart.  Stress will cause me to do one of two things--resort to eating too many sweets or design something. This time I listened to my heart and went with designing something!!! 

And so the quilt, Pieced Promises was designed--over the first weekend of quarentine in March.

Each block is based on a promise from the book of Psalms. Something that my heart and mind definitely needed. I felt the need to share this pattern as a free sew along this spring. People from all over the world downloaded the designs. It made my heart so happy to be sharing this hopefilled journey with them.

Since all of our quilty gatherings were not being held, I went outside my box and did a weekly Facebook live to show the new blocks and a hint or two in making them. The videos are still up on my Facebook page HERE.

The weekly PDF block patterns come with full color instructions, the promise from Psalms along with a quote to fit the promise. The block patterns are still available on my website HERE.

“He who dwells in the shelter of the Most High will abide in the shadow of the Almighty,” Psalms 91 : 1

The ache for home lives in all of us, the safe place where we can go as we are and not be questioned.
---Maya Angelou expect with confidence....may you find that today.

Tuesday, August 4, 2020

August Designers Tips and Techniques....

It's that time again....enjoy watching each designer share something from their storehouse of quilting knowledge!!!


Wednesday, July 8, 2020

July Designers Tips and Techniques....


Learn new techniques and find new designers to follow!!! 

Tuesday, July 7th
4:00   Charisma Horton
5:00   Marlene Oddie  
7:00   Jennifer Fulton
8:00   Ebony Love
Wednesday, July 8th
2:00   Annette Ornelas
8:00   Tammy Silvers
Thursday, July 9th
2:00  Monique Kleinhans
5:00  Geeky Bobbin

Monday, May 4, 2020

Designer tips and techniques....come along and join us....

...join us on May 5 through May 9, from 12pm EST to 8 pm EST, every hour on the hour as designers present a 15 minute Facebook Live on quilting/stitching tips and techniques!!!

How much fun is this going to be!!
The entire list is below--so be sure to check back each day!!


May 5
May 5 12pm ET Cherry Guidry - launch
May 5 12:30pm ET Janellea Macbeth
May 5 1pm ET Jen Frost
May 5 2pm ET Teresa Weaver
May 5 2:30pm ET Jo Westfoot - The Crafty Nomad Jo Westfoot - The Crafty Nomad
May 5 3pm ET Becca Fenstermaker (Pretty Piney Quilts)
May 5 4pm ET Michelle Renee Hiatt
May 5 4:30pm ET Margaret Willingham-Eye of the Beholder Quilt Design
May 5 5pm ET Marlene Oddie
May 5 5:30pm ET Annie Unrein
May 5 6pm ET Leanne Parsons
May 5 7pm ET Jennifer Fulton
May 5 7:30pm ET Reed Johnson
May 5 8pm ET Tammy Silvers - launch

May 6
May 6 12pm ET Sue Pelland
May 6 1pm ET Annette Ornelas
May 6 2pm ET Kate Colleran
May 6 3pm ET Melissa Marginet
May 6 4pm ET Jackie Kunkel
May 6 5pm ET
May 6  5:30pm ET Melissa Merriman Harr
May 6 6pm ET Laura Piland
May 6 7pm ET Terri Vanden Bosch
May 6 7:30pm ET Swan Sheridan
May 6 8pm ET Annie Smith

May 7
May 7 12pm ET Lynn Kane, Puppy Girl
May 7 1pm ET Cristy Fincher
May 7 2pm ET Debbie Wendt
May 7 3pm ET Shelley Cavanna, Coras Quilts
May 7 4pm ET Monique Kleinhans, Ladybug's Cabin
May 7 5pm ET Heidi Pridemore
May 7 6pm ET Jerry Stube, Jerry Stube Designs
May 7 7pm ET Simone Fisher, Simone Quilts
May 7 8pm ET Nicole Moore, Sew Much Moore

May 8
May 8 12pm ET Becky Campbell
May 8 1pm ET Tina Dillard - Quilting Affection Designs 9
May 8 2pm ET Beth Helfter - EvaPaige Quilt Designs
May 8 3pm ET Sherri Noel - Rebecca Mae Designs
May 8 4pm ET Kathleen McCormick - Kathleen McMusing
May 8 5pm ET On Williams Street - Kimie and Missy
May 8 6pm ET Andi Stanfield - True Blue Quilts
May 8 7pm ET Nancy Scott - Masterpiece Quilting
May 8 8pm ET Lisa Ruble

May 9
May 9 12pm ET Sherry Shish
May 9 1pm ET Cristina De Miranda / Ships & Violins
May 9 2pm ET Toni Smith/Quiltoni
May 9 3pm ET Hexadoodle Quilts/ Alison Stothard
May 9 4pm ET Bobbie Gentili ~ The Geeky Bobbin
May 9 5pm ET Ebony Love - LoveBug Studios
May 9 6pm ET Carolina Moore
May 9 7pm ET Kathryn LeBlanc of Dragonfly's Quilting Design Studio
May 9 8pm ET Tammy Silvers/Tamarinis - wrap up presentation

The following designers will also be sharing on their Instagram accounts:
Instagram Schedule:

May 5

May 5 12:30pm ET IG Cherry Guidry – launch
May 5 1:00pm ET   Janellea Macbeth
May 5 1:30pm ET IG   Jen Frost          
May 5 3:00pm ET        Jo Westfoot - The Crafty Nomad
May 5   3:30pm ET IG Becca Fenstermaker (Pretty Piney Quilts)
May 5   4:30pm ET IG Michelle Renee Hiatt  @mshellhiatt 
May 5 5pmET             
May 5   5:30pm ET IG Marlene Oddie
May 5 6:00pmET         Annie Unrein
May 5   6:30pm ET IG Leanne Parsons 
May 5   7:30pm ET IG Jennifer Fulton
May 5   8:00pm ET IG  Reed Johnson
May 5    8:30pm ET IG Tammy Silvers - launch

May 6
May 6 12:30pm ET IG Sue Pelland                 @suepellanddesigns
May 6  1:30pm ET IG  Annette Ornelas @southwind_quilts
May 6   2:30pm ET IG Kate Colleran  @seamslikeadreamquilts
May 6   3:30pm ET IG Melissa Marginet @melissamarginet
May 6   4:30pm ET IG Jackie Kunkel
May 6   5:30pm ET IG 
May 6    6:00pm ET IG Melissa Merriman Harr
May 6   6:30pm ET IG Laura Piland
May 6   7:30pm ET IG Terri Vanden Bosch
May 6 8:00pm ET        Swan Sheridan
May 6    8:30pm ET IG Annie Smith

May 7

May 7 12:30pm ET IG Lynn Kane, Puppy Girl
May 7  1:30pm ET IG  Cristy Fincher
May 7   2:30pm ET IG Debbie Wendt
May 7   3:30pm ET IG Shelley Cavanna, Coras Quilts   
May 7   4:30pm ET IG Monique Kleinhans, Ladybug's Cabin
May 7   5:30pm ET IG Heidi Pridemore
May 7   7:30pm ET IG Simone Fisher, Simone Quilts
May 7   8:30pm ET IG Nicole Moore, Sew Much Moore
May 8        
May 8 12:30pm ET IG Becky Campbell
May 8  1:30pm ET IG  Tina Dillard - Quilting Affection Designs
May 8   2:30pm ET IG Beth Helfter - EvaPaige Quilt Designs
May 8   3:30pm ET IG Sherri Noel - Rebecca Mae Designs
May 8   4:30pm ET IG Kathleen McCormick - Kathleen McMusing
May 8   5:30pm ET IG On Williams Street - Kimie and Missy
May 8  6:30pm ET IG  Andi Stanfield - True Blue Quilts
May 8   7:30pm ET IG Nancy Scott - Masterpiece Quilting
May 8    8:30pm ET IG Lisa Ruble

May 9

May 9 12:30pm ET IG Sherry Shish
May 9  1:30pm ET IG  Cristina De Miranda / Ships & Violins
May 9   2:30pm ET IG Toni Smith/Quiltoni
May 9   3:30pm ET IG Hexadoodle Quilts/ Alison Stothard
May 9   4:30pm ET IG Bobbie Gentili ~ The Geeky Bobbin
May 9   5:30pm ET IG Ebony Love - LoveBug Studios
May 9  6:30pm ET IG  Carolina Moore
May 9   7:30pm ET IG Kathryn LeBlanc of Dragonfly's Quilting Design Studio
May 9   8:30pm ET IG Tammy Silvers/Tamarinis - wrap up presentation

Thanks and make sure to share with all your quilty friends!!!

Friday, April 17, 2020

Reflect the Stitching Cosmos journey....

..."Nothing can dim the light that shines from within"--Maya Angelou

Reflect the Lights' journey started January 2017. My friend and partner in quilting crimes--Lois--and I, decided to take the Stitching Cosmos class being offered by Sara at Heirloom Creations. The class is still taught at the store or you can find sewing machine brand specific online versions at Teachable.

"Stars don't shine because they want to be seen. They shine because they are stars."
--Alexander Den Heijer

Low volume quilts--quilts with backgound fabrics that read as a light but have a subtle secondary pattern on them--were just starting to become popular during 2016. The thought of making a Stitching Cosmos quilt using low volume background fabrics and a rainbow of thead colors intrigued me. Would the thread--and in turn the stitching--become the star of the quilt? I was ready to find out.

"The darkness around us might somewhat light up if we would practice using the light we have in the place we are." --Henry S. Haskins

All of the stitching you see on this quilt was done with the decorative stitches in my machine--you know those 10,000 stitches that are so pretty, but you have no idea what to do with??? Stitch them out!! Use them.

Each monthly lesson would focus on a new techinque. Pintucks. Spanish hemstitch. Couching. Metallic thread. Double needles. Bobbin work. Combine them with the decorative stitches to create a thing of beauty!

"We are told to let our light shine, and if it does we won't need to tell anybody it does. Lighthouses don't fire cannons to call attention to the shining-they just shine."  --Dwight L. Moody

Finding just the right stitches to tell my rainbow story was so much fun!!!

"Ours is the responsibility to keep our lights bright for others to follow." --Thomas S. Monson

More couching. A pleated ruffle sewn into the curve. Bias strip. Flower stitches. Rainbow threads.

"Simply shine your light on the road ahead, and you are helping others to see their way out of darkness."  --Katrina Meyer

Chenille. Stitched words. Narrow hemmed gathered ruffle.

Inset circles. More Couching--I could have went overboard with that--but had so many pretty choices from the "Fiber Exchange" we did in class.

"Small lights have a way of being seen in a dark world." --Neal A. Maxwell

Buttonholes. Rainbow rick rack.

"Be a rainbow in somebody else's cloud."  --Maya Angelou

Umbrella decorative stitch. Mini pom-poms! Rainbow. Striped. Piped. Binding!!!

"Let your light shine today, and let your personality blossom too. You don't have to be a people-pleaser, just a people-lover."  --Beth Moore

And who could resist this swinging on rainbows fabric for the backing!!!!

"In order for the light to shine so brightly, the darkness must be present." --Francis Bacon

"You are the light of the world. A city on a hill cannot be hidden. Nor do people light a lamp and put it under a basket, but on a stand, and it gives light to all the house. In the same way, let your light shine before others, so that they may see your good works and give glory to your Father who is in
heaven."  Matthew 5:14-16