Friday, May 3, 2019

UQSM Design Challenge 2019 "Flying Forward"

This quilt could be yours!


Fabric Challenge, 2019.  Kits were issued, quilts designed and made with selections from the Moda fabric line, "Looking Forward" by Jen Kingwell, an Australian designer, and featured teacher for the 2019 Utah Quilting & Sewing Marketplace Show (UQSM), happening right now in Salt Lake City!

Photo cred
This one was made by my friend, Debbie, based on an antique quilt made by her great-grand aunt called a Handkerchief quilt.  This one is a prize-winner, placing 2nd in the competition!  Congrats, Debbie!


I love to participate in these design challenges!  I am inspired by the fabrics, the colors and the designs within the fabrics.  Sometimes, fabrics speak to me.  This one was definitely a challenge!
I had something in mind to make, and had my kit all cut out, ready to lay out and stitch together, then the kit disappeared!  I searched high, low and in between, but it did not come home with me from one of the recent retreats I attended.  Luckily, Debbie had some scraps from her kit so I could still produce a quilt for the competition.  An added challenge within the challenge, to use what was leftover from her lovely quilt; a few squares and a few strips.

Sometimes life gives you challenges!  And sometimes those challenges take a turn and produce something truly beautiful.  The quilting was fun on it too.





Here are a few "Celebrity" quilts from this challenge including makers such as Jenny Doan and Natalia Bonner.




A total of 28 quilts were made, and will be sold at a live auction Saturday, May 4th beginning at 11:00 am.  If you are in the area and want to come to the show, here's the address:
Mountain America Exposition Center
9575 State St, Sandy, UT 84070

All proceeds will go to the show's charity, Sew Much Hope; "sowing threads of hope across borders and between hearts."  This non-profit organization provides sewing machines to refugees in the US and others in need abroad to foster self-reliance and help end generational poverty.  They retro-fit old sewing machines with hand-cranks for countries without a reliable power source.
UPDATE:  I am thrilled that the sale of my little quilt contributed to the nearly $12,000 raised at UQSM for this worthy cause! 


Monday, April 8, 2019

RBD "Horse Power" Panel Quilt Tutorial


It's my pleasure to showcase these beautiful, digitally-printed "Back in the Saddle Again" panels from Penny Rose Studio/Riley Blake Designs.  

Monday, March 25, 2019

Invisible Binding Tutorial

Every once in a while, there comes a need for a quilt NOT to show a binding around the edge.  For example, with these Dream Big digitally printed panels that are so popular these days, the design continues off the edge, so to speak, and a binding may interrupt that design.

Monday, March 18, 2019

Quite a Qwazy Project!

Welcome to my day to share on the Quilt Qwazy Queens blog hop to help celebrate Worldwide Quilting Day!


Big THANKS to Marian @ SeamstobeSew for organizing and hosting this annual hop.  This year's theme:  What's the craziest thing you've made?

Tuesday, March 12, 2019

RBD's Novelty Print of the Month: Sharks & Fins

Baby Shark 🎵 doo, doo, do-doo, do-doo 🎵...

"BABY SHARKIE" Lap Quilt, 55" x 65"
A Simple Sadie/Modern Millie quilt with applique' by Deonn Stott
Have you heard the "Baby Shark" song?  If you are a parent/grandparent of toddlers, this "earworm" of a song is pretty popular.  Over 2 BILLION views on YouTube!  And only a little bit annoying.  😏  But it's the first thing I thought of when I took a look at Riley Blake Designs' fun novelty-print-of-the-month for March: Sharks & Fins.  Look, the sharks are singing along!

Tuesday, February 19, 2019

Shirred Baby Romper - Baby Soft Woven Gingham!

I am thrilled to share what I've made with Riley Blake Designs' new line of basics: Woven Gingham!


This is new gingham, manufactured the old-fashioned way where each fiber is dyed before it's woven so the color is true on both sides. 

Saturday, February 16, 2019

Take me to Hawaii! + New Pattern

Woohoo!  I'm a GRANDMA!!


The little lady came a week early and is a little over 3,000 miles away in Hawaii.  Ten little fingers and toes, a sweet little mouth and chubby little cheeks, lots of dark hair, so precious!  Oh, I can't wait to see her and spend a couple of weeks with my daughter and her darling husband.  They are going to be such cute parents!

In celebration, I've finally gotten around to writing up the pattern for this fun little quilt.  Here's a cute example of the mini version, made by my friend, Moana.  Adorable!  Love her newsprint background fabric.


You can find the pattern at my Etsy shop HERE!  I figure if I can't be in Hawaii all the time, I'll wrap up in the lap-size quilt and dream about it instead.


Aloha, little one.  Gramma D is on her way!

Monday, January 28, 2019

Garden of Quilts - Coming in September!

Did you see this announcement?


Riley Blake Designs and Thanksgiving Point are pairing up for a phenomenal quilt show in Lehi, Utah, USA next September 12-14, 2019.  This is going to be amazing!  I'm marking my calendar right now!  Tickets are on sale now, and registration will be open February 1st.

Click HERE ↓ for TICKETS



Thanksgiving Point is so beautiful, and I think this Quilt Show will really be special.  Hope to see you next September!  

Wednesday, January 23, 2019

Black & White

Welcome to my stop on my friend  Carla@Creatin'InTheSticks'  Black & White Blog Hop!

Kaleido-Medallion Quilt by Deonn Stott, 42" x 42" Wall Hanging
It's been a fun week to see everyone's black & white creations on this hop!  A big THANKS to Carla for thinking of this subject - I have been inspired!

Tuesday, January 22, 2019

Mary Elizabeth Project Tour!


Awww.  This is the sweetest material!  So glad I could have a chance to play with this new line:  
Mary Elizabeth by Christopher Thompson for Riley Blake Designs.