Thursday, July 28, 2011

Dancing Pinwheels Quilting

For those who went to the website to see the picture of Dancing Pinwheels I apoligize for the first picture that was posted first, it was not very good.  I have put on a new picture that is better.  I have been having a hard time getting a good picture that really show the design and colors.

Laura Lee Fritz did the quilting for me.  She used an all over design of a variety of tropical inspired leaves with an open feather like design on the border.  Laura Lee has written books on Continuous-Line Quilting.
http://www.lauraleefritz.com/  Please check out her web site learn more about her.

August 6 and 13 I have a class at Quilt Passions, Kailua Kona, Big Island Hawaii introducing my TNM (Tear No More) Paper Piecing technique using the Dancing Pinwheel pattern.  My tester was doubtful about liking this technique but once she did it she had changed her mind.  Not having to tear out the paper, since you didn't sew throughit, is really a time saver.

Sunday, July 24, 2011

Dancing Pinwheels quilt is done.

My Dancing Pinwheels quilt is done and the pattern is available from my website.  The quilt was constructed with my TNM Paper Piecing Technique.  This was really fun to make and not having to sew throught the paper and tear it off was a dream.  I will give you a partial view but to see the entire quilt please visit my web site.  Just a tease!!!  All the fabrics are batiks from Hoffman Fabrics and they are beautiful!!

Wednesday, July 13, 2011

Dancing Pinwheels

My quilt Dancing Pinwheels is at the quilter.  I can't wait to get it back to see what she has done with it.  While I am waiting for its return I have been busily writing up the instructions.  This quilt is for the person who takes the time to get organized.  In the instructions I do suggest how to do this, and let me tell you it is a lot easier to piece one when you are organized.  Just ask me why I know that.  I made a baby quilt first and that was pretty much fabrics all over my cutting table, pulling colors as I went.  I only had them sorted by color, which helped.  The second one was much easier to put together when I thought it through first and had my colors all picked out.  I can't wait to show you. 
Meanwhile happy stitching.

Tuesday, July 5, 2011

Night Blooming Cereus

Tonight was the night!!  My recent gifted plant from Katy is a night blooming cereus and tonight on the fourth of July it opened three blooms.  They certainly are beautiful blossoms.  Two more will be blooming in about another week.  These beauties started opening about 9pm and will be closed up in the morning.  It really is too bad that they don't put on a longer show.

Saturday, July 2, 2011

Happy and safe Fourth of July

For those of you that reside in the United States I wish you a Happy and Safe Fourth of July.

I have been busy working on a new pattern that is a very interesting and fun pinwheel design.  With this pattern I am using a paper piecing technique without sewing through the paper.  I have not seen or heard of anyone else doing paper piecing in this exact way, but then again, if I thought of it someone else probably did also.  Since I have some repetitive use problems with my wrists it is not pleasant to tear away the paper when paper piecing, so that is why I decided to try a different approach.  Before I have used a foundation and stitched on top of that, and then you leave the foundation in.  Actually, this is a pretty good method for wall hangings because it gives them real body.  But I am really liking this new method. The pattern,Dancing Pinwheels, will be available by end of July or early August.  Here is a peak at the center of a block just to intrique you.  The fabrics that I am using are from Hoffman Fabrics shown at spring market and they will be available in Sept. or October.