Tuesday, September 30, 2014

Delectable Mountains quilt in solids

 

This is a traditional Delectable Mountains quilt block pattern made in a rainbow of solids.  And my current favorite to curl up with on the couch.




I don't name quilts.  Do you?

-dana

Friday, September 26, 2014

Today I'm...


--  Loving having the windows open.

-- Sneezing a bit more because the windows are open.  But I'm good with that.

--  Planning to make stuffed green peppers for dinner.  

--  And maybe apple pie.

--  Making a list of the things I need to bring with me Sunday to the Asheville Quilt Show.  I'll be signing books from 1:00-3:00 pm.  I hope to meet some of you there!  

--  Debating between power washing the patio or sewing today.  The weather makes me think I should choose power washing.

--  Obsessed with Friday Night Lights.  We've been re watching it on Netflix.  Almost done with season one.  So good.

--  Ready for the weekend.

-dana


Wednesday, September 24, 2014

It just never gets old



It really never gets old.  Razor even does it now and then.

-dana

P.S. Not familiar with this.  Go here or here to find out more.

Monday, September 22, 2014

A blogger is obliged to recap. So recap I must.


I can already look back at it reminiscently.  Fondly.  Wistfully even.  I scroll through the pictures that are physical proof of how the summer of 2014 was spent and think it was just as summer is supposed to be.  Outside.  With friends and family. On the water.  Doing things we love.


"I love the river Mom."  She said.  "Me too." I said.  "I'd swim in a lake over a swimming pool any day of the week." She said.  "Me too."  I said.


Good stuff happens on a bike trail. When you are hot and sweaty and breathing hard in the late June heat.  Kids talk.  And I really try to be present to listen.


 I made things this summer.  Most of them involved food.  Or jokes.







And I crawled through caves.  Not these caves, however, as this was a small trip Razor, our girls and their cousins took. Camping, rivers, water slides, caves and s'mores.  Those girls will remember that trip for the rest of their lives.



I started teaching my oldest how to drive.


And I spent a few days in Oklahoma City teaching and sewing with friends.  My favorite were the late night pow-wows with these two.



Snap. Flash. Boom.

Summer's over.

-dana

Monday, September 15, 2014

National Sewing & Quilting Month


September is National Sewing and Quilting Month and I'm joining Fat Quarter Shop in their celebration. They are challenging each of us to try something new.  I'm a quilter who this year tackled my fear of zippers.  Next on my list of fears is to attempt garment sewing.  I haven't done anything more than buy a few patterns and yardage with the plan in mind.  I even borrowed a serger.  But every time I pull it out with the intent to learn how to use it and get geared up to try my luck at garment sewing, I chicken out.


I have distinct memories of my mother sewing when I was a kid. But she always sewed clothes. And never a quilt.  But being a child of the 70s and 80s and the patchwork loving that speaks to the era along with a mother that sewed, I think I was predestined to be a quilter.

The first time I knew I was a quilter was when someone asked me a quilting question and I confidently answered it without skipping a beat.  I remember getting into my car after that conversation and saying to myself, "Well, I guess you ARE a quilter now aren't you!"

Are you new to quilting? My advice is to really understand the importance of precise cutting and piecing.  The best thing I ever did to really learn those skills was to piece an entire quilt top by hand. I drew the 1/4" seam line lightly with pencil and then slowly stitched all the blocks together and then added sashing and borders.  This slow hand stitching process showed me that if the size or angle of a piece was off even just a little it affected how the block went together.  Same was true for accuracy in the 1/4" seam allowance.  


Quilting is my creative outlet.  It's where I find my center in a busy day.  The making allows me to feel like I've accomplished something even on the most hectic of days.  It's not a stretch to say that I love quilting because it keeps me sane.
Fat Quarter Shop has put together this free pattern to celebrate the month.  I love the rainbow gradient!

Thanks for inviting me to join in the fun Fat Quarter Shop.

Happy Sewing!
dana

Wednesday, September 10, 2014

On a jet plane


I'm headed out for a few days with friends.  We've been planning it for months and the day is finally here.  I'm bringing projects to work on but even if I never sew a stitch, just being with crafty friends and solving all of the world's problems together will be all the productivity my soul needs.

-dana

Monday, September 8, 2014

My heart skips of beat when I see Imagine Quilts projects pop up on the inter webs

Patchwork whale from my book Imagine Quilts by Shannon


A glimpse at Three Wheeling from my book Imagine Quilts by Deb Robertson

Posy Patrol quilt from my book Imagine Quilts by Melissa Bonier.

Posy Patrol quilt from my book Imagine Quilts by Diane Stanley.

Dance Floor quilt from my book Imagine Quilts by Dolores Goodson.

Amperand quilt from my book Imagine Quilts by Dolores Goodson.

Mini Dance Floor by Dolores Goodson.
My heart nearly bursts when I see that people are making things from the patterns in my book Imagine Quilts.

Bursts I tell you.

-dana

ETA:  I've gotten some emails asking where to purchase a signed copy.  More bursting.  Scroll to the bottom of this link and you can purchase one there.  :)