The colors and setting in the quilt on the right is quite different to me but it really spoke to me!
“On the road again…..”
for the start of the 2010 quilt shows, and we were at the Northwest Quilters Guild Show in Portland, OR on March 12 – 14.
As always, there was a plethora of wonderful quilts on display, and friendly plus helpful guild members and quilters.
I had to stop these customers to take a photo of them for my blog. They’re called the “Necktie Sisters” as they are really sisters, and created their skirts and purses from old ties.
Here is one of the most creative quilts I’ve ever seen! The guild asked their members to create quilt blocks that featured fabric with bugs and insects, and then they sewed a VW cover with screen mesh for the windows! Very “hip”! There is one block though that features “Bugs Bunny” which was fun for the kids to look for. Hope the guild sends photos of this quilt to Volkswagon!
This was a spectacular quilt by the featured quilter, Anton Haas, Sr. The notes said he was inspired by a mosaic floor in Italy. You just never know when you’ll be inspired to design!
I loved the pieced border and center on this scrappy batik quilt.
I wish I had been able to take a photo of this quilt straight on as it was very interesting. The rings are all pieced and scrappy and then appliqued to the quilt top. I wonder if the quilter was inspired by the Olympics at some point.
More quilts to follow from this show next time. Have a pieceful day!
Being a quilt designer with a home-based business makes it hard at times to make friends in the industry. These are our friends, Sue and Art Capello, of the Suzy Q Quilter, a home machine quilting system that Art designed; and they personally manufacture. Sue and I met at a North Idaho quilt guild meeting about 4 years ago. She and Art started vending at quilt shows before we did, and were very helpful in getting us started on the show circuit. We support each other between shows with phone calls and emails, and have dinner at least one time per show. They just came to dinner at our home on Saturday night, and it was a fun evening! We talk shop a lot, but also our personal lives. Please click on the Suzy Q Quilter above to visit their website and view their quilting frames, and machine quilting templates.
Here’s the quick and easy dessert I made for them that night:
1 yellow cake mix
30 oz. can of fruit pie filling (cherry, apple or ?)
3/4 cup of butter (melted)
1/2 cup of chopped walnuts
* Optional: 1 cup of diced fruit: apple, pears, strawberries, blueberries or ? (your choice if you have it on hand)
1. Pre-heat the oven to 350 degrees.
2. Spread the can of pie filling evenly in the bottom of a 9″ x 13″ pan. Sprinkle the other cup of fruit on top (if desired).
3. Sprinkle the cake mix evenly on top of the fruit.
4. Pour the melted butter evenly on top of cake mix.
5. Sprinkle the nuts on top.
6. Bake for 40 – 45 minutes until golden brown.
7. Serve warm with Cool Whip or vanilla ice cream. Yum!
Have a pieceful day!
My last post was that I was going to be a grandmother. I never would have dreamed that my latest design, “Baby Love”, would be published right after I found this out! Coincidence? Only God knows. This quilt is in the May issue of The Quilter, and the kits (pink or blue) are available on my website. Below is what it looks like in blue. This fabric collection is by Susan Branch for RJR Fabrics.
I love offering quilt kits in different colors as it is FUN to do! Not everyone can “see” a quilt in their head in different colors or fabrics. The blue is a virtual quilt that was created by my graphic designer, Staci, in CA. She is a whiz at scanning the fabric and digitally piecing the fabric together in Photoshop so it looks like a real quilt!
If you look at a variety of quilt patterns and/or ads for quilts, you can tell if the quilt is a virtual or a real quilt. Check out the borders and see how perfectly straight the borders are. It’s a great way to show new fabric collections to you, the consumer, before the fabric hits your fabric store; and while it’s being printed, too. Oh, what amazing technology we know have at our fingertips!
It’s the end of February so it’s still SOUP TIME here at the Crawford home. Here is one of our family’s favorites that is quick and easy to make. Enjoy!
1 pound of ground beef
1 cup of chopped onion
4 cups of canned beef broth
Two 14 oz. jars of Prego spaghetti sauce
14.5 oz. can of petite diced tomatoes (undrained)
1 cup of finely chopped green bell pepper
1 cup of thinly sliced zucchini
2 teaspoons of dried Italian seasoning
*Optional: 4.5 oz. can of sliced mushrooms; or 1 1/2 cups of uncooked rotini
1. In a large saucepan over medium heat, brown the ground beef and onion; drain.
2. Add remaining ingredients. Bring to a boil. Reduce heat; simmer 15 – 20 minutes or until the rotini and vegetables are tender.
3. If desired, sprinkle Parmesan cheese on top before serving.
Makes ten 1 1/4 cup servings.
Now back to finishing the “Flutterby” quilt for the July issue of The Quilter…..
A note from my husband, Tom who wants you to know that when you purchase quilt kits and patterns from Flower Box Quilts that you are supporting a small home based ”Made in America” business, and we appreciate your business very much!
There are definitely days in your life that I like to call “Banner Days” which are defining moments in your life be they happy or sad. Being a parent of four kids means I had thought at some point that I might be a grandmother some day. And, that day is coming in September as my oldest son, Myk, and his wife, Marnie, announced that they are expecting! Since their names both begin with an “M”, M&M’s were used in favors at their wedding. It was very “appropriate” for them to have specially printed pink and blue M&M’s with “Baby Crawford”, and “M&M +1″ printed on them. What a wonderful surprise!
After googling, “First Time Grandparents”, I lots of sites that related to this new title-to-be of mine. One article said that this is one of the only times in your life that you actually get to decide what you want to be called. In my family, “Grandma” was the only name used for this honor, yet Tom’s family had an Oma, a Nana plus an Ama; and my children call his mother “Mimi”. My mother was “Grandma” to my kids, but unfortunately she died in 1988 so really only Myk remembers her. And, there are so many variations or special names that will just be invented because the grandchild will pronounce it they way she or he will do it.
What is a grandparent? My paternal grandmother died before I was 5, and I don’t remember her at all. The memories of my own maternal grandmother are of course unique to me, but my grandma was 75 years old when I was born, blind in one eye, and in a wheelchair because she had had polio. No memories of being read to, playing in the park, making cookies, or just being held like I hope to do with my own grandchildren. Tom has wonderful memories of his grandparents; and I was grateful that I got to know them. What will my grandchildren remember of me? That’s what I want to think about and pray about during the next months while waiting for Baby Crawford to arrive. Babies are definitely God’s way of telling the world that life goes on!
I wonder how many of you out there are snowed in, and are happily sewing today. You might be watching the Super Bowl or not. I will be doing hand sewing while watching the game at my oldest son’s home. I’m not really cheering for anyone, but it is a way to be out and about with other people. And, I baked which Tom appreciates. It’s just frosty and foggy here which is good compared to having piles of snow. Elizabeth Anne, is my latest quilt in the March issue of The Quilter, and is available on my site. It is definitely a breath of spring with the purple, teal, blue and lavender.
I’ve been working away designing kits that we’ll post on the site soon. I have a new piecer named Pat who is piecing a new quilt, and redoing 2 of my quilt patterns with new fabrics. It was really nice to be actually sewing yesterday instead of working on the computer. I will be embroidering a Halloween table runner today. It “seams” a little odd to some people to be working on Halloween when the next holiday is Valentine’s Day.
Michele’s Sewing Tip: When you are rotary cutting your fabric, “square up the fabric” first before you cut your strips. And, the old adage of “Measure twice and cut once” is not only true for carpenters but also quilters. Also, change your rotary blade often. When you cannot make a clean cut, and the blade gets “caught” in the fabric, you know you need a new blade! Accurate cutting is the first step towards accurate piecing.
Have a pieceful day!
Yesterday the 600+ members of the Washington State Quilters Guild here in Spokane were fortunate to hear my friend, Beth Ferrier of Applewood Farm Publications, Inc., speak at our guild meeting. She is a wonderfully knowledgeable and humorous speaker with great stories to tell about herself and her fabulous quilts. The quilt on the left is from her Moondance book. She is teaching two classes while she is here in Spokane, and her lucky students are learning her machine applique and quilting secrets! The photos below are ones I took of her when we went to dinner at The Rusty Moose between the afternoon and evening meetings yesterday.
Above is Beth with “Larry the Lumberjack” outside the restaurant. What will her husband, Kent, think? Below is Beth sitting in the carved bear chair. As you can imagine, this restaurant has a very Northwestern lodge look to it. Great food!
New Fabric Collection! This is called “Happy Haunters” by Red Rooster. I like these particular ones from the collection because it’s not overly “Halloween-y”. Fall colors, but I LOVE the purple with the other colors! I will be offering two different kits with this collection including redoing my “Smilin’ Jack” and the “Autumn Interlude” patterns. I’ll let you know when these kits will be available later in the spring.
Michele’s Sewing Tip: Strive for as accurate a 1/4″ seam allowance as possible when piecing! Having an accurate seam allowance does make a difference in how the pieces in your blocks, and the blocks themselves butt together with a quilt. Measure your seam allowance to see if yours is an exact or a scant 1/4″ (or not at all – yikes!). There are different sewing machine feet and products that will help you achieve a 1/4″ seam. You can also use a ruler to measure a 1/4″ from where the needle goes in the fabric, and then place a masking tape guideline at this point. If you are a beginning quilter, practice sewing 1/4″ seams on scrap fabric first.