Tuesday, October 30, 2012

A Decision Made...

In July of 20120 my family and I went to the North Dakota State Fair and this quilt was hung on display there.  There is no other word than Stunning to describe this quilt.  It is the nicest quilt that I have ever seen in person.  ( Sorry to my fellow guild members!!)  And others must have agreed with me because it won several different ribbons at more than one quilt show.  My memory is a bit foggy about the details.  Three times I went back to look at this quilt before I left the building and it was all I could do not to touch this quilt...I wanted to feel it in my hand so badly.

The piecing was PERFECT and the quilting was exquisite-every single piece was quilted!  Before leaving, I took a picture of the quilt makers name and address.  Thanks to the internet, I was able to stalk her online and track down her phone number! lol  And one day I made a call to rural North Dakota, USA.  No answer, but I left a message.  A week or so pass and no call back.  One final time I would call.  Again, no answer, but again I left a message telling her I wanted to talk about her quilt.  In the end, she had been away and she called me when got home and we ended up talking for an hour.  Teresa was wonderful and full of tips that I wrote down and still use today.  Just look at her points in her flying geese in the above photo...superb!  She is very talented.  Teresa also introduced me to two of the best quilt shops I have ever seen.  Quilts and More in Sidney, MT and The Enchanted Room in Glendive, MT.

The pattern is called Stars for a New Day designed by Sue Garman.  This was a Block of the Month offered by Quakertown Quilts and at $78.00 plus taxes and shipping, it is the most expensive pattern I have ever purchased.  The quilt pattern is more than an inch thick!  The feathered star in the center of the quilt is paper pieced and I hadn't done paper piecing, and wasn't about to learn on this particular pattern, so the fabric (all 21 yards of it!!) and the pattern were shelved for another day.  I've decided that day is here.

These are the fabrics that I had bought at The Enchanted Room.  Warm olive greens, ivories, chocolates and plums!  Yum!!  Photos never give fabic or quilts proper justice.  I was contemplating keeping this as a block of the month, but if I do that, it won't be ready for our quilt show this coming June.  I will see how it goes...Until next time, Happy Quilting and see you guild girls on Thursday.
The pattern
A better photo of Bounce

Monday, October 29, 2012


Here is just a quick post to report that I finished my Bounce quilt in time for the Schnibbles parade.  Hurray!  I made my quilt one row longer and is finishes at 68.75 x 77.75- a good sized couch throw.

Christa's Bounce and mine will be two of the quilts shown in A Year of Schnibbles parade hosted by Sinta of Pink Pincushion and Sherri of A Quilting Life.  For a second year now, they choose a pattern by Carrie Nelson of Miss Rosie's Quilt Co. each and every month and when you complete your quilt, it gets added to the parade.  The parade showcases the featured pattern in an array of different fabrics and some quilters even add their own twists and changes to the pattern.  Its really neat to see how fabric can drastically change a quilt pattern.  Go to either Sinta or Sherri's link shown above on November 1, 2012 and see all of the wonderful quilts that were made this month.

Tuesday, October 23, 2012


I am struggling with meeting the November 1 deadline for the Year of Schnibbles Bounce parade.  I may have to call Christa for some help!  Going into this, I thought that I would have absolutely no problem getting Bounce done for the Schnibbles parade, but life gets in the way, I guess...a little hockey, a little combining, a little laundry..........and its now October 23!  I'm not yet giving up on getting it done.

I was a bit disappointed in how Bounce looked in the last post.  It really seemed to have no Bounce at all.  So I made another row of six blocks, but I made the blocks with smaller stars, an option that Carrie gives in the pattern.

Can you see the smaller stars?  They add the dimension that I feel was lacking before.  For me the highlight of this pattern is the border.  It is a zigzag border that really adds interest to the quilt, makes it more playful and fun.  Hopefully we will get to see that soon!

Thursday, October 11, 2012

Bounce progress...

All 36 blocks are assembled and ready to go.  I was anxious to see what the quilt would look like so I laid out the blocks before they were trimmed.

And here are the blocks trimmed.  Carrie forewarns that there is fabric waste in this pattern and that is what is behind the blocks in this next photo.  A big pile of white that measured 12 x 12 x 4.5. 

I cut down these blocks in four different ways- centered, slightly off-center, in one corner and centered low.  I now have to come up with a layout that makes these blocks "Bounce"!  Should be interesting.

Friday, October 05, 2012

Bounce proof for Christa

Here is proof that I have really have been working on my Bounce quilt...I don't think Christa believes me because she's been asking to see an actual block!  Bounce is a quilt designed by Carrie Nelson of Miss Rosie's Quilt Company.  This is my third Miss Rosie's quilt pattern that I have made.  It is a one block quilt that in which you make the background white larger than you need and then cut the blocks down in all different positions.  The above block hasn't yet been trimmed down.

I have all star points assembled and all but nine of the thirty-six center four-patches put together.  I have fifteen different reds and one white fabric in Bounce.  If I have enough fabric left, I plan on making my quilt one row taller.  I just prefer rectangular quilts to square ones.

I used The Angler 2 for sewing my star points. It is a template that you tape onto your machine which eliminates the need to draw a diagonal line on the back of your fabric when sewing diagonal seams.  It is a fabulous tool that really speeds up your sewing because you don't have to draw that line and it seems to be very accurate as well.  I kept the extra half square triangles that I cut off from my star points and sewed some of them.

These little hsts finish at 1.5 inches square.  They are perfect for Miss Rosie's current project of making pin cushions.  Carrie shares her knowledge in making pincushions. Click here to read her posts on this.

Christa of Second Story Quilting has finished her version of Bounce.  Check it out because it is gorgeous!