Ishmael…

I don’t have any reason for starting with that other than names seem to have been a running theme the past few days.

Everyone here has been very excited that a beautiful quilt using Barbara Brackman’s collection, Union Blues, would be featured in the newest issue of the French quilt magazine, Quiltmania – Issue No. 106.

Union-Blues-2

Isn’t it beautiful? There’s just one problem.  It wasn’t made by Etter Chelair.  It was made by Chelair Etter – the Grand Mistress of the Sample Room here.  Call me crazy but that’s someone whose name I would always get right.

Hmm… Chelair.  That might be a good name for a quilt…  Yes, that’s the other reason “names” have been running through my head today.  I have to decide on the names for three new quilts by today – Friday.  New patterns means new names for quilts… or new quilts means new names for patterns.

Chicken-Scratches

You thought it would be more exciting, didn’t you?  This is always the part that takes the most time – figuring out the cutting and calculating the yardage.  I confess that more often than not, I do this part after the quilt has been made.  Nope, I’m not in Kansas anymore… it’s definitely a change.

Another change for me – the quilts are made with <insert name of new collection here>, <insert name of new collection here> and <insert name of new collection here>.  My office is filled with fabric and I can’t show you any of it.  Worse, I can’t even tell you the name of it!

Maybe that’s part of my problem – if I could share the names of the collections, you might be able to help me out with the names.  So far, I’ve come up with 1.  2.  and 3.  I think they’re very catchy.  (Yes, I’m working on alternatives.)

NomadTrimming

On a completely unrelated note, I had a crazy idea that I might get these trimmed during lunch on Thursday – didn’t happen.  The fabric is Nomad by Urban Chiks and the background is from the Fiesta Wovens collection – coming soon.  I plan to make a small version of Bohemian Rhapsody for a pillow, not quite half-sized… I’ll let you know how it turns out.

Speaking of half-sized quilts, I’ve mentioned that there are quilts hanging throughout the building at Moda and United Notions, right?

Tammy's-CFAC-Mini

This is not what you think it is… it only looks like the Collections for a Cause – Community quilt.  Tammy Vonderschmitt made the original sample quilt – which looks like this one – and she saved all of the leftovers.  Every single piece… every teeny tiny itty bitty piece.  Then she made this half-size quilt – those small diamonds measure 1″ across – the large diamonds are 2″ across.  It’s amazing and I see it every time I walk by Tammy’s office.   (The pattern for the full-size quilt is available here.)

This one is on the inspiration board in her office.

Tammy's-Inspiration-Mini

Those little squares measure 1/2″ across.  It was made with little scraps of Honeysweet by Fig Tree Quilts.  It doesn’t have a name and Tammy didn’t like my suggestion – Carrie’s.

I hope to have better luck with the three new quilts/patterns.

Have a terrific weekend and if you’re going to the Dallas Quilt Show this weekend, I might see you there.

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What’s New for Spring? Think Linen!

Candy Scraps

Quilters love cotton, it’s true. But there’s another fabric that’s been showing up in bags, clothing, and even quilts. It’s linen. Linen provides contrast and texture that you can see and feel, adding richness and depth to your projects.

Ready to give linen a try, but not sure where to start? Read on!

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Half Square Triangles (HST)

Words To Live By BOM PRI 427 Primitive Gatherings
Have you ever thought about how many quilt blocks and designs
have Half Square Triangles (HST) ?
I love the look of triangles in a quilt and don’t mind making them,
this quilt I’m working on has 672 half square triangles.
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