July 15, 2009

McIntosh Done

Good Grief, Charlie Brown! Where has the months gone?!

The McIntosh quilt instructions are done, the pictures are finally completed, and the item is on the website. This pattern is for Quilt Stores only. Stores using this program will be posted on the site. If you want to make this quilt, have your store email me.

April 29, 2009

Appleicious & Mystery

The last McIntosh sample is at the quilter. Thank you Arlene, from Cairnhill, for taking time to quilt McIntosh. Pictures coming soon.

Already, I have a new mystery quilt in the works. Plus, Joanne has been at her computer creating more virtual quilts for the SON series than she can sew and I can write instructions for. It's never ending! That's a good thing!

Besides getting the samples ready, my studio design wall has grown to 9 ft x 11 ft! Thank you electricians and my fantastic neighbour.

Is anyone out there an unanonymous quilter?
Happy Quilting!

February 19, 2009

Appleicious - Finishing

The testers have finished the blocks and are testing the quilt layout/finishing. It's been a challenge to get the quilts done because January and February have been crazy with retreats, conferences and holidays for all of us.
For myself, I spent 5 days in Canmore, Alberta in Libby Lehman's thread painting classes. Libby was wonderful; the classes were wonderful. It's the first time I've not been stressed out on getting behind or having to finish. Libby's solution is to explain to your family that she needed your samples for the next class.
Thread painting is not intimidating. You just get in there and go for it. If you do not like it just put different thread in the machine and away you go. So inspiring.

There was a small horse or was it a very large dog roaming the area or sitting at the front door accepting pets. He could straddle the 2 ft high rail fence and it would not touch his belly.

These days this plaque is appropriate for the economy.

January 21, 2009

Appleicious Testing

The testers are now working hard at piecing the blocks. Here are the 3 other colorways they are working on.

Appleicious is split into:
1. Spartan - borderless blocks with pieced or non-pieced border and

2. McIntosh - bordered blocks with pieced or non-pieced border.

January 4, 2009

Appleicious Count Down

Happy New Year to everyone!

At this part of the world it has been crazy snowing. I haven't shovelled this much snow since the early 80's. My driveway has 3-4 foot / 0.9-1.2 m banks on each side. It is at the point where the snow has to be thrown up over the top to the other side. The top of these banks have also been pushed off to the back so more snow can be piled on. Just crazy!
Been waiting for a Chinook, warm wind from over the mountains, to come and raise the temperature to 5C or 40F and melt the snow. After 9 weeks, it has finally warmed up to 0C or 32F. It feels like t-shirt and shorts weather. ;o) According to some of the younger generation here, wearing pants is for the weak. Wearing shorts in the winter was started a few years ago on a bet between some of the Loomis, now DHL, delivery guys. That's another story. Suppose to be 3C this week but, that can also be wishful thinking on the weatherman's part. Okay, enough of this, on to quilting.
Finally, the six companion/filler blocks are figured out for the Appleicious block of the month. It took forever. Now to finish writing the sashing and various borders instructions. The testers are ready and waiting and the fabric is on order. It's so exciting when this point is reached. It's so close you can see the end.

These 2 blocks are block 6 shown in 2 blue colorways. There will also be a red-green and a yellow-red colorway sample. Soooo many colorways to choose from in the Cider Mill Road line!