Friday, August 18, 2017

Binding Easter Basket

I attached the binding for the tumblers quilt, Easter Basket, last night.

I'll pin it over to the front and hand sew it down. This will be a table cover for my dining room table.

Thursday, August 17, 2017

Blue Barn

A year ago, on our way to the AQS show in Syracuse NY, my Mom and I drove by a gray barn with a bright blue roof at the far end of a large pasture. I didn't stop to take a photo, which I immediately regretted.

"Gray barn, bright blue metal roof, white trim, gotta remember that!" I said aloud.

"Huh?" my Mother asked.

"We just drove by a gray barn with a bright blue metal roof with white trim, and I should have stopped to take a picture, but it's too late now. I don't want to forget."

But I did forget, because a few miles down the road, we saw a PINK barn, and I made sure to stop for that.

When my Dad and I drove out to Hoosick Falls NY a few weekends ago, I didn't make that mistake again. I made sure to stop to get a picture. I had forgotten there was a second, smaller, building nearby.

WHEN you take pictures makes a difference on how things look, as I am sure you are all aware. The first time I saw these barns, they were in full shade, and their colors were more intense. In full sun, they are a bit bleached out, but still, how gorgeous!

Wednesday, August 16, 2017

Jewel Box Finished

Jewel Box is finished. I had about 60" left of the binding to sew - the bottom edge visible in the above photo, and I got it done while watching TV the other night.

 It looks great, and I'm happy with the "tomato" red binding. When I brought it to work to show it off, everybody raved over it. I'll take it out for beauty shots over the weekend.

You can click the photo to enlarge, if you want to see more details.

Tuesday, August 15, 2017

Flower Based Colorado Birds

While in Colorado I visited Amato's, a wholesale florist, and I took lots of pictures. Here are a couple of birds based on some of my favorite photos.

This bird was based on one of the photos of Gerber Daisies.

I loved the Orange ones best.

One of my favorite photos of the whole trip was the photo I took of bucketfuls of purple Alliums. I chose fabrics that reminded me not only of the purple colored flowers, but their round shape, and I used the striped green fabric in the beak to suggest the tall stems of the flowers.

My SIL says brides don't want Alliums in their bouquets because they smell like onions.

If you want to make some birds, you can get my tutorial here, at my Etsy shop.

Sunday, August 13, 2017

Birds, Birds, Birds at QT on Saturday

I love teaching the birds class. It was a full class at Quilted Threads on Saturday, and all the ladies had fun, and some terrific birds were made. Here are some.


Usually I tell my students to build a bird based on someone they know or love, but this class, I told them to go outside at lunchtime and take ten photographs with their cell phones, then they were to build birds based on the color stories in their photos. The idea came from the way I am building birds for my P & J's Colorado Quilt.  Here are two examples.

The ladies did a great job and I had a grand time.

I love teaching, but it is exhausting. I'm too tired to think much, and certainly too tired to cook. After the class, I packed my things, loaded up the car and drove straight to the local Mexican joint, where I feasted on fish tacos.

Everybody who takes my class gets a copy of my tutorial, Lynne's Liberated Birds. If you'd like a copy, visit my Etsy store, here. It's an instant download so you can get started right away.

Saturday, August 12, 2017

Bird Class @ QT

I'll be at Quilted Threads today teaching my free pieced birds. If you want the tutorial, you can go to my Etsy shop, here. It's an instant download. Anybody who takes a class with me gets a copy of the tute to take home with them.

If you missed the class, or got on the waiting list, there will be another in October.

Thursday, August 10, 2017

Barns in AQS!

It's amazing to think it has been almost three years since I was asked to become a member of the SSOBB, (Secret Society of Barn Builders.) One of my quilts inspired Julie to start making free pieced barns, but I never made a barn until Julie asked me to, in late 2014.

I knew right away which barn I would make, the one across the street from Quilted Threads, in Henniker NH. Little did I know how famous the SSOBB would become, and how sought after the barn quilts would be.

You can see photos of all the barns the SSOBB made in the September issue of American Quilter magazine. Mine are at the top of page 83.

Wednesday, August 9, 2017

Birds. Birds, Birds!

I am always so excited to see what my students make when I teach a class. They always seem to do things I hadn't thought of, and I really love it when they take my ideas as inspiration, and then just go to town and let their creativity run wild. They always have so much fun, and are so happy.  It's quite a rush, and makes me feel so good.

My bird tutorial was released a little over a year ago, and it has succeeded beyond my wildest expectations. Sometimes quilters send photos and stories of the birds they have created using my tutorial. I love it when I get to see what they make. Here are a few examples.

these birds were made by Sheila

 Sheila writes:
"Your pattern is like trying a new recipe: I made it according to the instructions for the first bird, and then started playing with the ‘ingredients' using your written coaching and examples as prompts.  At that point the birds took on a life of their own, like the purple "model" with her intentional pink ‘lipstick’ beak! All were made from scraps in my stash, with more waiting in the wings (no pun intended. Okay, maybe a little). 

For me the pattern is more a creative guide, and as a “no rules” quilter, that’s what’s addicting, as each bird’s size, shape and personality emerges. If folks prefer that each bird be an exact size and shape, that would be doable too. Methinks THAT is the best kind of pattern." 

This is Margaret's bird, Laurel

 Margaret struggles with geometry, and we exchanged several emails before she finally "got it." This is her bird "Laurel." She is planning to make a shorter, fatter, "Hardy" to go with him. (Start with a bigger triangle, I told her.)

These are Chris's birds.
Chris made about 50 birds, planning to make her granddaughter a quilt. She included some baby birds at her granddaughter's request. These are so glorious, so bright and fun. Her mix of fabrics is cheerful and unexpected.

Tuesday, August 8, 2017

Binding Jewel Box

While watching the tennis in Montreal Canada last night I got to work sewing the binding down on Jewel Box.

Yeah I know, boring boring boring.

Monday, August 7, 2017

Batch Binding

When you have to make bindings for four quilts, it's best to work smarter, not harder. So after I cut all my strips, I gathered my tools and moved to the living room to do the next steps while I "watched" TV. (guilty pleasure: Pit Bulls & Parolees on the Animal Planet).

 I have a small scrap of cutting mat that fits on my lap desk, so I was able to trim the strip ends straight, draw the 45 degree angle, and then pin it to the next strip. Then I moved on to the next strip of fabric.

I moved the strip to the stack of pinned pieces on my left and kept going.

Then I sewed all the seams, one after the other,

pulled the pins and trimmed the corner.

Next I moved to the ironing table, pressed the seams open.

Then folded the strip lengthwise and pressed them all.

From the left, bindings for Jewel Box (medium colored diamonds), Terrazzo (black and white slashed squares), Easter Basket (tumblers), and Snow Day (scrap slab triangles).

Sunday, August 6, 2017

A Bird Break

I picked up Terrazzo and Jewel Box from the longarm quilter yesterday.

You can see pictures of the whole quilt here.

 This is the fabric I will use for the binding.

This is Jewel Box, another Diamond quilt. You can also see a full shot of it here.

I picked a tomato-y red for the binding. Now I would never call a color by that kind of name. I would tell you this is a red-orange, but the clerk at QT called it tomato and I thought it was fun.

I now have four quilts that need binding. The other two are Snow Day and Easter Basket.  I made bindings for all four quilts, but I will tell you more about those tomorrow.

Saturday, August 5, 2017

Bella, Daisy & the Tools

This is Bella, P&J's senior cat. She loves affection.

This is the bird based on Bella.

This is their horse, Daisy.

This is the bird based on Daisy. Daisy is white, but so is the background of this quilt, so I used creams instead.

P&J also have several chickens (for eggs), dogs named Rex and Twister and another cat named Ruby as well as a mule named Blessed. Dunno how many of them are going to wind up in the quilt.

This is my brother in his workshop. I loved the cabinet of tools and how the chisel with the red handle stood out.

So of course I had to make a bird based on that. Check out the fabric of the wing and the beak. 


If you're interested in making birds, get my tutorial at my Etsy shop.