It's fun to see what everyone is making as they sew up their rows, but it's hard for me to think about a Winter Wonderland when we've had such a nice Spring here. It's been cool, so my Spring blooms have stuck around and really made a pretty show.
Even my pansies are still going strong, usually they're about finished by now.
And the roses are all popping now too, so while you're working on your Winter Wonderland Rows...
...Don't forget to take the time to smell a rose :)
Yesterday I enjoyed the company of some Quilty friends while we held the first HandiQuilter Machine Quilting Club session in my studio :) The topic for this first session was Basic Backgrounds, and each student received instructions to make one of these sampler quilts to practice their machine quilting backgrounds and fills. These samples were made by my friend Mary Nielsen who generously shared her work with us.
Each attendee at HQ Club received these practice sheets to start their collection of machine quilting designs. Putting meander doodle designs in sheet protectors is a great way to practice muscle memory with dry erase markers before you quilt, and to use them as reference for keeping your size consistent when quilting them out.
Dry erase boards and machine quilting books were available and everyone got to stitch on my HQ machines and play with the designs. Some favorite designs were shared, along with many tips and lots of information from everyone. That's what I love about when quilters get together!
Now it's time to practice, practice, practice :)
If you're local in my area, I have some more HQ Club topics and dates scheduled in the coming weeks. You can check them out Here on my website or contact me. All skill levels are welcome, and you don't have to own a longarm machine to attend. We'd love to have you join us, but space is limited, so if a class you'd like to attend is full, contact me, so I know what topics you like, and I'll schedule more dates for it :)
...And you get my Row ~ Walking in a Winter Wonderland Forest! ...Yes, it's another tree row, that's what I get for planning too far ahead ~ but it's ok, our trees are a little different from each other, yet coordinate, and remember you can place your rows in any order on your quilt :)
I have a couple of new patterns available from Spring Water Designs! The first one is called Up With the Roosters! It's a fun 61" square throw ~ or couldn't you see this as a great table cover in a French Country kitchen :)
Both of these new patterns were designed with the French Connection fabric line from Fabri-Quilt fabrics.
This one is called Stars Across Bed Quilt. As the name indicates, it's a larger sized quilt measuring 70" x 88" and has a great French Provincial feel.
The exciting thing is, if you want a kit for these quilts you can get them from Hancocks of Paducah! I was asked to design the patterns so Hancocks could kit them in their upcoming catalog. The fabrics are just now hot off the presses, but you can pre-order kits for each quilt at these links: