January 5, 2017

Warming up my Tractor!

Literally warming...
I'm honored to be invited to speak to the Sew~ciety Quilt Guild this coming Monday at the Bethany United Methodist Church in Rochester, Minnesota.     Brrrr!!




My lecture is called 'Precision Piecing the Farmer's Wife Way'. Based upon my Farmer's Wife classes, i'll be sharing tips and techniques used to create these 6-1/2" blocks.  


Some of those blocks have sewwww many pieces~like this one that Farm Wife Janet Evans made.
This is block #38, called Four Winds from Class 4 has 48 separate fabric pieces!!!!  
Looks complicated, but when you break it down using modern methods, it's not that bad.  Seriously!  Beautiful block Janet!

 I have a Farmer's Wife Facebook page you are welcome to join even if you're not farming...there are lots of free pdf tutorials available for all!  And you'll see more of Janet's great quilt blocks plus blocks and finished quilts from other farmers too!


Here's a look at all the blocks made from Class 4 in my nifty collage.

Sewwww...if you're in the Rochester, Minneapolis area on Monday the 9th, i'll be giving 2 lectures.  1:00pm and 7:00pm  Link to the church location is highlighted at the beginning of this post. 
I'll have quilts from my own pattern line to show and patterns available for purchase too.
Hope to see you there!!
~karen

January 1, 2017

Happy Twenty Seventeen!

Gearing up for a fantastic Farmer's Wife year!



If you are like me and have a lot of loose Farmer's Wife Sampler quilt blocks just hanging around...
maybe this is the year to finish them up!
Join me mid month for my new video series on Farming methods and useful tips!
Let's get plowing!
~karen
To learn more click here or join my farmer's wife quilt revival facebook page!

December 26, 2016

Take Advantage of Etsy's Wonderful Offer!!

I received an email from Etsy letting me know they are going to give $10 to everyone who purchases $50 or more on Etsy through December 27th!!


Get a bonus when you buy


Spend $50 on an Etsy purchase and get $10 towards your next one. Ends 12/27. Full details: etsy.me/2016gift


The gifts keep coming

Spend $50 on an Etsy purchase and enjoy $10 to treat yourself to your next must-have. Now through December 27.


Here's a link to my Etsy shop  
Great time to grab a few after Christmas presents for yourself!!

Not only is this awesome for your next purchase anywhere on Etsy...but how nice of Etsy to support me in offering this special!!!


If you're looking to purchase the entire collection of Farmer's Wife Quilt Revival Classes, you can pick them up on Etsy for $95 AND receive $10 towards your next Etsy purchase!
Or pick up a couple of my patterns and continue shopping in your other favorite Etsy shops!!
Kick off 2017 with some new quilty projects!!

December 24, 2016

The complete set of Farmer's Wife Quilt Revival Classes are now available.

Some fun Farming Adventures are coming in January 2017!  

Based on Laurie Aaron Hird's first book, 'The Farmer's Wife Sampler Quilt' and my 12 classes on how to piece each of the 111 blocks from her book, using modern methods....I am adding videos!


I'll be sharing methods used in the classes via video, hard to piece block construction, helpful tips for precision piecing and more.  



This is a bit beyond my comfort zone...to use video!  But...I'm going to do it!!  So don't laugh.  :)  Or do, along with me!


The Farming Video Adventures will begin in mid January 2017. 
I'll be announcing the date on my blog as well as Instagram , my quilting Facebook page and my Farmer's Wife Quilt Revival Facebook group.  Come join me!


The complete set of all 12 Farmer's Wife Quilt Revival classes are now available on Etsy.  It's discounted too when you purchase the complete set! Click Here to find it! 



I'll also add other purchase options through Craftsy and my blog by the end of the year.  

Have a very Merry Merry Christmas!  

now back to wrapping presents...
~karen



December 18, 2016

Do you want to build a snowman?

I started making these cute snowman blocks last January... 
Click  Do you want to build a snowman 2016?  to view all my related blog posts.
You'll even find a free broom pattern too!

My snowman quilt is all pieced together...waiting its turn on my longarm.  I'm hoping for the week after Christmas to get it completed and ready to enjoy in January 2017.

Did you finish yours?
~karen

December 15, 2016

Home is where the heart is...

and Jane has a heart for home, family and quilting.  

Take a close look at this Cozy Christmas Quilt.  The detail and labor of love that went into making this a special gift.





oh, did i mention Jane is 92?  



Twelve whimsical applique blocks, with embroidered embellishments.

Jane you continue to amaze and inspire me! And what a gift your granddaughter will receive this Christmas.


I used a great all over quilting pattern called Frisky Feathers with white Omni thread.


A look at the backing fabric!  Fabulous!!!

Merry Christmas Jane! To you and your beautiful family, God Bless you all.  :)

To see more of Jane's handiwork...click HERE

Christmas Past


 Re-sharing some of my favorite photos from years gone by.



















December 11, 2016

I've been invited to...

Give a lecture and trunk show next month in Rochester, MN to the Sew-ciety Quilt Guild!


I'll be sharing tips and techniques associated with my 



The classes and lecture include so much more than just making the Farmer's Wife Sampler quilt...

the lecture will cover tips for precision piecing...

 the simple and perhaps forgotten basics of quilting...

and fun time saving methods!

There will also be a trunk show, sharing quilts from my own pattern line...

If you are in the area and can brave the weather...(i can!) please come!!  

Please take a moment to read Rita's (the guild's education program member) full announcement shared on my Facebook page.

If you are interested in having me share with your guild, quilt shop or retreat, send me an email at chezstitches@gmail.com

Learn, Share, Quilt!
~karen

December 9, 2016

Let's have some fun! See details at end of post!

The children were nestled all snug in their beds...


 The stockings were hung by the chimney with care...

In hopes that St. Nicholas soon would be there...

Oh how i love all the decorations!
Susan made the Poppa's Tree Farm quilt above, Cheryl made the sweet stockings and this little house scene is warming my parent's home.

Here's a close up of Susan's quilt...i love the small red and green dots in her background fabric.  Get the pattern here

Let's have some fun!!
Follow me on Instagram @laughyourselfintostitches for some of my fun Christmas trimmings...AND share your Instagram trimmings by tagging me in your Instagram post!  I'll pick my top favorites and share them here on my blog!
Let's spread the cheer!!

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