November 13, 2017

Tumbling Stars Retreat

What a fun block to make!

Looks a bit difficult, but it's not!  Entirely machine pieced too.

Energy was provided, and gifts appeared daily at each machine.

Almost every time, the seams line up perfectly!  No kidding!!



On the wall, Sandy's (awesome instructor) finished sample is underneath her second go around.  Why did I not take a picture of the finished quilt?   :/ 

Over 20+ 'retreaters' met in Oregon from as far north as Arlington, Wa. to California's Bay area.

Just the nicest group of quilters... was a tearful goodbye

Stunning setting, accommodations were clean and comfortable with the perfect area for lots of sewing machines, plenty of couches for hand stitching in the evening and commercial kitchen where the Fall 2017 Top Ten Quilt Shop owners, Jennie and Jacie from Momma Made It prepared 3 meals a day from scratch!  

Here are my Tumbling Stars...i tried my hand at both the small and the larger size, both equally fun.

The Tumbling Stars pattern was designed by a retired quilt shop owner and given to Momma Made It exclusively for the retreat. 
 It is not available at this time for purchase.  If it does, i'll let you know. 

Jennie and Jacie will be hosting a Spring Retreat and information will be available on their website soon.

Learn, Share, Quilt!...and 'Retreat'!

November 12, 2017

The Christmas Goose Quilt Shop~Las Vegas

Had the pleasure of stopping at The Christmas Goose a couple weeks ago.  Oh my Gosh did i want to take up residencies!

 Here's their Row by Row! Cuuute!

The Christmas Goose now carries many of my patterns too!  Thanks Andrea! 

While in Vegas with my best friend Joey... somehow, we landed free tickets to Britney Spears.  Hate to admit, but we lasted about 1 hour.  

If you are in Las Vegas...definitely plan on spending time at The Christmas Goose...
and pass on the Britney show. Lol

 Seen enough?  bahaaa

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November 2, 2017

Come say 'Hi"!

I'll be at Fabric Depot Friday and Saturday, Nov. 3rd and 4th from 11am-3pm sharing my quilts and how to tackle those tiny pieces!!!

From the simple to the more complex

Come learn my tips on precision piecing...not to be confused with 'perfect piecing'. Lol

How do you prepare fabric before you make the first cut?
What thread do you use to piece a quilt?
Where do you line up your ruler...on or off the fabric?
Do you pin?

These are Pressing Matters....especially when working with small pieces!
I'll share what works for me and love to learn tips from you too!

Fabric Depot  700 SE 122nd Ave Portland, OR 97233
Photo, compliments of  Fabric Depot: Instagram
Follow along on Instagram! @laughyourselfintostitches and @fabricdepot

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October 5, 2017

Frosting on the Cinderella Pumpkins


This quilt belongs to Gayle...perfectly pieced and the fabrics are soooooooooooooo much better than what my photos show....
 I stitched in the ditch around each pumpkin and stems, created echoed diamonds around the pinwheels, cross hatched inside the pumpkins and feather swirled the background.  Super fun to quilt!!!  
Thanks Gayle!  

Cinderella Pumpkin Pattern is available here

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October 2, 2017

Sunflowers On Parade.

There have been a few 'And So It Crows' quilts getting finished this Fall!  

Love how this quilter changed the pattern by adding pumpkins!

Here's a look at the full pattern quilted with an all over panto called Marmalade.  Looks terrific!  Quilted by Kim Coons of Goldendale, Washington

A smaller version of the quilt pattern

Quilting sure adds interest!

Oh and this one!  Bring on the teal!!!  Love it!!

And a look at the original 'And So It Crows' 

Don't be intimidated by all those small pieces!  For the sunflower petals, bird tails and beaks, I use the Magic 8 Method to create half square triangles. 
The pattern calls for enlarged fabric squares, making 8 half square triangles at a time and bigger than needed. This allows each half square triangle to be trimmed to size, creating accuracySweeeeet!
Visit the highlighted Magic 8 Method above for a step by step tutorial.

Click on My Patterns for purchase options 

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