First I want to share a shop that is on Amazon, as so many of you tell me you shop there often for all kinds of things. My Friend Christa http://christaquilts.com/ wears a lot of hats. She is a shop owner, a designer and she travels to teach quilting.
Christa specializes in precuts and Aurifil thread.. what a SUPER combo, right? What I love is that she has my PERFECT Box of Aurifil Neutrals and my PERFECT Box of colors. Since I travel so much I want to show you some places to find my things!
I found Amy Smart's website years ago and have been a fan ever since. I love her style, her writing, her teaching methods. AND Amy is one smart and encouraging cookie! She has a wonderful free learn to quilt tutorial that you can point your friends to when they tell you 'I want to learn!'
SO excited to be able to share my favorite quilt. In some ways, picking a favorite quilt is like picking a favorite family member. You like them all for different reasons. But this is the one I would grab if I could only save one, so I guess that makes it my favorite.
My favorite quilt is this scrappy Union Jack quilt. I lived for a few years in the UK during my young adult life and left a little piece of my heart there. I've always loved the Union Jack design and thought it would be fun to take it on in a Cath Kidston meets Andy Wharhol kind of way. I started this quilt about five years ago and worked on it sporadically off and on. After the Royal Wedding a few years ago I made myself a goal to finish the quilt before the 2012 Summer Olympics. I wrote about the quilt here: http://www.diaryofaquilter.com/2012/07/finished-union-jack-quilt.html
Since making this quilt, I've been on the hunt for a Union Jack quilt block that I really liked. Some patterns required a lot of fabric waste. Others were paper-piecing that was more time-consuming. So I finally wrote my own Union Jack block pattern. (http://amysmart.bigcartel.com/product/union-jack-block-and-bag-pattern) I think it's a good one with little fabric waste and quick construction. It's part of a bag pattern but could easily be made multiple times with added sashing for the same effect!
Thanks for having me Pat! Quilting friends are the best.
I am addicted to food blogs, recipes and pinterest boards loaded with good stuff to eat. I read and ... ummm .... drool might be the right word! The other day I saw this article and just have to share it with you
A owner of a very expensive restaurant decided to treat a group of 2nd graders to his fancy 7 course meal. He hired a really good video person to film the dinner and then the magic happend!
He tells you that he never was exposed to different foods as a child, he grew up in the country on a farm. So this NY city guy decided to see what he could show a group of kids about foods and textures they don't normally eat.
I just had to laugh at this and watch it several times. You see I was a a super picky eater as a child. There were not a lot of foods I'd try and that means not EVEN a taste! So I totally related to the poor little fella that could find nothing of value in the first 6 course.
So how did I become so intersted in food? GOOD food? I'm not sure.. maybe it would have happened a lot sooner had I been invited to this event...
Now go watch at this link... and tell me your favorite part.. time is when the little girls all hold hands and sing!! Look at the boys.. it CRACKS me up!! And listen closely to what they say and share... it's delightful
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