It was love at first sight when I saw Frances Newcombe's fabric. THEN I meet her and that just put stars in my eyes like all those cartoons! Frances makes EVERYONE feel like you have known her for years and are her very best friend... of course we are! You have to love finding amazing people like Frances and wanting them in your life. If ONLY she didn't live on the 'other' coast!
This quilt is Better Homes & Gardens Easy Applique' "Heart and Hand"pg 23 I changed the center from hands to the house. The CENTER BLOCKis inspired by one of the designs in "Home Sweet Home" by Barb Adams and Alma Allen.
I love this scrappy quilt, it is a bit old fashioned and I love any kind of quilt with posies I am an illustration major in school so i have always loved applique. The colors are a bit muted wich gives it a country feel. It was so fun to make this combining machine applique and decorative stitches and hand appliqué as well as piecing. It is small enought that I finished it. It looks very sweet in my living room foloded on the couch.
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.
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