As a child, visits to Grandma Brown’s house and Aunt Alta’s and Aunt Ada’s houses always included “show and tell.” All three women were prolific needle artists so there were always new things to see. And I still love going places and seeing what new and fun projects my friends and family have going on.
This weekend, on the way to Mom’s house, we stopped at Platte Valley Sew and Vac in Scottsbluff, Nebraska, to drop off one of my machines for repair. It’s the shop where my Mom does most of her shopping for fabric and sewing related things. I met Lori, the owner, a number of years ago at a Pfaff convention. I’d already heard wonderful things about her from Mom and, sure enough, she is a gem. Her sewing machine tech, Morgan, is wonderful. He makes my machines so happy. They just purr!
Lori and I have similar tastes and we both love to experiment with new ideas so a trip to her store is great fun. A few weeks ago, I blogged about a serger quilt. My quilt was a simple quilt; I serged squares together in rows and then serged the rows, batting and backing together. I blogged about it again when I finished it. Lori commented at the time that she was working on a serger quilt and this weekend I got to see her quilt top. It’s much fancier than mine. Isn’t it pretty?
She also pieced the back. She said she had lots of large pieces of fabric left and she thought since I make pieced backs all the time, she’d try it. It’s a keeper.
Lori had lots of pretty samples on the walls. Here are two of my favorites. These quilts both have a fair amount of machine embroidery.
After a lovely but short visit, we went on to Mom’s. Mom is working on an awesome quilt with dozens and dozens of leaves. She’s working from a pattern called Third Weekend in October© by Innovations.
Mom is nearly done with the piecing. I can’t wait to see it finished.
I’m working on something new, too. It’s going along quite nicely.
Mary Kate and I are going to Quilting LIVE in Atlanta in September. Check it out, we’d love to have you join us.
One of our stage presentations at Quilting LIVE will be Pieced Quilt Backs. I did a segment on QN TV a while back on pieced backs but I’ve since finished the quilt I was talking about. The video is available for purchase here.
In order to need a pieced back, you have to have a completed quilt top so I’m working on a new one using a pattern in our Best Fat Quarter Quilts 2014 special issue which will be on sale October 28th. It has lots of super quilts. That’s a long time to wait, I know, but it will be worth remembering to watch for it. The quilt I chose is by Bev Getshel.
Here are all the patches cut and some of the sewing done.
I changed this quilt from the pattern just a bit. I wanted to use scraps from my stash so I didn’t use fat quarters and I wanted it larger than Bev’s. There are two easy ways to make a quilt larger or smaller: change the number of blocks or change the size of the blocks. I changed the size of the blocks. Here is a sneak peek as I started putting the patches in rows on my design wall.
Although my bin of blue fabric is still overflowing, it used lots of my blue scraps and is going to be a really cool quilt. I’ll show it to you again I’m sure.
And now I’m off to the sewing studio to work on a project for the December/January 2015 issue. We work quite a ways ahead and it makes me laugh to be thinking about the warm and cozy quilts we want in January when the temperature is hovering around zero when the actual temperature here today is up near the 100-degree mark.