Thursday, January 18, 2018

I Need Advice About EQ 8

When I make quilt patterns, I currently take photos of the actual process, then I use Microsoft Word to make the pdf. I don't do much math, my designs are uaually the "liberated" type. 

I'm considering switching to Electric Quilt 8. 

My question is: I want to create my own blocks; I don't want to use their library of blocks.In that case, would it be a waste of $ to buy EQ8?  Do you like using it? Do you recommend it?
I really appreciate your advice!  Thanks!

Tuesday, January 16, 2018

Violet Craft's Selvage Blocks

Violet Craft made these blocks using selvages from her own fabrics and
the book Sister Sampler Quilts by Anne Marie Cheny. See Violet's blog post.
Violet is a former software engineer who now designs fabrics which are influenced by her tech background. She also  has a children's clothing line called Kung Fu Bambini. She is one busy quilter!

Selvage Quilt by Anne Marie Chany

Look at these very cute selvages from Anne Marie Chany's fabric line. Anne Marie uses them in one of the modern style quilts featured in her book: Sister Sampler Quilts. You can read about it on Violet Craft's bloc post. 

Quiltcon Show Next Month

Looking forward to fresh quilt inspiration for the new year!

Thursday, January 11, 2018

Kaffe Collective Fabrics for Clergy Stoles

I just made a series of red clergy stoles (worn by some ordained Protestant ministers) using my collection of Kaffe Collective fabrics (and a few others). These happy fabrics are a joy to work with, especially in colorless January. I'll be back to quilt-making pretty soon.
I hope your new year is off to a good start!

Monday, January 8, 2018

Selvage Double Wedding Ring Quilt

This double wedding ring quilt with selvages was made by "Miriam/berlinquilter." Her blog is Berlin Quilter, and she is on Instagram with the same name. Nice job, Miriam!

Thursday, January 4, 2018

Spools of Thread Emptied in 2017

Another year of quilting and clergy stole-making emptied 23 spools of thread. 
 I use Coats & Clarks All Purpose thread. 
When I get around to machine quilting my ufo quilt tops, then you'll see a real pile of empty spools! But I don't know if that will happen in 2018. We'll see.
I hope you have a wonderful year of quilt-making!

Sunday, December 31, 2017

Happy New Year!

Dear Quilting Buddies,

I hope you have a wonderful new year filled with good surprises beyond your wildest dreams!

Let's start some new quilts. Forget about the ufo's. I'm thinking a Quilt-along or a new World quilt would be fun. 

Hugs, Karen

Wednesday, December 27, 2017

My DH has an Etsy store!

My husband has an Etsy shop! JasonGriskaPhoto 
Jason has been taking photos of landscapes and everything else since I met him in 1972. Now that he's retired, he takes photo trips several times a year. He goes to great lengths to capture his shots, getting up way before dawn to be in the right spot before sunrise. He has posted about 50 of his best photos. So take a look and favorite or Pin a few to get him started. 

In the photo above, there were two sets of waves that intersected, creating this turbulent mass. I love the color in this one. 

I hope you are enjoying this quiet time between Christmas and New Year's Day!