Number 55 top is done. I will be teaching a 3 part class on making these hexagonal quilts beginning November 8th at Tiger Lily Quilt Company. I went there yesterday to pick out an inner border. The colors in this quilt are so wild, Donna Papaleo (the shop owner) suggested I use black Kona and she was right! It was the only color that would calm down this quilt top.
Tiger Lily Quilt Co. is located at 809 Court Street, in the Historic Brewery district, at the Boilermaker finish line in the City of Utica, located in upstate Central New York across the street from FX Matt Brewery.
The Shoppes at the Finish Line building was part of the historic Utica Globe Woolen Mills established in 1847. Today this building has so much original character, I love this building.
The Shoppes at the Finish Line not only houses the Tiger Lily Quilt Company but also Finish Line Furniture, Utica Brews café, a gift shop, and a Psychic. The Rome Investigators of the Paranormal visit there often.
How can you beat a quilt shop across the street from a brewery?
I know I’m supposed to be working on class samples but the weather here in Upstate NY has been beautiful. I have been visiting quilt shops in the area collecting Row by Row kits. Row by Row is a nationwide quilt shop hop. Each participating quilt shop designs a license plate and a 9″x36″ quilt row pattern/kit. It can be 4 blocks or one row. The first person that gets 6 rows completed into a quilt goes to a shop and claims their prize (one per shop). You can pick up the pattern for free or chose to buy the kit, The fabric license plate is sold separately.
Cottons Etc. in Wampsville, NY is a great shop with wonderful classes and good selection of Alexander Henry Fabrics.
Crazy Moose Quilt Shop in Inlet, NY has a great selection Adirondack fabrics. You can not believe how beautiful it is there.
Heartworks Quilt Shop in Fly Creek, NY is definitely worth the trip, I love this place. They have a wide variety of fabrics. There is a wonderful Cider Mill there. They are located close to Cooperstown, NY the home of the Baseball Hall of Fame.
Sew Nice in Norwich, NY is a great quilt shop. They have a wide selection of fabric and great class room space. Not to mention that the owner Diane Marvin is a fellow Certified Instructor for Studio 180 Design.
Sew Wilde in New Hartford, NY. I love this shop.
Tiger Lily Quilt Company is located in an old cotton mill in Utica, NY across the street from Utica Brewing Company. This is one of my favorite places to be and definitely want to be teaching there soon.
Hopefully I will get these rows finished soon and share them with you. You can follow “Row by Row” on Facebook.
Well, almost. I am from Central New York. New York Mills, NY to be exact. I have left Virginia, and for now I’m staying with my cousin Brenda in Alder Creek, about 22 miles north of Utica. I am not a country girl. There is not a quilt Shop for 22 miles (Lord have mercy)!
Brenda’s house is charming as you can see.
This small shack on her property was a Speak Easy back in the day.
Today my sister Mary and I went exploring. Above is the Boonville pool. We spent many summer days here when we were kids.
Boonville also has a lovey covered bridge.
The Hulbert House from 1812 was featured on The Scifi channel Ghost Hunters. It is haunted!
This beautiful scene is the Black River in Forestport, NY
My little corner in Brenda’s dinning room.
I’m working on a new hexagon quilt trying to get my Mojo back!
Today I taught my last quilt class in Virginia. In about 6 weeks I will be moving to Upstate NY, Utica to be exact, my hometown. Today we finished up our Doubly Charmed class where we first made the Corner Beam quilt.
We saved our side triangles to use in our V Block quilt.
I want to thank Nancy, Denise, Carol and Karen for a great last class!
Jennifer Griffin will be taking over the Studio 180 Design Tool Demo classes in Virginia Beach. She is happily holding up the Diamonds Rects tool. In her first demo class she will teach you to make a simple Storm at Sea using the Studio 180 Design Diamond Rects and Squared2 rulers. I know she will do a great job! Look out NY, get ready for One Block Wonders and Deb Tucker’s spectacular rulers and quilt patterns.
Number 54 is finished. This hexagon quily was made from fabric by Alexander Henry based on the art of Georgia O’Keefe. I love this fabric. This was supposed to be a gift for someone dear, but I am not pleased with my quilting so it will stay in my collection.
Above is the original Georgia O’Keefe art that the fabric is based on. Next I would like to make a hexagon quilt to commemorate Grand Central Station’s 100th birthday.
Or, you will be if you use Dream Fusion Batting by Quilters Dream Batting. I first tried Dream Fusion last year when I taught Quilt as You Go Blue Christmas. This lesson makes it possible to complete a lap size quilt in a weekend, for those times when you need a gift but don’t have time to get it to a longarmer.
The glue threads are needle punched right into the batting. Once you have fused Dream Fusion batting to your fabric, it stays fused. It is not like anything other fusible batting out there. The quilt was so soft after I washed it, you would never imagine it was made with a fusible batting.
Dream Fusion is great for so many projects from quilts to placemats. I also fused it to canvas and embroidered right through it on my 6 needle machine. It did not gum up the needles at all!
It is so easy…. Simply place the fusible side (a little bit more texture and shine than top side) against the back side of your fabric (back side to back side)… set your iron based on your fabric… with Wool or cotton setting being the best for quicker fusing. Slowly iron the fabric (not the batting) from the center out – keeping heat and light pressure slowly moving in each area for a few seconds…. then allow to cool…. then quilt, sew, embroider or let your imagination run wild!
Dream Fusion is solvent-free its use is environmentally friendly.
No, just green with batting. Quilters Dream Green that is. I completed “Twister” a Studio 180 Design pattern for a class I was teaching several months ago, but I just now found time to quilt it. I love this pattern, it is a companion pattern for the Tucker Trimmer I. There is nothing like a pieced border to give your quilt eye catching appeal. I used a focus fabric by Alison Glass called Lucky Penney in the border. It was my jumping off point for the colors I chose.
This was my opportunity to try Dream Green earth friendly batting, made from 100% recycled plastic bottles. Recycled plastic bottles are cut into chips, washed, melted and extruded into fine polyester fibers. Processed using the close-the-loop recycling chain, it is pro-environment in both its raw material source and its manufacturing process. Each pound of Dream Green Batting keeps 10 plastic bottles out of our landfills.
Dream Green loaded easily and stitched beautifully. There is no scrim or resins, yet you can stitch up to 12″ apart. I machine washed it in warm water and dried it on a medium heat. I thought it behaved very much like cotton batting. There was very little shrinkage. I was pleased with Dream Green and will use it again.
Twister is a great skill building pattern.