Alder Creek

Who Says You Can’t Go Home Again?

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)!

Alder Creek

Brenda’s house is charming as you can see.

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This small shack on her property was a Speak Easy back in the day.

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Today my sister Mary and I went exploring.  Above is the Boonville pool.  We spent many summer days here when we were kids.

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Boonville also has a lovey covered bridge.

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The Hulbert House from 1812 was featured on The Scifi channel Ghost Hunters.  It is haunted!

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This beautiful scene is the Black River in Forestport, NY

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My little corner in Brenda’s dinning room.

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I’m working on a new hexagon quilt trying to get my Mojo back!

My last Quilt Class in Virginia

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.

Doubly Charmed

We saved our side triangles to use in our V Block quilt.

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I want to thank Nancy, Denise, Carol and Karen for a great last class!
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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.

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OGeorgia OKeefe OBW

Number 54

OGeorgia OKeefe OBW

Number 54 is finished.  This One Block Wonder 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.

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06 Original Artwork

Above is the original Georgia O’Keefe art that the fabric is based on.  Next I would like to make a OBW to commemorate Grand Central Station’s 100th birthday.

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I’m Stuck on You

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.

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Green with Envy????

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.

Twister and Dream Green

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.

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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.

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Twister is a great skill building pattern.

Blue Goose

I Am No Longer a Wool Virgin

If you have ever wanted to make migrating geese, I am here to tell you they are not difficult. You do not need a special tool. This process is a Precision Technique so be sure to use your best skills when cutting, marking, stitching & pressing.  Deb Tucker has a Technique sheet that shows you a quick easy and fun way to make these migrating geese in 7 different sizes.
Blue Geese

I decided to try (for the first time) Dream Wool by Quilters Dream Batting.  Dream wool is made in the USA, from a blend of fine domestic and Merino wool.  Dream Wool contains no scrim or resins, it is carded, crosslapped and thermally boned for uniformity and strength.  It was like quilting on air

Blue Goose

Quilts made with Dream Wool may be machine washed and dried with little shrinkage using cool water and a cool dryer.  Of course I did not follow these instructions because that is how I roll.  I did wash it in cold water, but I dried it normally, as I would any quilt.  It did shrink, but not dis-similar to a quilt with 100% cotton batting.

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I love this process for making Migrating Geese and encourage you to try it.

 

 

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Victorious

I just finished quilting and binding my Studio 180 design pattern “Victorious”  I’m on my quest to branch out and try other battings.  Of course my preference is any batting by Quilters Dream.  This time I used the “Blend”, 70% cotton & 30% polyester, needle punched onto an ultra light scrim base.  It was created especially for machine quilters.

Victorious

It was very nice to work with.  It didn’t stretch out of shape at all.  It stitched beautifully.  It held its shape throughout the washing and drying process.

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Victorious is a beautiful traditional quilt pattern that uses the Deb Tucker V Block tool and the Squared2 tool for units in four corners of the border.  The V Block tool was also used to create the diamond shapes in the border.  Although, now Deb has created the Diamond Rects tool that could also be used to create the border units.