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My OBW Stash

I’ll show you mine if you show me yours…fabric stash that is!  There is a great group on Facebook called “One Block Wonder Quilt Forum” that has over 5000 worldwide members.  The group feeds the souls of us that are somewhat obsessed with One Block Wonders (OBW).  This process was created by Maxine Rosenthal.  She has produced 3 books: One Blocks Wonders, One Block Wonders Encore! & One Block Wonders Cubed.  All 3 are essential! (Rumor has it there is a 4th in the works!)

I was on Facebook a little while ago and we were talking about our OBW Stashes, how much was too much, etc.  Ann B. stated she would love a peak at mine. I proudly stated  I had at least 40 six yard pieces of fabric set aside for OBW’s.  Well, it’s a good thing we talked.,because my stash is dwindling…I only have 35 six yard pieces set aside!  Lord have mercy, I need to go shopping!

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Lotus Leaf in 3 colorways by Kaffe Fassett

 

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From left to right: Flowers of the Sun by Windsor, English Countryside by Sue Beavers & Martha Negley by Rowan & Westminster

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Memoirs from China by Robert Kaufman, Atlantis by Moda & Golden Jungle by Alexander Henry

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I love Cutting up People: Delivery by Timeless Treasures, Heavy Equipment by Alexander Henry & Au Natural also by Alexander Henry

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City Scapes by Benartex, Paris by Timeless Treasures & Fantasia also by Timeless Treasures

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California Fiesta by Alexander Henry, Holiday Flourish by Robert Kaufman & Historic Highway by Alexander Henry

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North by Timeless Treasures, Tigers by Exclusively Quilters & Nature Scapes by Hoffman

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Zebras by Exclusively Quilters, Bear Mountain by Exclusively Quilters & Lion Eyes by Alexander Henry

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Bewitched by  & Misty Jungle both by Alexander Henry

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Saturday Evening Post by Quilting Treasures.  I’m not sure what I’m doing with this one yet, but I have ideas.

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5 six yard pieces of The Wizard of Oz in sepia tones, I have a slight obsession with The Wizard of Oz!

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I only have 2 six yard pieces of this Wizard of Oz fabric left!!! Did I mention I have a slight obsession with the Wizard of Oz?  But I still have several tubs of The Wizard of Oz fabric.

Well, there you have it.  I’m willing to bet there is someone out there that can beat my stash!

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Studio 180 Academy

A week ago it was cold here Central NY.  This week summer has arrived in full force.  I don’t know where the time has gone.  I have been busy pulling up carpet and embroidering signs for the corners of vendor booths.

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These double sided signs are the size that would fit on small garden flag holders. When you hang them on the corners of your booth it helps customers find your booth when they look down the long, busy isles.

Tuck just popped down to Tuckerville to see what I was up to.

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She is so much fun. Tucker is a little over 4 months old and is a spit fire, she is running the joint.  She is keeping the Doxies on their toes!

News, News, News:

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I’m so excited the Certified Instructors from Deb Tucker’s Studio 180 Design will be hosting a 3-day Academy from September 20, 2017 through September 24, 2017 at the White Eagle Banquet and Conference Center in Hamilton, New York. Save the dates in your calendar now.

All the lodging and meals are on site. Attendees can reserve their lodging and meals at the same time as they pick their classes. Attendees will have the opportunity to take 3 full-day classes from Certified Instructors. There is no better way to master as many Studio 180 Design tools and techniques as you desire than from direct instruction from those that have been trained by Deb Tucker herself.

Bookmark the Studio 180 Academy website so that you can be the first to know final pricing for the Academy, who the instructors will be (announced in September 2016), what classes will be offered (October 2016), AND to be the first to register in March 2017. The website is www.studio180academy.com.

If you have any questions about the Studio 180 Academy, feel free to email them at studio180academy@gmail.com.

I know it over a year away, but special occasions take planning!  I hope to see you there!

2011 Autumn into Winter

Quilting in Vermont

I am very excited to invite you to join me for a quilting retreat at the Strong House Inn in Vermont learning to make a “One Block Wonder”.

The dates are April 21, 22 & 23, 2017.  The cost per person for double occupancy is $395. Single occupancy is $470.  This price is all-inclusive including food & the teachers fee.

Quilting in Vermont at the Strong House Inn offers the ultimate setting for quilters to reunite their creative passion and be spoiled in the process.

In this class you will learn to:

  • Identify and cut your fabric repeats
  • Align the repeats
  • Cut equilateral triangles
  • Sew the hexagon blocks
  • Design with the hexagons
  • Sew the quilt top together

This will be a fun filled experience learning to make one of kind quilts in a beautiful setting.

Make your reservation today.  Contact the Strong House Inn, 94 West Main Street, Vergennes, VT 05491 (802) 877-3337, Email stronghouseinn@gmail.com

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So, this is Tuckerville

Spring has finally sprung here in Central New York.  I spent the last week in March in North Carolina with Deb Tucker and my fellow Studio 180 Design Certified Instructors (CI’s).  We meet up every year to continue our Studio 180 education.  It is one of my favorite gatherings.  It is so good to see everyone again.  We learn so much from each other.  We are more like a family than CI’s.

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This is Carla Alexiuk and I with Dan Perkins photo bombing us!

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Some blocks from a pre-cut challenge.

The best part was we got to play with Deb’s new tool coming out at Spring Market, it’s fabulous!

The other best part of my trip was spending time with my Sons Jason & Josh, whom I love and adore!

On the way home I stopped in Virginia Beach and taught a Northern Neighbors class.  We had such a good time!

I sure miss you guys!

When I got home it was my determination to paint my quilt studio aptly named “Tuckerville”!

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Painting paneling is horrible!  But this room was so dark I couldn’t stand it anymore.  I chose what I consider to be a happy color “Aqua Chiffon”!

The stairwell is bright now!  You can see the Joyce McCorduck (my mother) memorial Shultz & Dooley display.  The girls to welcome you at the bottom of the stairs, along with one of my brooms for a fast get away!  And, Grandma Bessie’s quilt watching over me!

It is a long room, with places to sew and 2 cutting stations, a design wall, not to mention a comfortable couch and big TV.  I love the new color.

I want to introduce you to the “Mayor of Tuckerville”

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Her name is Tucker, Tuck for short, because she has already tucked herself in my heart.  I pick her up in a few weeks, there will be more pictures to follow.

Go quilt something!

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Have you ever been to Vermont?

I have an unusual question for you.  I have been approached by “Quilting in Vermont” about teaching a One Block Wonder weekend retreat at the Strong House Inn in Vermont in April 2017. I need to know if any of my One Block Wonder devotees would be interested in attending.

The dates are April 21, 22 & 23, 2017.  The cost per person for double occupancy is $395. Single occupancy is $470.  This price is all-inclusive including food & the teachers fee.  Please think about it and visit the links above to see how beautiful the Strong House Inn is.  I’m posting this to see if there would be any interest.  This is just a fact-finding expedition, no commitment yet.  I need to let them know in the next two weeks.  Thanks for your input.

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My 12 Inch OBW

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Wild Flowers in the Dead of Winter!

I just finished my quilt donation to Quilter’s Dream Batting, Hopes & Dreams Challenge for ALS research.  It is my hope that every quilter reading this will donate a quilt to help raise awareness and research money for ALS, Lou Gerhigs disease.  100% of money raised goes to ALS research.

All quilts donated are entered to receive fantastic prizes donated by wonderful sponsors.

Categories for prizes are:

Sew Lovely – 3 Quilters will win prizes valued at $500.

Sew Generous Individual – An Individual donating the most quilts will win $1,250 in great prizes.

Sew Generous Quilt Guild – The quilt guild donating the most quilts will win $1,250 in great prizes.

Sew Generous Professional – The professional quilter, longarmer or teacher who donates the most quilts will win $1,250 in prizes.

Sew Popular, 3 Winners – Top quilts are posted on the internet and voted on,  1st Place $1,250 in great prizes, 2nd Place $750 in great prizes and 3rd Place $50- in great prizes.

Sew Creative , 3 Winners – Fabric Postcards, wall hangings, handbags, accessories, miniature quilts, mug rugs, paintings, table runners, etc. which will be sold to raise funds for ALS Research.  All entries will be entered into a drawing to win prizes valued at $500.

Sew Generous Quilt Shop – The quilt shop that donates the most quilts will win $1,250 in great prizes.

Donate one or more quilts by July 31st.  Quilts postmarked after July 31st will be entered in next year’s Hopes & Dreams Challenge.  For complete information go to Quilters Dream Batting and click on Hopes & Dreams Challenge for ALS.

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Wild Flowers of Alder Creek

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It is winter in Central NY, but there are flowers in my yard today!

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I hope you take time to donate to ALS Research!

 

 

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Aunt Pitty Pat’s Sampler

I have been working tirelessly on getting class samples done.  The other night I dreamt about a quilt I started almost 8 years ago.  I had the 12 blocks done and had the fabric needed to complete it all together.  So I made it a priority to “get her done”!

I think it was in 2008 that I and my friend Judy signed up for a class at What’s Your Stitch “N” Stuff Quilt Shop in Virginia Beach.  It was called “Aunt Pitty Pat’s Sampler.  Taught by Sue Troyan and her alter ego “Aunt Pitty Pat.

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Sue Troyan has been quilting for nearly 30 years, and teaching for nearly as long.  Sue specializes in teaching technique classes to quilters of all levels of experience.  She does “almost everything, except machine quilting”, and especially enjoys hand applique’. A charter member of the 19th Century Patchwork Divas, Sue has had a number of her reproduction quilts exhibited at Quilts, Inc. shows including Houston, Chicago, and Long Beach, CA as well as the Rocky Mountain Quilt Museum in Colorado. Her deep interest in antique quilts and American history caused her to create the character of “Aunt Pitty Pat”, a lady of a certain age from the nineteenth century who teaches the needle arts to young ladies and gentlemen.  Her specialty is, of course, quilting.  Sue, and Pitty, take great pleasure in visiting quilters guilds and shows, where Pitty shares her experiences and insights into the art we all love.  Currently residing in Virginia Beach, VA, Sue lives with her husband Bill.

It was a great class, we had loads of fun.  So this is for you Sue, I finally finished “Aunt Pitty Pat’s Sampler. I just love it!  I must say, making the 200 flying geese was much easier using Studio 180’s Wing Clipper I.

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Aunt Pitty Pat’s Sampler