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May 23, 2016

Springy Gatekeeper Quilt

May 23, 2016
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I'm excited to show you this new springy version of my Gatekeeper quilt pattern.  Isn't she cute?  I absolutely love this pattern because it goes together quickly with strip piecing.  Next thing you know, you have a lovely 70" x 70" quilt put together and only had to cut strips and squares/rectangles.  Pretty slick.
This version of the Gatekeeper quilt uses the new fabric line called One Room Schoolhouse.  This line debuted at the industry trade show, Quilt Market this past weekend.  This line has such cheery colors and a modern, yet vintage vibe.  The collection is what I would call modern 30s if there is such a thing?  I love working with Brenda Ratliff's collections - they are always up my alley.
These photos were taken at my husband's grandfather's home.  I absolutely adore his property.  It's beautiful old red farmhouse set deep in the woods in Michigan.  Spring was just starting to appear when I took these shots. 
 This Gatekeeper Quilt will be available as a kit with One Room Schoolhouse fabrics from RJR Fabrics.  This line will be available in July - it seems crazy that July is right around the corner!  Ask you local shop about the kits if you'd like to make this beautiful Irish Chain quilt.

The individual pattern for Gatekeeper is also available in print here or in PDF here.   Happy spring!
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May 17, 2016

Crafty Planner Podcast

May 17, 2016
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Hello!  I'm so happy to share that I spoke with Sandi Hazelwood of The Crafty Planner earlier this month for her podcast.  It was so much fun!  Although it was my first time meeting and talking with her, she really makes you feel like an old friend.  Listen to us chat away about all sorts of quilty things, including the May Quilty Box that I curated and, of course, samplers and how I became a gen x quilter.  I hope you enjoy listening to the episode! Pin It

May 16, 2016

Summer Sampler 2016 - Turkey Vulture

May 16, 2016
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Yes!  Today is the kick off of the Summer Sampler 2016 and I am honored to be the first designer up to bat with my Turkey Vulture block.

So...............................
Turkey Vulture, huh?  Odd name for a block?  Perhaps. 
I designed this block right after returning from spring break with my family where we hit the road, heading to see family in Camp Lejeune, NC.  As it turns out, that's not all we hit.
About 60 miles from our destination, a turkey vulture on the side of the road took flight directly into us.  Thank goodness my husband was driving because I fully admit I ducked and covered.  The giant bird smashed our windshield top to bottom and showered us with shattered glass.  Luckily, no one was hurt (except probably the bird).
 
We pulled off at the next exit, the kids really only concerned if the dvd player was still in working order.  My husband snapped the above photo, asking me to give the thumbs up.  I was not in the mood.
 
Anywho, when designing this block I started off with the Hovering Hawk block and started playing from there.  I couldn't get this turkey vulture story out of my head, and I thought if I pixelated the center of the "hawk", it would look just like our smashed prism windshield.
Inspiration strikes in funny ways sometimes.  ;)  I can't wait to play along with the Summer Sampler 2016.  I hope to keep up and I'm making mine from my scrap bin.  Hope you enjoy this week's block pattern!
 
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