Saturday, January 28, 2017

Quilting with Laura

Last Spring, Dennis, the Andover national sales representative visited Jackman's Fabrics and gave a presentation regarding their Little House on the Prairie fabric line.  The Andover presentation are so fun and informative - if you ever have a chance to sit in on one, do it!  Over the last few years, we were lucky enough to have 2 Downton Abbey presentations, as well as the Little House on the Prairie show.

I staked my claim on the fabrics early on, as soon as I knew they were being ordered for the shop, and I was asked to provide a few quilts for the presentation and display.  Along with Country Haven, Lunch Box Social, and the Carpenter's Star, I made this quilt, Quilting with Laura from all of the tiny leftover scraps.
I've had this book for many years (it was first published in 1999) and after seeing my friend Vicki's beautiful purple bed-sized version of the quilt, I had a renewed interest in making it.  I love scrappy quilts and I also love sampler quilts; this little doll quilt is the perfect combination of both!  It wasn't until I learned about Andover's licensing of the Little House on the Prairie images that I decided that, of course, now was the time!

The pattern book is a bit tough to follow.  There are pretty good directions for most of the blocks included in the quilt.  I did have to do quite a bit of math, though.  There was some simple counting to figure out how many of each block I would have to make, but again, that was the easy part.  When it came to piecing the whole top together, the author gives a primitive diagram that includes finished border sizes.  I spent many hours with blocks on the design wall figuring measurements for filler strips and block frames to make everything fit together nicely.  It was worth it - I finished the little quilt up with a little meander and I am so pleased with the outcome!

Quilting with Laura
Designer:  Linda Halpin (Simple Appeal)
Size: approx. 37x46
Featured Fabric Line: Little House on the Prairie (Andover)
Panto:  allover small meander
Quilting Thread:  Madeira AeroQuilt (8010 - White)

Disclosure: I received supplies to make this project from Jackman's Fabrics in Fairview Heights, IL.  The quilt will be hung as a shop sample in their store to promote sale of both the pattern and fabric lines.  In exchange, the quilt will be returned to me and becomes my property at the end of the promotion.  They did not require me to write a positive review of any of the products.  The opinions I have expressed are my own.  I am disclosing this in accordance with the Federal Trade Commission’s 16 CFR, Part 255 <http://www.access.gpo.gov/nara/cfr/waisidx_03/16cfr255_03.html> : “Guides Concerning the Use of Endorsements and Testimonials in Advertising.”

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<\br> Heather

Friday, January 27, 2017

Bohemian Rhapsody

I LOVE this quilt!  I know it's not to everyone's taste - and to be honest, I have gotten a lot of wishy-washy feedback, but BasicGrey (the creator's of this fabric line) has been a favorite design company of mine since I discovered them in scrapbooking!
This is Bohemian Rhapsody made with the Mon Ami fabric line.  The pattern comes from the Book Country Girl Modern by Jo & Kelli of Jo's Country Junction, a really fun farmy-quilty-family blog to read!
A really simple  construction technique made this quilt really fun to make!  It's a great design for medium to larger scale prints - they really pop!  For the label, I showcased a few of the BasicGrey fabrics and finished it up by quilting a big daisy pattern all over. 
Bohemian Rhapsody
Designer:  Jo Kramer  &Kelli Hankin (Country Girl Modern)
Size: (forgot to measure)
Featured Fabric Line: Mon Ami by BasicGrey (Moda)
Panto:  all over daisy
Quilting Thread:  Glide (Sea Green)

Disclosure: I received supplies to make this project from Jackman's Fabrics in Fairview Heights, IL.  The quilt will be hung as a shop sample in their store to promote sale of both the pattern and fabric lines.  In exchange, the quilt will be returned to me and becomes my property at the end of the promotion.  They did not require me to write a positive review of any of the products.  The opinions I have expressed are my own.  I am disclosing this in accordance with the Federal Trade Commission’s 16 CFR, Part 255 <http://www.access.gpo.gov/nara/cfr/waisidx_03/16cfr255_03.html> : “Guides Concerning the Use of Endorsements and Testimonials in Advertising.”

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Heather

Thursday, January 26, 2017

Vintage Cherries

Why is it so hard to sit down at the computer and post about all of these projects?  So, why do I blog?  I blog so that I have a record of details of my creative endeavors (quilts, scrapbooking and even some of the photography of our trips).  So why do I find it so difficult to just take an hour out of my day to commit to this?  Well, as usual, I'm going to try harder!  I guess we'll see....

Here's Vintage Cherries...a quick and simple Irish Chain made with the Marcus Brothers line of Red is the New Neutral.  I made this as a shop sample for Jackman's Fabrics last spring.
Aside from the chain, backing and binding, this quilt is made strictly from fat quarters!  All those little black chaining squares are cut to the same size, so I had to be a bit careful in lining them up to be sure seams were nice and matched where the little  squares come together to create the large squares.  Otherwise, the construction of Vintage Cherries is easy peasy!
The pattern was a fun to make.  I remember being so excited to sit down with these fun fabrics and make a traditional quilt with an updated look.  I finished it all up with a big cheerful sharp-pointed feathery pantograph in a thread matching all those reds to pull it all together.
Vintage Cherries
Designer:  Jeanne Large & Shelley Wicks (Fat Quarters)
Size: 61x73"
Featured Fabric Line: Red is the New Neutral (Marcus Brothers)
Panto:  Dusty Miller Grande (Patricia Ritter)
Quilting Thread:  Glide (Candy Apple)

Disclosure: I received supplies to make this project from Jackman's Fabrics in Fairview Heights, IL.  The quilt will be hung as a shop sample in their store to promote sale of both the pattern and fabric lines.  In exchange, the quilt will be returned to me and becomes my property at the end of the promotion.  They did not require me to write a positive review of any of the products.  The opinions I have expressed are my own.  I am disclosing this in accordance with the Federal Trade Commission’s 16 CFR, Part 255 <http://www.access.gpo.gov/nara/cfr/waisidx_03/16cfr255_03.html> : “Guides Concerning the Use of Endorsements and Testimonials in Advertising.”For fun stuff happening today in the blog-o-sphere, check out the link-ups on my sidebar!

<\br> Heather

Monday, January 23, 2017

Detained by Don Brown

Detained, by Don Brown, tells the story of two Lebanese nationals, Hasan Makari and his son, Najib.  Hasan has always loved everything about America, and he took Najib to see the U.S. Ambassador to Lebanon the day the U.S. Embassy was bombed.  When Najib finally makes it to the United States to visit Najib who serves in the U.S. Navy, the father and son are falsely accused of terrorism in association to the U.S. Ambassador’s death.  

Once Hasan and Najib are arrested, they are transported to Guantanamo Bay Prison Camp in Cuba where they are incarcerated with the possibility of execution.  Navy JAG Officer Matt Davis is assigned to the Makari’s case, and believes their innocence.  However, monumental opposition, political agendas, and corrupt TSA agents stand in the way of their freedom.  The Makari’s stay positive throughout their convection, and Hasan constantly reminds Najib that God has a plan for them despite the system being rigged.

While studying for the General Counsel for the Department of Homeland Security nomination, Emily Gardner, a TSA lawyer, discovers classified information that can expose the truth of the Makari’s convection in regards to a corrupt plan top power hungry officials have created in the TSA.  The question is, can she reveal the information before the Makri’s are executed while her own life is at stake?  

Once I got into the book (after the first chapter that was over 100 pages), Detained was a quick and easy read.  The author provides issues relevant to today’s discussions of military relationships, distrust in the government, and human rights (or the lack thereof) in Guantanamo Bay, and keeps up the suspense throughout the book.  Highly reminiscent of the themes from the movie A Few Good Men and the television series JAG, I consider Detained an entertaining book.

Disclosure of Material Connection: I received this book free from the publisher through the BookLook Bloggers <http://booklookbloggers.com> book review bloggers program. They did not require me to write a positive review. The opinions I have expressed are my own. I am disclosing this in accordance with the Federal Trade Commission’s 16 CFR, Part 255 <http://www.access.gpo.gov/nara/cfr/waisidx_03/16cfr255_03.html> : “Guides Concerning the Use of Endorsements and Testimonials in Advertising.”



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<\br> Heather

Friday, September 02, 2016

Country Haven

It's been so long since I've posted any finishes, that I've got many to share.  Today, I thought I'd start with Country Haven, a quilt I finished using the Little House on the Prairie line of fabric from Andover.
Somehow, I cannot find a photo of the entire quilt - it's already out for display at Jackman's Fabrics.  The weather must have been terrible if I don't have a picture of a quilt outside on the line, but you get the idea.
One of the best things about Country Haven is the corner treatment - nothing to match up...just end the bias vine with a nice big strip block.  And, I actually really loved doing this appliqué!  Jackman's really pushes me to expand my education by learning new techniques for display, and appliqué is one of those things that I generally shy away from!  On this quilt I used a stitch and turn technique using a thin double sided fusible webbing.  I also got to use bias bars for the first time - so fun and easy!
The pattern was a fun take on a Irish chain pieced log cabin style - so cool!  I finished it all up with a big cheerful feather pantograph in a thread matching the green border to pull it all together.


Country Haven
Designer:  Kim Diehl (Simple Appeal)
Size: 76x76"
Featured Fabric Line: Little House on the Prairie (Andover)
Panto:  Bountiful Feathers (Hermione Agee)
Quilting Thread:  Glide (Key Lime)

Disclosure: I received supplies to make this project from Jackman's Fabrics in Fairview Heights, IL.  The quilt will be hung as a shop sample in their store to promote sale of both the pattern and fabric lines.  In exchange, the quilt will be returned to me and becomes my property at the end of the promotion.  They did not require me to write a positive review of any of the products.  The opinions I have expressed are my own.  I am disclosing this in accordance with the Federal Trade Commission’s 16 CFR, Part 255 <http://www.access.gpo.gov/nara/cfr/waisidx_03/16cfr255_03.html> : “Guides Concerning the Use of Endorsements and Testimonials in Advertising.”

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Heather