Thursday, January 1, 2015

Thursday, December 18, 2014

Hello all. I'm so happy to be able to post now.  Here's my biggest applique achievement so far. I started it a few months after it was published. First, I thought "No way!", but my husband told me I simply had to make it as it is so fabulously crazy. Crazy in a fun and wonderful way! The blocks took approx. 1 year to finish. Then I had a break for a few months, but finally got it all put together last spring. I entered "Pandy" at a local quilt show in Stafford/Houston in September. It won "Best of Show", "1st Prize" and "Best Workmanship". The quilt was too big for the wall and the organizers folded the top over so it wouldn't lay on the floor, hence top rows not showing. I didn't leave them out! LOL The detail photos are not necessarily in their right places as they were not yet sewn together at that point.
I saw Kim's original Pandemonium at the Houston Quilt Festival in October. It was awesome! People who saw it were floored in amazement. ;)   I'm so grateful for Kim's patterns and for my husband who pushed me to make this one.
I'm curious who else has made, or is making this quilt?
Happy Holidays!

Wednesday, October 22, 2014

Flower Garden Quilt

A few years ago I started Kim's flower garden quilt and then I just stalled out
there was something wrong and I couldn't figure it out.  Finally I realized I just didn't like the background fabric.  So I gave away all my blocks and Sunday I started over.  I finally found the perfect shirting background and started with one of my favorite blocks!  I just love this quilt and look forward to starting my second block today…
Yes I am doing mine again in Reproduction fabrics!  don't look too close at the appliqué stitching haven't done any appliqué in over a year…..  but I wanted you to see the fabrics up close, I hear these are lovingly referred to as Old Brights… the reproduction fabric style.


Tuesday, October 21, 2014

Roseville Update

Finally finished the top panel.  It took a long time since I worked on it at the same time as the bottom panel and some other blocks, which I hope to finish (and share) soon.

Saturday, October 18, 2014

Still Beaming

It took four years to completely finish my Roseville Album, but what a thrill it was to receive the ribbon for Best of Show at The Berrien Towne and Country Quilt Guild quilt show today.  Hanging under the big purple ribbon is a second ribbon for Honorable Mention in the Bed Quilt category. 

 One has to drive at least 90 minutes to find Kaffe Fassett fabrics in this part of the Midwest, but my quilt drew so many good questions about the fabric and the designer that I am betting some of the people who attended the show are on line right now seeking patterns and fabric.  Donna Kooistra, an AQS certified quilt appraiser, so admires the fabrics, and she loved the quilting, done by Heather Broehm.  Thank you, Kim, for your beautiful pattern, and thanks to all of you GA subscribers who have been unfailing in your encouragement along the way.

Monday, September 8, 2014

The Applique Society

I don't know how many of you know about The Applique Society. We're an international group of applique lovers and makers. Come check us out.

Monday, September 1, 2014

For a long time I have wanted to learn to do needleturn applique, and been an admirer of Kim McLeans quilts, and was lucky enough to get into one of her classes at the Taupo {NZ} Symposium last year. Had a lovely day learning to do needleturn and admiring Kims quilts"in the flesh" as it were, and being glad that I hadn't jumped in the deep end by trying Pandemonium first up!
And twelve months later here is the reult of that day, I have so much enjoyed making this top, which is off to be quilted soon. Oh, the outer border has since been added. The hardest part was cutting and joining all the 2 1/2" square, some dont quite match, but they are my Amish pieces. I have no idea what will happen when it is finally finished, probably join all my other quilts stacked on beds and chairs around the house!

Saturday, August 16, 2014

After four years. . .

I am ready to add yet another completed Roseville Album to our blog.  Although the quilt has been finished for many months now, I am just now finding a way to photograph it.  This quilt marks my journey through breast cancer surgery and recovery; its four "pink" corner blocks were my way of remembering that time in my life.  Having Kim's beautiful pattern to applique has been soothing and rewarding.  It is, to date, the most ambitious project I have attempted, but now it won't be the last.