Enjoy the Star Quilt Show

 

 

Star Quilt Show is Back!!!

Star Quilt Show is Back!!!

Mark your calendars… the Star Quilt Show is scheduled for this Friday, July 18 (10 to 7) & Saturday, July 19 (10 to 5).   Last July, I was excited to attend and wrote an article about the quilt show.   The show will be held again at the North Star Charter School on 839 North Linder Road.

Follow the signs to the Star Quilt Show

Follow the signs to the Star Quilt Show

There will be a variety of quilts as well as a number of vendors.

Also, Boise Basin Quilters will be there with their Raffle Quilt promoting the September show, lecture and classes. I will be manning their booth along with Cheryl Little from 1 to 4 on Friday.  Drop by and say hello!

 

In 2013 show, this quilt was submitted by Teresa Mitchell - made by her mother for her oldest daughter's wedding quilt

In 2013 show, this quilt was submitted by Teresa Mitchell – made by her mother for her oldest daughter’s wedding quilt

If you are looking for a fun event to attend this weekend, drop by the Star Quilt Show.  There is no doubt in my mind that it will be well worth the trip!

Happy Sewing!

Jane

 

 

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Fun Sun Hats for Children

This spring, I was surprised when an innocent-looking mole I had turned out to be a basal cell carcinoma.  It was a reminder of how important it is to protect ourselves from the sun.  Wearing a sun hat is one way to do this, along with sun screen, etc.  I thought that by personalizing and making hats for children from fabrics and colors they liked, they would be more inclined to wear them.  The result was sun hats for both Belén and Eloise.  After doing some research for a suitable pattern, I came across a great book entitled Children’s Sun Hats that contains 20 different projects for hats for lots of different occasions.

Children's Sun Hats book

Children’s Sun Hats book

Apparently, the author, Gill Stratton, has always loved hats and attended the London School of Fashion to learn how to make hats.  The book is well written with clear instructions and fun and innovative ideas.

The girls picked out their fabrics.  Belen chose two coordinating prints in brown and pink and Eloise chose two prints with her favorite color… PURPLE!  Here she is modeling her new sun hat.

Eloise's Sun Hat

Eloise’s Sun Hat

Eloise in her sun hat

Eloise in her sun hat

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

And, of course, I had to also make a hat for her big sister, Belén, as well.  Belén spent quite a bit of time choosing a variety of buttons to adorn her new sun hat.

Inside Belén's Sun Hat

Inside Belén’s Sun Hat

Belén's Sun Hat

Belén’s Sun Hat

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

It was so much fun that I decided to make a few more hats, including…

Baseball cap, Strawberry Sun Hat and Belén's Hat

Baseball cap, Strawberry Sun Hat and Belén’s Hat

Inside Baseball Cap (called Bicycle Hat in book)

Inside Baseball Cap (called Bicycle Hat in book)

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

If you would like to learn how to make a sun hat, I will also be teaching  classes on how to make Sun Hats at the Quilt Crossing (see page 8 of the newsletter for more details).   The class is called Sun Hats for Boys and Girls and the next class is scheduled for Monday, July 21, from 1:00 – 4:00 p.m.

Belén modeling her sun hat

Belén modeling her sun hat

 

These hats are very versatile and fun to personalize and they also provide good protection from the sun for children.  Of course, with a few minor adjustments in size, they can also be worn by adults.

I hope you are enjoying this beautiful time of year.

Happy Sewing!

Jane

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Labors of Love…

Don’t you just love this time of year?  It’s so magical to see all your plants spring to life and I love the longer days.  It’s also a busy time of year for many people as the warmer weather provides the perfect venue for weddings.  This year, I’ve already been helping some ladies out with their wedding quilt projects.  I thought it would be fun to share them with you.

My friend, Sue, with her center block for the Signature Quilt

My friend, Sue, with her center block for the Signature Quilt

This is my friend, Sue.  Her son and soon to be daughter-in-law are getting married in June.  We are looking forward to the wedding for a number of reasons, including the fact that it is going to be in “wine country”.  Sue has been busy working on a signature quilt that wedding guests will be invited to write on with a sentiment for the bride and groom.    She had the quilt top pieced, but wanted to add the names of the wedding couple, along with the wedding date in a center block of the quilt.  Sue found a perfect matching thread from Floriani, to use for stitching out the center block.  It had a beautiful sheen to it and we were very pleased how it stitched out.

Sue showing where the center block will be positioned on the quilt.

Sue showing where the center block will be positioned on the quilt.

The finished block - we especially enjoyed this font because it really gave the letters dimension.

The finished block – we especially enjoyed this font because it really gave the letters dimension.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

This week I met with Nancy to help her design and stitch out a label for the wedding quilt she made for her daughter and soon-to-be son-in-law.  The colors for their wedding are black, red and white so we incorporated those same colors for her quilt label.

Using Bernina's Designer Plus Software to design the quilt label

Using Bernina’s Designer Plus Software to design the quilt label

Using my Bernina Designer Plus software, we merged two different floral embroidery designs that Nancy had purchased.  Next we added the bride and groom’s name and altered the size of each design, so they were proportional.

 

Of course, the final test is to stitch out the finished design to see how it translates from the computerized design into the final stitched design.

The design stitched out beautifully.

The design stitched out beautifully.

The roses were almost real enough to pick

The roses were almost real enough to pick

 

 

 

 

 

 

We were very pleased with the finished label and Nancy was excited to take it home so she could stitch it to the back of the completed wedding quilt.

Nancy holding the completed quilt label.

Nancy holding the completed quilt label.

Weddings are such a special time and it was fun to help these two busy Moms with their  labors of love for their children.

Are you working on any projects for upcoming weddings?  If so, please feel free to share.

Happy Sewing!

Jane

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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Liam Learns to Quilt

Liam holding his almost- finished quilt

Liam holding his almost- finished quilt

The past several weeks have been a flurry of activity.  I have had the privilege to not only teach a number of classes, but also to take several classes, which I will tell you more about in future blogs.

I was also asked by someone if I would be interested in teaching her 8 year old son, Liam, how to quilt.  Upon meeting Liam, there was no question about the fact that he genuinely wanted to make a quilt for his stuffed animals.  After I discussed potential projects, Liam, his Mom, Valerie, and I agreed upon a smaller quilt project that would be made from my pattern, B’s Big Girl Quilt.

Liam checking the fabrics he chose for his quilt

Liam checking the fabrics he chose for his quilt

Later in the week, Liam and Valerie met me at the Quilt Crossing where Liam carefully chose the fabrics he wanted to include in his quilt.  He had very definite ideas about the colors, designs and was already sharing how he thought it should be quilted.  This made for a very exciting afternoon and when he left, he had his fabric strips and borders ready for his first quilting class.

When Liam arrived for his first lesson, I initially spent quite a bit of time showing him how a sewing machine works as well as how to safely operate it.  He was fascinated and asked a lot of good questions.  Next, we used a design wall to lay out his fabric strips.  This is a great way to audition the various colored strips to insure you achieve the look you want before you begin to sew the strips together.  Then we sewed the strips together.

Liam and I adding numbers to the strips to keep them organized.

Liam and I adding numbers to the strips to keep them organized.

Liam proud of his first day's work

Liam proud of his first day’s work

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Liam carefully folded the individual strips to mark each strip’s center with a pin and then we matched the pins and began to sew the strips together.  This took a real team effort as Liam was not tall enough to reach the foot pedal.  So, he would push the pedal with his foot, while together we guided the fabric under the presser foot.  We were quite a team!

Liam pinning the centers of the fabric strips

Liam pinning the centers of the fabric strips

Liam passing me a pinned strip

Liam passing me a pinned strip

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Valerie was always there to cheer us on and Liam genuinely enjoyed showing her what he was accomplishing.  Before long, we had the center section of the quilt sewn together.

Liam sharing with Valerie his final quilt preview/layout

Liam sharing with Valerie his final quilt preview/layout

Liam was not as excited about his homework

Liam was not as excited about his homework

We also had workbooks for Liam to read as well as exercises for him to complete between our weekly lessons.  One week we focused on the different parts of the sewing machine, safety measures to follow when sewing, etc.  Liam was not as excited about his homework as he was about the actual sewing each week.

During our next sewing session, we worked on the inside and then outside borders.  We had great rhythm and teamwork on our sewing.  Valerie captured Liam’s “pedal to the metal” in a photo while I was guiding the fabric through the presser foot above.

Liam's foot on the foot pedal of the sewing machine.

Liam’s foot on the foot pedal of the sewing machine.

Inside border is complete!

Inside border is complete!

It was  exciting to see the quilt come together, step by step.  It wasn’t long before we had completed the quilt top.  Liam was tickled to show off his completed quilt top!  Next, we prepared the quilt back that Liam chose and layered the quilt top, batting and backing and pinned in place.

Liam with his completed quilt top

Liam with his completed quilt top

Layering the backing, batting and quilt top and pinning in place

Layering the backing, batting and quilt top and pinning in place

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

We brainstormed how Liam would like the quilting and he agreed it was okay for me to work on this between lessons.  It was helpful because I had no doubt how he wanted me to quilt it.  He asked for swirls and spirals and also specified that he would like a leaf quilted on it.  In addition, he would like to have his name in the quilting instead of a separate label on the back of the quilt.  Here’s what I did…

Another "Liam" amongst the quilting

Another “Liam” amongst the quilting

Look closely to find a leaf on this corner of the border

Look closely to find a leaf on this corner of the border

One of several spirals

One of several spirals

Liam's name amongst the quilting - it was on all 4 sides of the outside border.

Liam’s name amongst the quilting – it was on all 4 sides of the outside border.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Liam was very excited to see the quilting I had completed and was quick to find all the items he had requested.  During his final class, we attached the outside binding by machine and, “TA DA!”  His quilt was complete!  Congratulations, Liam!  The most rewarding thing of all is that he is already talking about his next sewing project!

This was his initial reaction...

This was his initial reaction…

Followed by this...  Congratulations, Liam, on a job well done!

Followed by this… Congratulations, Liam, on a job well done!

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Marv’s Trout Wall Quilt

Wall Quilt I made for Marv's new Office

Wall Quilt I made for Marv’s new Office

As many of you know, my husband, Marv, recently retired from the V.A. Hospital and then began a new job at Idaho State University as the Assistant Director of the Physician Assistant Studies.  In his new job, he has his own office and it has been fun to help him decorate it.  I wanted to make him something special for his office and I had seen a design for a wall quilt that I thought would be a nice addition for one of the walls in his office.  The pattern and design is called “About Trout” from Lunch Box Quilts.

Starting to sew the batik fabric to build a section of the trout.

Starting to sew the batik fabric to build a section of the trout.

It is comprised of a series of  5 machine applique designs that, when sewn together make a large trout.  I studied a picture of a rainbow trout as I chose the various batik fabrics for wall quilt.  I love batiks because they add such rich colors, as you can see.

The first two sections of the trout.

The first two sections of the trout.

The center sections of the trout

The center sections of the trout

The last two sections of the trout

The last two sections of the trout

 

 

 

 

 

 

The appliquéd trout sections are sewn together and then surrounded by three borders.  The middle border is comprised of of 16 additional embroidery designs of various flies, similar to those that would be used for fly fishing.

Border with embroidered flies

Border with embroidered flies

Close up of one of the flies.

Close up of one of the flies.

Additional flies in Border

Additional flies in Border

 

 

 

 

 

 

Since the flies become three dimensional once they are stitched and trimmed, they are fun to watch stitch out.

The top of the quilt is complete

 

The top of the quilt is complete

 Once all borders were sewn on, it was time to pin the quilt top, batting and backing together and quilt the wall quilt.

Quilting "in the ditch" or on the seam lines of the borders

Quilting “in the ditch” or on the seam lines of the borders

Next, I trimmed away the excess fabric and added the binding.

Trimming the excess backing fabric

Trimming the excess backing fabric

Sewing on the binding

Sewing on the binding

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

To enable the quilt to be hung easily, I attached a sleeve on the upper back of the quilt.

Laying out the sleeve and dowel to check on correct lengths before stitching to back of quilt.

Laying out the sleeve and dowel to check on correct lengths before stitching to back of quilt.

Now it was time for the finishing touch, the label.  It was designed on my computer and then stitched out on my embroidery module.

The label for Marv's quilt

The label for Marv’s quilt

The label sewn onto the back of the quilt

The label sewn onto the back of the quilt

I found an old Chinese Proverb that stated, “New jobs are like hooked fish.  They feel big at first, but tend to be smaller once you get to know them.  I thought it was  just what I needed for his label.

The best part of all is that Marv was very pleased about the quilt.  We drove over to his office last night and hung it 0in his office.  He said it was the finishing touch!

Marv in his new office at ISU with the trout wall quilt in the bckground

Marv in his new office at ISU with the trout wall quilt in the background

This was a very fun quilt to make and I will likely be teaching a class on it this spring at Quilt Crossing.  It will be exciting to see the different quilts that emerge in that class.

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Heidi’s Quilt of Valor

Quilt Crossing Newsletter with Heidi and Joyce in cover story

Quilt Crossing Newsletter with Heidi and Joyce in cover story

Heidi with Joyce Cambron, the quilt's designer and maker

Heidi with Joyce Cambron, the quilt’s designer and maker

I’m so pleased to share the cover story from the Quilt Crossing’s most recent newsletter.  Mine just arrived in the mail yesterday, but you can also view it at the Quilt Crossing’s website online.

And I quote:  “At our annual staff Christmas Party, we were so privileged to present a Quilt of Valor to Lieutenant Colonel Heidi Munro, of the Idaho Army National Guard.  Pictured on the left with Heidi is Joyce Cambron, the quilt’s designer and maker (it was quilted by Yvette Ebaugh and the photo is courtesy of Don Johnson of Arrowrock Photography).  Heidi, a Physician Assistant, has served three deployments in Iraq, and, as the only female medical provider in the area, was a valuable asset in missions dealing with Iraqi woment and children.  She also travels to Cambodia once a year on medical missions and was named Idaho’s Outstanding Female Veteran in 2013.  Wow!”

My niece, Kristy Bishop, myself and my niece, Heidi Munro

My niece, Kristy Bishop, myself and my niece, Heidi Munro

It was my privilege to share this wonderful event with my niece, Heidi (who is married to my nephew, Kelly Munro) and my niece, Kristy Bishop (who is Kelly’s sister).  My sister, Kathy, was unable to attend due to the weather.

It was a very special evening and, as always, a very fun Quilt Crossing Christmas party.

Congratulations, Heidi, we are all so VERY PROUD of you!!!  Thank you, Joyce, for the beautiful design and finished quilt and to Patty and Laura (the owners of the Quilt Crossing) for the wonderful party.

 

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A Dress for Dolly & B’

Christmas is such an exciting time of year and we feel especially blessed to be able to experience it through the eyes of our grandchildren.

Belén proudly introducing me to her doll, Caroline

Belén proudly introducing me to her doll, Caroline

This year our oldest grandchild, Belén, asked Santa Claus for an American Girl doll named Caroline.  She was absolutely ecstatic when she brought her doll to brunch on Christmas Day and proudly introduced us to her.

Belén's American Girl's Caroline Doll

Belén’s American Girl’s Caroline Doll

It just so happens that Santa gave us a tip as to what Belén wanted for Christmas, so Nana decided it would be fun to make B’ and her doll matching dresses.  I had a darling pattern from Olive Ann Designs that I had made a sun dress from and it included a matching doll dress pattern for an 18″ doll.  I decided to also make Eloise a matching dress, so she did not feel left out.  I ordered coordinating long sleeve knit tops for the girls and allowed a little extra ease in the patterns so the dresses could be worn as jumpers.

Pattern from Olive Ann Designs

Pattern from Olive Ann Designs

Each of the dresses is trimmed with a gathered row of ruffled fabric at the hemline and around the neckline.  In order to make several yards of ruffled fabric for trim, I used my roll and shell hemmer foot (#64) for my Bernina sewing machine.  It was a very fast and easy way to finish both edges of the ruffled trim.

Hemming the ruffled trim with my rolled hemmer foot.

Hemming the ruffled trim with my rolled hemmer foot.

Next, to simplify the process of gathering the trim, I used my Bernina Ruffler Foot #86 and set it on setting #6, which creates a pleat every sixth stitch in the seam.  It was almost magical to watch it quickly transform a long hemmed strip of fabric to a ruffled trim.

Using the ruffle attachment to gather the trim fabric.

Using the ruffle attachment to gather the trim fabric.

I made a couple variations on the pattern itself to simplify some of the suggested finishing steps.  If you are interested to know these, please comment and I will forward this information to you.

Belén was excited when she opened her package to find a new dress for her and she quickly tried it on with her knit top.  Then she opened a package with a matching dress for her doll and she was thrilled – as you can see…

Belén discovering Caroline's matching jumper.

Belén discovering Caroline’s matching jumper.

Eloise is 2 1/2 and has very strong opinions about things. Although she seemed to like her jumper, she was not in the mood to put it on, so here is a picture of her coordinating jumper.

Eloise's jumper with her red knit top

Eloise’s jumper with her red knit top

On the other hand, Belén danced around with her doll and was thrilled that they she and Caroline had matching outfits – and that made it all so very worthwhile.

Belén and Caroline in their matching outfits

Belén and Caroline in their matching outfits

What kind of sewing did you do for Christmas?

I hope you had a wonderful holiday and send the best holiday greetings your way!

Happy Sewing,

Jane

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Learning to Sew

One of my favorite things to do is to share my love of sewing.  I especially enjoy giving  private sewing/machine embroidery lessons and recently had the pleasure of spending some time with a mother and her daughter.

Chris Owens with her microwave bowl holder and Put a Cork in It bottle holder

Chris Owens with her finished microwave bowl holder and Put a Cork in It bottle bag

Last Monday night, Tracy Fries and her mother, Chris, took my Anna’s Apron class at the Quilt Crossing.

Tracy stated that she has all my patterns and has taken several of my classes and I thanked her for essentially being my first official sewing “groupie”.

After class, Tracy said her mother, Chris, is here for the holidays and she wondered if she could schedule some private sewing lessons for her during her stay.  I was pleased to do so.  On Thursday morning, Tracy, Chris and I met and after two hours, Chris had not only completed a microwave bowl holder, but also a Put-a-Cork in It Bottle bag.

Chris & Tracy

Chris and her daughter, Tracy

It was a very fun morning and I really enjoyed getting to know both of these ladies better.  They both did a great job on their aprons on Monday night and Chris now has a microwave bowl holder and bottle bag for holiday gifts.

Thanks again, Chris and Tracy!

If you have an interest in private lessons, please contact me via email at rickrackandpolkadots@gmail.com.

Happy Holiday Sewing!

Jane

 

 

 

 

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New Pattern – Microwave Bowl Holders

No more burned fingers from hot bowls in your microwave!!!

Small Microwave Bowl Holder

Small Microwave Bowl Holder

I am pleased to announce my latest pattern – a pattern for Microwave Bowl Holders.  No more burned fingers from hot bowls in the microwave!  They also work great to insulate your hands from a cold dish of ice cream.

It is a fun pattern to make and instructions are included for 3 sizes:  Small (fits average size cereal bowl), Medium (fits large soup bowl); and Large (fits 9-10″ bowl).

All 3 sizes stacked together

All 3 sizes stacked together

They stack and store easily and are very handy in the kitchen.

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3 Sizes of bowl holders stacked together

The pattern includes detailed instructions and illustrations that guide you through easy construction.  You can make one from a fat quarter of fabric or several from a yard.  You’ll be amazed at how quickly these holders come together and find yourself making several for yourself as well as family friends.  And…. they are a GREAT gift idea!!!

Large bowl holder

Large bowl holder

In addition, they are easy to personalize, based on your fabric selections, and are reversible!

Pattern for Microwave Bowl Holders

One of my customers told me that she uses one every night to hold her cold dish of ice cream – another great idea!

The pattern is available online at Craftsy as well as locally, here in Boise, at the Quilt Crossing.

Last but not least, they would also be a wonderful hostess gift during the holidays.

I hope you will try them out and, if you do, share some photos of your completed holders as I love to see completed projects from my patterns.

Hope you are enjoying this “BLACK FRIDAY”…

Happy Sewing!

 

Jane

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A Heart of Gold

Often times, it seems like our media and newscasters tend to focus on the negative when it comes to teenagers.   Because of this, I welcome the opportunity to acknowledge teens who are doing positive things, as they are often times overshadowed.

Recently, I had the opportunity to meet a special young lady, Emalee Fischer, who is a new freshman at Boise State University this year.  Emalee has almost completed her Girl Scout Gold Project.  I was told by Emalee’s mother, Anne, that the Girl Scout Gold Project is equivalent to the Boy Scout Eagle Scout award.

Emalee has been working in association with the Red Cross and designed and made two quilts that will be given to wounded veterans who are returning from the war.

What is remarkable is that she not only came up with her own designs for the quilts, she also chose the fabrics for both quilts, pieced them together and quilted them.  As you can see below, she did a remarkable job.

Turquoise Triangle Quilt
Turquoise Triangle Quilt

 

Green and Black Quilt
Green and Black Quilt

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

I was pleased to help Emalee make a label for the back of each of her quilts.  She chose a coordinating print to stitch each label on, as seen below:

Label for turquoise quilt

Label for turquoise quilt

Label for green quilt

Label for green quilt

 

 

The content on each label reads:

Emalee Fischer – Gold Scout Award – I want to thank:

* The service people for their time, loyalty and bravery

* Pat Price and the ladies of Burke, Virginia Quilting Guild

* Carol Randell Walker – For her help and being a good friend

* My sponsor, Virginia Walton, for her support and input

And a special thanks to my troop leader, my mentor, and my friend, Chris Walton;  without her, this project would not have happened.

Emalee Fischer, Quilter Extraordinaire

Emalee Fischer, Quilter Extraordinaire

And, before I finish this post, I’d like to introduce you to this young lady, Emalee Fischer…  and congratulate her on a job very well done!  Congratulations, Emalee, you are an inspiration!

Jane

 

 

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