Tuesday, July 30, 2013

Update! Flower Patch Quilt Along

Flower Patch Quilt completed!
Photo courtesy Julie DeGrave - flickr
With summer coming to an end, I am feeling the heat about not getting my quilt finished.  All of these amazing over achievers who have finished their projects are making me look bad.  ;-)  Anyway, I am so happy with the quilts and blocks that have been popping up on my Flickr group, it really is so fun.  I want to be piecing right along side you, but I am just finishing up our family summer time.  I want the kids to have some great memories with their cousins and after having three deadline quilts to finish this month, we all need a little break.
Photo courtesy Lori Mann - Flickr
If you are still in the process of putting blocks together, that is okay!  I am there too! I will finish as soon as I can and keep you updated.  I hope you enjoy the rest of your summer, it is coming to a close and it makes me sad.  I love having our kids home, even when it is crazy loud and they just can not seem to get along - it is so much better with them around.

Tuesday, July 23, 2013

Torture of all torture!

So, I finished this quilt today.  Sadly, I cannot share the whole quilt with you yet, that is why it is torture for me.  The quilt is called Fire & Ice and is designed by Kimberly Einmo and you can watch for it in the Quilter's Newsletter Best Modern Quilts!  Fingers crossed it makes the cover, that would be fun!! It is always a pleasure to work with Kimberly, she is so talented.
Today I tried out my new camera for the first time.  It is going to take getting used to, but I like it so far. 

This quilt was really fun to quilt, I will share more on it when I can.  But, as you can see - detailed quilting was in the mix.  My favorite kind of quilting!


Sorry I cannot share more right now.  I promise I will as soon as I can.  Don't forget to watch for Quilter's Newsletters, Best Modern Quilts issue to see the whole quilt!

Wednesday, July 17, 2013


Sneak Peek Kimberly Einmo 
So, I am a little behind on my Flower Patch Quilt Along - I just have to finish this quilt, then if everything goes as planned I will get right back to my quilt along.  Just remember that my quilt along is a no pressure, take your time quilt along.  Don't forget to post your pictures of your progress on my Flickr group here.

Also, if you are in the Saint George area, don't miss out on the Cuddle Cottage grand opening this week.  It is a fabulous local store that carries over 400 bolts of minky fabric.  

Hours Mon-Fri. 10-5:30 Sat. 10-4:30
The Cuddle Cottage
46 n. 100 west
St. George, Utah 84770
Phone 435-673-5659

 Here's some info from the owner -

The Cuddle Cottage is the only shop in the country offering exclusive designs,
patterns and ideas using cuddle(minky) with over 400 bolts it is the first and
only shop to have all the newest and latest products offered by Shannon Fabrics.
For the Grand Opening the shop will offer exciting events which we want to extend
to everyone to enjoy.  With a special guest from Spokane Washington, Gayle Camargo
is world recognized as a minky expert specializing in Shannon products.  We will
be offering FREE demonstrations beginning Thursday running through Saturday.
Classes will include finishing and binding ideas for cuddle, how to make slippers,
rugs from cuddle, appliqué techniques using cuddle, and many more.  Stop by the
cottage to see all the excitement, and pick up a schedule.  We also carry
exclusive patterns and cotton fabrics designed by the owner Dana Brooks as well as
homespun cottage boutique items, jewelry, gourmet foods, and handbags.

Monday, July 15, 2013

Spring Wheels pieced by Lindsay revealed!!!

Spring Wheels full
Okay, this is my second project that I have quilted for Lindsay.  She is such a fun client to work with and her work is incredible.  Her piecing was so precise on this quilt.  
I used Glide for the top thread and So Fine thread for the bobbin.  It was a great combo - I have used it before, and I did not have any trouble with it.  I used a combo of 100% cotton and 80/20 blend batting.  I think it worked out beautifully.  Isn't the quilt top just gorgeous!?!  The best part of quilting for others is getting to work on amazing quilts like this one. Lindsay used Kaffe Fassett fabrics for the quilt top - just gorgeous!

The quilt info in Lindsay's own words ---

"The name of the pattern is Spring Wheels by Becky Goldsmith of Piece O' Cake Designs. Ever since I saw this pattern in their Once upon a season book I've been in love. At the time I purchased the book it was a much more advanced pattern than I was able to make. I decided a couple years ago to just jump in and figure it out. I had fallen in love with your Kaffe Dear Jane and knew exactly who and how I wanted it quilted...and it looks like my plan has come to fruition."

Thanks Lindsay!  Once Upon A Seasonis the name of the book where this pattern can be found.

Spring Wheels 1
Okay, so the quilting!  I was given the go ahead to do what I want. It did not take me too long to figure out how I was going to quilt this quilt.  The triangle secondary design was going to go throughout the whole quilt.

Spring Wheels 2
That was until I decided I need to add in more dimensions to the quilt.  The hexagon shape came next, the star was an after thought.  I never stop designing once I start quilting, my mind is constantly thinking of what I can add to the quilt I am working on. 

Spring Wheels 3
The starts and stops where crazy, but worth it!

Spring Wheels 4
The pebbling was back breaking, but again - so worth it! 

Spring Wheels 5
My favorite part of the quilting was the star shape within the hexagon - it really was so fun to quilt.

Spring Wheels 6

 Spring Wheels 7
I added little triangle shapes within the pebbling section fillers for a fun look.  This filler took a lot longer than just the pebbling.

Spring Wheels 8
Odd man out, you might say.  I had to add this star - instead of the hexagon which was planned during the row before this. I like to be consistent with my quilting, but it feels more modern if I do not have it exactly symmetrical.

Spring Wheels 9
I used my purple marker to mark my lines.  The rest is free motion quilting.

Spring Wheels 10
Pretty sure this is my favorite picture I took of this quilt.  I love it so much!

Spring Wheels 11
Another shot of the triangles.  The texture is just so amazing. 

Spring Wheels 12
Love this.

Spring Wheels 13
Hexie shape!

Spring Wheels 14
The back!  I love this so much! 

Spring Wheels 15
Thanks so much for stopping by and letting me share my work!  I hope you like it!

Wednesday, July 10, 2013

Input needed!! Among some other stuff!

Okay, first things first - Thank you so much for your positive feedback from my last post.  Your encouragement always means so much to me.  Thank you so much!  

I have a project I want to throw in the mix of all of my other projects - crazy, I know.  It is always fun to have something new to work on and this is going to be a surprise quilt for my brother - he's finally getting hitched!  I am so excited for him and his soon to be bride.  Best thing about her - she loves to quilt!  Golden girl for sure!  What's on the menu?  Metro Rings by Jenny Pedigo of Sew Kind of Wonderful.  I have always wanted to attempt a double wedding ring, but it looked so hard and time consuming.  It wasn't until I saw Jenny's version of this classic quilt that I knew it was time to attempt it.  Plus, "wedding ring" - perfect for the wedding!  I am using Simply Style by V & Co, love this line! The bottom fabrics shown are from Heather Bailey's Gardern Distric - those will be for me, but holy cow!! - they compliment the Simply Style line.  I will be turning that fabric into throw pillows for my house. I will keep you undated on my progress. 

Okay, last thing - input!  I have asked this before, but wasn't sure a lot of you saw my post.  Anyway, I am finalizing longarm class ideas for teaching next year and I just want to know - what do you want to learn from me?  I want to get it right, so please let me know what would be a great class that you would attend if I were the teacher.  Thanks in advance for taking the time to tell me!  I appreciate you!

Monday, July 8, 2013

What I am working on now.

If you have been following me on Instagram and Facebook you will have noticed that this quilt is in the works.  It has been fun to work on and I have a surprise design in the works which will be revealed when I finish this up.  Hopefully I will finish this week, lofty goal I know.  When I post pictures of my work, most comments are so positive, but every now and again I get comments that are just ignorant.  Maybe they don't mean to be, maybe I am just reading into it - but it is hard sometimes to understand why people have to give their opinion if it is negative.  If you don't like something - don't comment, right?  Treat other people the way you want to be treated, and be happy for other people's successes.  It's really simple - my parents taught me that.  I will just say this - I don't quilt to cuddle with my projects, I quilt to show off my quilting. So if you think it looks "too stiff" then my quilting is not for you and please do not tell me you think that way.  There is a reason I use two layers of batting for all my quilts. Anyway - off my soap box.  I do not know why the "negative nellie's" bug me so much, but sometimes they do!  I am human. 

Well, I just bought this camera- it is my first DSLR. Here's hoping that I will take incredible pictures of my quilting to share with you.  I will get it just in time to take pictures of this beauty once it is finished! Yay! 

One more thing, you will not want to miss out on our Clearance Page - we just added over 100 items there!

Saturday, July 6, 2013

Week 5 Flower Patch Quilt Along

Week 5 
Okay, two more blocks! It is coming along.  The plan was to have three more blocks finished this week, but life happens to be really crazy right now and I am so happy to have finished two blocks.  Anyway, here they are, I like them a lot.  I have to apologize for the crappy camera shots - I am currently looking for a camera and will hopefully have one soon!  I cannot take another photo with my phone!
Week 5
The fabric is so darling. I am excited for this finish.   The blocks are coming along great in my Flickr group, so many cute variations of fabric being used.
 Week 5
Using a dark grey is new for me, but I am loving it.

Thanks for joining along.  Congrats to Kerri from Mtntop Quilter for winning the $15 gift code to my shop.  Email me at judi at greenfairyquilts dot com and I will email you the code.  Thanks everyone!

Tuesday, July 2, 2013

Remember this quilt?

 So, do you remember this quilt?  I quilted this for Kimberly Einmo, the first of the year.  It was such a fun quilt to quilt.  I literally never got tired of the design, because every section of the quilt was different. Anyway, I took the time while I was quilting it to take a few pictures of my process.  Then, I submitted my idea for a magazine article.  Thankfully Kit liked my idea and my article was published in the Machine Quilting Unlimited July issue.

 This magazine if full of great ideas and beautiful quilts.

 It still is surreal seeing my name and face in print.  It is fun.  I have to tell you something funny though. My daughter Lili was reading the page about me and she got all upset because it says that I have four small children.  She's 8 and according to her, she isn't small.  She accused the magazine of lying.  So, I will be sure to update that next time, or just tell my daughter to chill out.  Anyway, it was cute that she cared enough to read it.  

 You can find my article on page 59. 

I hope you enjoy the article!