Wednesday, May 1, 2019

Black and White picture challenge and my adventures in Paducah...

Judi Madsen using the A1 Elite Longarm 
I thought it would be fun to do my own black and white picture challenge for this post. It really has been so hard to keep up blogging and I miss it.  Seems like Instagram and Facebook is where I hang out most of the time now.  Anyway -  I just went to Paducah for QuiltWeek and had a wonderful time teaching 6 sold out classes.  I am always so honored to be with so many quilters - it really makes my job easier, knowing that everyone is happy to be there.

It takes weeks of prep work and pre-shipping everything ahead of time for these events, so when the week arrives and flies by - it seems like all a blur.  Does that make sense?

Up above is a picture my darling sister Amy took of me during my Secondary Design class - hands down my favorite topic to teach.  I absolutely love it.  I am also very grateful to Stewart Plank for providing the A1 quilting machine for that lecture/demo class.  There is nothing so great as demonstrating how to quilt on a machine I am familiar with and absolutely love. 

Judi Madsen 
 This picture is fun because it's hard to know what is drawn and what is quilted - and I just love the simplicity of the design itself. 
Kimberly Einmo 
I am so lucky to have my sister, Amy come with me.  She is the best "sistant" I could ever ask for.  She puts up with a lot and knows exactly what I need to keep going.  There is so much planning and work to be done, and since we have been traveling together for 4 years - she knows what to do.  I am so blessed to have such a great sister.

On top of that, I have another adopted sister - Kimberly Einmo - she is a riot and we have so much fun together and with her husband Kent.  So glad we made time to go out to dinner one of the evenings I had off from teaching.

Judi Madsen 
Roses sent from my husband, Clint.  He was so sweet to send them to me and I feel so lucky to have him in my life.  These were - I am proud of you - roses.  So grateful for him.

Jenny Pedigo 
It is always so fun to catch up with Jenny from SewKindofWonderful - seriously!  I love this girl and her amazing talent.  I made sure to grab some of her patterns to add to my site, you can check those out here.

Paducah, Kentucky 
Amy and I had more time this trip to allow some time to check out the city.  It was fun to walk around on a beautiful Saturday afternoon - this church was absolutely beautiful!

Last, but not least, my exhibit - Ordinary Quilts, Extraordinary Quilting was shown at QuiltWeek - it still is surreal thinking about having 18 of my quilts hanging in the show for Spring Paducah QuiltWeek.  I am so grateful for the experiences I have had and still can't believe where this road has taken me.  Thanks so much to all of you for being around for the ride. 

Friday, March 1, 2019

Celebrate Quilt all Finished!!!

 I am happy to share my quilt, Celebrate, with you today.  You may have seen sneak peeks of this darling top on Social Media, but today is the final reveal.  I mentioned a few months ago that I design for a new company, Honest Fabric, and this is one of those designs. Right now, until tomorrow, you can get all of my designs at 25% off by using the code, ILOVEJM25 during checkout at Honest Fabric.

I talked a lot about how I feel quilting with polyester fabric in this post and this one, so check those out and then come back and finish reading about my Celebrate quilt

I really spent time marking out this beautiful quilt top using my QuickMark Assist ruler - I had fun coming up with several designs and the borders turned out to be my favorite part of the quilt. I measured out 4 inches from the edge of the rows of squares to make the border even, my QuickMark ruler was perfect for that measurement. 
The quilt that I quilted is the Celebrate Fall White, the one that isn't quilted is the Summer White panel.  Both colorways are totally fun and there are 9 colors to choose from.  Which one will you quilt? 


The quilting is free-motion with a little ruler work and a whole lot of fun! I used MicroQuilter thread for the top, I love the thinness of this thread

Minky as backing for the win!  This quilt top is so darling and with the minky, it is super soft - even with all my quilting. 

This is my current project, my Magic Windmill Orange panel, just a little sneak peek for you.  I am absolutely loving it so far! Stay tuned for updates and don't forget to go and get a quilt panel and start quilting! I cannot wait to see what you create!

I have also added all my Green Fairy Quilts patterns in PDF form on my website, check them out here and use the code DIGITAL to get 20% off your order until March 4th.  

Friday, February 1, 2019

All New Patterns!!!

I am so excited to share with you 2 new quilt patterns!  These 2 designs have been in the works for a while, ever since Gypsy was first designed. The first one, Mama Gypsy is a fabulous quilt.  This design takes the Gypsy block and makes it the focal point of the quilt.  I used yardage for this particular quilt, but it could easily be a stash buster/fat quarter quilt.  The large pieces could also be used with fabric with large prints, making the fabric a showcase within the pattern itself. Oooo, that makes me want to make another quilt!

This pattern makes for a striking quilt and that border, wow! It really finishes off the quilt perfectly. With my directions, anyone could make this darling quilt.  All my patterns are full color and written well - so be sure to try them out! 

I tried something a little different with the quilting on this quilt.  I digitized the Gypsy block - so you can see the darling block stitched on-point in this quilt top.  The digital quilting design is available here. On sale for a limited time. 

The back is fun to see with the sun shining through, it almost looks like a negative of a picture. You can see that all the seams are pressed to one side, those instructions are also in the pattern.

The best thing about Mama Gypsy is that there are bonus instructions for a second quilt included.  There are some triangles left over from piecing the quilt top, which make for the perfect HST (half-square triangle) quilt. Mama Gypsy is available in Paper or PDF version at an introductory price of $5. Paper patterns will ship next week.

Okay, so my next pattern is Patchwork Gypsy - and it's just that - patchwork! This quilt was so much fun to design and to piece and completes my Gypsy series. I used fat quarters from Well Said and Woodland Secrets for the majority of the fabric of this quilt top. The background fabrics were also from different Moda lines, I just grabbed what was in my stash.

This quilt has a lot of squares and HST, but the assembly is really fun and the instructions are easy to follow. I thought it would be fun to share my process and lack of design wall.  The floor works great, right?

I absolutely love how this quilt top came together.  I have to admit, this was a difficult quilt for me.  Only because I am used to using very specific colors, so adding random fabrics together was a new stretch for me.  I couldn't be happier with the results though.

One of my favorite elements of this design is the star in the center - that just makes the quilt.  Seriously.

I used a simple Orange Peel by Karlee Porter for the quilting on this quilt. I think it looks great with the pattern.  I didn't want to go too crazy with the quilting - which would have taken away from the design itself. 

I had a lot of leftover pieces from cutting this design out.  When I am designing, I cut the fabric pieces out before I count out the actually pieces required in a quilt top.  So, you won't have the extra pieces in your own top like me. However, it would be fun to cut out extra pieces to make this fabulous binding.  The pieces are 4 1/2" x 2 1/2" rectangles sewn end to end with seams pressed open. It did take a bit of time to do this, lol.

Here she is in all her glory!  AH, isn't she beautiful?

I really hope you enjoy making this quilt top as I did. 
Seriously, it was so much fun to make.

Now let's talk about the backing.  Oh, I think I like it, a lot!  This is a custom printed panel called Gypsy - available on my website here in three different color options. The panel is 100% polyester and so soft to the touch.  It pairs beautifully with my cotton pieced top and I absolutely love this backing fabric.

Okay! I hope you enjoyed seeing my new designs.  Now is the time to buy them!  I have both Mama Gypsy and Patchwork Gypsy available on sale for $5 for a limited time. The paper patterns will ship next week. However, the PDF versions are available right away!  

Tuesday, December 11, 2018

All New Ruler! The QuickMarkAssist! Available for PRE-ORDER

Hi Everyone!  I am excited to share with you my QuickMarkAssist Ruler which is designed to compliment - or assist, the QuickMarkRuler.  The difference between this ruler and the QuickMark ruler is that there are 1/2" cut outs, the ruler is 6 1/2" x 12 1/2" x 1/8" - so it is for marking only.  It is not to be used with the quilting, but will help you tremendously when you are marking your quilts.  This is a time saver for me, you know how I love marking my quilt tops.

I have been working on my Celebrate quilt panel, using both the QuickMarkAssist and the QuickMarkRuler. I have been having a lot of fun using the 1/2" lines in the QuickMarkAssist to come up with some fun and modern quilting designs. 

I have been using my favorite purple marker with the QuickMarkAssist to draw out my designs on the quilt.  I cannot wait to get this one finished!  It really is so great to have more lines to be able to mark everything at once - plus the neon green color of the ruler helps so much!

The quilting is turning out so beautifully!  I cannot wait to share the entire quilt when I'm finished.  In the meantime, be sure to pre-order your own QuickMarkAssist - they will start to ship after the Christmas Holiday.