Thursday, February 28, 2008
Wednesday, February 27, 2008
Yes, today is the day that my life long friend becomes a little older. I have been saving this picture, just so I could post it today.
A few months ago (before all of this snow) we spent a day together photographing some of our quilts. We tried several different shots with this Ocean Waves quilt, when I suddenly realized that it needed the human element. So I grabbed the camera, and made Cori stand on the rocks!
So, as I mentioned earlier...today we are giving the birthday gift to you. In honour of Cori turning 35, we have picked 3.5 yards of Cori's favorite fabrics, and we will be sending it out to one lucky viewer. All you have to do is to leave a comment saying 'Happy Birthday Cori' and you will be entered to win! But I am only giving you ONE DAY to leave your comment. I will be picking the winner at midnight tonight. So help me celebrate the day my best friend was born!
See you tomorrow...when I let you know who the winner is.
Tuesday, February 26, 2008
Calypso was a project that was designed to use the fabrics from our second fabric collection - bohemian rhapsody. This is a favorite of ours, because it has a different layout than most quilts. Calypso is A-symetrical, with an applique block in the upper right corner, and a vine border twinning down the left, and bottom sides of the quilt. The colors are also very vibrant, and it is definatly a quilt that makes you stop and look.
I wish that you could see the quilting on this project. It was done by a friends of ours who lives in North Dakota. Pam did a great job of creating some background quilting that reflects the applique shapes. It is stunning!
At the beginning of the month, we mentioned that one of us had a birthday coming up....so keep watching, because you will have the chance to win the gift.
See you tomorrow.
Monday, February 25, 2008
Annette made a comment that there was NO place to make a comment on the last post! It was brought to our attention that there are some 'not so nice people' are leaving spam like comments. If you see a post that says click here....DON'T!! That is why on some posts we don't allow you to see those nasty posts! Leave comments wherever you can, We LOVE them!
Sunday, February 24, 2008
Main St - from Down In The Valley
Saturday, February 23, 2008
Here are six fabrics from our completely kids collection! This is one of the 'girl' palettes there are two more. Starting at the top left is "Daisy, sidewalk chalk, gum drops, scratches, backsplash and scratches" again. The very first strike offs should be arriving early next week and I just can not wait to get my hands into it. The quilts are designed and patterns are written and again...the possibilities are endless. If you have teenagers, kids or babies there is something for everyone. If you receive our newsletter then you will recall seeing a color way for our resent Amish Bars - easy quilts by Fon's and Porter, and how we recolored that project using completely kids! Maybe I should share that with all of you.
It seems that Myra and I have a thing for "baby/kids" quilts. When we were having babies we couldn't even think of a baby quilt design and now....endless ideas. I just jotted down at least a dozen or so new ones just the other day!!
But girls isn't the only thing in this collection...I will share a boy palette with you really soon. Have a great week-end and I hope I have you thinking about what you might do with this fabric.
Thursday, February 21, 2008
This is one of my personal quilts that I LOVE, and I hate. There really is so much about this quilt that I do love, because it was started as a labour of love. I wanted to make a personal quilt for myself from some of the fabrics from our first fabric collection - Love Joy Peace. And I chose this block, because I really did want to make a quilt using templates, and I was looking for a finished quilt that would be a little nostalgic. I also chose to run the blocks right to the edge of the quilt, and not add any borders. I like this look becasue the quilt has a very clean finished feel to it.
So in the few, little free moments that I would find, I began to trace and cut out all of my template pieces, and put them into neat stacks. I enjoyed this leasure pace of cutting, and sewing, and playing around with the colors. Then, we got a phone call. It was 'Quilts' the magazine, and they loved the fabric line, and were wondering if we had an extra project. Well....I had started one....
Wednesday, February 20, 2008
Day 36 - of 100 Days of Quilts
Shades of Spring - American Patchwork & Quilting spring issue, 2008
Sometimes there are good things in the mail. We just got our latest copy of APQ, and flipped it open to a quilt that we did for them last fall. Of course we knew the quilt would be in the spring issue, but they needed the quilts to be in 'the office' a few months ahead of schedule, so they can come up with great locations for the photography.
Once again, we did collaborate with the editors. They were looking for a variation on the Lone Star. hummm..... how could we do a different Lone Star? Well, there's nothing like a new challenge.
And I am keeping my eyes on the mailbox for one more magazine. I believe that the next issue of Quilts & More will have another of our projects.
I always try to get 2 copies of every issue that we have a quilt in, so that someday I can pass along one copy to each of my children. And from the looks of my bookshelf, they will both be getting a lot of quilting magazines. A few years ago I was trying to chase my son into bed, when I found him downstairs looking through all of my books. I asked him what he was doing. He said "I am reading my favorite books...they are the one's that you write." Now I knew he was stalling going to bed by trying to get on my good side. But I wasn't buying it. No four year old boy wants to read quilting books. So I just smiled, picked him up, and told him that someday all of those books would be his, and when he learns to read, he can spend every night leaning about piecing and binding. Funny thing...he has never touched those books since.
See you tomorrow.
Tuesday, February 19, 2008
Monday, February 18, 2008
Down in the Valley
We are back to some of our earlier projects. Cori did a really great job of photographing some of these small quilts, and suddenly, I like them again. This little paper pieced project was a lot of fun, because of the stories that we invented to go along with each house. We invented an entire hillbilly family that lived in each of these little shacks.
I also remember making the decision that the backgrounds to the houses in this chapter would all have a dark background. Why not try different colors, the sky isn't always blue.
Friday, February 15, 2008
Completely Kids - coming soon!
Thursday, February 14, 2008
Love Joy Peace Pillows - Love Joy Peace quilted projects for all of life's special moments
These pillows are from our Love Joy Peace fabric collection. We designed those projects for special moments in a woman's life; college, wedding, decorating a home & of course baby! The colors were soft and easy and so where the projects. The projects featured appliuqe words, momograms and other elements. I still love these projects - hope you do too!
and Happy Anniversary to
blue meadow designs!
I hope you all feel very loved and appreciated today by all the special people in your lives on thisValentine's day!
It was eleven years ago that Myra and I started our pattern company
under the name the "Moonshyne Collection" and later we
became blue meadow designs!
Tuesday, February 12, 2008
School House - Traditional Quilts to paper piece
Here is our little red school house quilt! Cori and I both like buildings, and we have always liked the traditional school house block, so we wanted to design a small project with this block for one of our books. But what were we going to put with the house block? A tree block? A pieced block? An open block? We decided to be different again, and we made a simple fence with a star on top. I like the quaintness of it all, but it would be fun to play around with colors again. I could see this project done with a dark background, and a cream colored picket fence. What colors would you choose?
Sunday, February 10, 2008
Amish Wedding - Traditional Quilts to paper piece
Now this is a quilt that I have not seen in a very long time. But right now I am feeling a close connection to it. It was one of the projects from our 3rd book, and we really needed help from friends to finish all of the quilts on time. Another small secret - we were sent two contracts, and so we were righting book #3 and #4 at the same time. No problem, we could handle that. Well, on top of the three children we already had, I was pregnant. No problem, I could handle that. Until I became one of those special people who had morning sickness day and night for 9 months. Suddenly, there was a lot I couldn't handle.
Mountain Hollow - Down in the Valley
I have really re-discoverd some of our older projects. So often Myra and I are on such a tight time schedual that we just move forward and don't take or have the time to enjoy were we are right now. When we wrote Down in the Valley, I had a three month old baby and Myra was pregnant with her first. We wrote four books in four years and had four children (2 each). And I can't say that it has slowed down at all!
Mountain Hollow was a fun chapter, everything is crocked (on purpose) it was supposed to be a "Hillbillish" kind of look. (that's not politically correct, but I mean NO disrespect) The other thing that came to my attention when I took this picture was this was back in the day were using fabric collections was not a popular thing. Quilter's just chose fabrics that worked in their projects regardless of who designed it - picking fabrics that they just loved! Have you made a project lately that just used fabrics and not a collection? DO IT...it's freeing. (Some of our next projects do just that!!) Back to the project at hand...the top block is the old fashioned school house and fence, then the center of this wall hanging is the church (that was not by accident either.) the bottom block is a homestead, house, shed and outhouse. We picked a plaid for the borders and black sashing to frame each setting. Look into some of your old patterns and books and see how you can re-create some of those projects! Have fun. Stay warm.
I received this email this morning, thought I would share.
"I just wanted to let you know that I picked up the Fons & Porter Easy Quilts magazine this past week. I'm in SC - so just wanted to let you know they are on the stands now. I loved the quilt and the softness of the colors and especially how easy it is to put together. Thanks for the 100 days of quilting. It's very inspiring. I have the Love, Joy, Peace book and have done a few of the baby quilts; but am trying to get inspired to do some applique.
I was so excited to see your son in his hockey gear this morning that I had to call my son upstairs to look at his picture. My son is 11 and is taking hockey lessons too. Yes, we have an ice rink in SC!! He couldn't believe he'd see something hockey on a quilting site.
Thanks again for your pictures and inspiration. God bless!"
These are my kids with their Uncle Eric (bmd webmaster!) with the stanley cup!
Friday, February 08, 2008
Here are a few hockey pictures that I promised. I am a very proud hockey mom and this weekend is an extra specail one here in Winkler! We are hosting Hockey Day in Canada, with all the celebraties and tons of excittment. The top picture is our son, this is his first year in Hockey and they got to play during the intermission of the kick off game, featuring two local teams in the SEMHL.
No I did not take the next picture...this was emailed to all of the minor hockey parents. Don is wearing our local MJHL Winkler Flyers Jersey and Ron is wearing the official Hockey day in Canada T-shirt.
Next Picture is a very important one to our community. Dustin Penner #27 of the Edmonton Oilers is our Home town boy and they had a special ceremony in his Honor at yesterdays game, and he dropped the cerimonal puck and they raised his High school Jersey. My Brother is the announcer at the hockey games and yesterday was no exception so my kids being BIG Edmonton Oilers fans they brought their mini sticks and Uncle Cal got Dustin to Autograph them for his favorite niece and nephew. Yes I belong to a Hockey family and it seams my kids are going in that direction too!
My husband has played his share of hockey and on Saturday evening He will be participating too! He has been invited to play with the Flyers Alumni vs. Winnipeg Jets Alumni. I am sure I will get a few more pictures then!
Some of the celebrities include Don Cherry, Ron MacLean, Cassie Campbell, Wendall Clark, Kelly Hrudey, Scott Morrison and of course the Stanley Cup. This is the second time the Stanley Cup has been in Winkler. Before Dustin was an Edminton Oiler he was on the Anhiem Ducks who won the Stanley Cup, So Dustin got to have the cup for 24 hours and he brought it home to Winkler.
You can go to www.hockeydayinwinkler.com for more stuff about our big day.
Oh and when you drive up to the Winkler Arena, you will be greated by two 10 foot snow sculptures made by a local artist - 2 hockey players facing off.
Well if you are wondering what we are up to this weekend...we will be at the
Sign of Winter - Four Season's of quilts
THis morning we awoke to a light duting of fresh snow on the ground and that inspired me to look for a "Wintery" project!
This little project is from our Four Season's of quilts book. It is 14" x 9" and it is on a stretcher bar frame. We designed a "sign" for each season - making them nice little pieces of art.
This project is HAND appliuqed as well as a touch of hand embroidery. If you have never tried hand applique before this is the perfect little project to try.
Well the weather forecast is for more snow, wind and zero visablily so this is the perfect day to stay inside and work on a quilt project (as for me...I will be editing more patterns!)
It is also a really big week-end in Winkler and if you are a hockey fan you will be interested! I will post the pictures and story behind that in a little while.
Thursday, February 07, 2008
Cabin in the woods
Tuesday, February 05, 2008
Amish Bars - Easy Quilts by Fons & Porter - Spring 2008
Our design - but sadly, not our quilt -retreat '07