Wednesday, December 31, 2014

2015 - And overthinking overthinking

The new year is always one of thoughtfulness....looking back at the past year, and forward to the new one, assessing what you did (and didn't) do, what worked and what didn't, and making plans for the next 12 months. For me this time of year is always full of decisions, but not a lot of resolutions...not that I don't make resolutions, but that I think you can start them at any time, so why not today or June 16th, when you decided you wanted to do it???

For me, the new year is about refocusing, realigning, and redesigning....and a  lot about planning. So often, the schedule was set up 18-24 months ago, but now is the time for the logistics part...how will I travel, when exactly will  the plane leave, etc, etc etc. The big picture gets drilled down to the specific and the actual plan gets set.

2015 is no exception, I have a lot of things on the plate, from teaching engagements, to our first ever out of California retreat (in August, in Montana), several large out of state teaching gigs, and some big shows that I haven't done before. The things are so exciting, and also terrifying. Don't get me wrong, I love every minute, but sometimes I over think it. Is this the right show to be my first "big" show, is this a good fit for classes??? Etc, etc, etc. This running your own business is not for sissies. The work I love, no doubt, but sometimes the details (like taxes, and P&L statements, and accounting, etc) are just not any fun. I know they are necessary, even desirable. But the process of doing those is a distraction from the real things I want and love to do....

So, today, on this last day of 2014, I will be looking back and looking forward, and planning, lots of planning. While others are ringing in the new year outside in the freezing cold, I will be on my couch with knitting needles and a good glass of wine, listening to the classics, and cooking up new plans for 2015. I can't wait to share them with you, and I hope you will join us on some of the 2015 adventures....

So, happy planning everyone, and I will see you in 2015!!!!

Monday, December 29, 2014

Make a List Monday

So last week, I wrote about the somewhat dicey sewing plans. With Christmas last week and New Year's this week, it's often hard to sneak in any sewing. I was lucky though, I was pretty far ahead, and the work front was pretty quiet, so I spent some time sewing. I didn't get everything done, but I got a lot done, which made me happy!!!

Last week my list included these....

1. Finish up Stormy Seas Tablerunner - done
2. Cut out Prickly Pear - done
3. Work on Paradise in Blooms- done
4. Start on Clue 1 of Grand Illusion Mystery (by Bonnie Hunter) - didn't manage to get any sewing done, but I did manage to finish all of the cutting!

This week, I have BIG plans. It's a pretty busy week....and by the time you read this, I'll already be mid-stride on a couple of these....and I have plans to be a little more accountable, posting pics as we go, so that you can see these build out. Just hoping that I have good light this week for pics.

1.  Paradise in Blooms

  • Outside Border Units cut out 
  • Interior Border Units cut out
  • Baskets pieced
  • Exterior BOP units (right and left)
  • Applique shapes made
  • Assembly
2. Grand Opening at Cozy Creative Center in El Cajon, CA. One of my favorite stores in CA moved a couple of weeks ago, and their official grand opening in the new space is this Friday and Saturday. I'll be demoing wedding rings, and a couple of rulers at the shop, so stop by and say hello!

3. Teaching in Glendora on Sunday, January 4th. Hard to believe the new year will be here by the end of the week, but it's happening and I need to accept it.

4. Finish up the Goals for 2015, and update the spreadsheet with all of my new updated plans!

5. Start my Whole 30. I've been thinking about it for a while now, and have decided it's time to do it, and stop talking about it.

6. Organize the stash. 


What are you working on this week???

Catherine

Monday, December 22, 2014

Final Countdown of 2014

It seems weird that 2014 is almost over, even weirder that planning for 2016 is in progress, yes that is right, I am in full on planning mode for 2016, and even 2017 at this point....CRAZY!!!!

This is that time of year when we start to look at everything we accomplished and everything we didn't and make the plans for next year. For a lot of people, New Year's Resolutions are part of their tradition, for me, it's all about planning --- I like to devote the final week of the year to planning -- what projects am I going to do, what vacations am I going to take, what experiences do I want next year....and then I build around that...I find that works for me, somehow planning a vacation and completing the research on where and when and wardrobe, always inspires me back to the gym, and since it works, why fix it???

So, I'll be doing that this week, and next week, I'll be telling you all about it!!!

Are you a planner or a revolutionist?

Catherine

Stormy Seas - Week #6 - Wrapping It Up

Oh my!!! It's the final week of Stormy Seas QAL, which means it is Christmas!!!! And next week is 2015! Holy Crapola this year has flown by. More on the year, and goals for 2015 later this week. For now, let's focus on GETTING IT DONE.


Week 1 : November 17 - November 23 - Bag # 1 Assembly - Done

Week 2 : November 24 - November 30 - Bag #2 Assembly - Done

Week 3 : December 1 - December 7 - Bag #3 Assembly - Done

Week 4 : December 8 - December 15 - Bag #4 Assembly - Done

Week 5 : December 16 - December 22 - Sewing Curves - Done

Week 6 : December 23 - December 29 - Final Assembly - that's now!!!





Did you work on your curves over the weekend??? If you follow on instagram and Facebook, you know by now that I got mine totally done this week, since week 6, I will be testing a new pattern for Quiltworx!!! How exciting right?? But with the holiday and all of the craziness that is bound to occur I figured I better go ahead and get mine assembled. I even went ahead and got the back all done. That is to say, I bought 2.5 yards of backing. That's the nice thing about table runner and bed runner projects, you generally don't have to "make" a back, just buy it and put it in a box and send it off to your favorite quilter! For me, that is the lovely Carrie Barone in Montana for this project, since she already has a digitized version that I love!



How is yours coming??? Are you sneaking in sewing time this week with the family?? Or are you buried in Christmas Magic sewing still??


Catherine

Friday, December 19, 2014

Stormy Seas update

I got it finished...well the top anyway.




It still needs a good pressing, and some backing.

And a quick trip to the quilter....after some better daytime pictures. But those will have to wait until tomorrow....until then, goodnight!

Catherine

Monday, December 15, 2014

Make a List Monday

As we approach the holidays, it is always harder to get things finished (or started) and always a bit dicey on how much actual time you will have to sew....and this month is no different. It seems everyone is busy (and slightly crazy) getting ready for the holidays, attending parties, and decorating. Let's face it, a lot of us quilters are home dec enthusiasts, and have pretty extensive decorating traditions, and cookie traditions, among other things.

One of the nice things about December is it tends to be a slower month on the teaching front, I only have a handful of classes to teach this month, and as a result, I have more office time, which means I tend to stay on top of the paperwork as it comes in the door (which is always nice).  Of course that also means that I have more "plans"....

With that being said, I have a ton of things to do, and limited hours to do it....so, here's the proposed list for the week...

1. Finish up Stormy Seas Tablerunner
2. Cut out Prickly Pear
3. Work on Paradise in Blooms
4. Start on Clue 1 of Grand Illusion Mystery (by Bonnie Hunter)

What are you working on this week???

Catherine

Stormy Seas Week 5

We're in week 5 folks -- which means we are 10 days from the big holiday....how can that be?? Where has December gone??? It's flying by!!!

Week 1 : November 17 - November 23 - Bag # 1 Assembly - Done

Week 2 : November 24 - November 30 - Bag #2 Assembly - Done

Week 3 : December 1 - December 7 - Bag #3 Assembly - Done

Week 4 : December 8 - December 15 - Bag #4 Assembly - Done

Week 5 : December 16 - December 22 - Sewing Curves - Starts Now!!!


Week 6 : December 23 - December 29 - Final Assembly


If you have been diligently working you should now have 4 corners ready to go!


And that completes all of the paper piecing we are going to do for this project! Everything else is assembly! This week has quite a bit of homework. We have 16 interior curves, 16 exterior curves, 4 corner curves, and 20 S curves, so while you paper piecing is complete, we still have a ways to go.

First, we have to assemble the curves. This is the part that I teach most often -- there are some simple tricks to make them faster, and more accurate.

First, we are going to prep our curved pieces....we start by placing the concave piece on top. In this pattern, that is the pieced corner square or the spiky circle. We will use the same method for the curved piecing for both of these.

1. Line them up with the concave piece on top, with right sides facing. Line up the upper left corner, so that the left edges are straight. 


2. Thread the pins along the straight edge. I use two pins to make sure that they don't "work their way out", and I use an in-out-in format to ensure a solid pinning.


3. Then I turn to the other side, and repeat the same actions on the right hand side. At this point, it will look like a hot mess. 


4. Once both side are secure, we will turn our attention to the curved edge itself, starting at the right edge (the one you just pinned), apply about an inch of glue to the convex edge, and then bend the concave edge to match the convex edge. You will be "pleating" the concave piece (the one on the top) as you go around the edge. Continue this procedure, adding an inch of glue and adhering the edge as you go.


5. When you are done, your unit will look like this. You are now ready to sew a quarter of an inch from the edge of the curve. So, tonight's homework is to prep all of these, and visit us tomorrow regarding prepping your machine before sewing.  

To be honest, I tried to make a video of this process, if anyone is interested, please let me know and I will find someone to help me record it!!!  

So, happy curve prepping everyone!!!

See you tomorrow !!!

Catherine





Friday, December 12, 2014

It's my birthday!!

Yep!!! It's my birthday tomorrow (the 13th), and just for you I am having a sale to celebrate!!! Everything on the website in 20% through midnight Monday. It's a great chance to get backings and big yardage at a substantial discount!!! Just use HAPPY in the coupon code to recalculate your total.

Happy Birthday to Me!!!

Wednesday, December 10, 2014

Stormy Seas QAL Week 4 : Mishap

If you have started working on your week 4 homework for Stormy Seas this message is for you....

There is a correction to the template papers...and I missed it when I did my cutting, and didn't catch it until I made my stack for my homework tonight...


Can you tell what it is? I missed it here too!

I even got my first spike on before I found it. I've made this unit so many times, I just stacked it up the way it needed to be! But when I got to the point of adding the new background piece (section 3), I realized the sew side information is on the wrong edge of the template....


So, make that small correction and your pieces will fit just fine. There is a notation online and in the pattern instructions regarding the misprint on the papers, and Quiltworx assured me that all future printings are correct, but there are a few that got out into the marketplace with this error....so, just flip them the other way, and yours will be perfect!

If you have any questions or need further clarification, just drop me a line at catherine@queeniequilts.com and I will be happy to help!

Have you done your homework?

Catherine


Monday, December 8, 2014

Winner Winner Chicken DInner


Here are the winners in the Timeless Treasures Blog for Reclaimed West. The winners are :

Cynthia Knapp
Nicole Sender
Tina Jeo

Please send me your snail mail addresses to catherine@queeniequilts.com to claim your prize!!! I will get them in the mail on Wednesday!!!

Congratulations!

Catherine

Stormy Seas QAL Week 4

Hoping everyone is finally all caught up from a fantastic Thanksgiving.....I have finally recovered, and am just about ready for Christmas....I even got out the Christmas decorations, and have a rough plan sketched out to decorate....It's been a long time since I had a well decorated house and this year I am ready.

But first, it's time to get some Stormy Seas Tablerunner done....we're over half way there!!!! And starting this week, we are on the downhill to get this one finished.

So, here's the schedule :

Week 1 : This week ! November 17 - November 23 - Bag # 1 Assembly - Done

Week 2 : November 24 - November 30 - Bag #2 Assembly - Done

Week 3 : December 1 - December 7 - Bag #3 Assembly - Done

Week 4 : December 8 - December 15 - Bag #4 Assembly - Starts Now!!!

Week 5 : December 16 - December 22 - Sewing Curves

Week 6 : December 23 - December 29 - Final Assembly

Here's my Border units from last week....I got them all finished....10 rights and 10 lefts all finished. I made mine scrappy, since the center rings are all the same, I wanted these really scrappy -- all the colors in the grouping (red, green, dark gold, navy, burgundy in prints, stripes, plaids, and semi solids, all from various Kansas Troubles lines).
















So, since we are on day 1 of week 4, we better get to work on this week's homework!!!

Did I mention this week has the least work??? That's right, last week had the most, and this week has the least!!! So, if you are still catching up from last week, no worries!!! Just do them this week!!! This week is about the corners -- the 4 units!!! It's about an hour of sewing, so if you need to catch up, this is the week, and if you want to get ahead, now is the time....if you are working ahead, start with the C curves.


What will you be working on this week??? How are you coming on your Stormy Seas Tablerunner??? Have you kept up??? Send pictures letting us know where you are....

Until next time!!!

Catherine


Thursday, December 4, 2014

November -- where did you go??

Well, it is officially December. The end of year is within sight, not to mention the Christmas holiday. We had our first Christmas party of the season last night. We always kick it off at Shawn's house on the first Wednesday of December -- a group of old sewing friends together for finger foods, chocolate martinis and a good game of naughty santa....always fun!!!

In terms of sewing and quilting, I haven't gotten much done this month, it's been crazy busy, but very little sewing has been done. After Market and Festival, I had just a few days before I jetted off again to Nebraska for a family reunion trip. And now working on Christmas gifts, which means no sharing (or limited sharing at least)....crazy town here!

So, on that note, back to the project list....

The goals as stated at the new year are in black, amendments (changes/additions, etc) are in blue, and status is red....

Piecing
1. Captain's Wheel complete and sent to the quilter in February. I'm about to send a search party for this one!
2. Celtic Wave (Queen) - Piece Along to start in mid-February! complete and sent to the quilter in July.
3. Flower's for My Wedding Ring - Didn't touch this one this month, but happy to say that the focus will return to this one in January, as we will be hosting a wedding ring QAL for it!!! 
4. Scrappy Trip This one is on the design wall, just need to spend some quality time with it.
5. Osprey's Nest Done. Closed.
6. Hawaiian/Prairie Star - Added in April, I have cut it all out. and I will be taking it on retreat this weekend. So fingers crossed a lot will get accomplished. Got nothing accomplished on this one.....
7. Fire Island Hosta Queen - Added in April. I have cut this one out as well. I should take it to retreat, but that might mean I get neither done...so we'll have to see. Done. 

Quilting
1. Winter Wonderland - I got it back and I love it. I posted some pics, and did a blog post.
2. Glacier Star - Handed over to the quilter while I was in Montana. Headed back my way.
3. Mariner's Compass done. Quilted and bound.
4. Compass Rose - done. and blogged. 
5. Meandering Star - done. 
6. Captain's Wheel - at the quilter.
7. Celtic Wave Queen - sent to Montana for quilting
8. Flower's for My Wedding Ring - 
9. Scrappy Trip
10. Osprey's Nest - Done.
11. Feathered Star Queen - sent to Montana

Pattern Writing
1. 2014 Block of the Month - starts on January 13th! - Done. started February 13th. whole year worth of patterns have been scheduled!!! We found an issue with these....all of the posts that had been scheduled before the July 1 blogger update were corrupted, so once I get back from Market (or maybe while I am there), I will get these reposted!!! Sorry folks!!! Almost done with this one!
2. 5 new patterns for spring market - all done!!! 
3. 5 new patterns for fall market - all done!!!

Other projects :
1. Amazon Star finished
2. Pepperdish finished - no change
3. Crackers finished - complete
4. Feathered Star Queen finished - complete
5. Project Destash - current total as of October 30th is --57.25. November - didn't use much this month, and I went on a shopping spree (or 4).Got some new project fabrics for the family while I was in Nebraska -- 30 yards total for specific projects, which I will cut out and work on later this month!!! Hopefully, this month will be a big one in the fabric busting world! I have big plans!!! With a quieter teaching schedule and some free time, I am determined to get some things done.

December Sewing Plan
1. Stormy Seas QAL
2. finish Disney Swap
3. presents!!!!

How are your quilty goals going this year??? Have you started thinking about next year??? I have begun thinking about plans for next year....so many things I want to do/finish/work on....there is never enough time/always too many projects, but I really want to get ahold of them this year and get organized once and for all!!!



Happy Quilting!!!

Catherine

Wednesday, December 3, 2014

Stormy Seas QAL - Week #3

Is anyone else still recovering from Turkey Day??? Okay, maybe not turkey day, but the festivites surrounding it. I got home from a week log trip to see my family on Monday, and I am finally catching up on the home things that need to be done. I have a laundry list of to dos this week, and the Christmas parties are starting (which seems insane)!!! More on that later this week, now back to Stormy Seas!!!

So, here's the schedule :

Week 1 : This week ! November 17 - November 23 - Bag # 1 Assembly - Done

Week 2 : November 24 - November 30 - Bag #2 Assembly - Done

Week 3 : December 1 - December 7 - Bag #3 Assembly - This week!!!

Week 4 : December 8 - December 15 - Bag #4 Assembly

Week 5 : December 16 - December 22 - Sewing Curves

Week 6 : December 23 - December 29 - Final Assembly



So, since we are on day 3 of week 3, we better get to work!!!

Did I mention this week has the most work??? That's right, it has more units (20) than previous weeks, and more sections per unit (13), so this week technically has the most sewing! It also has 2 opposing units (10 rights, and 10 lefts). The secret to making sure that everything goes together correctly is organization. When bags have multiple units (or right and lefts) in the same bag, I tend to sort, and then sew individual sets, just to keep me organized, so I'll be working in tens this week. It's a busy week, so I am not really sure when I will have time to sew, but I am going to make it work.

I took a few minutes this morning to work on my cutting table, and get everything arranged for maximum productivity. Unfortunately, there seems to be a problem with the iPad linking up to the internet, and I can't get my photos to show up here on the blog, so I'll have to show them tomorrow, for now, it's off to Orange County for business meetings.  

I have appointments this morning and early afternoon and the first of the Christmas Parties is tonight at Shawn's, so likely no sewing for me today, but we'll see, maybe I'll finish sooner than I thought!

See you soon!


Catherine

Sunday, November 30, 2014

Running a little behind

If you stopped in looking for the Month in Review or the Week #3 clue, I'm sorry, it's going to be an extra day or 2, as I am still in Thanksgiving mode, at my Mom's family's home, celebrating with card playing, large vats of soup and homemade cinnamon rolls....and dishes, did I mention dishes for 36? Lots of dishes....

Until Tuesday....

Catherine

Sunday, November 23, 2014

Stormy Seas Week #2

Well, we're done with week 1....

Did you get your blocks made?


Yay!!!

All of mine match, they have the same green print for the spikes and the same background....these were the only two pieces in my Kansas Troubles stash that had real yardage, so I used them for these. You may have done these totally scrappy and they will still look great! See the ones is the original, they are totally scrappy.....



Or, you could have done them semi-scrappy, where the pieces in each of the blocks match, but they don't match across the whole project....Similar to what I did in A Touch of Spring....in the pic below you can see that I had multiple backgrounds, and multiple spike fabrics, but each arc matched throughout.


So many options!!!!!!

How are you doing yours?

And now, we are moving on to Bag #2 - making the center spikes. I'm traveling this week, so I went ahead and made mine. You can see that mine "travel", that all of the blocks have different fabrics for the spikes. In my case, I had 4 fabrics, and 12 of each, for a total of 48 spikes. Since there are only 3 spikes in each block, I redistributes the spikes, so that they did not appear twice in each block....you will notice that the backgrounds are scrappy as well. I had 9 fat quarters, so there are a few repeats....


So, that was my weekend....

I'm heading out tomorrow morning for a trip to see my family. I can't wait! Now, I just need to finish packing.

I'll see you back here next week to see your spikes! 

Happy sewing and happy thanksgiving!

See you in December!

Catherine



Friday, November 21, 2014

A Big Announcement - in Montana

I will be hosting a retreat at Judy's Training Center in Somers Montana next August!!!

We will be working on the Paradise in Bloom pattern, which is scheduled for release just after the new year...here's a sneak peak at Judy's version....


Class will start on the 17th, and go through the 21st, and Judy will join us for a presentation and trunk show on the evening of the 21st. All meals and snacks are provided. Lodging is double occupancy at the Training Center, with a maximum of 10. Machines are available for rent. Total cost for the retreat including food and lodging (travel to and from NOT included) : $1050.

We will be staying at the Training Center, just across the breezeway from the Quiltworx office, and just down the road from Flathead Lake.


If you are interested in attending or just getting additional information, please contact me via email at catherine@queeniequilts.com  and I will send you the registration interest packet.


Thursday, November 20, 2014

A Big Announcement - in San Diego

SO, I mentioned in a previous post that Judy was going to be in San Diego -- did you notice that I just kinda slid it in there??? I wasn't being evasive, I was just couldn't announce it!!!!

Judy will be here on Tuesday, December 9th, hosting a color workshop at Cozy Quilt's new Creative Space in El Cajon from 6-9pm. It is a ticketed event, and there are limited seats, so make sure that you call the shop and reserve your spot!!! If you are a San Diegan, you know that Cozy is moving this week, so if you can't reach them immediately, don't worry, just call one day next week.

Judy's Color Workshop and Trunk Show
Tuesday, December 9, 2014
6 p.m.
Cozy Creative Center
756 Jamacha Blvd
El Cajon, CA

For reservations please call 619-670-0652


Did I mention I was excited??? I've been keeping this secret for the last 10 days, and I feel like the pregnant girl who wan't far enough along to tell anyone!!! And this is just the beginning of the big plans.....

See you soon!
Catherine

Tuesday, November 18, 2014

Stormy Seas Week #1

Stormy Seas QAL is here!!!!!

So, over the weekend, you should have picked out your fabrics.....and gotten started on cutting it out and bagging it. If you didn't have a chance to do that, or are joining us late, no worries, you can join us at any time, just start where you are!

So, here's the schedule :

Week 1 : This week ! November 17 - November 23 - Bag # 1 Assembly

Week 2 : November 24 - November 30 - Bag #2 Assembly

Week 3 : December 1 - December 7 - Bag #3 Assembly

Week 4 : December 8 - December 15 - Bag #4 Assembly

Week 5 : December 16 - December 22 - Sewing Curves

Week 6 : December 23 - December 29 - Final Assembly

So, since we are on day 2 of Week 1, let's get started.

1. Set bags 2, 3, and 4 aside for next week.

2. Take everything out of bag 1, and lay it out on your cutting table.


3. Number your papers 1-16, to keep it organized....


4. Use a fold template and fold along each solid line in order......in this case, I used a fedex card, but any thin fold template will do. I do this to help me figure out what the piece looks like, and how to place  the pieces.


5, now, stack your fabrics, starting at the back, with the largest numbers. Make sure that you put the sew side to the top.


6. Time to sew! Meet me back here tomorrow to see how it goes!

Happy Sewing!

Catherine







Monday, November 17, 2014

Make a List Monday.....

It's still Monday, but barely. I delayed today's make a list Monday to participate in the the Timeless Treasures : Reclaim West Edition Blog Hop....if you missed that post, scroll to the bottom, and read it, because there are prizes!!! And who doesn't love prizes???

Now, back to regularly scheduled programming....Make a List Monday...

Poor make a list Monday is feeling overwhelmed today....Next Monday, we leave for Thanksgiving!!! Yes, Turkey Day is quickly approaching, and with it the rush of last minute things, and planning for 2015 and all of the associated activities....so make a list Monday is having list overload. Luckily, I had a super busy and productive day today, so while the list is long, a lot is getting checked off..

1. Finish the Flyers for our big Friday announcement!!! Yes, a big announcement is coming on Friday regarding a certain place in the North where I will be teaching next Summer......just finishing up the final pieces of info for the flyer....

2. Finish flyers for 2015 Q1 classes and class lists. The boring office stuff that must be done when you run your own business.

3. Update the website with all of the associated yummies #1 and #2 above....again more boring office work....

4. Make a tree skirt. A last minute, we are leaving on Monday, and it needs to be pieced, quilted and bound before I get on the plane kind of tree skirt. Oh yeah, I need to design it too. No pressure.

5. Figure out how rafflecopter works....so if anyone has any advice on that one, let me know....I definitely need it!!!

6. Bag #1 and #2 of my Stormy Seas Quilt Along.....because I scheduled that OVER VACATION....what was I thinking??? I wasn't, way to go Project Manager!

7. Work on my Paradise in Blooms quilt...I want it finished before Judy gets here on December 9th. Which leaves me with oh, 8 sewing days between now and then. It's doable, but only if I strap myself to the machine. Good thing I own a ball and chain....

So, if you need me this week, I'll be at the sewing machine. Sewing my little heart out. Literally.

I'll be back tomorrow with the Week 1 of the Stormy Seas Quilt Along Info and assignments...until then. Sew On!!!

Catherine

Reclaimed West !!!!



Welcome to the :


This is one of those days that we have been waiting for!!! I mentioned in August that while I was at retreat in Montana, I had a chance to see the Reclaimed West fabric line that was designed by Judy and Judel for Timeless Treasures. It is FINALLY shipping to stores, and I can finally share the quilt that I made. Plus there are prizes!!! And who doesn't love prizes???
So,  first off,  welcome to the Blog Hop for the new fabric line -- Reclaimed West. Make sure that you check out the bottom of this post to see all of the other participants, and follow along throughout the week to enter various giveaways on each blog, and the Timeless Treasures Giveaway (details below).
Here's a sneak peak at the entire line......

Can you guess which one is my favorite???? Of course it is the Thistle (i.e. the purple one)....it's a great print, and the color is simply luscious....

As part of the preparation for Market, several of the Certified Instructors and Certified Shops remade existing patterns out of Reclaimed West, while Judy and her team worked on the new patterns. I'm going to introduce a couple of those today. The first one is Prairie Pinwheels, which I pieced in August. This quilt was quilted by Carrie Barone of Lakeside Montana, and the quilt is AMAZING!!! Seriously, it's amazing!!! It's barbed wire!!! This quilt was super easy and super quick to make. It uses a new strip technique that I think will revolutionize the way we look at paper piecing!!!




At Market, Judy released a number of new patterns, including my new favorite - Weathered Windmill. Here it is hanging in the Timeless Treasures Booth at Market. 

Stay tuned throughout the week to see the following people, and their impressions on Reclaimed West. Make sure that you enter all the giveaways, using the details at the end of this blog.
November 17
Carla Klop, Kits by Carla - http://www.kitsbycarla.com/blog
Catherine Wilson, Queenie Quilts - http://queeniequiltsblogs.blogspot.com
Lisa McCarthy, Compass Point Quilts - www.compasspointquilts.com

November 18
Deborah Brizendine, Just Stitchin with Deborah - http://juststitchinwithdeborah.blogspot.com/
Denise Green, HollyDee Quilts - http://hollydeequilts.net
Sandy Lueth, Totes by Sandy - http://www.totes-by-sandy.com

November 19
Cathy McKillip, Wish Upon A Quilt - http://wishuponaquilt.com/blog
Marcia Nagel/Megan Bohr, Pine Needles Quilt & Sew - http://thepineconepress.blogspot.com/
Stacey Day, Stacey in Stitches - http://staceyinstitches.wordpress.com

November 20
Barb Linares, Crafty Threads - http://craftyquilts.blogspot.com/
Jennifer Eubank, Archipelago Quilting - http://jennifersewing.wordpress.com/
Konda Luckau, Moose on the Porch Quilts - http://www.moosequilts.com/blog
Susan Nelson, Prairie Sky Quilts - http://blog.prairieskyquilting.com

November 21
Jackie Kunkel, Canton Village Quilt Works - http://cvquiltworks.com/blogs/blog
Lauren Rogers, Backdoor Quilt Shoppe - www.backdoorquiltshoppe.wordpress.com
Osie Lebowitz, From Needle and Thread - http://www.fromneedleandthread.com/
Timeless Treasures, SewTimeless (Giveaways!) - http://www.ttfabrics.com/blog/

Prizes!!!! Prizes !!!!! Prizes!!!!
And now, for the reasons you are here.....Enter the giveaway HERE at SewTimeless starting Nov 17 – it will be open for entries throughout the blog tour. THREE WINNERS will be selected on Monday, November 24th at NOON EASTERN. The link to the giveaway will be http://www.ttfabrics.com/reclaimed-west-blog-tour/ (link will be active Nov 17). **EACH OF THE THREE WINNERS WILL RECEIVE: one fat eighth bundle of the entire Reclaimed West collection (24 pcs), one 52-pc charm pack of the Reclaimed West collection, one Braided Table Runner pattern by Quiltworx/Judy Niemeyer, one Geese in the West pattern by Cindi McCracken, one Reclaimed West bookmark & bag tag set from Quilt Dots, one spool of coordinating thread from the Reclaimed West designer thread set available from Aurifil. 

And from me....simply follow my blog, and comment below with which fabric from the collection is your favorite, and I will choose 3 random winners to receive a copy of the Prairie Pinwheels pattern, so that you can make your own.

Have a great week!!! 

Happy Quilting!!!
Catherine 

Saturday, November 15, 2014

Stormy Seas QAL

Today's the day!

It's time to start on our Stormy Seas Tablerunner!!!!

I picked my fabrics last week....a collection of scraps from several different Kansas Troubles lines. I had a layer cake of Holly Wishes, a couple of fat quarters from Paisley Park, and some backgrounds that were in my deep stash....thanks to Moda, and their designers, I can usually mix various "years" worth of fabrics easily....

Here's some in process shots....




I spend a couple of hours today cutting all of my bags....



It's pretty straight forward, just make sure that you read through the fabric options before you start cutting so that your darks are organized the way you want....I am going with Option 1, which is totally scrappy darks, and a single background. I think Mom will love it!

So, get started, and I will meet you back here on Tuesday to get started on piecing bag 1!

Happy Sewing!

Catherine







Monday, November 10, 2014

Make a List Monday Returns

Welcome back to make a list Monday....my place for listing out all of the things that I plan on working on during the week and attempt to be accountable for last weeks shenanigans....

This week is busy, busy, busy....

See?


I'm out teaching three days this week, so I am not sure how much will get done, but we're going to try and get a lot done on Paradise in Bloom. I really want mine finished before Thanksgiving break, since I really want to do the appliqué while I am in Nebraska for the week.for that to be remotely possible, I need to get the border units made this week, and assembled. So, here's to getting to the machine and parking there for the next few days.



Wednesday and Thursday I will be at the Santa Barbara Guild, teaching Winter Wonderland, as always , I am super excited to see what color combos everyone does for this one....i am always amazed at what students put together....more on that on Thursday....

We also have the Stormy Seas quilt along starting this week (on Saturday). I have already pulled my fabrics since this is for a gift, it is totally outside of my box....it's a combination of lines from Kansas Troubles, some of it is new, and some is eons old. The nice thing about KT, is that they all go together, and the differences in blues, plums, and greens will only enhance the scrappiness....



I'll be teaching on Sunday at Cozy. We will be working on Fire Island Hosta...


Will I see you this week?

Happy quilting!

Catherine




Saturday, November 8, 2014

October Month End Update

Well, it is mid-November, almost. I can't quite believe that it is already the 8th of November....I like these posts to be completed by the 2nd or 3rd AT THE LATEST.... And yet, we are firmly on the 8th, and I am just sitting down to get my thoughts together to get started....

In terms of sewing and quilting, I haven't gotten much done this month, with the travel and prep for Market and Festival, there wasn't a lot of time to sew, other than market sewing. I spent the early part of October doing market prep, aka super secret sewing. The patterns were released on the 21st, and available for shipping now. They made their official debut in Houston on the 25th. As a result, there was very little Judy sewing completed this month....though I did get some quilts back from Montana...

So, on that note, back to the project list....

The goals as stated at the new year are in black, amendments (changes/additions, etc) are in blue, and status is red....

Piecing
1. Captain's Wheel complete and sent to the quilter in February.
2. Celtic Wave (Queen) - Piece Along to start in mid-February! complete and sent to the quilter in July.
3. Flower's for My Wedding Ring - Didn't make much progress on this one this month. October - did nothing on this one, no one single thing.
4. Scrappy Trip Layout completed and labeled, just need some time to sew. October - Bonnie was here and spoke at my guild this month, so I did at least pull it out and prep borders.
5. Osprey's Nest Done. Closed.
6. Hawaiian/Prairie Star - Added in April, I have cut it all out. and I will be taking it on retreat this weekend. So fingers crossed a lot will get accomplished. Got nothing accomplished on this one.....
7. Fire Island Hosta Queen - Added in April. I have cut this one out as well. I should take it to retreat, but that might mean I get neither done...so we'll have to see. Done. Hanging at Cozy Quilt Shop in San Diego for a class that starts in September.

Quilting
1. Winter Wonderland - I got it back and I love it. I posted some pics, and did a blog post.
2. Glacier Star - Handed over to the quilter while I was in Montana. Headed back my way.
3. Mariner's Compass done. Quilted and bound.
4. Compass Rose - done. and blogged. 
5. Meandering Star - done. 
6. Captain's Wheel - at the quilter
7. Celtic Wave Queen - sent to Montana for quilting
8. Flower's for My Wedding Ring - 
9. Scrappy Trip
10. Osprey's Nest - Done.
11. Feathered Star Queen - sent to Montana

Pattern Writing
1. 2014 Block of the Month - starts on January 13th! - Done. started February 13th. whole year worth of patterns have been scheduled!!! We found an issue with these....all of the posts that had been scheduled before the July 1 blogger update were corrupted, so once I get back from Market (or maybe while I am there), I will get these reposted!!! Sorry folks!!!
2. 5 new patterns for spring market - all done!!! 
3. 5 new patterns for fall market - all done!!!

Other projects :
1. Amazon Star finished
2. Pepperdish finished - no change
3. Crackers finished - complete
4. Feathered Star Queen finished - complete
5. Project Destash - current total is --57.25. October - I should be happy that I didn't buy an fabric this month, but I must admit that I also didn't really burn through as much as I wanted to either. 48 fat quarters were used in the making on my market quilts, along with 12 1/2 yards of backs, and 3 3/4 yards of bindings. Several of my quilts were made with fabric that was gifted from Hoffman Fabrics, but I used all of it, so I haven't counted it here....total of October -29 1/2 yards. Total yards used : -88 3/4. Not bad.... Maybe I can get to -100 by the end of the year. That's only -6 yards for November and December, of course it is mid-November, and I have some as of yet unreported November buys....


November Sewing Plan
Due to all of the travel plans this month, and the prep for a super secret visit in December, I am not sure how much sewing will get accomplished, but I do have some things I want to get done, including  an IG Swap, and a Disney Swap....so maybe there are some things that will happen, and maybe not....

How are your quilty goals going this year???

Have you started thinking about next year????

Happy Quilting!!!

Catherine

Friday, November 7, 2014

Quilt Along Quilt Along - Here we come

It's that time again, to work on a new Quilt Along. For those of you who haven't done one of these, it's really simple....we pick a project, I put together a schedule, and then we work on it.....it's an accountability and completion strategy for me as much as a teaching opportunity. I walk you through any questions on the pattern, and give pointers on specific topics..and take lots of in process pictures, and you work on it, and send me any questions....

So, this quarter, we are working on Stormy Seas by Judy Niemeyer. It's a great classic setting, and whether you use it as a table runner or Bedrunner, it will be amazing.


The original is done is Edyta Sitar's new line from Moda, a combination of batiks and cotton prints is shades of cream, caramel and blue. I will be making mine from a combination of Kansas Troubles prints, since it will be a gift for a friend....but I'm jumping ahead....

Here's the schedule :

November 15th - official start of Week 1 : fabric selection and preparation, since this is a smaller quilt, we have left less time than normal for this piece. So, please start early if you can...since you only have the weekend according to the official schedule.

November 17th - 23rd - Week 2 : Bag 1 Sewing

November 24th - 30th - Week 3 : Bag 2 Sewing

December 1st - 7th - Week 4 : Bag 3 Sewing

December 8th - December 14th : Bag 4 Sewing

December 15th - December 22nd : Assembly : Curves and S Curves

And that's it. Of course, in there is that pesky Thanksgiving holiday, and all of the Christmas shopping and preparations that are going on, so I know this May be a bit to commit to for some of you. If it's not the right time of year, or just not the right project right now, just keep sewing on whatever you are working on. Enjoy it. It's your time for your hobby, so make the most of it! You can always refer back to the posts next year....

So, until I see you again, happy fabric selecting!


Catherine