Saturday, March 8, 2014

Eagle Ranch Quilts

When I joined my 1st quilt guild in '96 I had no idea I was going to find my charitable niche as well as a lifelong passion. I admire those who devote hours of service helping victims of floods , those who build houses for humanity. I will admit , spending 20 hours on a quilt and giving it away isn't always easy. Many times I have to make a new quilt because an attachment has formed with ones who languish in my studio for too long. 
My largest Charitable project by far is underway. My plan is to make a throw sized quilt for each of the families who live in the Eagle Ranch children's homes. I toured last June and realised these  people  devote a year or more of their lives , in a group home with 12 kids plus their own! My quilt guild makes sure each kid who comes to the Ranch gets a quilt. I have at least 10  to finish and am enlisting Hall County Quilt guilds project day to help me. Right now I only have one picture to show but I have 3 quilted and 4 more in various stages of piecing. 

Thanks for coming by!

Tuesday, February 4, 2014

Quilting for Hire

Just a few of the quilts I have quilted for hire in December and January. 

New Class at Sewcial Studios Feb 8th and 9th

If you have you ever thought about learning Celtic Applique , then this is a great class to learn the technique. With Scarlett Rose's great pattern,  learn the ins and outs of Celtic with this table runner version of Scarlett's full sized quilt. 
Contact Sewcial Studio to sign up.

Tuesday, January 21, 2014

Cool Beans

Hi and Happy New year ! As always it is fun to cut up a simple block and make something complicated looking. As with the disappearing 9 patch quilts this one is sure to amaze your quilting friends. The Missouri Quilter is the best for tutorials but I took pictures at my quilting group so you can see how many possibilities there are with this technique. Basically you cut 2 big squares , sew a quarter each seam all the way around. Cut this in half on each diagonal , making 4 half square triangles. Heck thats cool enough right there ( do watch out all the edges are bias ) . Take the 4 half squares and make a pinwheel block. 
Cut this block into equal thirds each way and spin around the components to create 6 different blocks. 

Sunday, December 29, 2013

Rail Fences Possibilities

Jan. 9th I will be teaching a beginner quilt class at the Lyndon House in Athens Ga. 
Interested ? 
The 2 rail fence settings here use fewer rail fence blocks and have a more modern twist. 

Thursday, October 17, 2013

Cool little tutorial

Hats off to folks who post excellent crafting tutorials. They take  a lot of patience and attention to detail to produce. I can't recall my path to this one but at 1st glance I could see endless possibilities. I have some deep seated need to not only make the items as published but to make them mini and (hopefully) make them large. So you should expect a 12 gallon trash can sized triangle box one day. Maybe not that big , but I think the sides offer an excellent place to show off a variety of techniques ; stamping , machine quilting , paint stick designs , beading and more. 
I love the name of the blog too,  Needing Things 

Thursday, October 10, 2013

Beginning Quilt Class offered at Lyndon House Art Center

I am very excited to announce I will be teaching a beginning quilt class at the Lyndon House Arts Center in Athens Ga starting January 9th 2014. My offering is a simple rail fence for folks to dip their proverbial toe in the quilting waters. I have been toying around with the idea of making a modern quilt.  I am intrigued with the concept of blank space in a quilt , as I am an avid machine quilter. I am excited about quilting designs to fill in the blank space. I have to admit making a quilt with fewer blocks makes me happy too! I will be making a traditional version as well and will feature different colorings and layouts in future blog posts. I now believe in quilting karma after finding the exact color choices I had been playing with in my quilting program , in a new line of fabric I found recently at Uncommon Thread. 
Check back later for a picture of the fabric line .