Some of you may know that in a past life I studied wildlife biology. (What??? You mean you didn’t realize that was a required course of study for a longarm quilter/quilt shop owner/pattern designer?? But what else could I have studied…….gee, maybe home ec or textiles would have proven more useful in my current line of work <wink> – ya think??!!)
Thanks to all who commented on my last post of “Does Size Matter?“! While this quilt is made up of only a few relatively simple pieces (Half-Square Triangles, Triangle Squares, Snowball blocks, squares and rectangles), there are various colorations of each unit. So it’s been one of my more challenging patterns to write in a manner that will keep everything easy and organized for the piecer.
…..when it comes to a quilt you’re going to make? I’m working on a new pattern………well, to be honest, although the instructions are new, the quilt is not. I actually sewed the sample over a year ago…..started writing the instructions……and then along came some OTHER bright and shiny new project I just had to work on. And then another one, and well, here it is a year and a half later. You’ve never done that, have you?? I didn’t think so…….
So I returned today from a quilting retreat. Thirteen of us spent the weekend eating too much, laughing too much, sleeping too little…….does life get any better???? Thanks, girls, for another fun time!
One of the projects I worked on was the X-Blocks quilt I’m calling ‘Sapphires and Emeralds’. The center is now assembled, and the pieced borders are also made (but I didn’t get a photo of those yet).
I’m working on a new sample for the shop and retreat. “X-Blocks” is a technique by designer Patricia Pepe of Quilt Queen Designs. You start with strip sets or nine-patches, then use one of the X-Blocks rulers to cut your blocks. Sometimes the blocks are twisted or turned or flipped, and when you sew them all together, they create very cool designs!
While the end of summer always makes me sad, the shorter days and less time in the out-of-doors means there is more time for sewing and quilting – YAY!! September and October are always filled with quilting events – shows, retreats, classes, etc. Now that I have my Studio, I can’t attend as many of these as I used to. Just this month, for instance, are several events I’ve attended in the past. Last weekend was the Hill City Quilt Show and The Great Black Hills Quilt Escape in the Black Hills of S. Dakota. This weekend the South Dakota Quilter’s Guild is holding their Fall Quilting Retreat in Huron. Next weekend is the Indian Summer Quilt Show & Conference held in Fargo ND.