Thursday, April 18, 2013

Busy Weekend!

This past weekend, I headed out to a quilt show and a quilt shop and a baby shower. What do those three things have in common? Quilts, of course!

Locally, on Friday at the Towpath Quilt Show, I was a guest at the Calico Gals booth to sign books. Here's Janet Lutz, Calico Gals owner, and me taking a quick photo op.

And then on Saturday, I was off to Naples, NY where I participated in a shop hop at Carriage House Quilts. We talked about all kinds of quilty things, including the new pattern, Chopped, and some demos.

As you may already know, my niece in Chicago is expecting her first child next month. Simultaneously, my husband's cousin here in New York is expecting a baby girl in early June. So on Sunday, I went to a baby shower.

When I received the invitation, I knew just what to do. . .

A Bring-a-Book baby shower meant only one thing to this quilter. A book panel--typically used to make a soft-cover book--turned into a quilt. A few years ago, I created this pattern to be included in a book to make fast quilts for kids from Landauer. The book used panels and fabric coordinates from a line illustrated by my friend Janet Wecker-Frisch, who keeps a wonderful blog, you should check it out. I no longer have the quilt created for that book, but recently found a book panel from Quilting Treasures featuring the Beatrix Potter Tale of Jemima Puddleduck, and went from there.

Trimmed the panel, added pieced sashing and cornerstones, furled the four-patch seams so all the seams fall together beautifully. And quilted it.

Ta-Done! And that's how quilters do books!

It needs a label. Just because I was in the mood to fuss, I found this embroidery pattern at Urban Threads (don't go there if you don't have some time to kill--I got lost in this site--there is so much really fun stuff to see--and buy!). I added some applique to the label. . .

. . . And one of those Magic Blocks I've become addicted to . . . and some fluffy ribbon, and it's wrapped, ready for giving.

Off to the shower. Jill now seems to be fully stocked up with diapers, onesies, bedding, and you name it. All she needs is a baby. . .

 . . . and that will come soon enough!

Happy Stitching! . . .


UPDATE. Quilty Hugs to Newtown. The quilts given to Newtown have been reaching their new homes. Volunteers in the Newtown area and employees at The Taunton Press are delivering the quilts collected in January personally to family members and first responders.

Quilts recipients also include children at the school who still struggle to process the events of that December day. One family, whose son is a first grader, lost everything in a recent house fire. They received five of the quilts. My editor at Taunton tells me that "people are very thankful for the kind thoughts, prayers, and quilts." And she asked me to pass this message along to those who sent their quilty hugs to Newtown: Thank you.

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