Wednesday, November 14, 2018

The Literate Quilter: Red & White Quilts: 14 Quilts with Timeless Appeal...

I read, I quilt, I follow Nancy Bekofske.... The Literate Quilter who blogs about quilts, books and what she loves.   And,  how lucky that her latest book reviewed is all about quilts...a book spotlighting the red and white quilts of fourteen designers. 

The Literate Quilter: Red & White Quilts: 14 Quilts with Timeless Appeal...: I adore red and white quilts and was eager to get a look at Red & White Quilts from That Patchwork Place. Fourteen designers were a...

Tuesday, November 6, 2018

Yesterday Revisited BOM No. 10......Corn and Beans

I'm a country girl so corn and beans are old the dinner table or on the sewing room cutting table.   Have fun with BOM 10.  Your challenge will be not when to start.....but where to stop.  Here's how you do it ~

Here are a few inspiring pictures found on Pinterest ~

Lovin' every minute of this job.

Wednesday, October 31, 2018

Mary Elizabeth Kinch, Let me catch my breath ~

A big thank you from Quilters' Guild Acadienne to Mary Elizabeth Kinch for spending the past several days with us sharing  her love of quilt-making.  Mary Elizabeth professes to be an interior designer by day but a quilter by night.   She lectures, she teaches, she designs fabric and quilts and has co-authored two best sellers,    Small Blocks, Stunning Quilts and Small Pieces, Spectacular Quilts.  

Mary Elizabeth began Thursday morning by saying right out loud that every one of us has the ability to be creative....oftentimes it just takes encouragement.  That's exactly what Mary Elizabeth did as she continued luring us in with her fabulous trunk show/program.   She encouraged us by sharing her love of antique quilts and how she used  her analysis of them to execute the plans for her next antique  quilt replica.

 Mary Elizabeth Kinch

I nabbed Mary Elizabeth before the program began to get this picture of her modern sampler.  The narrow string border intrigued me.  Notice that there are half-square triangles along with what perhaps might be 1" all the way up to 6"  fabric cuts pieced together.....particularly the long blue strip that wraps around the corner. 

I also found interesting the lighter shades within the courthouse steps block almost disappear into the white background.  Yes, interesting when we as quilt makers and artists so often feel compelled to have definitions rather than blurred lines.

Just give Mary Elizabeth a string or two and see what she does!  A very modern take on an ever so traditional quilt design. 

Mary Elizabeth Kinch

Inspired by Amish quilts and their makers....and the importance of "ish"....meaning that the large outer borders don't exactly measure the same.  They are 12" ish or so.  Mary Elizabeth is a stickler for measuring, cutting, sewing, pressing why the "ish" theory?   Let your viewing  eye be the judge.

Mary Elizabeth Kinch

And while you think you might be viewing a near solid medallion center triangle....well, let's take a closer look.

Mary Elizabeth Kinch

The entire triangle as well as the tan cornerstones are 1" ers pieced together.  Takes my breath away to think of the time involved.

Mary Elizabeth prefaced the showing of her next quilt by emphasizing the importance of finishing those UFOs.  She (frankly) says they do us no good except to take up very usable brain space!  What's a quilter to do?  Sort those unfinished blocks and quilts, finish those we love and donate those we don't.  Allow someone else to love them on to completion.  It's just that simple!

Having said that, here is Cocktails in the Library.  Mary Elizabeth says this one started with a block sampler taken away from a Gwen Marston workshop.  Don't you see the books....on the the library with cocktails!

Mary Elizabeth Kinch

Just  as simple as taking a theme and flowing with pieced strings on curry.

Mary Elizabeth Kinch

or testing your color combo's....spotlight the blues, remembering that blues are dark and light and aqua and can lean toward shades of mauve and purple and lavender. 

Mary Elizabeth Kinch

It was about here in the program that Mary Elizabeth talked to us about forming a posse.  A support posse that is!   We are at our best when surrounded by people who encourage and support and when asked will offer opinions and ideas that will help us to grow as artisans.    Know yourself....your personal design data base and what influences your style.

Mary Elizabeth also shared a story about an author's regimen of when to work and when to step out of the zone.   The author starts early in the morning, works till noon, takes a break, walks around the block.    Are you a morning person? Then be in your element and start designing and stitching while fresh.   Running into a snag?  Take a break, have lunch, get outside and take a walk around the block to solve those troubling problems.   If it works for a well known author, then we can also play that game.

And then there were workshops....two fun-filled days learning more about Mary Elizabeth and her techniques and her lessons in color value.

Foothills Quilt  was inspired by a late 1800's Canadian antique quilt with ever so interesting design elements and delightful quirks.   In the workshop, Mary Elizabeth emphasized the role of color and value and how sashing and borders can be a game changer.   Read more about her foothills quilt quilt-along here on her blog. 

 Saturday's  workshop was filled with Pumpkin Peels.  Oh, how fun!

It was a whirlwind trip for Mary Elizabeth, starting in Canada with stops in and around Houston and Beaumont, then over to Louisiana.....three days in Lafayette, then spending her last days in New Orleans before flying  home.   Mary Elizabeth, we so enjoyed your visit and hope to see you again.

Sunday, October 28, 2018

BOM #9 - Wind Blown Square

This quilt block is known by several different names – Wind Blown Square, Windblown Star, Whirlpool, Balkan Puzzle, and Sea Glass to name a few.

The earliest mention of the block I could find listed the block name as Whirpool and was found in a quilt in Maine in 1778, but I was unable to locate a picture or location of this quilt. 

The Ladies Art Company published a quilt pattern catalog in 1897 which included 400 different block designs.  Many of the block names used in this publication are still with us today and some have evolved into different names by designers and publishers as well as regional names for the same design. This block design was listed as block #334 under the name Mosaic #6

 Ruby McKim published this pattern in 1931.  The block also shows up in the catalog of Nancy Cabot in the Chicago Tribune under the name of Balkan Puzzle and Windblown Star in 1933 and Flowing Ribbons in 1935.  It was also called Whirlpools in 1935 in the Birmingham News by Nancy Page.
In Nancy Cabot’s publication about the block under the name Windblown Star she did not have a lot to say except “it could be traced to a quaint, seaside town in Maine.”  Due to this description the block also became known as Sea Glass after the depression.

Today if you go looking for reference to Sea Glass quilts you will find everything under the sun except this design!  This name has been used for many different blocks and quilt patterns, a good example of how block names and designs evolve over time.

Wednesday, October 24, 2018

Whacky Wednesday ~

A mid-week day is always a great day to get whacky! whacky with those fat quarters, that is.   Leah Day's fat quarter stack and whack four patch quilt is a great start to the rest of the week.  Leah makes the math easy when she answers the many blocks do you want?  Well that's how many fat quarters you need.  I like that. 

Monday, October 22, 2018

Make welcome a very important guest.....Mary Elizabeth Kinch

Quilters' Guild Acadienne......we are in for a treat with  nationally recognized speaker, Mary Elizabeth Kinch coming in for our October 25th guild meetings.   Mary Elizabeth will share her enthusiasm about our quilting heritage and  her experiences as a quilter.  Her workshops Friday and Saturday will allow her to no doubt stretch our traditional boundaries.  Yes, Mary Elizabeth says she believes in 'quilting with abandon'  while creating quilts with a subtle salute to the past.      

Mary Elizabeth describes herself as a fabric designer, teacher and speaker who has co-authored two best-selling books, "Small Blocks, Stunning Quilts" and "Small Pieces, Spectacular Quilts."   Mary Elizabeth's work has been shown at international quilt shows and in quilting publications.  She has been a featured guest on The Quilt Show with Alex Anderson and Ricky Tims.   

A treat indeed and we are so ready to welcome Mary Elizabeth to Quilters' Guild Acadienne.  


Sunday, October 21, 2018

Aren't you glad it's Fall?

The autumnal equinox is followed by cool weather, falling leaves and Halloween.....

To help celebrate and to keep the season hot with new ideas for fun, Stitchin' Post is sharing.  Here's your free download....a Halloween Trick or Treat bag.

Do you remember from day school that the earth spins on a tilted axis and that the autumnal equinox is the point in time when the sun is directly in line with the equator?   I thought you might.....

Friday, October 19, 2018

Quilters' Guild Bazaar

Save the date.....Saturday, November 3rd from 1pm -'s just around the corner  at 120 Duson VFW Hall Road - it's the 2018 QGA Holiday Bazaar.

What's this QGA Holiday Bazaar about anyway?    Well, it's an event for guild members, family and guests to enjoy delicious snacks, play some fun games, enjoy demonstrations and win prizes!

  • Ugly Sweater Contest
  • Layer-cake Walk
  • Quilt Trivia Competition
  • Wreath-making Demonstration
  • Mini Quilt Competition

And what's a Holiday Bazaar without food
  • There will be crock pot soup tasting - and with that comes the recipe
  • Holiday Cookie tasting and recipe
  • Food table with pies, cakes, breads, jellies and jams for sale
  • Beverages (alcohol and non) will be sold at VFW Hall Bar.  VFW restricts drinks brought into the hall

So, yes, go ahead and save the date.  Tickets may be purchased at QGA guild meetings or at the VFW Hall door. 

Tuesday, October 16, 2018

Ready, Set.....Get Ready for a Christmas gift-giving idea ~

I can see these little envelopes stuffed with a gift card for the hard-to-please teen, a fun selvedge collection for quilting friends who collect, an easy quilt pattern and fabric for a grandchild's first doll quilt,  or yes, even $$$$$.  So easy to make in any size to fit your gifting pleasure. 

Ready, set, get making those snap- to Christmas (or any gift-giving time of the year)  envelopes.  The Riley Blake tutorial is here.

Friday, October 12, 2018

Eggs on Toast in your own colorway ~

A free quilt pattern download on the Northcott Fabric Channel for this delightfully delicious "Eggs On Toast" quilt pattern.....colorway of your choice.  It's one of those confident beginner level quilts that finishes at 52" x 64" - just right to hang over your favorite chair and enjoy all winter long. 

Laura @ Sew Very Easy made the video tutorial which makes it all cut and sew together so easily.