Saturday, September 20, 2014

Can't See the Forest

ARGH!  After the embarrassment of discovering the Tree templates were left out of our Bears on the Porch Log Cabin pattern, the email addressed offered in the previous blog is impossible.  So, if you purchased the Bears on the Porch pattern in West Yellowstone this summer, and the Tree templates are missing, please email  or call 1(435) 730-4976.  Mention the trees template and give your name and address and we'll send you the template pattern  immediately.
Bottom Fir Tree border 

Meanwhile, we're enjoying the beginning of Quilt Season.   Of course, the Opening Day of Quilt Season follows right on the heels of the Closing Day of Quilt Season.   Oh, wait.  Maybe some of you don't consider NCAA football season prime Quilt Season. Isn't that why instant replay was invented? I've got great seats, and never get rained or snowed out. Still following Boise State, and waiting for Utah/vs BYU and Army vs Navy, and Syracuse vs anybody.

Thursday, September 4, 2014

Missing Forest

The missing trees
To our friends and fellow quilters;

Howdy.  If you bought a copy of our Bears on the Front Porch quilt pattern this summer in West Yellowstone,  please email us for a copy of the Tree block templates. We deeply regret our error in leaving the template pages out of the printed pattern.  We can email the file or send you a paper copy, at no charge to you, of course.


Digital plan for Bears on the Porch quilt

Monday, March 24, 2014


Midwinter Dream Quilt

When the snow gets deep and the skies are grey, I'm not the only one who dreams of summer.

Plan A for the Midwinter quilt

This quilt project started several years ago when my sister gave me a foot tall stack of batik fat quarters as a Christmas gift.  My world, and especially my appliqué, brightened up considerably.  As I've collected bright batiks, I've put some aside for this project. Now they've reached an acceptable level of curing-on-the-shelf, so in the dark ages of January I started piecing.

Originally we just wanted an easy to piece design that would showcase the intense colors of batiks.  I’d seen a Finnish quilt online with a gorgeous array of bright fabrics, but it was far more complex than I wanted to tackle in a big quilt, so this quilt is only somewhat inspired by that one, mostly in the borders. 

The blocks of the quilt center are a simple log-cabin style square.  The zig-zag border is cut from a pieced panel of stripes.                                                                                                                                                                 
blocks ready for piecing
First block begins
I just have to remember which way I'm rotating the blocks as I add pieces

a finished block, pressed and "squared up" but skewed on the greid in the background.

These are the strips which will become stripes for the border
And the striped panel cut into blocks.

and the border begins to take shape.

The plan is to finish this in time to have it quilted by midsummer.  Bright days ahead!