Yesterday was the Grand Opening of Trailer Stash! It was such a great day!! I revealed one of my new patterns (coming out at Spring Market). It’s called Georgia’s Dresden. I’m going to be doing a workshop for this pattern on May 4 with Trailer Stash. There is still space, contact Gina to register! Make sure you sign up for their newsletter so you’ll know about upcong events!
The workshop will be a great day. We will learn all about making dresdens, baby border dresdens and balance in scrappy quilts. Plus, you’ll learn options for appliquéing.
Gina will have the trailer parked at WinMock and we will be in the barn. It’s a gorgeous space with lots of room for sewing and laying out the projects. Plus, a yummy lunch is included.
I had a little trunk show highlighting my patterns and upcoming classes. Remember, you can see my full teaching schedule here.
The trailer is adorable! Basically, there’s cuteness everywhere.
Anywhere that has boxes of Liberty is a happy place.
Love these Cotton + Steel basic bundles!
She’s carrying Flatter and Soak, two of my go-to products!
Check out the adorable (and delicious) cupcakes!
And loads more of pretty Liberty on rolls!
Congrats Gina on your opening! I’m so proud of you and happy to be a part of it!
Have y’all seen the new Trailer Stash photos popping up over on Instagram?! My dear friend Gina Allen (of Ginabean Quilts fame) has remodeled a Shasta trailer and made a mobile fabric shop full of the most hard to find treasures: from Liberty to Yuwa to Merchant & Mills. Seriously, she’s gathered up all the loot that usually requires scouring the internet!
She’s having a Grand Opening! It’s Sunday, March 15 from 1 to 5. It’s at WinMock at Kinderton (168 East Kinderton Way, Bermuda Run, NC 27006). Everyone is welcome!
I will be there with all my quilts and patterns (and a surprise or two up my sleeve!) And she will have the trailer bursting with all the fabric goodness that you could ever need! Look how adorable it is and it’s not even stocked yet!
She’s going to be doing workshops at WinMock. I will be teaching Georgia’s Dresden on Monday, May 4! I’ll be revealing the pattern during the Grand Opening. Gina is also opening up a Sewing Studio and I’ll be teaching there as well! I have a Color Study Workshop scheduled for Friday, May 1 and my Clutched class on Thursday, April 9. You can register for these classes during the grand opening or by contacting Gina directly.
This week I’m highlighting all my new patterns. First up is my All Squared Up quilt!
This pattern is not brand new, I initially released it as just a wall hanging. Now there are directions for Wall Hanging through King! If you have a copy of the earlier version of the pattern, just shoot me an email and I will send you the updated version.
The cover quilt is really special because The Guru and I pieced it together!! I chose all different Denyse Schmidt fabrics. I love that they work so well together. I can’t wait for it to live on my bed!
My quilty friend Sue is AMAZING at machine blind appliqué. You really can’t believe she does it on the machine!! This is a quilt she made…on her machine! She’s crazy talented! (It was quilted by Gina Allen and made in a class with Kathleen Baden.)
I just can’t get over that she does it on a machine. She preps everything with the freezer paper method and then uses a blind hem stitch with transparent thread. Gorgeous!
Then I found out she does classes!! So excited! So we got together and I got to work.
She had made a little tea towel and I made a version of that!
I’m in this group called Handmade Birthday Club and each month you send a handmade birthday present to the birthday girl. This month is Courtney, so I picked colors she would like. She loved it! I still cannot get over how hidden the stitches are.
Thanks Sue for an awesome class! If you’re local, she’s teaching it at The Little General. One more picture!
Y’all know that I’m not a giant fan of handwork. The guru does most of it for me:) One exception is hand appliqué. And a huge reason for that is a great teacher…Kathleen Baden! Her classes are wonderful because you always learn a million things that you didn’t know that you didn’t know. So last year when she told me that she was going to do a class for her Rainbow Rocks quilt, I had to be in! Her quilt is gorgeous AND won second at QuiltCon!
I’d been hoarding a pile of charms, layer cakes and scraps in neutrals for quite some time. I decided this was the quilt! While the prep and appliqué on this quilt was time consuming, the shapes were not too difficult.
When the top was complete, I went to Kathleen’s class on big stitch hand quilting. I was very slow…we’d be here until Christmas (2017)! My quilt is full size and that’s a lot of “big” stitches! So I called my quilty friend Gina! And look at what she did!
The full shot! Thanks to Sue & Shirley for helping me pin it flat and steam out all the wrinkles.
My river side photo shoot! Thanks to the guru and Jymm for being my assistants (quilt holders). Jymm is my Dad’s creative alter ego for when I ask him to do something artsy:)
This is my favorite shot!
Some close ups of Gina’s beautiful quilting. I asked her to quilt in a few rocks; I’d left negative space when I layed out the rocks.
Look at the quilty goodness!
And my morning fog shot! Unfortunately I didn’t have Sue & Shirley to help with the wrinkles:(
Now, onto my next project…probably not hand appliqué;)
It’s been a long time coming, I finally sent one of my quilts to a longarmer!! I know! It’s crazy that I haven’t before…but Ginabean did an AMAZING job!
I made the Modern Cross quilt from Modern Log Cabin Quilting by Susan Beal! It’s one of my most favorite quilty books and available at all of my LQSs- Sew Original, Studio Stitch and The Little General. I consider it a must own!!
I’ve been wanting to make this quilt since I got the book! I just love it:) I knew I wanted to use Denyse Schmidt fabric. Her aesthetic is the perfect vintage, but still bright feel for a modern log cabin quilt. My background is FreeSpirit Cream. The quilt on the cover is Kona Snow (which I love), but I wanted it a little creamier. I tested out a few backgrounds: Bella Snow, FreeSpirit Artic White, Kona Snow & FreeSpirit Cream. I took photos, but you can’t even see the difference (so I’ll spare you)!
The pattern also called to offset the rows with solid rectangles. I decided I liked the look of the offset rows, but made 1/2 cross blocks instead of the solid rectangles. So I needed 68 different prints. I was (briefly) concerned that I wouldn’t have enough prints, but turns out I had 108 different Denyse Schmidt fabrics! My one issue is that the instructions offered no pressing instructions and I hate open seams…so I had to spend some time figuring out how to lock all the seams.
Here is the quilt top finished!
And the back! The book had this great back design in it. I love it! The design in the book is the opposite with cream everywhere and a print cross, but I didn’t want that much cream on my back. I love this print from Hope Valley!!
There was a small (major) snafu with the backing. I blindly followed the directions in the book. I realized too late that it was only giving about 1″ all the way around of extra fabric. Gina had requested 4″. I sewed on a patch. With the patch, I knew my cross would’ve been off center. I told Gina it would be okay if that happened, but she knows me and knew I’d be disappointed. She’s a rockstar quilter and got my cross centered and perfect!! But, if you make it, you’ll want to add to the back so your longarmer doesn’t cuss you! I’m sure my name was mud for a few minutes there:( The quilt in the book is tied, not quilted, so an inch all the way around does make sense. Live & learn!
And my neatly pressed, thread removed quilt top and backing were off to Gina!! She had passed out a really helpful information sheet on how to prepare the quilt top and backing.
This is the first moment I saw the amazing quilting!! Gina posted to Instagram:) There was squealing…
For the binding, I did scrappy. I wanted the strips to be all different lengths and all different prints. I love it, but one fabric is so much easier!! Binding is always my least favorite part. I don’t like making it or sewing it. And the guru is still out of commission to hand sew, so I had to sew it myself:(
I love all the different prints! One of my favorite things about Denyse Schmidt is that her different lines all go together. She uses colors that have a hint of grey in them and the palettes blend well. Love her:)
The quilting Gina did is perfect!! She used one of her new pantographs. She has a whole library of designs.
Here’s the full quilt in all its glory! My class for this project starts next week at Studio Stitch. I’m really looking forward to it!