Monday, September 21, 2009

Mark Lapinski

I could hardly wait to get my hands on "Home Quilter", Mark Lapinski's magazine. Right there in the table of contents is my name. He published a quilt that I designed with Just Dreamy from Riley Blake Designs. I met Mark at Quilt Market in Pittsburgh Spring 2009. He asked me to design a quilt. As soon as I got home I went to work designing something really unusual. You can see the quilt and pattern in the HQ Oct/Nov issue. This is really exciting! I had no idea I would feel this way about being published. It's one of those 100 things I wanted to do before I die. I can just check that off my list.



These are some photos of the quilt taken in my yard before I sent the quilt to Mark.
I had so much fun designing this quilt. The idea same to me as I was flying home from market in Pittsburgh.




These are a few more close up shots. The line is very spring and fresh. I love the colors. I highlighted orange the most because I think it looks so great in this line of fabric "Just Dreamy"


I have buttons on the center of the flowers, which are needle turn applique.

Tuesday, September 15, 2009

Trunk Show

20 years ago I started quilting with my friends in Alpine. I was homemaking leader and Paula McKinley had just moved from Loa, Utah and just started quilting. I asked her if she would teach a class. There were 8 of us and we met once a month. Our first project was a block of the month. Each month we brought our sewing machines and we actually taught each other how to quilt. 20 years later we are still going strong. I have no idea how many people come to "that alpine group" but there are usually more than 50 attending each week. Anyone is welcome to come. We meet the last Tuesday of the month in the little red chapel in Alpine.
This is my 2nd polka dot quilt I designed for my girls. I've made a different one and need to make one more. I have 3 girls and they love the polka dot quilts.
I designed this quilt for my son after he received his Eagle Award.

This is my Home Sweet Home Quilt by Black Bird Designs. I love their designs.


I was able to share my quilting journey. My sweet husband and daughter Tahmor(who just recently returned from living in New Zealand. My other daughter, Alexis, lives in Sydney, Australia) helped to carry load after load of quilts and projects. I showed some beginning quilts with darker colors and my transition to the bright bold colors. For the first 15 years all my quilts are hand quilted. Then Randy bought me a long arm machine and I now machine quilt all my quilts.

I also shared the process of taking artists design submissions from the computer screen to storyboards and then to the manufacturer who makes the fabric. I'm working my dream job at Riley Blake Designs by being the design coordinator with Cindy Cloward. I also design the quilts that help to sell the fabric to the retailers. Cindy and I work with the artists to create the fabric lines for Riley Blake Designs. We love it!

This is me at work with Cindy's youngest, Eli. I designed this quilt for Butterfly Kisses and called it "Twas the Night Before Christmas". I used the Riley Blake Designs Collection "Be Merry"