Wednesday, October 7, 2015

Good Things Happening...

I got lucky - I participated in the 100 Quilts for Kids quilt drive from Heather at Quilts in the Queue and was chosen to win a pattern from Amber Crawley. Amber asked if I'd like a set of her flag/map patterns, or a set of her box patterns, and I chose the boxes. They're so cute. They're English paper pieced. I can see them as gifts or gift card holders, so timely to start making them now for Christmas.  I see fussy cutting possibilities....  Thanks, Heather and Amber!
(9) Name: 'Sewing : The Hexie Box
Another good thing that happened this week: My favorite LQS held a book signing for me and my new book Cut and Shuffle Quilts. It was very successful - there was only one book left at the end. My friend Cherie took a photo of me signing a book for her:
My book signing
And another good thing: I've made progress on a current WIP, Antler Dance. I started making the blocks as teaching samples for my upcoming Cut and Shuffle workshop, and I've kind of kept going, and going. I have almost all of the light blocks finished, and all of the Block Mamas made for the dark blocks.
Antler Dance Blocks
In Cut and Shuffle Quilts, all of the projects start with a parent block that I call the Block Mama. It's a simple framed square which you can see at the upper left in the photo above. I cut it into pieces, shuffle them around, reassemble them nine-patch style, and the result is a new block. The Block Mama shown here will become an Antler Dance block like the ones around the outside above. Block Mamas with a bone center and print frame will become the other Antler Dance blocks like the one in the center. Antler Dance will end up looking like this:
Antler Dance EQ rendering
I'm linking up with Freshly Pieced and Sew Fresh Quilts. Check out all the other good things happening over there.


  1. Wow, the book signing sounds like it went really well. Great photo of you there! Thanks for the description of how Antler Dance comes together, too, it looks great and like a really fun way to piece a quilt top.

  2. I like the Antler Dance a lot. It's really cool. I can see a lot of different variations of it.

  3. It's fun to win something but even more fun to have sold all but one book!!!!!

  4. Congrats on the successful book signing (and the book!!). Antler Dance is such a complex looking block from such a simple beginning. I'm intrigued.

  5. Congratulations on the successful book signing!