I'm anxiously awaiting for the conversion of my website from "Websites for Quilters" to "Like Sew". Parts of it are done and in place on a test sight. As soon as the conversion to the test site is complete and I have had a chance to check it over we will "go live". It's an exciting time (also a little stressful). I've recently had My Memory Quilt (of my Alaskan trip) appraised. One of the appraisers asked if I had the patterns for sale. I had to say "no". I didn't think anyone would want to make these blocks as they represent my memories. She pointed out that there could be lots of other uses for these blocks and she thought I should publish them. Thank you, Charleen. I'm publishing six of them this month. The other six will have to wait until after Christmas.
My Memory Quilt
As you recall,My Memory Quilt honors 8 quilt clubs that I visited on our trip to Alaska in 2014. I contacted each of the clubs and asked "What will I remember most about your area or your club?" Everyone was very helpful. I had several ideas for each club. These blocks were the result. These six blocks are all 14" square when finished. They all have 3-dimensional elements. I actually designed 3 of the flowers just for this quilt. I'm not ready to publish the method for making those flowers at this time but am offering the patterns with alternate flowers - flowers that can be sculpted to give a 3D appearance. To sculpt these flowers, baskets, salmon, etc., use the "lining technique" that is taught on my Quick Prep Applique DVD Volume 2. Just use batting instead of lining fabric to give a soft sculpted look to your applique elements. Some of the flowers are made using Clover Yo-Yo Maker or Flower Maker. NOTE: I repeat, these patterns do not include directions for the 3D flowers that are seen in the bottom 4 photos.
Hillsboro, Oregon: Hillsboro Grape Wreath
Of all the blocks that I have designed over the years, this is my all time favorite. The yellow flowers are a stylized grape flower - the state flower of Oregon. The grape flower is similar to a lilac in that it has many florets. I used Karen Kay Buckley's Perfect Circles to make the grapes.
Victoria, British Columbia: Hanging Basket of Victoria Victoria resides on Vancouver Island. It is a warm, inviting city with many, many hanging baskets. Each basket is overflowing with flowers. Absolutely gorgeous.
Nanaimo, British Columbia: Dimensional Divas of Nanaimo
Val told me that her club began their applique adventure by learning 3D elements. She also said most of them were "very well endowed". I'm sure my eight ladies in their purple hats (no they aren't an unusual flower) are visiting about their most recent applique projects.
I'm hard at work on my next free BOM. It will be starting with the first newsletter I send from my new website. I hope that will be in January. No promises. I'm going to give you a look at the first block. The quilt will be both pieced and appliqued. It will be a scrap quilt. I have all the blocks cut. Half of the blocks have the dark and light placement as you see it in the block to the right. The other half will have the lights and darks reversed. For example, the dark blue might be replaced with a light pink while the lavendar mottled might be replaced with a dark green. The blocks will finish at 12" square. The finished quilt will have a simple sashing between the completed blocks. The 12 blocks in the quilt will all have different appliqued floral centers. Also I'm sculpting all the appliqued flowers and leaves. To do this just follow my "lining technique" on my Quick Prep Applique DVD Volume 2 substituting batting for the lining fabric. Have I sparked your interest yet. There will be a link to use to download this free pattern in my first newsletter after the first of the year (hopefully in January).