This newsletter is packed full of goodies for you so I'll keep this intro short.
|New England Trip Update - Let's begin with an update of our 2018 New England Trip|
|New England Schedule
8/22/18 - Ladies of the Lakes Quilt Guild, Wolfeboro, NH
Week of 8/27/18: Still open
9/6/18 - Quilters by the Sea, Portsmouth, RI - trunk show
9/8/18 - Quilters by the Sea, Portsmouth, RI - workshop
09/11/18 - Ninigret Quilters, Westerly, RI - trunk show
9/12/18 - Ninigret /Quilters, Westerly, RI - workshop
Week of 9/17/18: Still open
9/25/18 - Bayberry Quilters, Cape Cod, MA - trunk show
9/26/18 - Bayberry Quilters, Cape Cod, MA - workshop
10/5/18 - Friends & Needles, Houlton, ME - trunk show
10/6/18 - Friends & Needles, Houlton, ME - workshop
10/11/18 - Burlington Quilters' Guild, Burlington, MA trunk show
10/13/18 - Burlington Quilters' Guild, Burlington, MA Workshop
We still have openings for two weeks. I realize the last week of August is a very bad time. Folks are returning from vacations, kids are returning to school and it is just before Labor Day. While I really don't expect to fill this slot I sure would like to.
However, I would really like to have a trunk show and workshop the week of 9/17/18. If you are interested, please contact me. Follow the instructions below to contact me.
By the way, you can check the status of our New England Trip at anytime by clicking HERE. I will keep this page updated.
| I am really interested in booking a trunk show and workshop the week 9/17/18. I have prepared a PDF file that describes the workshops that I offer.
If your guild would be interested in having a trunk show and a workshop please let me know. My e-mail address is:
| Please include in the e-mail the following:
1. Guild name
2. City, State of meeting
3. Date of meeting (ex: second Monday of month)
4. Number of members in club
5. Contact person for club (if not you)
I'll then send you the PDF file of information by return e-mail. I hope to hear from you,
|How to make a Perfect Berry (circle).|
|Ruth's Radiantly Rad Roses|
| Row quilts are the rage at the moment. A strippy is just a row quilt turned on it's side. This 48 1/2" x 62 1/2" throw features columns of warm, sculpted roses.
"Ruth's Radiantly Rad Roses" is named for a good quilting friend of mine, Ruth Shoars.
For this quilt I sculpted the roses. This is an optional technique. The flowers will look just fine without sculpting them. But let's face it. By adding a couple of layers of batting to every flower it has taken the quilt to the next level.
The pattern includes detailed instructions for sculpting the flowers.
Click here to purchase this pattern for just $12.00.
I love seeing your work. Each month I hope someone will send me photos of their project made from one of my patterns. This month I have two to share with you. Joan Gelder shared one of her holly rows of my current free BOM, "Ann's Lyrical Christmas". She didn't want to stitch all the holly so she just did every other one. It gives it a much lighter, airy feel. She also chose to make the flowers in white. They really pop. Great job , Joan. Thank you so much for sharing. (By the way, Joan and I have been in a small quilt club for over 30 years together.)
Patricia Gilchrist of Sudbury, Ontario, Canada sent me a photo of her first block. Patricia is a first time appliquer. She was in my workshop last September.
This block is Patricia's first applique block. Fantastic, Patricia.
I would love to share your blocks, projects or quilts made from my patterns. Send photos to
I will share them with my readers thru this newsletter.
|How to make a Treble Cleft|
| In this newsletter you will find the link to the lyrical row of "Ann's Lyrical Christmas". I thought you might like to see how I made the treble cleft on this row. It's a little bit different but worked great. The steps are depicted in photos from left to right below.
1. Applique the bottom under section of the treble cleft. Use a very thin seam allowance. I used less than 1/8".
2. Flip to the back and back baste approximately 1/2" above the crossover line at the top of the cleft. In the photo that is the area between the two pins.
3. Flip to the front and applique both sides of this 1/2". Use a very thin seam allowance.
4. Now here is the trick. Gently pull the applique fabric to the left. Be sure it is positioned so that there is a thin seam allowance over the base of the area that has been appliqued.
5. The fabric will pucker and bunch up. We will relieve the area above the appliqued section. Flip to the back and place a pin across the second line down in the top of the cleft. Place a second long pin from the point of the tear drop shape up thru the tear drop shape dividing that shape into to equal portions.
6. Flip to the front and cut on the right side next to the long pin all the way up to the top pin. Flip to the front and smooth out the applique fabric being sure to have a small seam allowance over the bottom of the appliqued area.
|Ann's Lyrical Christmas
|Click on this link to download a PDF file of the lyrical row of "Ann's Lyrical Christmas".|
|The final row in the "Ann's Lyrical Christmas" free BOM will be published in October.
Click here to download a PDF file of this newsletter.