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Tiki Roll from Sew BatikEvery year, I go to the beach with a passel of girlfriends to celebrate friendship, talk about quilting (for fun and profit), and decompress. This year, I came directly here from the Mid-Atlantic Quilt Festival in Hampton, Virginia, driving my orange quilt truck filled to the top with sewing machines, fabric, supplies, and Kathy Lincoln, my partner in crime.

Today, I spent some of my time working on a baby quilt for new neighbors. My husband and I were thrilled when they bought a house on our street and we’re doubly happy that they are expecting. While I was at the MAQF last week, I searched for a kit (I have very limited time and kits are okay) for a baby quilt. There were lots of kits, but nothing that made my heart sing — until I visited my friend Bruce, owner of Sew Batiks. His Tiki Rolls made the perfect kit for a baby quilt top — (2) 2″ strips of 20 different (and lovely) batiks that only Sew Batik carries.

Strips from the Tiki RollI laid out the pre-cut strips, sticking very close to the order in which there were packaged. So pretty! I often tell my classes to let the fabric do the work. In this case, I thought that was good advice — and the fabric is soooo pretty.

At my sewing machineDid I mention that I had the best possible sewing space? I had an unobstructed view of the ocean, which proved quite distracting. Sew, admire the pelicans, sew, look for dolphins, sew, take a break. Sigh. It’s a wonder I got anything done at all! Can you see the ocean through the window?

To end, a few random thoughts about this quilt and the baby who receives it:

  • I’d like to think that as I pieced the quilt, I infused the peace of this place into each seam.
  • I’d like to think that Bruce’s generosity, his calm demeanor, and his positive nature are woven into his fabric.
  • I’d like to think that the baby who receives this quilt feels the powerful influences and love that went into this quilt top.

I love this place and I love the time I get to spend here. I am fortunate.

Leap Year

Left to right: Kathy Lincoln, Sue Reich, me, Mary Kerr, and Shannon Shirley.  Picture by Darla Pittman.


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Fabulous Fabric Art with Lutradur
Lesley Riley’s New Book

When I started this blog, I never really thought about doing reviews, but Lesley Riley’s new book has made me to want to share.  Fabulous Fabric Art with Lutradur is the book I would have asked for if I had really thought about it. My friend Judy Gula of Artistic Artifacts has been talking about Lutradur for a while and I’ve been reading about it on the pages of Quilting Arts magazine. In fact, Laura Cater-Woods talked about it in class last year. Well, hearing about it wasn’t enough; I wanted to know more.

That’s where Lesley’s new book comes in.  She starts out by telling you about Lutradur — what it is, how it’s made, and why it’s so special. Then she describes 27 things you can do with Lutradur from adding color and pattern (think of the fun things you can do with paint, inks, and dyes), screening and printing, glueing and fusing, needle felting, and even using heat to cut and distort it.

After the techniques, Lesley shares a broad array of projects made by a variety of fiber artists. There’s a project for every taste and temperament, incorporating the techniques in the earlier section of the book. Want to stamp and stencil? It’s in there. Want to create three-dimensional objects with Lutradur? It’s in there. It’s all in there. I can’t wait to try some of these wonderful ideas.

And she makes a suggestion that I really appreciate: she says to pick a new technique for which you already have the tools and try it on one of the pieces of Lutradur included in the back of the book. Yup! The book includes one sheet each of two different weights of Lutradur. And so once you’ve bought the book, you can actually play with the Lutradur without any additional purchases.

Even with the Lutradur in the book, you’ll eventually want more. I recommend visiting Artistic Artifacts’ website for either the 70g- or 100g-weight fiber. To buy the book, visit the Favorite Things page on my website and follow the link. The book is also available from Artistic Artifacts (in person in Alexandria, VA, or online) and the Quilt Patch in Fairfax, VA.

Have some fun with this new mystery fiber. And send me pictures of what you do! I’d love to see it.

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In My Shade Garden

Don’t you love it when good things actually happen for good people? When the lottery winner seems nice or when the the person who wins the door prize seems genuinely happy? Well, I am thrilled to share this with you!

My friend and colleague, Kathy Lincoln, has a quilt featured in the new issue (February/March) of Quilters Newsletter! Her quilt, In My Shade Garden, is featured, along with directions. And they’ve included a detail shot on their Table of Contents page! Too cool!

Kathy Lincoln

Kathy Lincoln

If you’re a subscriber, you have probably already received your copy. If not, you’ll need to wait until the Dec/Jan issue of Quilter’s Newsletter comes off the newsstands and is replaced with this one.

Kathy offers a workshop that features this quilt and includes timesaving tips and tricks.  Check out her website: www.KathyLincoln.com.

Good stuff, good people. It’s all good.

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