Chop…Chop…Chopsticks! quilt pattern from Jaybird Designs

This is my personal pick/favorite quilt pattern for 2011:

The Chopsticks quilt pattern by Julie Herman.  Large and small triangles weave a festive Asian flair with this crisscross of another kind.  This quilt project uses the new 12 1/2″Creative Grids #CGRT12560   60 degree Triangle ruler.

Click here for more Jaybird Quilt Designs patterns…

Houston International Quilt Market 2011

Last weekend I attended the Houston International Quilt Market.

It always wonderful to peruse the vendor booths to see what’s new and exciting.

But my favorite part is always the QUILTS!  I snapped so many pictures of quilts to share and I thought I’d done a good job of including pics of the documentation of each quilt so I could properly attribute it’s maker. Unfortunately, several of the documentation shots did not come out clearly enough to read.  I must have been trembling with excitement when I shot those.  Sigh…  So I won’t be posting those pics until I can do the research and discovery of the makers.

Here are a few of my favorites that I can share:

Good Onya Sonya Onya Bike by Helen C. Godden

Documentation:

Documentation - Good Onya Sonya Onya Bike
Documentation - Good Onya Sonya Onya Bike

 

Holy Cow by Jennifer Day
Holy Cow Documentation
The Word Gets Around by Louisa L. Smith
The Word Gets Around by Louisa L. Smith
The Word Gets Around back detail
The Word Gets Around back detail
Documentation - The Word Gets Around
Documentation - The Word Gets Around
Kiss by Jo Dixey
Kiss by Jo Dixey
Kiss Quilt Documentation
Kiss Quilt Documentation
Windblown by Maria Elkins
Windblown by Maria Elkins

The documentation on Windblown by Maria Elkins is too fuzzy to be worth posting…and the bottom of it got cut off.  Here is what I can read:

This quilt is inspired by a dear friend who has stood firm and remained joyful despite the various challenges she has had to face in her young life. As the quilt developed I decided to combine her beautiful image with a traditional quilt block — Windblown Star — and wind like feathers.  Techniques: Hand drawn, hand painted, embellished, machine quilted.

You might also enjoy this video of International Quilt Market & Show produced by Quilts Inc.:

Catching up with Jake Finch at Houston Quilt Market!

One of the brightest highlights of my trip to Houston this year was that I finally had an opportunity to meet Jake Finch in person. We’ve shared several emails over the years, but that’s never as much fun as meeting someone so talented in person.
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Jake Finch - Houston Quilt Market 2008
Jake Finch - Houston Quilt Market 2008

Jake is a genuinely kind, delightful and beautiful person; not only that, she is an extremely talented lady.

SewThankful has stocked her book Fast, Fun and Easy Book Cover Art since May 2007 when it first was introduced…it’s STILL a huge hit today!

Earlier this year Jake had a new book release, Comfort Quilts from the Heart, which is also tremendously popular.

If you click on the picture to the left, you’ll notice the green ribbon Jake is wearing says, “MEDIA”.  That’s because Jake recently became the Managing Editor of Mark Lipinski’s Quilter’s Home Magazine (a CK Media, LLC publication).  I am so thrilled for Jake & know she will do amazing things for Quilter’s Home Magazine. Many CONGRATULATIONS Jake! Keep up the awesome work.  You inspire so many of us.

Jan Krentz Teaches You to Make Lone Star Quilts, a NEW release DVD

WOW…if you love Lone Star Quilts and you’ve always wanted to take a class from quilt celebrity, Jan Krentz, here’s your chance to get an up-close and personal look.

The Jan Krentz Teaches You to Make Lone Star Quilts DVD is now ON SALE at SewThankful, click here to check it out.

Here’s a free video clip preview: