Wednesday, April 20, 2016

Paulie's 1st grade class Bullseye quilt

Paulie and his 1st grade classmates used gluesticks to layer and secure 3 circles of polka dot fabrics on top of a word print square.

Some of the kids used the whole glue stick on two such stacks...  They were stiff as a board!  1st graders love their glue sticks.  Wowzers!

I took their layered stacks and stitched the outer circle, 3/8" from the edge.  Then flipped it over and trimmed out the large circle 1/4" from the stitching line (this created a smaller circle that will be used with another class.)

You can see the outer stitching and where it was trimmed away.
Then I repeated the process for the middle circle: 1) stitching, 2) flipping and trimming out.  Repeat for the smallest circle.

Why do this?  Because the layers need to be removed.

Paulie and his 1st grade classmates 
created this darling bullseye top.

Once I longarm it, I will snip and fluff the edges of the circles.  The sweet students are choosing to whom they will give this cheerful quilt.  Teaching them the joy of giving! 

Wednesday, February 3, 2016

I Spy -- all boy

A mom & dad have a string of girls and the news of a boy was big news.  So an all-boy quilt was the request and I thought snails, bugs, sharks, karate, etc.

The 'boys are made of ' idea meant:  an I Spy quilt!

In my pre-cut stash I knew there was an I Spy layer cake.  Sure enough!  A previous version by Kanvas Studios that I purchased at Missouri Star Quilt Company.
Added Kona Ash and used a super, simple you-tube tutorial
by Fat Quarter Shop called
No-Bake Jolly Bar (in the Shortcut Quilt Series.)
One Layer Cake actually made TWO quilts 47x54" !!

Sunday, January 31, 2016

O, Remember, my Son

Equilateral triangles (60 degree) with FMQing that reminds me of the mountains in our backyard
and the mountains that we can climb with the help of the Lord.

Alma 37:35
O, remember, my son, and learn wisdom in thy youth; yea,
learn in thy youth to keep the commandments of God.

Kona Ash

Saturday, January 30, 2016

Every Picture Tells a Story Quilt

All of the beautiful black and white photos for our musical production, Savior of the World, were taken by Heidi Christensen of Sunflower Six Photography.  They are stunning.  They capture the spirit of the people singing and performing this sacred play.

So the quilt made for Heidi is in tones of black and white and in fabrics with words and sheet music.  The pattern reminded me of the focus frame in cameras.

Tic Tac Toe pattern was designed by Toby Lischko
and is from the book, Kickin' Back Quilts
(one of Fons & Porter's Best of series.)
I added an additional row to create a 60x76" throw.

Heidi Christensen at

Heidi is an amazing photographer.  Thank you, sweet friend, for capturing this sacred effort for forever.

Thursday, January 14, 2016

Look what arrived in the mail: Crossroads QAL!!

Crossroads QAL by Fat Quarter Shop
Cannot wait to get started!  Strawberry Fields Revisted by Fig Tree.

The BOAT, the amazing boat!

 Without hesitation Jeremy Cottle built a boat of bent wood that appeared to float on the Sea of Galilee.  
He did it in two days.  He was inspired.
This quilt represents the waves, the wood, and the indomitable faith of fishers of men.

In our production of Savior of the World, our director asked a very busy man with a busy family if he could make a boat for the Fisher of Men scene.  She handed him a sketch.  
 One little caveat:  it had to be two halves that looked full and huge beyond what it really was.  Not a whole boat but 2 halves that could be carried on and off stage through standard sized doors...  Can you see the center beams that we clamped together while on set?  

It filled a corner of the stage & build out and became a scene on the Sea of Galilee.  

Tuesday, January 5, 2016

Scaffolding & Colonnade Thank You Quilt

 For 2015, one of the great blessings in my life was working with an amazing director, crew, and cast for our Stake's musical production: Savior of the World.

Leon Cooley built the stage colonnade frame structure in January so Sis Brenner (a tiny, talented fireball) and I could create via cardboard, paint, and 42,638 staples (some ended up in odd places...:) a real colonnade.  Then he built out the stage an additional 12x40' using steel scaffolding.  Amazing!  Thank you Bro Cooley.

So his quilt represents the cross-beamed steel scaffolding and the interlocking wood frame components for our five door colonnade.

The quilt almost matches our carpet.  Too cold to take a pic outside...

He built the colonnade as sides, headers, etc so by removing 5 screws per unit, they could be stored flat and compact.  Brilliant.  And he delivered all the colonnade components 2 wks EARLY, allowing us to begin covering them with cardboard we had painted to look like stones, bricks, marble, etc.

The morning he delivered the 5 colonnade doorways we were so surprised and thrilled.  We were cheering and chanting his name and it embarassed this quiet, good man.  He returned to check on things that night and discovered we had covered and painted 3 of the doorway units.  He just laughed at our industrious transformation of 2x4 & 2x6s into a believable townscape.

The next morning he came back to help us assemble those sections and get them upright.  Then as we would paint more, he would set those up.  And so it continued until the entire colonnade was upright and filling the stage with a credible facade that the actors and singers could move in and out of with ease and safety.

 Here he is setting up the colonnade.
See that smile.  He was always smiling. 

Four days after his early delivery we only had the top of the doorways to cover.  We had the interior side panels attached and this stage was starting to look authentic.

See that boat?  Another man and another quilt will be discussed on another post!
While we continued to paint the side panels, doors, reversible interior facades, city scapes, arch, etc Bro Cooley
tackled the massive 12'x40' build out constructed with scaffolding.
He put a 5/8" plywood subfloor on top of the scaffolding units
 That same night we painted it and attached cardboard stone facades so the scaffolding was hidden from view.
When he came back in the morning to measure
 for the 3 sets of stairs he was building
he began to see the transformation from basketball court
to a theatrical event.
He laughed and asked if we ever slept...

But his task was not over yet... He built rock solid stairs, 2 side and one 10' wide front stair from which the whole cast would enter and exit.  

Why do I have such deep regard for his willingness to build the impossible dream with us?  Because for 7 wks the cast could only practice in a smaller cultural hall with blue and green painter's tape used to mark stage positioning for various scenes.  Bro Cooley's massive effort to transform & expand the Stake Center stage was a significant turning point for the cast.

Just 7 days before our first public performance the cast and crew saw the Stk Ctr's stage set and build-out.  Suddenly, the magnitude of the musical became real to each of them.  Lines were said with meaning, songs were sung with heart.  The stage & the build-out constructed by Leon Cooley, changed everything for all of us.

Leon, you made it possible!  Thank you!