Ricky Tims Super Seminar

I mentioned in yesterday’s post that this past weekend I was at Ricky Tims’ Super Seminar.  It was an amazing experience and I learned more than I ever imagined I would learn by SITTING STILL and LISTENING (yup – I kept my mouth shut!) for two and half days!


I’m pretty sure I was joined by 217 other women and 2 other men for these fabulous hours of learning.  (seriously…why do all hotels have carpeting like that!?)


On the first day, Ricky asked everyone 75 and older to stand up.  He kept saying a higher number and then ladies that age would sit down.  These were the last two ladies standing…one is 90 and one is 91!  They both got a prize!

On the last day he had everyone 35 and under stand up.  There were only TWO of us!  I was the second youngest…the other girl was 25.  We also both got a prize!


Ricky taught 7 of the 10 sessions.  He broke down his quilts and showed us how they were actually ‘easy’ to make.  I’m not quite sure that easy is the right word…but I would say do-able. 

Of course…I had to make a few vines of his work.  Here’s ‘Simple Gifts’ by Ricky Tims.


I took ten million photo’s of his quilts…but this one I wanted to show because if I ever do embroidery on a machine…it would be something like this….


Not only was Ricky there but we also had the pleasure of hearing from Alex Anderson and Pam Holland.

Alex talked about making scrap quilts and hand quilting.  After seeing her demo I think I may actually give it a try…at some point.  It looks like fun and it could be a good ‘take along’ project.


Now Pam Holland…I’m pretty sure she’s my new quilting hero.  She was so fun to listen too and beyond talented!  And just as nice in person as you hope she’d be!!!! 



Pam is a photographer quilter.  She uses her pictures for her inspiration and she travels A LOT so she has seen and been inspired by many things.  I can’t properly describe what her work is…but if you see that she’s around…I HIGHLY recommend you go and see her talk and her work. IMG_1445

These are QUILTS not photographs!!!!!! Wowza!IMG_1479

A close up of one of her stunning pieces!


AND Pam wrote a children’s/quilting book too!  I got one for my own kiddo’s and then she generously donated one to our library!  I LOVE it and so do the girls.  They especially are loving looking at the images and trying to see all the amazing details she includes!

It was a wonderful 2.5 days and I am so happy that I made this work. Thanks to my husband and my mother-in-law for watching over the kiddo’s so I could go and learn!

For the Love of Quilts Quilt Show

This past weekend was a BIG weekend of quilting amazingness for me!  I spent Thursday through Saturday at the Ricky Tims Super Quilt Seminar in Cedar Rapids, Iowa.  I will blog more about that adventure later on…but I do have to say it was AMAZING!  I also was lucky enough to meet and learn from amazing quilt artist Pam Holland…if you don’t know who I’m talking about…google her now!!!

So…while I was away learning TONS…I had five quilts hanging in the ‘For the Love of Quilts Quilt Show’ in Belleville, WI. It was my first time having quilts in this show and I wish I could have seen them hanging…but not enough that I wanted to skip Ricky.

My friend Trish also had quilts in the show and she went on Saturday afternoon.  She had a few quilts appraised and she’s be able to pick them up when the show concluded.

I got some pretty exciting texts with pictures once Trish had time to peruse the quilt show.


The quilt – Novitiate Nebula…IMG_1528Received a ‘Vendors Choice’ ribbon from TJ Woodworm!IMG_8663Modern Log Cabin…IMG_1530Received Vendors Choice from Keep Me In Stitches Quilt Shop, Appleton WI.  IMG_0528And “Once Upon a Time…”IMG_1533

Received a ‘Judges Choice’ ribbon AND VIEWER’S CHOICE!!!!  I was beyond shocked and pleased about all of these fabulous ribbons.  Did you see?  The ribbons are all handmade! 

We also received our critique sheets from the judges.  One thing they commented on was that you should sew your top and bottom borders on first…then the sides?  I have always done it the other way – sides first and then top and bottom because then I am always sewing the shortest length strip possible…do you know what I mean?  Has anyone else heard of this rule?  Do you know why it’s done or why it’s important to do it this way?  Completely a curiosity thing.  I have my reasons for doing it the way I do…but am definitely open to learning why the other way works better.

Have  I mentioned it was a good weekend?

Nested Churn Dash Along Progress

Apple season officially starts in 28 days.  Which means I basically have 28 days left to sew!  Eeek!  Which means – it’s time to prioritize.  I can’t show you everything I’ve been working on…but they’ll be shown (with tutorial) every Wednesday…even during my crazy busy apple season.  Yup – I’m working ahead on the 52 Traditionally Twisted Block Quilt Along!  But…since I have a hard time focusing, of course I’m working on a few other things right along with that!  One of those being my #nestedchurndashalong quilt!

 churn dashI finished the first Nested Churn Dash block – I went for a rainbow color scheme.  The middle is Red, the next wrap is Orange, Yellow is next to that, Green comes next, I added an aqua in before the Blue (both light and regular), next Purple, and I decide to wrap the outside in brown.  I was going to make six of these blocks…but I didn’t want the brown striped print to make suck a thick section since at this time I don’t intend on sashing this quilt.IMG_1262

So…I decided to flip every other block.  Three blocks will look like the first one I put together…the other three will have a brown square in the middle.  So…instead of going ‘exactly’ by the rainbow color scheme…I put the brown striped fabric in the middle.  Then I went yellow, orange, aqua, green….IMG_1291

dark blue, light blue…IMG_1292purple…and red on the outside.  I really like my brown floral print corners and I’m okay that it will make a ‘diamond’ like pattern when they’re all put together.  I love watching just how much the block changes as more churn dash borders are added on!IMG_1293

So…here we they are…two blocks are FINISHED and side by side!

As you’ll see…my other dilemma with this decision is that I don’t have enough of the red/gold chrysanthemum print for all six blocks…so…I have three different reds that will be used throughout…hopefully it works since this isn’t really a ‘scrappy’ block. 

Fat Quarter Shop Sale


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The Fat Quarter Shop has been an amazing sponsor and supporter of mine from the beginning. In general – they’re super supportive of the quilting community everywhere! 

Here are just a few of the Moda Fabric Collections that caught my eye…


Bobbins and Bits by Pat Sloan for Moda Fabrics


Elementary by Sweetwater for Moda Fabrics


Jelly Bean by Laundry Basket Quilts for Moda Fabrics

Weathervane Neighborhood Block Tutorial

Is it just me or is this summer just flying by!?  I can’t believe that apple season officially begins in just 30 days which means my girls will start 1st and 2nd grade in just a month and a half!  Craziness!  Today we’re onto our 29th of the 52 Twisted Traditional Blocks in the Quilt Along!

Weathervane Neighborhood Block Tutorial for

52 Twisted Traditional Block Quilt Along

Finished Block Size – 12” x 12”

By looking at the shapes the traditional ‘Weathervane’ block and choosing your fabrics carefully – a cozy little neighborhood emerges!

Cutting Instructions

Fabric 1 (houses)You could use all the same fabric, 2 of each fabrics, or all 4 different fabrics.
4 – 2.5” x 4.5”

Fabric 2 (Green)
IMG_11784 – 2.5” x 2.5”
4 – 3” x 3”
Fabric 3 (pavement…)IMG_1173
1 – 4.5” x 4.5”
Fabric 4 (roof)IMG_11754 – 2.5” x 4.5”
Fabric 5 (sky)

12 – 2.5” x 2.5” squares
4 – 3” x 3” squares

Fabric 6 (doors and windows)
Approximately 4.25” x 1.25” fabric
Approximately 4.25” x 1.25” Heat N Bond Lite


Half Square Triangles (HST)
Let’s start by making our half square triangles. Draw a diagonal on the wrong side of your lighter fabric. Take four 3” squares of Fabric 2 and put them right side together with four 3” squares of Fabric 5.
Sew a ¼” seam on both sides of the line you drew. Cut along the line. Press to the darker side. Square your blocks down to 2.5” squares.
You will need 8 HSTs.
Flying Geese

Now we need to make a four flying geese blocks. Take your four rectangles of Fabric 4 along with eight 2.5” squares of Fabric 5. On the wrong side of Fabric 5 draw a diagonal line and place it right sides together with the Fabric 4 rectangle as shown in the picture above.
Stitch right along the line you drew.
Trim approximately a ¼” from the line you drew towards the upper right triangle. Iron towards Fabric 5.
Repeat this on the other side of the rectangle.
Again, stitch along the line you drew. Trim approximately ¼” from the seam towards the upper left corner.
Iron towards Fabric 5.
Lay all your regular 2.5” blocks, your 4.5” square of Fabric 3, your regular 2.5” x 4.5” rectangles along with your HSTs and Flying Geese blocks so it matches the diagram I show above.
Stitch these all together. Can you see where the houses are going to be yet? Let’s define that a bit more with a little bit of raw edge appliqué.
On your scrap of fusible – draw 4 rectangles ¾” x ½” in dimension (the doors) and draw 8 squares ½” x ½” in dimension (the windows). Fuse this to the wrong side of the scrap of Fabric 6. Once it’s fused…cut out the rectangles and squares.
Layout them out on your block the way you want to iron them down. I went more ‘whimsical’ with my houses and doors.
Once your windows and doors are ironed down – Weathervane Neighborhood is all done! Thanks for following along and I hope you enjoyed this block tutorial!
Get your FREE printable PDF of this block by heading to my craftsy store.  Don’t wait too long…after a month (8/15), the PDF will be $1.
I can’t wait to see what all your blocks look like!  Be sure to share you blocks and any projects you make using your blocks onto our flickr group: 52 Blocks Quilt Along
Hashtag: #52bTT


Stop back next Wednesday for another twisted traditional block tutorial!

Fourth of July

IMG_0993I’m pretty sure this is the last year that I will ever convince all three girls to wear the same outfit…but I’ll take what I can get!  I got these adorable fourth of July outfits from one of my favorite independent designers – the Measure.  The first attempt at a group pictures…was a fail…IMG_0998But once we gave Pip a cat of her own to hold…we had smiles all around!  Capri did her hair and Pip’s hair.


Put some Matilda Jane shorties on under the dress and you have an adorable outfit!  Cedi wanted hers to be more like a top so I ordered her a 5 instead of a 7.  These are going to grow with my kids for many years to come.  Fingers crossed they’ll all wear them again next Fourth of July (and many times in between!).


Capri and Pip – working on a new dance routine.


Analyzing the chalk drawing Cedi worked on…