Puzzle Quilt

Hi – I found this Free Pattern at Jukebox Quilts. It is so easy and all you need is 10 fat quarters, some freezer paper, a little fabric glue, and your imagination.
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Kelly Abbott Gallagher runs Jukebox Quilts and I met her at a Crazy Quilt Conference in Omaha. She and her husband are the Midwest dealers for Gammill Long arm machines.

This is one pattern you really need to pay attention when sewing the blocks. I have made two of these and it really is an easy pattern. Plus I read that some autistic children love puzzles so this is the perfect quilt for them or actually any child.

Have fun with your fat quarters while making this.

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Quilt shows

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One of my favorite things is to attend local quilt shows or national shows. I have been attending Road to California for over 17 years. I always stop by “Come Quilt With Me”, Pat Yamin’s booth.

Pat lives in Brooklyn and has been a long time participant, both as a vendor and a teacher. Her templates are the easiest to use and she has a terrific teaching style – very open, very helpful and is always prepared for anything.

If you see a flyer in your town or at the local fabric store about a show, take a moment and attend. Quilting has changed – it’s not just little old ladies anymore. The patterns are bold with color and shapes but there are also the traditional quilts displayed.

It’s a pleasant way to spend a couple of hours. Road to California will be opening up registration for the 2014 conference and Long Beach Convention will be held at the end of July. Wear good walking shoes and bring your camera. Lots of great ideas and color combinations to enjoy. I’m wearing my Martini In The Morning Race for the Cure Shirt.

If you like great music while you are quilting, check out http://www.martiniinthemorning.com for Michael Blube, Frank Sinatra, Dean Martin, Sammy Davis Jr and so many more.

Thanks for reading.

Spring is coming

With the time change, there are a few things I always do:
1) Start weeding out the fabric. I bought it for one reason or another but if I haven’t touched it ins some time, it’s time to go. So it either gets donated to a church for their prayer quilts or a Senior Assisted Living Facility for their craft classes.
2) Clean – it’s amazing what you can find. Last month, I found a bag of thread that I had purchased at Road to California from Superior Threads. Score one for me!
3) I change the batteries in my smoke alarm. If you lose power, a battery will keep you safe for some time. Change the batteries twice a year or purchase the new 10-yr life battery. And don’t forget your carbon monoxide detector.

If you have gas appliances, connecting garage or a fireplace, a carbon monoxide will help alert you if there is a gas leak.

Replace your smoke alarms when they are 10 years old and your carbon monoxide detectors every 7 years.

Stay safe and thanks for reading.
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Red and White

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This pattern was in one of the quilt magazines. I do have an electronic reader but I prefer to have the magazine in my hands, a good cup of coffee and my feet up.

Now sometimes you can order a kit which is an easy way to start the project. However, I love to shop in a small store, get some personal help and be able to show the end result to those that helped me. Two of the ladies at Quilter’s Garden assisted me by pulling together 8 fabrics for this quilt. We spent about 45 minutes deciding which fabric would go next to each other.

Saturdays are known as “Shop Small Stores”. Yes, the internet is great and I occasionally order items, but reall prefer to shop and touch the fabric. Today I took in 5 tops to get backing and more thread and was able to book one of the long arms.

Please keep shopping in the small stores, take some classes, and maybe even join a guild. You make some awesome friends.

Thanks for reading.

Why do I quilt?

Growing up, I learned how to sew the basics (darts, zippers, facings).  Miss Roselma Messman at Laguna Beach High School was the Home Ec teacher.  Between her teachings, my great aunt making doll clothes for all my dolls, Mom making my dresses, and my Godmother Helen Carnes teaching me how to knit, I had an impressive background on basics – what machine to use, what needles for different types of yarn, cast on, cast off, etc.

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I guess it comes down to a few simple things:

  • I made it from scraps or just yards of fabric
  • I embellished it with stylized quilting
  • It keeps me warm
  • I make it with love
  • I have met some fabulous people
  • We make up weird statements – Press to suppress, wonky seams, press to the dark side Luke, PIGS (Projects in a grocery sack), etc
  • Lastly, crafts people give back

When I say give back, it may be a guild that donates blankets to abuse children, quilts for raffles to make money for cancer cures, wedding gifts, baby gifts, etc.  Here’s another example – a local store sent out an email asking her customers if they had anything to donate to two of her customers that were going through a very rough time.  Her customers were able to donate $500 to each quilter along with personal items, gift cards, fabric and other items.

It is a large community that comes together for Linus Blankets, pillow cases for people going through cancer treatments, prayer blankets, etc.  After the tsunami hit Japan, the word went out that blankets were needed.  Thousands of people brought in quilts that were shipped over there for the survivors.

So if you want to try it, check your community class roster or your local quilt/fabric store.  Quilters share their talent.

Thanks for reading

Road to California Quilt show

Let me tell you about Road – it is the most fun, people packed week for quilters. It is held in Ontario right around Martin Luther King Day. There are classes with long arm machines, hand piecing, crazy quilting, paper piecing and many others. Check out the webpage http://www.road2ca.com for more information.  The quilt in this picture was done by the instructor, and this is one class I was hesitant to take.  Curves have never been my friend – either in quilting or on the body (little humor).  I am blanking out on her name but she is in the San Diego area and has published a few books of patterns.

new york beauty004  But I took the class and really enjoyed it.  I have conquered curves – at least with fabric.  And speaking of fabric….

I spent New Year’s Day putting away fabric I had purchased earlier this year and also any fabric I had sitting out. Then I put together a top with some borders (picture later) and pulled together fabric for one of my classes at Road to California.  Normally I will go to the fabric store and buy specific fabric for the class. This year – I am working through the stash of fabric.  In two of my three classes, it will be stash fabric.  My third class is done with felt and the kit will be sold by the instructor.

So if you aren’t busy January 24-27th, stop by the Ontario convention Center.  This is for quilters, crafts people (you should see the crystals, buttons and stencils that are offered), dress designers, or anyone who likes to sew.  Plenty of sewing machines, both regular, long arm, embroidery, etc.  Hope to see you there.  Also, the most amazing quilts on display – it is an overload of color and wonderfulness.

Thanks for reading.

 

Italian Marble

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Sometimes you see a bolt of fabric and just have to purchase a couple of yards. You think to yourself, “I don’t know which pattern I’ll use, but this is something I have to have.” So you buy a few yards – with me it is usually around 4 yds. I the main fabric at Center Diamond in Cannon Beach, OR.

This pattern is called “Twist around the Garden”. I think the designer called it that because they used a large floral print and used green to frame it. My main fabric looked like it belonged in an Italian palazzo so I named my quilt “Italian Marble.”

Previously I have made this same pattern with cowboy fabric and the addtional fabric was done in bandana farbic and some with horseshoes. The accent (which would be the dark green in this picture) had fabric that looked like hay bales. It makes a cute kid quilt. If you use “baby” type fabric, use Minkee as the backing – makes it super warm. I used the longarm Gammil quilt machine at Quilter’s Garden in Anaheim to finish off the top. Someday, I will take the plunge and use my Bernina 440 – but that’s another story.

Thanks for reading.

Star Quilt

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Points were never my friend. As hard as I tried, my points sometimes got cut off, sewn over or were too far from the seam.

I tried a paper piecing class at a Road to California class and loved it. My points are perky and the instructor (whose name escapes me because I’m typing this before work and the pattern is at home) made the class so easy.

So if you are a novice quilter, try paper piecing. There are some great products out there that don’t dull your needle while sewing.

I love the color purple so that is usually somewhere in my quilts and I found this fabric at Bear’s Quilts in Garden Grove while waiting for Earlene Fowler to start her talk. Earlene Fowler is a local author and writes the Bennie Harper mysteries.

Not much else to write – have a great Christmas and a wonder New Year. Do what you like, learn what you don’t know and be a nice person.

Thanks for reading.

It’s been awhile and I apologize

Spring and summer are quite busy for me with my regular job – I had 6 commercial high rises to inspect and 3 residential high rises.  This just means my weekends are a little busy and I don’t get a lot of quilting done.  And of course, there are the times I am on firework shoots (most fun and most dangerous).

But while shopping in Quilter’s Garden in Anaheim, I found this great fabric and I immediately thought “I could do another Magic Slice and Dice”.

This is the quilt after completing the squares and sewing into rows.  There are 2 ladies in the So Calif area that worked out a pattern that when sewn looks like this.  (top pic) Then you make 2 slices, resew just 2 seams and this is what you get. (Bottom pic)

It takes on a whole new look.  It appears that it is sewn on the diagonal with triangles on the sides.  I have made this pattern about 8 other times.  In fact, this is one pattern that you can use the ugliest, busiest fabric and it comes out absolutely gorgeous.  It only took 3 hours to quilt on the long arm.

The back fabric is black and I used gold thread on the back so the quilting would really stand out.  Plus it kind of makes it a reversible quilt.  Who gets this one?  Who knows.  It may be a raffle quilt or a gift.  I just quilt because God has given me this talent.  Plus if my hands are busy, then they aren’t stuffing food in the mouth.

Thanks for reading – have a blessed holiday season.

About Darcelona

I work a full time job as a fire prevention specialist.  My job entails going to existing buildings and checking to make sure all systems are still operational – fire sprinklers, alarms, and other safety items.  It is sometimes routine, sometimes exciting and sometimes creative.

While walking through some buildings, you will notice artwork that is unique or an office that is painted with a variety of colors (instead of beige and brown) that will inspire a new quilt.  One office has a terrific painting that looks 3D that is in the mental file to create one day.

The name Darcelona came to me when I was taking flamenco dance lessons (flamenco, not flamingo).  After watching Carman, the flamenco dance version, I decided to find a class and try it.  Whereas my background is basic Celtic, my inner  desperately wanted to be a raven-haired dancer with long dresses and castanets clicking in rapid fire.  Whenever the studio put on a recital or did demonstrations at local events, everyone participated.   My co-dancers decided I could be Darcelona from Barcelona.  The nickname stuck and I use it for fun.

I don’t dance flamenco anymore due but still greatly appreciate the artistry of the dance and music.

So, that is me – Darcelona Quilts.  Thanks for reading.