Hand Quilting….again!

So I have been itching to do some hand quilting lately- that is portable. I have a quilt on my Hinterberg frame but find I cannot get long periods of time to sit there, as it seems I have to be here, there and everywhere lately. So my solution- I pulled out my little mitten quilt that I pieced at the quilt retreat last month and put it on my hoop. At first, not so good…..but then, just like riding a bicycle or skating for the first time in a while- it came back to me! So now I am enjoying having something other than the computer to keep my hands busy while watching t.v.

Here is the hoop and quilt sitting in front of our Christmas tree. I am hoping that I can finish this sooner than later and maybe actually use this little quilt this season!
Well, back to work!
Happy Hand Stitches!
Cara

Wow! It must be because of Thanksgiving, which by the way I hope all of you had a wonderful holiday, but it has been a busy couple of weeks! I had written in my last post that we had gone to Lil Country Quilt Shoppe’s annual quilt retreat. It was in Rehoboth Beach, DE and this year was just fabulous! My friend Jennifer came with me this year but unfortunately my Quilt Buddy was unable to attend- Stef you were very missed! Maybe next year we can all be together!

I managed to get several projects done and started while there. First I made myself a cute new wallet (my other wallet needed replacing as it was stolen from me about a month ago). It has definitely been a positive in my purse! Then I made this cute wallhanging/ tablerunner for the winter season. It is the mitten quilt in the picture below! I also got another quilt that I wanted to do started- I got the whole thing cut out and started piecing. More to follow on that one!

Below is the awesome prizes, stash bought and quilt made while at the quilt retreat! It was indeed a great weekend!
If you have not noticed I have been doing a lot of stash building lately and here is some of the loot I acquired from my latest visit to my friend Jennifer’s…..

I got some lovely fabric to make a messenger bag out of for myself, some cute girlie fabric for a special gift for my daughter and some notions etcetera….but the best part of the loot is the fabric in the front! It is My Folklore by Lecien and I am in love with that fabric!!! In fact, I love it so much that I scoured Etsy until I found more of it!

…isn’t it just scrummy!!! I have a design I am working on from it since as soon as I opened the parcel it gave me an inspiration!

The next thing I am working on is the Don’t Look Now quilt along. She has this fabulous method for applique that I am just loving! Crisp points with no iron-awesome! Below is the supplies for my blocks.
I know the block is called Joesph’s coat, which for some would me many colors, but I just loved the 2 fabs I chose so I am going with it! One of the cool things about the orange peels is you can place your template anywhere on the pattern and it makes them look like they are out of different fabrics! Can’t wait to sit down and do more!

Last, but certainly not least, I did some updating of my ironing board in the Nook. I used this tutorial to use my existing cover as the template. I used Fig Tree Quilts Patisserie from my stash. Ta-da!
I am off now to work some more on some designs and other projects! I hope you are having a wonderful day!
Happy stash building!
Cara

Hello everyone! I just wanted to pop in and let you know I was still around…..I am just finishing up printing off my patterns for the etsy shop and I will also be back to post about the awesome quilt retreat I attended last weekend!

For now, though, I wanted to let you know about a wonderful quilt along that I found through Jennifer. It is Don’t Look Now’s Joseph’s Coat orange peel quilt and I think it is fabulous! I know I have a lot on my plate right now but you know I am a sucker for a good applique quilt AND Kellie has an applique technique that I think will make a great change (for the better!) in my applique! So go check it out!
Be back soon!
Cara

This past weekend was my local quilt shop’s annual Backyard Quilt show. This wonderful show is Doris’s way of showing her customers appreciation of the many quilts we all make and is the premise of the whole show! We all get our favorite quilts out and submit them to Doris, she sets them up with numbers on them and we all vote on our favorites. The winner of viewers choice then gets a wonderful prize to spend in the shop! It seems like this year had many more quilts than last for sure! Also this year, since the shop had moved to their farm, she also had a nice selection of vendors for us to peruse. Our guild also had a booth to sell the tickets for our the raffle quilt that was made, there was a nice selection of pumpkins and Indian corn to purchase and of course she also had an awesome supply of munchies. It was a great show!
Here is a mosaic of some of my favorite customer quilts and the vendors at the show!
….and here is the Lil Country Shoppe in all it’s finery! You can see why I love going there!
….and one of the other really awesome parts of the show is the trunk shows that Doris gets for us to view….well that brings me to my exciting news! I was very honored to be asked to show my patterns as a trunk show this year!! It was a wonderful feeling indeed! Here are the quilts I showcased and their respective patterns!
This one is the latest of my patterns, Bluebird’s of Happiness, and is made with wonderful fabric from Lecien’s Floral Collection- Pastels. It has blanket stitch applique (which can be done needle turn as well) and buttons added for embellishment.
The first one is Blooming Bouquets and I made this sample using Sweet by Urban Chicks for Moda. It is fat quarter friendly with large blocks. Then there is Rolling Pinwheels, which is a jelly roll friendly quilt made with Beach House by Blackbird Designs and Patisserie by Fig Tree Quilts. All of these will be available in my etsy soon and I will post when they are!
It definitely was a lot of fun to see them hanging there at the show! I am busy at work on a couple of new patterns at the moment that I will give sneaks of next time but I can tell you that one is using Lecien’s fabric I got from Spring Market and the other is using a jelly roll of Simple Abundance!!! Can’t wait to show them to you!
Until then….
Happy Fall Y’all!
Cara

Happy Fall Y’all!

This past weekend was my local quilt shop’s annual Backyard Quilt show. This wonderful show is Doris’s way of showing her customers appreciation of the many quilts we all make and is the premise of the whole show! We all get our favorite quilts out and submit them to Doris, she sets them up with numbers on them and we all vote on our favorites. The winner of viewers choice then gets a wonderful prize to spend in the shop! It seems like this year had many more quilts than last for sure! Also this year, since the shop had moved to their farm, she also had a nice selection of vendors for us to peruse. Our guild also had a booth to sell the tickets for our the raffle quilt that was made, there was a nice selection of pumpkins and Indian corn to purchase and of course she also had an awesome supply of munchies. It was a great show!

Here is a mosaic of some of my favorite customer quilts and the vendors at the show!
….and here is the Lil Country Shoppe in all it’s finery! You can see why I love going there!

….and one of the other really awesome parts of the show is the trunk shows that Doris gets for us to view….well that brings me to my exciting news! I was very honored to be asked to show my patterns as a trunk show this year!! It was a wonderful feeling indeed! Here are the quilts I showcased and their respective patterns!
This one is the latest of my patterns, Bluebird’s of Happiness, and is made with wonderful fabric from Lecien’s Floral Collection- Pastels. It has blanket stitch applique (which can be done needle turn as well) and buttons added for embellishment.
The first one is Blooming Bouquets and I made this sample using Sweet by Urban Chicks for Moda. It is fat quarter friendly with large blocks. Then there is Rolling Pinwheels, which is a jelly roll friendly quilt made with Beach House by Blackbird Designs and Patisserie by Fig Tree Quilts. All of these will be available in my etsy soon and I will post when they are!
It definitely was a lot of fun to see them hanging there at the show! I am busy at work on a couple of new patterns at the moment that I will give sneaks of next time but I can tell you that one is using Lecien’s fabric I got from Spring Market and the other is using a jelly roll of Simple Abundance!!! Can’t wait to show them to you!
Until then….
Happy Fall Y’all!
Cara

Hexagon, hexagons….

A few weeks ago I had to have some minor knee surgery (I tore the meniscus in my right knee) and was laid up for a bit. This meant no sewing machine~ARRGG! So I cracked open my Hexagons that I have been working on….ahhh there is nothing like hand work to pass the time! I managed to finish every single one of these!!! Yippeee! I am finally starting to see some progress!

(9 hexagon flowers)

So now I am basting some background hexies to put around these and the bigger flower from before Shown here:

Once I have enough, then I will make more flowers! Although one again I am able to sit at Nina, so these have been put back in my car bag for long drives.

In other quilting news, I have also been designing up a storm! I actually am in the process of writing up 3 projects and making the samples for the new patterns, so keep an eye out here in the next few weeks as they hopefully will be finished soon! I am excited as a couple of these new patterns are using some of the fabulous Lecien and Moda fabrics I got at Spring Quilt Market!Well, I’d better get cracking~the quilting bug is calling my name! LOL!

Happy Quilting!

Cara

Introducing……

Hi all! I hope you are all having a wonderful summer! I know we have been. I wanted to write today’s post to introduce a project that I have been sooooo excited about that has now come to fruition! A while back I showed this sneak of something I have been working on…

…..From this post here. Well I have finished it. Some of you may know that I started The Quilt Nook to design and make custom quilts for people. Well, I learned one of my favorite parts of my business was the actual design process….so since I had been designing for a while I decided to design a pattern for quilters. So here I am introducing the first published pattern by Quilt Nook Gal Designs!!!!

This quilt is called Rolling Pinwheels. I used a jelly roll (Beach House by Blackbird Designs) and some other yardage (Patisserie by Fig Tree Quilts) and pieced the backing.

I also opened an Etsy shop at http://www.quiltnookgaldesigns.etsy.com/ and the patterns are available there as well as some other goodies that I have been accumulating for quilters! Please check it out! I am excited to say that Doris, who owns Lil Country Shoppe quilt shop, has both the pattern and a couple of kits made up too. if you are in the Middletown (DE) area, the sample for Rolling Pinwheels is hanging in her store as well – stop on by! Below is the sample in her shop and me standing in front of it!

Well, thanks for checking out my new pattern and please stayed tuned as I am working on a few others that will hopefully be ready soon! So until then…..
Happy Quilting