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The Quilting Forecast

Raindrops on Roses, quilted umbrellas,  and Mary Poppins?

Tonight I’m driving to my home town to introduce my patterns to the Memory Makers Quilt Guild for an upcoming #usebothsides class.

Born and raised there, I have fond memories of simpler times: riding bikes all over town (sans highway 61- not allowed), working summers at the pool, riding around as a teenager, and snake dances around the square to the homecoming bonfires. It makes me happy to go back there and I’m honored to do so this evening. With the wet forecast for this week, I’ll be doing my best to keep the raindrops off of Rose and all her friends! Click HERE to see the #usebothsides quilts.Image of Quilt

It seems fitting to break out the umbrella table runner today with the forecast of a rainy week ahead.

This was a fast, fun project from a few years ago. Just a few cuts of scrap Kaffe fabric with the Accuquilt die and she’s ready to quilt! See Raindrops on Roses to see a few of my favorite things from the AQS Quilt Show in Paducah.Image of Quilted Table Runer

And umbrellas always remind me of a favorite book, movie, and soon, I’m sure, musical:

Mary Poppins…the music, the magic, the meaning (I highly recommend the movie, Savings Mr. Banks, for the deeper meaning).

My youngest daughter, Jacquelyn, is playing the role of Mrs. Banks in her final college show, opening this Wednesday. We are fortunate to live less than 30 minutes from her musical theatre conservatory and have taken in as many shows as possible. (We learned when our eldest daughter performed sixteen hours away how fortunate we are to have these opportunities close by.)

Click HERE to see  “Sweet Dreams…of You” and the quilt commemorating Jacq’s role as the legendary Patsy ClineImage of Patsy Cline's Signature on Quilt and  Click HERE to see “One…Singular Sensation” which features a fantastic quilt binding tip and Jacq’s role as Cassie in A Chorus Line.

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Jacquelyn Kiefner as Cassie in A Chorus Line

It looks like it’ll be a busy week for this quilter! How’s your quilting forecast look? Share in the comments below.

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Month Two River Heritage BOM Mystery

Introducing Month two of River Heritage:

Railroad CrossingImage of Train Tracks and River

River Heritage Block-of-the-Month Mystery Quilt

 by Karla Kiefner/Creative Bee Studios

Month 2 – Railroad Crossing

Welcome to the second block in the River Heritage Block-of-the-Month Mystery Quilt! There is a variety of Railroad Crossing quilt blocks. This one is a simple, but stunning version. I think this block could make a great stash-busting, scrappy quilt all by itself!

Railroad Crossing uses dark, medium, and light fabrics. It is an easy block made with two four-patches and two half-square triangles.

Cutting Instructions

From light fabrics:                                        From medium fabrics:

1 – 7-inch square                                                        1 – 7-inch square

4 – 3 ½ inch squares

 

From dark fabrics:

4 – 3 1/2-inch squares                                                                         RST = right sides together

 

Draw a diagonal line on the reverse side of the 7-inch light square. Lay the light square on the 7-inch medium square, matching edges, RST. Using a quarter-inch foot, sew ¼ inch on each side from the drawn line. Cut on the line. Press each half square triangle towards the darker fabric. Square/trim each block to 6 ½ inches.

Chain-piece the light 3 ½ inch squares onto a dark 3 ½ inch square, RST. Press to the dark. Lay out the pieces according to the block picture.

Turn the top row down onto the bottom row, RST, matching seams and pin. Stitch across the top. Press four-patches open. Trim each block to 6 ½ inches.Image of RR Crossing Block

Lay out all the pieces according to the picture. Turn the top right four-patch onto the half-square to its left. Stitch. Press to the half-square. Repeat with the bottom section, turning the half-square onto the four-patch and press to the half-square.

Turn the top row down onto the bottom row, RST, matching seams and pinning. Stitch across the top. Press seam open.

Square block to 12 ½ inches. You have made your Railroad Crossing!

Here’s my version: Image of Quilt Block

Share your block using #riverheritage on Facebook, Instagram, and Twitter!

*A special thank you to my nephew, Blake Kiefner, for letting me use his gorgeous picture of the frozen Mississippi!

If you are just joining us, WELCOME! Be sure to scroll down or click on the pictures for links to the Introduction and Month One!

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Click here for link to Introduction.

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Click here for link to Month One.

Month Three will be posted right here on March 12, 2018.

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NEWS FLASH: #usebothsides patterns, Phoebee, Belle, and LilyImage of Nancy's Notions Page are featured on page three of Nancy’s Notions catalog and online at www.nancysnotions.com

Shop ALL the #usebothsides patterns HERE:

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Free Block-of-the-Month Mystery Quilt

Month One for River Heritage Block-of-the-Month Mystery Quilt is well underway!

With Month Two being revealed right here on Monday, February 12th, I thought we’d take a look at the blocks shared so far with the hashtag: #riverheritage

These blocks use dark, medium, and light fabrics of your choice.

See the Introduction HERE for more information about the quilt, including the setting.

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Click here for link to Introduction.

Click HERE for Month One: Paddle Wheel

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Click here for link to Month One.

 

Look at all the fabulous fabrics used in these Paddle Wheels!Image of Paddle Wheel BlocksImage of Paddle Wheel BlocksImage of Paddle Wheel Blocks

It’s not too late to start this free mystery quilt. Make your Paddle Wheel today!

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#usebothsides Pattern NEWS: Sally has a new friend!

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Fiona – Click HERE

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Sally – Click HERE

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One Easy Way to Conquer Color

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Tropical Trip/Quick Trip by Eleanor Burns

I wish I knew how many books there are which explain how to use color in making quilts. I also wish I knew how many times I looked at the color wheel, read about it, studied it as long as my attention span would allow…and sighed out of frustration and boredom.  Image of Fabric Stash

Many books about color go into great detail explaining the principles for mastering color in quilts. You can learn about hue, color, and intensity, warm and cool colors, the harmonies of  triadic, analogous, split-complimentary, double-complimentary, complementary colors and much, much more–WHOLE BOOKS of small print, explaining everything you’d ever want to know about color!

But they don’t work for me.

NEVER HAVE I EVER read about color and been inspired!

For me, I do better by “studying” nature. Sometimes its from a picture and sometimes it’s from real life, but either way, I find that nature, whether its a single flower, a landscape view, or a beach at sunset has perfect coloring AND its inspirational! (Can you guess my favorite place to be?) See “Sally” HERE for a hint!

I will be sharing information about color in future posts — but that’s all it is, information. It’s good and important information, but its information I prefer to use  AFTER I’ve been inspired, as a check to make sure I’m covering all the bases and have thought my choices through.

I will admit I am very much a color person. Color can evoke emotions in me that seem just a little over the top — I REALLY, REALLY love some and REALLY don’t care for others. Maybe you are like that, too? How do you choose color when your canvas is blank?  Share in the comments section below. What are your scenes in nature?

FREE Block-of-the-Month MYSTERY QUILT #riverheritage

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Mysterious Values

Value can be a head-scratcher. When separating your fabrics for a project like…let’s just say, the FREE River Heritage Block-of-the-Month Mystery Quilt, you might find yourself guessing which fabric goes where.

That’s because the fabric value can change, depending on what value it is next to.

Say what?

How can a fabric value change, you ask? While the value of the fabric itself doesn’t physically change, how you see that value can be affected by what is around it. Let me explain and then give you a simple way to test your values…

Here are three piles of fabric stash I’ve selected for my River Heritage. Dark, Medium, Light. Straight forward.Image of Fabric Stash

 

However, if I were to choose to use a dark Light and a light Medium together, they suddenly look similar.

I’ll use my first-run at BOM as an example.

Because I like to mix it up with background fabrics in my #usebothsides quilts, I thought I could do that with my BOM as well. As you can see, the neutral on the bottom right from my Lights pile stands out and interferes with the rest of my block. (My eye goes right to it.)

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See how the bottom right square competes with the rest of the block?

My Medium looks too light when I use that dark of a Light!

Or you could say…

My Light looks too dark when I use that light of a Medium!

The best way I have found to truly see the value of a fabric is to take a black and white picture.

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Check your values by taking a black and white picture.

Boom. There it is. Block is fixed.

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Paddle Wheel
Month One
River Heritage

(Now how did those too Grunge Dots get so close together? Come here, Sam ( the seam ripper). Read more about The Tricky Traits of Value here and here.

So why does mixing of values work in other quilts? Mixing up my neutrals for #usebothsides works because my focus fabric is a very vivid Dark value. Even a dark Light or light Medium  works in the background of these quilts.

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Phoebee was designed using both sides of a focal fabric.

You can really see that in Phoebee the focus fabric will be strong enough to override even a medium background fabric.

While I still want to encourage you to live on the edge (only in quilting circles) and mix up those fabrics, you do have to pay close attention (maybe even more so) to values.

If you’ve been in my classes, you know I don’t give any opinions about fabric options until I’ve taken a black and white picture first. I’ve been stumped many times by guessing and it’s just easier to know for sure. So grab your stash  and your camera and sign up below for the FREE River Heritage Block-of-the-Month Mystery Quilt! The clue for Month Two is three weeks away!

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Meet Sally…a Sassy Seahorse

Use both sides of your focus fabric with this latest #usebothsides pattern! Sally is made with Philip Jacob’s Seashell Bouquet fabric on a scrappy background. Her bubbles and seashell coral are made from the reverse side.Image of Seahorse Quilt

See all the #usebothsides patterns HERE .

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Image of Mystery Quilt PosterRemember to share your River Heritage progress by using this hashtag:  #riverheritage (not #mysteryquilt).

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What colors are you using for the mystery quilt?

First Mystery Quilt Block Reveal

River Heritage

Block-of-the-Month Mystery Quilt

 By Karla Kiefner

pad*dle wheel

/‘padl ,(h)wēl/

a large steam-driven wheel with boards around its circumference, situated at the stern or side of a ship so as to propel the ship through the water by its rotation.

 

Month 1 – Paddle Wheel (d)

Welcome to the first block in the River Heritage Block-of-the-Month Mystery Quilt! See the Introduction here for more details about this project.

Paddle Wheel uses dark, medium, and light fabrics. While I’ve decided to make my quilt as scrappy as I can, I choose to keep some consistency in the dark paddle wheel section for this block. Future blocks will have a scrappier look.

Cutting Instructions

From light fabrics:                                     From medium fabrics:

2 – 5-inch squares                                        4 – 2 ½ inch squares

8 – 2 ½ inch squares

2 – 3-inch squares

From dark fabrics:

2 – 3-inch squares

1 – 4 ½ inch squares                                    RST = right sides together

2 – 5-inch squares

 

Draw a diagonal line on the reverse side of the 3-inch light squares. Lay each light square on a 3-inch dark square, matching edges, RST. Using a quarter-inch foot, sew ¼ inch on each side from the drawn line. Cut on the line. Press each half square triangle towards the darker fabric. Square/trim each block to 2 ½ inches.

Following the same process as above, stitch the 5-inch squares, cut, press, and trim to 4 ½ inches.

Lay out fabrics according to the diagram shown.

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Paddle Wheel – Month One
River Heritage

Chain-piece the four-patch blocks by turning the squares on the right onto the squares to their left, RST. Stitch down the right edge. Press the top row to the right and the bottom row to the left for each 4-patch set. Nestle the seams of the top pair and bottom pair together, RST. Stitch along the top edge. Press open. Lay the four-patches in place according to the diagram.

Now turn the three center column of squares onto the three to their left, RST. Stitch. Press the first row to the right, second row to the left, third row to the right.

Turn the three right column of squares onto the center column squares, RST. Stitch. Again, press the first row to the right, second row to the left and third row to the right.

Turn the top row down RST onto the center row. Match and pin intersecting seams. Stitch. Press to center row or open.

Turn bottom row up, RST onto center row. Pin intersecting seams. Stitch. Press to center row or open.

Square block to 12 ½ inches. You have made your paddlewheel!

Share your block using #mysteryquilt on Facebook, Instagram, Twitter, and Pinterest!

Month 2 will be posted here on February 12, 2018!

 

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River Heritage

Block-of-the-Month Mystery Quilt

So…I agreed to head up the Block-of-the-Month program for my local guild this year and I have to say, while the first reveal is yet to come, I’ve had a lot of fun already!  After searching online to find a set of patterns, I decided to create one myself – especially for my guild, River Heritage Quilters’ Guild –  and I want to share it with all of you!

While this quilt will have special meaning for those who live near river life, and especially for those near the mighty Mississippi in southeast Missouri, it can be appreciated by most as a beautiful sampler of blocks in a lovely setting.

River Heritage will feature eight traditionally-pieced blocks and one easy pieced/appliqued block, in a lovely setting which will finish at 66 x 66 inches.

  • Most of the quilt blocks have a common river-life theme and a couple of them have regional and local references.
  • This will be a nice quilt for gifting to a loved one (you’ll see why when we get to that block) or to have as a keepsake, especially if you are a member of River Heritage Quilters’ Guild.  While members of the RHQG will recognize that the names of the blocks have a connection to our guild and the general region of our country, the quilt itself is very appropriate for anyone around the world and would be considered a sampler quilt in a beautiful setting.
  • I suggest hitting your stash for your light, medium, and dark fabrics in three colors. You’ll also need some light neutrals (ranging from white to light beige and gray). The blocks themselves can be scrappy, so you can add to your collection as the mystery and the year unfolds!
  • The setting for this quilt will be striking and yet easy to put together. Instructions and specific fabric requirements for the setting and borders will follow the last block instructions. In general (in case you want to plan ahead), one yard for the dark border and 1 ½ yds. for the three light, medium, and dark setting pieces and binding will be sufficient. (Your nine mystery blocks will be in the light gray squares.) This picture is very similar but not exactly how your setting will look (it is a MYSTERY, after all!).Image of Quilt Setting

Note: Seams are ¼ inch unless otherwise noted. When piecing rows, alternate pressing direction. (For example, I press row one to the right, row two to the left, etc. for easy nesting of seams.)

Block instructions will be posted the second Monday of each month right here on my blog!

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A Delicious Quilting-Day Soup for You

Image of Quilt Close UpToday I’m sharing one of my favorite winter soups. I’ve made this soup for several of my classes and it seems to be a favorite of my quilters, too.

This is a consistent recipe that always get as good review. Pair it with a fresh baguette and some yummy cookies and you’ll have a cozy lunch or light dinner with little time spent in prep. This recipe was adapted from one given to me by my good friend, Kim.

Cheesy Potato Broccoli Soup

2 TBSP butter

2 TBSP Olive Oil

1 small onion, chopped

1 tsp garlic

1 package (or four small florets) of fresh broccoli

4 TBSP flour

32 oz. chicken broth

1/2 package of frozen shredded hash browns

12 oz. can evaporated milk

2 tsp Worcestershire

8 oz. shredded cheddar cheese

Note: My crockpot has a stovetop-friendly insert, so I prepare this all in one pot. If your crockpot is not for stovetop, use a medium-size pot or sauce pan to prepare the soup and transfer it to your crockpot. This soup also makes up well without using a crockpot for a quick meal.

Cook onions and garlic in butter and olive oil until tender.  Add broccoli, cook for 8 – 10 minutes. Add flour, stirring constantly for one minute. Slowly add chicken broth and cook until thickened. Add hash browns. Add evaporated milk and Worcestershire. Add cheese and salt and pepper to taste. (I start with 1/2 tsp pepper and 1 tsp salt.) Transfer to crockpot if necessary. Heat  on low or warm. Now go quilt something!:)

I’m very excited to reveal a new #usebothsides pattern very, very soon AND tell you about a quilting catalog soon to carry at least one of my patterns.  Can you guess which catalog and which pattern? Make your guess in the comments below!

How do you feed yourself and your family on mega-quilting days? Any time-saving tricks you can share?

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‘Tis the Season to be Giving

Quilters are notorious givers. In this season of giving, I’d like to share with you two of my favorite organizations which provide ways for you to give to others (aside from quilts) while you celebrate this Christmas.

First, the h.o.w? Helping Orphans and Widows ministry. There is a small group of 30 women in rural Kinangop, Kenya, who are the focus of the h.o.w? ministry. They help empower these widowed women to care and provide for their families’ needs.  While there are numerous ways you can support these women, my favorite is through purchasing the hand-made jewelry, stockings, ornaments, scarves and other items available through their website or at the beautiful boutique located in Cape Girardeau County. I have this bracelet in aqua colors and it was amazing how many quilters at the Paducah quilt show stopped me to find out how to get it! (A perfect gift for your quilter friend.)Image of Bracelet Read more in my post, Presents of Beauty and Purpose.  This stocking was made from the wool of their raised sheep. It hangs on our mantel as a remind to pray for these widows and their families. Image of Knitted StockingImage of Handmade JewelryYou can follow the ministry on their Facebook page. H.o.w? Ministry.

 

Second is Samaritan’s Purse. You can choose from many wonderful and specific ways to help your fellow mankind through this organization. From purchasing chickens, goats, sheep, or other livestock for a family to raise to support their family, to feeding a hungry baby for a week, to drilling a well for a village or funding clef lip surgery for a child, you can choose what you want to do and you can fund the whole project or just a portion of it.

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Samaritan’s Purse

I first learned of Samaritan’s Purse through Operation Christmas Child, a ministry our church supports, where we fill shoe boxes with little toys, socks, personal hygiene products, and art supplies to be delivered around the world to needy children. There are over 40 ways to give to others through this ministry and you can support them in honor of or in memory of loved ones. I’m happy to know that we purchased a goat for a family in honor of family as part of their Christmas gift this year. Click here to learn more about Samaritan’s Purse.

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Samaritan’s Purse

How do you give to others during the Christmas season? Please share you favorite organizations or ways to help others in need in the comments below.

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