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South Dakota Quilts & More

Fabulous is the word to describe our trip to Custer, South Dakota! Quilts, quilt shops, a quilt in a musical, quilts at our bed and breakfast, quilts on a monument – what more could a quilter ask for?

Our daughter graduated in May as a musical theatre major and was excited to be hired by Black Hills Playhouse – her first paid gig as a graduate (yes). We knew little about the playhouse or South Dakota, but planned our trip right away when we learned she would play Laurey in OKLAHOMA!

I had no idea the trip would be so quilter friendly!

Dignity is a 50-foot-tall statue in Chamberlain, SD, to honor the cultures of the Dakota and Lakota people. She represents courage, perseverance and wisdom. Made from stainless steel, Dignity wears a Native dress from the 1850s and holds a star quilt made from 128 stainless steel blue diamonds. Dignity was designed by artist laureate Dale Lamphere and gifted to the state of South Dakota by Norm and Eunabel McKie. Learn more about Dignity HERE.Image of Dignity StatueImage of Dignity's Quilt

Just down the road from Dignity in the city of Chamberlain is The Quilt Shop. In addition to several rooms filled with bolt after bolt of beautiful fabric, is the main room featuring a mix of Native American art, jewelry, beads, quilt patterns, kits, laser pre-cuts, panels, and more fabric!

Owner Sonya was friendly and helpful, and is now selling #usebothsides patterns in her shop! Check out her website HERE.

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A partial herd of bison “greeted” us when we entered The Black Hills.

The South Dakota landscape is diverse and amazing. First up was a drive through the Badlands.

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The Badlands, South Dakota

There were bison statues all through the town of Custer, too – of course I had to share the one with the quilt.Image of Bison Statue with Quilt

Check out this bison following us on the road (view is from inside our Tahoe).Image of Bison on Road

Taking this long of a trip to see a show, we didn’t see it just once (three times) and we didn’t stop smiling, even to the end of the third show!

 

 

 

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Click here for more info on BHP.

 

 

 

 

 

 

It’s amazing that this quaint theater tucked in the hills has such a dedicated following, especially when you see the roads people travel to get to it! At least the first three shows were sold out. The energy level of the cast was high, the performances perfected, the direction was unique and solid (not that I’m an expert at ALL, but I know what I like) and the SOUND…I could hear every word. It was a wonderful experience. Everything you would expect from a professional playhouse.

OKLAHOMA! runs through July 29th and then they open The Game’s Afoot on August 3rd!
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Curly and Laurey played by Lukas Ptacek and Jacquelyn Kiefner

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Ado Annie – “I’m just a girl who cain’t say no!” Played by Josey Miller.

See  more incredible photos by Sage Studios Professional Photography on their Facebook Page HERE or go to their website HERE. He really captured the moments and the energy-even the rice toss the moment before the lights went out at the end of the show.

 

 

The star quilts took on significance for the Sioux and Assiniboine when buffalo was pushed to near extinction and hides and robes were no longer given as honors. Also known as the Star of Bethlehem, the pattern is also featured in quill work, bead work and paintings.

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Mount Rushmore

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Mock Up of Crazy Horse Memorial

We got to spend part of one day with our daughter and took in Crazy Horse and Mount Rushmore!

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Owners Kathy and Ernie, Dakota Dream

Last, but certainly NOT least to share about our trip, was the warm welcome we received at Dakota Dream Bed & Breakfast & Horse Hotel. Kathy and Ernie were delightful hosts and, I’m telling you, they thought of EVERY thing to make our stay special! We highly recommend! Even after day three, I was still finding little things they did to provide all the comforts, well, beyond OUR home!

Learn more about Dakota Dream HERE!

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Every breakfast was a work of art.

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Kathy’s a quilter, too!

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Me and the hubbs.

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Simple Designs for Stunning Quilts

Grace features a soft blue mason jar with a lovely spray of pink flowers.Image of Grace Pattern Cover

 

She’s petite. Just 18 x 24 inches.

The Grace quilt pattern is a great way to try out the #usebothsides pattern. As with all the patterns,  you learn how to audition your focus and background fabrics to make a delightful, cheery wall hanging. With a focus fabric kit (you still provide the background fabrics), you know you’ll have the perfect mason jar and floral spray.

Shop all the #usebothsides patterns and kits HERE.

Next Colorful Petals Class:

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Colorful Petals Quilt Patterns

Saturday, March 17th

10 a.m. – 3 p.m.

at The Golden Needle in Cape Girardeau, MO

Join the River Heritage Block-of-the-Month Mystery Quilt fun! Click the pictures here for links to the Introduction and Months One and Two:

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Month Two River Heritage BOM Mystery

Introducing Month two of River Heritage:

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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!

River Heritage Month 2

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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#riverheritage

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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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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Go HERE for the Introduction

Go HERE for Month One.

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?

It’ll Be Fun, They Said

Find out what happens when I join a quilt guild Round Robin challenge:

Let’s do a Round Robin! It’ll be fun…wait, that was ME saying that!

Now here I sit with the dreaded pizza box–which, by the way, makes me hungry for pizza every time I see it–and I have a feeling of dread.

What’s inside and why did I think this would be a good idea?

I’ve participated in a Round Robin before. You know how it goes, everyone starts with a certain size block and each block has borders added by a different quilter and at the next guild meeting the blocks with borders get passed on to the next quilter until you get a completed wall hanging quilt top made with your original block. It was lots of fun in 2008! So what’s the difference? Why am I so afraid of ruining each of my four other friend’s quilts?

Round Robin 2008 with Cindy Spaeth and Mary Lou Rutherford

Well, let’s see what’s different here? Nine years ago there were only three of us in our group. I didn’t know the other ladies too well, so maybe there was some safety in that.

I was fairly new in the guild. There it is…I was a newbie! I had no fear! I didn’t realize what could go wrong- I didn’t know all the “rules” and I certainly didn’t concern myself with design knowledge. If I liked it, I did it. That was it.  And even though I say I like to fight the establishment and throw the rules out the window, I do respect other people’s need for rules and order.

THAT’S what scares me! Can I do creative, yet disciplined work that will pass muster with these awesome quilters?

I guess that why they call it a challenge! Time will tell and you will know in about four months!

My block and fabric offerings for the Round Robin Challenge.

Stay tuned. In the meantime, I think I’ll call Dominoes.

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Raindrops on Roses

Here are my five favorites from AQS Paducah Quilt Show.

Raindrops on roses and whiskers on kittens…

Quilting Favorites

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These are a few of my favorite things:

There are definitely A FEW OF MY FAVORITE THINGS at AQS Quiltweek, Paducah! Every year my friend, Nancy, and I meet more friends in Paducah and spend 3 1/2 days studying the works of art hanging in the show and, like the 20,000+ other quilters, we browse (and sometimes buy) the latest gadgets in the quilting industry–and a bit of fabric to boot. This year a few booths stood out to me and I’d like to mention them here–click on the name to learn more about each one.

Quilts of Valor are near and dear to my heart (stay tuned for a future post all about Quilts of Valor). Northcott Fabrics had a booth bringing attention to this special way to thank a veteran. Check out the Stars and Stripes Collection for your next Quilt of Valor!

My Favorite Author is almost always in attendance to sign books! Check out NYT bestselling author Marie Bostwick‘s newest book, The Promise Sisters. I’ve read her Cobbled Court Quilt novel series many times and love them, but I guarantee you won’t be disappointed with her latest book!

My Favorite Author and Me

Martelli Cutting Systems are WOW! Would I love to have the cutting table! It’s important to note that you need the mat AND the rulers AND the rotary for them to work. But a table the tilts toward you saves your back and shoulders when cutting strips or yardage. If you ever see their booth, STOP! It doesn’t hurt that they are located in Pensacola, FL! (See why I like that HERE.

The WOOL and COTTON COMBO are HOT! One thing that stood out in the vendor booths was the use of bright beautiful wools on  fun cotton quilts. “Dark” no longer describes wool projects! There were many vendors I could mention, but the one that caught my eye (and grabbed my money) was…Applique After Hours. Check out Angela’s designs and new book! I’m a softie for wool thread! YUM.

We always like to say “hi” to our English friends! They are a friendly shop in the Paducah area with great service and lots of smiles!

Raindrops Table Runner

We’ve certainly had our share of raindrops this year where I live, especially in this last week. My heart goes out to all of those dealing with the water and losses. You will continue to be in my prayers.

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