A New Christmas Quilt Pattern!

Cindy here, reporting in from Ohio.  I did a lot of sewing this past weekend and finished a beautiful Christmas quilt that Sandy designed.

For the patchwork squares, Sandy combined four 10 inch blocks (finished size) to make one large 20 inch block (finished size).

We were looking for just the right fabric line for Sandy’s design and fell in love with “Little Tree” by Lella Boutique for Moda Fabrics.  What do you think?
Outside picWe ordered our fabrics from Fabric Shack, a favorite store of ours in Waynesville, Ohio. We’re working on the FREE pattern right now and hope to post it very soon!  Stay tuned!
full pic outside



Ohio State Fair Quilts – Post II

Hi everyone!  It’s Cindy reporting in on my last installment of Ohio State Fair Quilts.

Before I get to the quilts, I have to share one of the Ohio State Fair highlights that is not quilt related.

Gasp!  How can there possibly be anything more exciting than the quilts??  Check out the Butter Cow…another important Ohio State Fair tradition.
Butter cow sign

This year, the butter cow exhibit paid homage to the 50th anniversary of the Apollo 11 Moon Landing.  I think the cows are gazing at the moon…don’t you?  OR maybe they are just staring at the astronauts.

Now back to the quilts!  The quilt below was gorgeous.  It was made from the handkerchieves of the owner’s grandmother and great grandmother.  The colors, fabrics and quilting were lovely.
Hankies full shotThis patriotic quilt was impressive.
Patriotic beautyThere were a lot of tiny pieces in the one below.  I like all the different fabrics, colors and textures.
tiny piecesI studied this green/black/white quilt because I was trying to figure out how it was pieced together.  The quilting added another dimension to the pieced design.
GreenThis quilt was another interesting one to study because of all the colors and prints.  My favorite part was the black and white striped binding.
Bright chaosLast but not lease was the “Best of Show”…a paper pieced work of art.  It’s one of those quilts that just stops you in your tracks and all you can say is “Wow!!!”Tula fullHere’s a close up of the center.  Aren’t these kitties cute?Tula close 2Here’s a close up of the piecing and the quilting.Tula ribbonsThere were so many gorgeous quilts, these are just a few highlights.

If you ever have a chance to visit the Ohio State Fair, you’ll have a great time…Sandy and I highly recommend it!

Ohio State Fair Quilts – 2019

Hello everyone!  It’s Cindy reporting in on my annual pilgrimage to the Ohio State Fair .

It’s always a family event to get to the fair early, eat something loaded with carbs, fat and sugar, then venture into the craft building to see the quilts.  The fairgrounds built a new craft building, complete with air conditioning!  Honestly, what could possibly be better than quilts and air conditioning on a steamy 90 degree summer day?

Since Ohio is the “Buckeye State”, I have to start by showing you this gorgeous Buckeye quilt.  As you can see, the quilting was incredible.  Some of the words to The Ohio State University’s alma mater were quilted into the outer border.
Buckeye QuiltThis Cathedral Window quilt was small and so pretty with the buttons added.  Cathedral Window with buttonsThe bright leaves and bright flowers really showcase this giraffe.
Gracie in brightsThis patriotic quilt was a real show stopper!
Patriotic paper pieceHere is a close up of one of the outer stars…clearly a paper piecing dream come true!
Star Close UpThis Baltimore Album quilt was absolutely amazing.  I took a few pictures to share with you.IMG_2007Here’s a close up of one of the baskets.
Up close basketI just love looking at all these quilts.  There are so many quilting and piecing techniques to study and enjoy.  I have lots more to show you, including the “Best of Show”…stay tuned!









Modern God’s Eye – A New Pattern

Sandy and I are excited to tell you about our latest project!  Last November we submitted several designs to FaveQuilts and Leisure Arts  for a book dedicated to quilted wall hangings.  We are thrilled that one of our designs was chosen for this book of eleven unique projects!
Book pic 1Currently, the book is available for purchase on the Leisure Arts Website and on Amazon.  In August, the book will be available in Joann Fabric and Craft Stores.

Last November, we were reminiscing about Girl Scout Camp and how we used to make God’s Eye crafts from sticks we found in the woods and scraps of yarn.  WHOA!  What if we designed a quilt around this concept???  THEN we decided to call it “Modern God’s Eye”.   Below is a picture from the book.
IMG_1915The book also highlights the quilting from Sharon Johnson of Purple Cow Long Arm Quilting.  Sharon lives here in Ohio and she does a great job, as you can see!
Sharon's quiltingThe fabrics we used are from Art Gallery Fabrics Pure Elements Collection.  These solid colors are perfect for this modern quilt design.  Speaking of design, Sandy and I are big fans of using EQ8 software from Electric Quilts.  It’s easy for us to share design ideas electronically with this program, especially since we live in different states!

Here’s a sneak peak at the back of the book.  We think you will find a project that works with your décor!
Back of book portrait