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April 2014 Newsletter

 

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April , 2014

 

 

    Hi to all my quilting friends.

I am really long overdue for a newsletter.  This last November I had a computer failure and lost all my email addresses and there is no way I can recover over 1000 emails and names. So I will no longer be emailing out a newsletter. You can come here  to my website and check out the newsletter, I will try to update it more often than I have in the past. I think you all for following me and my adventures in the Quilting world. I keep trying to come up with fun patterns and new techniques for you to try. I am now working on the design for next years Sampler, so if you have any ideas or suggestions as to what you would like to see, let me know. Keep up the good work you all are doing and make sure you are having fun. That is what Quilting should be about, having fun creating new quilts.                    

     I left off last year with the June project for last year, I will try to update the list here so you can see what we did last year and up to now. July was Circus Circus, I wanted to show how to face the curved edges instead of doing a bias binding.  August  was Freeze Frame. This pattern took on a life of its own. I now have three versions of this pattern. The first one used 14 fat-quarters and the second one used one main print and 8 accents, the third one uses the pre-cut 10" squares. I have seen so many quilts made from these patterns that are all so different. I think it is one of my top three patterns that I have come up with.     Then in September I did  Sweet Sixteen which used some of our stash and had 8 pinks and 8 greens - thus 16 fabrics and the quilt looked sweet.

Circus Circus

Freeze Frame

Sweet Sixteen

October was Winter Solstice which had left over pieces that I had to  design a small wall quilt or table topper with the leftovers., so it was a Two-fer design.  Then in November was Wanderlust. I wanted to have a quilt with Prairie Points on the edges and show how to face that edge like Circus Circus. I used a block from last years sampler that everyone enjoyed making as the focus for the design.        

Winter Solstice

Wanderlust

Wanderlust Baby

   For December, I made Celebration. I had this fun idea and really like how it came out. I can think of so many ways to make this differently by  using precut 10" squares or multiple fabrics for the stars, but two was my limit on this on.    Then for January, I gave out Ferris Wheel with is one of the patterns I used with the Hoffman precut 2 1/2" strips. This one used the Volcano group and really like how it came out.

Celebration Celebration Baby

     Ferris Wheel

 

 

 

February, was River Dance which used the River Rock pre-cut 10" squares. This is one of my favorite quilts. I really like how it came together. I started using an old pattern, Falling Stars, but had to condense the stars to use the 10" squares. For March, it was the Twister pattern I designed using the Seaholly Bali Pop. A great way to use the precut 2 1/2" Bali Pop strips.

 
River Dance

Twister

 

For April it is the State Fair pattern I made using the Tidepool Bali Pop. The first one I did used a light separating piece between the pinwheels, but I used the precut 5" squares to make a table runner and used black which gave the design a totally different look.  May will be Stars Around. It can use 14 fat-quarters or a Bali Pop - 40  2 1/2" wide strips. The Baby size takes only 4 fat-quarters.

State Fair State Fair table runner

Stars Around

 

Here is a picture of this years Sampler. There are two sizes to make, Double and Queen. The double just doesn't have the extra outside pieced border. It will take all 12 months and we started with the center Lone Star, then the pieced borders. I know this is going to be a fun quilt for all my students to do.

 
  2014 Sampler  
      I hope you enjoyed this newsletter and I will try to be more up to date with adding the monthly quilts. Keep up the good work

     Thanks again for all your support and kind words. I love teaching and coming up with easier ways to do things and keeping all of you busy.

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Your quilting teacher and friend,        Roxanne Carter
 
 

 

   
 
 

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