Colorado Trip May 2015

I have returned from a great teaching trip in Grand Junction Colorado.  I spent four days with the Sunset Slope Quilters and the Colorado West Quilters. What a beautiful area of the country! I drove this trip and was able to enjoy the scenery along the way. This is a view of Glenwood Canyon along I 70.

Glenwood Canyon Colorado

There are many wineries near Grand Junction, Colorado and on my next visit here I will have to arrive a couple of days early to visit the wineries and take in the sights.

Wineries

On my way home I broke up the second day of travel by stopping at a couple of antique malls.  On my trip to Grand Junction I passed three Brass Armadillo Antique Malls, one in Des Moines, Iowa,  one in Omaha, Nebraska, and one in Denver, Colorado.  I stopped at the one in Omaha as well as the Aardvark Antique Mall near Lincoln, Nebraska.

Brass Armadillo

Even though this was an eight day trip I felt great after I returned home. Normally after a week long trip once I return home I feel a little exhausted but not this time!  I think the fact that I drove and was able to make the trip at my own pace rather than flying made all the difference.  Or was it because I’ve started in on my garden for this year and I feel better because of the exercise I’ve been getting?

I plan on driving on many more of my future trips which will also make it easier for guilds to add on to a trip.

Pat

Pat Speth author of:  Nickel QuiltsMore Nickel Quilts, Amazing Nickel QuiltsNickel Quilts & Borders, and The Big Book of Nickel Quilts

To schedule a Nickel Quilt lecture or workshop contact Pat at the email below.

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Picnic Quilt Finish

Yippee!  My portion of the picnic quilt is all done!  This quilt is for my daughter Roxie and her husband Tom.  I worked on this quilt with Tom’s mother, Mary. Yes both of us Mother-in-Laws are quilters and we also made their wedding quilt together. We got together to piece the blocks and set this quilt together. Then since I have a long arm quilting machine I quilted it and sewed on the binding. The quilt then was handed off to Mary to hand stitch the binding down.

Quilt Section

I’m pretty excited about the upcycling we were able to do with this quilt. All the plaids and denims used in the blocks were from thrift store shirts or dresses (100% cotton).  The binding is from a denim curtain I found at a thrift store, 100% cotton and no signs of wear or sun damage.

Binding for Picnic Quilt

The backing comes from a duvet cover, also a thrift store find.  It had an Eddie Bauer label and has a beautiful feel to it, lots of life left in this piece, and of course it was plaid!

Back of Picnic Quilt

Here are Tom and Roxie holding the quilt, and Mary will have the binding finished in plenty of time for many picnics this year! It’s really fun to give someone a picnic quilt, one that is meant to be laid on the grass or sand, have a little wine or food spilled on it, and a good size to really stretch out on and read a good book.

Roxie and Tom with Quilt

And of course this was made with 5″ squares!

Enjoy!
Pat

Pat Speth author of:  Nickel Quilts,   More Nickel Quilts,    Amazing Nickel Quilts,  Nickel Quilts & Borders, and The Big Book of Nickel Quilts

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Beacon Hill Fat Quarter Giveaway

I’ve started cutting fat quarters from my Beacon Hill fabric collection.  I designed the fabric collection for Windham Fabrics.  It’s been several years since the collection came out and I’m probably the only one left with quantities of it since I purchased many, many bolts for fat quarter bundles!

There are thirty four fabrics in this collection and when I cut for the fat quarter bundles it takes a while, thank goodness for audio books! To make this a little more interesting for me I’ve decided to offer a giveaway!

To enter this giveaway all you have to do is like my Facebook page and like the Facebook post dated Feb. 19th by noon on Feb. 23, 2015. This giveaway is for eight fat quarters (my choice) from my Beacon Hill collection of fabrics.

Here are pictures of the wonderful fabrics in the Beacon Hill collection of fabrics, circa 1870.

Beacon Hill bolts A

Beacon Hill bolts B

Beacon Hill bolts C

Beacon Hill bolts D

Beacon Hill bolts E

Beacon Hill bolts F

Beacon Hill bolts G

Beacon Hill bolts H

Beacon Hill bolts I

The fat quarter bundles are only available for a short time, I tend to run out of them really fast before I can take the time to cut more so I don’t even bother listing them in my website store. Here is the information for the fat quarter bundle, containing thirty four fat quarters, if you are interested in purchasing one:

Price $72.00 (that’s only $8.50 per yard!) plus shipping, if you are interested in purchasing the fat quarter collection please email me. pat@patspeth.com

Pat

Pat Speth author of:  Nickel Quilts,   More Nickel Quilts,  Amazing Nickel Quilts,  Nickel Quilts & Borders, and The Big Book of Nickel Quilts

To schedule a Nickel Quilt lecture or workshop contact Pat at the email below.

Email: pat@patspeth.com
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Update on Test Quilt From Sheets

The test quilt made from sheets has been tumbled and pummeled in fourteen dryer loads so far and is looking great! The sheets used are 100% cotton.

large view

I’ve included a few close ups below where you can see that there is no sign of fraying due to thread breakage on the high thread count sheets.  I’ll continue to add the test quilt to dryer loads to see what the results are after 25 or 50 loads but I’m happy enough with these results that I’ll continue to experiment with adding the solids from sheets to future quilting projects.

close up A

 

Close up B

 

Close up C

Besides quilts for your own use this might be a nice option for material used in charity quilts. I know when I’m at guild meetings across the country I often hear requests from the Charity Quilt Committees for donations of fabrics, especially for backs.

Have fun with this idea!
Pat

Pat Speth author of:  Nickel Quilts,   More Nickel Quilts,    Amazing Nickel Quilts,  Nickel Quilts & Borders, and The Big Book of Nickel Quilts

To schedule a Nickel Quilt lecture or workshop contact Pat at the email below.

Email: pat@patspeth.com
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Deli Geese Project – Block #50 – Babe

Here is block number #50 of the Deli Geese Block Project!

50 Babe

Block #50 Babe,  uses the Top Units from Dark Flying Geese units.  Details of making the units are found here.

Top Unit from Dark Flying Geese

Top Unit Dark

Babe uses:
A – four Top Units from Dark Flying Geese units.
B – one  4 1/2″ square background (light)
C – six  2 1/2″ x  4 1/2″ rectangles
D – four  2 1/2″ squares background, added to four C pieces with the connecting corner method that can be seen here.
E – four  2 1/4″ squares

50 Babe

This block will measure 12″ at this point and finish 11 1/2″

This block as well as many others in the Deli Geese Block Project uses 5″ squares.  It’s a great block for charm packs, layer cakes, and of course stash fabrics.

Deli Geese, because they’re sliced !

Enjoy!
Pat

Deli Geese Block Project Index

Pat Speth author of:  Nickel Quilts,   More Nickel Quilts,  Amazing Nickel Quilts,  Nickel Quilts & Borders, and The Big Book of Nickel Quilts

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Packing For Dallas

Today I’ve been packing my workshop suitcase for my upcoming trip.  I leave for Dallas, Texas on Thursday morning and will present a lecture that evening and workshops the next two days.  In each of my workshops I teach more than one quilt so there is a lot of prepping to be done. One of the workshops is, Small Wonders, in which eight different quilts can be worked on in the same workshop!  I’m showing just two of the quilts below, all of the quilts can be seen on my website.

This is Prairie Gems from my Amazing Nickel Quilt book.

Prairie Gems with copyright

 

This is Star and Crown, an individual pattern.

Star and Crown with copyright

The second workshop is, Picket Fence Units, in which five different quilts can be worked on in the same workshop!  I’m showing two of the quilts below, all of the quilts can be seen on my website.

This is Pinwheels on Parade from my More Nickel Quilt book or the Big Book of Nickel Quilts.

Pinwheels on Parade with copyright

 

This is Woodland Clover also in my More Nickel Quilt book or the Big Book of Nickel Quilts.

woodland clover with copyright

The quilts for the lecture were shipped last week and have already arrived safe and sound in Texas.  If it wasn’t the middle of winter I would have driven to Texas rather than fly, but there is too much distance between Saint Paul, MN and Dallas, TX where winter storms could strike.

In the Twin Cities we are having a great winter with few days of snow, but my son who lives in the Boston area is getting dumped on with snow.  Less snow for me means less time shoveling and more time inside and quilting!

Pat

Pat Speth author of:  Nickel QuiltsMore Nickel Quilts, Amazing Nickel QuiltsNickel Quilts & Borders, and The Big Book of Nickel Quilts

To schedule a Nickel Quilt lecture or workshop contact Pat at the email below.

Email: pat@patspeth.com
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Deli Geese Project – Block #49 – Paul Bunyan

Here is block number #49 of the Deli Geese Block Project!

Paul Bunyan

49 Paul Bunyan

Block #49 Paul Bunyan,  uses the Bottom Units from Dark Flying Geese units.  Details of making the units are found here.

Bottom Unit from Dark Flying Geese

Bottom Dark unit

Paul Bunyan uses:
A – four Bottom Units from Dark Flying Geese units.
B – one  4 1/2″ square background (light)
C – six  2 1/2″ x  4 1/2″ rectangles
D – four  2 1/2″ squares background, added to four C pieces with the connecting corner method that can be seen here.
E – four  2 1/4″ squares
49 Paul Bunyan II

This block will measure 12″ at this point and finish 11 1/2″

This block as well as many others in the Deli Geese Block Project uses 5″ squares.  It’s a great block for charm packs, layer cakes, and of course stash fabrics.

Deli Geese, because they’re sliced !

Enjoy!
Pat

Deli Geese Block Project Index

Pat Speth author of:  Nickel QuiltsMore Nickel Quilts, Amazing Nickel QuiltsNickel Quilts & Borders, and The Big Book of Nickel Quilts

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All rights reserved.
This pattern/design is for your personal, non-commercial use only.
You are not allowed to mass produce this information.

To schedule a Nickel Quilt lecture or workshop contact Pat at the email below.

Email: pat@patspeth.com
www.patspeth.com