Wednesday, July 28, 2010

Summer's End Applique Blocks

When I was in Minneapolis this spring at Quilt Market I was drawn to the Primitive Gatherings booth. When I say "drawn" I don't mean, I liked it and spent some time there. I mean that I was "drawn" there time and time again. I could be clear across the building and think, "I need to go back to Primitive Gatherings. I would look at the wool, or the patterns, or the books, or the kits..... This particular pattern, Summer's End, is one I went back a few times to dwell on. Finally the second day I bought it and I am so glad I did. I have had so much fun making this wool applique quilt.

I am using a wool background, wool applique, and Aurifil Lana Wool thread. So far I have only done 5 of the 12 blocks. When I finish the blocks, there is the applique border and I need to decide on a wool sashing for the blocks. 

Between Summer's End, Applique Affair, and the designs I am doing for my own partnership, Woolin Rouge, I am having the woolly time of my life. There is nothing quite like the feel, colors, and visual beauty of wool.

Bigfork Bay Cotton Company is Producing the patterns for Woolin Rouge so be sure you check out the website. So far the only one finished and selling is Star Light Snow Bright. They will have the kits available real soon too. Mary Flanagan is dyeing wool specifically for that quilt. It will be outstanding when it's done. I can't wait to get my kit and I've already made two!

Thursday, July 22, 2010

Applique Affair in Wool and Cotton

At Quilt Market in Minniapolis my husband fell in love with Applique Affair by Edyta Sitar of Laundry Basket Quilts. Of all the quilts in all the booths, that's the one he wanted, so how could I say no. 

Lynn Stalowy of Bigfork Bay Cotton Company has decided to make this beautiful quilt with me. She is doing hers out of beautiful Daiwabos and I am doing mine on cotton backgrounds with wool.

Here is one of Lynn's fused down out of Daiwabos... and the bottom one is mine out of wool.  Mine isn't out of proportion, I just take lousy pictures and the camera was tilted. You'd think I'd learn.
Lynn's at the top and mine on the bottom. 
Check out some of Lynn's other blocks on her blog along with a lot of other great quilts.
We are both using Aurifil thread. I am using mainly Aurifil Lana Wool for my applique and Lynn will be using Aurifil Cotton 50 wt. I am doing mine by hand and Lynn is doing hers by machine. Both will be Machine Quilted. 
And while you are surfing the internet, be sure you check out the other fantastic books and patterns by the very talented Edyta Sitar of Laundry Basket Quilts. She designs great fabric for Moda and has her thread collection for Aurifil too. 
Lynn and I will keep you updated as we move along on our quilts.  If you are making or have made Applique Affair send me your pictures and I will post them!