Red Bird Quilt Co. Giveaway

March 16, 2015

I SO have Spring Fever!!! It is supposed to reach 68 degrees today.  I may wear shorts. No joke.  It has been delightfully warm.  Just patches of snow here and there that have not melted.  Hard to believe that just a few weeks ago winter storms were still having their way with us.  Can you believe we had ice fishermen on our lake yesterday?? Shaking my head as I pull my flip flops out for the season. :-)

As the title of my blog post suggests...I am sponsoring a giveaway!! What can you win???  A complete set of The QP Curve Templates!!!  That is right, all 6 templates! The giveaway is actually on Red Bird Quilt Co's blog called Karen's Quilts, Crows and Cardinals-Red Bird Quilt Co. here.  So make sure you go to Karen's blog to enter!!

If you are not familiar with Karen's work, let me tell you she is a VERY talented quilter and designer.  Not only is Karen uber talented, but she is just about the sweetest person you'll ever know.  Not that I have met her in person. :-) The many wonders of social media, when used responsibly it is wonderful tool, especially in making friends.  Karen purchased my templates when I first presented them on Instagram.  She was one of my first customers and took a real leap of faith with me!! :-)  We have been friends ever since.  Launching my templates was an incredibly scary venture for me.  I kept thinking,"are these a good idea just in my head??  Will they work for others??  Will people even want them??  Or would I have stacks and stacks of templates laying around that I would have to find new creative uses for other than what they were designed for??" lol  Thankfully, the responsive has been overwhelmingly positive. :-) 

You may have seen Karen's gorgeous design, Chevron With a Twist recently featured on the Moda Bake Shop here.  The design is beautiful.  The quilting is AMAZING!!  And guess what? Karen used The QP Curve Templates to help create these breathtaking designs!!!  On her domestic, sit down machine!!!!  You heard me.  Not a longarm.  I was blown away when Karen sent photos to me as she was quilting.  It was just such an emotional realization.  Someone was doing exactly what I had hoped for.  More than hoped for.  Very humbling. Thank you, Karen.

The quilting is exquisite!  I love the squares with the curved design and feathers circling it.  I have already told Karen I will be shamelessly be copying it!!  Read all about the quilting details here.  Karen has created an amazing tutorial to demonstrate how she created such a masterpiece!!!  Not only did Karen write a tutorial, but she also created 2 amazing YouTube videos demonstrating how she used The QP Curve Templates to quilt on her Janome.

Watch the Marking Curved Crosshatch Video (Part 1)

Watch the Stitching Curved Crosshatch (Part 2)

Please be sure to enter the giveaway for The QP Curve templates on Karen's blog here.  If you would like to purchase The QP Curve Templates, they are available here.  Free domestic shipping still available as well as the extended special set price!!!

Primitive Gatherings 10th Anniversary Quilt with The QP Curve Templates

March 4, 2015

I am writing you all from wintery Bloomington, Indiana.  The Indiana Heritage Quilt Show is this weekend and I will be in the Primitive Gatherings booth selling my templates!! YAY!!! I hope you all will stop in and say "hi!" Nick, Lisa and I have been here since Monday. We decided to leave early in order to avoid a winter storm that rolled through. Lisa and I have been hanging out having a little quilt retreat and Nick was nice enough to set the booth all up without us. :-)

I have the prettiest quit to share for some show and tell. Primitive Gatherings 10th Anniversary Quilt  designed by Lisa available through Primitive Gatherings here.
Oh I love this quilt!! Lots of great piecing with wonderful wool appliqué.  Finishes at 36".  It is deceiving in photos.  Looks much bigger than it actually is. But that's what makes it so awesome. I love all that piecing. I looked at a lot of antique medallion style quilts for quilting inspiration. I decided I wanted each border to have its own unique quilt design to build out and frame the center appliqué block.
The quilted "flowers" in the squares is one of my favorites. If you look closely there are two different styles of flowers in the squares.
Batting is Dream Orient from Quilter's Dream Batting. Threads are So Fine from Superior.
Just a little quilting on the wool appliqué adds so much dimension and character. Don't be afraid to quilt on wool!!! It adds so much detail.
The quilt design around the center appliqué block is my favorite!!!
I used one of my templates to create and stitch it out.  I used The BFF template.  The smallest template in the collection,  the "BFF" because that is exactly what it becomes. Perfect size to fit and easily handle for all your continuous curve needs. Lines stay consistent. Also, perfect for larger quilt spaces, where freehand becomes more difficult. The design possibilities are endless.
I think it stitched out faster than any of the other borders! Simple ,yet a stunning way to frame the center block.  I have a 3 part quickie demo on sticking out the border that was originally posted to Instagram so the videos are only 15 seconds long. I also posted the demos to my FB Page that I will link here.
Part 1 here.
Part 2 here.
Part 3 here.
The demos are quick, but give you a good idea of how easy and fast the design is to stitch out.
All quilting is freehand. I used my straight ruler and BFF template.
The back is gorgeous with all the texture.
Lisa took this pic of me packaging templates in the hotel room. :-)

The QP Curve Templates are available online. You can go straight to my site by clicking the selling tab.  Last week for the special set price!!! Free domestic shipping. Details on templates below.
-For use with a longarm and/or sit-down/domestic machine.

-1/4" thick acrylic templates for creating curved quilt designs.

-The set contains my 6 go-to sizes. Everything I would ever need for endless design possibilities.

-Each template has the same degree curve on the inside curve as well as the outside curve. This allows for easy quilting and avoids the awkward reach while quilting out designs. Just flip the template over as needed.

-Easy to read lines with accurate 1/4" spacing echoing the curve.

-Green edge acrylic increases their visibility on your quilt top.

-#10 Curve is my new favorite! Gives a more dramatic curve, similar to a circle with the convenience and ease of curve template. Great for borders to create a swag or banner design.

-The smallest template is called the "BFF" because that is exactly what it becomes. Perfect size to fit and easily handle for all your continuous curve needs. Lines stay consistent. Also, perfect for larger quilt spaces, where freehand becomes more difficult.

-Templates can be purchased as a set or individually.  Complete set for special introductory price- $139 ($155 if purchased individually) FREE SHIPPING on all orders to US addresses. International orders accepted. International shipping is $23.50, multiple sets will require additional shipping costs.

Set includes all six sizes!

I hope to see many of you this weekend!!!!

Anchor Point

January 30, 2015

I am back. Hopefully, I haven't returned to the sounds of crickets chirping and there are a few of you left out there. :-) I took kind of an unplanned break, but if you have followed along on Instagram, you may have seen a little of what has kept me busy the last few months. The problem with being away for so long is that I am always so overwhelmed on where to start sharing again.  There's always soooo much to share!  Grab a cup of coffee NOW.  Lots to share and lots of photos!

First, if you'll notice in the Nav Bar at the top of my blog there is a "SHOP" tab and there is also a shop button along the side too! Don't worry they both take you to the same place.  Yes, there is now The Quilted Pineapple Shop. Guess what's there??  MY very own templates for use on domestic machines, as well as longarms!!!!  After years of making my own or wanting something different than what I had, I designed my own!!!  I had them a good portion of last year, but wanted to test them out and make sure they were perfect.  I used them on every single quilt I quilted for Lisa Bongean for Fall Market.  I posted them on Instagram first, mostly because it was so easy.  I planned on posting them here immediately after, but they were selling faster than I could post them.  A nice problem to have, but nonetheless a problem. :-)  It has brought me incredible joy to see the gorgeous quilt designs other talented quilters have quilted with them.  I will be posting many more posts in the days to come with the templates.  They ARE available now!  The Set is available at a special introductory price.  FREE SHIPPING on all orders to U.S. addresses.  International shipping available.  It has been beyond cool to see all the places around the world I have shipped them to!  New Zealand I believe has been the furthest. :-)  TEMPLATES ARE BACK IN STOCK!!

Now for the real eye candy.  Anchor Point is another amazing design by Lisa Bongean.  Anchor Point is pieced from her fabric line, Lakeside Gatherings available here.  I quilted two of the versions, but we will start with the king size today.
It is big, bold and beautiful!  Around 102"x102".  The quilt designs are also big, bold and graphic to complement the quilt.
Hubby stood on our counter stool to capture the whole quilt.
And yes, your eyes are seeing it perfectly correct, no feathers!
 Repeating shapes and designs gives the quilt continuity.  I always try to draw inspiration from the top itself. 
The star points are the inspiration for many of the designs.
 The prints and wovens in the fabric line helped inspire this crosshatch design.  I love it when a quilt speaks to me. :-)
 By far this quilt is one of my favorites I have ever quilted.  Lisa talked Anchor Point here.
Lisa had mentioned that she would love for me to quilt our initials into one of "our" quilts and was hoping I could in this quilt. 
Worked out so perfectly on the anchor that it was like it was meant to be!! :-)
*Above photo from Lisa's blog.  Quilts are so much more than just fabric or threads...or blankets.  I know I have mentioned that before, there's an emotional connection I feel for every quilt I quilt.  Many quilters feel the same way.  Some days quilting is a vehicle for me to express my emotions as well.  Whether it is love, friendship, loss, happiness or all of those things in one. 
 I had a little surprise for Lisa, something extra special for her. Once you see it, it's easy to see.  I quilted "Lance" into the center of the anchor. 
Sometimes quilts help us all in the healing process.
 The border design was inspired by the anchor shape!!  Again, using motifs and shapes from the quilt top.  I used my #20 QP Curve Template to create the design.

All quilting is freehand.  That's why not all my circles and lines are perfect. :-)  I used my straight ruler, #20 and #8 QP Curve Templates on the quilt.  Batting is Quilter's Dream Orients with a layer of Hobbs 80/20 over the top.  Threads are all So Fine by Superior Threads.

Before quilting.
I have mentioned before sometimes I make notes. I made some before I left to teach in Canada while quilting this.  I will be posting all about that too!!!  Anyways,  I realized I needed to crack a code to decipher my own notes when I returned! LOL!!!  It's a miracle, but eventually I figured it out. #rosettastone

 Did you hear Primitive Gatherings opened a second location in California??  How exciting!  I hope I can visit there tomorrow after the snow storm we had!!! :-)