Monday, March 26, 2012

It's a new week and I am at home with out any plans or appointments!
 I had a busy week, and it does feel good to sit and think about new quilts, knitting, or painting.
I attended a seminar in SLC to  paint two wonderful pieces designed by
Michele Walton.
If you know who she is, you know she is amazing.
Mine are not completed yet, but I hope someday I will finish them to my husbands delight!

Our seminar was in downtown Salt Lake City, during the time we were painting something exciting was happening across the street.
The new City Creek Mall has just opened. We have not had a downtown for years. If any of you came here for Quilt Market last year, you know that there was construction going on across the street from the convention center. It is open now and it is very nice. We have water fountains, a water fall, beautiful landscaping and more.
So, if you come to visit our city, plan to at least walk through our new city center, you will see how nice it is.

 Our Projects from the seminar
I have some new quilt ideas coming - butterflies maybe. I'll let you know as soon as I have something to show you.

Friday, March 2, 2012

Hot Pad

I was given the challenge to make a quick and easy Hot Pad. This is what I came up with and wanted to share it with you.
If you would like to make one out of your with you own fabrics, here are the instructions.

Hexagon Flower Pot Holder by Laurie Bird     

2 - 8 ½ inch squares of fabric
2 – fat quarters or scarps for appliquéd design on pot holder
2 – 8 ½ inch squares of batting
Thread to match
Basic sewing supplies
#10 straw needles
7 - 1 ½ inch Paper Pieces Hexagon templates

Cut 6 fabrics to fit the 1½ inch Paper Pieces templates. Sew on to templates,
          cut 1 more of the contrasting fabric for the center, and sew on to templates.

When the pieces are completed sew together to make the flower design.
(Take the templates out of the fabric as you sew them together)

Center the flower on the 8 ½ squares and appliquéd in place.

Layer the top and bottom pieces of the design with the 2 layers of batting in the
middle. Pin together and quilt the 4 together as desired.

Finish with the binding around the edges of the pot holder.