Sew Karen-ly Created...

If you have arrived here via a link (such as to a tutorial) click on "Sew Karen-ly Created" to return to the latest blog post. I invite you to my website to see a gallery of quilts and patterns available for purchase. The picture above shows Rhythmic; the pattern is available on my website. Comments are always appreciated, simply click the word "comments" at the end of each post to leave your message. Thanks for stopping by!

Friday, 31 October 2014

No Trick - All Treat!

You are so awesome!  Welcome to all the new readers of this blog, and thank you to the regulars for your continued support.

I am excited to say that Rhythmic has been chosen as one of 4 finalists from THOUSANDS of nominations in the Craftsy Pattern Designer Awards. (There were 9, 774 patterns in the running!) Thank you SO MUCH for voting for my pattern. We are now down to the final round and I am asking for your support one last time.  Kindly follow this link  and click the radio button next to Rhythmic.  If you would like a chance to win a free class from Craftsy, then add your email address (not mandatory)  Then click Submit.  That’s it! 
My sincerest thanks…and good luck in the draw for the class!

Thursday, 30 October 2014

Santa's Workshop

There is an energetic elf taking over production at the North Pole and her name is Jeanne Kaye.  She's on a roll!
I'll share what Jeanne Kaye wrote because it's so much fun: "Here I am in Fredericton sewing Santa's belt in vast quantities, and it seems I have a shortage of plain red fabric!  Not wanting to stop the production, I searched my stash and found a red with decorative touches, and then I found piece called "Santa's Beard" which looks a lot like fluffy fur. So I pressed on, and made this one. I've decided that this must be Santa's "dress" costume, for all the holiday parties that he probably attends after his busy night on the 24th. :-) Love the pattern; can't get stopped!"
I am familiar with the "Santa's Beard" fabric she mentions, as Mrs, P. carries it in her shop.
Thank you so much Jeanne Kaye for sharing your projects - keep them coming!  The pattern can be downloaded here if you'd like to make your own.

Wednesday, 29 October 2014

From Quilt Market

I was delighted to receive this photo from fellow fabric enthusiast and Amherstonian James Austin..He is shown here standing next to my Log Canada which is part of the Ruby Jubilee Red & White Exhibit in Houston, Texas.
Thanks, James.  This is way better than a postcard!

Tuesday, 28 October 2014

Simply Santa is Simply Finished!

Jeanne Kaye Speight from Fredericton downloaded the Simply Santa pattern about 45 minutes ago...and here's her finished runner!

How many do you think she will get made by Christmas? :) Thanks Jeanne Kaye!  You can download the pattern for Simply Santa here.

Ruby Jubilee: 40 years of Red & White Quilts

I am blown away by this stunning display of red and white quilts at Houston Quilt Market in celebration of the IQF Ruby Jubilee.  It's amazing to know that my Log Canada is one of the quilts hanging here.  If you happen to be at Quilt Festival, I'd love a close up picture showing my quilt; you can send it to me here
When this show ends, the quilts will travel for showings across the U.S.A., and return home in October 2015.  You can watch a slideshow of more pictures from this exhibit on the Quilt Show blog.

Monday, 27 October 2014

Simply Santa

It's almost November, so like you I am thinking ahead to Christmas and looking for ideas for quickly stitched gifts.  I had fun coming up with this really, really simple table runner.  It doesn't take much fabric and the piecing is minimal.  The bold, graphic design lends a touch of modern to a traditional motif.
Because of the clever construction  method used (similar to a roll-up pillow case) it is completely machine sewn - no binding, no raw edges - everything is enclosed, turned inside out and you're done!
It was so quick to stitch that yesterday afternoon I had time to work out the measurements, write the instructions and make two runners.  Once you get the hang of it, each should take no more than an hour (the second one took 30 minutes, start to finish).
This "Santastic" pattern is available as an instant download from Craftsy for $2.50.  Have fun!

Thursday, 23 October 2014

Quiltmaker's 100 Blocks

What an honour to have one of my original blocks included in an EQ program!  I have been a dedicated user of Electric Quilt since it first came out...and have upgraded to the newest version as each was released (we are now up to EQ7).  I would never have imagined I would be part of this amazing software. I do all of my designing on EQ, including drawing piecing diagrams and templates....and it's so neat to hover my mouse over "Hidden Star" and see my name appear!
You can find all the "Quiltmaker's 100 Blocks from Today's Top Designers" here.

Monday, 20 October 2014

Craftsy Pattern Design Awards

Craftsy Pattern Design Awards - Nominate Me
An incredible number of you have downloaded my Rhythmic pattern through Craftsy (thank you!); it stayed in the number one spot for an extended period and it is still going strong. 
I appreciate your support a great deal and ask that you will support me now in a way that could also benefit you - in the form of a FREE Craftsy class of your choice!

You may nominate up to 3 patterns in each category (Rhythmic is in the QUILTING group), but you can only enter each pattern one time. (i.e., don't go back the next day to reenter!)

Winning designers for each category will receive a Craftsy Pattern Design Awards Winner badge to proudly wear on their blog. For filling out the nomination form, your email address will be entered for a chance to win a FREE Craftsy class. To nominate Rhythmic, copy this line below:

and paste it into the field where it asks the URL on this page.  All that's required to enter is an email address.  

Thanks, and good luck in the draw for the class!

The Agony of De FEET

A big thank you to all who attended my quilt exhibit at the N.S. Fibre Arts Festival. It was great to see so many out, and I truly appreciate all the kind comments.  My head didn't grow any bigger, but I think my feet swelled to twice their size;  Beth warned me the concrete floor would be a killer and she was so right!!

Wednesday, 15 October 2014

New York Beauty Exhibit

If you are around Amherst, N.S. this week, please stop in and say hello.  I will be at Mrs. Pugsley's Emporium each day from 1-4 (the store hours are longer, these are the times I will be present.)

Sunday, 5 October 2014

Festival Count-Down Is On!

Yikes!  Tomorrow is the start of the final week to prepare for our big festival.  I am not even close to being ready.  Fall is a super busy time in the quilt world as it is: guilds are back in session, and the pattern orders flood in as shops organize winter classes. Fabric companies are scrambling to get quilts made with their new fabric lines for Quilt Market later this month.  I confess every year I shake my head and wonder whose idea it was to hold this festival in the week following Thanksgiving; certainly it wasn't a quilter (or at least not this quilter!) I had hoped to have 2 additional pieces finished for my "World of Beauty" display and both are close but not quite there.  The miniature silk piece requires binding so it may actually make the show.  Yesterday I got the Oriental piece basted and the stitch-in-the-ditch started. As you can see below, it's a very colourful piece.
This may be as far as I get as the next few days will be spent figuring out how to hang the show.  I am relying on Beth at Mrs. Pugsley's for direction as display is just not my strong suit.  Of course there is also a whack of baking to be done for the holiday, and a son collected and delivered back to university.  I am thinking this quilt may be displayed "in progress" with the quilting half-done. Surely quilters everywhere are familiar with not-quite-finishing all they start...

Wednesday, 1 October 2014

Mayflowers at IWK

THURSDAY, OCT 2 10:00 AM to 7:00 PM
FRIDAY, OCT 3 10:00 AM to 7:00 PM
SATURDAY, OCT 4 10:00 AM to 5:00 PM

Tuesday, 30 September 2014

An Assembly Line Beauty

The patchwork is zipping right along.  I have the block units all pieced and some sections pinned together to stitch.
I confess I do not normally work this way.  I like to sew a block at a time and add each to the design wall as I go;  that way as I stitch, I can see the quilt grow before my eyes and make colour adjustments as I go.That's exciting! However...Henry Ford was correct in that an assembly line process is much more efficient, and when there's a deadline - such as now - it's the only way to go. I am hoping to have this piece finished and hanging in my show of New York Beauty's during Fibre Arts Festival which opens Oct. 14.  Do you think I'll make it? (stay off the computer, Karen :))

Saturday, 27 September 2014

Every Good Boy Deserves Fudge

And every good quilter deserves fabric!
"Tadashi" by Anna Fishkin for Red Rooster Fabrics, available at Mrs. Pugsley's Emporium.

Friday, 26 September 2014

Send in the Clones

I could use a few extra hands!  I am working like crazy to finish up a few new pieces to hang in my World of Beauty exhibit October 14-18 at Mrs. Pugsley's Emporium.  I have four more teeny, tiny blocks to piece before this miniature can be assembled:
I scrolled back through my blog posts and see I started these in June...when I thought I had all kinds of time to finish.  The blocks are very small (these fan sections are 2" x 3") and pieced in silk.  It isn't patchwork which can be hurried as the silk is very unforgiving.  There is no ripping out as it leaves holes so it's important to work carefully.
Because I've had a successful morning it feels my patience needs to be rewarded. I am off to Mrs. Pugsley's to check out an Oriental collection I've had my eye on. :)

Monday, 22 September 2014

Janice and her Selvedges

I hear from the most interesting, creative people and Janice Luinstra of Calgary is one.Janice sent along some pictures to show what she has been doing with selvedges, including this tote bag made from one of my patterns. Janice writes, "I have enjoyed making these bags ...and have given them to my daughters, daughter in law, friends. Now I am making one to be donated to the Ujaama Grandmas sale Bags, Babies and Beyond in October in Calgary."
On a trip to Indianapolis to visit her daughter, Janice visited the local quilt store and mentioned to a person there that she was looking for selvedges. That person had been collecting them and was happy to donate a bag full to Janice. They connected again on Janice's next trip, and the woman gifted her with huge bins of selvedges. Lucky Janice! In addition to several tote bags, she also made a selvedge skirt for her daughter, which understandably garnered a lot of attention, and this fabulous quilt.
Here's a shot of her huge selvedge stash (and I thought *I* had a lot!!) spread out so Janice can select just the perfect one for use in her work.
Thanks so much for being in touch, Janice, You can find out the times and location for The Ujaama Grandmas sale here; if you are lucky enough to be in the Calgary area, you may come home with one of Janice's selvedge bags!