Wooo Hoooooo! Sometimes life just makes itself easy.
Last summer, just after I had started this blog, I showed my good friend from college days. We met in French class at a huge university, and ended up having three classes together – the only person I kept having the same classes with out of thousands.
By the grace of God, we have been friends ever since.
As she looked through quilts I had done, she came to the Stack N’ Whacks and said “WOW!”
I already knew I would be teaching a Stack N’ Whack class this year.
The following week, I came across the perfect fabric, and bought the rest of the bolt. How sweet it is. There was just exactly enough.
She lives where winters are long and dreary, and I wanted her to have warmth and sunshine in her quilt. I chose hot, wild colors to bring some tropical paradise into her long, wet winters. I am very happy with the result!
The quilt has flaws – just as I do. She will never notice. She will just think it is a great quilt. I thank God to be blessed with a friend like her.
One of my favorite quilt shops in the world is Undercover Quilts, run by Linda Hitchcock just south of the original Pike Place Market in Seattle. She always has great huge quantities of the batiks I love, and she also sells fabrics online, even to APO addresses overseas. Her shop is full of fabulous original quilts and the newest time saving and energy saving quilting tools. She just got in a one-time shipment of African wax-resist fabrics from Uganda, which are available from her online site Undercover Quilts.com.Take a look around her website, and then be sure to visit her e-bay site where she and her quilt-warrior husband sell lengths of very cool quilting fabrics.
“What have you got that is new and exciting?” I asked my old friend who now owns her own quilt shop in Panama City Beach. I had fifteen minutes, my husband and son and my son’s wife were waiting out in the car and my quilt guild was looking for some new techniques.
“Let me show you!” she said, and pulled out this fabulous strip of triangles pieced together. “It makes something that looks very complicated very easy!”
Wooo Hooooo! My kind of technique! Her shop is Quilting By the Bay in Panama City and she always has the latest, coolest fabrics and the newest techniques to share.
This is a kind of Stack N’ Whack technique, only by piecing the triangles three and three, and then playing with colors and whirls until you find a pattern you like, you can sew the hexagons in straight rows, and still have an intricate whirl of hexagons. Very clever.
You still have bias edges to contend with, and it really takes the right fabric. I was happy with how this turned out, glad I had tried the new technique, but it took me ten inch borders to bring the quilt back into a true rectangle!
This is for another of my very good friends, who loves RED. She and I have walked through thick and thin together, and although this quilt, too, is flawed, she will love it because I made it for her. Aren’t I incredibly lucky to have such friends?