Thursday, February 2, 2017

Needle Turn Applique

If you read my previous post then you know that this is the piece I designed for my needle turn class in France. I have been hired by a local group to teach the class here in Mid-Missouri. The group is not affiliated with a quilt guild and so anyone can take the workshop. There is limited availability so if you are interested, you should not wait. This pattern is only available to workshop participants. The information is below: Note that it is required that participants order lunch- which will be at noon prior to the beginning of the workshop.
PROJECT: Heartstrings (22" x 25" finished)
WHEN: Saturday February 25, 2017
lunch at noon (off the menu)
workshop 1:30 pm - 5:00 pm
WHERE: Copper Kettle Restaurant Ashland, MO 65010
COST: $20 for workshop (includes pattern)
lunch is separate and required since there is no room fee
Please send your intent via e-mail by Wed Feb 15 with check by Feb 22. Check payable to Linen Closet Design.
CONTACT:  Ann Rennier

Supply list will be sent to your e-mail address.
Great opportunity to learn needle turn applique or fine tune this technique. The project is the one that Dawn is teaching at the Pour L-Amour du Fil quilt show in Nantes, France in April.

Monday, January 16, 2017

Pour l'amour du fil

What could be better than France in April? How about an International Show on the Arts of Thread in France in April? Wow, that's a mouthful!

I am so excited to be a part of this fantastic show. Truly a dream come true. For ticket information you can go to In addition to the show there are many beautiful sites to see in Nantes which is situated in the Loire Valley and only 30 minutes or so from the Atlantic coast. Follow the show with a trip into Paris, only a two hour train ride.
I will have a "house" in the show with the quilts from the new book and I will be doing book signings and a couple of lectures. I am also teaching classes on Thursday and Friday. 
This is Heartstrings. It's the piece I am teaching for needle turn applique. Note that the bottom right bloom is missing a leaf. The leaf has been added. Too fast with the photo.
And this is Spring Blooms. This is the piece for the wool class. It is wool applique on Cottonworks.
Kits are provided for both classes.
Who's going to the show??
Happy Quilting, Dawn

Tuesday, January 3, 2017

Scissors, Scissors, Scissors

I am a bit of a scissor addict. I have been for years and years. It's my mother's fault. It began with the mystery and awe that surrounded her "good scissors". These fabled scissors were large dressmaker scissors made of shiny silver. They resided in her sewing basket and you risked loss of limb if you touched them. My grandmother also had a pair of these fabulous "good scissors". I remember thinking that I couldn't wait until I had a pair of "good scissors" of my own.
Fast forward and today I have many pairs of scissors of all levels of quality and some downright crappy scissors. The photo above is a very small sampling of the scissors I own. I am a bit ashamed to show just how many I have, yet I continue to buy. It's a bit of a compulsion. I can barely pass up a scissor display without stopping. When one has an addiction it is quite easy to make up reasons for buying.
Apparently I am not alone and quilt shops have found this out. They all have little displays on the cash register with colorful little scissors that one just has to add to their purchase. These things are like Happy Meal toys for quilters.
I have a collection of utility scissors that have jobs such as cutting paper, cutting wool with paper, cutting quilt batting and backing.
Then we have the Gingher collections. These are the standard embroidery scissors they make. I have multiple pairs in silver and gold. You can see that the gold one pictured here are so used that the gold has worn off. I also have Gingher stork scissors and lion embroidery scissors and large designer dressmaker scissors.
How about curved blades?
Sometimes you have to have them because they look old and cool.
And finally you find the scissors that will become your "good scissors". These are mine and I LOVE them. I am an appliquer so my good scissors are for applique. These are Appliquick scissors and I think they are the gold standard. They are four inches long which I find to be the perfect size. They have micro serrated blades which let you trim your seam allowance very close without raveling. This is really important in making sharp points and appliqueing small detailed shapes. I had a pair of Karen K Buckley scissors but for some reason my puppy chewed off the cool green handles. I liked those well enough but these are far superior. The serrated edge is so fine you can barely see it and I don't know what they are made of but they feel great. When you take them out of the package you know you have quality. I couldn't live without these! I finally have my very own Good Scissors!
I bought mine at Homestead Hearth for around $35. I don't think they stay in stock for long so you may want to shoot them an email asking for them if you are interested in buying a pair. ( We have to support our brick and mortar quilt shops so they don't become extinct.)
And one last thing. For those of you who don't know, in my other life I am a hair stylist. I supported myself and my two boys for 21 years with a pair of scissors in my hand. So I think I know a thing or two about them.
Happy Quilting, Dawn

Monday, December 12, 2016

Blue Woven Fabric

In October a new quilting magazine called Quilts We Love was launched. It is produced by the same folks that publish Primitive Quilts and Projects. It is a great magazine and features a variety of styles in quilts. The interesting part of the magazine is it features older quilts. We all see quilts on Pinterest and think- wow I wish I had that pattern. Well this is the kind of magazine that will fill that need. If you missed it the first time it debuted, it's not too late. There are some awesome quilts in the magazine and I am fortunate to have my Abundance quilt included.
Since the magazine came out I have had numerous inquiries as to the background fabric I used.
This is Abundance hanging in the show in Houston this fall. It shows the fabric a little more clearly (and her pretty ribbon.)
The fabric I used for the background is two different blue wovens. They are not from the same line or company. I am not sure who the manufacturer is- I want to say the big plaid is from Andover and the other woven is Buggy Barn for Henry Glass. They are older wovens. 
Here's the deal folks, wovens make awesome backgrounds. The texture of them adds so much to a quilt. I love using pretty florals to off set their more primitive feel. I buy wovens whenever I see any that catch my eye. I don't need to have a purpose because I know that I will use them for something. I usually buy 4 yards at a time if I don't have a specific project in mind. Then when I get ready to start a new design I can go the shelf and pull them off and go. I love Diamond Textiles and have started using them quite a bit. Homestead Hearth has a large selection that they continually add to and of course I love Moda wovens. French General is a favorite and Minick and Simpson has new wovens in their Snowfall line that are fabulous. This is geared for a Christmas feel but the wovens could be used for any quilt.

So the moral of the story is whenever you come across beautiful woven fabrics- Buy Them! In at least 4 Yrd cuts. You will use them.

Happy Quilting, Dawn

Monday, December 5, 2016

What IHave Been Working On

If you follow me on Instagram or Facebook, no need to read on. If you don't follow me on those sites, this post is for you,constant reader. Once again I have been absent from the blog. I have been in a one woman war with our internet provider. Our connection has been so intermittent that blog posts have been impossible. I think I may be on the winning side now. 
The photo above is a box of quilts weighing 49 pounds bound for France. Along with the quilts are 116 written pages, 56 pages of applique templates and numerous hours of mental labor that after some artful editing and a photo shoot or two will become my sixth book. I thought I would never top the excitement of my very first book in print but I think that will not hold true. 
My sixth book is a real milestone for me and what I have accomplished in 7 years. The working title is From The Linen Closet and I am thrilled to say it is being published by Quiltmania. I feel that the books that Quiltmania produces are some the best and I am so humbled to be able to say that I am now one of their authors. 
This book will feature 17 quilts of various sizes and will contain wool applique, cotton applique and piecing. The projects run from simple designs like the quilt above to some very complex designs.
I thought you might want to see a few peeks at some of what will be in the book when it is released in the spring.

I am pretty pleased with the quilts I designed for this book and can't wait to share it all with you. Quiltmania hosts a quilt show called Pour l'Amour du Fil each year in April and I will be there this year for book signings and to teach two workshops.  The book will be released for the show so only a few more months.
Barring a useless internet connection, I will be back soon with more!

Happy Quilting, Dawn

Monday, October 10, 2016

Trunk shows and Workshop

Hello Quilters!   
 I am just popping in for a second to let you know I am doing two trunk shows tomorrow in Wichita, Kansas for the Prairie Quilt Guild. There will be a preview of the quilts for my new book that will be released in the spring with Quiltmania. Also, I am teaching a wool workshop with the Honey Vintage Tag on Wednesday. There are still some openings. The trunk shows are free for guests and the workshop is $50. The contact is or (316)755-2117 I would love to see you there!

Tuesday, July 12, 2016

All Good Things Must Come to an End

Well Quilters, Can you believe we are finishing up Little Wooly Baskets? It has went by so fast. I am so grateful to all of you who have sewn along. I hope you will still follow along on the blog or Facebook after we finish. Who knows what I will come up with ! Please send me photos of your finished quilts for the Pinterest board. Block 11 is above, sort of a fall sunflower.
And Block 12 is a basket of evergreen branches to round out all the seasons. You can get the patterns HERE.
When I was designing the quilt I tried all kinds of settings but everything seemed to overpower the little blocks. I finally decided on a simple sashing of a print that would set off the baskets..

This gold plaid from Diamond Textiles really makes the baskets sparkle. You can get it from Homestead Hearth.
So what does the quilt look like?
Simple but effective. To set your blocks like mine you will need a 1/4 yard of fabric for the sashing and 1/4 yard for the cornerstones and outer border. 
From the gold plaid print cut 31- 1" x 6 1/2" sash strips.
From the diamond dark woven cut- 20- 1" squares for cornerstones
2- 2 1/2" x 27" strips for the side borders (these go on first)
2- 2 1/2" x 24 1/2" strips for the top and bottom borders. 
Your finished quilt will measure 24" x 30 1/2".
I would love to hear what you think!
Happy Quilting, Dawn

Previous blocks are no longer available. Please note in the tab at the top of the page titled Wooly Baskets BOM. Free blocks were to be available only until the next month's blocks posted. I actually left the blocks up for free for the entire six months but they have now come down. This entire pattern will be available for purchase soon.

Monday, June 6, 2016

Short and Sweet

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So, in about an hour we are heading to Kansas City for the night and flying out to California early tomorrow morning. Yeah for me! But.. I realized at the last minute that I will not be back in time to post the next Little Wooly Baskets blocks so with little fanfare- here are blocks 9 and 10. Enjoy and I will post more when I return!

 Sorry to be so brief! Free pattern is no longer available. The full pattern will be available for purchase soon!
Happy Quilting, Dawn

Saturday, May 14, 2016

Quilt Market

We leave bright and early Thursday morning for International Quilt Market in beautiful Salt Lake City. Five years ago I had my first booth in Salt Lake. I had been writing books and doing magazine work for a couple of years and had a few stand alone patterns but decided if I wanted to make a go of my company's patterns I would need my own booth, so off we went. It was a great learning experience and here I am ready to head off again. I had originally planned to release several new quilt designs and some wool patterns but then life happened. When Dad got sick I had no idea how much care he would need so I didn't think it would be possible to get everything done for a booth so I called the folks at Quilts Inc. and they graciously allowed me to cancel. That turned out to be the right choice There is no way I could have made it. So things took a different turn. A big and exciting book contract came through and those new quilt designs are going in it. And the wool designs are going to market after all. I will be displaying them and doing demos in the Valdani Threads booth.
I have five new patterns that are part of The Vintage Tag Series. They are all wool, measure 14" x 22" and are so fast, fun and easy to make. They look great displayed on a table or hung on a wall.
I love tags and I love wool table mats for decor.

It seemed like the perfect combination.

Along with these five patterns I also have a coordinating thread collection from Valdani threads.
The thread collection has 12 balls of 3-strand floss and 4 balls of size 8 pearl cotton. All the colors you need to make all five tags. The patterns and thread are in my store now. (click on the bird in the sidebar) And hopefully, will be in your local quilt shop after market. This fall I will release the next set of patterns from The Vintage Tag Series. I am anxious to get your feedback so let me know what you think! I will be back soon with my book news. I can't wait to share more with you.
Happy Quilting, Dawn