I have developed a method that I call “Perfect Strips”. It allows you to use precisely cut squares and “quick-cut” strips or scraps right from the scrap basket to make many wonderful quilt blocks and requires just two simple and inexpensive rulers. The method actually helps you sew a perfect ¼” seam and has other unintended consequences that help ensure successful blocks and beautiful quilts every time.
It has taken a number of years to perfect this method and to adapt it to a number of quilt blocks. Go to the gallery to look at some samples of the different blocks and quilts that have been done by me and some of my students. I offer many classes and workshops in this technique so please check out that link for descriptions. Most classes can be adapted to any teaching situation, so please contact me for dates and fees.
I have two patterns that are now available for purchase through the website. Basket of Blooms on the Courthouse Steps uses Courthouse Steps Log Cabin blocks as a background for a very large basket with flowers. The blocks are made using a traditional Log Cabin technique. Flower Pots is an Accuquilt GO! pattern that turns tumbler blocks into flower pots. This pattern has a simple and unique way to "float" the pots into the border. If you don't have a GO! cutter, patterns are included for all pieces so that the quilt can be cut using a rotary cutter.
Please contact me for wholesale information.
One more thing, I get a lot of inquiries about the beautiful quilting on my quilts. I'm not a quilter, but I've been so fortunate to have found someone who is an artist and does all my custom quilting. Claudia Chapman of Aroundabout Quilts, Upperco, MD. is the one responsible for helping me finish my tops. If you'd like to contact her, go to AroundaboutQuilts.com.
It looks like Spring is finally on its way! I see a few things popping up in the garden and the sun is shining. I'm actually working on a basket quilt with embroidered flowers - it began as wishful thinking but seems to be working.
I take the winter off to work on new quilts and workshops and I've come up with a few that I'm really excited about. Lots of emphasis on using up scraps. Fabric is just too expensive to waste and these quilts make use of pieces both small and large, beautiful and ugly, old (from a scrap basket) and new (cut from your stash). Even the leftovers from the scrap patterns get used for even more quilts. A few if the patterns can be cut on the Accuquilt GO! cutter of if you don't have one, they're done easily with a few simple templates. I'm in the process of updating my Workshops and Gallery with lots of new photos so be sure to take a look. It's a bit of a process and doesn't happen overnight so keep checking back.
Once again I'm so fortunate to be teaching at Quilt Odyssey in Hershey, PA in July. It' a great show and lots of fun so if you've never been, I recommend it highly. I'm offering three new classes this year so be sure to check them out in the Gallery under Quilt Odyssey.