Saturday, March 4, 2017


Gravity by Jaybird Quilts 
Our Gravity class with Kelly has come to an end
and quite a few of us landed with finished quilt tops!!! 

This is Kelly's Gravity 
Made completely with Grunge :0) 
which was a challenge in itself, as her color pallet was limited to the collection. 
Kelly pulled it off... well done!

Mary Ann's Gravity 
done in Kona solids following Jaybirds pattern to a T
and Mary Ann is new to quilting! Wow!!!

This beauty is Lynne's Gravity 
following the color wheel concept of the pattern 
all done in batiks for the star/diamond center 
and a very pretty and sparkly fabric collection for the background. 
Lynne you shine!!!

... and then there were those of us 
that follow the philosophy...
"You're not the boss of me!!!" 
and choose not to follow the directions 🌟

Here is Sandy's Gravity 
Love it! Sandy also changed the background layout 🌞
Sandy you are a star, so enjoyed meeting you! 

This was made by a surprise visitor... Carol 
Very different in neutrals 
with gold sparkle fabric for the star and white on white for the background. 
Carol is one of my favorite customers. She did not join in the class 
however, was making Gravity at the same time.
Last week surprised me when she brought her Gravity into my studio to be quilted!!!
She agreed to let me bring her top into class to share and then dropped by 
on her way home to meet everyone and see our quilt tops. That was fun! 
Carol, I hope you join us one of these days

This is my Gravity 
The star/diamond blocks are all batiks 
with a background that starts with Kona black 
then goes into shades of gray with Grunge

Now for the job of quilting a few of these beauties! 
I have lots of design ideas floating around in my head 😵
There were a few more folks in the class that were finishing their tops in class 
so there will be more stars shinning in Chico soon! 🌟

Kelly has new classes, workshops and BOMs in the works.
 Next up is Fancy Forest by Elizabeth Hartman 
plus some pretty kewl Kaffe projects visiting Italy! 
Kelly always adds fun info to entertain us while we sew. 
Come join in! 

Also coming up is Painted Forest starting this month.
A pattern from Scott Hansen of Blue Nickel Studios
My class sample is hanging up at Honey Run Quilters 
All classes and workshops are held in the classroom. 
Sign up inside Honey Run if you are interested 
plus there are LOTs more classes from beginning quilting and UFOs with Terri, a project bag and rope bowls with Dorrie, Pam has a Spring Basket quilt class coming up soon, Karen has a wool project in the works. Terri has a few more projects up her sleeve as well, the Fat Skinny Bag is a favorite. Pillow cases. Garments with Rebecca. Sewing machine classes. Between Cathy's and Honey Run, they have it covered! HERE is the entire class list on Cathy's website. Hope to see you there! 

Enjoy your weekend! 
Tot ziens, Jo
16 more days until Spring!!! 

Saturday, January 28, 2017

Favs from Road to CA 2017

Here's Lookin' at You by Wendy Knight, San Diego, CA
Art-Critter category 

Always drawn to the machine quilting, 
I absolutely love how she used feathers for the crest. 

A second horse in the same category
 White Knight by Patt L. Blair, Mt. Baldy, CA 
was just as amazing, also hand painted with lots of machine quilting 

Blue Anemone by Andrea Brockenshire of Round Rock, TX 
Another hand painted art quilt with lots of thread painting :0) 

 Yuja by Linda C. Anderson, La Mesa, CA 
Hand painting, applique and amazing machine quilting! 

Emma in the Looking Glass by Lenore Crawford, Midland MI

Several paper pieced quilts...
Sunset in Maui by Rebecca Belsaas, quilted by Rebecca Smith, Rapid City, SD

Cattails at the Lake by Leslie Milde, Scottsdale AZ 

Midnight Dreams by Lorilynn King, Loveland, CO

Many of these last ones were not ribbon winners so you won't see them 
(use the link above to see all of the ribbon winners)

A few more of the quilts I was drawn to because they are ALL winners! 

 Antelope Canyon by Barbara Barrick McKie, Lyme, CT
(out of focus but I loved the machine quilting ;0) 

Carpathian Mountain Sunset by Mrs. Cathy R Geier 

  Jars of Clay by Sharon L Schlotzhauer 

French Feathered Stars by Peggy Carr of Ventura, CA 

Kaboom by Suzy Webster 

Amazing machine quilting by well known quilter Claudia Pfeil of Krefeld Germany
Woven Journey 

This lovely lady tugged on my heart strings for a different reason... 

It was the first time I attended Road to California. It was an amazing experience! especially being there as a vendor for Innova. It was allot of fun along with allot of work. I loved demoing the machines and sharing my experience as a longarm quilter and Innova owner with other quilters. Thank you to Jim and Nicky Davis and Rick Cherne. I also met Neal, the President of Innova. I learned tons! 

btw, Rick's wife, Teri entered a quilt and won first place in her category... 
Chasin' Rainbows by Teri Cherne of Henniker, NH 
Going to get some customer work done on the longarm today. It took me a couple of days to recharge my batteries!!! after doing the show. New classes for Painted Forest have been set up at Honey Run Quilters for those of you on the waiting list that didn't get into the first class. Going to make it a short day tho, the weather is so nice today... 

hope you get out and enjoy it!!! 
Tot ziens, Jo


Tuesday, January 17, 2017

Road to California

Anyone going to Road? 
My Innova dealer is flying me out to join them in the Innova booth 
 to meet and greet and answer questions
plus enjoy the show for all 4 days :0) 
Can't wait to see all of the quilts and exhibits! 

Hope to see you there! 
Tot ziens, Jo

Thursday, January 12, 2017

Halo Star Medallion

The Halo Star is the center of the medallion 
and part one of this year's The Quilt Show BOM 
Designed by Sue Garman

My Halo Star finished over the weekend. 
With the news about Sue Garman this week 
made it bittersweet to have this first block finished. 

This star is a variation of a Feathered Star
Completely paper pieced. It's been a while since I've done any paper piecing 
and I had forgotten how much I like it, once I got back in the groove... 

My fabrics are from my stash and comprise a couple of different collections. 
The center of the star is Three Sisters 
and all of the small parts are from a Moda collection called Rites of Spring 
with lots of paisley prints
. The background fabric is a cream paisley print from P&B by Alex Anderson.
Fits as this BOM is thru The Quilt Show :0)
Tonight's a full moon 
We have a little break in storms so it may be clear and bright tonight!

Lori posted on FB about how she equates blue and white with winter,
totally agree!

Tot ziens, Jo

Monday, January 9, 2017

Very sad news today

Sue Garman passed away 
Hugh loss in the quilting world
Condolences to Sue's family 
a very sad day

2017 bom designed by Sue Garman 
for The Quilt Show 

RIP Sue Garman

Monday, January 2, 2017

Bringing in the Old and the New for 2017

The old and the new in my world are, of course quilts and quilting :0) The New Year brings new beginnings, goals and resolutions. I like new beginnings, that's easy and fun to start new quilt projects! Goals are good to set in order to try and finish those new projects from last year (and beyond ;0)  Resolutions, not so much. 2 out of 3 is good!!! 

A new beginning for 2017 is a new membership to The Quilt Show. The 2017 BOM is a medallion quilt designed by Sue Garman, I am always a sucker for a medallion!
Yesterday I started part 1 with the center called The Halo Star. Plus a year of learning new techniques. Download the DVDs with Lynn Wilder from last year. Looking forward to learning lots of new things as well as finishing my goals from 2016 including Gypsy Wife, almost finished to a flimsy.

 A few more of the holes have been filled since this pic.
Also in the works is Gravity, an ongoing BOM with Kelly at Honey Run Quilters. 

Block One

I am up to block 5 and the class did block 6 at the last meeting that I missed, almost half way. It starts off with the outer star points so it's difficult to do a layout yet. The Gypsy needs to be finished to a flimsy before I have room to layout anyway. They are stacking up!!!
I do have a finish in 2016...
One of my Toes in the Sand 
finished for my son's birthday 💖 
and a top I put together last weekend...
 is quilted now. Pattern is called The Big Easy (and it is!)
Just binding and a label and it's on it's way to Texas 
for Michael's brother in law, Jim who loves to... yes you guessed it... golf!
Backing is golf ball fabric and will be the binding as well.   

Looking forward to the new year. I hope that it will be happy
and pray that it will be peaceful. 
It will be interesting at the very least. 
Wishing you all a good, healthy and productive New Year!
Tot ziens, Jo