Monday, March 30, 2015

Monday Design Wall-Lucy Boston Fever for Fabric

Good Monday Morning!  The sun is shining here in Illinois.  Its about 36 degrees with a promise from the weatherman to reach 67 degrees today.  The dogs have been in and out several times because there is no wind and the sun is warm on the back deck this morning.  Indy has decided to lay out on the deck and watch over the neighborhood.

I have a lovely quilt on the machine downstairs calling my name to get finished quilting.  But, blogging first is my duty.  How did your weekend go?  My Thursday, Friday and Saturday were so much fun.  Thursday and Friday, I worked at the International Quilt Show in Chicago.  Through a mutual friend, I had the great joy of working with Diane in the Sew Batiks booth.  I worked with their rayon batiks for clothing.  Its just yummy to stroke, has beautiful drape, and easy care.  Also, check out their Nuance Gradations and 112" wide backs.  Looking forward to seeing Diane again in Paducah!  Check their website for their travel schedule for a show near you. (This is not a paid ad, this is my opinion on a great product.)

I drove home Friday night and slept in my own bed.  Saturday, I hopped on the bus at 8am with my local guild and headed back to the show to shop.  The view walking into the show was breath-taking seeing the Ruby display of red and white quilts.
The piecing, quilting and fabric selections were fabulous. 

We headed over to my "Easy Street" quilt for pictures while we were fresh. 
Pictured above from left to right, Kathy Olson, myself, Maribel Kern, and Cathy Kieser.

Pinch me is this really happening? 

Cathy Kieser and I shopped for the fabrics together, texted back and forth from our sewing rooms and provided lots of moral  support while we both made Easy Street.

Cathy had the idea to put in secret messages instead of several four patches.  This is the "You can do it!" block.

I may never experience this again so I took lots of pictures.  This was living the "bucket list" dream to have a quilt in a juried show.  Thank you for all the support and kind comments I have received on Facebook.
Before leaving the show, I picked up a t-shirt to commemorate the occasion.
We shopped on Saturday and I brought home about five Civil War Repro fabrics and two 1930's fat quarters.  My dining room table became my design wall......
Since I have caught the Lucy Boston Block bug, I laid out my many fat quarters and started to pair them up for future blocks.  Now I will need a cutting day.

Two boxes of more fat quarters and that doesn't include all the dark ones downstairs in the drawer.  Kathy O, Cathy K and Maribel K, I think I am ready for the cutting day and have plenty of selection!
Today I am linking up with Judy at Patchwork Times, Nurdan at Hug-a-bit Quilts, and Beth with Main  Crush Monday at Cooking Up Quilts.  Have a great Monday. 
Yours in quilting,


  1. Are you doing your Lucy Boston by English paper piecing or just plain piecing? A local shop here offers a set of lucite rubber stamps. Let me know if you're interested and I'll send you the link.

    1. I am doing it by paper piecing. If you use the Lucite rubber stamps, how does that work? Do you stamp on the wrong side of the fabric and hand stitch or machine stitch the blocks? Please send me the link and I will share it with my group. Thanks.

  2. Congrats on your quilt being in the show!! Your Easy Street is gorgeous! And may I ask, what is the Lucy Boston Block?

    1. Lucy Boston was the lady who created an English paper piecing quilt called Patchwork of the Crosses. There is a book out by Linda Franz of Inklingo on how to make the blocks and plan the quilt. There also is a book out on Lucy Boston's life written by her daughter-in-law. I hope to read it sometime. Google Lucy Boston Patchwork of the Crosses to see the book. Linda Franz has a blog and facebook page.

  3. Sounds like a great weekend - quilts and shopping! Looks like you got some great fabrics, have fun cutting into them! Thanks for linking up to MCM. :)

    1. Thanks for stopping by Beth, I am enjoying your linky party.