Welcome to my blog. I was inspired by the book, "Blogging for Bliss" by Tara Frey.

Welcome to my blog. I was inspired by the book, "Blogging for Bliss" by Tara Frey. My goal is to share a little about my life, and a lot about my longarm quilting business, Lone Tree Designs.

Sunday, July 17, 2016

Hop 'til You Drop with Row by Row


The back of a customer's Metro Rings quilt.
My Row by Row License Plate Collection

  Well, I am half way through another month, and in spite of my desire to slow down and enjoy some quiet sewing of my own...I have been running around like a crazy person again!  I have been working a lot to catch up on customer quilts after being gone so much in June, and have come to a place where I am comfortable with my waiting list.
My Dresden Star featuring "Ugly" fabric!
  I was able to take a class this month on Edyta Sitar's Dresden Star pattern with a good friend at the Quilters Cottage in Kearney with my mom as the teacher.  The fabrics that I am using are not necessarily what I would choose, but the centers are a part of an "ugly fabric challenge" that we put together for next year's June retreat.  I was actually pretty happy when I drew my "ugly" because I like it! That just goes to show that we all have different tastes and different creativity, and that is one of the things that makes quilting so great!  My quilts are like no one else's (unless I bought a kit, or sold my idea as a kit in the shop, which is the most likely of those two scenarios).
  This past weekend was so much fun!  A few friends and I took a quick little day trip to the east and collected some license plates, row kits, patterns, and a whole
lot of fabrics and fun for the annual Row by Row.  If you haven't joined in this new phenomenon, you really should!  It is a really great way to travel, visit quilt shops
and collect some mementos along the way.  My advice:  Get
out there and "Hop 'til you Drop!!!" 

Saturday, June 25, 2016

Crazy, Quilty June

 
Wow!  It has been a crazy month!  It started out with a trunk show in Cedar Rapids, NE where I presented about 50 of my quilts to a group of about that many ladies!  It was an easy drive through beautiful green countryside with my hubby at the wheel, and then a program where I showed my work and talked about my quilts...never a problem for me:)
  Next, it was off to Kearney to help mom settle in to her new quilt shop.  We had spent all of Memorial Day weekend moving her stuff just two doors down the street on the bricks in Kearney, and getting everything in order to reopen, all in the span of 4 days.  Not an easy task, but well worth it because the new shop has much better lighting and several aspects made it a wise change.
  On the 8th of June, several friends and I headed off to Creston, IA for a five day retreat with a group of about 40 women from both Iowa and Nebraska.  We get together once a year for this retreat, and the rest of the year we are looking forward to getting together again!  It was so much fun, not so much sleep, and a fair amount of productive sewing:)






  Literally five days after we returned from our crazy, quilty fun in Iowa, a bunch of us hopped on a bus with ladies from the Grand Island Prairie Pioneers quilt guild and headed out for a bus trip!  Needless to say, the bus trip was tons of fun, and I bought even more quilty stuff...also never a big problem for me!  After a couple of days of recovery, I was once again in Kearney to work for my mom and to hang up my latest class sample, which I quilted somewhere between the retreat and the bus trip.

  Last, but not least, this weekend I am the featured quilter at the Nimble Thimbles Quilt Show in Aurora, NE.  I took 22 of my quilts to Aurora on Wednesday, and the lovely ladies from that guild got them all hung and ready for public show which lasted Thursday through Sunday.  I spent Friday afternoon hanging out at the show and visiting with anyone who wanted to talk about my quilts.  It was a lot of fun, and I was very honored to have been asked.  I was even interviewed and photographed for the local paper...must have been a slow new week! LOL!  Following are some of my quilts hanging at the show.  It was a bit dark for my iPhone to capture some of them, but you get the idea





  The Vintage Linens quilt to the left was created from cutting up and using linens made by my Great Aunt Adelaide Walthers, who is now 97 years old, my grandma Dorothy Hansen, my mom Phyllis, and my Great grandmother Georgia Hansen.  There are hankies, doilies, dresser scarves, pillow case tops, and armchair covers all used in this unique quilt.  The pattern comes from a class I did with Rose Cottage Quilts. Check out their website if you are interested in making a quilt like this one.  Cutting up these types of family pieces can be a bit scary, but it is worth it!
My Pineapple Retreat quilt was made from the 10" squares exchange that we did at our Iowa/Nebraska retreat in 2015.

Madame Butterfly was awarded a blue ribbon at the 2015 Nebraska State Fair.

 The Pineapple Blossom quilt to the right is a free downloadable pattern from Bonnie Hunter's website Quiltville.com, and was a really simple quilt to make.  I love the end result so much that I have already collected the fabrics in oranges and grays to make another one.  Stay tuned for photos of that work in progress.

 So, here I am at the end of the month.  My goal for the next few days is to quilt as many customer quilts as I can before heading off to Kearney to help my mom!  I am also working on a new sample for a class that I am teaching toward the end of July on Eleanor Burn's LeMoyne Star pattern.  Its a super easy was to create a quilt that looks very difficult...thanks, Eleanor!
  Hope July is a little more relaxing!  All this crazy, quilty fun has left me wiped out!  I need a vacation...so that I can collect my Row by Row!

Sunday, April 24, 2016

Bonnie Hunter Quilt Retreat

Old friends and new come together with a common love of quilting!
The "Pink Ladies"

  Last October, we learned that the Siouxland Sampler quilt guild in Sioux City, IA was having Bonnie Hunter come teach at a retreat.  The most exciting thing we heard that month was: "We may have some openings for the classes..."  We jumped on that opportunity with both feet!  Cell phones and computer keyboards were smoking as we communicated back and forth as to how we could insure that our applications and money for the classes would be the first to arrive, thus securing our spots for the retreat.  It was decided that we would all drive to Grand Island to fill out the paperwork, write our checks, and then FedEx them to arrive by 10 am the next  day!  This crazy behavior earned us the nickname, "The FedEx Girls" by the amused guild members in Iowa, but WE GOT IN!!!  We couldn't wait for April to arrive, so that we could road trip to the first Bonnie Hunter retreat for all of us, and we immediately loved the generous guild in Sioux City that allowed us  the pleasure of joining them on the journey with Bonnie.The retreat was everything we dreamed it would be and more.  The Stoney Creek Inn was a great place to hold a retreat.  It was easy to access, comfortable, and they kept the coffee hot and ready at all times!  Bonnie Hunter was so great!  She is an energy giver!  Just being in the same room with her makes you feel welcome and like you are among friends. The Siouxland Sampler guild members were so kind and helpful.  They made sure we were right at home, and the retreat was extremely well organized. It ran so smoothly that it was a real pleasure to be there.
  On Saturday, we worked on Jared Takes a Wife, and on Sunday we used the Lazy Angle and Companion Angle Rulers to create  blocks for My Blue Heaven. Both are free patterns that are easily downloaded from Bonnie's blog.  To access it, just click on the link above.The retreat was everything we dreamed it would be and more.  The Stoney Creek Inn was a great place to hold a retreat.  It was easy to access, comfortable, and they kept the coffee hot and ready at all times!  Bonnie Hunter was so great!  She is an energy giver!  Just being in the same room with her makes you feel welcome and like you are among friends. The Siouxland Sampler guild members were so kind and helpful.  They made sure we were right at home, and the retreat was extremely well organized. It ran so smoothly that it was a real pleasure to be there.
  We had 46 people in class on Saturday, but over 100 showed up Saturday evening for a wonderful trunk show where Bonnie shared the gorgeous quilts she had brought with her as samples from her many books.  She quickly moved through each quilt telling us fun stories and anecdotes about each one, their names (and why they had that name), and what book they were in.  I found the presentation so interesting because I teach and do trunk shows, too.  I am always learning better ways to present my quilts.  Bonnie's trunk show was a perfect balance of entertainment and information.
Jared Takes a Wife
The highlight for me, though, was definitely the two classes that we were able to take.  I used colors a bit out of my comfort zone for Jared Takes a Wife...and I am going to love this quilt.  I have three different blues, three different terra cottas, two greens, and two tans in my blocks, all gleaned from a kit in my stash that I decided not to use in the pattern that it came with... (Bonnie loved that, by the way!)  The blocks started with two inch strips, rectangles, and squares...love the result!
The beginnings of my version of My Blue Heaven
  My version of My Blue Heaven is going to be named "Pink Lady" because Bonnie dubbed our group from Nebraska the "Pink Ladies" due to our matching pink sewing-themed pajama tops that we wore as jackets.  We loved that, and plan to use it in the future for a very fun purpose (which I can't share at this time...)
A big thrill for me came on Sunday when Bonnie asked if she could use my fabric and rulers for her demo.  Of course, I said, "YES" and she proceeded to make a flying geese unit, which I then asked her to sign.  As I thought about how I could show this in my quilt, I came up with what I think is a brilliant idea.  All my stars in my quilt will have navy blue points...except ONE.  The one star will have pink points, and will be placed randomly in my quilt top.  Bonnie's signed block will be the highlight of my quilt.  I am naming it "Pink Lady" as a nod to that pink star, and to always remember that the "Pink Ladies"  got their name from Bonnie Hunter at a weekend that was so much fun, we can't wait to do it again!
  To see Bonnie's thoughts about the retreat in Sioux City, please click on the following link to her blog:  http://quiltville.blogspot.com/2016/04/meet-siouxland-sampler-quilters.html
There is a really nice picture of me on her blog holding up my work.  I was so excited when I saw several pictures of our group and all the fun ladies that we met at the retreat!  What an awesome memory!  If you ever get a chance to take a class with Bonnie...DO IT!!!

*A special thanks goes out to my friend Anna for letting me use her photos in this post!