Monday, January 22, 2024

Limerick Blog Hop

Raija Salomaa of Quilter's Treasure Chest, is a fellow Studio 180 Design Certified Instructor.  Her new Island Batik Signature Collection, designed by Kathy Engle, is a collection of vibrant batiks - alive with playful dots, swirling colors, and wild Celtic knots, in a sea of vibrant greens and blues.  Limerick is a great name for it! Notwithstanding Limerick (the city) in Ireland, if I were inspired to think up a quick limerick (the poem), it might go something like this:

Snow Day!

There once was woman who sewed
Whose legs were so thoroughly bowed
She only could sit
Only moving a bit
And had nary a care if it snowed

Okay, I admit it - I'm a much better quilter than I am a poet!

This snowy New England winter morning was the perfect time to start my Limerick project!

Which fabrics to choose? 
And which Studio 180 Design pattern?

I didn't have to think too long. 
I chose one of the beautiful blue Irish knot prints
and "Summer Blossoms," the Modern 180 pattern designed by Studio 180 Design Certified Instructor, Michelle Renee Hiatt.

I decided to make a one-block "Summer Blossoms" sample.  I thought a small table topper or wall quilt would be just the thing.  I pulled out my Square Squared, Wing Clipper and Corner Pop - three of my favorite tools!  

The Center Diamond made with the Square Squared Tool

Making the Flying Geese

The block worked up pretty quickly of course.  After all, it was only one block - and I had to get out and shovel!

But after a few renditions, and tossing things around a bit...

I finally decided on an octagonal shape with two black borders and a flange.

Maybe working on "Summer Blossoms" will help melt the snow a little faster?  Or maybe not.  I could use another snow day to use all the rest of my Limerick batiks to make the rest of the quilt! And truth be told - I already cut it out and can't wait to start sewing.  This is a pattern I've wanted to make for a long time - and now I have found the perfect fabric!

I hope you enjoyed this Blog Hop. Don't forget to visit our other amazing and talented Studio 180 Design CI bloggers: 

And don't forget to pick up your Limerick batiks at a shop near you!

Wednesday, November 22, 2023

 Here we are again, my friends, blogging again.  A lot of time has passed since I was last here - Ryco's in Lincoln, RI, closed.  So Sad.  But has morphed into Blackstone Quilting Company in Cumberland, RI! Blackstone Quilting Co. | Home | Lincoln, Rhode Island There is still time to sign up for our Triangles Galore class, two sessions, December 9th and 16th from 1-4pm.  Check out the quilt in the shop. 

I've been teaching at Emma's Quilt Cupboard too - Emma's Quilt Cupboard & Sewing Center — Emma's Quilt Cupboard & Sewing Center ( in Franklin, MA.  An exciting new Tucker University class is held the 1st Sunday of every month from 12-4pm.  Come join us for our 2nd semester of Freshman year.  Sign up anytime, one at a time.  You don't need to attend every one.  Come when the spirit moves you! Learn a new tool and technique every month!

My lecture and trunk show was a lot of fun at Emma's November Retreat in Hyannis last weekend!  And the Deb Tucker Studio 180 Prism class the next day too!  It was a wild ride!  We took a deep dive into the Split Rects ruler and everyone had fun and did a beautiful job!

Happy Thanksgiving everyone!  

New BlogHop coming up, starting in December featuring the Deb Tucker Studio 180 Design patterns and the new "Limerick" fabric line!  Stay tuned...


Wednesday, March 27, 2019

Around the World Quilt

May 2019 "Around the World Quilt" class at Ryco's.

Around the World

Pineapple "Kitchen Kitsch" Quilt

April 2019 Ryco's class.

Pineapple Quilt

Michaela's Indian Summer Quilt

Michaela's beautiful Indian Summer Quilt from the February 2019 Ryco's class.

Michaela's beautiful Indian Summer Quilt

String Quilt

March 2019 Ryco's Class


Monday, March 25, 2019