Monday, May 14, 2012

Monday and My Hero

Here's what I'm working on:
This is the first quarter of the year-long Just Takes 2 quilt provided by two bloggers.  Click this link if you still want to start:  You'll have to pay a small amount for the prior patterns but they come out twice a month and are free for 30 days. 

If you are working on this you might notice a few differences in mine:  I changed the position of 2 of the 6" blocks, used a different applique' block, lower right, and, most notably, I joined the right side panel to the "other" side of the previous panel.  Notice, I did not say the "wrong" side.  When I got the seam sewed and saw that it was not the "correct" side, I wasted no more than 10 seconds deciding I would not be un-sewing that seam--it stays as is. When the other 3 quarters are added, I bet no one will notice mine is a different layout.

Now, I want to introduce you to my quilting hero:  Sue Garman.  She does a wonderful blog, once a month or so, and the May Blog is fabulous!  She is a pattern designer and a phenomenal applique' artist. The blog is an amazing photo exhibit of some of her current work.  While dealing with family issues, she still turns out an incredible amount of handwork.  Her handquilting is amazing, and her machine quilting puts me to shame.  Sue designed several of the blocks of the month for, including the 2009 Stars for a New Day.  I have made 2 of her Washington Medallion quilts and am currently at work on the 3rd to be used for my guild raffle quilt.  The one I made in purple batiks was lucky enough to be accepted into the 2010 AQS show in Paducah.  And her 2011 BOM for is calling me back--I am eager to get Ruffled Roses done. 

While I love to piece quilts, the more complicated the better, I think applique' is wonderful and Sue is an inspiration to me and thousands of other traditionalist quilters.  If you want to be impressed, check out her May Blog.

To see what others are doing, check out Judy Laquidara's blog.

Until next time, let's quilt!



  1. Your "It Takes 2" quilt is coming along quite nicely! I'm saving the patterns, just not ready to work on it yet. I may have to come back and ask you questions when I get to it! Thanks for the link to Sue Garman's blog -- I'm going to go check it out now! See you Thursday! :)

  2. Your Just Takes 2 looks wonderful! Mine - not so much. I have about 20 blocks made, but slowed down when some "life" things came up. Seeing yours is motivating me to get working on it again. I like your arrangemet of blocks, too!

  3. Wow you have done great. I have been printing the patterns and been thinking about starting.

  4. love your setting for the blocks. How beautiful. I loved the link. I love the quilting.... very nice.