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A Summer of La Pass Rosettes

IMG_8620Star ring.IMG_8652

Tada.  I love this one.  🙂

IMG_8639Here are Joyce’s rosettes.  Remember that each rosette uses fabric from a quilt she has made.
IMG_8641This beautiful big rosette is from her Southern Album fabrics.  Happy memories!  Joyce is planning to use the same neutral fabric for all her stars.IMG_8643

Favorite tip ever.  Line your templates with 1/4″ ruler tape.  You will be able to find them on your cutting table!!  No more “where is my big pentagon template!??*@*$IMG_8825

Karen Thompson quilted this fabulous La Pass and shared it with us in class.  Wow!!  It belongs to Cathy McMann.   She has a great blog!  Yay!!  It was so wonderful to see a FINISHED one.IMG_8823
Karen has digitized a pattern for each of the shapes.  How awesome is that?  Beautiful quilting.IMG_8822
Here’s another picture of my progress.  I call it “Exploding Crayon Box.”  Just kidding.  Not.IMG_8829
Here’s a sample of Gina B’s beautiful rosettes.  Do you not love the solids??
We call this “The Sherbert LaPass.”  It’s just beautiful!IMG_8835
Here’s Karen’s plan.  Look at her pentagon flowers.  Love.IMG_8834

More rosettes.  More planning.IMG_8830
It will all come together!


Becky’s beautiful rosette.  IMG_8879
This fabric was her inspiration.  I want to steal it.IMG_8881
Katie’s first stars.  She is thinking about making all her stars the same colors….

More Katie.IMG_8882
Lion faces.
Honey bees.  This beautifulness happens when you stir Amy Butler and Tula Pink together.IMG_8885
Cats.  Look at that center.  Well done Katie.

Here’s Ann’s first rosette.  Ann, we love how you use color!!

Jennifer F has joined the craziness and had that fun first challenge we all face.  This way??

Or that way.  HAHA  So much fun!

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Rosette #3 for me.

I’m teaching La Pass on September 21 and September 24 from 10-2.   Come join the craziness!


Summer La Pass

Random pictures from my summer La Passacaglia classes at Trailer Stash Fabrics.IMG_8326Katie has a system.  🙂  She furiously preps during class so she can sew at home.  (She has three beautiful little children.)IMG_8324She plans to use dark stars in her rosettes.
IMG_8329Becky has her lower left quadrant almost finished in this picture and we are kind of jealous.IMG_8330Amazing fussy cutting.IMG_8331IMG_8332IMG_8333IMG_8335Fowler has two beautiful rosettes and some Heather Bailey stars…


I’m working on the upper right quadrant in this picture.

IMG_8532Joyce is making her rosettes from leftovers.  Each rosette represents a quilt she has made.  How cool is that??  This was her Serendipity Sampler.  🙂IMG_8533IMG_8534 (2)IMG_8537IMG_8538 (2)IMG_8536Here’s one of her big rosettes.  Look at the weave.  You are awesome Joyce.IMG_8542 (2)(Southern Album.)

IMG_8539 (2)IMG_8540 (2)This one might be my favorite.

I’ll be teaching the workshop on September 21 and 24 at Trailer Stash Fabrics.  Just contact me for more info.  I make it really easy to get started.  🙂

The La Passacaglia Workshops

I have started the La Passacaglia quilt workshops at Trailer Stash Fabrics.  I just wanted to share a few pictures of what my “peeps” are making.  I think it is remarkable.
IMG_7805Here are the rosettes from our second La Passacaglia workshop.   (Next time I will take better pictures.  🙂  Five beautiful beginnings.  IMG_4391 (2)Ginny’s outer ring of stars on her first big rosette.IMG_7614Beginnings from my very first workshop.  So sweet!
IMG_7642Ginny’s first round of stars.

Some of her rosettes.
IMG_20160217_242127613 (1)Here are Jackie’s first six rosettes.IMG_7666

Beverly’s rosettes.  You will see these again later in this post.


My second big rosette.IMG_7740What my own design wall looked like on February 7.IMG_7736Carol’s first rosette from the Saturday workshop.IMG_7735Katie’s first rosette.

IMG_7869So here’s Beverly’s first big rosette.  She has decided it will be the center of her upper left quadrant.  I could look at this all day.  We met for a little while today at Trailer Stash Fabrics just to “take inventory.”

IMG_7870These are the other rosettes she has finished.  Her job is to arrange several of them around that first big rosette.

IMG_7872So she did.  Crazy fun.

IMG_7873Now she has to choose “star points” to blend all the cogs together.   She picked a few fabrics today; she is well on her way.

Aren’t these amazing?  It will be fun to watch them grow.

I’m offering workshops on the third Wednesday and the first Saturday of each month.  If you are interested, let me know.  I’ll have the kool-aid ready for you.  🙂

The Circle Quilt


Liberty Lawn circles appliqued on double gauze and hand quilted.  The fabrics are from Trailer Stash Fabrics.   I was probably inspired by a tutorial on Purl Soho’s wonderful blog,  The Purl Bee.  I don’t remember seeing it in my Pinterest wanderings but I’m sure I did.  🙂  My buddy Carol also spurred me on.  🙂

IMG_588840″ square.  Wool batting.  Liberty Lawn back.  Yum.  It weighs nothing.  It is the perfect baby quilt.

IMG_5890Hand quilted with Aurifil floss and linen thread.

I’m teaching it as a hand applique/big stitch hand quilting class in September but it’s kind of easy-peasy.   I thought you might be interested in how I put it together.

IMG_5598First I trimmed my double gauze to 40″ square and stay stitched the edges because the double gauze ravels badly.   I appliqued six different big circles (about 9″)  to the background.  I used templar plastic for applique (thanks Debbie G) to make my circles.  Freezer paper will work.  Raw edge fused will work.  I just wanted to preserve the softness of the fabrics.

IMG_5603 (1)Of course I needed more circles.  I used Karen Kay Buckley’s Bigger Perfect Circles for the smaller sizes.

IMG_5627I added some more circles.  🙂  I liked this so I glued the circles down and
hand appliqued them.  That was fun; the fabrics are so wonderfully thin and soft.  I cut away the background under the circles.  That was scary but I liked the effect.  The gray double gauze caused a shadow.  Cutting it away allowed the Liberty colors to be true.

IMG_5668 (1)This next part was not so fun.  I taped my Liberty Lawn backing to the floor.  I used a wool batting from Trailer Stash.  It has loft but no weight.  Not too poofy; just right.  I used A LOT of safety pins to baste it.

IMG_5842 (1)I hand quilted it and I did NOT use a hoop.  I have been to a couple of classes where the teachers pin basted and did not use a hoop and I have seen my own students do it.  Yes, you can teach an old dog new tricks.  It worked nicely because the quilt was poofy and full.

IMG_5890I used Aurifil floss because Gina had it in the shop.  I liked it because it comes on cute wooden spools.  I used four strands.  When I finished quilting all the circles, I thought the big circles were too poofy and needed some more quilting.

IMG_5773 (1)I cut a BIG freezer paper circle and randomly traced the shape on the quilt with a blue water soluble marker.  Thanks to Jennifer M for that idea.  She’s in a Monday night stitching group that I attend.  You should come.  🙂IMG_2589I hand quilted those circles during a road trip to Nashville, TN to see Larry.  He likes to help me sew.   I used Normandy linen thread because I wanted the background quilting to blend.  I really liked the results.

IMG_5842I finished it and then hand stitched a running stitch around the outside of the quilt.  I trimmed it and bound it with leftovers from the back.

IMG_5888I washed it in Soak and air dryed it.  If you are local, you should go by Trailer Stash just to squeeze it.  I really like it.

Gina has kits, including the wool batting and it will be there for the September Shop Hop.  I’ll teach the hand applique in September and the big stitch hand quilting in October if you want to join me.  My classes are listed on my class schedule page.

Let me know if you have questions about the process!





Show and Tell at the Churn Dash workshop

I taught my first Trailer Stash Fabrics workshop in mid-April.  I asked my students to bring one of their favorite quilts.  Paula’s flying geese started the fun.  Don’t you love this?

IMG_6280Here’s Debbie’s Quick Curve ruler quilt.  Gina will be offering a class using this ruler.  Stay tuned.

IMG_6281Debbie’s beautiful voile quilt from a class with Lee Monroe.

IMG_6272Linda brought this beauty.  She used an Amy Butler fat stack.  Love!

IMG_6277Lois Jean’s sunshine quilt.  Beautiful colors and fabulous piecing.

IMG_6274Back to Linda 🙂  Here’s one of her first modern quilts.  She used a mystery quilt pattern.


Martha Claire’s foxes from Elizabeth Hartman’s class at QuiltCon.  We loved the blue eyes!  Trailer Stash Fabrics has the pattern.

IMG_6299Chris’ glorious piecing.

IMG_6300Also from Chris; LOVE.

IMG_6295Ginny’s new quilt using Heather Bailey’s new fabric collection and Kim Diehl’s pattern from Simple Comforts.  Yay Ginny!

IMG_6294Bev’s latest Serendipity block.  Such a pretty picture!

IMG_6290Ellen’s buddy.  He kept us company.

IMG_6286Linda’s beautiful Modern Dresden.  I’m teaching this again for Trailer Stash this summer.


And finally, Sue’s newest Serendipity block.  It is absolutely perfect!

We had such a good time that day.  Thanks to Gina Allen for asking me to teach in such a wonderful venue.  I’m looking forward to my next Trailer Stash Fabrics workshop.  I’m teaching Tessellations on June 15.  Come join me!IMG_4916