April 02, 2020

TGIFF - Inventory Churn and an Announcement

Welcome to TGIFF! Wait, what day of the week is it? We're all staying home every day now, like many of you, so the days are really running together. Of course, this would be normal for us if it were summer vacation, but then we'd still be going to church on Sundays to keep ourselves oriented in the week a little at least. Somehow watching church on a livestream in my pajamas doesn't seem to have the same effect 😄 It is time for TGIFF, though, so let's celebrate our finishes for the week!

Somehow, even with all the time in the world to sew, I finished my quilt top for today's post this afternoon and the post needs to be published just as soon as I finish typing it. Procrastination at its finest.

Before I share my finished quilt top, I'm excited to announce that I'm going to be teaching a free Introduction to English Paper Piecing pop-up workshop! It's going to be a live workshop in a private Facebook group, so if you want to join the group, just go here to sign up. The live workshop will be Sunday, April 12th at 3 pm EST and the replay will be available in the group so sign up even if you can't make it live. I can't wait to share my EPP tips and techniques with you! Don't forget to sign up!

Now, here's my newly finished Churn quilt top 😊 You can get Churn as a PDF or a printed pattern. We tried for outdoor pictures, but a flimsy blows around in even the slightest wind and it just wasn't happening today.
Churn quilt | DevotedQuilter.com
This is my third time making Churn and you can see the original here and the baby version here.

I made this version as part of the Inventory Quilt Project, so I cut only one piece from every fabric and it represents my entire blue and teal stash (except for a few novelty prints that I chose to leave out). Because I made the HSTs using the two-at-a-time method, each of those fabrics is in the quilt twice, but they did start out as a single square of each. I have to admit that it's a little busier looking than I was expecting, though a friend told me it reminds her of an old patchwork quilt.

These sunny yellow churn dashes have been making me ridiculously happy these past couple of grey days.
Churn quilt | DevotedQuilter.com
I cut one piece from each of the yellow and pink fabrics, too, though they don't represent my whole stash of those colours. I love how the quilt mixes fabrics I've had for years (close to two decades for some of them) with fabrics that are brand new. That pink handprint fabric is from Mister Domestic's Playroom collection, while the blue with pink splotches below it has been in my stash for.e.ver.
Churn quilt | DevotedQuilter.com
There are loads of Island Batik fabrics included, plenty of them from the Blueberry Patch line I used to make my Blue Sparkler quilt last year. I love that the quilt has blues from very, very light to very, very dark and everything in between.
https://www.devotedquilter.com/2019/08/beat-heat-blog-hop-blue-sparkler.html
Once it's quilted, this will be my Hands 2 Help Comfort Quilt challenge quilt, which I'll be using for the caregiver's quilt initiative. This initiative seeks to give quilts to caregivers in our communites, who work tirelessly caring for family members and deserve a little something special for themselves. This will be a quilty hug for a friend's mom, who cares for her adult daughter with Down's Syndrome 😊
Churn quilt | DevotedQuilter.com
Here's one last peek at a sunny churn dash 😊
Churn quilt | DevotedQuilter.com
Don't forget to get your copy of Churn (print or PDF) and to sign up for the Introduction to EPP workshop!

Okay, now link up your finishes for the week, then visit some of the other links to celebrate with them. Stay healthy and wash your hands!


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April 01, 2020

Two New Quilting Events

I hope you are well, both physically and mentally. These are strange days, there's no doubt about it. I have to go get our weekly groceries sometime today, which used to feel like a perfectly ordinary thing to do, and now it feels like I'm doing something just a little wrong by going into a building other than my own house. Anyone else feel that way??

Covid-19 may have the in-person quilting world shut down, but our online community is still going strong. We've just finished the Stay at Home and Shop Hop (click the link if you missed it!) and now today there are two more events starting 😊

First up, there's the Spring Clean Your Studio Blog Hop, hosted by Cheryl Sleboda, of Muppin Inc.
I don't even have a studio and I needed to be part of this blog hop! I am so looking forward to peeking into other quilters' studios, both to live a little vicariously through them and to plan for the day when I will have my own studio. I have been doing some cleaning and organizing, too, so I'll be sharing that on April 11th. In the meantime, here's the schedule so you can peek into their studios, too. I don't know about you, but I can use all the organizing ideas I can get.

April 1 - Sam Hunter - http://www.huntersdesignstudio.com
April 2 - Marian Pena - http://www.seamstobesew.com
April 3 - Jennifer Fulton - http://www.inquiringquilter.com/questions
April 4 - Martha Wolf - http://Www.pinwheelprodns.com
April 5 - Jennifer Strauser - http://www.dizzyquilter.com
April 6 - Steph Carton - http://www.theelimonster.com/blog
April 7 - Simone Fisher - http://www.simonequilts.com/blog
April 8 - Kate Colleran - http://www.seamslikeadream.com
April 9 - Carlina Moore - http://www.alwaysexpectmoore.com
April 10 - Jen Frost - http://www.faithandfabricdesign.com/blog
April 11 - Leanne Parsons - http://www.devotedquilter.com
April 12 - Becca Fenstermaker - http://www.prettypiney.com/blog
April 13 - Sarah Myers - http://www.quilted-diary.com
April 14 - Mitzi Redd - http://www.reddhomestead.com
April 15 - Jeanette Larson - http://www.Jenonthefarm.com
April 16 - Camille Ainsworth - http://www.stitchinthenw.com
April 17 - Becky Philips Jorgenson - http://www.patchworkposse.com
April 18 - Bobbie Gentili - http://www.geekybobbin.com/category/blog
April 19 - Janellea Macbeth - http://www.janelleamacbeth.com/blog/
April 20 - Lisa Ruble - http://lovetocolormyworld.blogspot.com
April 21 - Debra Davis - http://www.tuning-my-heart.com/blog
April 22 - Rona Herman - http://www.Ronatheribbiter.com
April 23 - Sue Griffiths - http://www.duckcreekmountainquilting.com
April 24 - Sarah Ruiz- http://www.saroy.net/
April 25 - Jessica Caldwell - http://www.desertbloomquilting.com/
April 26 - Tammy Silvers - http://tamarinis.typepad.com
April 27 - Ebony Love - http://www.lovebugstudios.com/blog
April 28 - Cheryl Sleboda - http://blog.muppin.com



The second event starting today is a virtual trunk show series. I've never had the pleasure of going to an actual trunk show, so getting to see a whole series of them is going to be a lot of fun!
These are all happening on Facebook, as 15 minute live videos, one every hour starting at noon EST. I'm having trouble even imagining how many beautiful quilts there will be! To get us started, here's the schedule for today. I'll be sharing each day's schedule on my FB page, so you can follow me there to be sure you don't miss any of the eye candy 😍

April 1 12pm EST Andi Stanfield    facebook.com/Anditruebluequilts
April 1 1pm EST Nancy Scott        facebook.com/MasterpieceQ
April 1 2pm EST Becky Jorgensen     https://www.facebook.com/patchworkposse/
April 1 3pm EST Carolina Moore facebook.com/alwaysexpectmoore
April 1 4pm EST Jackie Kunkel    https://www.facebook.com/cantonvillagequiltworks/
April 1 5pm EST Connie Jonson Sayler  https://www.facebook.com/PacificRimQuiltCompany/
April 1 6pm EST Laura Piland/Slice of Pi Quilts  https://www.facebook.com/sliceofpiquilts/
April 1 7pm EST Sandra Starley  https://www.facebook.com/TextileTimeTravels
April 1 8pm EST Swan Sheridan  www.facebook.com/swanamitystudios


Between our own quilting and all this virtual community connecting, we shouldn't have any reason to be bored!

March 30, 2020

Stay at Home and Shop Hop - Day 4

It's the final day of the Stay at Home and Shop Hop! I hope you've enjoyed hopping around the world to new shops, all from the comfort and safety of your own home 😊

If this is your first time visiting Devoted Quilter, a special welcome to you! I'm Leanne, a quilt pattern designer in Newfoundland, Canada. You can read my introduction here.

Right now I'm planning something new that involves live video, so I'm equal parts nervous and excited, lol 😅 If you're interested, sign up for The Bulletin so you'll get all the details later this week.

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All of my patterns, printed or PDF, are on sale now through April 2nd, so it's a great time to pick up a new pattern or two.

Shop the sale!


Some of my patterns are especially good for sewing from your stash, which is great in these days of staying home as much as possible. I recommend Friendship Galaxy...
Friendship Galaxy quilt pattern | DevotedQuilter.com
Scraps Squared...
Scraps Squared quilt pattern | DevotedQuilter.com
or Love Birds.
Love Birds quilt pattern | DevotedQuilter.com
I want to say a big thank you to Linda, at Colourwerx Designs, for organizing this hop and making sure it all ran smoothly. It is a big group to keep on track, but she did a great job 😊
Here's the final list of shops for you to visit:

Studio R Quilts
https://www.studiorquilts.com
Toadally Quilts
https://www.toadallyquilts.com
From Blank Pages
https://www.fromblankpages.com
Cotton Street Commons
http://www.cottonstreetcommons.com
Puppy Girl Designs
http://www.puppygirldesigns.com
Phoebe Moon Quilt Designs
https://www.facebook.com/phoebemoondesgins
Christa Quilts
https://www.christaquilts.com
Stitched by Susan
http://www.stitchedbysusan.com
Tamarinis
https://www.tamarinis.com


And just in case you missed any of the previous three lists, here are those shops again. Happy hopping!


Bequilter
https://www.beaquilter.com/shop
Presto Avenue Designs
https://www.prestoavenuedesigns.com
Cheryl Lynch Quilts
http://www.cheryllynchquilts.com/home.html
Love to Color My World
http://lovetocolormyworld.blogspot.com/
 Hissyfitz Designs
https://www.hissyfitzdesigns.com
Canton Village Quilt Works
https://cvquiltworks.com/blogs/blog
Anjeanette Klinder Designs
http://www.anjeanettek.com
Pat Sloan – The Voice of Quilting
https://www.blog.patsloan.com
Said With Love
https://www.saidwithlove.com.au
Orange Blossom Quilt Design
https://www.orangeblossomquilt.com
DaySpring Quilt Company
https://www.dayspringquiltcompany.com
Ms P Designs, USA  
https://www.mspdesignsusa.com
Stitchin’ at Home
http://www.stitchinathome.com
Sew Joy Creations
https://www.sewjoycreations.com
Ships & Violins
https://www.shipsandviolins.com
Patti’s Patchwork
https://www.pattispatchwork.com
Your Sewing Friend
https://www.etsy.com/shop/yoursewingfriend
The Geeky Bobbin
https://www.geekybobbin.com
Colourwerx Designs
https://www.colourwerx.com
Kate Colleran Designs
https://www.seamslikeadream.com
Lone Star Pattern Works
https://www.lonestarpatternworks.com
Powered by Quilting
https://www.poweredbyquilting.com
Cottage Rose Quilt Patterns
https://www.cottagerosequiltshop.com
The Cloth Parcel
https://www.theclothparcel.com
Faith and Fabric
https://www.faithandfabricdesign.com
Linen Closet Designs
http://www.linenclosetdesigns.com
Designs by Sarah J
https://www.designsbysarahj.com
Rona the Ribbiter Quilts
https://www.ronatheribbiter.com
Quilt Fox Designs
https://www.quiltfox-design.com
Seam to Be Sew
https://www.seamstobesew.com

Quilting Wisdom

Devotion for the Week...

I have been very grateful lately to have quilting to occupy both my time and my mind. It's easy to get caught up in spending too much time reading news or just scrolling social media mindlessly. Neither is helpful right now as everything is dominated by Covid-19 and too much of that is unsettling, to say the least. Quilting, on the other hand, helps to settle the mind. It also helps to occupy the time spent hanging out at home.

I've always considered quilting, sewing, embroidery, cross-stitch, etc, to be great skills, but I never thought about them being part of what I consider 'wisdom' until one morning last week. I've been reading Exodus lately and in the midst of the instructions for building and furnishing the tabernacle there is a section about the garments that were to be made for the priests. It says, "Make sacred garments for Aaron that are glorious and beautiful. Instruct all the skilled craftsmen whom I have filled with the spirit of wisdom. Have them make garments for Aaron that will distinguish him as a priest set apart for my service" (Exodus 28:2, 3).

I love that God specifically says He has filled the craftsmen with the spirit of wisdom to enable them to create beautiful things. Lots of times we think of crafty pursuits as being not very important, or we downplay the skill required. But here is God saying that these skills are a gift from Him.  Just let that thought settle in your mind.

The ability to put a quilt together is a gift from God. Knitting skills? A gift from God. Sure, we may have learned from Mom or Grandma or Youtube, but no matter how we learned, the skills were given to us by God. That makes it hard to brush them off as nothing special, doesn't it?
The wisdom to create beautiful things is a gift from God | DevotedQuilter.com
Background quilt is Flower Path
God wanted our world to contain things are that are functional AND beautiful, so He gave us the wisdom needed to create them. What a wonderful gift!

March 27, 2020

Stay Home and Shop Hop - Day 3

Welcome to day 3 of the Stay Home and Shop Hop! I hope you've been having fun hopping around and visiting new quilting sites around the world, all from the comfort of your home (pajamas optional, but encouraged!).

If this is your first time here, an extra big welcome from snowy Newfoundland 😊 We're currently being buried under an expected 15-20 cm of new snow (so 6-8" approx.), on top of the several feet we already have on the ground. Spring may be coming, but it's always slow getting here, lol. I'm okay with it, though, as it means more time to get out snowshoeing.

Here's a peek at my current project, an inventory quilt made using my Churn pattern and one piece of each of my blue and teal fabrics. Now I need two accent colours. Yellow will be one, but I'm having trouble choosing the second one. Pink, orange, red and grey have all be suggested and now I think I need to just start pulling out fabrics and see which I like best.
Inventory quilt progress | DevotedQuilter.com

My Anniversary Sale has been extended through April 2nd so shop hoppers can save 25% off all printed and PDF patterns in my Etsy shop, no coupon code required. The prices are already marked down 😊

Shop the sale!


I've set myself a goal of releasing 10 new patterns this year. So far I've released three - Hollow Jewels, Formal Garden and New Life. If you'd like to follow along to see if I reach my goal and if you want to know when new patterns are released, sign up for The Bulletin, my monthly newsletter. You'll also receive my Wind Farm pattern, which is only available to subscribers.

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Now on to today's list of shops! Have fun checking them all out 😊

Lone Star Pattern Works

Powered by Quilting

Cottage Rose Quilt Patterns

The Cloth Parcel

Faith and Fabric

Linen Closet Designs

Designs by Sarah J

Rona the Ribbiter Quilts

Quilt Fox Designs

Seam to Be Sew


Is this the first you've seen of the Stay Home and Shop Hop? Or maybe you missed a few shops along the way. Here are the first two lists, so you can be sure to see everyone. I'll be back again on Monday with the final list of shops.
Bequilter

Presto Avenue Designs

Cheryl Lynch Quilts

Love to Color My World

Hissyfitz Designs

Canton Village Quilt Works

Anjeanette Klinder Designs

Pat Sloan – The Voice of Quilting

Said With Love

Orange Blossom Quilt Design

DaySpring Quilt Company

Ms P Designs, USA  

Stitchin’ at Home

Sew Joy Creations

Ships & Violins

Patti’s Patchwork

Your Sewing Friend

The Geeky Bobbin

Colourwerx Designs

Kate Colleran Designs

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