Monday, July 30, 2012


Okay, so it's only for two split seconds; but still cool nonetheless.  My MAZED quilt and pattern was on TV...Eeeeee!  You can find the clip here on the Great Day St. Louis website. 

Some time ago, Great Day St. Louis, visited Fabric Nosherie to do a tutorial.  If you watch the clip, you'll see that they show you snapshots of the store and all the wonderful goodies and fabulous fabrics found there. MAZED quilt and pattern was included in the quick snapshot.

Then, at the end of the segment, you can see it in the background. 

It is a GREAT Day, Thanks :-)

Sunday, July 29, 2012

Apropos 301st post

I think it's exciting that my 301st post should somewhat closely coincide with the 5th anniversary of my little blog, St. Louis Folk Victorian.  Happy Anniversary!!!

If that wasn't enough excitement, I'm proud to announce several upcoming events that I've been preparing for behind the scenes.  Those that know me, know how much I enjoy sharing my passion for Modern Quilting with others; so I couldn't be more excited to be presenting two programs and two workshops on the subject this month.

Friday, August 10th
Modern Quilting -- The Ins & Outs of this movement
Hosted by: Thimble & Thread Quilt Guild, St. Louis  -  Missouri

Tuesday, August 21st
Modern Quilting -- The Ins & Outs of this movement
Hosted by: TNT Quilt Guild, Glen Carbon  -  Illinois

Saturday, August 25th
Wonk-ified Workshop
Hosted by: TNT Quilt Guild, Glen Carbon  -  Illinois

Saturday, September 1st
Improv Workshop
Hosted by: Fabric Nosherie, Webster Groves  -  Missouri
  • Join in on the fun, as I share with you my techniques for Improv piecing.  Each student will piece at least two blocks and leave with the confidence to do more.  If you have always wanted to try this technique, but have been afraid to dive in, now is the time to do it. 
Workshop Sample made for Fabric Nosherie


And of course, if you are in and around the St. Louis area, I welcome you to visit our next St. Louis Modern Quilt Guild meeting; which is Saturday, August 11th.

It's always a wonderful time and this upcoming meeting is no different, as we will be revealing the quilts made for the Inspiration Challenge.

Friday, July 27, 2012

Giveaway Winner

Thanks to everyone who commented on my last post regarding my Christmas in July Block-A-Thon tutorial.  I asked what song has been on constant repeat on your iPod and thanks to you I have a whole list of songs that I need to go check out now.

As you know, all this week, you've had the chance to win a Design Roll of Amy Butler's "Cameo" collection, courtesy of FreeSpirit Fabrics.

Now's the moment you all have been waiting for, the winner is.......

Congratulations, Lynne!!!

Look for an email in your Inbox.

Thanks again to everyone who participated and don't forget to link up your Christmas in July Block-A-Thon Blocks in our Flickr group.

Monday, July 23, 2012

Christmas in July Block-A-Thon + Giveaway

Hi Everyone!
Thanks for stopping by.  It's my turn to share with you the blocks that I created for the Christmas in July Block-A-Thon.  The tutorials can be found on FreeSpirit Fabric's blog this morning.  Yep, just call me an overachiever...I was lucky enough to contribute two blocks to this Block-A-Thon.

Remember, if you are sewing along, make sure that you upload your progress to the Flickr group.

Now, please make sure that you check out the other Bloggers participating too. 

July 2th – Heather at Fiberosity
July 5nd – Pat Sloan
July 6th – Melanie at Melanie Dramatic
July 9th – Pam at Pam Kitty Morning
July 11th – Kelsey at Kelsey Creates
July 13th – Katie at Swim Bike Quilt
July 16th – Kim at Persimon Dreams
July 18th – Amanda at Sasikirana
July 20th – Jane at QuiltJane
July 23th – Kristy at St Louis Folk Victorian
July 25th – Kimberly at Fat Quarter Shop
July 27th – Lee at Freshly Pieced
July 30th – Jennifer at MJ and Co
August 1st – Mishka at Quilting Gallery
August 3rd – Tiffiny at Free Patchwork Quilt Info
August 6th – Tacha at Fat Quarterly
August 8th – Megan at Canoe Ridge Creations
August 10th – Jocelyn at It’s Sew Emma
August 13th – Final Quilt Reveal!

FreeSpirit Fabrics has generously provided an Amy Butler -Cameo- Design Roll for me to giveaway on my blog. 
Giveaway Rules:

----------GIVEAWAY CLOSED-------------
Leave 1 comment below answering this question...
"What song has been on constant repeat on your iPod lately?"

For additional entries, leave a separate comment for each of the below if they apply and remember if you already do any of the below, tell me so.

Make sure that you include an email address, Flickr Name, etc in your comment if you are a No-Reply Blogger. If you don't know what a No-Reply Blogger is, check this out.

--Drawing will close on Friday, July 27th at 8pm (CST).
  --A winner will be selected by Random Generator, they will be contacted and
their name posted on this blog too. Remember, don't be a No-Reply Blogger.
--If I cannot get in touch with the winner by Sunday, July 29th another name will be drawn.
--International friends are welcome to enter too.

!! Good Luck !!
Oh, and one more thing...I have comment moderation on because of those Nasty Spammers,
so your comments will show up throughout the day, NOT immediately

Sunday, July 15, 2012

Off the To-Do List

Project #1:  I've had this WIP sitting around for a little over two years.  Slowly it's been coming together; but with several upcoming events happening in August it was just the kick in the pants that I needed to at least get the top pieced. 

It likely won't get quilted for another several months; but at least it looks better then a pile of blocks sitting in a box. 

Project #2:  I picked up some coordinating orange and yellow fabrics at Fabric Nosherie last week.

And two hours later, I had these blocks finished.  

Guess What?? They are part of an Improv Workshop that I'm teaching in September.  If you've always wanted to try your hand at Improv; but can't seem to get the hang of it or are afraid of messing it up (which of course is impossible) then stay tuned as I'll have all the information you need to know as it becomes available.

Now if you excuse me, I have a few more things to get off of that To-Do List. 

Friday, July 13, 2012

What's a little Confetti Amongst Friends

You've likely heard me mention the Lou Bee Girls before; but you really don't understand how much I truly adore these Ladies.  It all started with this...

The STLMQG was expanding by leaps and bounds and a few of us decided to start a small quilting bee where we could take turns making blocks for one another; with the hope that at the end of a year's cycle, we each would have a quilt to call our own.

Several "group" names were tossed around including: Sew Saint Lou, St. Louis Seam Ripping Society, Stitch to my Lou, St. Louis Thread Company, etc.  Somehow we decided to agree on "Meet Me In St. Lou"; which because of it's length quickly became "Lou Bee".

To our surprise a few months later, Juli Ann, our resident Artist created this amazing logo.  If you look carefully, you'll see that she intrically added each member's name (Cara, Grace, Jamie, Jessica, Kristy (Me), Juli Ann, Laura, Lynne and Mary Claire).

In July of 2011, I started off our bee with an Improv Confetti block similiar to what I had seen here. While I had wanted to choose a crazy bold color for the background, the pressure was too much and I decided on two shades of beige...BORING!!! 

Yet, once I added a scrappy mix of fabrics in yellow, orange and red; I was confident in my decision to use beige as the background.

The Lou Bee Ladies didn't disappoint and the following month I received 16 completely unique Improv blocks with the most intricate detail.  I sadly let those blocks sit for 9 months afraid of how I should piece them together.

Finally, at our Sew-In this past April; I was determined to get them pieced together and as you can see...I did.

The quilt top sat like that for another 3 months and finally this past weekend I felt confident enough to finish.  Having limited machine quilting abilities (straight stitch and intentional wonky-stitch), I decided to tackle this with horizontal stitching measuring 1" apart. 

As soon as I finished that last stitch, cut that last thread and pulled it away from my machine, I knew that I had finished something truly magical.  This quilt will be a constant reminder of the women that I am honored to call my Friends.

In the words of writer, Anais Nin:  "Each friend represents a world in us, a world possibly not born until they arrive, and it is only by this meeting that a new world is born."

Thank You from the bottom of my heart !

Wednesday, July 11, 2012

Almost There

There's more then a few projects that I'm working on and yet only 1 of them is truly near completion.

My LouBee Quilt is nearly done, it's only waiting for some binding now.  This quilt came about thanks to these lovely ladies in my LouBee Quilting Bee (Mary Claire, Lynne, JuliAnn, Cara, Laura, Jessica, Jamie, Grace).

I didn't realize until this morning that I had started this particular quilt journey in July of 2011. So it's apropos that I'm now finishing it a year later :-)


You may have seen my previous post, where I introduced my Modernized D9P concept. 

Well, Ann literally ran with it and has started her own Modernized D9P Quilt.  You can see her progress here.


Finally, the team over at The Modern Quilt Guild finally released the Lecture/Workshop schedule for QuiltCon this past Monday.  If you don't know what QuiltCon is, head on over to their page.  If you want to check out the Lecture/Workshop schedule yourself, here it is.

As I was reading the schedule, it reminded me alot of college; when I was trying to decide what classes to take.  Making lists upon lists in case this class or lecture filled up and I had to switch to this one, or this one.  Registration opens August 30th.


Come back next week, as I'll be sharing lots of photos of my finished LouBee Quilt with you all.  Until then, Happy Sewing!!

Sunday, July 1, 2012

Modernized D9P

Today, I'm going to show you the process that I used to make a "Modernized D9P" or Disappearing Nine Patch.  Each quilters results will vary depending upon the Block Layouts they choose; but this Ride-Along will help guide you along the way.

If you are unfamiliar with the Disappearing Nine Patch, one quick Google search can provide hundreds of examples.  I of course couldn't leave well-enough alone and wanted to tweak the block, taking this simple concept one step further by utilizing negative space.  It's a simple change that creates wonderful results.

The block is fairly simple in that you are sewing 9 squares of fabric together and then quartering them.  What makes this "Modernized D9P" different is two things.
  1. Instead of using 9 printed fabrics in a single block, you use only 4; the balance is your background fabric.
  2. You use multiple Block Layouts in a single quilt. 

Below is an illustration showing you a handful of Block Layout options using the 4 + 5 concept.  There are certainly more then I have shown here and I encourage you to create your own too.  The greater variety of Block Layouts you use in a single quilt, the more unique it will look.

Here are the Block Layouts that I choose to use in my quilt.  As I wanted to make 9 blocks, I just duplicated some of my favorites.

Below in an illustration showing you how the blocks will look once quartered, see the variety.

Once you have sewn together, then quartered all of your blocks, you can begin laying out the assorted pieces into a pleasing arrangement.  This is the fun part, as you can really play with the negative space.

All that's left to do is sew the blocks into rows, and then sew the rows together, sandwich, quilt and bind.  Ta-Da!! you have just created your very own Modernized D9P.

If you have used my Modernized D9P or any of my patterns or tutorials, please share your photos and blog posts with me.  You can use #modernizedD9P and tag @LoveOldHouses on Instagram. 

I love seeing what you do and will add them to my “Inspired by my Patterns” board on Pinterest.

The prints in this quilt are from Lotta Jansdotter's Bella collection from Windham Fabrics.