Those Dreaded Dog Ears!

No matter how many triangles you have sewn, when faced with determining the correct size of a dog ear, are you still unsure how much of an overhang there should be?  I hope to take some of the mystery out of dog ears, and once you know the reasoning behind the mystery, hopefully you will no longer feel confused. 

half square triangles

Dog ears are those little bits of fabric that hang over the edge after sewing triangles.  The most basic comes from sewing 2 half-square triangles together.  You start with two same-sized triangles, sew along the long (bias) edge with a ¼” seam, matching the beginning and ending points.

Half-squareAfter pressing, you get a square with small triangles hanging off 2 sides.  Just trim the overhang off even with the sides of the newly created square.  I use a small pair of scissors which are always sitting to the right of my sewing machine for easy grabbing.

Let me interupt for a moment to clarify – when I say 1/4″ seam allowance, I really mean a scant 1/4″ seam allowance.  This is just 2 or 3 fibers of fabric less than a full quarter.  I’ve also explained this in the introductory pages of the Nature’s Jewels pattern.

The next type of dog ear is created when you sew a triangle onto another piece where the end result is a smooth continuous line.  Here’s one example – when you sew this red triangle onto the blue shape (a trapezoid which started out as a rectangle, with two corners trimmed off on a 45° angle).  These shapes are used in the plum and blue diamond border in Part 7 of Nature’s Jewels.

parts

After they are sewn, the outside edges will form a smooth uninterrupted line.  To achieve this, the size of the dog ear becomes important.  I like to place a straight pin over the two pieces simulating where the ¼” seam allowance will be – as if it was the thread.  The pin should hit just where at the crux of the 2 triangles.

Place pin along seamline

When you sew on the seamline, the thread will also hit right at the crux.  (I used contrasting thread for better visibility.)

Aim for crux

And after you press toward the triangle, trim the dog ears and you will have a straight edge on both sides of the triangle.  This tells you that you estimated the size of the dog ear successfully!

Trim dog ear; get straight edge

Another type of triangle/dogear is when you sew a triangle (or 2) to another triangle, like in a Flying Geese unit.  The important thing here is that when you then sew the Flying Geese unit to the next piece, you don’t cut off the tip of the center triangle.  And that is all dependent on having the correct size of dog ears.  There’s basic geometry involved here but I won’t bore you with the details!

The next set of photos will walk through this process.  These are the 3 triangles that make up one Flying Geese unit (or Flying Goose as my friend likes to say – that is just WRONG!)

 Parts of a Flying Geese unit

Place the right blue triangle over the red, right sides together. 

Right sides togetherBut this is not the way you’ll want to position it for sewing – it’s awkward to start at the crux.  So flip the pieces over so the red triangle is on top.

Position this way

Match the starting triangle points and pin if you prefer.  It’s the ending position that creates the dog ear we are concerned with.  Unlike the situations described above, in this case we want a dog ear that is bigger than you think it should be.  The seam should NOT meet at the crux, but before the crux.  I use a fine straight pin to simulate the 1/4″ seam, and make sure the dog ear is bigger as shown below.

Use pin to simulate seamThen place the pin just before the important crux, taking just a little fabric so it can’t shift over the pin.  You’ll sew almost right up to the pin so the top triangle doesn’t shift.

Pin placement

This is what the seam will look like.

Larger than you think

So you can see that the seam didn’t hit at the crux.  When pressed (toward the smaller triangle), you’ll see that the dog ear extends beyond the red triangle.  Do not trim the dog ear as you will use it as a reference for the next step.

A little extra

Next, place the 2nd blue triangle on top (rights sides together), aiming to have the same size dog ear as the first (think German shepherd).

Same size dog ear

This time, you will sew to the crux.  I could have done a teeny bit better job in my sample, but it is close enough to not fret about.  Hear’s how it looks sewn:

Aim for the crux.

The dog ears look to be about the same size.  That will give you a smooth edge across the top when pressed.

Flat across top

Having this extra-big dog ear will ensure that when you sew the Flying Geese to the next piece, you can take a 1/4″ seam allowance and not cut off the peak of the red triangle.  There’s nothing more obvious than blunt-tipped triangles!

Quarter inch for next seam

Quarter inch without cutting off tip of triangle

Then when you’re done, trim the dog ears even with the sides of the newly formed rectangle.  In certain cases I like to leave the double-dog ear until I’ve sewn the next seam, as a reminder that I need to pay attention at that exact point to not cut off the tip of the triangle.  After I sew the seam, then I trim the dog ear.

Trim the Dog earss.

This is the exact same size dog ear you would use when making a square-in-a-square unit.

Parts of square-in-a-square unit

First sew the red triangles to opposite sides of the square, keeping the non-bias square on top while sewing.  The dog ears should be of the extra big type as shown in the Flying Geese unit.

Sew 2 triangles

Press toward the triangle – do not trim the dog ears!  Next place, pin and sew the 2 blue triangles to the unit, making the dog ears the same size as the red ones.  Stitch aiming for the crux.

Double dog ears

Press toward the triangles and you should have a smooth, straight edge on each side of the new square.  Trim the dog ears even with the edges of the square.

Straight line when pressed

There may be other instances where dog ear size varies, but these are the most common.  Do take the time to use the straight pin to simulate the 1/4″ seam.  After doing that a few dozen times, you’ll be able to judge by sight without the pin.

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Determining Right/Wrong Side of Batiks and Dyed Fabrics

For those of you about to begin your Nature’s Jewels quilt and for those of you just curious – here is my tip about how to know which side of your batik or hand-dyed fabric to use as the face-up side. 

Some quilters hesitate to call them “right” and “wrong” sides of the fabric, but the fact is, in the making of these fabrics, the wax and often the dyes are applied to one side making that a preferable side to use as the right side.  So in this article, I’ll continue to use those terms, and if you prefer to think of them differently, just translate in your mind!

Some background first…there is a difference between batiks and hand-dyed fabrics.  Batiks will have used a wax-resist technique to show a featured motif over a dyed background. 

Batiks with Motifs

Batiks with Motifs

This could be something as simple as an all-over dot pattern, or as elaborate as large flowers, foliage or geometric designs.  Dyed fabrics will not have that motif, and are more likely to look like a texture than an image. 

Dyed Fabrics

Dyed Fabrics

For an overview of how batiks are made, check out the videos here: The Batik Man and take a look at the photo galleries at the Batiks by Mirah website. 

I’m going to first show you some fabrics with obvious right and wrong sides.  After that, I’ll show fabrics used in Nature’s Jewels.  I’ll bet after you see a few examples, you’ll be able to tell without my help.

I always find with batiks (with a motif), it is easier first to look for the WRONG side.  The batik below is a good example.  The first photo shows the wrong side.  Places where wax was used – in this case in large quantities – have small splotches or spots on the motif that is obviously not part of the intended design.  This just means that the wax didn’t fully saturate through the fabric.

Speckles - Wrong Side

Speckles – Wrong Side

Looking at the same area on the right side, the motif is clearer and more filled in with color.

No Speckles- Right Side

No Speckles- Right Side

So the clearer side is the right side – the side the wax was applied.  Can you use both sides as the right side?  If your pieces are small – sure.  But if you are using large pieces or using it for borders where you want to be consistent on all 4 side, better to stick with just one choice – whichever you prefer (in this case the right side is definitely more attractive).

Here’s another similar example:

Wrong Side

Wrong Side

See all of the splotches in the turquoise motif?  Now see the view of the right side.

Right Side

Right Side

Definitely clearer.  Don’t worry about every last line or dot – some of those seen in the above photo are part of the nature of the wax and of the process.  I just look for the side with fewer of the discrepancies, because I pefer the motif to look crisper and clearer. 

Here’s a batik with attaractive qualities on both sides.  The wrong side is shown on top, and the more yellow right side on bottom.  Notice more of the blue comes through in the square motif on the bottom half.  I would tend to use both sides just for fun, especially in a scrappy quilt, because they are each so interesting. 

Yellow/Red Batik

And here is a dyed fabric, where it is obvious the dyes were added to the right side of the fabric (top half of the photo), giving a richer, more intense appearance.  In this case, I wouldn’t use the wrong side (bottom half of photo) at all – unless it suited a specific purpose.

Dyed Fabric -- Right and Wrong Sides

Dyed Fabric — Right and Wrong Sides

OK – so now you have a pretty good idea of what to look for – more intense color and clarity of the motif.  We’ll look at the fabrics used in Nature’s Jewels.  I’ve used about half batiks and half hand-dyes in this project, and I’ll admit that on some it’s hard to tell which is the right side.  And again – if it’s too much work to distinguish, just use the pieces as they come.  Oh – I should tell you that there is no consistency as to which side is face out on a bolt of fabric.  It could be the right or the wrong side so don’t use that as your guide!

Leaf Batik - Wrong Side

Leaf Batik – Wrong Side

I’ll start with the batiks – especially the ones with more wax coverage (larger motifs).  The main leaf print is a perfect example.  Both of these photos (above and below) show speckles on the leaf design – both show the wrong side.

More Spots on Leaf Print

More Spots on Leaf Print

I didn’t bother to show right side because you can just imagine that the leaves are more filled in and clearer on the right side.  The same goes with the peacock feather motif below.

Feathers - Speckled Side

Feathers – Speckled Side

I chose the most obvious places to point out the speckles.  But another thing to look out for on these batiks is that the overall colors of the background and motifs are prettier, richer and more colorful on the right side.

In the green filligree batik, see the wrong side then right side – look at the lighter portions of the motif.  I’ll bet you’re getting the hang if it now!

Green Batik -- Wrong Side

Green Batik — Wrong Side

Green Batik -- Right Side

Green Batik — Right Side

Now moving on to some of the smaller motifs – the polka dots – that have less wax coverage.  These are harder to tell but I think the Midnight with big dots is the easiest: 

Circles Less Distinct

Circles Less Distinct

The dots aren’t clear so they don’t show on the background as well as they do in the photo below.

Well-Defined Circles

Well-Defined Circles

The batiks with the small dots are even hearder to distinguish, but the orange dot definitely has a more attractive side.

Rich VS dull Sides

Rich VS Dull Sides

Notice how much brighter the top half is and how much clearer the dots are on the top (right side).  Can you tell the difference on the cream dot below?

Cream Dots

Cream Dots

I like the upper right side because there is so much more color in the dots.  And another reason I chose to use that side is because of the huge value difference between this fabric and ALL of the others in the Nature’s Jewels quilt.  So I chose the side that bridged the gap a little better.  If I had used the lighter side, the difference would have been even greater (maybe too great).

Moving on to the dyed fabrics from Nature’s Jewels, I almost always choose the side with more details. That means more value difference, more speckly places – just more interest.  So that means it is usually easier to find the RIGHT side on these fabrics.

Tons of Detail

Tons of Detail

Still gorgeous, but less distinction.

Fewer Distinct Details

Fewer Distinct Details

I confess – even though this is one of the most amazing fabrics, I chose to use the wrong side face up because I felt that the right side was too busy for this project.  The sharp lines on the right side created a false impression of a seam that I didn’t want.  And in the border elements where I used this fabric, I tried to use the pieces that were the most green and the least red so that they looked different from the red squares opposite each of these pieces.

Gold Dyed Fabric - Speckled Side

Gold Dyed Fabric – Speckled Side

Here’s another dyed fabric in the quilt.  Above you can see more speckles – more details. Below – less interest.  OK – I admit it’s harder to tell on this one. 

Gold Dyed Fabric - Fewer Speckles

Gold Dyed Fabric – Fewer Speckles

So when you do your quilt, don’t worry about it!  What was more important here was the flow from one piece to the next (see the center portion of the quilt).  That meant using whichever side achieved the best continuity.

And the last one I have to show if the beautiful blue Bayou dyed fabric.  Both sides warmed my insides, but I preferred the side that showed more of the green mixed in.

Blue/Green Dyed Fabric

Blue/Green Dyed Fabric

Now that you know how to tell one side from the other, how important is it that you pay attention to the right and wrong side of the fabrics? It’s only as important as you want to make it.  Here are some points to consider:

  • You can use either or both sides of these fabrics and still have an effective quilt. 
  • Sometimes you may choose the brighter side because you intend to make a brighter quilt, and the same holds true for the opposite – you may choose the less vibrant side to tame down a fabric.
  • If you can’t tell – or have to struggle to tell the difference on a fabric, then just take the pieces as they come.  Don’t spend the extra time if the overall effect will be the same.

This is a subject that I can go on and on about, but I hope this is enough to let you stop wondering if there is a right and wrong side. 

I’d love to hear feedback.  Look for more tips soon!

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Laurie’s 2 New Patterns Showing at Quilt Market in Portland

A little known fact about my early quilting years is that more than half my quilts were made from solids and solid fabrics featured prominently in the other 50% of my quilts.  I remember my favorite fabric was a beautiful periwinkle color from Gutcheon Patchwork, Inc.  And of course I owned every one of Rachel Pellman’s books on Amish quilts.

Well, my love for rich, beautiful colors displayed in their simplest form has been rekindled by Jason Yenter’s Modern Solids from In The Beginning Fabrics.  They are a chambray weave, with the warp and weft being two slightly different colors, which gives the fabrics an extra depth not achieved by regular solids.

And, as I work for In The Beginning during the day (saving my evenings for my pattern business), I am lucky to have had the sample yardage available for me to play with for a while now.  And I think I’ve come up with 2 new designs that show them to their best.

First is Wiggle Room, a small (41″ x 52″) kids’ quilt, wallhanging or lap quilt, which has a geometric, modern look with a bit of fun added.  I used all solids, but I know this would also look great featuring your favorite print as the background.  Notice the pieced binding for an extra treat (optional).

Wiggle Room by Laurie Shifrin Designs

Wiggle Room by Laurie Shifrin Designs

The second pattern, Urban Setting Placemats and Tablerunner, would look good on anyone’s table, whether they have a modern, craftsman, or traditional home.  The grays in Jason’s collection are amazing, and, anyone who knows me knows I have a thing for teals and greens!  I can picture this set of table toppers in my 26 year old niece’s apartment (she’s a very modern young woman), or on an old oak table under bright Fiesta ware or even white china.

New Pattern: Urban Setting Placemats and Tablerunner

Urban Setting Placemats and Tablerunner

If you’re going to be in Portland, OR, the weekend of May 17-19 for Quilt Market (a wholesale only show), be sure to stop by the In The Beginning booth to check out my quilts.  The patterns will be available in July, but I can take advance orders now (wholesale or retail)!

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Nature’s Jewels Block of the Month Quilt

Wow – it’s been way too long since I’ve written!  And what’s prompted me now is that I can’t wait to show you my newest pattern, which is my exciting new Block of the Month quilt.  This is my 2nd collaboration with Hoffman California Fabrics and I couldn’t be happier with the results!

Nature's Jewels Block of the Month Quilt

Nature’s Jewels Block of the Month Quilt new from Laurie Shifrin Designs

I’ve called it Nature’s Jewels because I used the rich, fully saturated jewel tones found in an autumn woodland.  Many elements of the design resemble stars and crowns filled with faceted jewels, and are repeated throughout the quilt to further enforce the theme.  

Corner Portion of Nature's Jewels

And the pieced border carries that theme all the way to the edges of the quilt.  I hope you’ll look at a close up of the quilt above as there is so much to see and so many details you won’t want to miss.

Hoffman Batiks in Fall Colors

When I received the gorgeous fabrics from Hoffman, I was immediately immersed in memories from my years living in New York and Connecticut.  There, as the trees changed from their summer to fall colors, leaves were bursting with lush burgundies, rich golds, dark corals and deep plums, set amidst the rich evergreens, all with the intense blue sky backdrop.  I knew that is what I would capture with this quilt.

Center of Nature's Jewels

I made the center unit stand out as the main focal point, by using the rich wheat tonal as a background.  The small, cream dot squares are little sparkling points of light amongst the facets of the center crown of jewels.  And you can just see the burgundy triangles encroaching on the dark green border, resembling the prongs holding the precious jewels in a treasured ring.

You’ll see by looking at the quilt, that this quilt is a little easier than the last one – Ripples and Reflections. While this is still a quilt for the intermediate quilter, Nature’s Jewels is composed of simple snowball blocks and strip-pieced shadow blocks.

Nature's Jewels Shadow Blocks and Snowball Blocks

There are not as many small pieces and way fewer triangles and bias edges!!!  And to make it even easier, this time I will have more in-depth instructions – including finished sizes of all units made (which I left out last time!) – and I’ll put additional monthly tips on this blog.

Hoffman made a special header, created just to show the fabrics I used.  Check it out at the following link (page 15 lower right for the header and page 29 for the quilt):

http://www.hoffmanfabrics.com/content/content-article.asp?ArticleID=187

I was so pleased with the reception of Ripples and Reflections, and I’m even more excited about this new project.  I think anyone who enjoys watching the seasons change will want to make Nature’s Jewels.  Now I just have to get to work on the pattern, which will be available early 2013.

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Caribbean Cruise Meets Hurricane-Force Winds

Remember that cruise I was set to teach on? You know, the one heading to the Caribbean in OCTOBER!!?  Hurricane season???  Well we went and had a wonderful time, which I’ll tell you about in a future post.  But first, let me tell you about the wild adventure we had on the day of departure.  I realize that this is a long story but one that promises all of the excitement and terrror of a best-selling novel (not really).

The day before, I had flown into Orlando in the middle of very heavy rains.  I heard afterward that they got 9″ of rain that day!  And that’s just a preview of things to come.Wndy Port Canaveral

When we got to Port Canaveral where our ship, Freedom of the Seas (Royal Caribbean), was docked, I noticed all of the palm trees blowing quite strongly, and within minutes of standing in line in the open wind, my mass of hair was one big tangle. 

We boarded around 1:30pm after a very organized process of moving thousands of people – how do they do that so well?  During our muster (standing on deck learning about emergency procedures) it was getting even windier.   There were 2 other ships at port – here’s the Disney Mickey.

Disney Ship at Port

We set sail (ooh that sounds so nautical) at 4:30pm, right on schedule.  This is what the waters looked like as we were pulling away from port – pretty ominous.  Turbulent Waters

Our quilting group was scheduled for the first dinner seating at 6pm.  By then, we all looked like that commercial where the woman is walking at a tilt because she needs more fiber in her diet.  

We enjoyed meeting our waiters and having a yummy appetizer and main course, although the side-to-side rolling was getting more severe.  Our Waiters Wilfred and KarenWe were seated near the starboard side windows in a huge dinning room that seats about 2000 guest at a time.  There was lightning at a constant pace (every few seconds), and the waves were crashing up against the windows (getting more exciting by the minute).  You can watch this short YouTube video  from that time.

 We’d been mostly rolling to the left, but then we started having even deeper rolls to the right and the stacks of dishes at the wait stations started crashing to the floor, and the service carts the wait staff was using to clear dishes started crashing into tables, dumping their contents on the floor. Waiters were being pushed around, one near us ended up sprawled over a neighboring table. 

There was a weird hush as announcements were made over the loudspeakers telling us not to worry, but at the same time, many of the frightened young children were crying out in fear.  Many people were having nausea issues (if you get my drift) and some were being wheelchaired out of the dinning room.  (To see more YouTube videos, just search Freedom of the Seas, October 9, 2011)

I was giving great thanks to the anti-nausea patch I had worn as well as the Dramamine supplement.  And it really was quite exciting – I was never fearful that we would capsize.  And besides, even though we’d learned about the small emergency boats during muster – there was no way any of us wanted to be on a small boat in this storm!!!  Side view of Ship - small rescue boats

And if it weren’t for the people who were sick or hurt, it would have been like a wild amusement park ride.

We learned the next day that winds that were supposed to max out around 40 mph had quickly escalated to 109 mph (that’s hurricane force).  The huge shift in direction of the rolls was because the captain had taken the ship out of autopilot and was trying to turn the almost 1200 foot long ship (that’s 4 football fields!) into the wind, but that’s apparently a slow process due to the size of the ship and force of the winds.  And he later told us that once he got that accomplished, the winds shifted 180 degrees in a matter of seconds.  So I imagine they were sweating pretty hard in the steering room (don’t know the proper name for that).  If you want to hear the captain explaining what happened, click on this YouTube link.

 ANYWAY, it wasn’t safe for us to leave the dinning room as there was broken glass everywhere and lots of liquid on the slick floors outside of the dinning room.  While we had been having our adventure in the dinning room, things were as bad elsewhere on the ship.  On the Promenade level, where all of the shops are, the entire contents of the liquor shop crashed to the floor, as well as in the various eateries, perfume shop, etc.  In the casino, not only had the liquor come crashing down, but so did the slot machines.  I heard it was a free-for-all when the quarters spilled out of the slots. 

After what seemed like an hour of us holding onto the remaining dishes on our table, wondering what would be next, we were told that the safest place for us would be in our staterooms (bedrooms to you non-cruisers), and to make our way slowly there.  Well, that’s all well and good, but we were on the 3rd floor for dinner, and most people had rooms up to level 9 – the elevators were shut down and there was one large staircase at that end of the ship – and the ship was rolling.  

So what seemed like thousands of us started the slow trek up the stairs.  I noticed a tall older woman (whom I soon learned was named Gwen) having to rest every few steps, and decided to stay with her until she made it to her room.  Well, she had just had 2 knee replacements and wasn’t ever planning to take the stairs on this trip.  So we let everyone else pass, and slowly but surely we made it up to the 9th floor.  I stayed with her in her room until her roommate arrived, and had a very lovely chat.  She was on a family reunion with 15 other family members.  They do a cruise every year in October (why they chose the Caribbean during hurricane season beats me). 

After I was sure she was ok, I headed to my own room.  Well – we had a room with a sliding glass door to a balcony, and the wind was so strong that it forced the rain and sea spray through the sliding door.  We had rivers streaming across our carpet.  Thankfully my roommate had gotten there before me and she had stuffed towels along the balcony door so it was limited to small rivers. Other rooms had floods! Ship Roommates Brenda and Laurie

Within another few hours, the rolling became a little calmer, which made it easy to fall asleep, only to be woken up by the phone at 1:10am.  It was just the ship’s staff calling to make sure we were both safe in our room! 

The next morning, all was calm and we had hot sunny days after that.  I’ll write more later about the rest of the cruise, which included fun classes and island visits.

I do have to say that the crew of the ship handled the whole thing wonderfully, and within 2 days the ship looked as it did before the storm – fully stocked, dry and clean (if not a little musty in places).  For the remainder of the cruise, carpets in our staterooms were being replaced – they actually carry a huge supply of custom made carpet on the ship for such emergencies.  The experience made for a good story, and I feel it brought out the best in most people (the quarter scavengers excluded).

Oh, by the way, the other 2 ships that were supposed to depart when we did, were held at port for 2 days!

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International Quilt Market – Houston

No – I’m not going to be in Houston this year, but I will be well represented by my quilts!  For those of you who don’t know, International Quilt Market is a wholesale show which happens twice a year – every Fall it’s in Houston, and in Spring it rotates through 4 or 5 cities -Salt Lake City, Minneapolis, Portland (OR), Pittsburgh, and occasionally others.  At this show, manufacturers of fabrics, pattern designers, notions and book companies and other quilty companies have a chance to show quilt shop owners what’s new and what will be coming available for the next 6 months (in the case of fabrics).

Mango Tango made from new Island Batik fabrics

Mango Tango made from new Island Batik fabrics

It’s a huge – really enormous – display, and also features various quilt shows including the Hoffman Challenge quilts, dolls and garments.  Shop owners can research and plan for all of the fun things you’ll see in their shops, trying to find the next new trend, cool gadget, or best-selling book or pattern.  They can also get ideas for displays, new classes, and just how to bring the best, most interesting products to you, their customers. 

Over the years, I have been to almost 20 Markets, as an author doing book signings, as buyer when I was manager of In The Beginning, as a fabric salesman also for In The Beginning, and doing schoolhouses, which are mini classes for the shop owners on a variety of subjects.  I most often talk about the wonder of batiks and how to use my patterns and books to promote batiks in their shops. 

Batik Gems book by Laurie Shifrin

Batik Gems by Laurie Shifrin

Some day, I may also have a booth to sell my patterns, but it is no small expense, and I just haven’t taken that leap.  But this year, as most years, I will have a number of quilts on display.  I often work with the various batik and cotton manufacturers to make quilts using their newest fabrics and my designs.  You could often find my quilts on display with Princess Mirah/Bali Fab, Island Batik, Hoffman California Fabrics, and In The Beginning.

This year, I’m pleased to have a Mango Tango quilt using new batiks at Island Batik’s booth (shown above).  Also in their booth will be the Ten Pack quilt which I recently taught on a Caribbean cruise (more on that later). 

September Tango

 With In The Beginning, I’ll have my Mango Tango quilt and Making Waves placemats and tablerunner using Lida Enche’s September Light line – which I’ve raved about in earlier posts and sell kits for.Making Waves with September Light fabrics

 And my Ripples and Reflections quilt will be showing after Market for Festival, which is a retail show the week after Market in the same convention center. 

Ripples and Reflections quilt by Laurie Shifrin

Ripples and Reflections quilt by Laurie Shifrin

You can get up close and personal with my quilt in the Fabric Fanatics booth.   So if any of you are in the Houston area November 3-6, be sure to stop by the George R. Brown Convention Center for an overwhelming but incredible chance to shop shop shop!

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New Kits Available

My shipment of fabrics arrived yesterday from In The Beginning, and I am now proud to offer 3 new kits made from September Light by Lida Enche.  I have a longer post about the fabric line if you scroll down a bit. 

September Tango

The Mango Tango quilt done in Lida’s fabrics turned out great – I like it even better than the original Mango Tango quilt! Kits are available in 3 quilt sizes.

Making Waves tablerunner and placemats

I also have kits of the Making Waves placemats and tablerunner pictured above – and they’re available in 2 colorways.  Just click here  for more information about these kits.  Let me know what you think of my new offerings – this is a new endeavor for me and I’m pretty excited!

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