Saturday, March 28, 2009

Mariner's Rhapsody

It was an honor to be asked to make the raffle quilt for the Minnesota Quilters 2009 Show in Duluth on June 11-13. Of course, life happens and I delayed production until the last -- and with some frightful moments and the help of friends, I completed and revealed the quilt on time at the January 8th MQ program meeting. It has everything that I was hoping for: high drama, evocative of Duluth - the Lake Superior shipping town, and twirly, whirly quilting.

I hope that it sells a lot of raffle tickets for the Minnesota Quilters.

Enjoy, Lori Allison

Thursday, March 26, 2009

Ace of Cakes DejaVu

Last year I made Ace of Cakes from the beautiful pastel "Dandelion Girl" by Fig Tree for Moda. I photographed it on a lovely spring day in the yard with a white frosted cake for the pattern cover and I was pretty happy with my creation -- and my photography. Except that my foster doggie, Sam, sneaked out under my feet, ran to my creation and lifted his leg on the table skirt! I actually had to laugh and a paper towel cleaned it just fine. I was more than a little relieved when Sammy got a wonderful forever home later in the summer.

My point -- and I do have one -- is that I found this beautiful "Hemming House" collection from Moda and I just had to make up this pattern in this rich, scrolly "Hemming House" fabric. I loved it in my house at Christmastime and I love it, even when it's not Christmas. It's just so warm and comfy in its traditional design.

Enjoy, Lori Allison