Thursday, September 30, 2021

Ruffle Duffle

 I found an adorable duffle bag pattern! It's a free tutorial from Bernina. Click the link to go to the tutorial:

  Ruffle Duffle Tutorial

Ruffle Duffle 1

Ruffle Duffle 2

Ruffle Duffle 3

The finished size of this duffle is 14.5" by 8" by 8" tall. I have kitted this project in case you want to make one too. The kit includes the laminate, the cotton webbing and a black zipper.

Ruffle Duffle Kit

You can click the link above to go directly to the item in my online shop. Or you can go to and click Shop>Kits and this one is probably the first one that will show up since I just added it to my online shop.

Wednesday, September 29, 2021

Wild from Dashwood Studios

I'm just wild about this new collection - pun intended. The name of the collection is Wild, from Dashwood Studios.

The panel is just adorable.

Wild Panel

And the coordinates are so sweet!

Wild coordinating fabrics

The squares in the panel are large, about 14" by 14". A super simple and adorable quilt idea is the cut the panel into 14" by 14" squares. Pick 6 of the coordinates to cut two each of the same size squares. The layout will be four squares across by 5 squares down. Just mix them up! The seventh fabric from the collection would be the border. You'd need 1/2 yard each of the 6 coordinates and 2 yards for the outer border plus binding.

The center without a border would measure 54" by 67.5". Add a 6" border and the finished size would be about 66" by 80" - a generous twin size. 

This collection is available in my shop and in my online shop. Just click the following link to go to the collection in my online shop: Wild.

Saturday, September 25, 2021

Southwest Quilt & Pillows

I made this sample back in June, but the fabrics just arrived last week.

Southwest Quilt

The panel has 6 squares, but only four of them are used in the quilt. The other two are used in pillows.

Southwest Pillow 1

Southwest Pillow 2

The colors in the pillow images are truer than the colors in the quilt image. The fabrics are shown below.

Southwest Fabrics

The quilt finishes at 60" by 60" while the pillows are 18" by 18". You can view all of the fabrics and the kit on my shop website. Click the following link to go directly to this collection on the shop website: Southwest

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Thursday, September 23, 2021

Summer Mountains

 This was a "group" project. One of my employees pieced this, my long arm quilter quilted it and I put on the binding.

Summer Mountains Quilt

The pattern includes instructions for two sizes of quilt. We made the smaller version (36" by 48"). The larger size finishes at 72" by 96". The pattern is available both in store and in our online shop. Click the following link to go directly to the pattern in my online shop: Summer Mountains

Tuesday, September 21, 2021

Have you tried ruler quilting?

 I started ruler quilting a few years ago after attending Quilt Market in Houston. I stopped by the Sew Steady booth and watched in wonder as it was demoed at the show by Donelle McAdams. I signed myself up to learn how to do this from Donelle and purchased all the stuff on the spot. Fast forward a few years and I've taught the beginner class I learned through the class with Donelle several times at my shop. When COVID hit Sew Steady pivoted quickly to offering high quality virtual classes. My shop has sponsored several of their virtual classes in the last year or so.

Nancy has taken several of their classes and recently finished the class project from Donelle's "Next Steps" class.

Nancy's Next Step Class Project

Linda took my very first beginner ruler quilting class several years ago and has quilted quite a few UFOs and other projects since then. Her latest finish is for a new grandbaby.

My shop is sponsoring another class from Donelle starting October 4, 2021. The class is called ...And Beyond! If you are interested in signing up you can sign up following the link below:

Sign up for Donelle's ... And Beyond! Class

All the details about the class can be found by following the link above. Signing up through my shop's link helps my shop. If I get enough sign-ups then I get to sponsor the class for free. I also get a small commission on anything you buy from Sew Steady for the class or you can just contact me directly to order what you need for you.

The great thing about these classes is that you can watch them live (and ask questions) or you can watch them later. With the multiple session classes like the ... And Beyond! class, you have 30 days after the LAST class to watch and rewatch ALL of the sessions of the class. Many of these classes are also available through Sew Steady University and if you purchase a Sew Steady University class then you own the class and can watch and rewatch forever.

For more information about Sew Steady University click here.

Monday, September 20, 2021

How Have You Been?

 Well...I don't know about you, but I got completely overwhelmed with running a business in the age of COVID. I found that I had no time or energy for anything extra, such as this blog. I focused on my Facebook business page and my Instagram page and my shop newsletter and website. However, I have missed this format. 

And, I opened a "real" online shop and closed my Etsy shop. The shop name is Alamosa Quilt Company, the same name as my physical shop.

So I'll start with a recent "finish". It isn't quilted yet, but hopefully I will get it to my quilter soon.

Warm Winter Wishes Fernanda

The pattern is Fernanda by Villa Rosa Designs. The fabric collection is Warm Winter Wishes from Studio E. The finished size will be 56" by 72". I plan to use the plain buffalo check from the collection for the binding and I will be using the border print from the collection for the backing.