Welcome to L’Fair Quilts! I’m a wife, mom, quilter and pattern designer for Black Cat Creations. Following a 41-year career with local government, retirement has now afforded me time for new quilting adventures. Much to my surprise, the transition has been easy.
For the 3rd week of February, the Scrappy Triangle Units (light blue and purple) were made for later assembly of pinwheels. They will be used to alternate/compliment the star blocks from last week. At the end of the year, I will mix up the colors and assemble pinwheels. This particular project will continue to be a work in progress on the design wall.
For the 2nd week of February, the Scrappy Star Blocks (Light blue and purple) were born from the left-overs of the 4P/9P Blocks. They finish at 12" and will be alternating with next week's 12" Pinwheel blocks (all set on point) -- well .... this is the plan for now.
This quilt is mine! With the first two "Samantha Claire's" traveling with Black Cat Creations, I really wanted to make one of my own. I love to make little units as a "Leader/Enders" all year, so it came together quickly. Perfect size to drape over my new bedroom lazy-boy chair.
The real excitement -- I was able to use this fabric that I purchased about 20 years ago. I only had 4 yards, so I kept it around until the perfect project came along -- one that would be mine to keep. Looking closer, it was designed by THE Jean Wells! (c1995). I am a big fan of both Jean and her daughter Valori Wells, so this was a nice surprise.
First, I have to admit....I am not a Football fan. However, our NOLA Saints were playing an important game yesterday. I gathered all my chain piecing to finger press in front of the TV and keep my hubby company. First half, it was not going well -- I felt like I had jinxed them (after all, I had not watched a game this season). So I gathered up my little pieces and headed back to my sewing room.
During the game I added a few of the sashing units to the wall, just to preview "On Ringo Lake" mystery quilt by Bonnie Hunter (Quiltville)...then went back to check on the game...still not going good.
Then the second half of the game the Saints started happening! I stayed put .... needed to finish quilting this baby quilt for "Mia Cate".
Quilting done on "Licorice Whip" (64" x 64", Black Cat Creations)...ready for binding. Then it was time to check on the Saints game....
OMG, my husband was beside himself. The Saints were winning with only seconds left -- I sat down and tearfully watched as the Vikings made a touchdown and won the game. I looked over at my husband and he was in a trance. I scurried out as fast as I could before he came out of it. Whew, just in time. The Times Picayune headlines, "Expletive, Expletive, Expletive" about sums it up.
This morning, my son and husband went hunting -- those poor ducks!
On Ringo Lake -- Along with thousands of quilters, I have been working on my version of Bonnie Hunter's Mystery Quilt. I did not have a lot of the corals, but had plenty of reds, tans and grays. All of my units are done, however making the blocks and sashing are being worked in between other projects.
Below is a baby quilt for a new little cousin in Katy, Texas, "Mia Cate" .... I went with one of my favorite patterns, "Licorice Whip", published by Black Cat Creations. The 64" X 64" quilt is large enough for the baby to grow into. All basted and ready for quilting.
And...below is my completed Bonnie Hunter Mystery Quilt from last year, En Provence. This one stayed on the back of my sewing room door for months waiting to be quilted! Finished just in time to start the New Mystery.
Although very cold outside, the sun was shining which made it hard to see the quilting design -- just simple swirls.
Close to 28 years ago, Paulette and I began working together. It's now her turn to begin a new journey -- RETIREMENT -- and spending more time with three little granddaughters! When her retirement date was set, I knew the perfect pattern was "Have Faith", using colors and prints I hoped would match her perfectly.
Short Stacks, a pattern by Black Cat Creations, designed by Judy Reynolds is one of my all time favorites...especially when I need a masculine quilt. This particular quilt has now been gifted to Al, a great friend and work mentor who recently retired. Al is also a gifted musician, which made it easy to choose the fabric.
We have had a rainy week (now snowing), so I only have inside pictures of an already darker quilt. A high school graduation gift - my first T-Shirt quilt. I made a couple of practice blocks with old T-Shirts...so glad I did. To those who make the T-Shirt Quilts for a living-- bless you!
Loaded on the long arm and basted the whole quilt first, then went back and quilted in a circular pattern.
And....here it is fresh off the long arm frame. I am hoping for a picture (outside) when presented to my great nephew.