Tuesday, February 3, 2015

What I have been up to....

So, I haven't blogged in a couple of weeks and I thought I would give you an update on what I have been working on.  I have continued to work on my cross wall hanging and it is really shaping up!

 Here is a close up of the flowers that I did in silk ribbon on the cross.  They are a bullion tipped lazy daisy and it is so much fun to do them with silk ribbon.  They remind me of lilies which is what I was going for.


I have also been working on a Double Wedding Ring quilt.  After working on this one for over a month, I have found that a Double Wedding Ring quilt is not for sissies!  I'll just say that using striped fabric has caused some reverse sewing on more than one occasion!  (A lack of planning an overall design may have caused a little reverse sewing also!)  After I work on this quilt for a day or so, I have to get back to crazy quilting just to keep my sanity!  Does that make sense...not sure....

The Joyful Embellishment group that I started is going very well!  We have over 400 members and I have been so inspired by all the work being done by all the members of the group.  The photo above is a collage of the stitches we did on the third week and the photo below is a collage of the stitches we did on the fourth week.

If you would like to join  in, you may do so at anytime!  It is never too late and this month we are working on 20 different variations of the herringbone stitch.

At the end of each month, I have a drawing to give a lucky winner of the group some goodies and this month's winner was Robin Waybright!

If you would like to join the fun, here is the link to my Face Book group:

Joyful Embellishments

Talk to you later,

Monday, January 19, 2015

Second Week of Joyful Embellishments!

 This is a collage of the second week of Joyful Embellishment stitches.  We are having a great time and I just love seeing all the other stitches that are being done by other members of our group!

Here is an update on the project that I am working on.  The whole idea of the Joyful Embellishments group is this:  if you do one seam a day, 5 days a week, by the end of the year you will have 260 seams done!  Depending on how big your crazy quilt is, you could complete a whole one in just one year.

If you would like to join us, it isn't too late!

Here is a link to our group:

Joyful Embellishments

Talk to you later!

Monday, January 12, 2015

Joyful Embellishments First Week!

I had a little fun making a collage of the stitches we covered in the first week on my Face Book page, Joyful Embellishments.  The members are also posting pic's of their version's of the stitch of the day.  It has been alot of fun and I have been so impressed with everyone that has joined.  Anyone is welcome to join in the fun! 

Here is a link to join in:

Joyful Embellishments

Have a great day!

Tuesday, January 6, 2015

New Year, New Project

 Last year, I did a lot of finishing, including some projects that I had for 10 years!  I decided to reward myself with starting a new project.

Over the years, I have donated 4 of these wall hangings to charity.  The first year, this one was auctioned off for $700!  I decided it was time I made one for myself....

So, I went through all my fabric stash and came up with these colors.


Then, I auditioned the fabrics for the cross...I had 4 different ones in the running.  I decided the one in the above picture was just too dark!

So, now it is all pieced and I have all my supplies ready to go.  I always put all the supplies I am using for a project in one box, then it is there all in one place.  I probably won't use even half of the stuff in there, but a girl has to have options!

I also decided to start a new Face Book group, Joyful Embellishments.  I had been thinking about it for awhile and I decided the New Year was a great time to start.  I will be posting stitching ideas Monday through Friday for the entire year in this group.  By the end of the year, there will be 260 stitch ideas to use!  To sweeten the deal, if you join the group and stitch along with me, you will be entered into a drawing for crazy quilt goodies!  The drawing will happen once a month.

Here is a link to the group if you would like to join:

Joyful Embellishments

Talk to you later!

Monday, December 29, 2014

My Christmas Dream

 Many of you that read my blog may remember this crazy quilt that I did for my book, Quilting...Just a Little Bit Crazy.  It is one of my favorites because it is hard core crazy quilting, and when I am in the mood for that...this is the pattern for me!  For those of you that are new to my blog, you can go here to read about that quilt.

Last Christmas, I decided it was time to pull the pattern out and revisit it in a new way.  I knew I wanted to do a Christmas wall hanging featuring one of my favorite pictures of my 4 boys.  The picture is about 8 years old, but it is still my favorite!

 So, I started in with my piecing and embellishing, and then I got distracted because Christmas was over and I just wasn't in the mood for it anymore.

So, this Christmas, I decided that was going to finish it before the end of the year!

I just love doing silk ribbon embroidery, so it is all over this quilt!

My Christmas Dream, by Valerie Bothell, 2014

I ended up doing a fold over binding in velvet to finish the edges and did a feather stitch in gold thread all the way around it.   I think you can click on the image to enlarge it to see the detail on the edge.  I decided to not add a fancy border because I didn't want anything to distract from my favorite part of the quilt, the picture of my 4 boys.  This is a wall hanging I will always treasure......

I have started a new group on Facebook that I would love for you to join!  I hope you will join the fun that I have planned starting January 5.  For more info,  click here for a link to the group.

Talk to you later,

Tuesday, November 4, 2014

Quilt Market

I have been back from Quilt Market in Houston for over a week now and it has taken me that much time to come down from all of the fun that I had there!  The photo above I made from the new threads by Weeks Dye Works.  I stood in their booth and was silently freaking out at the beauty of them.  They are a #12 pearl cotton and are just beautiful!  Anyway, on with a report of the fun that I had!

Here I am in the hotel with my co-author, Allie Aller!  We had not seen each other in over 2 years so it was a great reunion...

On Friday night, I helped the owner of River Silks with sample spree.  Oh my, people line up for hours to get into this event!  Just look at all the silk ribbon waiting to be sold....

Saturday morning bright and early, I was at the Valdani thread booth to do a demo with all of their gorgeous threads.  They have some new silk thread that I can hardly wait to get my hands on!  What a nice group of people to meet...

Saturday afternoon, both Allie and I went to a book signing for Michele Muska's new book.  You can read about her book in the last post I did.  I was alot of fun to meet all the other people who contributed to her book.

I then ran over to the Moda/United Notions booth to do a demo for them.

I made this sample with the fabrics they sent me from the American Jane collection of 1930's fabrics.  I just love them, of course I am always a sucker for reproduction fabrics!

I really did have fun at that demo!

Sunday morning, Allie and I headed to the C & T Publishing booth for our book signing.  It was really fun to meet people who were just as excited about crazy quilting as we were.

The next set of photos were of quilts on display.  I was only able to see about half of the show because of everything I was doing at Market, but I loved so many of the quilts on display.

This quilt used yo-yo's for the sashing...so unique and interesting...

Just beautiful!

I  loved the colors in this one.

Are you noticing a theme?  If it had pink in it, apparently I liked it!

 Love this one and it was made out of all silk!

 So proud of my co-author....with her crazy quilt on display...

This one was made out of all buttons, so of course the crazy quilter in me loved it!  

The Hanah silk booth, I really have no words for the beauty there.  I think spent a few dollars there...maybe...

What a fun weekend I had, with my room mates Allie and her friend, Tracey Brookshier!

Last minute, I stopped by the booth where Victoria Findlay Wolfe was doing a demo.  I just loved this pillow she made using her new double wedding ring die cutters.

Anyway, I had a great time and if you have never been to Festival...go!

Talk to you later,

Thursday, October 23, 2014

Quilting: the new classics!

A couple of years ago, I received a fun email from Michele Muska.  She told me that about this idea she had for a book and would I be interested in participating.  Allie and I were just finishing up the book we wrote together (you can get one here) and it sounded like a fun way to keep myself busy again.  Not only would I be designing with Allie again for this book, but in total there were going to be 20 different designers included.  I read the list of designers and I knew instantly that this was going to be a great book and I felt very honored to be included.

Here is a description of the book:

All quilters draw inspiration from the past. But how do today's artisans put their personal stamp on classic patterns? Twenty influential quilters from across the stylistic spectrum present their unique creative vision of timeless designs. Each pattern, Double Wedding Ring, Crazy Quilt, Dresden Plate, Bear Paw, Log Cabin, Nine Patch, Hexagon, Yo-Yo, Flying Geese, and Rail Fence, comes with step-by-step instructions for two adaptations, one traditional, the other modern.
The book also includes a history of each pattern, images of heirloom or museum-quality quilts for inspiration, easy-to-use templates and essential quilting techniques.
Forwards by Meg cox and Janneken Smucker.

So Allie and I were each asked to do a crazy quilt piece, one would be modern and the other traditional.  For those of you that know us well, (or own our book) you already know which one did each version.  Of course, I did the traditional version....

Michele sent a picture of a crazy quilt that was made by her great aunt Sadie(pictured above).  We decided that it would be fun to reproduce one of the blocks each in our own style.

I have been a long time fan of a crazy quilt that is owned by the Metropolitan Museum of Art in New York City.  In fact, it is on my bucket list...I will see it some day!  I don't think I am allowed to repost a picture of it, but you can look at it on their website:


It was made by Tamar Horton Harris North in 1877, to honor her daughter Grace who had passed away, it was my inspiration for the piece I made for Michele's book.

I incorporated some of the colors used in the quilt and embroidered some similar motifs.  Strawberries represent perfection and pink roses were a symbol of motherhood.  Such sweet sentiments...

Tamar Came to Visit, Valerie Bothell, 2013

When I received my copy of the book, I was extremely impressed!  The photography is done to perfection, instructions are great and the quilts are beautiful!  Definitely one to add to your library!  
You can buy her book on Amazon here:

I am participating in a blog hop with all the designers that participated in Michele's book.  The following is a list of each of the designers, their blog addresses and the day they will be blogging about the quilt they made.  I would invite you to take a look!

Oct. 20th Michele Muska http://www.lolarae.com/blog.html

Oct. 21st Leslie Jenison  http://leslietuckerjenison.blogspot.com

Oct. 22nd Janneken Smucker   http://www.janneken.org/category/blog/

Oct. 23rd Valerie Bothell http://pinkbunnykansas.blogspot.com

Oct. 24th Kaari Meng www.frenchgeneral.blogspot.com

Oct. 25th Elisa Sims Albury : www.stitchoutsidetheditch.com

Oct. 26th Heather Jones www.oliveandollie.com

Oct. 27th Victoria Findlay Wolfe http://www.bumblebeansinc.blogspot.com

Oct. 28th Amy Smart http://www.diaryofaquilter.com

Oct. 29th Jackie Kunkel http://cvquiltworks.com/blogs/blog\

Oct. 30th Pat Sloan http://blog.patsloan.com/

Oct. 31st Shelly Pagliai  http://prairiemoonquilts.com/?page_id=62

Nov. 1st Allie Aller www.alliesinstitches.blogspot.com

Nov. 2nd Kristin Omdahl www.styledbykristin.com

Nov. 3rd Pat Sloan 4:00pm eastern time http://toginet.com/shows/americanpatchworkandquiltingradio

Talk to you later!