Michelle Renee Hiatt is an award-winning Quilter, Designer and National Instructor.
Michelle Renee is a certified Professional Process Expert (LSSMBB); Michelle Renee is the designer for her own pattern line Sew On The Go. Additionally, she is a Certified Instructor for Studio 180 Design and many of her patterns have been published in their Modern 180 pattern line.
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Summer – Quilter Motivator or Deterrent
In preparing to travel to the AQS-Grand Rapids Quilt show,
of course I looked through my “to-do” list and it started me wondering if summer
is a Quilt motivator or deterrent?
I think for me, I net less sewing time, due to a variety of activities;
fabulous summer Quilt Shows, gardening, boating, friends/family visits, mini-breaks
(one for my UK friends), etc.
However, I believe those exact activities are what inspires
me in my quilting, whether it be flowers in my garden inspiring a quilt design,
or colors on the Sound horizon inspiring a color palette for my next quilt… Therefore, I guess it is a motivator however
it fuels my actual quilts and quilt making later in the season. How about you? Do you feel summer helps or hinders your
I’m getting ready to fly out the Grand Rapids, MI for the
AQS-Grand Rapids Quilt Show, so it is only a short post today. I will be working alongside Deb & Haley
Tucker this week at the Studio 180 Design Booth. If you are in the area, you should stop by, I
hear it is a great show, it is a first time for me. Come check out my Modern 180 Quilts!
Starburst - Tucker Tool Time Series - WIP
One teaser and then I’m out of here; My Hunter Star Retreat,
November 13-15th is almost sold out (only 2 spots left) at Quiltingin Vermont (Strong House Inn), however, I’ve been working with Mary to arrange
a 5 Day/4 Night Finishing School for January 27th-31st
(Wednesday-Sunday). This is in addition
to my Spring Choice @ Quilting in Vermont- Summer Bouquet for April 15th-17th
(2016). So, for all of you ladies with
UFOs or WIPs out there, here is your chance to book a 5 day/4 night retreat in
a beautiful Inn and knock some of them out.
Above is one of my WIPs that I’ve been working on completing. They
are my Sample blocks from my Tucker Tool Time Series, I’m in the process of
completing a second Starburst Quilt. Unfortunately,
it keeps ending up at the bottom of the pile since new- 1st round
quilts are due. This is the perfect
project for my Finishing School at Quilting in Vermont!
Woohoo! Block 3! I hope you are all loving this as much as I am!
Block 3 is a Windmill Block. The Windmill block, in its simplest form, is thought to date back to mid-1700s. The Windmill block probably has over a hundred variations. In just my grandmother’s clippings and my reference materials, I found over 25 variations. I selected this variation due to its uniqueness. This clipping is referenced as Grandmother’s Patchwork Quilt Design, Book 20, 1931. Which I love, because I had a Windmill block quilt growing up, I always thought it was a Pinwheel block, but it wasn't. Maybe in a few weeks we will discuss the differences.
We will be using our Studio 180 Design Tucker Trimmer again, to make these units. Aren't you loving all the things you can do with this one tool! Just wait!
For my Fabric Selection 1, I went with a Triadic color plan based of my Turquoise (9), placing it with a Magenta (17) and Yellow (1). I love it! Just a reminder these color tab numbers are f…
you all for your patience! I know many of you have been wishing for Friday to be here! Well, it is Friday! I have the directions for Block 1! If
you read my Blog post the past Sunday, Why
I love Sampler Quilts, I don’t think you will be surprised that I selected
the Bear’s Paw Block (aka Hands of Friendship and many more names)! I felt I needed to deliver the “twist” so, I
went with a lesser known version. I was
so excited when I came across this version, published in an 1897’s Ladies Art
Company Catalog. The
Bear’s Paw is made up of half square triangles, of two different sizes; the
larger for the main part of the paw and the smaller for the toes of the paw.Of course, we will be using are Tucker Trimmer 1 (the TT3 will work as
well).The half square triangles are
going to be cut to whole number sizes, so make sure you are use the Tucker Trimmer
side with the whole circle.Basic
instructions are provided in the download,
if you need additional information, refer to the Studio 18…
The 2nd pattern we test drove at the Studio 180 Design Certified Instructor's Retreat was Deb's Tucker's Northern Neighbors. This is another pattern she plans on having out in a few months. It was really neat.
Plus, you don't need to go with the traditional Canadian Maple Leaves if you don't want to.... several of us Certified Instructors took it in several different directions. Here are a few examples.
This is Donna's - Just to die for! Love the batiks! She got really far - - she doesn't talk as much of the rest of us! LOL
Here is mine, with my Kaffe Stash:
And then the groups, so you can compare and see how versatile the pattern is:
This pattern will use the following Studio 180 Design's tools: Split Rects, Corner Beam, Wing Clipper, Square2.... If you don't own then, this is a great weekend to purchase them at my etsy shop. I'm offering 15% off if you spend $20 or more. Use code: ENDMARCH at my shop now through Monday. www.etsy.co…