About Lana

I learned to sew at age 11 at my local Singer store. I was so intrigued by all of the supplies in my friend's sewing tote box I spotted while playing at her house that I rode my bicycle home and told my mom I wanted to take sewing lessons. I found my niche. I made most of my clothes through high school and even made room for my sewing machine (in cabinet) in my tiny college dorm room. I bought my first quilt book when in my early 20"s at the St. Louis arch gift shop. It was a book about the Cathedral Window and I was intrigued with how that was put together. I played around with it, but continued to sew garments for my kids while they were young. I got back into quilting when my son and daughter were in middle school, feeding my need for continued creativity. I took various classes locally, and eventually made my way to Syracuse, NY for Quilting by the Lake, and Carmel, CA for Empty Spools. It wasn't until I took Betty Cotton's Cotton Theory Class at Camp Cotton in Osseo, WI, in July, 2012, that I found what I was looking for. Everything just clicked for me and I felt like I now knew this "secret" that made everything so much easier and more fun and had to share it with other quilters. "Quilt first, then assemble" means no more getting down on my hands and knees on the living room floor and pinning the quilt back, batting and pieced quilt top together and then trying to get it through my machine's throat area or, worse, paying someone big bucks to do it for you. And no handwork. I'm in.

Time for TWIST

{Sorry to keep you waiting, but I’ve had some major technical difficulties which required a full backup, restore, and reload.  Hopefully, I’m back up and running again.  This post is from the week of August 14.  I’ll get you caught up asap.  Thanks, Lana.}

TWIST ~ This Week In Studio Time

I completed Step 2 of my current Cotton Theory project, the piecing.

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Piecing for Bossa Nova completed

Summer Airstream Adventures

If I miss a blog post, we are probably out camping with our friends.  We have met the nicest people camping!  We share the love of the outdoors.  Here are some pics from our summer:

Gift for China

My friends’ nephew went to China to teach English.  While there he fell in love and got married.  My friends visited China this summer to meet the new family members and wanted to take some gifts along for the newlyweds, Mom and Dad (in laws), and grandmothers.  We decided placemats and table toppers would be easy to pack, so I used my PJ’s In the Hoop Holiday Hostess pattern and made these.

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Table Topper

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Placemats

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Table Topper

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Reverse side of one of the Table Toppers

I love this pattern.  It’s amazing how it all gets sewn together while in the hoop on your embroidery machine.

Here are the recipients in China:

Thanks, Kim and Eric, for giving me the opportunity to make these gifts for your new family members in China.  I’m so happy you had a wonderful trip.  It’s good to have you back home.

TWIST ~ This Week In Studio Time

This week was a short one for me in my studio, but I did manage to meet my goal of getting my next Cotton Theory project cut out and labeled.

Can’t wait to get quilting it next week!!

Healthy Families

When I retired, I decided 20% of my sewing time would be spent on charity quilting.  I just needed to decide on the organization or cause I wanted to support.  I have a heavy heart for those who suffer from domestic violence, even though I don’t know anyone personally.  I guess I’ve just experienced enough of the male dominated society I’ve grown up in that it touches me in that way.  We don’t have a women’s shelter in our county, but there are plans for a 30 bed unit to open in 3 years.  I thought I could make 10 simple twin size quilts a year and have 30 ready in 3 years.  I knew it was a lofty goal, but I set forth.  However, retiring allowed me the freedom to travel quite a bit and I fell farther and farther behind in that goal.  But, I retired, so we could travel.  I needed to reassess.

I had a friend who had mentioned she had organized a sewing group that supports Healthy Families and invited me to sew with them.  They make items that support members can take with them on home visits and leave them at the home as a gift.  I researched Healthy Families and liked what I found.

“Healthy Families Indiana is a voluntary home visitation program designed to promote healthy families and healthy children through a variety of services, including child development, access to health care and parent education.

By working closely with hospital maternity wards, prenatal clinics and other local agencies, Healthy Families Indiana systematically identifies families that could benefit from education and support services either before or immediately after birth. The program is designed to strengthen families by reducing child abuse and neglect, childhood health problems and juvenile delinquency.”

I ran it by my friend, who is in social worker, to give me a personal account of Healthy Families and she gave it a two thumbs up.

Mary Alice’s group is very well organized (they’ve been at this for 12 years!) and each person has their station, be it, cutting out, ironing, sewing, quilting, sandwiching batting, etc.

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Bev at cutting station

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cutting out and sewing

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Quilts, receiving blankets, and burp cloths ready for pick up

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cuddle bunnies

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receiving blankets, burp cloths, and bibs

TWIST Time!

TWIST ~ This Week In Studio Time

I finished my Beatle Bag from Abby Quilts –

I absolutely love the finished project, but I had the darndest time trying to locate a 2″ metal ring for the front of the bag.  I ended up at the hardware store searching and searching.  I ended up with a conduit locknut washer from the electrical department, but it works!!  Crazy!

I also finished Caleb’s quilt this week.  It enjoyed the process…

and then the finish this week.  I made scrappy binding – one strip of each of the fabrics in the quilt and that was kinda fun to do!  I hope he enjoys it so much as he grows up that it gets worn out.  I love to think that the quilts I give will be enjoyed.  IMG_1440Looking forward to beginning a new project next week.  Stay tuned!  Have a great week!

Lana

 

Eleanor’s sister, Pat Knoechel

A couple of weeks ago, Eleanor Burn’s sister, Pat Knoechel, spoke to our quilt guild.  I was simply amazed at how similar their voice and manerisms are.  It’s really uncanny.  She is just as funny, too. They are not similar in appearance, however. I would never have guessed from just seeing her that they are sisters.

We enjoyed the many beautiful quilts she shared with us.

She graciously autographed patterns and books afterwards.  A delightful presentation!

TWIST ~ This Week In Studio Time

I joined the Turning Twenty Mystery Quilt Block of the Month last week and after I found out it was going to be stars, decided I would make this in red, white, and blue and donate it to Quilts of Valor.  The mission of the Quilts of Valor Foundation is to cover service members and veterans touched by war with comforting and healing Quilts of Valor.  The Quilt Guild of Indianapolis recently had a presentation by this organization that was quite moving.  Very impressive! I volunteered to be a presenter after hearing about what they do. Anyway, here’s my progress:IMG_1378 IMG_1379

I love the confetti background!

My neice just gave birth to a 9 lb 10 oz bouncing baby boy, so I’ve started this quilt for Caleb.IMG_1376I cut half square triangles with my Accuquilt Go – so easy and quick!IMG_1404 On the design wall…IMG_1407That’s my weekly recap!  Take care til next week!

Lana

 

TWIST ~ This Week In Studio Time

Last weekend I spent a lovely time with my bestie since age 8, Cheryl.  Every summer we meet up at The Cornerstone Inn, a B&B in Nashville, IN, bring our sewing machines, projects, and wine, and have a wonderful time catching up with each other!  The Cornerstone Inn is not your typical Bed and Breakfast.  The hot breakfasts are buffet style with several choices every morning.  Delicious fresh fruit is always in abundance.  Homemade goodies are available starting at 4 pm and desserts in the evening from 7:30 – 10:00 pm.  With all this available we find we only need to eat a late lunch /early dinner out each day.  They are so accommodating that they have let us peek in each room to see which ones work best for us to set up our machines and sew.  And if the chapel isn’t being used the weekend we are there, they let us set up in there and give us the key! The chapel is about 15 x 20 with it’s own bathroom.  Couldn’t ask for more.

I decided to spend some time sewing a couple projects for myself for a change:

We spent A LOT of our weekend perusing the 430 classes being offered at the Houston Quilt Festival because that’s our next trip together!!  We are SO excited!  Cheryl is retiring at the end of August and I’ve just been retired for a year, so this is our retirement trip together.  Neither of us has ever been so we want to make the most of it.  We wanted to take some classes together, but not be tied to feeling like we had to do that because of our different interests.  We registered on Wednesday, the first day registration was open, and are both thrilled with our choices.  Can’t wait!

I did make good progress on my projects over the weekend.  I finished the Trapezoid Tote and made headway on my Beatle Bag.

In order to finish the Beatle Bag, I need to find a 2″ metal ring for the front of the bag.  I wish they would have included this with the pattern, as they did the plastic zippered compartments.  I have had a terrible time trying to find one.  I have been to JoAnns, Michaels, Hobby Lobby, Menards, and my local quilt shops.  One of the quilt shops had a dark wooden one, but I think this bag is begging for a silver one.

It was a fabulous week with much chatting, planning, and sewing!

Take Care til next week and thanks for following me!

Lana

TWIST ~ This Week In Studio Time

Comfort quilt finished!  I was able to complete Megan’s gift and present it to her before her third chemo treatment.  My heart is in every stitch.  I gave a lot of thought as I was piecing and quilting for just the right thing to say on the label.

Megan's Label

Megan’s Label

The bits and pieces that represent life’s ebb and flow, ups and downs, joys and sorrows are on the front.

Tumbler Scrap Quilt

Tumbler Scrap Quilt

I echo quilted the tumbler shape after I stitched in the ditch.  I decided to name the quilt, Lemonade for Megan because we all know what we are supposed to do when life gives us scraps.

The label side was made of a wide single paisley printed fabric in case she preferred it over the scrappy side.

Back side

Back side

My wish is that it brings her much comfort.