I've been wanting to make a new sample quilt for my free motion quilting classes for awhile, and I finally got an idea for a pretty quick and easy, but still fun one! I just made several shapes and filled in each one with a different color and design. I designed mine on the computer, but you could even go around your house and look for different sizes of plates and boxes to trace to make the shapes. I went around the outlines twice so they would show up better. I never got a great photo, that's something I still need to learn more about. If I could get the quilting to show up, the fabric looks blue...if the fabric looks white, which it is, the thread started to disappear...
"Free Motion Fun!" page for more quick or advanced free motion ideas!
And, a reminder that our wall hangings and table runners are now available in 'pattern only' form, as well as kits! (link below)
Personally, I think the Starr Fabrics are what make these designs. :-) But, I know there are quilters out there with stashes to use, or who would like these in different colors. so they are finally now available in pattern only versions, they are $12 each. I'd love to see what you do with these with different fabrics! If you make one, send a photo to me at firstname.lastname@example.org, or put one up on the
On The Trail Creations facebook page.
Click a photo to go to the home page with all of the designs, or hover over the kits-patterns-home tab above to go to individual ones.
I am looking for opinions again... A lot of people have asked if there is a pattern or kit for this quilt. I have purposely NOT made one so far, because I am thinking the amount of thread painting on it would scare people off. I could do it as just a pattern, so there is less invested on my end. or the irises could even be optional, and it would just be the birch trees, which would make it more doable. I could even do a video tutorial for the irises on my website, I'm really hoping to get some of those up soon...This quilt also got some trees stitched in the background after the first photo was taken, that would also be optional. (Second photo, with my fair ribbon even, I couldn't find another photo of it! :-) ) What do you think?
Two more days to get in on our Memorial Day weekend sale! Our six new kits are all 20% off, and still free shipping, even internationally. (The one to the Slovak Republic the other day was kind of a killer, we'll have to see how long to keep up this policy :-) ) Happy Sewing!
Click the photos to go to the home page, or hover over the Kits-Patterns-Home tab above to go to the one you want.
For the first time ever, we are having a regular sale! All of our six new wall hanging and table runner kits are 20% off, now through early Tuesday morning, Alaska time, (May 26, 2015). And still free shipping, even internationally!
Happy Memorial Day weekend, and happy sewing!
Click a photo to go to the home page, then click on individual kits.
I've been busy, but I either haven't finished things, or I can't post them, so I'm going back to the archives to find a few things to put up! This was one of my first art quilts a few years ago. After I pieced the background, I dyed the whole thing to unify the colors a bit. That took two tries, the first one was too yellow. I'll have to turn that into something else :-) The stitching is all done with Sulky Blendables 12 weight thread, which is quite heavy. It must have been frustrating, because I have since learned to use a larger needle with that stuff! (100/16 usually) I also remember making about a bazillion little quilt blocks trying to get the right colors for the corners of the border...
I am taking an online design class from Roxane Lessa, called Dancing with Design, so that is causing me to go back and look at things I have made in the past. There are things I'd like to change about just about everything I make, but that hopefully we are always learning, it's just part of the process!
Our church has a sewing group whose main purpose is to make things to sell to raise money for missions. It's also a great opportunity for women to get together for discipleship and sharing our lives, as well as learning some skills that are rapidly declining in our technological culture. We decided we needed a sign, so of course we had to sew one! The photo is a little washed out since it is so bright outside. Apparently the quilt is bright enough for a bee to think it was a flower, it only took a few seconds for one to land on it! That photo was crooked, so I used a different one :-)
We had our friends' kids over last night, and 8 year old Claudia asked if we had time to make an owl pillow. My first thought was, "No, we don't,", but then I thought we might as well start and see how far we get, and sure enough, we finished it. This little girl has a bit of a reputation for being energetic and impulsive, so at first it might seem like sewing with her would be a challenge. But she is also fearless and decisive, which is helpful for lots of things, but especially choosing fabrics. And once she starts sewing, she is pretty determined...on our last project I finally had to MAKE her take a cookie break so I would get a break :-) It's great to see young people excited about sewing!
I had some fun this morning making sparkly 3D dragonfly wings. I did it on a greeting card, but it could be done on either of our Summer Dragonfly kits as well!
Click the photo for the tutorial. I started a new page for advanced free motion projects, and hope to add some more projects to that page soon!
This week is the one year anniversary of a significant part of the On the Trail Creations story, so I decided to get it on paper before I forgot it all, which tends to happen when you have bugs in your brain! :-) Click the new Our Story page to read about the amazing things we have seen, especially in the last year!
I am a homeschooling mom of three fun kids, who are now old enough that I have a little time to pursue my passion for sewing! After several years of making quilted cards and art quilts, I'm now designing kits and patterns. Some of them have even been in Keepsake Quilting! I teach classes at local quilt shops, and would love to do more traveling and teaching eventually. I also have many tutorials, including some on you tube. I am blessed to live in Alaska where I am surrounded by the inspiration provided by the beauty of God's creation!
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