Friday, July 22, 2016

Random Happenings

Summer sewing camps are finally over. Whew!
We took a wonderful cruise to Alaska. The cooler weather was a welcome treat.

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Large chunks of beautiful blue glacier ice caused our ship to turn around. 

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We flew over glaciers by sea plane. That was an incredible experience. They weren’t what I imagined them to be. The ice had so much “flow” to it.

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Sadly this was my only moose sighting.
But we did see whales, otters, seals, eagles, and dolphins.

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Pre-planned quilt shop locations…I don’t know what you’re referring too. LOL.

Of course I had to collect a few Row by Row patterns. Joan from Moosestash Quilting was visiting Anchorage and grabbed a few more for me. Now I’ll have a fantastic memory quilt of Alaska.

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Railway…of course I had to ride the White Pass Railway from Skagway. Such amazing views.

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Oh Yeah ~ This says it all!!!

White Pass Railway, Skagway, Alaska (65)

Have a great weekend everyone!

New Pattern

I can finally show you one of the “secret” projects I was working on, 3D Glasses. It’s a web bonus for the August/September issue of Quilters Newsletter magazne.

Get your free pattern HERE.

Fabrics are from Benartex Fossil Fern and Blush collections.
finished size is 88” x 88”

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Thursday, July 7, 2016

Meet a Quilter #15 and a Give Away

 

I know I’m a few days early this month…..

Let me introduce you to Jessica Caldwell. Jessica is a blogger, quilter, designer, and an  Island Batik Ambassdor.


Thank you Carol for having me as a guest on your blog. I look forward to introducing myself, and getting to know more quilters, because let’s face it, quilters are the best people to meet! Today is a milestone for me as a blogger. It is my first ever guest post on another blog.

My Quilting Background

A little over a year ago I started Desert Bloom Quilting to blog about my quilting. So far it has been a wonderful experience that has expanded my world in ways I never imagined. While I am new to blogging, quilting is quite the opposite. As a generational quilter, it has been a part of my life for as long as I remember. There have been five generations to come before me.

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Bear made by my grandmother from a quilt made by my great grandmother.

Growing up we always did a lot of small sewing projects, but didn’t I make my first quilt until the age of 16. My grandparents would regularly come and stay in Arizona for the winter, and it was during this visit that my grandmother helped me make my first quilt. The pattern was picked out from Peddler’s Wagon in Parkville, MO, while visiting family. At the time I had no idea how much quilting would expand my world.

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My first quilt.

After that quilt was made I was hooked and proceeded to make another quilt, with the same pattern, for a friend that was graduating that year. Over the next few years I made a few simple quilts here and there. Mostly gifts for family and friends. Although they were simple I was always itching to tweak patterns, and designs.

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A sampling of quilts made between 2001-2010.

In 2010 I stumbled into The Quilter’s Market and ask for a job. This proved to be a turning point in my quilting. The skills I learned, and the connections I made proved to be invaluable in my growth as a quilter, teacher, and designer. Summer of 2011 I designed my first 2 quilts, Talavera Tile and Cactus Bloom with the hope of teaching both. Cactus Bloom was also the first, and only, quilt I’ve entered in a quilt show. It was shown in the 2012 Quilt Fiesta, in Tucson, AZ, where it won first place in the pieced category.

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Talavera Tile, in 2 color ways, and Cactus Bloom Hanging in the 2012 Quilt Fiesta.

In 2015 I started my site, Desert Bloom Quilting, as place to run a Mystery Quilt Along. Blogging was an afterthought, but I found I quite enjoyed sharing, and exercising my writing skills. As the result of a chance meeting (I won a giveaway from and Island Batik Ambassador), I was introduced to the program. For 2016 I applied, and was accepted!!! So far it has been a wonderful experience.

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April Challenge on the left, and the start of my May Challenge on the right.

I am also excited to say that I will be having my first quilt at market with Island Batik this fall. While I can’t show you the full design, here is work in progress picture!

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Frequency Sneak Peak.

More About Me

A little about me that is not quilting related. Growing up I was in to quite a few activities, most notably was tap dancing and orchestra, where I played a variety of instruments. Of all the instruments I play Cello is by far my love.

After high school I joined the Marine Corps where my job was supposed to be fixing AC units for communication trucks. At my first unit I managed the maintenance logistics for my department, and after a year there I volunteered to guard Embassies and was selected. The next 3 years were spent split between Pretoria, South Africa, and Bratislava, Slovak Republic.

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On the left, doing Toys for Tots in South Africa, and on the Right, Toys for Tots in the Slovak Republic.

After getting out of the Marine Corps at the end of 2005, I drifted around for a bit. I met my husband playing World of Warcraft, and we are now married with a spunky, and lively 2 year old, and 3 furry minions (cats). Currently I work for a technology company creating automated reports, technical documents, and learning some project management skills. Life is full and wonderful.

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Thank you for taking the time to read my post and get to know me.


♥THANK YOU♥ Jessica for sharing your quilting story and congratulations on your first guest post. Your little quilted bear is such a special treasure.

Be sure to hop over to Desert Bloom Quilting and see what’s new.


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