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Saturday, May 11, 2013

Quilters Favorites Linky Party

I just love "Hidden Wells" quilts. I couldn't think of a better thing to share for the...

         As few as 5 fabrics and your on your way to a fun adventure.

These 2 quilts are made of the exact same fabrics.
The order of the fabric in the strip sets are not the same.
Don't you love how different they come out?

Mary Ellen Hopkins was the creator of this lovely pattern, but her book is long out of print, and none seem to be  available anywhere. I turned to the Internet for some information, and found a few tutorials.

                   A "Ghastlie" version for the special Halloween touch!
Thru that process, I decided to photograph every step in detail and share some of techniques I used to make things easier for me.

Here is the link

The wilder and wackier they are, the more fun you have!
You can combine it with any kind of pattern to make each and every quilt unique!
Just 1/4 yard of 5 fabrics will get you all this!
And the best part is the crazier the combination, the greater the results.

These are some photos are from a class I taught. Each and everyone were so different.
Best yet, no one went home in tears!!
Oh happy dance!
I do hope I have inspired you to go to your stash, pull out the weirdest, wildest and wackiest combo and give it a try.
Please be sure to share your results with us all!
I must share this warning with you though. The "surgeon general" has declared them very addicting. Like "chips" you can stop at one!
OK, maybe the "surgeon general" didn't have anything to do with this, and they won't harm your health,  but...
you know what I mean.
Questions, questions.
Favorite Designer
Well, my favorite quilt designer has to be McKenna Ryan.
Her love of the outdoors and portrayal of wildlife is just uncanny.
Color Scheme
Successful color scheme... Lime green, pink and purple.
Heck when you get old, the sky is the limit!
Free tutorials...
Sure just check the links on the right hand side of my blog.
Sewing machines
I've got a lot of em, but hands down my favorite is my little Bernina 220.
It's a work horse, and great to taking to classes. It's got hours and hours on it, and never lets me down. Love the solid build of all metal parts too. Makes me feel like it's made to last.
Yes my baby is customized.
Moosestashquilting has to have a moose machine.
The photo was taken in Alaska a few years back at my son's place.
Fabric storage
I have all my fabrics in yardages folded and wrapped around 7 1/2"x11" pieces of cardboard. I keep it on shelves that make it easy to see.
Note: You can buy nice plastic ones, from Polar Notions, but
JoAnns Fabrics will give you empty bolts and you get about 4 pieces from each.
I myself prefer to have the extra $$$ to spend on more fabrics!
But for those smaller pieces...
I've found a CD rack, is the perfect solution.
I tried the tote method, but
I need my fabrics visible or I tend to buy things I don't need.
Now, I am off to "Learn" what others have to share...
Ohhh do I love our blogging world.
A big thanks to Geta for bringing all of us together.
I've said it once and I'll say it again...
Nothing beats the friends I've made in blogland!
Have fun and keep on stitchin!


  1. I have used the hidden wells pattern and yes, the more interesting the mix of fabrics, the cooler the effect.

  2. Such great ideas, love the tuturoial. will need to try it soon. so a big thank you.

  3. I am so glad I stopped by today! I am going now to take a look at your tutorial. I like the looks of these. Thank you so much!!!

  4. Thanks for the tutorial and links for the Hidden Wells quilt. I have seen a few of these quilts and have been wondering how they were made. Your "custom" sewing machine makes me smile ... well, every time I visit your blog I smile happy ... :-) Pat

  5. Really enjoyed your post today...great quilts and wonderful to learn more helpful ideas from you! Your moose machine is so awesome, and your fabric storage ideas are great!

  6. I have always loved the versatility of Hidden Wells. Your Bernina looks awesome.

  7. Thank you for showing how wonderful the Hidden Wells pattern is. Your quilts show how versatile it can be. It was great to read your answers to the questions. I am definitely not surprised at your colour choices. I love the customised decoration on your sewing machine. It is so perfect for you. And thank you sharing just a fraction of your fabric stash.

  8. Hmmmm...since I live on Moose Bay, I may need to customize one of my machines too--very cool!

  9. Oh my gosh your fabric is so neat and organized!! The CD rack is a nifty idea. Need that sign too:)I love your machine. How did you do that? Thanks for the great quilt ideas. I think I just want a more detailed tour of the sewing room.LOL:)

  10. Thank you for linking to my party and sharing your favorites. Love your Cd rack filled with fabric!

  11. Love your quilts and your post! You made me laugh before 5 am - now that is a new one for me!!! :-)

  12. What great quilts and tips! I am slowly but surely catching up on my blog reading since I am away from home and babysitting! You had some great ideas today!

  13. A lot of fun here, but a lot of good tips too. Thanks!


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