Geese Migrations Book Tour


When we became a Certified Shop in August 2013, we were asked if we would like to participate in designing a pattern for a book.  Of course, we had to jump at this chance.  Who wouldn’t???  We checked out all the elemental options that were presented to us as choices in our design.  I very carefully copied off several of the elements and tried to create my design on a wall using paper pieces.  Not the most efficient way to design a quilt let me tell you!!

So plan B:  I decided that I needed to make this design on a computer so I checked out how to trace blocks in EQ6 design program and learned how to scan the block into the program and “trace” around it to create my own unique block.  Voila!!  This is making things a whole lot easier!!

UNIT M copy  Just a sampling of a component that I traced into EQ 6 in order to plan the layout.

So in planning the layout, I already knew that I wanted something different and not symmetrical.  It needed to have “odd” corners to fit the different requirement.  Well, I got stumped on exactly how it was to come together so I took the computer with the beginnings of a design and decided that I needed some assistance.  Debbie and I decided to start twisting blocks around and when we felt that it was right, we stopped!! (Isn’t that what you do when you design??)


So that was the easy part!  Once the design was approved, now came the hard part — we needed to get some samples made.  The first quilt was made by my mom (she is much faster than I am in getting things done!).  She made it based on the color choices we had in the original design.  As she was working on her sample, she suggested that we think about “floating” the stars and using the same background throughout the quilt.  So the second sample (the green one in the book) was made by one of our customers — Susan London.  Susan is also much faster at completing her projects than I am so she was an excellent choice for helping us out.


Well not to be completely left out — I had to create my own version as well.  I decided to make mine out of cottons as opposed to batik fabrics.  I also wanted to add a couple of borders for a different look.  Because of other events happening for us at the deadline date, I was not able to get mine completed in time for the book.  But it is ready for quilting now and I’m looking forward to getting it finished.

IMG_0513This is before the borders were added — a completely different look!!

We agonized over the name of the quilt and after lots of ideas being presented, I decided that Montana’s Native Splendor would be appropriate.  The whole feel of the quilt reminds me of the area we live in surround by Native Americans and their culture.  I just kept seeing arrowheads with the elements and just felt like the name defined the quilt.

We were thrilled to be involved in such a great project and I am looking forward to seeing lots of different quilts being made using all the patterns from this book.

Our gift to one of you is a set of the papers to make our quilting this fabulous book — “Montana’s Native Splendor”.

Leave a comment on our blog here and the winner will be “drawn” from the comments.

There are other ways to enter from earlier this week!   Click on the links below on the assigned days and see what they are all giving away as well as read their blog posts!

Monday, June 22 Canton Village Quilt Works  

Monday, June 22 Crafty Threads  

 Monday, June 22 Wish Upon A Quilt  

Tuesday, June 23 Scrap Apple Quilts  

Tuesday, June 23 Always Quilting 

 Tuesday, June 23 Sew Much Fun 

Wednesday, June 24 The Quilter’s Market 

 Wednesday, June 24 JanniLou Creations 

 Wednesday, June 24 Quilter’s Corner Virginia  

Thursday, June 25 Scruffy Quilts 

 Thursday, June 25 Sew-Ciety 

 Thursday, June 25 Stitchin Heaven 

Friday, June 26 Backdoor Quilt Shoppe  

Friday, June 26 The Quilter’s Attic

Also, a special prize will be drawn and given by Judy Niemeyer (  They will be giving away one copy of Geese Migrations and a kit to Judy’s design in the book, Fish Ladders!

Thank you for checking out our post!

The Reclaimed West Blog Tour

When I was notified that a blog tour would occur, I immediately “jumped on the bandwagon” and thought it sounded fun.  The only issue was that I needed to create a blog — that makes sense doesn’t it.  So create I did and then decided on a project.  Based on our time limitations, I decided that I wanted to make something smaller and thought that the tablerunner created for Cut Loose Press would be a perfect choice.  The tablerunner pattern is called Farmhouse Window Tablerunner and utilizes the concept of using the Charm Elements selections.  These are units of papers to make certain elements of a design and can be used to create your own unique project.  So we used Charm Elements #1 pack which has 6 flying geese units and 2 compass rose units to create our tablerunner and had some leftovers for another project in the future.  Are you ready??  Let’s Go!!

I started with gathering all my supplies for this tablerunner project.


I have lots of fabric choices so I really needed to narrow it down.  I am using the yellow for my accent fabric and the light tan wheat for the backgrounds.  The initial pattern is in darker fabrics and I wanted to try it with a lighter background and change the feel of the final product.


These are the fabrics that I finally decided on for the compass rose sections and the flying geese units.


Using the templates given for the background pieces, I cut my strips and then my subcuts to fit the templates.  After securing the paper onto the fabric with paper clips, I cut them apart following the cut lines in numerical order.  Remember to make sure that your paper clips are out of the way of your rotary cutter — they will nick your blade as I found out on another project!  That is what happens when I’m in a hurry and don’t double check.


After the pieces are cut apart, I move the paper clips to the “sew side” of the template so they are ready for their placement.


I used the “baggie system” to separate my elements for construction.  All the pieces are cut with the templates and the base papers to sew the fabric on to so we are ready to get to sewing!  I love the templates and the bag system to keep yourself organized.  One thing that I have learned and pass this along to my students is that it is all about getting organized before you begin.


This is the first unit/bag that I will make.  You can see that I lined up the templates on the fabric with the paper clip on the sew side of the piece.  My papers are cut about 1/8″ around the outer most dark line and I’m ready to sew 8 of these units.  Let’s begin!

We glue down piece #1 — wrong side of fabric to wrong side of paper.  I use two methods with this first piece of fabric.  Sometimes I will then fold on the solid line using my fold template and then trim 1/4″ away using my Add-A-Quarter ruler.  Other times, I will fold on the dotted line and line up the straight edge cut right on this dotted line — it all depends on the mood for the day!  (Do you ever do that?)

Once the edge is established, I will then add the second piece — right sides together and sew on the solid line.  I encourage you not to “play” with the fabric piece #2 when you pick it up.  It is simply select, slide under your piece #1 and sew.  Your thinking is all done in the organizational setup so this part is a simple habit of grab, slide and sew!


Now we are crusiing along with adding pieces — oops I messed up on the above picture.  “Everything I needed to know, I learned in kindergarten” — well sometimes I forget to count in the right order.  That happened here and I trimmed on the line 4 instead of line 3 — jumping ahead of myself so I’d better slow down!!


I don’t know if you can see or not, but I sewing on line 4 before line 3 — does that mean I need to go back to kindergarten and learn my numbers again?  Who knows!  Maybe it means that I need to not be on autopilot and check before I sew!!


This is looking much better.  I’m getting very close to finishing these sections.  You just have to follow the sections and remember that the line you cut on is one less than the section you are adding!  The other bit of advice that I was given by Judy in a class several years ago was “remember that the piece of paper that you are folding back with be the same shape as the fabric your are putting on underneath.”  I repeat this statement several times in my classes and it is really refreshing to see when it finally makes sense.

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Yeah!  Both bag #1 and bag #2 are finished.  Remember that bag #2 is the opposite as bag #1.  One is left and one is right but you still need 8 units of each for this design!  Once all the sewing is done, you can trim up each unit on the outside solid black line and it looks so much better.


Moving onto bag #3 — the flying geese units.  We only need 3 so you will have 3 left for another project.  These are fun and easy to do but guess what?  I miscounted — remember kindergarten?  I needed 6 geese fabrics instead of 5 so back to my “stash” of fat eights and pick another fabric that will blend in with the other choices.  You can see that I’ve organized the templates with the fabrics again — keep those sew sides “up” and then it is easy to slide under the previous fabric and sew!


Here is the first section of these units.  Do you see the cow?  I couldn’t resist using this feature on this fabulous fabric.


And here you go — the finished 3 flying geese and the cow is still on the first goose piece.  Now to put sections together (after removing the papers).


These flying geese units needed a border (bright sunshine yellow) and a little more length to match the compass rose sections.  It’s starting to blossom (this is where I think it develops it’s personality).


Okay, I put my sections together and I ended up with a corner unit.  That’s not right!! Sew and unsew — back to the pattern.


This is how the pieces are supposed to be sewn together.  I sewed the wrong sides together — lesson learned!!


Look mom — I made those seams come out perfect!!  TWICE!!  (I have my tricks to make this happen)  I’m making progress!!


All of the sections are together so now it’s time to sew them together and get a border on this tablerunner.  Isn’t it pretty?  I’m really liking the light background and splashed of color.


And here it is — ready to be quilted.  It is a fun and simple project to make and is a perfect choice for these fabrics.  They add texture and color to this tablerunner and will go with a lot of decorating choices.

Thank you for going on this journey with us.  We are looking forward to selling this line of fabrics in our store since we are located in Montana — the home of  They are perfect for us and for you!

Below are the other shops that participated in the blog tour.  Go back and check out what they had to show and don’t forget to register for the prizes.   Go to to register.

November 17

Carla Klop, Kits by Carla –

Catherine Wilson, Queenie Quilts –

Lisa McCarthy, Compass Point Quilts –

November 18

Deborah Brizendine, Just Stitchin with Deborah –

Denise Green, HollyDee Quilts –

Sandy Lueth, Totes by Sandy –

November 19

Cathy McKillip, Wish Upon A Quilt –

Marcia Nagel/Megan Bohr, Pine Needles Quilt & Sew –

Stacey Day, Stacey in Stitches –

November 20

Barb Linares, Crafty Threads –

Jennifer Eubank, Archipelago Quilting –

Konda Luckau, Moose on the Porch Quilts –

Susan Nelson, Prairie Sky Quilts –

November 21

Jackie Kunkel, Canton Village Quilt Works –

Lauren Rogers, Backdoor Quilt Shoppe –

Osie Lebowitz, From Needle and Thread –

Timeless Treasures, SewTimeless (Giveaways!) –



Prairie Star

This has been quite the week for me.  I was in Dillon, MT at The No. 1 Ladies Quilt Shoppe teaching a few ladies how to get started on their Fire Island Hosta quilt.  They were a very positive group and had lots of positive reinforcement for myself and were thrilled with their progress.  Then I opened up our Facebook page and was greeted by a magnificent photo of a quilt that I had made for Quilt Market and Judy Niemeyer Quilting/Quiltworx.  What an uplifting moment!  I can’t wait for what is to come for us and Quiltworx.  Stay tuned!