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It's Been A Weird Month

It’s been a busy month. My third child came home for a week. We had not seen him since Christmas and I love having him here. Unfortunately, that also means that my sewing room converts into my guest room, and I am always shocked at how much it puts me off my game. My routine gets misaligned and my productivity goes out the window. But, I am still very excited that I have two very long term projects on the home stretch!

I am on the last hexagon of my New Hexagon Millefiore. This is a hand stitched English paper piecing project that I started in 2017. Out of all the quilts that I have made, this one has taught me the most about value, pattern and how to use them. Honestly, I think that my last hexagon is my favourite made from fabrics from my Shop Hop in Montreal a few weeks ago. And I don’t want to think about the hours spent on this quilt.

Did you notice the handy thread holder in the cover photo? My husband made me that with his 3D printer and is now selling them online. He's so handy! If you're interested, he sells 2 and 4 spool holders here: ARSTDC4 - Thread Dispensing Case | eBay

My crumb strip quilt is done, and the video is with my editor. It is an absolute beauty and I can’t wait to show it to you. All the bits of fabric that I have saved over the years are finally having their moment.  I think that the biggest surprise is how they have transformed in this project. After looking at the strips up close for so many years they now look totally different now that the quilt is bound. Hopefully, the video will be live by Monday. Mando and I are beat after getting it off the longarm (check out that backing!)

Recently, I also finished a commission for a long term client. The deadlines were pretty tight on this one and unfortunately I didn’t have the opportunity to take any formal photos. Taking commissions is something I do not do on a regular basis, but this was the last of a series for them.

 Luckily, there are a lot of good audiobooks out there for these long, long projects. I am currently listening to Woman, Captain, Rebel: The Extraordinary True Story of a Daring Icelandic Sea Captain by Marget Wilson. I’m trying to read as many books about Iceland as I can before the Fire & Ice Cruise next month!

Please be reminded that I will be hosting my first online course this month with my Quilt Crew. It’s all about Foundation Paper Piecing and is Sunday, May 19 from 11 am to 2 pm EST.

And I have made it FREE to all members of Karen’s Quilt Crew. To join the crew click here.

Also free to members will be 10 foundation paper piece patterns. We will be making the Evergreen Tree block, I have 3 sizes and two options for each. Plus, there will be six different huts/homes.

To download the supply sheet, go to this page. or use the QR code provided below:

The link to the zoom meeting will be on the community page of my Youtube Channel. I hope to see you there!

Karen's Quilt Circle

I had Icelandic quilter Gudrun Erla on Karen’s Quilt Circle this week. She told us about needlecraft in Iceland, her move to Minnesota and her amazing STRIPOLOGY Rulers. If you haven’t listened to it yet check it out here. You can watch the video here.

Listen to any of my Karen's Quilt Circle podcasts on the YouTube Music app here

Upcoming events

The next Live Q&A will be Tuesday, June 4 at 7:00 pm EST. You'll be able to ask me anything! Be sure to turn on notifications in YouTube so you don't miss it.

My next Stitch’n Chat with Karen’s Quilt Crew is on Sunday, June 9th at 11:00 am EST. If you are a member, you will find the zoom link on the Just Get It Done Quilts community page.

Join me and Verstaet travels in September for our textile tour of the Netherlands and Belgium. We are staying in the beautiful old town of Zutphen and have our own private coach as we tour around. There are open air markets, quilt stores, lace, linen, African wax prints, museums and even a couple of local sew-lebrities to join us on the bus. I hope that you can join us too. Just click on this link for more information.

I look forward to seeing you on Sunday, May 19th for the paper piecing class.

Take care

P.S. If you are unable to make the class, it will be recorded and available for viewing for 30 days.

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