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We’re excited to release a PDF version of our Cannon Beach pattern released this past March. The PDF version has lots of pictures to support each step with more detail to give even a beginner quilter, looking for a challenge, the help to complete this quilt with ease.

The original quilt design was inspired by my trip to Cannon Beach, Oregon in 2010 with my mom, sister and one of my longest and dearest friends, Karen –it was such a memorable trip for me, and everything was so beautiful.

When I stumbled upon a bundle of Denyse Schmidt’s Hope Valley fabrics the images above, forever embedded in my mind seem to flow right thru the fabric into this giant Dresden design.

The machine quilting design seemed to flow just as easy once the quilt was loaded onto the Gammill. I started from the center and continued outward with concentric circular patterns, changing the design with each circle. This photo was taken when the sun was perfectly diffused thru the window over my front door – the quilting popped and the quilt came alive! This is definitely my favorite picture.

The small half Dresdens in the corners were quilted similarly.

When we received the Midnight Garden fabric line by Sandy Henderson for Michael Miller, Lorrie was inspired to make her version of the pattern. She added some Art Gallery Bespoken and Oval Elements, and one of Joel Dewberry Heirloom fabrics –they all went together so very nicely.  I love how fabric can reflect a quilter’s vision, personality and inspiration so differently.

Isn’t the Midnight Garden Gate the perfect center! Lorrie requested a swirl pattern so I quilted each blade from the center outward to the tip.

The large center Dresden was made using Marilyn Doheny’s  25” 9-degree Wedge Ruler and the smaller outer half Dresdens were made using the Easy Dresden tool by Darlene Zimmerman. See Lorrie’s Easy Dresden Demo on how to use.  These tools are so versatile and I highly recommend getting them so you can create any size Dresden and acrylic rulers do make it easier to cut multiple wedges. As a bonus though, we included paper templates for the specific size wedges in the Cannon Beach pattern.

We had such great feedback on this fabric line, Lorrie made up kitsfor this version which include a free pattern. Kits, PDF patterns and the original hardcopy version are all available in our Etsy shop!

Join us along with Quilting Gallery to celebrate their 4th birthday! Over 226 bloggers are participating in the Blog Party, each one having a special giveaway! So, don’t forget to click on the Blog Hop Party icon above to visit the other participating blogs.

Our giveaway is a Midnight Garden Fat Quarter set of 14 by Sandi Henderson! Don’t miss your chance to win these beautiful fabrics. Leave us a comment to be entered.

Giveaway runs December 9th through December 17th, 2011. Blog hopping begins on the 10th, so don’t forget to visit the other blogs too!

It’s cold & blustery today. It reminds me of that Winnie the Pooh episode. I expect to see Piglet and his scarf fly by my window at any moment:)

We’ve been working on a few projects recently. A commission quilt for one of Paige’s friends, which I hope to show off soon and a couple of other things in the works. Recently, I found this back issue of American Patchwork & Quilting that had a cute purse made from tea towels in it and we really wanted to try it out.

We were just dying to use Sandi Henderson’s Secret Garden, so we made a little adjustment for fat quarters and went for it.

It has divided pockets on each side and these big wooden handles, which I love.

All that’s left now is to find the perfect embellishment for the front and Paige will have a stylish new bag!

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