Friday, June 2, 2017

Looking Up.....A Pattern Published

Living life in the moment with enthusiasm and service to others is a life of no regrets!

It is my turn to post on the new pattern that Tish and I have collaborated on, and released. The PDF pattern is available on Craftsy for $8 as an introductory offer. The design concept was a product of my imagination and with some hard work on the pattern design we have the finished the pattern for release. This pattern comes in Baby, Throw/Lap, and Queen size.

I'm not exactly sure what to say about this pattern.  The release has been a long time coming, fraught with setbacks that tended to show up at the most inopportune times.

Without further delay.....Star Blossom!

As I am writing this post and searching for pictures I realize that I do not have any of my normal pictures. On any other quilt I usually take process pictures but on this one I did not. Needless to say this original design was the first one completed of the pattern, and it was with this one that we realized as a baby quilt it would need a border. This fabric was from the International Quilt Blogger's Retreat that happened last year in Ohio with Julie at Pink Doxies. Thanks Julie for making a wonderful time and experience!!!! Tish has always supported what I do, and she really wanted to go to this "retreat". I was skeptical, but it was fun and if you read blogs, you can go back and read and see about it in all three of our blogs. I bought the gray and red fabric that was in a bundle in Ohio (Amish Country). It was cut for a log cabin quilt, but I knew this was the right project to use it on. Very Manly!!!!

Once done, Tish was still working on her version so I decided I wanted to do some bright solids; and so an order went out, and in came Kona Solids. I did end up having to use one Moda Solid too.

 Let the cutting and piecing begin

HST LOVE!!!!!!


On a side note..... HST Rulers. In my opinion there are two rulers for this process BlocLoc and Quilt in a Day

I have used the BlocLoc once (on another project) and found it useful, however without more practice with the BlocLoc (because I have never bought one), I have grown to love the Quilt in a Day ruler.  I can move through HST very fast with the ruler. If BlocLoc wanted to send me a free one I might be willing to give it another try and an endorsement, but as of now I will endorse QiaD rulers because they are fast and simple.

More Piecing



One entire set of unsown rows

One complete block.....OUTSIDE!!!! You gotta love natural light!!!!

Inside Chassis/Flimsy/Top


I        "L" "O" "V" "E" these colors!!!!!!!!!!

Tish and I are aiming to get this one finished too (soon).  I wanted her to get the pattern out and get her name out there, I feel that she deserves some recognition.  My abilities are a direct reflection of her abilities and teaching!!!! 

"If I have seen further, it is by standing on the shoulders of giants."- Sir Issac Newton

On that note, I recently received a very humbling honor of being nominated for an award related to Leadership. It is a nationally recognized award. I have not been able to track down who nominated me as of the writing of this blog. I have spoken only a few time on here about leadership in my life, since this is a quilting blog. However, this is my true passion.  To add value too, and make people feel valued in life. Leadership is something that resonates with me more than anything else. When I am working in this area emotion is strong....emotion = energy in motion. Even thoughts create tingling in my body when I think on leadership. Thoughts are Things!!!!!!!

My co-workers and Mentors-
Left to Right- Ron Casto, Randy Perdue, Jason Lawson, Me

This was one of the hardest days of my life. Randy Perdue resigned as Director of Training on this day, he has been a mentor, a leader, and true friend. To this day we are in communication and his friendship is one of my most cherished things in life.

My passion is leadership and Tish loves quilting.

"You can have everything in life you want, if you will just help enough other people get what they want."- Zig Ziglar

My passion is leadership and Tish loves quilting. With that being said, I see opportunity and I am pushing Tish in that direction. I will assist her in any way that I can. While I move ahead in my pursuit of Leadership, Mentoring, Management, and Motivation, I support Tish in her track of doing quilting as a process and possibly a "business" if she determines that to be her desire.

I am excited beyond measure about the prospects of my future and with the nomination that I received. The sky is the limits and your mind is the captain of the flight (trademark because I don't think it has ever been said). There is a Leadership training location in North Carolina  near my sister and it is called Center for Creative Leadership.  That is most likely next step in my progress as a leader. Then it will without a doubt be onto John Maxwell Team. If my application (from the nomination) wins I may just move straight to the John Maxwell training,. I am soooooo STOKED!!!!!!

Needless to say, my quilting days aren't over by far, but I may be doing just a little less if things go the way I "FEEL" they are going to go.  I have no doubt I knocked the application "out of the park". To quote an 80's song, "My future's so bright, I gotta wear shades".  

Tish was excited that we have already sold two of the patterns. I want her to feel the excitement and potential for quilting, that I feel towards leadership. 

In closing, enjoy our pattern if you order it.  I encourage you to buy it. There will be more to come! If you do buy it, PLEASE send her, or I ,an email so that we may reach out to you, personally to thank you and be able to see your beautiful product that you finish. That will also allow us to help you should you have any trouble shooting needs.  We thank you in advance if you do buy the pattern, and even f you don't because you stopped by our blog. Blogs are fun, but true/real (and personal) relationships are the ties that bind.  We look forward to working with you now and in the future, for the purpose of providing lovely works of art for people to enjoy, and continue an art tradition as old as time itself.

I wanted to come back and edit this as last night after I crawled into bed, I realized I forgot to mention Aurifil Threads We  always piece our quilts with 50WT, white thread. We recently invested in a color chart, which we have found invaluable for matching colors. I highly recommend you check it out.

Also stand by for an original pattern by us that we will be using Blue Sky Andover Fabrics.
I invested in the entire line (minus one because it sold out in 2 days, before I could get there) to make this quilt along with one solid linen for background. It also was by Andover.

Happy Quilting!


Sunday, May 28, 2017

Sunday Stash- Dimples/Kaffe, Pink, and The Most Amazing Blues

This Sunday Stash post shall be short and sweet.

As we drove Saturday, to various locations around north-central and northern WV, I discussed with Tish about creating a short video about an average day for DavetheQuiltEngineer. It would certainly be funny. It would go a little something like this....I roll in from work on a Friday and fire up my Playstation(4) and begin playing. As with normal internet usage on a weekend day, lag would begin. (For those unfamiliar with this phenomenon- the busy-ness of high speed would slow things down causing me to be behind most people on the online game, which in turn, cause me to get killed) Yes, I play shoot-em up games. The yelling at the T.V. would ensue causing Tish to get out "snap-chat" and record my tirades, only the videos play back in high pitched chipmunk style voices.

She would then share the video with Sandra at MMMQuilts at which time they would hee-haw over the hilarity that ensued.  After wasting a significant amount of time in the process of loosing on my game, I would go to the sewing table...I mean the dinning room table to sew......Cue "The Lady from Impanema" elevator style music, as I sew Dimples to Kaffe fabric. And all becomes right with the world.  This back and forth tug-o-war would be an average weekend day for me.  However, my life is changing and moving in another direction, so it will be interesting to see how the weekends progress from this week forward.

Stash #1

I have a second block started  and still have 3 rows to be put together.  Right now this project is temporarily on hold.. I may work on it off and on....I love the orange/yellow Dimples against the vibrant Kaffe fabrics!

Stash #2

This will be the pieces of a remake of Cheryl Brickey's 2016 Meadow Mystery Quilt  Along. My first go-round with this quilt-along was hard....and that in no way reflects on the pattern. I picked the wrong fabric. The fabric was a poly-cotton blend I think.  I  am much much more optimistic about this one. The locked on fabrics are the black, the green, the white, and butterflies (border). The others are up for decision. If you are reading this and have input please feel free to leave a comment. The three on the left are Moda Grunge . I am kind of excited about these, as they are my first commissioned quilt. Plus I am anxious to get that pattern "knocked out of the park" with some good fabrics. But, this also will have to wait as there is something even more pressing.

Stash #3

Just a note on this one. I got me another yard of Moda Bee Creative fabric. I love that line and I have a bit of it in the stash.

And last but not least

Stash #4

Say hello to Andover Fabrics Blue Sky. First and foremost my favorite color is blue. More-so, this reminds me of many of the antique crocks and dishes my mother had collected as I grew up.  I fell in love with this line as soon as I saw it, and knew I needed to create something with it. Earlier last week Country Roads Quilt Shop , in Morgantown, WV posted that they received this line of fabric. Tish had commented that we maybe go and have a look at it. Country Roads Quilt Shop can also be found on Facebook. With alot of other things on my mind related to changes at work (fairly major just this week even), my mind was somewhere else and the idea of traveling was really an afterthought. The weekend arrived and I knew I needed to get fabric (pink) to get to work on the other guy's quilt for his wife ( a cancer survivor!). So off  we went and not finding exactly what we needed, we ended up in Morgantown.

I found some additional Grunge that I needed and Tish happily hunted for fabric for a special "just because" project she wanted to do. I saw this on the shelf....I stared....and stared...and stared. It was then that I thought, "I want to collaborate with Tish" either on a Log Cabin style quilt (neither of us have ever attempted) or on a new pattern that I designed and we worked up.  I approached the owner about buying the whole line, and a couple Creative Grids for Log Cabins.....daunting yes!!!! I asked Tish her opinion as I knew that it was an investment and if she was not on-board it would be an instantaneous no-go.  She said she was up for the challenge. So, after some discussion and a "lightening of the wallet", committed I was to the process.  Unfortunately there are 28 fabrics in the line, and in the few short days that Peggy, the owner, had the fabrics, she sold one entire bolt, so I left with 27 pieces and an excitement and fervor for a new project that I have never felt before.  We are undecided at this point if we are going to do log cabin (appears to be pretty time consuming) or do a one-off/ original DavetheQuiltEngineer / Appalachian Couple Quilters design/pattern. Needless to say we are going to attack this project with more enthusiasm than almost any other project I have been involved with or done. Feel free to make a comment as to whether you think it should be an original pattern or a log cabin design ( will not be a traditional log cabin though- will be modified one-off also).

With all the excitement and positive vibrations....I am linking up today with Alyce Blyth at Blossom Heart Quilters.

One Year In....and observations on a quilt show

One year has came and went and many changes have occurred for me in most facets of my life.

The person that has by far been the most influential in my life, Randy Perdue, resigned from his position as Director of Training. It isn't worth getting into, but politics makes things hard and when personalities come into conflict, ultimately someone has to give. Ultimately being a leader, means knowing when to say when.  That is what he did.  I miss him dearly but he has been amazingly successful since, and the sky is the limit for him.  We keep in touch and he has expressed more faith in me that any other person....for that, I thank him, and I also believe that the sky is the limit for me.

What we think about we bring about....or in the words of Shakespeare, "There is nothing is either good nor bad, but thinking makes it so."

So.....or should I say Sew??????

It has been roughly one year since I started quilting. One year later and several projects later. I have created multiple patterns and keep them "squirreled" away in a book. Tish and I are getting ready to release our first pattern. I have completed one project that I entered in the Strawberry Festival quilt show in Buckhannon, WV. I will post on that in a little bit.  I have two other patterns that I have made projects for. One was a quick design that I put together and posted in another post, but did not go back and finish the official block. I bought fabric for it, but things just happened and it got pushed to the back.  I have another recent pattern completed and sandwiched and waiting for Tish to quilt. I will post it when it is done.  On that same thought, Tish and I bought fabric this weekend for a collaborative quilt/project. We are debating using the pattern that is sandwiched at this time, or possibly doing a log cabin quilt, which neither of us have tried.  We aren't sure, but we are hoping to gain some recognition with this project (more-so her name) recognition. Together we are The Appalachian Couple Quilters! "You can have everything in life you want, if you will just help other people get what they want." -Zig Ziglar

On to the WV Strawberry Festival....

You can have everything in life you want, if you will just help other people get what they want. Zig Ziglar
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This is my mom's quilt. I have posted on it before. This was my first true quilt (one that can be used as a quilt/blanket). I am proud of it, and as always I must give a shout out to one of my FAVORITE pattern designer Cheryl Brickey of Meadow Mist Designs. This one is called Looking Glass and the picture here does not do it justice.

To understand the process of evaluation for the S.F. quilt show, the categories are as follows: Visual Impact, Design, Colors and Fabrics, Top Construction, Borders and Sashing, Quilt Design, Quilting Technique, and Finishing Technique.  All marks I received in this quilt were good to excellent. With Color and Fabrics being the excellent. Everything else was good or very good (more V than G).  They liked the flange binding, but could use more accurate ditch stitching, and the corner mitering could be more accurate. It didn't win anything, but for my first project I was please with how it turned out and it is a gift for my mom.

This was an improptu piece that I designed and decided to throw together. it was a one block design that I decided to make 4 blocks and orient to get the visual cross/plus design in the middle. it is a throw that I will personally use unless someone near by decides they want to buy it. I was satisfied with the way it turned out. The quilting in it, I did myself. Tish finished the binding for me. the plus part has chevrons radiating out  from the center block. the center square has straight lines that come in to a the center point and the outside sections of the blocks have narrow sun style lines radiating out at approximate one inch intervals. I called this one optical illusion.  In total it got a couple of very goods, mostly goods and one satisfactory on quilting design.  I really didn't expect much and THE reality is, I wish I had done better on the quilting. In reality......I feel the judges were generous.  I did get a "precise" rating (generally) on piecing which made me happy. i  take great pride in taking time to get this part of the process right. The big issues were stitch length. Again I felt they were generous.

 For an impromptu piece I thought it turned out just fine and I really had no intent on putting it in the quilt show....Holy HST!!!! Tish talked me into it and I don't regret the evaluation....THEY WERE GENEROUS!!!!

Hawaiian Stepping Stones!!!! A pattern designed by Sandra Walker of MMMQuilts. This was my first quilt and it was a pattern test. With the stiff competition there including some traditional quilts as well as some Bargello patterns, I was happy to pull an honorable mention in Amateur non-longarm division. I completed this entire quilt myself except Tish gave me some initial instruction on the flange-binding and did the feathers through the color first and it did the best. I received one excellent, 3 very goods,  2 goods, one N/A, and one Needs Improvement on the quilting. The remarks were on the quilting and stitch length. A big thanks to Sandra for allowing me to use her pattern!

So my thoughts....I'm not one for needing public recognition. Matter of fact I am not real big on it at all.  Winning awards is nice, but I enjoy just a simple kind word from someone that I respect as opposed to a public accolade. I won employee for the year (2016) for the area (training) I work within my agency of employment. I had to go up and shake hands and get an award and a medal for my uniform. I struggle with that for some reason.  However, it was pleasing to receive the award I did in the quilt show. Many people have been quilting for years that entered and it validate, for me, that I have some skills....THANKS TO TISH, and that I am pretty good at what I do for the little amount of time I have in doing it. My dad always told me to put all possible effort into everything I do, otherwise it isn't worth doing. That being said, I'm more interested in Tish growing in recognition than I am myself. I enjoy the art aspect of the quilting processes as well as the process which helps me with an outlet for energy that I have (including times of frustration energy). I have ALOT of projects I need to finish that are UFOs at this point as well as the aforementioned collaborative project with Tish and one that a co-worker commissioned me to do. If I have time I will be doing a Sunday Stash post on it later. I have alot to get done today including help Tish take pics, work on a couple designs and work on a Kaffe Fassett project that I have been desiring to do since I found his fabric. Look for more on that in the Sunday Stash post also. 

Just a taste of KF

I am sure, in the future, I will likely enter more projects....Nothing ventured, nothing gained they say.

I would say though, being "judged" now means I can same I am officially part of the quilting community.

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