Back in the Saddle


Thank you for all of the emails of concern, I appreciate them and even though I was unable to respond to many of them, I did read them.

Sometimes life happens with a crash and you have to take a step back and re-group. Now I am ready to get in the thick of the new year and getting back to work. Speaking of getting back to work…..

Sooooo, what is up for 2014? The list, not necessarily in this order:

  1. Complete Unexpected Beauty Revisited sample
  2. Naturalist’s Notebook (let’s finish this up this year)
  3. Preparation for an early spring onslaught of teaching
  4. put aside some time to work on Jason’s quilt
  5. Family time
  6. Secret project
  7. Limit computer time so I can complete this list
  8. Reduce teaching engagements further

As you can see by the top photo, I have nearly completed the Unexpected Beauty (Revisited) quilt. The design has not been altered from the original except that it is a smaller size. Most people do not realize that the original is a LARGE quilt.

This pattern will have the center design scaled to approximately 24″ wide by 36″ long. Add the borders and it will finish around (not exactly folks) 32″ wide by 44″ long. This makes it IMO, a great size to hang on a wall where space is limited.

I will post a fabric list when I know all of that info so those of you taking the 2014 Asilomar workshop and the Master Class at Berrima Patchwork in Australia will have that information if you want it. There will be NO KIT for this project.

Because the original quilt was made when batiks were just coming into the marketplace, it is really EASY to find substitutions. I, myself, worked from a postcard to re-create what you see. I did not have any notes etc., to work with from the original construction. In fact, I found out that the fabric “I thought” I used for the sky was not it at all.

That fabric is nowhere to be found anymore. I do wish Hoffman would bring back those multi-dyes of the golden years of batiks (the beginning).

Speaking of batiks, Lord help us, they are starting to produce them to fit into the Modern Quilt aesthetic. Sigh and double sigh.  Although, do you know how much this Modern Quilt movement and the industry’s love affair with it has saved me?  Seriously?  Over $5,000 last year in fabric purchases!

I love fabric but I have not been motivated in such a long time to buy any. Maybe there really is an upside to this “Modern Quilt” obsession with the fabric side of the industry–I am not spending any money.

I will be posting sporadically because of the workload and back to back multi-day teaching engagements. If you are still with me, thanks for not giving up on me!













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About Sandra

I am an Author, Designer, Illustrator and a major international award winning quilt artisan. I love working with fabrics and threads and they have become my medium of choice.

20 thoughts on “Back in the Saddle

  1. Hi Sandra:

    I’m SO happy that you are back. I was so concerned and was just getting ready to contact you with and ‘are you okay’ email but hesitated because I figured you must be either ill, or slammed with projects, or just wanted some down time or had other issues and the last thing you needed was a bunch of emails you had to respond to.

    Take care of yourself and we’ll be here waiting when you have time to post!

  2. I am glad you are back with us. Thank goodness that I bought so many batiks early on. I agree that the modern movement has really cut down on buying fabric for applique.
    Looking forward to the new year with you.

  3. Welcome back, Sandra. We’ve missed you. I’m with you about the fabric we see these day – much I wouldn’t think of buying. I’m starting to shop in thrift stores for clothes constructed of fabric that really appeals to me.

  4. So happy you’re back Sandra! … I was having withdrawal symptoms from not seeing your blog posts of the new projects your working on!

  5. I feel like you do with the new fabric. I don’t spend nearly the money I did especially when reproduction fabrics were in vogue. That’s OK though because I have plenty to last for awhile until the tide changes.

  6. Welcome back, dearie! Happy to be reading your posts once again. (Need that hit of inspiration.)

  7. Hi Sandra, A huge thankyou for the workshop you gave in Kamloops for Marigolds. I learned so much from you and my quilting shows it. You are the best.

  8. Glad to have back on board. Love your mitered binding! What a great way to finish a quilt. Is there a way to do inside corners that way? That would really help matters on Double Wedding Rings, Grandmother’s Flower Gardens etc. Again, Welcome back, you were missed!

  9. My dear Sandra! Thank you so much for reaching out to us fans. Your ears should have been burning big with many of us worrying about you. Please take extra care of you and your loved ones!!

  10. Sandra, glad to read that all is well. I felt like a nudge the last time, so I figured “no news is good news” this time around. I agree with you about the fabric-nothing has been hitting me lately either. Good for us!
    Looking forward to seeing more posts from you soon.

  11. Dear Sandra
    So glad you are finally back and I hope you and family are well. No blogs and no responses to mails for so long- I was worried but kept checking your blog .
    I got the digital version of the quilting magazine with the explanation of the ribbon weaving quilt pattern. I had purchased the basket weave and hope to do it by hand.
    Be well and Happy and healthy New Year to oyu and yours.

  12. Lots of “life” (& other trials) going on here, too, but am so very relieved to see you getting back up to plate again as well. Working on the nuthatch here, so glad to see that the hummingbird might make it out after all. 🙂 Ha, if you leave me up to my own devices there’s no telling what I might stick in those spaces. lol. 😉 scary….

    Oh so very glad to see you back!!! Sending hugs from OK.

  13. Hi Sandra… so happy to see your blog post! Your article in current MQU is great… really enjoyed it and have added it to my files. You are spot-on about the “modern” fabrics, I, too, am saving so much money because of it…. just doesn’t appeal to me either. I’ll miss seeing you and Joann at Empty Spools this year,,, will be there the second session. Keep your creativity flowing. It would be wonderful to complete the Nature’s Notebook in a year or so! Take care & best wishes to you!

  14. So happy you are back, with a new beauty to share. I agree about the new fabrics, by buying your wonderful fabric kits and the batiks you recommend, I have really saved money. I wish Hoffman would bring back those early multi-dye batiks, we can dream!

  15. So glad you’re back to blogging. I am with Pam. . . having withdrawal symptoms! You are my main BLOG I follow every day. I’m so glad you are fine and back in the saddle, and am so looking forward to taking this class with you. It’s my favorite winter flower as well, having just bought 3 more today. I can hardly wait to start. Take care and we’ll hear from you when you come up for air.

  16. Like all the above ladies, breathed a sigh of relief when your long awaited blog appeared. Now will have to hurry up and finish piecing projects to get back to the Naturalist Notebook blocks. Do Hope that You and your family have a happy and healthy 2014.

  17. Your list does not seem to get any shorter ! Hope you get a break now and then ! Looking forward to hearing from you when you have time . Take care of yourself and don’t push too hard !!

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