Sunday, October 31, 2010

Fall Market

Fall Market Check out all the pics and new items at Fall Quilt Market in Houston!

Quilt Times: Trick or Treat Giveaway ....

Great contest for an awesome book. Check it out here...Quilt Times: Trick or Treat Giveaway ....Giveaway open until 11/8

Friday, October 29, 2010

3 Dog Design Co: Hoffman Challenge 2010

Take a picture standing by my quilt at Market in Houston and send it to me! 3 Dog Design Co: Hoffman Challenge 2010: "This was the first time for entering the Hoffman Challenge. My quilt is titled 'Love-Me-Knot'. I created a round quilt and fussy cut the ch..."

Tuesday, October 26, 2010

Weekly Quilt Contest: Halloween

See last weeks winners and next weeks contest. Congrats to Sabine and her Elvis & Mitzy Quilt
Weekly Quilt Contest: Halloween

Spice Islands Compass Quilt

Here is a photo of the quilt I made in 2009.  The pattern was by Brenda Henning and appeared in Fons & Porter March/April 2007 issue. The quilt was made from Batiks. And yes, I sewed every triangle individually! CRAZY, I know!

The quilting was completed by Janiece Cline

Monday, October 25, 2010

Latest Project "Ripple" (Well, maybe)

So, here is the latest project that I had designed and worked on.  I'm not exactly sure if I am satisfied with the design.  It was supposed to represent a pebble dropped in the water and ripples flowing out.  It's still on my design wall and thinking I want to replace the large dark blue triangular shapes.
I used a McKenna Ryan Fabric that was dyed from selvage to selvage from Aqua to Dark Blue.

Alliance for American Quilts Auction

Don't miss their biggest annual fundraiser--an eBay auction of 16" x 16" quilts. Week one begins Monday, Oct. 25 at 9pm Eastern. Check out the site at the link below.

"New from Old" contest quilts--118 in all--will be auctioned this year in four 1-week groups, running through December 6. Please note: if you search anytime before or after the auction dates/times on, the quilts will not be viewable

Here's a Great Tool - Hang It Dang It Quilt Hanger

Here is a great way for anyone for hanging quilts.  All it requires is one nail hole! Hangs any quilt straight and level.  I love it! Check it out here

Friday, October 22, 2010

Vote Now: Paper Pieced Quilts

The voting has begun.  Click on the link below to go to the web site.
Vote Now: Paper Pieced Quilts

Look for this quilt to vote for me!
Super Nova

Thursday, October 21, 2010

AQS Quilt News: The AQS Quilt Show - Des Moines... A Photographic ...

AQS Quilt News: The AQS Quilt Show - Des Moines... A Photographic ...: "If you missed the AQS Quilt Show in Des Moines, October 6 - 9, here are a few photos from the show. Mark your calendar for next year's Des ..."

Monday, October 18, 2010

AQS Quilt News: AQS Quilt Show - Lancaster, PA: 2011 Registration ...

AQS Quilt News: AQS Quilt Show - Lancaster, PA: 2011 Registration ...: "The Registration Guide for the AQS Quilt Show in Lancaster, March 16 - 19, 2011, is now available. You can order the printed Registration G..."

Wednesday, October 13, 2010

Stash Building 101

Quilt shows are a great place to find fabric, books and notions.  The AQS show in Des Moines was no exception. With many vendors, the pickings were awesome.  This is also a time to venture out to the local quilt shops to see what is popular in a different region of the US.  I always spend at least one day traveling to as many quilt shops as possible, my own mini shop hop!

So, what do I look for when building my stash?  I find colors and designers that I love, something unusual or something that I haven't seen in my local shops. Sometimes I have a particular quilt in mind, and sometimes I just stick to one or two color families.

Here are some pictures of my latest stash building fun in Des Moines at the AQS show. (Maybe I did go a little overboard!)

Silks, Satins and Cottons

 Robert Kaufman striped Batik

 Kaffe Ikat

Jinney Beyer (from the Fons and Porter warehouse sale)


 Sew Batik & Starr Design (both Hand Dyed)

 Cherrywood Hand Dyed

 Liberty Homestead Hand Dyed

Tuesday, October 12, 2010

New Website and Original Quilt Pattern Available Soon!

I have been working on completing the pattern for a quilt similar to Super Nova, pictured on the right. I am auditioning new fabrics and will have the pattern or pattern and fabric available for purchase.  Let me know if you are interested.

Monday, October 11, 2010

Looking for Fabric

I am looking for any Robert Kaufman Artisan Batiks: Elementals Stripe by Lunn Studio.  Please let me know if you have seen any in your local shops.  You can see a picture of the fabric at this web site:

I guess I should have bought more when I was in Des Moines!

No sewing today, had to get back to work.

Sunday, October 10, 2010

Follow me on Facebook

Do a search for 3DogDesignCo and 'Like' my page. Thanks in advance!

Design Break 2 - One Block Wonder

So I have about 75% of the blocks pieced.  That's when I like to start getting them up on the design wall.  This is also the time when I start sorting the blocks into colors and identifying transition blocks.

Determining the color of the block can be the most difficult part of the process, it was on my first one block quilt.  So, how do I determine the color of a block? I look at the outer 1" - 1 1/2" of the block edge.  I ignore pattern and any additional colors in the center of the block.  Once I have the blocks grouped together, that's when I start playing with pattern and texture within the color "families."  Lets look at some sample blocks.

I consider this first block to be red.  Knowing that the first 1/4" will be in the seam allowance, then next colors are red and black.  I ignore the orange in the center for this step.

I consider this block green.  The outer "border" of this block is contains green and black, the center is blue, again, ignore color and design in the center of the block for now.

This block, even though it can't be seen very well in this photo, is purple.

Well, hope that gives you some insight on how I group the blocks by color.  It took me forever to figure that out on my first One Block Wonder Quilt, that I call "Tropical Explosion."  I wish I still had a piece of the original fabric.  It had huge leaves and hibiscus flowers.

I finally worked out my process on "Oriental Garden."

Here is the original fabric for Oriental Garden pictured above.

Why 3 Dog Design Co?

The answer is quite simple, I have 3 Jack Russell Terriers (and a cat).You can see the little terrors below (LoL). 



Saturday, October 9, 2010

Design Break

So, I have decided to take a break from my designs and make another "One Block Wonder" quilt.  I love making these quilts, they are quick and easy to piece.  These quilts have taught me about color, that is, not to be afraid of it!  Here is the fabric I have chosen for this quilt.  Let's see how it turns out.
"Stargazer" - by Robert Kauffman

Thank you for visiting my blog

Follow this blog for updates on my quilt designs. I will be posting pictures of my completed quilts. You may also find some works in progress, as I overcome obstacles in their design, how I resolved them, and seek your options.
I have been asked, on numerous occasions, for my patterns, so you may find them here on the blog in the future. Wish me luck as I work with my local quilt shop to see what I can get published.  I have also decided to submit a proposal to AQS for a book (I will keep you posted if my proposal is accepted).
I have also been asked to conduct workshops. I will keep you updated on where and when these workshops will be held.

Friday, October 8, 2010

Hoffman Challenge 2010

This was the first time for entering the Hoffman Challenge. My quilt is titled "Love-Me-Knot".  I created a round quilt and fussy cut the challenge fabric (I will have to find a close-up to post). The quilt will be in the Traveling Trunk "C".  A display schedule is listed below. Please take a picture and send it to me if you happen to be at one of these shows!
The quilt is in traveling trunk C. Here is a shedule of where it will be displayed.
9/20/2010            Friendship Knot Quilters Meeting, Bradenton,FL
9/30 – 10/4         Watertown Quilt Festival, Watertown, SD
10/15 – 10/16     Grouseland Quilt and Fiber Arts Festival, Vincennes, IN
10/30 – 11/1       International Quilt Festival Market, Houston, TX
11/4 – 11/7         International Quilt Festival Market, Houston, TX
2/17 – 2/19         Wichita Mountain Quilt Show, Lawton, OK
4/2 – 4/3              North Coast Needle Quilters Guild,
4/7 – 4/10            International Quilt Festival Cincinnati 2011, Cincinnati, OH
4/16 – 4/17         Stitches in Time Quilt and Needlework Show, Quincy, IL
4/29 – 4/30         Odessa Quilt Show, Odessa, WA
5/20 – 5/21         Chula Vista Quilter’s Guild Annual Quilt Show, Chula Vista, CA
7/29 – 7/31         International Quilt Festival Long Beach 2011, Long Beach, CA

AQS Des Moines 2010

Back from the AQS Quilt Show in Des Moines.  Had a lot of fun. I learned some new techniques that I hope to apply in my future quilts.  My quilt, "Anemone" was displayed at the show.  I received may good comments and constructive criticism. It's always good to hear other quilters critique your work.