The air is getting a little cooler, thank goodness! I just hope it doesn’t get so cold the kids all have to cover up their costumes with coats. AND! Heaven forbid, snow like we had one year. It’s late & We’ve got to get those Halloween patterns off the shelves before they’re mummified! Sooo…
Halloween Paper Pantos are $10.00 and PDFs are $5.00 starting October 12th! (14″ sizes $12.00)
I’ve been working on Kaleidoscope blocks for a new Halloween quilt. I love making Kaleidoscopes and arranging them in new ways. Click HERE for the tutorial. They’ll make a perfect quilt for so many of these Halloween patterns!
I’ve also been thinking about all the yummy treats for Halloween. This year I had a new idea, ‘hope you like them! – Floating on Air -“GHOSTIES” – to go along with my “Ghostly Feathers” pattern. Learn how to make them below.
Every October when our kids were small I would decorate the front door with spider webs made of black or white yarn and hang big plastic spiders on them. Then, there was the year James made Jack Pumpkinhead and he has been our door greeter ever since. See him in last years Halloween post. AND get the recipe for our yummy “pumpkin-filled” Pumpkin Face Cookies.
This year I have a new “Spider Webs” Pantograph. Ohhh, they’re so realistic and soooo Creeeepy! It reminds me of the spiders the boys made in Cub Scouts. See below.
Okay – I’m not really crazy about spiders. I step on them purposely, but I had 5 boys and, well, boys like stuff like that! Here’s a paper bowl spider I taught the boys to make in scouts. Kids love creeping it along! It has been loads of fun over the years. 25 years to be exact! (It’s a little weather-beaten!)
Here are some other fun Halloween patterns and recipes/ideas to go with them!
It’s windy today and I’m afraid the leaves will turn and blow off the trees before I can get my Thanksgiving candles made. Go here for the Ice Candle tutorial. Make them NOW while there are still leaves to gather and put them in your freezer!
IT’S NOT CHRISTMAS YET – IS IT??!! Don’t miss the SALE!
I haven’t had time to start any new Christmas projects but I did manage to get one beautiful UFO done last month. I started it too long ago to make a “tutorial” but I can give you the count and directions. (see below) I absolutely love the “Snowbirds” Pantograph and “Snowbird Borders” designs! Don’t you?
Before I forget, here’s a special announcement. ALL our Christmas themed pantos are on sale for the coming 2 weeks. See them all on the HOME PAGE!
Including the NEW MISTLETOE PANTO. There’s a FREE Poinsettia quilt pdf too! Tout Suite! So don’t miss them!
Every year I’m too busy to start Christmas projects ahead of time. And every year I’m scrambling to get presents ready for my family and friends. I have a LOOOng list of projects to work on. Just take a look at my UFOs. I know a lot of you plan well ahead, like even making Christmas Projects in the summer. But are there any of you who are either too busy or procrastinate like me?
So you see why I’m so happy to finally have the Snowbirds quilt done!
Now back to the Snowbirds quilt. I like to give you tutorials, but I started this too long ago to have pictures. I do have a few left over pieces so you can see what I’ll be talking about.
Here are the requirements if you want to make one like it. Be sure to get the Snowbirds pantograph on the Christmas Sale!
Do you collect Antique Sewing Machines? Do you have a back-up sewing machine? What if your tension spring breaks? or you lose your bobbin case? Or there’s no ELECTRICITY!
Someone was asking whether I had a “back up” sewing machine. Very definitely! My first machine was a Kenmore that I received for a High School Graduation present! It was one of the best I’ve ever had! I’ve had a couple more over the years and don’t even remember their names. Of course, when I went to Thailand on a mission I couldn’t live without a machine so I bought one from a friend. It was a Juki converted from treadle with a little electric motor. See it in the far left corner.
I’ve always thought it would be a good idea to have a treadle machine—just in case the electricity goes out! So I currently have 2! My brother has my Grandmother’s old one (boohoo) but when we were first married I bought a REALLY old one from a little friend in Lawton OK. It’s not much to look at, but it has the long “spindle” type bobbins! It’s that old!
Next, my friend in Kansas gave me her mother’s machine. It’s much more beautiful. I use it as a base for my “holiday Tree” in the family room.
I do have my mother’s machine—a Wilcox and Gibbs factory power machine. (When she had little kids at home the factory she had sewn for in LA sent the machine home with her!) That’s the machine I learned to sew on! FAST & POWERFUL!!! That “attachment” on the left is a Tucking Arm.
Another friend gave me an old power (?) Machine (sitting on a shelf in my storage room.) It’s really beautiful, isn’t it?
And, Oh yes—there’s the “once top of the line” Elna that I bought at the thrift shop for $7.00. (Did you notice that gray case at the bottom of the shelf in the last picture?)
Now I have my Pfaff that I use almost exclusively. I think that makes 6 sewing machines that I still own!? Isn’t collecting fun!
Do you have a “back-up” machine? I’d love to hear about it!
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By for now! Hurry and get busy on your Christmas projects. Next time -some quick Halloween ideas.
Woof, Woof! It’s National Dog Day!
This week, until August 31st, get FREE Doggies PDF Block pattern sets with any purchase ( see below) https://www.meadowlyon.com
Also on sale, Dawgs, In the Doghouse, Dog Patch Quilt, Backwoods Moose Quilt and Backwoods Pine Quilt patterns with their necessary pantos, Backwoods, Campout, Fish Tales. You might also want to consider Halloween and Autumn patterns.
Several years ago I wanted to draw some dog patterns so I sent out a request for dog pictures. Wow! I got some of the cutest pictures. Of course everyone loves their dogs and I could see why. You can spot “Lady” in my Dogpatch Quilt.
Anyway, I drew up separate blocks of the dogs and then the “Dawgs” Pictogram (A non-repeating pantograph 12′ long)
and finally “In The Doghouse,” a 6″ wide border/edge to edge
Eventually I pieced the Dogpatch quilt using both patterns with their fun dog-bones sashing. Angela Meadows (my business partner and founder of MeadowLyon) quilted it and I painted in the dog faces everywhere they went over a white triangle.
I remember I had it spread out on our pool table in the basement with plastic trash bags draped over it to protect the rest of the quilt. (I was terribly afraid of ruining it!) My high school son came down, stood still a minute, and said, “Mom! You can paint!”
Yep! But I hadn’t had time for that pleasure with 8 kids.
The first show I took it to was MQX in New Hampshire. As I was setting up, the photographer, Jeffrey Lomika, came rushing over. “I was photographing the quilts in the exhibit and looking through the lens, all of a sudden I saw Norman!!”
Yes, his dog was in that quilt – the cutest little wire haired terrier ever. Look closely, maybe you can spot him. He was so cute, I used his face two or three times!
Do you remember I promised you a tutorial on inserting round patches into T-shirt Quilts. It’s Here: Making circular insets in T-shirt Quilts. You might also want to re-visit the Blog about T-shirt Quilts.
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| Can you adjust the length of MeadowLyon’s (Judy Lyon) Digital Pictogram panels? Yes, but consider the appearance of the images. To help in your decision here are some adjusted pictures showing how 3 patterns; “Rainforest,” “Fishy business,” & “Backwoods” would look if the panels were shrunk (shortened) or lengthened to fit a quilt. In your case the change may not be as drastic depending on your needs. Of course enlarging or decreasing, while keeping the ratio the same will not change the shape of the images but only decrease or expand their size. It’s also important to consider the “tightness” of your stitching. In a perfect world, none of these adjustments would have to made. But, let’s face it, every quilt is not planned to fit the stitching! |
Note that the original paper size of most MeadowLyon’s Pictograms is 11″x 36″. The digital size is set at 12″ x 39.1″.
Judy Lyon Digital Pictograms (non-repeating pantos) are currently sold by these distributors: Legacyquilting.com and intelligentquilting.com
Find the link to their sites on MeadowLyon’s homepage.
We’re having a heatwave! “95°” That’s a respectable heat wave. So let’s price all the desert-y hot patterns in the 95s.
$10.00 $8.95, $14.00 $11.95, $16.00 $13.95, $20.00 $17.95
I grew up in southern California. I thought I knew what it meant to be hot!! But I remember the first time I really got a handle on the thing – heat that is. Our family was on vacation and staying in a little motel at Lake Mead. When we walked out of the door it felt like stepping into an oven. After we got out onto the lake where my dad was fishing. I jumped in the water to cool off. It was like a bathtub!!
But a heat wave seems never-ending. The long-hot summer! Maybe you can picture it – maybe you’re living in it. I’ve collected up all my MeadowLyon Pantographs and Pictograms that made me think about hot weather – like “Modern Southwest” pictured over a free-style, mock quilt.
My Dad and brothers built a desert cabin just outside the town of Joshua Tree, near 29 Palms, CA. It was rugged with only one room, but it did have two sets of French doors across the back and a gasoline powered generator mounted on an old lawn mower chassis that Dad could fire up when we wanted electricity at night. Before that we used a lantern.
I loved hiking up Rattlesnake Hill right behind our house. After I got to the top I could see out over the valley and into the National Monument Park where they used to “shoot” westerns. I used to dress up in my little cowgirl outfit and run around trying to “rope” our Cocker Spaniel Rusty.
Oh, Yes! Did you notice that straight rope twist and corner on the Rodeo Kids layout? It’s FREE right now. So put “Rope Twist” in your cart.
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When my friend Helen in Las Vegas asked me to draw a pattern with southwest images for her I remembered so many things I had seen and loved in my childhood. I drew them into “Southwest Vistas.”
Oh yes! Cactus! My mom was a crafty sort and she just had to have some of that decorative Cholla Cactus wood. I can remember her with a handerkerchief tied around her face like a mask and wielding a big butcher knife held by big heavy gloves – scraping the “stickers” off the cactus!! Those stickers are terrors!! They are the enemy!
I know that from experience. But, Cactus Flower that was another thing! They were friendly and had the brightest colors!!
I’ve rounded up all the “hot weather patterns and put them on sale for you – just for memory’s sake. Titles like: Southwest Vistas, Spiral Suns (an all time favorite!), Spinning Kokopeli, Modern Southwest, Mosaic, Laguna de Cancun, Great Plains on the Move, Mustangs, Rodeo Kids, Ropin’ Horseshoes w Knotty Pine, Snakeskin, Cactus Flower, El Dorado, Pueblo Pottery (see a special tutorial below!) , Barnyard Dreams, Sunflowers, Giant Sunflowers, Chicken Feathers, MooCow, Illusion, Tornado, Mayan Glyphs, Portico Blooms, & Bengali Mosaic. Whew! is it hot in all those places???
But don’t worry – YOU’LL NEED TO COOL OFF with FREE SODA FOUNTAIN BLOCKS SET. The first 20 orders will get a PDF set emailed to them FREE within 24 hours! Just wrap your lips around them straws! On the Soda Fountain page you’ll see ideas for using them!
Now back to the longest of the hot days. They make me think of eating MEXICAN! I’ve attached a couple of favorite recipes for you down below. That reminds me – Do you know about EPAZOTE? It is the quintessential Mexican herb. Add it to your favorite chili recipe and you will be transported south of the border! Yep, but it’s hard to find out here in Kansas. I finally asked the guy at Acapulco and he gave me some sprigs. “Where did you buy this?” I asked. “I grow it myself!”
But now a little more quilt talk. I’ve got a new pattern to celebrate the heat – “Pueblo Pottery.” It’s a fun interlocking panto with all the flavor of the southwest.
I have an idea for you to use it on a quilt Remember the “Southwest Vistas” Pictogram (that’s a non-repeating panto) up above? I made a Southwest Pueblo quilt to showcase it. I used some simple improv piecing in desert colors to suggest the plateaus and native pueblo style houses. The round oven, the round beams, the ladders and drying racks all added a bit of interest, color and nostalgia. All this supported the amazing stitching of the “Pictogram” or vice-versa, the pictogram accented the strong southwest feel of the quilt.
I added more color to surround the main body of the quilt and have loved the
Here’s how you can put it together. And how it will look in a different colorway with the Pueblo Pottery design quilted over it.
So crank up that Air Cond and have fun sipping your sodas and putting together this fun desert quilt! Oh and don’t forget the recipes below.
Celebrate our Founding Fathers at Home and in History with Love, Honor and a FREE Patriotic pattern!
At this time of year we remember our “Founding Fathers,” both family and nation. Some founding fathers of our family are John Lyon, William A. Redd, Hans Ulrich Bryner, Lucius Franklin Snyder. Bryner, seated with a beard, was an immigrant to the US from Switzerland. In large measure he was the founder of the Bryner clan in America. Before coming he was blinded in an accident, but didn’t let that stop him. Traveling by ship and then covered wagon across the US he held onto the back of the wagon, giving up his seat inside for an elderly woman who needed a place. I designed a quilting Pictogram, Westward Ho, around his story and pictured him holding the wagon.
Just as you honor your fathers, we honor ours by telling them we love them, by giving them gifts, and by cooking their favorite treats. Our Dad loves tunnel of fudge cake – the old recipe with pudding. Yumm…. The kids all love making him treats each year! It’s no wonder in Sunday School we sing, “I’m So Glad when Daddy comes Home.” Now he’s a grand father and sooo good at reading stories. I get jealous – they want him! See his picture? Grandpas make us smile, don’t they? (I had fun overlaying the pix with an image from our America’s Pride Blocks- FREE PDF June 2019 only.)
This time of year, climaxing with the 4th of July, is full of Patriotism. Because we live near an Army Post the boy scouts place flags on all the graves in the cemetery for Memorial day. That is the beginning. Memorial Day, D-day, Father’s Day and July 4th make a grand month of remembrance.
Patriotic service and red, white and blue décor and stories of valor are part of the fabric of our lives. In such ways we honor the Founding Fathers of our country. We obey the laws, we vote, we celebrate the birth of our nation. We enjoy the land through vacations and song – “Oh Beautiful for Spacious Skies…” I even decorate a 4th of July tree! (I’m also reminded of a Canadian hymn, “In days of yore from Britain’s shore, Wolfe, the dauntless hero came…” My mother grew up in Canada and I learned this song as a child right along with The Star Spangled Banner.)
Every year on the 4th of July, we watch the movie “1776.” Our kids have the dialogue memorized. We love lines such as “He plays the violin…” and “Pins!” – “Saltpeter!” What, you don’t know those lines? Pull out that old movie this year and find them. You’ll have to sing the words with Ben Franklin! I can see and hear it in my mind’s eye.
Another tradition has been to have a BBQ and Swim party in the back yard. Ribs and sweet potato salad are always on the menu. I’ll include my favorite ribs recipe for your 4th of July feast this year. It’s actually an oven recipe but we put it on the grill for that special smokiness I love. Homemade ice cream was also a favorite, Root Beer flavor as well as chocolate. Strawberry pretzel dessert was embellished with blueberries. We’d have a yard full of friends, family and neighbors and sit around until dusk while the kids played in the pool. Later we often drove onto the military post for a fireworks display. I miss those days now that the kids are grown. WHY DO WE DO ALL THIS? To honor the birth of our nation and the founding fathers who built us this heritage. To honor the birth of our families and our own beloved Founding Fathers.
What are your favorite Father’s Day or 4th of Judy (oops July!) traditions? Happy Father’s 4th of July!
This year I’ve had fun planning out some Patriotic quilt designs. “Patriotic Snail’s Trails and More! They’re not full-fledged patterns, just my plans – but enjoy!
Upstairs in my walk-in attic I have a box of T-shirts meant for a quilt or two. I thought how fun it would be to have a t-shirt quilt for the grandkids to use when they visit. They’d be sleeping under all the memories of their Mom or Dad. In particular I have a number of Hawaiian T-shirts and Hawaiian shirts and/or muumuus that he children wore when we lived in Hawaii. Here’s my plan for those great memory pieces. I’m showing it “virtually” stitched with my “Hawaiian Hibiscus” pantograph. (I’m including the titles of the Pantographs on the pictures simply for reference.)
Not sure about piecing circles? I’ve posted a tutorial for adding them. Don’t worry, it’s not hard! Making Circular Insets for T-shirt Quilts.
Another box is filled with old cub scouts t-shirts. They’d be great and I plan to include some of the neckerchiefs and patches in the piecing (see my mock-up example). I’m showing how I would stitch it with my 8-inch double “Jitterbug 15 interlocking “ panto. (You could also use the -one row at a time- “Jitterbug 11 interlocking” panto.) Doesn’t it look great! It reminds me of boys at that age, JITTERY!
There are many standard blocks which sport a square in the middle, so get out your pile of magazines and find a block, or do like I did and open up Quilt-Pro and find a block you like that’s not too time consuming. Here’s a simple star stitched with one of my favorties, “Maori Moko”. It’s a 15″ pattern so if you want a smaller one that’s similar choose the 9-inch “Maori Moko Border” and use it as an E2E. Knit is stretchy anyway, so there’s no problem placing some of the pieces on the diagonal. Another option would be to include the star points only on the outer corners and fill the center with rows of T-shirts. However, I like the tilted squares because it adds so much interest!
. Here’s another idea for a little girls t-shirt quilt. One is straight placement with colorful sashing on which I over-layed our “Oh so popular” Flowerburst pattern. It comes in 2 sizes. “Flowerburst 15” and “Flowerburst 10” Another is a version of a star block using Drunkard’s Path inserts to give a flower effect. You can actually place your t-shirts in some or all of the squares available. I over-layed that one with “Dolly’s Tea Party.”
Just in case you’re making a T-shirt quilt for a guy who’s into cars, like Joe. FREE -I’m giving you my new “Tire Treads” borders PDF for a limited time. I didn’t quite finish the “Hub Caps” block but hope to get it done this week. Oh, gosh! That attic is so full! “Car Classics” and Tire Treads are both on this image. See Sportscars at the end of the blog.
This is a “Real” quilt. Finally! Connie Zwego quilted it in red with the “Snakeskin” Panto.
Here’s a great T-shirt quilt with Car Classics stitched on it, by Deb Rolek. I saw her a few weeks ago at the Quilters Musical.
Or simplify with straight sashing, but make it lively! “Sports Nut” looks great over all these team shirts!
Okay now, I’ve shown a variety of examples to get you going. But I do have some real meat to this Blog. Here are some super “Tips” I’ve gleaned and used over the years to help you along your way.
Copy and print this section for your files. Also, see below a list of patterns well suited to T-shirt quilts. 25 are on SALE THIS MONTH. Continue reading T-Shirt Quilts: Pantos That Work Great! + Best Quilting tips for T-Shirt Success.
My Love Affair with Batiks By Judy Lyon
A Budding Romance
I first became aware of Batiks in the early 60’s. Yikes, I’m revealing my age! I loved to shop at import stores. The interesting items from all around the world intrigued me. Their fabric offerings were in the form of stamped batik designs and were used for skirts, tablecloths, and bedspreads. They were great with the Ravi Shankar music and the incense sticks of the 60’s. Later, in one of my college art classes the teacher taught actual batik-ing. For me, it was love at first sight! My equipment was a tjanting tool (The modern spelling is “canting,” pronounced “chaunting.”), a wooden frame, and a small kettle. Tjanting tools typically have a wooden handle with a long metal tip composed of a chamber for holding warm wax and a spout extending from the lower end or point. I used a combination of beeswax and paraffin in the jaunting tool to draw out my designs, mainly paisleys on scarves, etc. I still have the tiny kettle I used for melting wax. In fact there’s still a layer of wax in the bottom. Anyone who really knows me understands. I don’t throw anything away! “I might need it again,” and I usually do! Not having an internet was crippling! The color sequence …….. SEE MORE AS pdfMy Love Affair With Batiks – On Track Magazine spring 2008
So “How do you successfully quilt on Batiks?”
1. Check your fabric to see how tightly or loosely woven it is. Many made for Quilting” batiks are loose enough to withstand the heavy stitching given to quilts. But some are not. Although I don’t advocate discarding the tighter fabrics, you’ll need to take extra care.
2. Use a finer needle to prevent puncturing the threads in a lightly woven fabric. (See the lower side of the purple picture – you can easily spot holes left in the batik where stitches were removed.) A ball-point might be helpful- but not too large. If you encounter “Frogging” the fuzz around stitches indicating broken threads you might be able to make them less visible by using a damp cloth, dotted with silicone and rubbing lightly. This can be a tricky decision if you have multiple layers of fused appliqué through which to stitch.
3. A silicone lubricant is useful. Spray on brands are available but difficult to find. You can apply a few drops of silicone (ie. Sewer’s Aid) to a damp cloth and rub over the quilt surface or apply a few drops to the spool.
4. Loosen the quilt sandwich on your machine slightly.
5. Batiks are a dream for machine appliqué because as a tightly woven fabric they do not fray easily. For hand-appliqué they may require a little more effort pushing the needle through the tightly woven folded edge. Use a finer needle and try some silicone.
The IRISH JIG, that is! I’ve done a FREE tutorial for my “Irish Jig” Quilt. I couldn’t get it made up so it’s not a complete pattern, just some honest Irish instructions. NO BLARNEY!
If you make it please share a Pic. It’s stitched with “Celtic Chain” which has 2 different borders. I’ve shown both so you can get the idea.
Our guild had a challenge to do a 2 color quilt, or at least a block. I thought about my favorite color – RED. Then I determined to use blue and include all my hand-dyed indigo pieces. But when I looked through my stash for a solid piece, I didn’t have exactly the right color blue! Well, of course, it had to match my hand dyes and that may be a problem. As I was fooling around with swatches I hit upon the idea of using green for St. Patrick’s Day. It could be scrappy and “use up” some of my many odds and ends. I must admit, however, I bought a few more for the mix! The ones I already chose out of my stash are on the left. The new ones are on the right. For this sample I couldn’t make it scrappy like I want for the whole quilt – remember, it was a 2 color challenge. Now I even have a 2 color quilt board on Pinterest!
The first thing I did to start was make a bunch of half-square triangles. (Whoever thought of that name?) I tried making 2 from a small square to confirm my calculations were correct. Then I made the rest with my “8 in one blow” method. Either way I made them a little larger than I needed so I could trim them to size.
Next I started cutting the various other pieces. I sewed the long strips together and combined them into the little checker boards and striped squares. When they were pressed I laid a few of each on the ironing board for you to see. Next came the actual sewing into strips according to the schema plan I made up for the PDF.
Now I have one block finished to show you!!! I love the way it turned out, don’t you? Of course, I plan to “quilt” it with my Celtic Chain pattern with 2 borders and 4 different blocks. Maybe I’ll go scrappy with the designs too, and mix them all in.
Before I forget, I’ve got a St. Patrick’s Day recipe for you. It’s my very favorite Rosemary Cheddar Soda bread. Wait til you taste it – fabulous!!! Happy Quilting!! Judy
This was fantastic. I made it exactly (I almost never do) except for baking it on a Pizza Stone.
Rosemary Cheddar Irish Soda Bread
Prep Time 10 minutes Cook Time 25 minutes Author foodnessgracious
- 2 cups all purpose flour
- 1/2 teaspoon baking soda
- 3/4 teaspoon cream of tartar
- 1/2 teaspoon kosher salt
- 1/4 teaspoon cracked black pepper
- 2 tablespoons fresh chopped rosemary
- 2 cups grated sharp cheddar
- 1 cups buttermilk
- 1 whole large egg
- Heat the oven to 425 degrees F. Lightly flour a non stick baking tray or spray with a non stick spray.
- In a large bowl, whisk together the flour, baking soda, cream of tartar, salt, pepper, rosemary and cheese.
- Add the egg to the buttermilk and beat until mixed.
- Add the buttermilk mixture to the flour and lightly mix through until it becomes sticky and a ball forms.
- Dump the dough out onto a flour dusted work surface and roughly knead the dough into an ball shape. It may be on the wet side so have some extra flour on hand for dusting.
- Place the dough onto your prepared baking tray. Take a sharp serrated knife and cut an X on top of the soda bread.
- Season the top with some more salt and pepper and bake in the oven for 25 minutes and the top is golden brown.
- Let cool for 20 minutes before slicing and serving with butter. If you can resist!!!
“Quilters” Wow! It was a great performance. Knowing that I was a quilter, my friend Nancy M. told me about the show just last week. So, we decided to go. My husband made reservations and on Friday – Opening night (avoiding the snow forecast for Saturday). Umm-they had catered snacks for the occasion.
We had never been to the Theatre Lawrence before. I thought the staging was super. Checking it out, I had seen some clips on You-tube of other “Quilters” productions and I liked the staging of this much better than those I had viewed. Plus, the musical ensemble was delightful. Instruments and unique effects added to the character of the presentation. It was nice that you could see the instrumentalists in the dark depths of the open stage.
But, now to the show – Wonderful! (Of course, I couldn’t take pics inside.) The voices were strong and beautiful and the acting great, too. Costuming too, was era perfect. I was particularly impressed by Susie LeGault. Could she have been my age (or was it just make-up?) and her voice still strong and vibrant? Well, let’s face it- I enjoyed the evening immensely.
There were heart-breaking moments which could be expected from life on the plains which bonded the women of the family together and to their community: The Ladies of the Lutheran Church, or the Ladies of the Methodist…or the Ladies of the Baptist… All the quilts they made over the years which had been collected and offered to bless the lives of those facing tragedy and loss.
In the theater lobby were hung several quilts by members of the local quilt guild (s?) I even found an old quilting friend there who had stitched one of them. She promised to send me the pattern. I’ll use it for my hand dyed indigo pieces. (You’ll recognize it in the pics because it’s blue and white! Thank you Deb Rowden.)
All in all it was well worth the drive to Lawrence.
Several years ago, I took part in a play about quilters, too. It was written by Julie Stapley and was so fun to perform for our church ladies. (The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-Day Saints)
I love Chinese New year time. I remember visiting Lila Lawrence with my mother when I was a child. She had Oriental furniture inlaid with mother of pearl and wore chopsticks in her hair. When we went to China Town in Los Angeles I would get those little prize balls that would unwind spilling little rings, and other treasures.
A few years ago when the catastrophic earthquake hit China I decided to draw a Pantograph with Pandas – “Panda-Bamboo” was what I called it. when I made the quilt I “Top-liqued” pandas right into the stitching line.
“ISAN PORK” FROM SISTER AWE
2 lbs. thinly slice pork, cut bite sized ( OR saute ground pork)
Simmer the pork in lightly salted water until tender. Drain and place in bowl. Sprinkle with juice of 1 – 1 ½ fresh limes. (I used 1 ½ good sized ripe limes)
Stir in 3 Tb. Fish sauce. Add 1 tsp Rot Dii (This is a Thai seasoning containing MSG. I used ½ tsp. MSG with about 1/8 teaspoon white pepper and 1 tsp garlic juice.) Stir well. Taste the liquid to see if you like the blend.
Add ¼ c. chopped cilantro, 3 Tb. Green onions, ½ c. thinly sliced red shallots, Crushed red pepper to taste – I used about ½ tsp. and it wasn’t hot at all.
To serve, sprinkle with cilantro and “Rice Dust,” – browned glutinous rice, crushed****( Place 2 Tb. Uncooked glutinous rice in dry frying pan. Brown the rice, stirring constantly. Allow to cool and crush well, or put it in a blender like I did. I should not become like flour – just like rough corn meal so it remains a little crunchy. This adds an important flavor.)Serve with sticky rice, chopped cucumber, diced, garlic and green mango slices. Wrap them up in green leaf lettuce and dash with Thai Sweet Chili sauce.
Having Fun with Pantographs: Color Book Quilts
In the past few years I’ve seen more and more paint and ink being used on quilts. I’ve noticed it mostly on quilts custom stitched from the front of the machine. But, I’m a pantograph lady, I love the ease of knowing where I’m going and what I’ll find at the end of the row. Several years ago as Angela stitched our “Dawgs” pictogram (non-repeating pantograph) over the expanse of a Big Block quilt I thought how fun it would be to color it like a coloring book—I must admit childhood memories play it big in my mind! I seem to watch them play out, just like a television show. I remember one Spring I was very sick and had to wear dark glasses for a month to protect my eyes. Because I couldn’t go out, Mom let me slide the glasses up and take a peek at the Easter dress hanging on the bedroom sconce. For entertainment she bought me lots of new coloring books and crayons. One afternoon on the bed I sneaked a look and saw, to my chagrin; I had colored the pig orange! Those pesky glasses!
You probably have memories of coloring too. Was your technique to apply a firm line around each color area and then lightly “shade in” the entire space? Or were you like me and made each color a solid, full strength statement? Later I learned about shading and could deftly change hues or tints in the pictures I decorated. I confess I always maintained the bold look. Don’t get me wrong—I admire pastel tints but even my figure (sob!) is bold. When we tried out crayons on small fabric samples in our local quilt guild meeting and then ironed them for permanence, mine was definitely the most intense.
Well, back to the subject. I decided to color the Dog-Patch Quilt to make it more interesting. Remember it was already quilted with a pictogram that offered a collage of doggie faces replete with flopping tongues, sniffing noses, and shaggy ears. I limited the coloring to certain areas. That meant sometimes a dog’s face would be only partially painted and the rest only outlined with stitching. I admit it was scary. I feared I might ruin an otherwise great quilt. At that time our pool table was still in the basement and hadn’t been banished to the garage to make way for my longarm machine. So I spread a tarp and plastic drop cloth over it and laid out the quilt. Nervously, I positioned flat, black trash bags over the areas I wanted to protect. Shiva Paintstiks were the medium I chose because, as usual, I wanted strong color. I rubbed the Paintstik onto the page of a disposable palette and then brushed it onto the fabric with a flat, short bristled, oil paint brush. My 19-year-old son came down to watch TV and stood stunned. “Mom, you can paint!”, he exclaimed. I laughed and said, “Well yes, I was an art major. You’ve just never seen me paint before.” (Isn’t it great when you get a little praise—especially from your kids! That can be a rarity until they’re old enough to appreciate you!)
Face by face, the dog’s expressions began to emerge and take life. By the end of the experiment I was thrilled. This had made my otherwise “lovely” quilt truly standout as being unique. I’m so glad I took the first step – or brushstroke!
I was hooked and eager to paint on another quilt. I pulled out my Westward Ho Quilt that had already been quilted and painted the “campfire” and “spokes” of the wagon wheel giving it a stronger focal point. I was reliving the coloring book experience of my childhood all over again – each time with successful results!
Soon after, I found myself rushing around, trying to get my Dino-Spinners Quilt with the “Dinosauria” pattern ready to send
off to a show. I suddenly realized the quilt had no label. So I turned it over and picked out a stitched dinosaur on the back, painted it with the Paintstiks, and “presto” I had a super looking, automatic label!
My friend Patti Buhler (Quiltedartsstudio.com) promotes and sells Tsukineko Inks so I decided to try those as my next medium of choice. I pieced together a simple quilt of penguin fabric, and white-on-white with plenty of open spaces. Over the quilt top I stitched the “Penguins on Parade” pictogram. Then going back into the central white area, I picked out key penguin figures and painted them black with the amazingly easy, Inkstick Marker that comes with each bottle of Tsukineko Ink. Serendipity! – As I inked in the black penguins, I found, as I had secretly hoped, the stamped on design in the white on white fabric resisted the ink, leaving a white design within the blackened area! (Viewers always get up close and exclaim, “Did you appliqué this one?” It looks like a different fabric.) Finally, I used a little orange, red, and yellow to define the fluff on the penguin feathers and again, instant success! And I mean instant! I didn’t have to wait 4-5 days for the paint to dry. Ink dries in minutes. (Well, I didn’t actually wait that long on the Dog-Patch Quilt anyway, because of my impatient nature.) A few years later I went back and decided to apply white glitter over my Penguin Snowstorm Quilt. I did this as an “added layer of interest” as I always say to viewers.
The next time I tried the inks was on the backside of a Nativity quilt stitched with the “Joyful Birth” Pictogram.. I had stitched and appliquéd over the front and then, realizing the back was quilted with a pale batik, decided to color in some of the “Pictures” on the back. I generally don’t color in the entire quilt. I just pick motifs I want to emphasize. (Maybe you’ll want to color more.) The results were amazing! Just like the white-on-white, there was enough of the residual wax left in the batik so that those designs resisted the inks too. Now this quilt is “reversible”and some of us like the back best!
When you stitch with pantographs and pictograms there is an automatic coloring book effect created. Pictures are already stitched into the fabric of your quilt by the quitting machine. Adding colors to the designs you’ve stitched is easy. And they do add extra spark and appeal to the quilt. I’ll be using these techniques on more quilts. I hope you will too!
Shiva Paintstiks have a wax base and aren’t as oily as oil pastels or actual oil paints. Don’t try the latter or the oil will seep into the surrounding fabric leaving an unsightly ring around the painted area. The Paintstiks keep for years if you wrap them in plastic or place then in a tight can to prevent drying out. Paintstiks come individually or in sets.
Tsukineko Inks come in little one ounce bottles in a whole rainbow of colors, solid, sheer, pearlescent, and metallic. Just choose your color and dip the tip of the reloadable “inkstick” into the bottle. Use it like a magic marker. Don’t get right up to the stitching line, the ink will move toward it and happily, in almost all cases, will not pass the stitched line. Caution: do not thin the paints with water or they will “bleed” more easily into unwanted areas. If you want a pastel or transparent color mix a few drops of the ink with clear Aloe Vera Gel and brush it on. Or if you’re trying for a watercolor wash effect, paint some gel onto the quilt first and then apply the ink.
Of course one must always heat set the painted surfaces whether you are using Paintstiks or Inks to render them permanent and washable. To heat set my quilts, I place brown wrapping paper under the quilt on an ironing surface and place additional paper on top. Then I iron from the top. The heat, applied from the top, draws any loose oil towards the heat source and into the top paper.
Remember the serendipity effect: white-on-white printing will repel the ink. This is also true of some “authentic” batiks which often have residual wax still left in the fabric. Have fun with your next “grown-up” coloring book! Judy
It’s not too early to start thinking about Thanksgiving. I saw Turkeys on sale in our local market yesterday.
A few years ago, I made a couple of fun Thanksgiving Table Toppers. The first was a grand experiment. I tore off the colored silk leaves from an artificial autumn bouquet, arranged them on the fabric I had chosen for the top (and lightly glued them) and placed a shimmery piece of sheer chiffon over them. Of course, I quilted the glittery square with my Thanksgiving Table Topper Pictogram. I was excited by the result. I was so easy yet so special.
The next year I wanted to try something new. I decided to make it reversible. After all with the renewed popularity of “modern” style, I might want a lime green topper instead of a brown one. Who knows? I’ll have to admit it was quite ambitious but turned out super!
I chose a Dk. Brown Batik for one side and a good strong Chartreuse for the other. (Oops, threads not buried!) The Autumn leaves around the edge could be the same colors for both.
It turned out so great I wanted to share it. So, I took photos of the “step-by-step” and converted them into a FREE PDF tutorial for all of you.
To see and download the complete tutorial go here: Reversible Thanksgiving Table Topper Instructions
Golly, I need to make one for myself. One of these decorates my Daughter-in-law’s table and the other my Daughter’s. I’ll have to go there for Thanksgiving!
This 20% OFF anything sale is such a great opportunity.
I want to share even more ideas with you if you’re willing.
I’m always trying to push the limits. I guess that’s the way it is with creative minds, right? I know you have one because you’re a quilter!
Here’s a fun way to use this cute Halloween pattern on a block exchange.This is Helen Baczynski’s Pumpkin patch quilt. And this is Funny Bones by Diana Reinhardt Annis. Someone sent a picture of a quilt with Ghostly Feathers and I can’t it anywhere. Wish I had it to show you.
I love decorating for Halloween and Fall. There are cute ideas I’ve collected over the years. AND great recipes. Yes, Secretly I’m a wanna-be Chef!
When he was young my son helped me make a Halloween, Jack Pumpkin-head, giant marionette. He was dressed in some old coveralls of my kids’ and old Camouflage boots. We hung him up every year by our various front doors.
Another tradition at our house is the “Brown Tree.”
The kids retrieved it from the trash one year after Christmas and begged to keep it to play with in the backyard. I finally said,”Okay, but after 3-4 days you must throw it away!” Well, when the needles fell it was such a cute twisted shape that I’ve kept it now for almost 30 years. It even moved with us to Hawaii and back! I decorate it for every changing season. Here is the Halloween version.
All About Topliqué
Now it’s time to decide on which method you’ll want to follow for applying the Topliqué.
Maybe you love to relax doing hand appliqué or maybe that’s too slow for your time allotment.
Let’s talk a little about the “How To” of Angela’s method. After quilting your quilt with the design
you’ve chosen, pick out an animal, flower or motif to highlight with topliqué. Simply place a piece of tracing
paper over the stitched image on the quilt and trace it with a pencil. If there is a break in the stitched outline,
you’ll need to estimate where the line would go as if it were a coloring book picture. (Do not trace over the
pantograph pattern itself, because you may have inadvertently varied the line a bit when quilting it. At least I go
off the line a little, or a lot, at times, but you’re probably more perfect in quilting than I am.)
Lay the tracing pencil-side up, on the paper side of freezer paper, pin together, and cut both papers on
the line you have drawn. Discard the tracing paper copy.
Iron the freezer paper copy onto the right side of your appliqué fabric. Cut around the pattern leaving at
least 3/8 inch border. (Note: This is different than traditional freezer paper appliqué in which the freezer paper is
pressed onto the back of the appliqué fabric.)
Now pin the fabric with the paper on top into position over the stitched image. With the freezer paper on
top the fabric is stiffened and the edge can be turned under and appliquéd in place right on the quilted line. At
times you will need to clip corners as you come to them. Because you’ve allowed 3/8” you should have enough to
adjust for fullness in the quilt or stretching of the fabric, etc. Of course you can trim the margin narrower, but only
a little at a time as you go. The “puff” of the quilt may take more to cover than you’ve expected. Sadly, I’ve had
the experience of trimming the edge and then finding I didn’t have enough to cover! Sob and double sob! I had
to pick out and redo one of the Pandas because of that.
Paper won’t be trapped underneath the appliqué. Simply pull the freezer paper off the top when finished.
For years my hands have had a lot of heavy use. They’ve ached from holding the needle or practicing the
piano. The skin has cracked from calluses or harsh chemicals or in younger days, before the insult of backaches,
even gardening. They’ve suffered from paper cuts and thread cuts and finally been assaulted by carpal tunnel
rebellion! As a result, I’m not always keen on hand appliqué.
If you have similar issues, try the machine method. Cut a good sized swatch of the chosen appliqué fabric
and lay it over the motif, thoroughly covering the area of the desired appliqué. Pin it into place around the outer
edge or spray baste with any of the wonderful adhesives on the market. Next, from the back of the quilt, use your
sewing machine to sew with a fine stitch exactly on the original stitching line of the pantograph. (For this
stitching use either the same color thread as used in the quilting or with invisible thread.)
Turn to the front and carefully trim off the excess close to the stitching line. Now, from the front, go over the
line once again with a small satin stitch or blanket stitch.
Almost any fabric will work, provided it’s not too loosely woven. Angelina film can also be fun to use, or
perhaps velveteen for a furry bunny on a child’s quilt. That will certainly become a favorite “feeling” spot for tiny
hands, so secure it well. Note: If using a sheer fabric for the appliqué, squeeze a fine bead of fabric glue along the
first stitching line before satin stitching over it.
I used this method on the large Pumpkin Kaleidoscope quilt. (No, not all my quilts are about pumpkins
and cats although I do like bright colors.) I chose images I liked in the border and in the center of the quilt I
added bright splashes of contrasting color on the already bright quilt. Black and white is always an attention
getter. This quilt had the added fun of the satin stitched images decorating the back. Kids love this. If you don’t want that to show, you’ll have to have a busy backing. Some quilters choose such backings anyway to hide all
manner of sins.
We feel so very blessed and fortunate.
But, not everyone came through the Hurricanes unscathed. Although we don’t have time to pull a new pattern together
we want to start helping NOW!
Don’t you feel the same?
When I came home after 2 years in Thailand I found that I had suffered a flood in my basement and my sewing room. No, it was nothing compared to most of the people on the southern coast, but after 6 months home, with the walls finally replaced and new carpet just 2 weeks ago, I barely have things back in my basement.
Sooo. WE’RE MAKING 2 OFFERS AND PRAY YOU’LL WANT TO HELP US.
#1 BLANKETS AND PILLOWCASES FOR TEXAS
from Angela Meadows
I never thought I’d create a GoFundMe page, but I want to help victims of Hurricane Harvey. I live near St. Louis so I wasn’t touched by the hurricane, but my heart goes out to so many of those who were affected by its devastation.
My talent is sewing, and I love making pillowcases and tied fleece blankets. So that’s what I’m going to do! Imagine someone who has lost everything they own, and they are given a hand-made-with-love *original* pillowcase and blanket, all their… (read more)
#2 ALL PROFITS FROM THESE 2 PANTOS WILL BE DONATED TO 2017 HURRICANE RELIEF
from MeadowLyon Designs
Many years ago in the aftermath of Hurricane Katrina I created “FRENCH QUARTER.”
At that time we offered it as a fundraiser with all profits going to Hurricane relief. We are offering this same nostalgic pattern once again. I remembered the Cafe Du Monde, and Riverboats, and the French Market. I wondered if it would ever be the same!
The palms and rolling surf remind us of the beaches on the Gulf. Lounging under an umbrella and tracing love notes in the sand with your toes, it embodies the carefree vacation life. Residents and volunteers are working hard to make it that way again!
REMEMBER WE ARE DONATING ALL PROFITS from these 2 patterns from
www.meadowlyon.com and our digital versions at www.legacyquilting.com
Judy Lyon now offers “6” Programs!
I’d love to visit your guild! I’ll bring along our patterns and sample quilts. Our shows are fast paced, so don’t blink or you’ll miss something great! Trunk shows and programs are economical – $200 plus travel (currently 53.5¢ per mile). If the distance seems too far to arrive home at a reasonable time, a motel or place to stay might be required.
“Adding the Secret Ingredient” – a MeadowLyon Adventure
In this 1-hr. program, we’ll tell how our business blossomed from a single quilt to a repertoire of the most unique patterns in the machine quilting world. Spiced with fun stories of inspiration, midnight rush-jobs, and “how-tos” these quilts will come to life. We’ll pass around lots of samples for a “good look.” This “Overflowing Trunk” show will introduce you to our expanding line of designs stitched on specialty quilts that you’ll find nowhere else!
With an understanding of how unique stitching and thread choice support special quilts we can explore the Secret Ingredients: Adventure filled with the excitement of life, Fantasy or Fascination for the heart, Culture for a worldwide dimension and Discovery with Embellishments that add artistic interest. It’s an Inspiring Show for traditional and machine quilters alike!
“MeadowLyon’s Magical Theme Quilts”
MeadowLyon Patterns make quilts fun and, oh, so interesting to explore! See how we do it in this 1-hr. mini-version of our MQS Show “how-to” program.
In this glorified and instructional Trunk Show you’ll see our newest and best quilts all designed in the Theme quilt way. On our giant flannel board, we’ll explore how to use our distinctive patterns by pulling our compatible patterns together to create a finished masterpiece. Best of all, you’ll see how to incorporate complementary blocks, borders and pantos into your own quilts. We’ll spend some time talking about what type of quilts work well with the various types of patterns. Important considerations for sizing will be discussed. Some of our patterns will also be opened up to view and our big charts will be on display.
“Back to Nature”
Let’s narrow it down to everything from Nature. And MeadowLyon has plenty of it! Animals and natural venues galore will inspire you to create your next quilt depicting the wonders of the amazing world around us. You’ll enjoy a good look at African Safari, Dawgs, Fishy Business, SnowBirds, Flowers, Backwoods, and more. Plus, we’ll talk about what choices we make to enhance the flora and fauna that we love.
The fun adventures of a Quilter’s Missionary Life in Thailand: Quilts, Designs, Silk Weaving and Bags. I’ve got lots of inspiration for new designs and projects and couldn’t resist purchasing lots of new quilts!
Heritage Quilts: Let me Outta that Trunk!
Can you tell your history through quilts? Maybe your mothers or grandmothers or even Great Grandmothers were quilters. This program lets all my treasures out of the “Trunk.” They’re so happy to breathe some fresh air. In a trip down memory lane, I’ll talk about sharing your life and history through the quilts you make and have.
Modern Quilts, How I make them – How I quilt them.
I lived through the 50’s, I lived through the 60’s, I lived through the 70’s, I lived through the 80’s, and NOW IT’S THE 50’s AGAIN. Is my memory working???? Modern quilts are the rage. I’ll show ideas for making them and some creative ways to quilt them. We’re going to be young again!!
Click below for a PDF brochure about Meadowlyon Trunkshow Programs and Workshops for you to download or print and share with your guild.
* Patterns requiring laser light movement:
Love to learn? So do I.
I almost get jealous of the children who to head back to school each fall.
One reason why I love MeadowLyon Patterns is that they are also educational! Every petal, every species, every historical scene is drawn accurately, with meticulous attention to detail and after much research. It just tickles the nerd bone in me! These are smart patterns for quilters of above average intelligence…and the rest of us too!
So how about we head off to school this year, just for fun, and see how much we can learn with our MeadowLyon designs! Don’t worry about textbooks, at MeadowLyon.com you’ll find brilliant patterns to enlighten any subject.
Here’s Our Class Schedule:
US Civil War? Ancient Egypt? American Westward Expansion? Don’t forget to study! If you don’t learn your history the first time, you are doomed to repeat it!
Hey! Where are you all hopping to? We were going to do dissections today!
Our teacher is getting out her earmuffs and Advil- that means it is time for music class!
Also known as the class where we can have explosions! Heart be still! Who is that dreamy boy who just walked into class? I think I’ve just found my flame nouveau!
You can run, but coach says you can’t hide. Love it, or hate it, there is no escape.
Finally! I’m so hungry I could eat an elephant . . . wait, maybe that’s what this gray stuff actually is?
Putting math right after lunch? Who thought that one up? Today we will be calculating areas of squares, perimeters, volume and z z z z . . .
Eat more vegetables! Drink your milk!
To get an A all we need to do is make a wooden napkin holder and keep all 10 fingers. What’s so hard about . . . ouch!
Any of you study Mayan in school? Could you please help me with this translation?
FINAL BELL– Hooray!
Join the stampede out the door- it’s time to head home!
Your homework assignment: QUILT!
I always enjoy reading the top 10 lists that start appearing at this time of year. My family and I also always write a few of our own, remembering the best and worst experiences of the past year.
In that spirit of year-end reflection, I thought I should list MeadowLyon’s top 10 best and worst selling patterns of 2015.
Our best selling patterns are also 10% off this January. If you don’t have these yet, you will surely use them, so why not get them now?
1-Star Banner It is not hard to see why this one is so popular! All those waving stars and stripes- I love it!
2- Psychedelic This pattern is so popular it is hard to keep it in stock. Go ahead and order it if you like it, I’ll be getting more soon.
3- Backwoods A cozy backwoods quilt, a country cabin, and a roaring fire- I guess I am not the only one who thinks that is the perfect combination.
4-Funny Bones Yes, quilters do have a sense of humor!
5- Ponderosa Pine Spray One of my favorites too! It looks great with everything!
6- Spinning Kokopelli This one is so much fun, it’s no wonder so many people love it.
7-Cloudy Skies This pattern is so easy and all-purpose!
8- Modern Squares I love seeing the modern masterpieces quilters create with this pattern.
9- Flowerburst This one is featured as the background of our website design. It is also available as a 15″ pattern and a PDF.
10- Maori Moko Maori Moko is such a lovely pattern, it is no wonder that it is always a favorite. It is available in multiple versions to fit any quilt design.
Of course even our “worst” patterns are still pretty amazing, they just may not appeal to as broad a range of quilters. Maybe our 30% off sale for these patterns will help them find just the right home and get them off this list for 2016!
1- Indonesian Puppets If you love Indonesian Puppets, you will love this pattern. Maybe more people should love Indonesian Puppets.
2- Didgeridoo If the Didgeridoo was just included in more orchestral scores or used in just a few rock bands I am sure this pattern would be much more popular.
3- Mayan Glyphs Any of you have any Mayan friends? I bet they would love this pattern!
4- Fleur-de-Lis Spread the word, the fleur-de-lis is not just for Boy Scouts! (What, you mean I was the only one that did not know that?)
5- Bengali Mosaic I am sure there is someone out there looking for just this pattern. If you meet them, please let them know it is here and on sale this month!
6- Ski Slopes Maybe not many quilters like to ski?
7- Egyptian Papyrus These pretty, modern, and stylistic flowers would work for so many designs, not just in an Egyptian themed quilt.
8- Geisha Gardens Doesn’t everybody need at least one Geisha quilt?
9- O Canada It’s pretty chilly up there in Canada and I bet they need a lot of quilts. This should be a perfect combination.
10- Interlocking Anastasia This one is so lovely, I think it just must be overlooked. You won’t pass it over, will you?
When my family was together recently we made a game of counting and writing down our blessings onto small cards. Then we went back around and each had to pick a blessing to give up, until we had just a handful of the most precious things left. It was a fun exercise and a challenge too! Would we give up air conditioning before or after our cell phones? Do we let go of fresh vegetables or soft beds first? What we all agreed on was that we have many things to be grateful for.
One thing I am thankful for is people who have the skills, talents and desire to make beautiful things for others. That includes all of you who put your energy into crafting wonderful quilts. Our lives are filled with so many things, and in the end a quilt is just another material thing. But the mind that envisions it, the hands that make it, and the heart that sees the need it will fill for another person are precious gifts. And what would life be like without the creative rush and satisfaction that comes from taking simple materials and making them into something beautiful? A quilt represents so many blessings that I am grateful for!
Thank you for your interest in and enthusiasm for the creative spirit that runs through the patterns at MeadowLyon designs. I hope this rapidly coming busy holiday season can also be full of moments of gratitude and joy for you and your loved ones.
Notice anything different around here?
It has been long in coming, but we have finally released our redesign of the MeadowLyon site. We really like it and hope that you do too. Of course, as with many projects, the more we look at it, the more we find to change! Here are some features we added that we hope will make the site easier to navigate:
- Browse by Theme- Are you making a baby quilt? Looking for a border for a Christmas quilt? Have a t-shirt quilt planned for a sports lover? You can now browse all the patterns we offer by theme. Judy Lyon has been known as “the Queen of the Theme” and you will be sure to find something here that you can get nowhere else!
- PDF’s- If you are looking for a quilt pattern that you need today, you can go straight to our PDF’s section.
- See what’s on sale today simply by scrolling down to the bottom of the home page.
We hope to continue to add new features and make more tweaks as we have time. One feature we have planned is to add a gallery page which will showcase the beautiful quilts that you have made using MeadowLyon patterns. I can’t wait! We also would love if you would add more reviews to our products. We love reading them!
Big thanks to my wonderful husband Dave who has stayed up all night getting this done. Being married to the tech guy has it’s benefits. What would I do without him?
What do you think of the new site? Are there any suggestions you have for us of things you would like for us to add (or remove)? Is there something completely broken that has slipped by us? Let us know!
I already have an adequate layer of fat, my walls have plenty of dirt on them, and I’d rather wrap up in a new Fall quilt!
We’ve got our Fall sale up early so all you busy beavers, cuddly bears & foxy ladies have plenty of time to get your amazing Fall quilts done and still enjoy your last days of summer!
As always, our Thanksgiving Table Topper Quilt is also available as a free PDF download!
All theme sets are 20% off the price of the single patterns, but take an additional 20% off during our sale & that’s almost half off the original price! Wow!
Halloween Night 10″, Jack O’Lanterns 8″, Funny-Bones 10″, Ghostly Feathers 11″
Maple Breezes 11″, 5″ Maple Squirrels, 11″ Interlocking Oak Whisper and Oak borders with Acorn Sashing.
Yee-haw! All our Western themed patterns are marked down for the month of August. Hope you find something you love!
A stampede of stallions galloping across your quilt- perfect for any horse lover.
These two borders will complete the look of your next rootin’ tootin’ project.
This pattern comes in two sizes, ready to quickly fill your quilt with happy blooms.
This pattern is an adventure in itself- take a close look! Did you notice how wagon wheel spokes are woven through the whole design? Maybe you even found your own ancestors in the picture- if so, this one is definitely made for you!
Have you signed up to receive our monthly newsletter yet? If not, you are missing out on some coupons and free stuff!
Once upon a quilt . . .
It’s hard not to read a story in MeadowLyon stitching. I love to read and many of the great MeadowLyon patterns remind me of my favorite books. The designs are so descriptive and detailed that it is as if they are fabric illustrations of well loved stories.
Have you been craving a lazy summer day spent with a good book- preferably on the beach. . . but you don’t want to give up any time you could be quilting? Sad you can’t quilt and read at the same time? Solution: audiobooks! You can get swept away by a story and get your quilting on! (without the sand and sunburn!)
Barnyard Dreams 11″ & Illusion 10″
Cactus Flower 2 rows of 6.5″
Scottish Paisley 10″
Nor’ Easter 11″ Pictogram
Chintz 10″ , Chintz & India Borders and corners
This one is up to you. What classic book do these three patterns remind you of?
Do you have a favorite MeadowLyon pattern and book combination? Let me know in a reply and I might add it to our Summer Reading and Quilting List and it will be 10% off this month.
*We also love our international friends! They can receive a similar discount of $6 off their $40 minimum purchase (which includes a patriotic pattern) by using the coupon code: USA2
Participating Patterns include:
Americana Birds 6″ Border/E2E with sashings and corners
Liberty Birds 8″ Border/E2E with sashings and corners
American Stripe 5″ Border
Starry Night 8″ or 4.5″ or PDF
Relive your favorite memories of the great outdoors as you stitch up your next quilt using one of MeadowLyon’s woodland designs!
10% OFF WOODSY DESIGNS IN MAY
Now in an easy to use 12″x 12″ book format, featuring 12 full size stitching medallions and Lewis and Clark Trails Quilt instructions.
Special introductory price of $19 (regular price $22) This May marks the 211th anniversary of the “Corps of Discovery” Expedition. Celebrate by following along the Lewis and Clark Trail with these patterns!
MeadowLyon Pictograms pack tons of story into your stitching! Get used to hearing “I didn’t even notice that before!” and seeing their smiles every time they find something new in your quilt.
I love this pattern! Doesn’t it spark memories of our favorite camping disasters? Sister is moments away from getting sprayed by a skunk, bears have helped themselves to the food (hung from the tree to keep them safe of course), Mom is going to get quite a surprise as she rows right up to a swimming moose, Dad is inches away from a bee sting, snakes slither and poison ivy abounds! Does this sound like any of your camping trips?
My family just took an overnight camping trip to Roman Nose State Park in Oklahoma. We are definitely not experts! (Confession: we always watch a movie on a tablet in our tent at night.) This time, our near disaster was having a cooler full of food, four hungry kids and then realizing at dinner time that the firewood we brought had the words “not for cooking” on the bag! Luckily, Dad, our hero, saved the day by hunting down some wood from a farm nearby (what happened to the days when the woods were actually filled with wood you could use?) We were happily chomping on s’mores by dusk. What kind of camping disasters have you had? I would love to read about them! Tell your story in the comments section below!
Each animal and plant in this pictogram has been realistically and accurately depicted in this beautiful nature scene. It is such a lovely work of art that it is shocking to remember it is all made from one continuous line! This popular pattern is a favorite among outdoorsmen (and women).
I love the fern rich undergrowth of the Northern Pacific Forests. Maybe I expect a leprechaun or two. What I know I will find is pine scented scenery filled with salmon, bears, eagles, elk, wolves, foxes and even owls. What’s that? Do I hear a woodpecker knocking at that tree? There are even some Totem poles nestled in the forests.
If you love the Northwest, you’ll love this pattern.
Birchbark looks amazing quilted out and it hardly matters if you make a mistake, because it’s all wriggly anyway. It can be used as a Border or a vertical E2E. It comes with a 3” border of Canoes – birchbark of course.
This is a perfect companion to the Pacific Northwest Pictogram. The right borders and sashings really customize the look of your quilt. This set includes totem borders, totem sashings, Haida canoes, and an orca border.
Riverflow is a really easy pantograph for the quilts that need to be finished up in a hurry. Of course, it needs to be interesting to pass my test. I think this one does and I know it will become one of your “go to” patterns for a variety of projects!
Did your Dad take the family on fishing trips when you were a kid? Being from Minnesota, my Dad was a big fan of boating and fishing. Truthfully, there’s no better way to eat fresh fish than cooked over a campfire!
I remember one spring our family went to the Ozarks. We camped alongside a beautiful stream that was as clear as glass. It was a delight to walk out over the smooth stones and look straight down to the bottom. I hope you’ve had an experience like that too. If you haven’t, try an Ozark vacation!
Ponderosa Pine Spray 9″ is one of our most popular patterns. Whether you’re the out-doorsy type or filled with holiday thoughts, or recalling great family vacations, Pine boughs just about have to be part of the picture. You’ll find lots of uses for this pattern.
Here is a fast and quick covering version of our most popular pattern.
I may have used this little pattern more than any other. A sprinkling of pine goes so well with so many other patterns!
Owls are so popular right now. The little ones are cute bits of fluff. Our baby grandson’s carseat is newly covered with the cute little birds and so are fabrics and decorator items galore. Everyone just has to have owls!
You’ll have lots of fun with these 2 great images of Santa! This unique dual pattern gives you lots of variety and fun. Let them spin around the border of a special, woodsy Christmas quilt. I love the rustic backwoods look for the holidays.
Don’t you wish you could stay in the woods for Christmas? Sheltered in a cozy cabin with a roaring fire, while being “snowed in” high in the Sierras or the Alleghenys, has always been a romantic dream of mine.
We have a limited supply of these printed block pattern sets left. However, after they are gone you will still be able to purchase these patterns as PDF’s.
Finally, no campout would be complete without bug bites and swamp critters! Pick up as many as you want for free!
No itching, guaranteed!
Congratulations to Suzanne Neumann for her winning caption submission!
Thanks for all your responses. It was really hard to pick a winner- so many of them rang true! It seems like many of you are very familiar with the feeling in the picture! Suzanne will be getting a free pattern of her choice. While I’m at it, I will also be sending everyone who entered the contest a special coupon as a consolation prize and thanks for sending in your ideas!
What would your Grandmother say if she could see you now, quilting modern pantographs on your long arm machine?
Everywhere you look these days you see fabulous modern quilts- quilts your Grandmother would never have dreamed of! It’s all fun and bright, textural and geometric. . . and hard to resist! You’ve got to have our trendy pantos to stitch up all those wonderful modern quilts! So go ahead and put a modern spin on your creativity.
Let’s amaze Grandma and make her proud!
20% off all “MODERNS” in APRIL.
Now is the best time ever to stock up on these versatile designs!
Take an additional 20% these already discounted sets:
(you’ll save over $15!)
NEW MODERN SET #56 : Includes Jitterbug 11″, Modern Squares, Illusions
MODERN TEXTURES SET #57: Includes Snakeskin, Tornado, Coils
MAORI MOKO SET #42: Includes Maori Moko, Maori Moko Borders, Maori Moko Blocks
Here’s a panto uniquely designed for modern quilts. Undoubtedly, if you are quilting for customers you are receiving “Modern” quilts. Most pictures show them custom quilted, but time and expense don’t always allow for that. I’m excited about my “SNAKESKIN.” It provides that texture geometric quilts want and can be used for other quilts too. Don’t be put off by the name, it’s not creepy at all!
Chevrons are popping up everywhere these days! This is definitely a hot design right now, it adds a trendy, youthful vibe to a modern design quilt. Teens will love it! You will love how quickly this easy pattern will finish your project!
Coils 11 inch
Wow! Coils, curls and stripes for a modern look. This is a perfect panto for those special fractal quilts. They’ll brighten and compliment the wide open negative spaces and accent positive designs, too.
Modern Squares 11 inch
Modern Squares is the perfect choice for quilting on those strong geometric shapes that many modern quilts have. Don’t worry, it’s easy to stitch out and looks like custom work. Remember, machines love going straight!
This panto is hot! It makes the most wonderful texture and it’s versatile enough for traditional pieced quilts and interesting for those with open areas too.
A cross between fireworks and flowers, this panto will add a punch to your quilt. This is a must for quick quilting that offers great texture.
Shoes, Shoes, Shoes! Trendy fashionistas can’t get enough of them! Let these heels walk all over your quilt for a ton of modern, whimsical fun!
Clear Stream 11″
Here’s another innovative pattern with modern textural appeal. Try it. You’ll like it! The pattern, as it drifts across the quilted surface, will give a dark and light effect. Feel free to leave out the fish, and you have a very abstract modern design that will add organic movement and complement any theme.
Wow- Spinning and swinging with the vibes. This will look great dancing across your modern quilt!
Do you have a quilt with a cosmopolitan edge? You’ll need this panto for a great metro look on your Ultra Current Quilt.
Maori Moko may be a traditional New Zealand design, but it has a very edgy feel. You’ll see it adding style everywhere in street art, tattoos, and fashion. The swirls have classic beauty, but will still add a contemporary look to your quilt- the best of both worlds!
Just the right mix of contemporary and classic here, for those of us who love both (and find it hard to choose!)
Modern quilters seem to be enthralled with texture, so for this innovative pattern I’ve added a lot of it. Scattered into the stripes and waves are familiar Southwest icons.
No worries about keeping your lines straight here! Wobbles are encouraged! They give a natural, organic feel to this pattern that is so uniquely non-traditional!
Bugs in your bed- not good. Bugs on your quilt- love it! Have you snapped this one up yet? You’ll never know when you want to add that unexpected little bug in your stitching!
Do you see a stained glass window? Inlaid tile floor? I also see wheels, cogs and gears. Whatever it is, the geometric elements in this pattern “works” for modern quilts!
Here’s a secret to great design: When planning the layout for stitching patterns and borders these geometric patterns help define space between the more organic designs. Be sure to include them in your quilts!
There’s nothing quite so iconic when it comes to animal skin as Zebra. As it plays across your quilt it will add a wonderful texture and just the right hint of tribal rhythm.
Gotta love these geometric patterns! This pattern is reminiscent of a traditional fan frill, but updated. It will look great on your modern creation!
From far away you just see loads of modern texture, but look more closely and you’ll discover the exotic vibe. This one is definitely not conventional!
This pattern catches your eye and doesn’t let it go! It will add the same mesmerizing visual and textural interest to your quilt!
These spinning spirals remind me of a HOT Day! Although I planned this to compliment both traditionally pieced and modern quilts, it would also look great with a Southwest theme. I hope you’ll agree it’s a fun pattern.
This pattern adds loads of twisting texture to your modern or traditional quilts. Try it with a minkie backing for fun visual candy and irresistible hand-rubbing! It’s almost, dare I say, voluptuous.
April Giveaway Contest
WIN A FREE PATTERN!
I had so many laughs imagining what our Grandmas would say that I wanted to share the fun with you. Write a caption the following photo and post your idea in the comments section at the very bottom of this page. The winner (chosen by number of giggles produced, or by random if I can’t decide) will receive a free pattern of their choice!
The contest ends on April 30, 2015. Good Luck!
Image from old-picture.com
Previous images from Library of Congress Public Domain Images
Spring is such a beautiful time of year. The sky is blue and sunny. Flowers are blooming everywhere (even in our lawns). God is spreading a beautifully colored quilt over the whole earth. Why wouldn’t our hearts thrill with the excitement of love and happiness? It’s in the air!
10% OFF – Enjoy some of our favorite floral pantos as well as a NEW enlarged version of an old favorite.
Sets are normally 20% the off price of individual patterns, but ADD ANOTHER 10% OFF!
(This set includes 3 patterns. Specify which 3 you want: Wedding Bell Swag 15” border, “Floral Medallion” whole cloth centerpiece, Rosebud Striped Border 6” w/ Little Red Rose 4”, Red, Red Rose 8” border, Floribunda Bouquet 11” or 15”, Wedding Day 11” pictogram, Little Ferns 4” border, Fiddle Ferns 11” panto.)
Not in a romantic mood?
For those of us still waiting for that perfect catch, it’s always good to remember there are other fish in the sea!
Sale prices good March 1-31
Hello everyone! My name is Melissa Lyon and I am Judy Lyon’s Daughter-in-law. I will be taking care of MeadowLyon Designs for the next two years while Judy is serving as a missionary in Thailand.
I have been blessed to have two marvelous quilters in my life, my mother, Christina Fife, and my mother-in-law, Judy Lyon.
I can truly say my family is rich with quilts! I treasure the handmade quilts that my family has received. This past Christmas, Judy made our family an heirloom Christmas Quilt using her Joyful Birth Pictogram. (She also made one for each of her other 8 children- she was busy this year!) It is a wonderful expression of her love and her faith.
My mother also has given me quilts at important times in my life. She made a beautiful quilt for me when I first left home, one when I was married, and a quilt at the arrival of each grandchild.
I know it can take hundreds of hours to make a quilt. I also know that both Judy and my mother are busy working women, with limited time, many responsibilities, and also arthritic hands and aching feet. I watched my mother one day as she was painfully hand stitching on a large quilt she was making for my brother and felt a twinge of guilt at her sacrifice.
So asked her why she did it. Why would she spend such time and effort to make a quilt when it would definitely be easier, faster and cheaper to buy a lovely comforter at the store? Then she explained, as she works on each quilt, she thinks of the person she is making it for. She puts all her love, worries, hopes and prayers for that person into the hours she spends with the fabric. Especially when the recipient is no longer close by, time working on their quilt can feel like time spent with them. A quilt is more than a lovely blanket, but a gift of love.
Now when I snuggle into a quilt that was made by someone I love, my mind also turns to the hands and heart that made it. I am happy to be a part of MeadowLyon Designs, a place where love can be translated into fabric and used to warm hearts!
Judy Lyon & Melissa Lyon
hearts image credit: love love by tomatokisses
“Gong Hey Fat Choy”
Happy Chinese New Year!
February 19th 2015
Chinese Symbol for Happy Chinese New Year (恭禧發財)
The most common Chinese ways of saying Happy New Year are Gong Xi Fa Cai(Mandarin) and Gong Hey Fat Choy (Cantonese). Even though the pronunciations are a little different, both are written the same.
Ever since I was young I have been fascinated by the Far East. I used to go with my Mother to visit “artsy” Lila L. She had her hair bound up with chopsticks and black lacquered furniture inlaid with Mother of Pearl. Chinatown was my favorite place to eat and I loved getting those prize balls at the gift shop and unwrapping yards of paper strips to find the tiny toys inside.
Little did I know I would “marry” into the army and live in the Orient. This amazing experience has increased my delight in all those memories and many new ones; like the Chinese Lion dance (always thought I’d draw this but haven’t yet!) , Sizzling Rice Soup and playing the Kayagum (like Koto). Subsequently I’ve drawn a number of popular Chinese inspired patterns. I’ll include Japan and Indonesia too! So for the New Year I’m passing along the celebration to you!
Get a copy of the CHINESE MEDALLION SET – FREE with purchase of any Oriental pattern.
Chinese Medallion Set adjustable 12-15″ Sq. w 10″+ 12″ Tri
Chinese Applique Pattern adjustable 12″-15″
Chinese Porcelain 12″ E2E – Border and Corner w 1.5″ Chinese Beading
Ming Sea w/Mandarin Wind 6″+ 4″ Borders w 2 Corner variations
Panda-Monium 11″ Horizontal w 4″ Panda Play border
Panda Bamboo 11″ w 6″ Bamboo Border Vertical pattern
FREE download to Celebrate! 3 Samurai
Java Batik Floral 10″ Edge 2 Edge
Brrr! Everything is snowy! Let’s have a JANUARY WHITE SALE All white themed patterns 15% OFF through January.
Isn’t it fun to build a snowman? Here’s a cute SNOWMAN pillow designed for one of our birthday partys. All the little girls made their own. It was so fun. This picture is the one my daughter finished. Your kids can have fun with this too – even boys! It’s a FREE DOWNLOAD.
ALL the FOLLOWING ICY PATTERNS ARE ON SALE
LINKS ATTACHED BELOW
MOTAB Music video “What Shall We Give?” http://www.mormonchannel.org/christmas-videos?v=2919740155001
“The Gift” Nativity video. http://www.mormon.org/christmas?cid=HPFR112814529
How do you decorate for the Holidays? Do you have a Christmas Quilt in the master bedroom? Is your family room festooned with strings of apples and garlands of holly?
Or perhaps you’ll be skiing for the Holidays at your mountain cabin decorated with homespun plaid and flannelette quilts? If so you might want to snuggle-up with a cozy throw in front of the fireplace or display a quilt proudly over the railing on the balcony.
Enjoy these super savings as you plan your beautiful rooms.
GET $2.00 off Singles and $5.00 off Sets
(Wow! sets already priced at 20% off)
Through Dec. 15th!
Thanksgiving Table Topper Pictogram 20% off.
FOR A SACRED CHRISTMAS
includes: Joyful Birth 11″, Camel Train & Palm Trees
FREE Joyful Birth PDF Blocks–A Christmas Gift to you!
FOR THE MOUNTAIN CABIN
includes: Snowbirds, Snowbird Bdr, Pinecone Bdr 4.5″ & Pine Spray 9″
includes: Backwoods Moose Quilt, Backwoods Pictogram & Ponderosa Pinecone 4.5″
includes:Pine quilt, Backwoods 11″, Fish Tales, Pinecone Bdr.
includes: Rustic Santas, Rustic Grapevine Swag & Potpourri
FOR A TRADITIONAL LOOK
includes: Silly Snowmen, Holly Express Train 9″ (or specify 4.5″), Santa’s Flight & Toyland Blocks
includes: Santa’s Flight, PineSpray 9″ (or 4.5″), & Symbols of the Season Blocks
includes: Jingle Bell Swag, Ponderosa Pinecone Border 4.5″ & Jingle Bell Dance 8″ Or specify 11″
includes: Poinsettia, Holly Berries or The Holly and The Ivy, & 12 Days of Christmas
Includes: Trendy Trees & Sugarplums
GET READY FOR RED-WORK!
The European Tradition 12″
The Distant Lands 12“
Santa Around the World Set of 2 Books 12″
“Or Buy Separately” –Joyful Birth 11″ or 15″Pictogram Camel Train 8″ Bdr
Palm Trees 10″ Bdr Ponderosa Pine Spray 9″ E2E/Bdr or 15″ Snowbirds 11″ Snowbird Bdr 6″ Ponderosa Pinecone Bdr 4.5″ Rustic Santa Borders: Yosemite w/Bears 8″ & Northwoods w/Moose 11″ Rustic Grapevine Swag Bdr 8″ Potpourri 10″ or PDF Silly Snowmen 11″ Holly Express Train 9″ or 4.5“ or PDF 6″ Toyland Blocks Santa’s Flight 11″ Symbols of the Season Blks Ponderosa Pinecone Border 4.5” Jingle Bell Dance 11″ Jingle Bell Dance 8″ Jingle Bell Swag 5.5″ Int.Poinsettia 2 rows of 6″ or PDF Holly and Ivy 9″ or PDF Holly Berries or PDF 12 Days of Christmas 11″ Pictogram or PDF Sugarplums 11″ or PDF Trendy Trees 11″ or PDF
10% OFF HALLOWEEN & FALL PATTERNS. ENDS MIDNIGHT ON HALLOWEEN!
New! Ghostly Feathers – ooOOOooo little ghosties
are coming out to play!
Halloween Night – Friendly night skies with little witches and ghosts
Tornado – Dark stormy skies – perfect for Halloween.
Jack O-Lanterns with Cat’s Eyes border –Light the candles and get ready for fun!
Funny Bones – Jumbled Skeletons
Tree Bones 11” – Brrr! bare branches of skeleton trees
Pumpkin Patch 8” with Little Pumpkins and Mice sashings
Pumpkin Patch 11” – Tumble into the Pumpkin Patch with corn, cats and mice.
Autumn Wind – Ooooo…the leaves are swirling in the wind.
Oak Whisper 11″ – Shhh. Hear the wind whispering in the colored leaves.
Oak Border & Acorns – Hear the acorns crunch on your Autumn stroll.
Pumpkin Kaleidoscope Wall Hanging—Comes with stitching and applique pattern.
Thanksgiving Table Topper Pictogram – a perfect hostess gift!
SEE ALSO Ice Candle with Fall leaves instructions
OR get a bunch with the Autumn Set
In the Summer there are bugs everywhere—even the computer has bugs! Heehee. For fun, pick your favorite and sew it right into your next quilt—just one or two in an out-of-the-way place. I’m including all the bug drawings I’ve sold over the years in this FREE OFFER. Just size them to fit. Draw your own too—maybe you have a “favorite.”
Modern custom quilting lends itself to spur-of-the-moment bugs. I’ve shown a sketch of ideas for that. Pantographs also have room for bugs. I’ve included a few ideas of how I might stitch them in a panto.
So get dancing! It’s young and whimsical!
2 NEW PANTOS IN JULY
“CHINTZ & INDIA BORDERS & CORNERS” #2451 $18.00
These 2 unique border patterns with South Asian Elegance will add a decorative finish to your quilts.
“CHERRY BLOSSOMS” #2453- 10 inch $14.00
There’s nothing quite so pretty as pale blossoms against the dark bark of the Cherry tree. No wonder there are Cherry Blossom festivals around the world!
Jingle Bell Dance 11″ E2E reg. $14.00 now $10.50
Jingle Bell Dance 8″ E2E reg. $14.00 now $10.50
Seeing is understanding. CLICK ON THE LINK ABOVE. View these slides to see how to align rows of MeadowLyon patterns. It’s so easy once you know how!