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About cpgdesigns

I have over 35 years of quilting, teaching and sewing experience. I applied these skills to produce quilt patterns to encourge new quilters to express their creativity and technique with confidence. Experienced quilters will appreciate the quick, easy but versatile patterns. I hope you enjoy my view of the quilting world.

The Berryville Quilt Show

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The Northern Shenandoah Quilt Show is over and the memories are forming. Locally known as ‘the Berryville show’ it is a favorite for many in this area. Many friends are involved in producing or visit the show. Those producing the show did a great job, so thanks to the many volunteers. I put 4 quilts in the show among the many really great and beautiful quilts entered by others. I pleased that one of my quilts ‘Bad to the Bone’ won a third place in the Art category, I had not expected that.

It was a great turn out for the show despite the weather. We had thunderstorms on Friday and rain showers on Saturday and Sunday. But everyone had a great time and I often heard laughter throughout the room.Baaa to the Bone

Favorite Quilt Show

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Big day ahead for me. The van is packed and my husband and I will drive up to Berryville, VA.  Actually, it is not far, just 40 minutes. We set up for the Shenandoah Valley Quilt Show today. The show opens tomorrow, Friday, April 21 thru Sunday, 23th. The Berryville show as it is locally called is a favorite among quilters in the several towns in the region. It was the first show that I vendor at many years ago. I am looking forward to seeing old friends and making new ones.

East Coast Gammill Conference

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This weekend I went to the East Coast Gammill Conference in Richmond, Virginia. This is the third year I have attended and each year I understand and learn more about my Statler Gammill machine. For those who do know why some people say Statler instead of Gammill let me explain.

The stitcher (sewing machine) is a Gammill. If one says Gammill, he/she means it is a hand guided machine. A Statler is a computer digitized guided Gammill machine.  For full disclosure, a Statler may be used in hand guided mode also.

I took several classes over the 2 ½ days and from well-known instructors. I had a great time meeting other long arm quilters from up and down the east coast. Some people I had met from previous years and some from my regional area. One instructor was Karen Sievert, she and I belonged to the same quilt guild before she moved to North Carolina. It was great to see her again. She taught a class on hand guided designs for backgrounds –in the long arm world they are called ‘fills’. Karen is a great instructor and has the gift of making each person feel special and an important person in the class.

I also had a class (two classes actually) with Georgia Shull. The class was titled ‘Simple Steps to Keep Your Statler Stitching’. She had a check list of what to look for before they become problems. When and what to clean and replace before they become are expensive problems. A nice feature of all Georgia’s classes is she always has a flash drive available (for a small fee) of her classes so one may refer to them later.

I have posted two pictures of us. Two because at least one of us will look okay in one picture if not the other. It had been a long day. Karen Sievert – left, Carolyn Goins -center, Georgia Shull – right.

Spring and then Snow

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I have taken a rather long break from the computer. I have been quilting, sewing, and designing a lot. I will eventually talk about all I have been doing.Easter 2017
For now I will share the spring before the snow storm. Sounds backwards but that’s what is going to happen tonight. The wealther man says 10 inches of snow when we get up in the morning. I thought the snow might crush the daffodils so I cut them and brought them inside to enjoy.

Happy New Year 2017

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A Happy New Year to all. I wish you all blessings and prosperity in the coming year.

My husband and I went to dinner New Year Eve with a group of friends. I had a wonderful meal, Surf and Turf, more than I could eat. Afterwards we went to the home of one of our group. We had dessert and rang in the New Year with silly hats and noise makers. We had a wonderful time.

Sunday morning we made omelets with the leftover lobster. We attended church and spent the afternoon removing the outside holiday lights. It was a lovely afternoon weather wise and was perfect timing to remove the lights.

I spent some of the afternoon on a quilt project that I hope to enter into the Sacred Threads exhibit. Thro I must admit I am having some trouble with it.

So now on the second morning of 2017 I say again… Happy New Year.

Challenges are to learn from

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My local quilt guild has a challenge each year. It is announced each February and is due at the November meeting. The challenge this year was to make a quilt with two colors, it may be two color families, and must contain one ‘square in a square’ block somewhere in the top.  Oh, there was a size limit. It could be as small as desired but not over 250 inches overall.  It was the size requirement that messed me up.

When I hear the challenge I thought great! I have a red and white quilt top I made a couple of years ago but had not yet quilted it. I waited until June to pull it out of the cupboard and measured it. It was 6 inches too large on each side.  Now what?  I do still have the red and white fabrics I used.  I’ll just make a smaller version.  A smaller version would make all the triangles and borders smaller in ratio and that would really be a lot of work.  I decided keep the size of triangles the same but have fewer of them and I would leave off the 2 outside borders.  I made the quilt top over the summer. I still had to refigure the measurements of the triangles to fit the new size. I ripped out one side of triangles three times to make it fit.  Where did I go wrong?

I used my Statler Gammill long arm to quilt the top. It was a learning experience to place a design in the center block and ‘trim away’ the design from the applique in the center of the block. The next learning experience was to flip the design for the triangles for each direction. The lesson I am the most pleased with is to divide and trim the triangle design to fit in the split half triangle area of the border. The quilt may not be the most pleasing proportionally but it was an out of my comfort zone learning experience.