Tuesday, July 5, 2011

Betsy's great celebration nine patch exchange hired man's quilt!!...something to note...and fabric too!

Guess what? I got an e-mail from Betsy Chutchian!! She is the author of the quilting pattern book "Gone to Texas". This is a great book, and one of the most interesting parts is that her Great, great grandmother's diary excerpts are included! I made the above quilt, based on her quilt, but mine is different...see below!!
This is a little piece of Betsy's quilt! The cross blocks are placed differently...Betsy noticed that mine was different, and so we wanted you to be aware. I love both versions!!
And guess what else? Betsy designs fabrics!! I recently bought her newest collection, from Lone Star House of Quilts. Now some of you may know, I hardly EVER buy collections, preferring to use up my scraps...but I could not resist these gorgeous fabrics!! You can get some too...www.lonestarhouseofquilts.com.


I have been working with my husband on the back fence, all this long weekend, in between work. It is quite, quite hot...we have been drinking water and Gatorade by the gallon!! I will be so happy to have a new back fence, we are putting in a cement curb and metal poles...it will last forever! (hopefully)...


I want to work on the plaid quilt!!! Hopefully I can squeeze some time out of this week to work on it...hey guess what? I got an e-mail from the PLAID QUILT DESIGNER!!!! I had emailed Evelyn Sloppy and asked if it was OK to do a quilt along, based on her pattern...and she said yes!! She will follow along with us...so I better get crackin' on that quilt!


Y'all have a great day!



Julie

23 comments:

*karendianne. said...

How super exciting!!! …and yeah I do happen to know from our visit that you rarely buy fabric - ESPECIALLY A WHOLE BUNDLE but girlfriend this is the bestest, yummiest line to come along in a long time. Good buy me-thinks. "Gone to Texas" is a great book, too. And I love your quilt. I love your version, Betsy's version and probably will love my own version because… you know we all like a good change-up! ;0 --- except I'm working on Soldiers Parade and there's no changes allowed there.

KaHolly said...

That's pretty exciting!! I'll have to check out that book! ~karen

Sharon said...

That is a great selection of fabrics, now I see why you were so tempted. My g.f. loves Evelyn Sloppy patterns, I've quilted a couple of them for her, one she won a 2nd place in a judged show. New fence, sounds great. I need one, but instead I got a guy from work to come and do "repairs" My neighbor will not pay/help so we fixed it nice on my side! :-)

regan said...

That fabric collection is yummy.....I would need to get it all, too! Cuz there is no picking your favorites....they are all great!

Debi said...

Beautiful quilt and how wonderful for you to have contact with the designer...I need to go look for this book!

Sandie ~call me crazy said...

Oh my! That is exciting!! I love both of your quilts. :-) Have a great week!

2ne said...

A great quilt :-)

Carol said...

I absolutely LOVE your Betsy's quilt...it is just beautiful!

Finn said...

Your new quilt is just stunning Julie! It looks ever so comfy and 'down home'. In a quilt, that's a very good thing! How exciting to have the personal contact with those quilt book authors, and Evelyn following your progress. Keep drinking and trying to stay cool. Hugs, Finnie

Janet O. said...

Beautiful, scrappiness! I just love all your quilts.
That is so fun that you had contact with quilt designers!
I just got back from a week in Canada, but I actually tried to buy that book before I left. Couldn't find it in town yet.
What is the plaid quilt? I'm not all caught up on my blog reading--maybe I just missed it.

Texan said...

Its just beautiful, you make without a doubt some of the prettiest scrappy quilts I see! Good job girly!

Nicky said...

Love both layouts but looking forward to getting started on the string quilt - must get going with that one!

Darlene said...

Yummy, yummy!!!! I love your quilt. Exciting to hear from Betsy directly. :-)

Jan said...

Beautiful quilts---I like both layouts! How fun to "know" the designer! Neat fabric bundle--Can;t wait to see how you use it!

Shari said...

Wow! You certainly have been a very busy lady!

Have fun with the new fabric1 Remember - scraps have to come from somewhere!

Merilyn said...

What a great post, your scrappy little 9-patch quilt looks wonderful, I love it!!! I agree that this latest fabric line is quite scrumptious so I have caved in and ordered some as well LOL!!!

Darcie said...

How cool is that! You're living like a rock star, Jules! ;)

And way to go...purchasing a bundle of sweet fabric. Yum! ;)

Hugs to you, my friend!

Michele Bilyeu said...

Beeee uuuu tiiii fuuuul! And I can't believe I'm saying this...'but keep on drinking!!!!!!!! ;)

Tracy said...

Just lovely! Wow, the quilts are beautiful love all the colors! Thanks for the inspiration! ~ Take Care

QBG said...

I am axiously awaiting Betsy and Carol Staehle's new book coming out sometime this month. It's called "History Repeated" and you can read about it on the Pickledish.com website https://www.pickledishstore.com/productDetail.php?PID=1268

Donna K. from N. TX @ http://www.quiltingbeargal.blogspot.com

Lyn said...

HellO julie, I hope to purchase Betsy's book....and will have to check out the fabric line.....grin....Julie you certainly have a great knack with scrappy quilts.....Hugs Lyn I think we need some of your sunshine down under

Barb said...

Hired man's quilt size is my favorite.
Yours looks great!!
Love the warm scrappiness of it.

Shauna said...

Hey Julie, I love this quilt in fact I actually made this,Triple Irish Chain and The Gone To Texas. The book is great