Beautiful Embroidery Quilt

image2Hello everyone.  Yesterday, I had the honor of quilting the next quilt by Moda fabric designers, Sweetwater.  I cannot show you any photos, but I can say that they have once again created a beautiful work of art.  You can see a few photos of their new fabric line at their blog.  Sweetwater Blog

What I can show you… is the beautiful embroidered quilt above.  I’m working on it today.

I’ve been working up to this one.  Intricate designs are a natural for custom quilting.  The stitches and the stabilizer add quite a bit of bulk in those areas, so I knew I would have to do a lot of stitch-in-the-ditch (SID) quilting.  I know what you’re thinking… That’s pretty easy, right?  Well, not exactly.  Straight lines are some of the most difficult quilting, since you can tell if it’s not quite straight.  Also, I am pretty particular which quilts will be a candidate for this type of stitching.  If the piecing is not really precise, SID will just accentuate the flaws in the piecing.

This quilt, however, is pieced very well.  I am writing this post, as I’m taking a break.  I just completed the SID, and started the free-motion work on the top border.  The great part about stabilizing the quilt with SID, is that now, I can jump around to any area, and work on it, without the fear of running into a problem with pushing extra bulk into the wrong area.

I think I’ll mostly free-hand this quilt, except for the yellow background areas around the central star.  I think the robot can do a little work too!


I hope you have a great day!

Fellow Quilter,




Hello everyone.    After a great trip to Chicago, and meeting some great new people, I must admit, it was nice to take an afternoon nap in my own bed.   

Today’s photo of the day challenge was “sunshine”.   Boy did I enjoy it today.   I didn’t retouch this photo in anyway, and it was just shot with my iPhone.   

I hope you enjoy it!

Enjoy the warmth,

Fellow Quilter,


Chicago Shopping


Yesterday, we had some time to stroll about window shopping after taking a great tour, which included at stop at the National Mexican Art Myseum in Pilsen.

Following the planned tour, I had hoped we’d find time to visit a quilt shop that I had found online prior to our trip from Colorado to Chicago, called the Needle Shop.    

  The Needle Shop  


It’s not your basic quilt store, but a super artistic sewing and quilting space.   The fabrics were carefully selected, and included some independent fabric designers, mixed in with the likes of Alexander Henry and Robert Kauffman.    It’s really unique the way they transfer the fabric from standard flat bolts to a very cool wall of rolled bolts.  The fabrics are so easy to shop, and if you see something you like, they just unclip it and cut what you need.  

They also had heavier weight fabrics, buttons, zippers, and had specialty hardware tucked away smartly in cute little filing drawers.  

An impressive selection of books covered many sewing techniques.   

Rachel was very helpful with my selections, and I had a great time meeting her.  She also told us to go around the corner just a short distance to the Second City Quilt Company.  

Second City Quilt Company. 

After a bit of a walk, we found this cute little slice of a store.   They carry some of the more mainstream fabrics by modern designers.   The woman, or shall I call her a dynamo, Gabi was a total hoot.  We had a great time hearing her stories, and telling her ours.   She told us she’s turning 70 shortly.   I hope she doesn’t mind I said that.   This lady is so energetic.   I can see why this shop, less than a year old, is so popular.   

All in all, it was a great afternoon spent pawing over fabric, and being inspired.   I tried to limit myself from purchasing too much, as I’m still whittling away at my existing stash.    I did reward myself just a little bit.   

This is the first time I’ve been to Chicago for any length of time, and I can tell you, it won’t be the last. 

I hope you’ve had an equally thrilling week, and have been inspired by this little glimpse into my world.  

Happy quilting!



Quilts of the Plains 2015 Photos are posted!

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QOTP_2015__0317b copyHello everyone.  I’ve had a great, albeit very busy, week in Wray, Colorado.  With the help of many people, and many area businesses, we pulled off the 16th Annual Quilts of the Plains outdoor quilt show, this past Saturday, June 27, 2015.

We had a great array of wonderful quilts entered into the show, including many from far, far away.  Our Viewer’s selected a lovely quilt by Valerie from Dove Creek, Colorado.  They also awarded a total of 8 ribbons for the best in category voting.  I’ve uploaded a photo gallery of all of the quilts.  I think they all are winning quilts.  Mixed in, you will also see some street and sidewalk shots.  Perhaps, I caught you looking at the beautiful quilts, or driving down the street.  You’ll see the kind of businesses that line our streets, and help to make Wray such a wonderful place to live, work, shop, or even visit.

Of course, photos never do full justice of an event like this.  I do hope it’s a useful resource though, for quilters who entered or viewed the show, as well as a shameless promotion of our town, our people, and our humble little quilt show on the plains in Colorado.  I hope it makes you want to be a part of it in the future.

Have fun looking through the gallery.  I’ve made smaller versions of the photos, so it will load quickly on your computer, phone or tablet with ease.  If you have a need for a more detailed image, I can provide that on a request basis for you.

Thanks for supporting quilting in Wray, and for your continued interest in my life, art and blog.  I’d really appreciate if you could share this with others, and leave a comment when you stop by the blog.  It really adds a richness to the place.

I hope you have been inspired, and this will manifest in your creative life, whatever that may be.

Happy Quilting & Quilt Viewing,

Fellow Quilter,

Brian Clements

Quilts of the Plains 2015 Is Almost Here!

Raffle Quilt Photo
scrap quilt photo

I’m busy quilting the last of my projected quilts for this years show. I really love how this is turning out, and it will be a perfect gift for a lucky person in my life. It’s a secret, so I don’t want to say much more.

Hi everyone!  It’s been a great year, and I hope you’ve had some time to work on your quilt projects.  I’m finishing up on the last two king-sized quilts that I intend to exhibit into the show.  As you may, or may not know, I am the Chairman of the Quilts of the Plains annual outdoor quilt show, held in Wray, Colorado each year.  The event is held on the Saturday AFTER Fathers’ Day each summer.  That being said, This years show is on June 27, 2015!

The Quilts are on display for ONE DAY ONLY, June 27, 2015 from 9:00 a.m. until 4:00 p.m.

Most quilts are displayed along Main Street from 3rd to 5th Street, and antique and miscellaneous items will be displayed in the Wray Museum.

The quilts will not be judged, but the Viewers will vote for their favorites.  The overall winning quilt will be awarded a BRAND NEW JANOME SEWING MACHINE, and Viewers’ Choice Ribbons will be awarded in each of the categories listed below!!!  I hope you’ll enter, and GOOD LUCK TO YOUR QUILT!!!

We NEED your quilts, or we won’t have much of a show….  We don’t have a restriction on the items you enter.  You may have made it this year, or many years ago.  We kindly ask that you not display items that have previously been in the Quilts of the Plains Show.  You may enter as many items in each category as you wish, and we LOVE seeing the creativity that each and every person has exhibited in their quilts.

The categories remain the same.

Large Bed Quilt

Small Bed Quilt

Baby Quilt

Quilted Wall-hanging

Quilt made by youth – age 18 and under

Antique Quilt – Made at least 25 years ago

Miscellaneous Quilted (Quilt Related) Item

Entries will be accepted at Rainbow Fabrics from Monday, June 22 to Thursday, June 25.  If you have a need for an accommodation outside of that schedule, please let us know.

Raffle Quilt Photo

This photo was taken a few months ago, as I was beginning to quilt the raffle quilt for Quilts of the Plains 2015. As you can see, the colors are gorgeous, and the fabric is all batiks. The blocks were made by local members of the Quilters’ Anonymous group here in Wray.

Again this year, we have a spectacular raffle quilt.  Made of batik fabrics in lovely shades of blue and cream, you are gonna love this one.  The quilt is on display at Rainbow Fabrics.  Tickets are ON SALE NOW through the day of the quilt show.  The Disappearing Hourglass blocks create a very beautiful block, and the quilting was done by Fellow Quilter, Brian Clements.  (ME!)  Tickets are still only $1 each, or 6 tickets for $5.

We rely upon the help of many volunteers.  If you can help, we’d be grateful for anything you can do.  We need people to hang the quilts, take quilts down, push a cart along and hand quilts to the folks up on the ladder…  At the end, we need some volunteers to take down quilts, fold quilts, sort and checkout the quilts to their owners.  We will have an information table, and need people to sit and sell raffle tickets.  Even an hour or two is a huge help!  Please let us know how you’d like to help.

Lastly, I must thank our sponsors.  The quilt show is presented by the City of Wray and the Wray Chamber of Commerce.  The main sponsor is Rainbow Fabrics, and supporting sponsorships from Foltmer Drug/RadioShack/Main Street Clothing, Box Elder Ranch, First Pioneer National Bank, Leigh Floral, Wray State Bank, Ann & Steve Brethauer, and Wray Lumber Company are much appreciated.

If you’d like to receive information on this show, or be added to our email list for upcoming shows, please leave me a comment, or contact me at the following:

If you have any questions, please email Brian at or call  (970) 597-1313

Or to reach Wanda at Rainbow Fabrics, she can be contacted at or call (970) 332-4343

Thanks for your support.  I hope you can come to the show!!

Fellow Quilter,

Brian Clements

Christmastime in Nebraska

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Hello everyone.

This past weekend, we tripped to see my family in Central Nebraska.  I thought I’d share a couple of photos with you, of some of the traditional sites that we stop to see.

On Saturday, we stopped in Minden, Nebraska.

Minden Courthouse 2014b 4x6Minden has been dubbed the Christmas City.  Even when I was a kid, we would usually take a trip there to see the lights, and sometimes catch the Christmas pageant.

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On the way home, Sunday, we stopped at our good friends, the Corey’s.  They were instrumental in helping us get our computerized light show up and running several years ago.  We stop and see them every year, and they always invite us in for some home-made goodies.  This year it was Rosemary’s delicious pizzelle cookies.  Yummy!!!

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If you’d like to check out their display, it runs until New Years Eve.  Shows last about 15 minutes and keep repeating all evening long.  Their farm is located east of Culbertson, Nebraska on U.S. Highway 6&34 and one-quarter mile north on County Road 376.

We had a really nice visit with most of my family.  Lots of chatting, eating and fun…  My Mom showed me some of her quilt projects recently finished and also in progress.

My brother showed me a barn quilt that he’s working on, but more about that in a future post.

Have a creative day!

Fellow Quilter,


Keep on Truckin’

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Hello everyone.  It’s been a pretty busy couple of weeks.  Thanksgiving is but a memory, and Christmas is heading our way.  I’ve been truckin’, so to speak in my studio.

I’ve been sewing more of my scrap blocks, and now I’m up to 350.  That means only 50 more to go…

I’m also finishing my last customer quilt job for this year.   It is a beautiful quilt, for one of my great quilt piecer friends.  She definitely keeps her sewing pedal to the metal!

I instagrammed a photo yesterday.  I hope you follow me there, so you can see the first couple borders quilting design.  I think it really ties into the fabric motif so nicely.

Well… today was going to be a full day of quilting on that quilt, but I had to change my plans to go to Denver for some supplies for our barbershop.  The new barber is set to move in on Monday, so we couldn’t wait for shipping, I HAD to go to the city!

I did manage to hit three quilt shops while I was there… and I found a great eagle quilt pattern, a couple yards of fabric, and an extra cone of quilting thread, just in case I run out mid-quilt on this current job.

It really was a beautiful day to be out!  I just love these nice December days in Colorado!

old truck in akronI took my camera along for the ride, and in Akron, I spotted this old truck.  I had to turn around and go back…   The door was open to the building behind, and I did poke my head in to ask permission, but nobody was around.  I hope they like how I photoshopped the image.  I just love playing with my photos!

This truck was empty today, and pretty soon, my quilting workload for Christmas will be unloaded as well.  I hope your projects are also coming along right on time!

Happy Quilting,

Fellow Quilter,


Our little Treasures

Hello everyone.

Today, I’ll post my response to the assignment “Treasure”.  I was overloaded with ideas for this one.  Of course, my husband Joe is a treasure.  It’s been a busy week, and we’ve been coming and going it seems.  My new wedding band is definitely a treasure.  I can’t believe that we are now living in the world that we are.

I also treasure our dear companions, Dudley and Lucky the “kitty-potamusses”.  Although, they are getting up in years, they continue to be a comfort around the house.  Lucky has his own personal treasure.  It’s his purple pillow.  If he’s not eating or going downstairs to do his business, you’ll likely find him luxuriating on the famous purple pillow.  What a life…

I hope you enjoy meeting our boys!

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Have a creative day!

Fellow Quilter,


County Road PP

Hello everyone.  I’m posting another photo today for the Photo101 assignment “Double”.

Q:  There are a three doubles in the photo.  Can you find them?

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I know this is a quirky photo, but I noticed the doubles, and thought it was a perfect response to the assignment.

Have a creative day!

Fellow Quilter,


A:Two Sinks, Double P’s, and the diptych of Buddha

The Edge of Paradise

Hello everyone.  For today’s photo challenge, I’m taking it back to quilting.  The assignment, “to capture an edge”.  Of course to me… I think of the edge of a quilt, the binding.

This quilt has 4 different treatments to the binding, but today, I’m going to give you a detail shot of the flowers, accented by the edge treatment between the center and the border.  I really love color, and the combinations in this quilt are perfect.

bird of paradise quilt wp_1024I paper-pieced this beautiful quilt nearly 10 years ago.  Bird-of-Paradise blooms are one of my favorite flowers, and I just love this design.

Have you tried paper piecing before?  It is time consuming, but the results are such perfect, sharp points.  I’ve learned a few different methods over the years.  If you are curious, a link to a paper piecing tutorial can be found here.  This is the way, I do it nowadays.

Happy Quilting,

Fellow Quilter,