Giveaway! Meet Deonn Stott, Designer of Sheep Shape

Quiltmaker’s May/June issue is winging its way to subscribers and newsstands now.

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Quiltmaker May/June ’14

On the cover is Sheep Shape designed by Deonn Stott and made in fabrics from Riley Blake Designs. This quilt is rated “easy”, and in a post later this week, I’ll show you why.

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Deonn Stott

Today I’m pleased to introduce Deonn and share some of her experiences and insights, in her own words.

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I come from a legacy of quilters and makers. I was raised on a little farm in southeast Idaho, the oldest of 11 children. My sisters and I spent a lot of time in the sewing room with our Mom – making 4-H projects, clothes and Christmas gifts. If I wanted new clothes I made them.

My grandmother always “had a quilt on” as they say. My great-grandmother was known as the town quilter, and everyone in Star Valley, Wyoming, would bring her their scraps and she’d stitch them into quilts for charity. She did this for over 50 years and I still remember little piles of squares out on the back porch where she’d sit and sew, with a pot-belly coal stove for heat.

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Triplet daughters in homemade outfits by Deonn

As a young mom, I loved making my kids’ clothes, especially three little outfits for my triplet daughters, usually the same outfit in three different colors – until they told me not to.

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Same outfit—three colors!

Eventually we joined 4-H and they all learned to sew for themselves. Two of the girls really struggled in school, but I found that in the sewing room and in the kitchen, everyone was on equal ground. Consequently, we spent a lot of time in the sewing room as everyone could achieve the same level of success.

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The sewing room was a place where everyone could achieve the same level of success.

Around that time, my mother passed away. My sisters and I discovered a bag in my Mom’s sewing room that contained several Log Cabin quilt blocks along with the strips and fabrics to make a queen-size quilt. I brought the bag home and as I sewed more blocks and made the quilt, there was healing with every stitch.

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The Log Cabin quilt started by her mom became a healing quilt as it was finished by Deonn.

What would have been Mom’s first pieced quilt became my first pieced quilt. I finished it and gave it to my Dad for Christmas. I was hooked.

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Deonn made Quiltmaker’s “America the Beautiful” during her first year of quilting.

I wanted to try it all, and make it all!  (Still do – that may be the reason for the 87 or so UFOs in my closet…) I made five large bed quilts that first year. (Editor’s note: One of those happened to be a QM pattern, America the Beautiful, above.)

My friend Debbie, the county 4-H extension agent, asked me to teach 4-H sewing camp for kids and later a quilt camp. I began looking for the simplest ways to teach my own daughters, 4-H kids and adults. It’s become my mission to explore the best techniques, tricks and tools that will help anyone achieve success. “If there’s a simpler way, let’s find it!” That’s my mantra.

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Deonn’s daughters have grown into quiltmakers themselves.

My girls have each become accomplished quiltmakers themselves, with a collection of quilts for their beds, laps, walls, and a nice collection of ribbons and prizes.

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Carpenter’s Star made by Deonn and her daughters for their husband and father, who is a carpenter.

A few years back, the girls and I put together a Carpenter’s Star quilt for their dad. Each of us sewed together a quarter of the quilt, and we had it finished in a day and a half. (Get the pattern for Carpenter’s Star.)

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Rulers and templates by Lori Holt for Riley Blake Designs inspired Deonn in her design process.

I do some contract work for Riley Blake Designs, and write regular quilting and sewing tutorials at Cutting Corners on their website. When Lori Holt came out with a series of ruler/templates, Riley Blake gave me an assignment to come up with some fun projects using the new ruler sets.

About that time, Diane had written a blog post called “Hexagon Roundup” on Quilty Pleasures, and that eventually led to my “hexigami” techniques.

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An example of hexigami, which Deonn says is just fabric origami.

I considered using them as embellishments like flowers in a meadow, and the sheep just had to go into the meadow! I tried other shapes – a bear, a turtle, a pig…but nothing else really worked, because the hexagons give that fluffy look that only works for a sheep!

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Sheep Shape by Deonn Stott for Quiltmaker May/June ’14. Fabric: Riley Blake Designs. Kits available. This quilt is rated “easy.”

I brought the quilt top to International Quilt Market as an example of how to use dimensional hexagons. That’s where Quiltmaker came in!

To be continued.

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A kit for Sheep Shape is available.

Part 2 of Meet Deonn Stott later this week on Quilty Pleasures!

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Giveaway! Riley Blake fat quarters plus the new issue of Quiltmaker.

Giveaway (open to anyone, anywhere)! We have fat quarters from Riley Blake Designs and a Hexie Half ruler/template, too—so you can have your own sewing/quilting/design adventure. And we’ll include the May/June issue of Quiltmaker! Deonn is also including a CD from the Mormon Tabernacle Choir—more on that later this week. For a chance to win, please leave a comment here before midnight Friday, April 4. We’ll choose a winner randomly and announce it next week.

But wait! There’s more!

Deonn is also having a giveaway on Quiltscapes! Head on over there and show her some Quiltmaker love, okay?

About Diane Harris

I'm an editor for Quiltmaker magazine in Golden, Colorado, USA. For six years, I wrote pattern instructions, product reviews and how-to articles. Then I spent four years as QM's Interactive Editor, working to generate much of our online content. Now I'm back to patterns and how-tos, which is a great fit for me. I still love writing about quilt-related topics for Quilty Pleasures, and I always have my finger on the pulse of the quilting world. I teach a variety of quilt classes and give guild programs, too. Reach me by email:
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370 Responses to Giveaway! Meet Deonn Stott, Designer of Sheep Shape

  1. wendie smith says:

    I love this quilt, have never tried hexies before and would love to make this beautiful quilt for a baby about to come into my family. xxx

  2. Debbra Good says:

    I fell in love with your little sheep, but I didn’t think I could accomplish hexagon blocks, they look overwhelming! Then I viewed your tutorial, thanks! I’m going give it try! (Hope it doesn’t turn out looking like a cow)

  3. Hermosa historia familiar. Me encanta el quilt para bebé, en una oveja muy dulce. Gracias por la oportunidad de concursar. Abrazos

  4. Margaret Andrews says:

    What a beautiful quilt…with a sheep. Many years ago, 50 years or so, I was a VISTA in Kentucky and I made my first quilt on a treadle sewing machine…flower garden…full of those shapes. This brings back such wonderful memories.

  5. Mdm samm says:

    What a fabulous interview Diane, I have known Deonn for some time…a wonderful gifted asset to our community..she has heart for everything she touches. Kudos to you for seeing her fabulous gifts.

  6. Robyn Jones says:

    The quilt is adorable. I love the pattern.

  7. Aggie Kovacs says:

    Love the half hexie and hexagami idea. This is the cutest quilt I ever saw. Thanks for the giveaway.

  8. Jacqueline Delchau says:

    We had an adored pet sheep called Jim, this quilt made me smile and think of him, thankyou. Will have to learn how to do those dimensional hexies…..gorgeous!!

  9. Ashley says:

    Love that little sheep!

  10. Joan H. says:

    Cute, clever sheep!

  11. Lori Morton says:

    LOOOOOVE the Sheep quilt!!! You Gal’s are Awesome!! Am learning to quilt with my two daughters..lots of fun too!!

  12. Jen B says:

    I love the sheep quilt, I think I would applique another small flower/hexie that the sheep was eating!

  13. Debbie Reber says:

    Sheep shape is so cute! Would love to win the kit!

  14. Deb says:

    Love her quilt and designs!! Beautiful fabric, too!

  15. Susan says:

    The sheep is so cute. I like the colors in the fabrics.

  16. Stacey says:

    That blue, that green, just perfect for summer! I’ve wanted to try hexies, how perfect this would be! Thanks for the chance to win

  17. Dita says:

    Oh i just love that green and blue color combination!

  18. Sharon says:

    Absolutely love your work. The Sheep Shape is absolutely adorable. I too am teaching my granddaughters to quilt.

  19. Donna says:

    Just started making hexies myself . . .what to do with all of them?!?

  20. Delaine says:

    Wow, what an awesome give away! It was interesting to read Deonn’s journey to quilting. Thanks!

  21. What a fun prize! I love those fabrics and the ruler looks so cool!

  22. Rachel says:

    I love the time of day mountains in “America the Beautiful” and that is one cute sheep! Thanks for the chance to win. I love those colors.

  23. melissa says:

    I love hexies and what a great prize! Thanks for the chance.

  24. Mara says:

    Love Deonn’s work, I have made her hexigami several times, Thanks for the giveaway.

  25. This look super cute to make for my niece, and pretty easy something I look forward for my first quilt :)

    Thanks for the opportunity

  26. Diane says:

    I love the sheep, the flowers make it very special.

  27. Nita says:

    That is adorable! Thank you for the chance to win! Happy Friday!

  28. Debbie says:

    I started collecting black-faced sheep when my son bought me a present…6 bred ewes, and the rest they say is history! I not only have sheep in the barn, I have stuffed sheep, stenciled sheep, wooden sheep, sheep in paintings…you get the picture. But I absolutely have to make this quilt. Hexies and black-faced sheep…I’m in quilter’s heaven!

  29. Steph says:

    Sheep!! How cute! I’ve been collecting sheep fabrics & related stuff for a few years now. Have a friend who is really into sheep, who would love this quilt.

  30. Alice Ronne says:

    I’ve always loved sheep and this one is adorable! Thanks for the chance at an awesome giveaway! Keeping my fingers crossed!

  31. Michelle Smith says:

    I am loving all of the Hexi quilts that have been showing up. Adding this one to my to- do list!

  32. Rhonda Davis says:

    Deonn’s life story is so inspiring. My mother taught me to sew when I was a preteen but I didn’t start quilting until a few years after her death. I have two boys that are not inclined to do any type of sewing so I’ll have to wait and see if my grand daughters will carry on the quilting tradition.

  33. Annaleena says:

    Thanks for the inspirational post and the giveaway.

  34. Nancy Myers says:

    Wonderful post. So nice to learn about you.

  35. SewCalGal says:

    What a wonderful post and inspirational story. Can’t imagine how challenging it would have been to have raised three triplets. But so special.

    Love that hexie sheep design. Baaah. So cute. But then I’m pretty partial to Hexies and sheep too!


  36. DeAnna says:

    What an awesome story. I love to hear how folks came to be quilters and how they are passing the art down to younger generations…our future quilters!

  37. VickiT says:

    Deonn is awesome. She always creates such cute stuff. This sheep is just adorable. And those fabrics are wonderful.

  38. Lavonna ZWB says:

    Such adorable ideas!

  39. Wilma Evans says:

    I love quilting. I just bought the mini tumbler template
    from Jenny Doan. To try it out I quilted a hotpad trivet and two potholders. I am hooked on the templates. Happy quilting to everyone.

  40. Nicki Spoerl says:

    Thanks for the chance to win. The sheep is adorable.

  41. Maria Leal says:

    The fabrics are great and the lamb is very cute. Thank you for the giveaway. Keep up the great work. You are very talented. Love your stuff.

  42. Jo Anne says:

    I’ve met Deonn and she is a gem. The sheep pattern is adorable. Thanks for an interesting article.

  43. tlynn frey says:

    Super cute quilt sheep quilt and great idea with the hexagons Deonn! I come from a family of quilters too and enjoy passing on my passion while my husband and I do volunteer missionary work in Mexico. The women of Cd. Valles, SLP Mexico that I teach are wonderful and always open to new and fast techniques! Thanks for the opportunity to see your quilts!

  44. tlynnfrey says:

    Super cute quilt sheep quilt and great idea with the hexagons Deeon! I come from a family of quilters too and enjoy passing on my passion while my husband and I do volunteer missionary work in Mexico. The women of Cd. Valles, SLP Mexico that I teach are wonderful and always open to new and fast techniques! Thanks for the opportunity to see your quilts!

  45. Sue Lange says:

    Loved reading about family. It’s what quilting is all about, family!!
    I thank God for the ability to sew and. Quilt and have been able to teach my two granddaughters and two grandsons to sew and now on to quilting for them. Thanks so much for the awesome blog. Sue

  46. Marcia Dupree says:

    I enjoyed reading about your family’s traditions regarding quilting. My husband’s mother and friends pieced by machine. But they hand quilted around a drop frame from the ceiling of the living room in the house where he grew up. His father made the quilt frame. We have a few of those quilts ,today.

  47. Marilyn Fendley says:

    Would love to be a winner.

  48. Linda Halcomb says:

    The sheep is adorable! My magazine cannot get here fast enough! I have a baby quilt to make & this will be perfect! Winning would be great!

  49. Judyb2 says:

    I would love a chance to win. I’m sorta new to quilting and would love to learn something new. The sheep was so cute and cuddly.

  50. I love Deonn’s work, she always has such fun and inspirational patterns! Thank you for the opportunity to acquire some RBD fabric to work with, blues and greens are my favorite!

  51. GrrannyH says:

    What beautiful work and inspiring designs! Thank you!

  52. Kalynn says:

    Love the cute little sheep and flowers. Thanks for the chance to win.

  53. Denise Walker says:

    I love the hexagons, I just need to take the leap. Thanks for the inspiration!

  54. Jeannette says:

    WOuld love to win, thanks for the chance. Love the sheep, I started a hexagon precut quilt but the fabric was not the greatest and it kept fraying on me, would like to make something bigger, these were really small and hard to work with.

  55. Pamela Reim says:

    Never been a hexie fan before but the sheep is just too cute! Would love to try it.

  56. Nancy A says:

    Oh so many possibilities using the Hexie Half Ruler. I’d love to win this. Thanks for the chance.

  57. Cindy Wienstroer says:

    I would love to do stars and hexies make nice road trip handwork.

  58. Deb says:

    This quilt is so darling–would be the perfect quilt for my new little granddaughter. thank you for the opportunity to win the giveaway. So so so fun!!!

  59. Elma Lutman says:

    I love the sheep. How cute. The carpenter star is currently what I’m working on. Thanks for the giveaway.

  60. Dana says:

    I’m in love with the sheep! I think it’s awesome your daughters are quilting. My daughter has never shown any interest in any type of crafting so maybe one day there will be a granddaughter that will be interested. Riley Blake fabrics are gorgeous and look great no matter how you use them. Thank you so much for the chance to win!

  61. Angelia L. says:

    I am so in love with this adorable little lamb! I have always wanted to make a Carpenters Star quilt. I saw one made with Batiks in a quilt shop last summer while on vacation and loved it. Thank you for sharing!

  62. Mary C in WA says:

    I am so glad you had Deonn’s quilt on the QM Cover. It is on my List to make for my next grandbaby now. Grandma Mary HAS to make it. All I need is to WIN this Giveaway!!! Thanks for the chance to win the Mormon Tabernacle CD too. It would be perfect for this coming week-end when Deonn will be singing on Saturday and Sunday. I’ll be watching for her.

  63. Dorothy Van Pelt says:

    I just loved reading all this. What great pictures. Makes me want to sew.

  64. Karen A says:

    Love using great rulers. Deonn’s quilt is so cute!

  65. Allison C says:

    Love that sheep!!! Thanks for the chance.

  66. Sarah says:

    Thanks for the chance! I love the sheep, and that carpenter’s star quilt as well!

  67. says:

    I would love to win

  68. Judy says:

    Deonn’s quilt is so cute and it looks like a fun quilt to make.

  69. Jeanne says:

    What a wonderful story. I was pulled in and wanted more to read. Maybe a book in their future? I would definitely buy it. Great family. thank you for a chance to win this very nice giveaway. This would be my first time to work with hexies in years.

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