This is Diana! A while back Diana emailed me, introducing herself and telling me about her Girl Scout project. She asked if she could use the Scrappy Trips tutorial to make quilts, and then in turn give a presentation on quilting, and what she intends to do with these quilts for her Girl Scout Gold award. Not only is she great at digital communication, coming across as to the point,read more
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I was feeling really tired and a bit down in the dumps when I opened this large white envelope on Tuesday morning to find… My QUILT is on the COVER of the May/June 2015 issue of Quiltmaker Magazine, soon to be found at a newsstand, shop or bookstore near you! I have had to keep this quilt under wraps for so long that I really did forget about it. If you remember back in December ((Oh wow,read more
Moccasin Sampler Kits are being featured on the front page slideshow banner over at Missouri Star Quilt Co. If you've been thinking about joining in the fun for this year's BOM, take a look at these kits.
The kit includes all the fabric to make the quilt top, binding yardage and all 12 printed patterns in the Moccasin set. The fabrics in the kit are the same RJR Cotton Supreme Solids I used to make my sample. If you've never worked with RJR Solids before, you should give it a try. They were a dream to piece ... read more
When 4 blocks come together it makes multicolor stars.
This also shows the true colors in the quilt better than the whole quilt photo.
Our twice monthly sewing group met yesterday and I paper pieced flannel arcs to use in the next flannel quilt.
I had only printed 6 arcs so I need to decide how I am going ... read more
I love SPRING! The greens are so amazing during this season. Bulbs are bursting out and flowering shrubs are putting on a great show too.
This is Pieris Japonica, also known as Japanese Andromeda. It is a plant in the heather family. Another name for this shrub is 'Lily of the Valley'. This makes sense when you see the spring flowers.
This is right near my front door; it is getting very large. Time to take some cuttings and I am considering moving this plant to another place in our garden.
Yesterday I continued getting back into my routine and it was strictly a not housekeeping kind of day. I did take time in the afternoon to go exercise but that was it. On Wednesday evening we had storms come through but we didn’t get the bad stuff – the town close to us (about 15 […]read more
Today I am happy to share with you a tutorial for the Zany ZebraZ quilt block!
It is my hope that you will enjoy the use of this free tutorial for making these crazy zebra blocks. Make one for a mini or a cushion or tote bag. Or make a few and you have a cute baby quilt.
To make each Zany ZebraZ block, you will need....
From black and white prints:
Body – 4.5” x 6.5”
Legs ... read more
It's Friday. This week has been full of serious highs and serious lows. I will not bore you with the details but lets just say that I am stoked that the week is nearly over!
With all the hoopla I have not had much time to get to the machine, but I did finish this little flimsy off...
If you remember, Hope is from the improv piecing class that I took earlier this month. I had a house and some trees too, but when I tried to put them all together it just did not "work". But Hope was ... read more
Fabienne n'a pas attendu bien longtemps pour aller au bout de son "improvisation" d'hier. Voici le top fini :
Things have been busy lately. I've been putting what little bit of time I have for quilting into applique or hand quilting work. Then I found myself in the quilting room digging through fabrics for no particular reason--just because it feels good.
|Little scrappy corners...|
|Chain piecing love.|
|A whole pile of quilty goodness!|
|Nicely ironed and ready for sizing...|
I have just taken delivery of box after box of Christmas themed fabrics to help get your Christmas crafting started... the boxes contained
The Makower revamped and adorable Angel Advent Calendar
It’s time for another edition of Two Truths and a Lie! Sarah Watts is an artist specialising in surface and textile design, book illustration and hand-lettering. She’s worked with loads of big brands, but you’ll probably know her best as one of the founding designers for Cotton + Steel Fabrics! Her collections include Tokyo Train Ride and August and many of the designs in the upcoming Spellbound collection.
Do you remember how to play? Let’s refresh, just in case! Sarah will tell us three things about herself. Two are true and one is a lie. If you ...read more
The nights are getting cooler and usually at this time of year, I think about my yearly winter knitting or crochet project. This year I won't be making anything up with wonderfully warm wool as I am having one of my busiest years yet - volunteering, teaching and a revival in stencil workshops has seen me so busy that ... read more
One of the things on my to do list was to fix the bedroom curtains. I’ve been trying to not spend a lot of extra money and make do with what I have so I took our old living room curtains and rods from the farm and decided somehow they’d have to work for our bedroom.
I hung them second day we were at the house….UGH. …too long.
I wasn’t especially happy with the tab feature either. Being our house has lots of antiques, the tabs just didn’t seem to fit.
My other problem was ...read more