Yesterday I worked off and on – with plenty of breaks – on these easy stars for Ciera’s quilt. They really are quite easy to make. I have 13 of the 20 needed now done and squared to the 9.5 inches that the pattern calls for. I will get all of the stars done before […]read more
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I absolutely love my Quilt Doodle Doodles 2014 BOM. Thank you Cindy for sharing all your talents and creativity wish us, such generosity!
It was such a fun quilt to make and to look forward to each month. On the 1st of every month I would literally run to the computer to see what was next in line. It was a wonderful quilt to have grace the bed over the holiday season.
Each row was cuter than the next from the skates.....
...to the snowmen
...to the Christmas lights. The mugs filled with steaming hot cocoa and what's not ...
Welcome to Sunday Stash over at the Splediferous Molli Sparkles!! This week I wanted to talk a little bit about Fabric Clubs, and whether or not they are the thing for you. So, what makes a fabric club worth joining? In general, fabric clubs send out fabrics of their choosing, once a month, for a predetermined subscription fee. Most can be cancelled at any time, and many offer a discount overread more
Hard to believe that Easter is just around the corner…just a couple of months. It’s never too soon to start preparing. What better way to celebrate than an egg runner to grace your table. Shabby Fabric has a whole series of these wonderful patchwork runners and each one is cuter than the next.
The lovely little patchwork eggs are offset with little satin ribbons and a scalloped fabric rick rack trim. The runner is quilted with the pattern Popcorn.read more
This afternoon, I arrived back home from my couple of days away. It surprised me how tired I was when I got here. Nothing's changed. I arrived home to find Smitty with some kind of critter cornered in Mike's office. It's good to know that in this busy and fast-changing world we live in, some things remain the same.
I wanted to give you a little mini-tutorial (although that's probably too high-minded of a word for what I'm about to do). It's really just a reminder for me so that I can remember the ...
One of the first things I did in going to Albuquerque was learn to spell it! That accomplished I walked into the beautiful Convention Center and drank my fill of gorgeous quilts by award winning quilters. I was greatly humbled. I didn't take pictures of all the top winners because I have seen some of them at other shows as well as published in one or more of the magazines to which I subscribe. It is likely many of you have seen them too.
Best of show was by Gail Stapanek and Jan Hutchinson for "Stars on Mars" (85 ...
This week I’ve decided to join in (for the very first time) with “Project Quilting” challenge. It’s a one-week quilt challenge put on by Persimon Dreams, a blog by Kim Lapacek.
I met Kim last year while attending her blogging class at Mill House Quilts, and I’ve been following her blog ever since. Kim was recently interviewed on “Sewing with Nancy” by Nancy Zieman about her “Project Quilting” challenges. I’ve been meaning to join in … I’m finally ready to give it a try.
The theme & rules were given out (in her blog) last Sunday at ...read more
I worked on hand quilting the Fantasy Garden quilt a bit yesterday. It is a small quilt so it wont take long to finish it. (click pictures to enlarge)
The more quilting I add the more I like it. It is hard to see the quilting in pictures but it does show up well in person.
More about a few other projects next time
I skipped the fitness center yesterday – after 3 days in a row of walking 3+ miles I had to give in to achy knees and hips and say no exercise for the day. I still got in close to 5,000 steps though by using the ironing board in the kitchen and going back and […]read more
I am seriously trying to finish my huge list of UFO’s….I have so many unfinished quilts, runners and sundry other crafty things that I really need to get a handle on completing some of them.
This is a finish, even though it’s not quilted and bound, I do consider it done. It was the leftover sample blocks I used when teaching the Pineapple Runner class at Kindred Spirits Quilt Co. last year.
I thought it would be a good idea to have a sample block of each step throughout the block process for students. This meant that ...read more
Red Sky at Night
The colors of this quilt reminded me of sailing, and every sailor’s delight – a red sky at night! The picture below was taken on one of my (many) days out sailing.
The fabric I used for the sashing, border and edge binding were leftovers from Edith, while the rest were new fabrics.
This is in my stack of To Be Donated (TBD) quilts.
Welcome back to the Hey Mama! Sew Along! This is block 3, and is called Perpetual Motion. This month, we are advancing to half-square triangles. This unit is two triangles sewn together that make a square. Many patterns use this unit, and this is the easiest way I’ve found to make them. So, here are the instructions: (Just a reminder, the finished block will be 9″, which is 9 1/2″ before finishing.)
Choose 3 fabrics.
Cut: (Cut sizes include a 1/4” seam allowance.)
Fabric 1 (Background): 4 squares, 3 7/8” x 3 7/8”
Fabric 2 ...read more
Getting that sunflower project box empty seems to be my priority right now, so lots and lots of sunflowers have been made. Here are 7 of the most recent, in no particular order. I’ve absolutely given up picking favourites. I think.
A pretty blue one.
A yellow one.
A brown one. And this one surprised me. When I started stitching it, I thought I wouldn’t like the finished sunflower but I do.
This one may be my favourite of this group. See? I knew I couldn’t resist picking out favourites.
Another blue one.
The final one for ...read more
I just keep plugging away on the same old quilts so really nothing new to show. I did start sewing on the stars yesterday but I got sidetracked and never got back to them after I got done at the fitness center with my exercise. I will be trying to get more done today. Working […]read more
I’m always amazed at the perseverance that students have to complete this class…the log cabin blocks alone would send most people to their sewing rooms sobbing.
50 itty bitty log cabin blocks that line the front, bottoms and sleeves of the jacket. Let alone all the pieces sewn together to form the main jacket pieces.
Sharon and Kelli are all finished, other than the serging of the jacket together. They look lovely ladies, well done.read more
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As the wife of a Marine, I know to call this iconic photograph taken by Joe Rosenthal the 2nd flag raising on Iwo Jima. The date was February 23, 1945 and the image inspired a nation, winning Mr. Rosenthal a Pulitzer Prize in Photography. It said to be the most reproduced event in World War II.
As many of you may know, this image reproduced into a bronze statue in the 1950’s and is on display in Washington D.C. The United States Marine Corps War Memorial is a must on any visitor’s site seeing list. When in ...read more
I am working on the log cabin variation top. It deceivingly looks simple. If you look at the vintage inspiration tops you can see what can happen.
How did they get so off? They did not measure. It seems like a little thing but it is so important. The temptation is to cut your strip and take it to the machine sew it on and then cut off the extra.
Here is a strip as an example, it is long enough with a bit extra on the right.
The temptation would be to take it to the machine, sew it ...read more