Yesterday I put the final border on my Orca Bay Quilt. The border pieces were assembled and ready for me almost 12 months ago but I needed to complete some more of my blue string sashing strips first. Wouldn’t you know it, I miscalculated and now have quite a few left over as well. I’m loving this design, it really is an eye catching quilt. I did have to buy quite a lot of fabric for this quilt, especially as I was given some of the blue string blocks and wanted the same colour hues through the design ...read more
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Since returning from last year’s trip I can honestly say I’ve been so busy with outside work I haven’t really had a lot of time for quilt designing. In December I finally managed to complete my Blue Gum Challenge using whatever snippets of time I could manage. I will have to say sewing the hexagons for the final border took almost as long as the rest of the quilt. I am very pleased with the results. Initially I was going to put hexagons right around the outside of the quilt but when I started assembling and laying ...read more
The other day UPS dropped off a big box of fabric from Moda. The fabric was awesome but something in the box made me especially happy. They included this…
Color cards of Moda fabrics!! We are in love. We had a color of the Bella Solids and have loved it. In fact, the card has caused a discrepancy a time or two. It seems when I want the card it’s at Kelli’s house and when she wants it it’s at my house. Now we both can have one. Did you know they have so many different solid ...
I got a chance to take a car trip over to Sarasota yesterday. It’s about an hour over there, not bad really. The other two gals wanted to replenish their wardrobe at Beall’s Dept. Store but I was more interested in getting to a quilt shop.
Since DH and I worked in Sarasota for five winters, the gals decided I knew the area best. Now mind you, this working for five years ago but they were right. I did remember where there was a Beall’s and with an ulterior motive in mind, I directed the car toward ...read more
Well today we had our monthly company meeting, just a hint lots of bigs things coming your way!! But for lunch we got to do a trial run of the newest restaurant in town: J’s Burger Dive. It will have burgers and shakes and I must say it is a place to try when your in town. A must get is the cajun fries and John even toasts the buns on the grill! I haven’t tried a shake yet but I will keep you informed. In a couple of weeks, Poppy’s Bakery will be open and it ...read more
Even if you’ve got your fabric storage system all planned out and set up, you still have to figure out how to get your fabric organized within it. We had so many great comments on my previous fabric storage blog post about how different quilters organize their fabrics. People are pretty passionate about this topic! There are lots of inspiring ideas and clever solutions, and it just shows the ingenuity of quilters and how different methods work best for different people.
You can’t just throw a pile of fabric into your shelf, drawer or cabinet, at least not ...read more
It’s done…well, I take that back. The quilting it done on Kelli and Jason’s double wedding ring quilt. Isn’t it pretty?? I know I am sighing a BIG sigh of relief.
I was trimming the quilt as I was taking it off the frame. I was working on the left side trimming and then moved to the right. Without my knowing, Ruby sneaked in and made herself a quick bed.
I snapped a picture, kicked her off and went back to trimming. I have a deadline..I have to get this quilt bound. The wedding is ...read more
Three days ago officially began the start of Mardi Gras in New Orleans.
Mardi Gras actually started out as a kick off to Lent, the 40 days of penance in-between Ash Wednesday and Easter Sunday, as the last few weeks of guilt ridden pleasure. In honor of Mardi Gras, I’ve put together a list of the guiltiest quilting pleasures that MSQC carries.
My Terrain quilt is finished. With this quilt, I am screaming, “Come.on.Spring.” I had so much fun pulling fabrics for this quilt, mixing fabric lines, and creating the measurements myself. I love these bright fabrics and the backing fabric from Kate Spain’s Terrain line of fabric is definitely one of my top-ten favs. I scored two yards of it this summer. Such.a.rookie.mistake. Two yards is child’s play for a fabric like this. Remember, whoever dies with the most fabric wins.
It’s now been washed and dried, listed in my Etsy Shop, and ...read more
Good Friday to you, not THAT Good Friday but good Friday to you. We have passed Fat Tuesday so we are working our way toward Good Friday but it hasn’t arrived yet. Boy, I got myself off the track there, didn’t I?
I’ve missed writing posts this week (due to the Internet being down here in the Park.) We’ve moved to Comcast so we’ll see how that helps with connectivity. It’s been so slow since we got here to our lot in Florida that I have had to write posts early in the a ...read more
It’s all about the details! That is what I learned in Sandra Leichner’s class when I attended TESAA last month. This is the block we worked on in class.
Sandra’s quilts have an almost life-like quality to them, thanks to the incredible details, which include embroidery with just a single strand of thread around berries, fabric paint and choosing the perfect fabrics. You can see Sandra’s beautiful quilts here.
I like to use Ultra-Suede for really small, intricate shapes, like calyxes. I purchased some packages of Ultra-Suede from Faye Labanaris, one of the wonderful merchants at ...read more
I have to say that I have been so blessed to be able to have a career that I love. The quilters that I meet are so giving and always willing to lend a helping hand to someone in need. Here is just one case…..
Savannah Adams is a 13 year who I personally have never met but hope to one day… along with her incredible mother and father. I look forward to her posts on Facebook and the wonderful pictures of Savy and her smiles. The certainly brighten my day. Savy was born at ...read more
This past weekend I made my annual trek to Hampton, Va for the Mid-Atlantic Quilt Festival! I love this quilt show and you know I love to buy fabric from all the vendors:)
Me and my fellow Sassy Quilters from our guild go every year and spend the night so we can take two days to check it all out. Here is some of the girls here in front of our signature wedding ring quilt! Our favorite…
Here are a few of my favorites!
I got to meet one of my bloggy friends, LeeAnna of Not Afraid of Color. She ...
It’s been hard for me to get back on the horse of sewing and blogging after an amazing vacation in Florida and the Bahamas in mid February. I did manage to get on Modern Color Mario done and shipped off, plus the top of a Princess Peach, but I still have that to get quilted and another Mario to get done.
I feel little behind the eight-ball, and even though the bitter cold temps outside are keeping me indoors, I am just wanting to curl up in a quilt and hibernate.
I digress, however, and I press on. Back ...read more
Oh hello sweet little baby that would LOVE this Sis Boom Baby room. I know you’re somewhere out there!
Inspired by this adorable (virtual) baby quilt– with B for Baby, of course– this room is based on a portion of the Beauty Queen palette which brings pale yellows, powdery blues, punchy pinks and great greens together harmoniously.
Does it get sweeter than that little Jenny Lind crib? How about the adorable gnome lamp… and the plush is to die for! Feeling extra creative? Make your own plush Georgie from Girl’s World! … Now all this room needs is a ...read more
First of all congratulations to Kathy Berry- she is the lucky winner of the fat quarter bundle of Giggle & Grow fabrics!
The next big thing that we are getting ready for here at the shop is our 11th annual Schoolhouse Series on Saturday April 5th. Every year we bring in a nationally known quilt pattern designer and this year we are excited to have Debbie Bowles of Maple Island Quilts joining us to teach and present a trunk show. I am so impressed by Debbie’s classes and trunk show lecture, and I can’t wait for you all to ...read more
After my last post, I went online to eQuilter.com and ordered 5 half yards of batik water fabric – none of which was the one that I was looking for, but surely there will be something there better than what I have. In the meantime I have cut what I can but have not been able to sew it all until I get the water, so things are looking out of whack due to unsewn seam allowances. This is what it looks like right now, that dark water will most likely be replaced, and more reflections added.
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The Terrain quilt is in it’s final stages – Binding. This is my personal favorite step, and if you ever need a tutorial for machine binding I swear by my corners. (Brushes off shoulder)
For this quilt, I pulled all of my inspiration from an amazing Kate Spain print, so it was only fitting that I pulled from a newer Kate Spain line for the binding. I love how the aqua plays against the front and the back. Plus, the words are such a fun print.
There is nothing more fun than finally putting on the binding. Off to wash ...read more