The other day I had an Air Force Veteran sitting at my dining room table. I’m listening to this woman tell how she helped a couple of younger women in her charge through some of the bombing in Iraq. I looked at her, she was no longer my younger sister. Here sits this Veteran, with a spine, taking care of business. It was part of our childhood that got her through this tour in Iraq, roller skating. White roller skates with pink pom poms. You’ll have to imagine this soldier in full fatigues, with helmet, goggles, wearing the ...read more
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If you’ve been reading along, you know I’m trying to stitch up various baskets to help organize the summer RV. My husband is also organizing his things but, as you might expect, he’s using store-bought items.
He has those plastic containers that lock down on the sides to keep them from opening if you drop them. That’s what his supply of cords are in.
We went to a new store in the area, Runnings, last week for their grand opening. If you don’t have one in your area, you might be curious what it is ...read more
After a long, dry winter we are having a remarkably wet spring. This was the view out my front window to the north this morning as the rain slowed and the clouds lifted. Yep, fresh snow on the mountains. It is a wonderful thing, the rain, particularly on a Saturday. Oh yes, I can hear the skepticism, but if the weather were bright and sunny I would be outside working.
As it is, I can stay inside and not feel even a little guilty as I putter around and get a few little jobs out of the way.
In the ...read more
I’ve been busy with good things this week, so sewing some today was a treat. I started out doing more of these guys….
I remembered the MSQC tutorial from yesterday and decided to give it a try. The hard part was choosing which charm pack to use.
So I chose the ...read more
Second Act Saturday is a feature whereby I do a little show and tell about something I created during my Second Act in Fiber Arts, but about which I had not yet blogged.
Today I am going to show off my air conditioning panels. We have a window unit in our dining room powerful enough to cool the dining room and the living room. In order to not overwork the air conditioner and to keep costs down we had hung old quilts between the living room and the hallway, and also between the dining room and the kitchen. We folded ...read more
I don’t get a lot of rejections but this year has brought a few. I enter a lot of shows so they are to be expected as more and more artists are entering. It bothers me when I don’t feel like the reasons are appropriate though.
My rejection (they call it decline) from IQF”s “In Full Bloom” for “Bignonia” came this morning. Their reason?
“Focus on an area that features a well-constructed and quilted detail. One detail photo showed poorly matched seams. ”
Wow, poorly matched seams? My seam lines intentionally do not match up which adds to ...read more
Darlene was kind to spotlight my blog in her Creative Goodness HERE this week. I was surprised to see my name and blog mentioned when I went to her blog post today. I follow Darlene so I get notice whenever she posts just like many of you follow me to know when I post. If you don’t get notice, just go to the right hand column over there and subscribe by leaving your email address. When I write and post, you will know and won’t miss a thing.
Darlene does a “Linky Party” each week where readers can ...read more
When I started with this blog in March, as well as the Elm Creek quilt, I didn’t realise it is going to be very addictive. I also couldn’t understand why quilters were always busy with more than one project (or it did seem to me as if they were). But now, not even three month later, I started with another quilt :(
A group on FB started the BOM club, where we make one block a month. I made the 9 patch block (I posted a photo in the previous post). The same FB group also started a quilt-along ...read more
Around 2009 or so, my brother’s friend Colette spent Christmas with our family. One night she looked at me and said, “I want you to make me a quilt for my bed. It has to be all your own work. I want black, white and pink and hearts. I’ll pay for it.” I was so stunned I neglected to explore the question of how much she thought it might cost. Colette had been working as a real estate agent until the 2008 crash so I knew she didn’t have any money. She’d had to take on ...read more
If you’ve been reading the blog this week you know that Kelli is working hard to have a quilt finished by Sunday.
Thursday she was here hoping to get the quilt one more step further along. The story should be simple…but of course it’s not. When Kelli cut the quilt out, she accidentally cut all the half square triangles at 2″ instead of 2 1/2″. That makes for a lot smaller block….That means she had to add more blocks.
The quilt is for a college student and with the assumption that she’ll likely have ...read more
I’ve admitted to have a doll pattern fetish. I just love them. The historical ones are my special favorite.
A bit ago I had written about wanting to know about how to predict JoAnn’s Simplicity pattern sales so I could pick a few up. Then a wonderful blog reader got them for me and sent them to me. I was so excited to get them. Then even more excited to see that the designer Keepers Dolly Duds has more patterns. Some are sold independently and more will be released through Simplicity. I loved the new one that would ...read more
Whoo hoo! It’s Farm Girl Friday again. I am having so much fun making these little 6″ blocks. This week’s blocks are Canning Season and Chicken Foot. Both blocks were fairly time consuming to make but oh so cute when they are finished. I did have to do a little ripping out of the chicken foot block, but not much. Just be sure to follow the directions to make 2 blocks with the white “foot” and 2 blocks with the colored “foot”. The directions are great, I am just one to read the pictures and not so much ...read more
With Memorial Day weekend upon us, a patriotic quilt pattern seems appropriate for this week’s Friday Freebie. In fact, this week’s free quilt pattern is so quick you could actually start it now and have it ready for Monday’s celebrations if you were so inclined! The Show Your Pride wall quilt pattern combines simple piecing with fast fused appliqué for a classic design with impressive graphic punch. Here is Show Your Pride, designed by Cheryl Almgren Taylor!
Wouldn’t this ...read more
I got another of the charity quilts done.
It’s such a pretty string quilt. The colors on this are MUCH better than the photo shows.
The quilt isn’t really big so it was quick and fun to do. I believe this top came from a blog reader, Michele from Bathesda, MD.
This one was quick to get thrown onto the machine as there was a backing for it.
I tried out a new quilting motif. It came from this book- Step-by-Step Free-Motion Quilting: Turn 9 Simple Shapes into 80+ Distinctive Designs Best-selling author of First Steps to Free-Motion ...
It does seem sometimes that things come in threes! Between our family and friends there are three babies incoming in a five-week period, so I have been busily making baby quilts.
This is baby quilt two, for the only girl in the crowd. The topper is made entirely from stash. I picked up the backing at JoAnn’s, came home and remembered that I had one fat quarter of the great Tula Pink squirrels. They were a great focal piece to tuck in on this very simple quilt. Aren’t the colors yummy?read more
I don’t know about you, but I’ve started sewing some blocks into rows. Not complete rows, because that would require that I had a plan and a size in mind! I thought that you might like a little explanation.
On another note, The Row by Row experience is coming to Boise–and to Quilt Expressions. (If you’d like to visit the Idaho Row by Row Facebook page, and see our “official” row, click here.) Free patterns for Quilt Expressions’ row will be available in the shop starting June 21.
So…in planning our row by row block ...read more
So, I guess I left some of you in the dark after my post about my recent Australia trip. Jet lag had taken over and I was up at 3 am when I received an email message from a neighbor hoping all was okay at our house because she saw three police cars going onto our property. Being halfway around the world, that is a little disconcerting. Knowing my husband never checks email, I sent a message to the shop and asked if they could find out what was going on.
We have some outside landscaping projects going on and ...read more