The Old and the New

March 24th, 2015

A friend and I started a Featherweight Club at Fabrics and Friends Quilt Shoppe, Roanoke, IN where we both work part time. Check out the Facebook page to see Vicki’s lovely blocks.

Above are my first month blocks, using Timeless Tradition BOM by Bits ‘n Pieces. The Featherweight machine was purchased from blog friend, Vicki Welsh when she listed it on Ebay last year. I switched out that hot-burn-your-fingers light bulb to an LED bulb I found at Stitch All the Things. We put in a group order and Brad offers free shipping. If you happen to be searching for a better light bulb for your Featherweight, go to Brad.

I took advantage of Craftsy‘s recent sale for my Birthday!

I ordered the Free Spirit Box of 14 one yard cuts, Cotton + Steel Good Fortune Quilt Kit, some die cut hexes and layer cakes. When my order arrived it was missing the Free Spirit Box but came with a Robert Kaufman mystery box.  Oh my. NOT at all what I expected or wanted. But Craftsy was quick to fix the mistake and sent the Free Spirit Box and said I could keep the Robert Kaufman box.

Box on left – I didn’t order but got to keep in the mixup. The bright happy Free Spirit on the right is what I ordered and got in the second shipping. Only there were three one yard cuts of the same print in the Free Spirit box. Hmm. When I read the description, it seems to imply that there are 14 different one yard cuts per box.

This bird print is the one I got triplicate of. It is cute and I’ll use it in a baby quilt, so I’m not complaining, just saying I got 11 prints of 14 cuts. Maybe that is usual? Anyway, I was pleased with how Craftsy quickly correcting the shipping mistake. Plus they offered free shipping on my next order. I just ordered several more one yard cuts and some Auriful thread yesterday.

This the the Cotten + Steel kit. I love the bright colors and prints!

To-Do Tuesday List:

This week I have several baby quilts I want to FMQ and bind. And a pile of pillowcase pieces cut and ready to serge into pillowcases for ConKer Cancer.

I’m linking up to To-Do Tuesday and Linky Tuesday.

Happy Quilting!

 

 

Grandbaby Time!

March 15th, 2015

May I introduce you to Lillah June. My first grandbaby!

Family Smooch! on Lillah, the daughter of my son, Luke, and his lovely wife, Kimberly June.

Aunt Anna came up for a visit.

Lillah and me.

Lillah is all coos and smiles now. She is precious!

What does Spring Bring?

March 9th, 2015

With Easter just around the corner, it is time to pull out the bunny patterns at Fabrics and Friends Quilt Shoppe and demo a bit of machine appliqué.

Here is a cute little bunny in a tulip ready to share some Easter cheer.

The pattern is part of Blooming Bunnies by Eat Cake Graphics. I’ll be demoing Misty Fuse and decorative machine stitching using this bunny pattern Saturday, March 14th, at Fabrics and Friends Quilt Shoppe, Roanoke, IN 10-4.

Spring also brings plans for the upcoming Row by Row Experience Shop Hop 2015!  And here is Fabrics and Friends Row. The theme this year is H2O. Fellow employee Vicki and I came up with this design:

dimensions are 8 1/2″ by 36 1/2″.  The Row by Row Experience begins June 21st and runs through September 8th. Each participating quilt shop creates and provides free patterns for their Row.  Kits available for purchase, and of course there will be prizes! Why not ask your favorite quilt shops if they are participating this year? It’s open to all quilt shops in the USA and Canada.

 

Pillowcase Collaboration

March 7th, 2015

Cleaning out the stash! We have all heard “She who dies with the most fabric wins!”  Well, guess what!? I don’t want to be that gal! I want to use up my stash or find good homes for fabrics – people who will actually put the fabric to good use. And of course, I do intend to use my favorites in planned projects.

This past Wednesday, a friend and I got together and created lots of pillowcases for ConKerr Cancer, an organization that gives pillowcases to children in local hospitals fighting cancer.

The sewing actually started last week when another friend came over and got my serger up and running. Thank you, Pat! To test out the newly repaired serger, I sewed up several pillow cases. 4 maybe.  Then this week another friend came over and we now have a total of 24 pillow cases ready to donate. We both had so much fun that we each looked at our fabrics again and have come up with more pillow cases combinations.

 

 

 

Playing with BasiX Template

February 18th, 2015

This week I have attempted to sew up three different projects using the BasiX Template for using 2 1/2″ strips. Aren’t these just so cute?

The blocks pictured below are from one of two patterns that come with the template. I was going to make three blocks for a table runner, but ran out of the cream fabric. And wouldn’t you know it, I go to the quilt shop and that bolt is gone. Fortunately, they do re-order Moda Solids, I’ll have to be patient and wait.

This next design is also included with the template. I chose to make a table runner using strips from Moda’s Rustic Weave Jelly Roll.

The next pattern is called Twinkle Toes. I used the same Moda Rustic Weave Jelly Roll for the blocks, adding a white dot on black for the pinwheels and a solid white for the background. I love it! It is so bright and cheery. Still needs an outer border which I’ll find fabric for during my next trip to the LQS. But, I must say, I had a dickens of a time with the pattern. Seems the yardage is wrong as well as dimensions in some of the steps. I went to the Quilt Queen Designs website (xblocks.com) to see if they list corrections for patterns, and although I did find one correction for another pattern, I couldn’t find any corrections for Twinkles Toes.

Do you ever find mistakes in patterns and then check out the designer’s website to see if corrections are listed?  I do, and am always happy when I find they do have a corrections page.

I’ll be demoing X-Blocks and BasiX templates this Saturday at Fabrics and Friends Quilt Shoppe in Roanoke, IN from 10-3.

Update! I just revisited xblocks.com and there IS a revision for Twinkle Toes dated 2-16-15.  I’m glad to know I’m not crazy, and they do post corrections!

I’m linking to Connie’s Linky Tuesday.

Final Post for Cross the Drunkard’s Path Quilt Along

December 26th, 2014

Thank you, Vicki, for hosting the Drunkard’s Path quilt along! Even though I didn’t finish the quilt, I did have fun playing with Drunkard’s Path units. And it was great visiting the blogs of other participants. There is so much creativity out there in the wide world of quilting!

From the playing I did with the Drunkard’s Path units, my favorite pieced design was the Lily quilt, designed by Lynne Edwards for the Creative Grids Corner to Corner Curve Strip Ruler.

And of course there is the little tree that I plan on having all embellished for Christmas 2015.
As for the black and white Drunkard’s Path, which was the quilt I thought I’d be making during the quilt along, well, I hope to finish it soon. I’m happy to say that I think I have found a gray that will work for sashing around the blocks.
This picture is not doing it any justice. I placed the block on the gray fabric in this picture, and in person it looks great!
Linking to Vicki Welch’s Cross the Drunkard’s Path Quilt Along.

Changes

December 23rd, 2014

2014 brought several changes to my family. In May, our daughter, Anna, married Nathan. We are very happy to welcome Nathan to our family! In August, Anna and Nathan moved two hours away for Nathan’s job.

Nathan & Anna with my husband and little ol’ me.

In June, our youngest daughter, Charis, graduated from high school. Her freshman college year started in August at a college about an hour away.

My girls, Anna, Charis, Janelle, and Kim

The weekend of Anna’s wedding, our son Luke and his wife, Kim, announced that they were expecting – our first grand baby is to be born around December 30th! Kim and baby are doing well and we are waiting, ever so patiently, for the little one to make his/her appearance!

Kim’s birthday, John & I, Luke & Kim

Just this past week, I started moving my sewing into Anna’s former room. I’m so excited about having a dedicated space that will be all mine! As I move my supplies into the new room, I’m weeding through and moving only what I really want, like or will use into my new space. I’m sorting through the UFOs, setting some aside for charity quilts, and others that I intend to finish in 2015 to either use of gift.

Looking into the sewing room from the doorway.

Looking from the book shelve across room towards the cutting table and computer table.

I have a lot of organizing and purging to do as I set up the new room. The quilt in the foreground is my 2014 Block of the Month, Stitcher’s Garden. Two more borders and it will be complete!

Merry Christmas! everyone!

Stitcher’s Garden Update

December 16th, 2014

Block 12!

Almost complete! The blocks with sashing are sewn together. Today I’ll work on the borders.

Picture to follow!

I’m linking up to Connie’s Linky Tuesday over at Freemotion by the River

Rails, Logs, and Curves

December 13th, 2014

Rail Fence quilt blocks using Jenny Pedigo’s Quick Curve Ruler.

Log Cabin using Jenny’s curve technique. Love it! Does the corner curve count as a Drunkard’s Path variation? It is the closest thing I have to a Drunkard’s Path this week.

Progress on the Black and White Drunkard’s Path – none! I am still stumped as to what to do about that quilt! Please give me your honest opinion, do you like the white sashing? For me, it just seems too bright. I tried replacing it with a black, but that didn’t work either. (no picture with the black) Hmmm. Maybe the black would work as sashing between the blocks, with the white in the blocks?  I think I’ll give that a try. I’m open to suggestions!

Linking to Vicki’s Cross the Drunkard’s Path Quilt Along.

 

 

Tis the Season, Drunkard’s Path Variation

December 5th, 2014

This little fella needs borders and embellishments. He won’t be finished for this season, but hopefully over the course of 2015, he will be all dressed up and ready for next Christmas.

How are your Christmas projects going?

Linking to Vicki’s Cross the Drunkard’s Path Quilt Along