Sometimes life hands you lemons and you just need to make lemonade with it. Or you get a pile of scraps and then you make a quilt. You get off your schedule and you just have to get back on. As you can see, I’ve been off schedule since I didn’t blog for the last two weeks. We went on vacation to visit the grandkids the first week so I have a legitimate reason for not blogging. That and I haven’t taken the time to figure out the Word Press app on my iPad yet. It was more important to spend my limited time with the kids. Last week, I have no excuse. I just haven’t gotten back on schedule. I’m still a bit off my routine but am working on getting things back in order so here goes.
This week I had the opportunity to Read the rest of this entry »
Have you ever participated in a guild quilt challenge? Being a member of a local guild or an online guild gives you an opportunity to step out of your comfort zone and try something new within guidelines established by the group leader. Seems I’m always talking about Read the rest of this entry »
Gordian Knot Quilted with Press-n-Seal
Several years ago I read about using Press-n-Seal as a means of marking your quilt. I decided why not, I’ll give it a try. I was still quilting on my Elna domestic machine then. I used press-n-seal on the borders and large side triangles of this quilt. I finished the rest of the quilt with free motion quilting. Like it’s advertised, it sticks to anything. You simply Read the rest of this entry »
It’s been a great week. Last week I promised I would share what pattern I decided to use for all the wonderful cat fabrics I’ve been collecting. I’ll pull back the curtain and reveal what I actually started at this year’s annual “Fun Days” hosted by our Lincoln County Piecemakers Quilt Guild. Before I get to the pattern and book I chose let’s talk about what we did at Fun Days.
It’s always a wonderful time to get away with your quilting sisters and Read the rest of this entry »
Now don’t excited, it’s only been two days since I posted. My title leads you to believe you will see a tool review each Tuesday. I’m not promising that at all. It just so happens that it was past time for me to change my rotary blade yesterday. I’ll take free stuff anytime if I think I can actually use it. But before I get into the review….. Read the rest of this entry »
What an awesome week it’s been. On Monday I wasn’t even sure I’d have a job in two months. Then I found out I was moving laterally to a new challenging position with lots of interesting opportunities. And I’ll be working with all the same great people I work with now. You just never know what a day will bring.
I spent Saturday at a wonderful local quilt show with Denise Panter from Count it “All” Joy. You can read about our experience at the show on her blog. I will share Read the rest of this entry »
For the last couple of weeks I’ve had a friend’s quilt on my frame. Since I recently started accepting customer’s quilts she scared me when she said she had a “Baltimore like” quilt for me to tackle. I quilted for myself for many years and have had my HandiQuilter for over two years. However, in my mind, working on other quilter’s projects makes me a bit nervous. I don’t want to mess up something they worked so hard on. So the “like a Baltimore” didn’t give me a good feeling…………………….. but I accepted the challenge.
As you can see by the picture this isn’t anything like a Baltimore quilt except that it’s ten appliqué blocks with lots of white space around the appliqué. She is a very fun person and easy to please so I thought I would try Read the rest of this entry »
Sisters come with strings attached started out as a spur of the moment activity one evening at a gathering of the Stitching Sisters in Fayetteville TN. Our sister Darlene was a real “matchy matchy” quilter when the evening started. We decided to dart up to her studio, cut out an 11″ piece of muslin and start pulling strings from a bag. We sat her down at her machine and pulled one black string and then whatever else came from the bag. We had her stitch them to the muslin. That wasn’t so bad, since black goes with everything.
We each pulled from the bag and had her sew string by string to the growing scrappy block. Oh the faces she made since nothing seemed to match in her mind. It was hilarious to Read the rest of this entry »
A long time ago I realized I could never use all the quilts I made so I searched out ways to give back to others. Of course everyone in the family has several quilts each. On average I make new quilts every 5 years. That still leaves me lots of time to quilt with lots of finished quilts……………. what do I do?
As a member of several guilds I jumped into the middle of whatever charity program they offered and I made quilts for the local Police and Fire Departments who hand out quilts to children in crisis situations. A friend announced there was a need for Read the rest of this entry »
Hands of Faith
Thank goodness, I finally figured out how to add pictures to my posts. This one will be short because I wore myself out trying to figure this out.
I thought I would share a short story about a Charity Quilt I completed in 2010. A co-worker approached me about making and donating a quilt to their son’s elementary school’s annual fund-raising benefit. I do a lot of charity quilts and I thought this one was a worthy cause so I said yes.
We purchased some fun fabrics and fabric paint. The teachers helped the kids dip their hands in the fabric paint and transfer it to precut muslin squares. I had no idea Read the rest of this entry »