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Saturday, August 22, 2015

More quilting around embroidery!

Slow progress is being made!
The sashing and boarders are done...
now it's time to quilt around the embroidery!

Here is a close up
you can see where I have stitched 
in white thread going up the leg.
My Janome 6600 is Loving
White Aurifil 50/2 #2024

Using the Sharon Schamber's
"Quilting Halo" really helps!

Here is a good close up
of the stitching

Just a few more blocks to go…

then it's time to make the piped binding using
Sue Cleveland's "Groovin' Piping Trimming Tool"

and then this way cute label!!

Just in time for the 
Silver City 2015 Quilt Show!!
September 19th and 20th.

Can't wait!!

Wednesday, July 29, 2015

AQS Syracuse

Just saw the winners list from
AQS Quilt Week in Syracuse …

"Funky Garden on Red"

earned an Honorable Mention!

Wednesday, July 22, 2015

Took a ride to a Quilt Shop

The day started out with a quick trip to have 
my car serviced for routine maintenance…

Perfect time to get in a little Sashiko stitching!
Making good progress on this block

It is a great take along project,
easy to handle without a lot of moving parts!
Fabric, thread and a needle!
Love it!

Then I decided to jump on the highway and zip
(45 minute zip!)
to Heart in Hands Quilt shop in Weymouth Ma
to pick up a Row by Row pattern and License plate
and a few other things!

Just loved Melody Miller's 2014 Cotton + Steel
mint green with flowers and gold dots!
Think it will make a lovely little zippy bag!
And Thimble Blossoms "Swoon Sixteen"!!
Haven't made "Swoon" yet …
but that's ok..
now I can make Both of them..

Plus I picked up four 2.5" squares of
 "The Boat House" by Sweetwater
which will look perfect with
Basicgrey / Grunge by Moda
and a yummy steel grey fabric that I was 
able to get the last yard of!!

OH the glass Button!
She's just a beauty!
Thinking it will look smashing on a Bag flap!
Will have to hunt through my stash for the perfect fabric
to make a spiffy bag!

It was a great little zip trip to the quilt shop!

Sunday, July 19, 2015

July … Life and Quilts (and it's dilemmas!)

Love my new Sewing room clock!
It is just the cutest thing!
Check out Yankee Ingenuity in Chatham Ma
It is the Coolest shop!

for our show in September!
After stitching …. forever 
thinking things were going along just ducky

I ran into thing unfortunate issue
puckers and pleats - OMG!
Apparently this quilter was not paying enough
attention to the fabric grain when quilting

So I tried a few other designs
none of which is too pleasing to me
There in lies the dilemma…
massive frog stitching …. OR …. just start the whole thing over
and use this piece as a practice tool???
What would you do?

This quilting fiasco aside,
a trip to Corpus Christi Texas was next!!

Where this sweet thing picked me up at the airport!


and once to her apartment I received LOTS of
loving from this cutie pie!


Of course there was shopping involved!
Had to pick up a pair of official cowgirl boots!!

and picked up these beauties for
Victoria's birthday!

We drove up to Houston to visit her boyfriend and
the Houston Museum of Natural History!
Great day!

and of course there was Quilt Shopping along the way!
Had to pick up a few Row by Row 
patterns, license plates and fabric!!

and still thinking of my challenge quilt dilemma
I picked up a yard of this beautiful
Caryl Bryer Fallert - Essentials
Just in case I decided to remake the quilt!!
still haven't made that decision!

Once home
it's back to work making quilting design choices for this quilt

came up with clouds and seagulls floating
over these cute whales
for the outer boarder

Can you see the markings?
I tries pink and yellow
neither of which is great!

maybe I'll just quilt over the Golden Threads
and spend an evening picking out all the paper pieces?

Another dilemma!!!

I have no problem making the quilt top or quilting it
(all though more practice is needed in that category!)
It's the whole coming up with a perfect quilting design and
then transferring it on to the quilt that always
cause me distress!!

That's it … it's 91 degrees time for a swim in the pool!
Maybe that will clear my head
and all of my Quilty Dilemmas will quilt away!!

Until next time, Happy Quilting!

Sunday, June 28, 2015

Flowers and a walking foot!

 This was the week of "Retirement" Flowers!!

Joan gave me these beauties 

and my Sister and Brother-in-law
sent me this Huge bouquet.
Love the Bird of Paradise flower
they are one of my favorites

The house smells wonderful with all the flowers!
I'm a lucky Girl!

Today I'm working with my Janome Even feed foot
it's been a while since I've done straight lines
not so easy when your a bit rusty!

This quilt is for the SCQG Show challenge..
"50 Shades of …. Purple"!!!
I figure it's a good practice piece for straight lines
and a little free motion in between!

Using two layers of wool batting…
again this is a good practice piece to test out
working with two layers…
it's a bit puffy!!

And yes my blue wash away marker bleed out a bit…
crossing my fingers it will all wash out
during the final rinse and block.

Again this is a good practice piece!!
We'll see how it all works out!

Have to get cracking - have 3 other quilts to quilt by
show time! September 19th and 20th!!!
One BIG one, one small one and one small one by hand!!
Good thing I'm retired now!!!!

Sunday, June 21, 2015

Almost retirement time!!

Just FOUR more school days and I can wear this t-shirt!!

Then I'll be home full time to spend more time 
with this little lady!
My Mom!

and maybe I can sneak in a bit more Quilting!!

Working on quilting my challenge quilt

for the Sept 19th and 20th Silver City Quilt Guild Show!
Hope to see you there!!

Monday, May 25, 2015

Pin Basting

spent the afternoon pin basting a baby quilt

started with this group of fabrics

it's for my nephew's baby boy
who was born last week…
hope they like it!!

Friday, May 15, 2015

On to Syracuse ....

Just received word 
That my quilt
"Funky Garden on Red"
Has been accepted into
AQS Quiltweek Syracuse!!

Thursday, May 14, 2015

La Passaccglia ….I've been bitten by the bug!

Guess what arrived today!!!???

opened up my package from Paper Pieces LLC
and out popped 

Millefiori Quilts by Willyne Hammerstein
starter packet of paper pieces
and templates!

I've been bitten by the La Passaccglia Bug!!!

Sunday, May 10, 2015

Quilting designs ….?

SCQG challenge for the show is…
"50 Shades of …. Purple!"

spent the last few days designing my quilting…
think I've come up with something??
Thank Goodness for 
Water Erasable Fabric Marking Pens!
Love using them to draw on my quilts to figure out
just what I want to do …
don't like it?
Easy … spritz with water!
If the marking is heavy…
may need two spritzes!!
Have never had any issue with the 
blue not disappearing when spritzed with water.
Give it a try.

Thursday, May 7, 2015

HMQS - "Winter Days in Shades of Taupe" wins a Ribbon!

"Winter Days in Shades of Taupe"
won a First Place Ribbon
in the Embroidery Category
at the

This quilt was pure joy to embroider, piece and quilt!
and now she's wearing a Ribbon!

Sunday, May 3, 2015

Working on a baby quilt this weekend,
with these ways too cute fabrics
and solid coordinates!

The fabrics is "Robotic"
a Rebekah Ginda Design for Birch fabrics

My nephew and his wife are having their second child…
and it's a boy! They have a 2+ year old cutie pie girl already!

These fabrics are perfect as my nephew is a chemist and
his wife has her masters in Library … oops I forgot!!
anyway she deals with a lot of books!!
and what little boy doesn't love robots!!

The colors are way out of my usual color scheme
but they are just such fun to work with!

Monday, April 27, 2015

Still pinching myself!!

One of my friends snapped this picture of my quilt and ribbon!

Wow! Paducah!
I'm still pinching myself!

Many hours were spent quilting this quilt …
but it was all to push myself to start quilting my own quilts.
I had fun with it and that's what was important to me…
to learn and have fun!

Now to have fun with another quilt!!

Latest finish …. a cute bag!

Found this cute typewriter fabric in my stash
and it was just screaming at me to make it into a Bag!!
So I did!

It has a zippered top

Inside features an inset zippered pocket
and plenty of slip pockets

Having made so many bags, this was
a combination of 3 or 4 bags I've made in the past.
Measures 12" wide x 11" tall x 4" depth.
Originally the handles were long (18"), but wanting 
the handles to stand up on their own - they were shortened to 11"
Makes a great business tote - it fits a file folder perfectly!

Thursday, April 23, 2015

Winter Days in Shades of Taupe heading off to HMQS !

Last week Winter Days in Shades of Taupe
was Finally finished!!
Taking longer than expected - I hit a quilting block!
Just wasn't sure how I wanted to quilt it ….
 so it sat on my sewing machine for months!

The dilemma 
when an embroidered quilt is quilted some times the 
quilting takes away from the embroidery.

Wanting to showcase the hand embroidery stitches
and the beautiful Japanese Taupe fabrics
I decided to quilt each block separately,
instead of the feather motif in the border -
which was the original plan.

Here is an example of one block

I'm happy with the results…
the quilting gave me a chance to practice
my feathers and other motifs, and it did not
take away from the beauty of the fabrics

I created the unique quilt label by
using a few of the embroidery motifs,
taking pieces of each and rearranging them,
the wording was printed off the computer,
and using a light bock the design 
was transferred onto the fabric
and hand embroidered! 

Notice the addition to the finish date!!
the quilt was actually all done and quilting started…
but then that pesky quilty block happened
so instead of picking out my "4"
I just added the "5"!
Works for me!!

Lesson learned: Don't finish the Label before the Quilt!!

Now she is off to Utah for the
Home Machine Quilting Show!

Wednesday, April 22, 2015

EXCITING News from Paducah ….!

Ok just PINCH me ….

Last night I received a text from my friend Linda…
she is at the awards ceremony when ….
the announcement was made….

Funky Garden on Red


a THIRD place ribbon!!!

in the category:
BED QUILTS: Home Machine Quilted 
sponsored by AccuQuilt

just PINCH me ….
am I dreaming??

Way back in 2007 my sister and I 
went to the Paducah show,
and I can remember thinking…
"WOW,  what would it be like 
to have a quilt accepted into this show?
Wouldn't that be Something!"

Never in my wildest dreams 
did I think one of my quilts would ever be there …. 
and win a ribbon!!!

I was on Cloud Nine just know my
quilt was accepted into the show!

My 2007 trip to Paducah was a 
Christmas gift from my husband! 
(Yup he's a keeper!)

Karen and I had so much fun!

taking a class from Jane Sassamen
sadly eight years later - 
this project from  Jane's class is 
STILL in an unfinished project bin!!! UGH!

We met Eleanor Burns
on opening day of her shop
"Quilt in a Day"
Funny story: 
Karen and I are in the shop and it was 
SO unbelievably warm and crowded,
we looked at each other and said at the same time
"Why is it so crowded in here?"
a very politely irritated lady in front of us turned around
gave us dagger eyes and very dryly said:
"Well it is Opening Day"
needless to say we were slightly embarrassed,
scurried to the door and
as we exited the shop we bumped into (literally)
Eleanor Burns!!
(she was very gracious!!)

We went to Metropolis to see Superman

Ricky Tim's brought his Show Horse!

And I fell in LOVE with…

Hawaiian Quilts
Kula Garden by Satuko Kato
 and Japanese Taupe Fabrics

It was a fabulous trip that will never be forgotten…

and now my Funky Garden Quilt is there 
hanging around with the Big Girls (and Boys) of quilting…

Pinch ME!

Dreams do come true!