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Thursday, April 14, 2016

Sew many things are a happening!!

Finally the kitchen renovations are DONE!!
Hubby and I bought our house over 30 years ago,
and I always wanted a lighter and brighter kitchen.

The kitchen went from being dark and dreary

to light, bright and VERY cheery!

here is the other side
(you can see where paint colors were being tested!)

 Finally the Cape Cod kitchen I've always dreamed of!!

Went to a paper piecing workshop
taught by Jackie Kunckle!
Awesome - she is just a ball of energy!
two blocks done just a few more to go!

Then there was MQX in Manchester….
the show was fabulous,
it had a special and awesome vibe - loved it!

Here are a few of my favorites

My MQX experience also included CLASSES!!

the first was a Fabulous class by Lisa Calle
"Divide & Design"
my attempt at creating a design!
Lisa was great - very positive and creative

Judi Madsen taught
"Modern Quilting Meets Traditional"
This gal is spunky!
and incredible!
so open and sharing of her designs and ideas
truly refreshing.

and a lecture with Timna Tarr
displaying and discussing her fabulous quilts.

and there were Quilty Friends!
Diana, Kathy and Michelle

Wrapping up all the quilty fun this month...
was a wonderful lecture by Alex Veronelli of Aurifil Threads
after seeing his presentation of raw cotton to the spool
I now understand the cost of thread …
totally worth it!

and best of all … going home with a door prize!!
10 spools of 12 wt threads!
Perfect for my embroidery!

 Also finished up blocks #12 and #13
of my appliqué Flower Garden by Kim McLean

 OH! the herd is getting larger!
decided to make this quilt a bit bigger than originally planned…
so only 21 more to go!

It's been a busy past few months!

Monday, March 21, 2016

Paducah vs. MQX and a quilt retreat

torn between two quilt shows…
MQX vs Paducah
such a dilemma 

This quilt 
"Snow Days in Shades of Taupe"
(due to a paperwork snafu on my part)

was accepted into Both shows!
Unfortunately she can not be at both.
So after talking with the gals at MQX (they were very gracious),
"Winter Days" will be going to Paducah!!!
I am thrilled beyond belief!

Attended a fabulous retreat on the Cape two weeks ago!
Stayed at the Sea Crest Hotel (Fabulous!!)
this was the view at breakfast every morning!

My beach walk Day one

Sunset from the dinner table

Beach walk day two
I'm in Heaven!!

Light in the hallway
There is a modern quilt there for sure!

Yes … soon quilting was done!
Finished this top
I'm calling her "Aquarius"
because it reminds my of the 60's and
I just can't get that song out of my head!

it comes from a panel by Alyson Glass
plus a fat quarter stack

and 5 owls were made for my
Fancy Forrest quilt
pattern my Elizabeth Hartman
another happy quilt!

and when I came home this
beautiful bouquet was waiting for me!
Hubby did good!

Having Quilting ADHD can be a hazard!
Starting another appliqué project wasn't on the agenda…
by just could not resist this cutie!
The elephant stencil is from Laundry Basket and 
the fabric is the layer cake  "Mon Ami" from Moda.

here is block one done!

the other appliqué projects in the works are 
Ladies of the Sea by Sue Garmen
Flower Garden by Kim McLean

make me happy to have a project for every mood!!

Should get a lot done today as it's snowing out!
That's New England weather for ya!

Happy Quilting!

Thursday, February 25, 2016

Finalist at MQX east 2016!

"Winter Days in Shades of Taupe"
is going to MQX East in April!!

Monday, February 8, 2016

Working on Snap Shots quilt blocks

While my kitchen and bathroom are getting renovated!….
(before and after pictures at a later date!)

I've been busy working on my Snap Shots Quilt blocks
found at the Fat Quarter Shop

Blocks #4 and #5
My doggie needs eyes and a name tag!

Block #6 and #7

and #8

Having lots of fun with this one!!

Wednesday, January 27, 2016

A few new starts …. really?

I few new starts …. REALLY?

Shouldn't I FINISH a few things first Hmmmm??
Now that's the million dollar question!

But NO …. just can't help myself!
Had to use my spiffy new Christmas gift …
a new light box!

This Light box by Litup is AWESOME! 
lays flat and measured 12" x 17" surface space!
(Purchased on Amazon!)

Great for tracing my new appliqué project!
"Flower Garden" By Kim McClean
using my stash of Kaffe Fasset fabrics
this one will be a joy to make!
Already have two blocks done!

My next new start is "Snapshots" which was a BOM from Fat Quarter shop
proceeds from the pattern purchase went to St. Jude - a win-win situation!
Finished two blocks last weekend at a retreat I attended.

The third one would have been completed
except I forgot to cut out 3 pieces!
So it had to be finished at home!

And the last new project is "Fancy Forrest" by Elizabeth Hartman
it is another BOM from Calico Cottage in Seekonk Ma
The first month is 16 fox ….

able to make 10 fox during my retreat last weekend!

Aren't they SO CUTE!!!

I did FINISH two quilt tops!! YIPPEE!!
Photo's of those will have to be for another post …!!

Packing up for another retreat this weekend!!
Looking forward to making a few more blocks for my 3 new projects!!

Happy Quilting to All!

Sunday, January 10, 2016

Sewing room Re-Organization

Spent some time before Thanksgiving getting my
sewing room in order!
Finally have a minute to post the new pictures!

My guild had a show in September and things 
just piled up and got way out of hand!

There really is a sewing machine buried on that table
in the middle of the room!

 The bookshelf is overflowing
along with the fabric closet,
and yes I think I have an ironing board!~

Cutting table?

Starting with pulling Everything out of the room
(except the big stuff)
purchasing Billy Shelves from Ikea

a little furniture rearranging...

making mini bolts of fabric!
Look at that!
I can see all (most …. some) of my fabric!!

 and the fabric closet...

SO much better!
Let the Quilting Begin!!