Friday, February 5, 2016

Friday Finishes

Both quilts that I finished this week belong to the same customer.  She is a fairly new quilter but she has taken the time to learn her craft and does a great job at piecing.  The first quilt is an Edyta Sita pattern, Cabbage Rose Tablerunner, from the book Friendship Triangles.
I used Glide threads and patterns from the Handi Quilter Pro Stitcher library. 
I am ready for Spring and this tulip table topper was a bright spot in my week. 
I also finishes a group of skinny pin cushions.  I like to give these as gifts or giveaway during lectures.  I have a few 1/4" rulers and quilting guides with the pin cushions.  This allows you to set up that perfect 1/4" or scant 1/4" seam allowance.
  Below is a picture on how you set it up.

Headed out the door to a small retreat for today and tomorrow. Have a great weekend!
Yours in quilting,


Wednesday, February 3, 2016

Working on Wednesday

Visited Tanya Quilts in CO yesterday while posting.  She is a very busy quilter with lots of projects.  below is a link to one of the projects she is working on an Ugly Christmas Sweater quiltalong.  Check it out.

Today I have been busy working on quilting a customer's quilt so that I can go play a small quilt retreat this weekend.

Yours in quilting,

Tuesday, February 2, 2016

Tuesday Tips

Happy Groundhog Day!  The groundhog did not see his shadow.  The legend of the groundhog states we will have an early Spring when the groundhog doesn't see his shadow.  We will see how that plays out.  We have had a mild winter.
When I was surfing on Facebook last week, I came across this link to a video by Angela Walters.  I think she shares three important things quilters should quit doing.

Remember to enjoy the process and the journey.  After watching the video leave me your comments.  I am interested in seeing some discussion on this topic.

The other link I found on Facebook was the mention of Temecula Quilt Co blog.  So I found their blog and found this little quilt, Circa 2016, with a free pattern if you follow the posts.  Its all scrappy and uses small pieces.  Another way to use up that stash!  Their pictures show civil war fabrics, which I love.
We are expecting rain and possibly thunderstorms here.  As long as we do not have lightning and thunder, I will finish the batik quilt. 

The next quilt waiting to be quilted is a tulip quilt.  That Spring-like quilt will cheer me up when its so dreary outside. 
Yours in quilting,

Monday, February 1, 2016

Monday Design Wall

Nothing has changed on my design wall this week.  I am still working on Alletiare, Bonnie Hunter's mystery quilt.  I haven't had time to make much progress.
Under the needle of my longarm is this lovely batik beauty. 
This quilt pattern is Friendship Triangles by Edyta Sitar.  I will reveal the full quilt in Friday Finishes this Friday.
Yours in quilting,

Friday, January 29, 2016

Friday Finishes

Just a quick post with two finishes.  First is a cheery baby quilt for a little boy that has already arrived.
Each quilt teaches me something or reminds me of a previous lesson learned.
This quilt has bias borders.  When I went to baste the edges down of the side borders, it let me know that I need to baste going down on one advance of the quilt.  Then the next time I advanced the quilt, I had to baste from the belly bar up.  This prevented the quilt side-borders from becoming stretched and/or twisted. 
The backing is Shannon which makes it super soft and cuddly. 
The second quilt is a breath of fresh air during these gray winter days.
This is a fractured quilt. 


Have a great weekend!

Yours in quilting,


Wednesday, January 27, 2016

Working on Wednesday

Just a reminder that Bonnie Hunter's Alletaire Mystery Quilt pattern is only available until February 1, 2016.  If you haven't printed off all the clues/pattern instructions, here is the link before its too late.

Click on each blue link, then click on the Printer Friendly version, followed by clicking on the printer icon that you see towards the bottom of the screen.  Bonnie gives detailed step by step instructions.  Don't feel bad that you missed the mystery or didn't sew along.  Its not a race, its about enjoying the process or the journey.
I collected my fabrics during the time the mystery clues where coming out.  I didn't start cutting out fabrics until after the reveal.
I have everything cut out except the golds.  Getting the many parts cut out does make the sewing go smoother.  Make sure you label the parts to eliminate confusion.  I have pressed my seams open which has reduced bulk on these small pieces.  If you choose not to press the seams open, read the instructions carefully as Bonnie gives pressing directions.
This is my "quilty" sister, Cathy.  She is close to finishing her Alletaire quilt. She is choosing to add an additional border using more gold and neutral four patches before adding the black final border.
Have a great Wednesday.
Yours in quilting,

Tuesday, January 26, 2016

Tuesday Tip

Recently, I went to a sewing weekend.  The group of ladies planned ahead and we offered a sewing machine cleaning to the group.  An appointment was made at a sewing machine business to have the machines dropped off a week before the retreat (6 machines).  As we travelled to the retreat, we stopped at Smitty's Sew & Vac and picked up the machines already for our busy weekend.  Since we can't arrive at our destination until 2pm, we stopped at the Sterling quilt store and ate lunch at Arthur's Garden Deli.  We also stopped off at the J store (JoAnn Fabrics) and found out that they were having a sale with some great doorbuster dealsThis smaller version of a rotary mat was 40% off which made it less than $20.  Several of us picked them up and put them to use at the weekend sewing days right away.  I was working on Bonnie Hunter's Alletaire Mystery Quilt.  The mat is the perfect traveling size and easy to use for blocks 6 1/2" or smaller.  I was working on squaring up 2" half-square triangles. 

My friend grabbed one of these Ott Lites.  It has the magnifier head which is great for handwork or for unstitching those tiny stitches.  It also converts to a table top lite.  This was 60% off which made it about $64.  This was a great bargain and I purchased one, also.
My eyes aren't as sharp as they used to be and this will be helpful if I find time to work on my Lucy Boston Patchwork of the Crosses blocks.
Check out your coupons, flyers, and the online deals.  Its the perfect time to find some great deals.
One of my "quilty" sisters and I are making a few blocks to go with a pre-printed panel.  I have to make 1-eight pointed star, 1-pinwheel, and four barn blocks.  All blocks have to measure 6 1/2" inches. 
Yours in quilting,