Thursday, May 7, 2015

Vintage Thingie Thursday

Wednesday I got up in a hurry trying to pack a few things for a sewing day down in Peoria.  I had made a fresh fruit salad and strawberry muffins for our lunch.  Unfortunately, it was very foggy and we waited for a while for it to clear.  I also had a quilt on the longarm for  my customer in E. Peoria.  So I turned on the machine and started finishing the last two rows while we waited for the fog to clear.  My friend, Kathy O., who went with me to Paducah came to the house to wait with me.  She watched the longarm run while I loaded the car.
We drove about an hour to Washington, IL, to my friend's new home.  If Washington rings a bell, that's were the tornado destroyed many homes on November 17, 2013.  It is amazing how much of the town is rebuilt.  At least 75% of the damage is repaired and it is very apparent that the final 25% is being worked on.  You can see the damage in my blog posts starting HERE.  Three blocks from where we sewed at Cathy K's new home was the hardest hit area.  Cathy K's daughter lost her home and I had gone down to help selvage what we could rescue for them.  When we left to go home I drove Kathy O through the rebuilt area and showed her Cathy's daughter's home.  (I should have taken a picture of the new house.)
We all had planned to work on UFO's.  Kathy O bought a 1948 featherweight in Paducah and brought it for sewing.  Cathy K has had a lot of experience with featherweights and was looking over the new baby from Paducah.  Kathy O plugged it in and experimented with sewing with much dismay.  It wasn't sewing a nice stitch.  The two Cathy's started opening up the different compartments of the featherweight only to find out it was very dirty. 
Cathy K went and dug out all the necessary tools to clean the machine: old toothbrush, t-shirt material, q-tips, tweezers, etc. The next hour and a half, they dismantled that 1948 featherweight, cleaned, oiled, and adjusted. 
 In the back where the belt goes around by the motor, they found a bent needle wrapped around the shaft.  We are were very disappointed in the condition of the machine.  It was suppose to have been reconditioned and ready to sew. 
Thanks to these two women's perseverance, it is running quietly and stitching a beautiful seam.
Happy days are here again.  Kathy O continued sewing the rest of the day on her featherweight.
Kathy O and myself headed over to Peoria for the Gems of the Prairie Quilt Guild meeting.  This beautiful quilt was being shown.  Cathy K and her friend, Cindy, designed and promoted this quilt-making.  This quilt is in memory of the Washington Tornado victims and the rebuilding of the town.  The city has decided to use the money raised from raffling the quilt to rebuild the park in Washington.  You may purchase raffle tickets, $1 a ticket or 6 for $5, through the Washington, Illinois Chamber of Commerce.
Here is a close-up of the center house, Washington Strong! 
Today I will be busy planting flowers and playing in the dirt before the rain arrives.
I have linked up with My Quilt Infatuation.
Yours in quilting,

Tuesday, May 5, 2015

Tuesday Tips-Tutorial for fabric box for fat quarters

I found this tutorial on how to make a fabric box on Mad for Fabric Blog.  Its a great tip on how to store fat quarters.  I keep all my fabric in Sterlite drawers.  Making these fabric boxes would help organize my stash within the drawers.  Right now, my drawers are bulging fabric and in no way is it organized.
I also have piles of fat quarters laying out while I was trying to pick out Lucy Boston blocks.

Every month I post the links for free block of the month ideas.

Quilt Doodle Designs:

Bitty Blocks:  Bear Paw

McCall's Freebie Friday:
Here's a link to all Freebie Friday patterns.

I had made a commitment that I would quit drinking Diet Coke when I returned from Paducah.  My son has made the commitment to quit smoking.  I am showing my support by giving up my beloved Dt. Coke.  I went cold turkey when I finished my last bottle from the trip.  It has been one week.
Our first stop in Paducah was Hancock's of Paducah.  Along the back wall were these fabric stamps used for making batiks. 

Below is our scrumptious lunch at the Patty's booth.  They had a meal deal of pulled pork sandwich, a drink, and side order of new potatoes and onions.  Yummy!
 Thursday night we left the quilt show and headed out to Patty's Settlement for another quilt show and dinner.  They are famous for their pork shop dinners.
We had some fun taking each other's picture at the quilt show. 

I have been wanting to make one of the sinks shown on Pinterest using a treadle.  This table would have been perfect but no way to get it home. 
My friend, Cathy K., has been working on her Cathedral Windows quilt for a long time and its lap size.  I can't imagine how long it took to get this quilt King size. 
We crossed the street to Patty's Settlement and started to enjoy the gardens and scenery.
We headed inside to be seated for our meal. 
This cute display was at the entrance to the restaurant. 
The pork chops were melt-in-your-mouth good.  Dinner was followed by a choice of pies.  I had the Sawdust pie.  It was delicious.  It was pretty quiet on the bus trip back to the hotel.  With full tummies and tired feet, we were all happy to arrive back at the hotel for a good night's sleep.
Yours in quilting,

Monday, May 4, 2015

Mickey Depre will be in Peoria

Mickey Depre will be the guest speaker at the Gems of the Prairie Guild this Wed., May 6th with classes on the following two days.  More information below.
May 6 — Mickey Depre ( Award-winning quilter, teacher, and author Mickey Depre loves textiles and sewing of all types and kinds, but she especially loves pushing beyond the ordinary. Her current obsession is hexagons, and she takes them to a whole new level. Join her in one or both of the two offered classes as she takes you from the basics and beyond!
LECTURE/TRUCK SHOW: Tips, Tricks, & Other Stuff (May 6th)
Quilt artist, teacher, lecturer, and author Mickey Depre will share lots of tips, tricks, and videos in her  program that includes a trunk show and question-and-answer session.
Meetings are held the first Wednesday of each month at 6:30 pm at St Paul Lutheran Church, 1427 W Lake Avenue, Peoria, IL 61614
Doors open at 6 pm for guild activities.

Contact Laurie Baker for classes at 309-674-0092
~~~WORKSHOPS: May 7 and 8~~~ All classes will be held at EPIC, 1913 W. Townline Road, Peoria.
May 7 and 8, 2015
Award-winning quilter, teacher, and author Mickey Depre loves textiles and sewing of all types and kinds, but she especially loves pushing beyond the ordinary. Her current obsession is hexagons, and she takes them to a whole new level. Join her in one or both of the two offered classes as she takes you from the basics and beyond! See examples and preview the workshop supply lists online at or visit the signup table to see the real thing. All classes will be held at EPIC, 1913 W. Townline Road, Peoria. Non-members can sign up beginning March 5.
May 7, 2015
Hello Hexies! Table Runner
9:00am to 4:00pm                  $40

Discover the magic of English Paper Piecing by hand. It’s the perfect technique for take-along projects. This introductory workshop covers basic construction methods during the course of making a table runner that measures 7 1/2″ x 23 1/2″.
May 8, 2015
Pieced Hexies Buffet
9:00am to 4:00pm                  $40; (book “Pieced Hexies” required; available for $22 on the day of class)
Take the hexagon to a whole new level with Mickey’s patterns for fun and exciting pieced hexies! Three designs—Sparkle, Wheelie, and Jacks—will be covered in this class, but Mickey guarantees your imagination will be running wild with the possibilities for more. Some English paper piecing experience is helpful but not necessary for this class.

Yours in quilting,


Paducah Happy, Home and back to the Design Wall

Wow, Paducah rolled out the red carpet for the quilters April 20-25th.  The red-coated Ambassadors were extremely helpful, pleasant and courteous.  My favorite tip for attending Paducah is check a large tote bag at the bag check just inside the front door of the convention center when you arrive.  It only costs $1, $2 if you have a rolling bag.  Then go shop to your heart's content and just continue to drop your purchases off at the bag check.  The Ambassadors will bring your tote to you each time and then store it away safely until your finished for the day.  Just claim your tote as you leave the convention center for the day.  This process prevents you from having a sore back, shoulders and hands.  I need my hands free to stroke the fabric!
We took this selfie the last day in Paducah.  See our buddy in the red jacket.  He took care of our packages each day at the bag check.  He also answered our questions about how to get around, where to eat, etc.  Thank you Ambassadors you do a great job providing hospitality!
Look at Cathy B.  She looks for the booth with the hats each year and makes a purchase.  She really knows how to start out Quilt Week in style.

We couldn't have ordered better weather.  We ate lunch outside and soaked up sunshine while it was cold and rainy back home.

When the day was done, we loaded back on the bus for travelling to dinner and evening fun.
I have decided that each day this week I will include pictures from Paducah to spread them out since there are so many.
On my design wall is this beautiful block.
This block is a huge.  It is 20 inches square.  This is a block from the Country Threads 2014 BOM.  There is so much you can do with scraps. I am not buying fabric to make this quilt, just pulling from my drawers of fabric.  You can find the links at  Visit the blog sections for BOM patterns.  Tomorrow I will be posting more links to block of the months that I have been following. 
Today I am linking up with Judy at Patchwork Times.
Yours in quilting,

Saturday, April 25, 2015

Super Saturday and Heading Home

Well our bags are full and we have had a great time.   Heading down for breakfast and taking our luggage to be loaded.  Today we will be visiting the quilt museum and power shopping for the last minute items we can't go home without.
 A selfie with the girls from Wisconsin and Fulton, IL.
The beautiful spring flowers.

The vendors are awesome.
My new BFFs, Diane and Bruce at Sew Batiks.  Stop by the Rotary Building and tell them Terry sent you!  They are making the world a better place.
Thanks Paducah for showing us a great time.
Praying for safe travel for all.

Yours in quilting, 

Friday, April 24, 2015

Friday Finishes

I have been working on this 16" large block for my 2014 Country Threads Scrappy BOM.  I love making this block using my Easy Angle Ruler.

Also, finished this very large house block.  Since this is a scrappy quilt I used creative license or the make-do attitude to finish it. 

I am in Paducah finishing up my trip and headed home tomorrow.

Yours in quilting,

Thursday, April 23, 2015

Vintage Thingie Thursday

Last fall I received this quilt from a couple who purchased it at an auction.
They asked me to put a back on it and a binding.  The lady passed away before I could get the repair done.  I finished the work on Friday and handed the quilt to her mate at the memorial service Saturday morning.  He was so excited, he spread the quilt out on the trunk of his car to view it.  His joy at viewing the quilt was worth all the hours I put into it.
Before I did anything to the quilt, I took it to an appraiser.  I didn't want to ruin the value of the quilt by doing work on it. 
The appraiser didn't recommend appraising it and to go ahead with the request for backing and binding. 
The quilt is 123 years old. 
The quilt measure about 83" x 84".  It contains many different types of fabrics, velvet, suitings, silk which is fractured, wool, cotton.
The back was very interesting civil war type fabrics, it is foundation pieced.
Of course, I forgot to take a picture of the back. 
I laid it out on a sheet on my deck to try and get a picture of it.
I tied the backing on with embroidery floss using buttons as support.  It was a fabulous quilt with all the hand embroidery and variety of fabrics.
Yours in quilting,