I have been quilting since 1993. My dear Mother-in-law taught me how to make a Cathedral Window pillow and I was hooked. I have been fortunate enough to win two ribbons - one first place and one second place at our local quilt show. I love piecing, paper piecing, hand applique and sewing in general. My goal is to make quilts for all of my nieces and nephews. Since I have been working on the first one (hand applique) for almost two years I guess I better get busy.
My mother gave me the joy of crafting and love to try anything.I enjoy decorative painting, knitting, cross stitch and crochet.
I also enjoy writing. My passion for quilting merged with my desire to write when I joined the Monday Morning Book Club. I'm thrilled that we, myself and two friends, published our first book, The Guild in The Granary, in November, 2008.
Hobbies and Interests
quilting, applique, paper piecing, machine quilting, embroidery, general sewing, knitting, other
Janis, Our sewing group will start back up September 9. Everyone is welcome. We each bring our projects and supplies and work on whatever we like. It isn't limited to sewing. One friend paints wooden items to sell at craft fairs. Another friend sits and knits. Some bring their lunch (there is a refrigerator to keep lunches cold). There are two restaurants across the street plus other places to eat nearby. There are times there are only a couple of us there and other times six or seven. We are not a guild but a group that enjoys the company of others while we work on our projects.
I have a gfg top that is nearly complete of my great grandmother's. So, I have had
the idea of making one like it for decades, just never got started. Now after seeing one that has the 'flowers' appliqued onto background squares...I'm sort of leaning toward that setting. I think I would be more likely to finish it in this lifetime, too. LOL
Thanks for the nice welcome. I'm a little shaky on how to navigate this venue, but I'm sure I'll figure it out eventually.
I have hundreds of papers cut from junk mail and have purchased some fabrics with this project in mind. I haven't started cutting my fabrics yet, I always have to let a project 'jell' a while before I actually begin. LOL
Thanks for your kind words - I loved & hated making the tree skirt for my niece. I spent hours looking through pics of the Nutcracker online and watching the movie from the Royal Ballet to find costumes & poses I liked. I'm hopelessly inept at drawing so I always take photos & adapt them to what I need. I enlarged them & printed the arms, heads, legs on fabric, then made the costumes from mostly bridal fabric based on the pictures. I used a combination of hand sewing, fabric glue & fabric paint in a tube to get it done. I'm actually starting a tree skirt for the one I decorate every year with my Barbie ornaments & Victorian decorations. I found a 2014 Barbie calendar and am in the process of deciding which ones I'm going to put on it with the same technique I used for the Nutcracker. Maybe I'll get that one done for Christmas in 2015! Barb
Janis, it's really very cool - the instructions call for using elastic hairbands that are sewn down on one end, then threaded through the spool and I fastened the bands with beads instead of buttons. I also had a bit of trouble attaching the pincushion, so I took it out of the seam and sewed it down separately.
I agree that the size is a bit small, especially with all the thread I put in so my DDIL could make repairs on the kids clothes. Since she didn't have any real good sewing tools, I put more in than the kit really called for. The owner of the Etsy shop where I bought it was a dream to deal with and requested feedback after I sent her a pic of my finished kit. She thanked me and said she'd check it out. Right now I'm re-making a great sewing kit I love that I got years ago - it has clear plastic zippered pockets with a strip of suede that has a hole punched out. You pull the thread through to get what you need - I'm an avid appliqe-er so having space for a bunch of spools that are kept all neat & tidy is great for me. I'll post it when I'm done in the next few days.
Have fun with the sewing kit and please post some pics! Barb
Hi Janis, I'm glad you asked the question - I couldn't find the pics on my computer and it turned out that they were still on my phone. I could have easily erased them, so now they're safe on my computer that's backed up every night! Anyway, here are the pics of the sewing kit. The inside flap is sewn on the top and folds over.
Hello again Janis - I am a member of Ohio Quilters... I just haven't been able to be very active in the group until now. Thanks for wanting me in this group - I am a little more able to participate here than I have in the past. Your messages are so kind - thank you.