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Happy Hearts Video

I received some requests for my "Happy Hearts" quilt pattern but since I didn't follow a pattern I decided to try to make a tutorial. With the help of my niece here it is:
http://youtu.be/jxTrWkka25U

Added by Roz on February 20, 2015 at 4:27am — 4 Comments

Finishing!

This month has been devoted to binding. I have about seven quilts sadly sitting about waiting for me to bind them! Some of them have been waiting for over a year! When I look at them all I can think is...So close, yet so far. So this month I dedicated my extra time to choosing fabric, cutting strips, sewing them, ironing them and finally getting them onto the quilts. I have completed 2 so far, but my swoon quilt (red and white pictured on my blog) which turned out so incredible is sitting in a… Continue

Added by Roz on December 16, 2013 at 11:53am — 4 Comments

Taxes

TAXES

WHEN NASA FIRST STARTED SENDING UP ASTRONAUTS, THEY QUICKLY DISCOVERED THAT BALL-POINT PENS WOULD NOT WORK IN ZERO GRAVITY. TO COMBAT THIS PROBLEM, NASA SCIENTISTS SPENT A DECADE AND $12 BILLION DEVELOPING A PEN THAT WRITES IN ZERO GRAVITY, UPSIDE DOWN, ON ALMOST ANY SURFACE INCLUDING GLASS AND AT TEMPERATURES RANGING FROM BELOW FREEZING TO OVER 300 C.

THE RUSSIANS USED A PENCIL.

ENJOY PAYING YOUR TAXES, THEY’RE DUE AGAIN!

Added by Roz on March 27, 2013 at 6:15pm — 6 Comments

Hearts!

I saw these hearts in a magazine and thought I'd like to try my hand at them.  I had a layer cake at home that I thought would be perfect but the directions were for regular yardage. So I mulled over how I could adapt the directions for the layer cake and if I would have enough fabric for each heart.  It was fun to figure it out..I can say that now ...now that its done. And with the leftover layer cake I pieced the backing.  I'm going to try and quilt it this weekend...we'll…

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Added by Roz on February 6, 2013 at 3:20pm — 5 Comments

Gertrude

Turns out Gertrude has a bit of an attitude. My hubby finished oiling her, changing belts, etc...and she was fine...so today I read the manual (only the part on how to thread her) got some thread and scraps and set up to give her a whirl. Well she got mad at me for taking her out of retirement...she let some sparks fly, shot a puff of smoke at me and shut her light off!! She refused to speak with me after that.  When my husband came home I told him what happened, he walked over to her and…

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Added by Roz on February 6, 2013 at 2:53pm — 5 Comments

A pain in the neck!

My kitten loves to sit on my shoulder, usually when I'm trying to sew!  Ahhh, gotta love those cats!

p.s....haven't tried to sew with Gertrude yet...am waiting for the weekend when I'll have a little more time to spend with her.

Added by Roz on February 4, 2013 at 4:18pm — 7 Comments

My Latest addition!

I really have to limit my time on Craigslist because every time I go on I see lovely vintage sewing machines that call my name.  I picked up another one yesterday, purchased from a young man who said his grandmother owned it.  I asked him what his grandmothers name was...Gertrude. So now this machine will carry her name.  My husband has oiled her for me and she runs smoothly...I haven't sewed with her yet.

Gertrude is really special...she's hidden in a cabinet like I've not seen…

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Added by Roz on February 3, 2013 at 2:00pm — 14 Comments

Great site!

Found this wonderful site with all sorts of little sewing projects! Thought I'd share.
http://tipnut.com/scrap-happy-fabric-scrap-ideas-free-patterns/

Added by Roz on January 31, 2013 at 4:39pm — 6 Comments

UFO's

I have a ton of UFOs but there is always something new and fresh that beckons to me...calling me to start something else. Is it the advertising that makes me want to start new projects? Or the beautiful new fabrics? Or the social aspect of taking a class with friends? I like to think part of it is that my creative juices are overflowing with ideas that need to be expressed and i have precious little time to do it all....so I begin something and begin something and begin something else.… Continue

Added by Roz on January 25, 2013 at 4:00am — 11 Comments

Vist your LQS Day!

I don't know who came up with this one, but I'm all for it! Next they should consider giving us a new Holiday...right after Martin Luther King Day...we can call it "Cotton Day-the Fabric of our lives".  Really, any excuse (if you still need one) is a good one to go play/feel/touch fabric and check out whats new at our local quilt shops. Enjoy your day however you spend…

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Added by Roz on January 24, 2013 at 3:57am — 6 Comments

Curtain Clips!

You all probably know about these already but I've just discovered them...Curtain Clips! I hung a curtain rod in my bedroom...see below...and i just clip the quilt up! I havent thought about these before because in my day...they use to be made with prongs...and you squeezed the hoop together and those "teeth" would bite into your fabric! Now they're made differently and are much easier on the fabric. Now I'll be able to switch up new quilts any time I desire! They also have large ones that…

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Added by Roz on January 21, 2013 at 10:32am — 18 Comments

Cinderella

This is a duplicate post..from Dec26th.

My new baby! Guess her name will be Cinderella!  My husband is replacing the wiring now so that hopefully she will be a useful member of the family. I'm a little skeptical on her abilities noting that she only has one feed dog, but she was so cute I couldn't resist her.  I read up on these machines, although there is not a lot of information, she is a post WWII machine from Japan. At that time Japan was recovering from the war, producing and…

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Added by Roz on January 17, 2013 at 5:31am — 12 Comments

Easy Street

Finished the top for Bonnie Hunter's Easy Street quilt. Took about 10 weeks to do, sewing a few days per week.  This was a mystery quilt and I'll tell you why I love mysteries...because if I had seen the outcome at the onset I would've shouted "Hell no, I won't sew!"....so many pieces! and it looks so complicated! but in-fact, it was true to its name...Easy Street...easy peezie.  My favorite part was…

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Added by Roz on January 12, 2013 at 4:59pm — 21 Comments

Chai latte

Sipping on a chai latte and contemplating my Bonnie Hunter project that I should be working on. Chai lattes are delicious! Everything seems better with one in your hand! LOL. Ok, ok. I'm going in! Have a productive night peeps!

Added by Roz on January 7, 2013 at 12:43pm — 4 Comments

My new favorite Toy!

Good morning All!  Some of you may remember an earlier post I wrote about circles, well I've discovered the best tool in the world for cutting them!  I purchased a Go Baby Accuquilt cutter with endless cutting-die options!  I perused the catalog online and you can purchase all sorts of shapes to cut quickly and accurately.  I purchased the "circle" die first, it came with 3 sizes for circles but when I…

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Added by Roz on November 18, 2012 at 6:08am — 4 Comments

Going around in circles!

Good morning everyone! I was hoping someone could help me out with circles. This morning I was looking through my "halfwayers" and found my Dresden plate blocks. They are waiting patiently for me to discover the best way to make circles. I'm not a good scissor handler but will do it if necessary. Does anyone have suggestions regarding the cutting or making of these center circles? Is there a good tool? I seem to remember something like that and wondered if it really worked. Thanks for the help!

Added by Roz on September 8, 2012 at 6:28am — 4 Comments

Experiments!

This weekend has been full of new things for me!  I finally put Invisigrip on my rulers, had it in my closet for 2 years!  It really helped on the drunkards path rulers, for some reason they really slipped and slid without it.

2nd thing I tried...I used this special foot for my machine that sewed curves. It is made of plastic and I bought it at a show...oh...here is a link to the site I watched to learn how to use it.…

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Added by Roz on September 2, 2012 at 10:40am — 8 Comments

Fun and Done!

Semi fun and now it's done! See pic below. I really thought this would be easier..silly me...the concept was so nifty and I thought it was a great way to use my scraps. The inspiration to try this came from the fact that I have dogs and cats that will sleep on our bed and I wanted a quilt that I wouldn't mind if they shared with me...translated means a quilt that I didn't spend mucho bucks or buko time on. Well, this is my experience and tips to share. You need the ruler and can look at several… Continue

Added by Roz on August 31, 2012 at 5:52am — 3 Comments

Apron

I'm sure having a great summer so far and I hope everyone else is as well!  Going out on our boat with my hubby has taken a lot of my free time. I can't bring my sewing machine but I do bring my english paper piecing hexies! they're so adorable and they travel well!  I have taken a few classes at LQS (ok 1 hour away..but sooooo worth the trip!) and over this passed weekend I managed to make my Mom this Apron.  I actually READ the…

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Added by Roz on July 2, 2012 at 6:04pm — 7 Comments

Re-purposing!

I think that generally, as quilters, we have a basic need to be practical...we give our creative side a "common sense" outlet, we turn scraps into beautifully useful quilts. We don't like waste. ...and now my story... i needed a cutting table, i was hurting my back bending to cut.  i looked at the quilt magazines and tables made specifically for cutting, the prices were crazy! i started looking at kitchen islands, the height would be do-able...but the ones that might work were also crazy…

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Added by Roz on May 31, 2012 at 7:27pm — 11 Comments

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