I finished up another UFO I started a while back. This was a freebie I found online. It was a quick & fun project.
As some of you might not be aware, Nancy Zieman from Sewing With Nancy passed away today after battling cancer. She will definitely be missed in the sewing & quilting community. I know she was able to tape 13 episodes of this season and the last one will be with her 2 granddaughters. I will definitely miss seeing her every week on our local PBS station.
Here is a pic of a banner I finished this afternoon for my fireplace mantle. The designs are from The Embroidery Library and were stitched out on my embroidery machine. I have had that gray fleece for so many years I can't remember when I bought it or what I bought it for, but it was perfect for this project. I stitched it out on the back so it wouldn't be as "fuzzy".…Continue
Members of the Piece Around the World made me Double Bowtie blocks for my birthday a few years ago and I finally got the top quilted & bound. I'm so pleased with how it turned out. I still need to put a hanging sleeve & label on the back so will get that done soon. …Continue
I want to send well wishes to everyone who is living in the path of the hurricane or the subsequent tornadoes, flooding, etc. that will be occurring over the next few days. Please be safe and let us know you are okay.
This has been one of those days when I think I should have just stayed in bed. About 10 days ago we decided to buy a 2017 Kia Sportage. It is candy apple red so pretty easy to see right?! Well my husband was sitting in a valet line at University Hospital in Columbia MO waiting to have them park it as the garage was full. I had to be there for a CT scan on my heart this morning. This man driving a shuttle bus for a local retirement home decides he can't wait for Larry to be able to move…Continue
I finished the binding on a 39" square wallhanging this afternoon comprised of Christmas blocks from a swap that Amanda Best hosted with the Piece Around the World group. I am bound & determined to quilt as many of my tops as I can before the end of the year.…Continue
I can't remember if it will be 2 yrs or 3 in Sept that I took a class from Bonnie Hunter, but I finally finished piecing the top that I started in that workshop. It is called Bricks in the Barnyard from her Scraps & Shirttails II book. Her version has a braided border, but I decided to do a piano key border…Continue
This is a quilt that is made up of blocks I received several years ago in a swap. I finally had it quilted a few months ago, but put off doing the binding because it is very heavy. Once I finally decided to just get with it, I discovered that it wasn't bad at all to do. …Continue
I really enjoy doing wool applique'. Wish it wasn't so darned expensive, but I just tell myself I'm worth it. I started making this on April 26th at a meeting of like minded quilters and finished it about 10 days later. I decided to have it framed at my local Michael's store and they did a fabulous job. Right now it is leaning up against the wall in my office as I want to take it to show it off to my friends who belong to the same little group when we meet next week. This is from the…Continue
I have been collecting purse & bag patterns for many years. Yesterday I finally decided to get them out & see which one caught my fancy to make. I'm going to make a small coin purse/accessory type bag to go with it soon.…Continue
If you ask my husband, he will tell you that I consider every day to be quilting day, but this is the official National Quilting Day. I went on a road trip with 3 friends to Warsaw, MO, which is a small town north of Springfield where we visited 3 stores where we all made sure to support the local economy. Then we went to this bar-b-que restaurant that has probably been there since the 1940's. Had wonderful food! All in all a fabulous way to spend a sunny Saturday in March.
A few years ago I hosted a swap with the Machine Embroidery Buddies group & chose owls as the theme. Eight of us participated so I ended up making 2 blocks in order to have enough for a wallhanging. I made the block that is the center of the 1st row and the block of the owl wearing overalls in the bottom row. After all if you live in farm country in Missouri, you need an owl that wears overalls right?! It will hang in my newly repainted office once I get a new curtain rod to hang it…Continue
I have not been to this show since the year 2000, but after seeing these pics, I sure wish I could have gone this year! Wow, these are some gorgeous quilts. I do have to say that my favorites are the whole cloth quilts though.
Barbara posted an interesting blog post the other day that has really hit home for me.
I expressed concern about the quilting community when the price of quilt shop quality fabric jumped from about $8.00 per yard to $10.00 a few years ago. Now it averages about $12.00 per yard. The cost of a spool of 100% cotton thread…Continue
I wanted to take a minute & wish everyone a very happy and safe 2017. This past year has had its challenges for many of us, but to be honest, that is life. It ebbs and it flows. I managed to reach my goal of getting the vast majority of my unquilted tops quilted, bound and labeled along with some projects I started & finished this year so I'm grateful to have been able to do that. My goal for next year is to get out a project I started piecing or appliquing, but never finished…Continue
I hope everyone has a wonderful holiday. Ours is going to be kind of quiet this year. I hope to be able to spend quite a bit of time in my sewing room. We have gone from below zero temps to predicted temps of 65 on Christmas Day. More like spring weather than winter! But I'm sure it will get freezing cold again soon.
I want to wish all of my American friends a very happy & safe Thanksgiving.
My friend Dawn Heese with Linen Closet Designs has started designing cute little projects that resemble shopping tags. I bought this one & another one that looks like a bouquet of tulips from her at a quilt show a couple of weeks ago. I just really felt the urge to get this one done. It is about 14" x 22" and doesn't require any quilting as it is fused to the backing. I have it hanging on the wall in my kitchen right now, but this pic shows it laying on my sewing room floor. These…Continue
I hope that none of our QWU members are experiencing problems due to the severe hurricane that is hitting the east coast. If you are, here is sending positive thoughts your way that you don't sustain any injuries or damage to your property. I can't get over how some people refuse to evacuate when there is a storm of this severity heading their way. At least with a hurricane you have enough time to get to safety. That is not always the case with a tornado.