I wanted to give a shout out to Pam from New York for encouraging people to come back on & post to this forum. There are so many people who used to be very active on here, but who we never hear from any more. Always makes me wonder what happened. I know most of the individual groups I belong to are very inactive as well. Makes me feel sad. I know I need to do a better job of keeping in touch as well.
I have really enjoyed making purses & totes. They are a great way to use up fabrics that you just had to have, but only bought a yard of. They are especially fun when you can make part of them using an embroidery machine. Here is my latest. I did the sewing motifs on my emb machine & finished the rest on my Pfaff. The designs are from Sweet Pea (swpea.com).…Continue
We had a challenge on the Piece Around the World group to see how many scraps we could use in 1 project. We had to use a minimum of 40, which sounds like a lot, but really isn't. We also had to have half square triangles be the main design element. This was a fun challenge to do. I looked through all my books & found this table runner in the Big Book of Table Toppers by Martingale. It is called Window Pane. Mine has 69 fabrics in it including the background fabric.…Continue
My husband & I are going to New Orleans next month to celebrate our 40th wedding anniversary, which also falls on Father's Day. I wanted either a purse or a tote that was bright & cheery to take along so I went through my stash & found these 2 fabrics. The tote is the Candice tote by Lazy Girl designs. As you can see in the 2nd picture, the front is also a pocket. I like to carry my credit cards & cash in those little zippered pouches so I made one of those to match.…Continue
Have you all been quilting today? I have been making labels that will go on the backs of Quilts of Valor quilts. I was going to baste a quilt, but didn't have the right size batting & didn't want to cut into a larger one. I should just order 60" Quilters Dream cotton by the case as that is my favorite size as I can machine quilt them with no problem.
Some of us doing a birthday gift exchange in the Piece Around the World group. Robin Noel had my name & she made me this adorable pillow for my 67th birthday today. It is sitting on a bench in my entryway. It is wool applique' on cottong.…Continue
This has been the weirdest winter so far. Lots of snow at Thanksgiving & then barely any for the entire month of December. Then yesterday we were really hit! We lost power for 4 hrs last night. Thank goodness for quilts & a fireplace! Our lights keep dimming this morning so I sure hope we don't lost power again. We have a lot of broken branches & it appears our neighbors do as well. It is continuing to come down so I suspect it will be a few days before we will be able to…Continue
Several years ago I bought Judy Martin's Log Cabin Quilts book with the goal of making some of the quilts in it. One that really caught my eye was the Snake River Log Cabin so I decided I was going to make it in a king size. Well I finally started it, but it didn't take long for reality to set in so I ended up making the wallhanging instead. This is 53" square and has 1406 pieces in it. The king size has over 7000! I'm very happy with how this turned out. …Continue
I want to wish all of my QWU friends a very happy and prosperous 2019. I don't do resolutions per se, but I do hope to continue making a dent in my UFOs, WIPS and HSSYS (haven't started yet). Time will tell how successful I am.
I want to take a minute to wish all of my Quilt With Us friends a very Merry Christmas. Ours is going to be quiet since we won't be celebrating with our family until Sunday.
I saw this cute embroidery design on Sweet Pea's website & thought it would make a cute table topper for my daughter's new table.
We are having our 1st snowfall since Feb. I am not ready for winter yet!
I took a workshop from Bonnie Hunter 3 yrs ago and last night I finally finished binding the quilt I started then. I dearly love scrap quilts although I don't seem to see much reduction in the pile of scraps after I get a top made! (I think they co-mingle at night when the lights are off!) LOL …Continue
I went to a large quilt show in Springfield MO a few weeks ago. There were about 80 wonderful vendors there & one was the Red Button Quilt Co. from MN. They had an adorable miniature quilt on display with kits you could buy so of course one came home with me. It is 10" x 12". Now I just need to see if I can find a free standing quilt stand to display it on as I want to sit it on my fireplace mantel rather than hang it on a wall.…Continue
My mom was the youngest of 7 sisters plus she had a younger brother. About 8 years ago I demonstrated how to do "y" seams at a quilt guild event, but then never made more than 4 of the blocks. A while back I found them so I decided to make 3 more blocks and set them in to a setting similar to the "7 Sisters" layout in honor of my mom. Her 1st name was Iva so I'm going to call this "Iva and Her Sisters". I am still thinking about what I want to put on the label. She loved flowers and…Continue
Although I should really have been quilting on a wallhanging, instead I decided I needed a new purse made with fall fabrics to take to a quilt show I'm going to in Springfield MO next week. My husband said this looks like something only a great grandmother would carry out in public, but all the women I have shown it to love it. …Continue
Even though I should have been spending my time basting an older UFO, I saw this embroidery design & just couldn't resist making it. It is the freeform tablerunner by Sweet Pea Designs. I did the center part on my embroidery machine & then added the borders as I wanted it to be wider than the pattern is. It only took a few hours to make. If you click on the picture, I think it will enlarge it enough so you can see the quilting better. That is all done using my emb machine except…Continue
A few months ago I machine embroidered the blocks for this little snowman quilt. Then, as usual, I got distracted & never finished it. Even though it has been hotter than a cat on a hot tin roof for the past several weeks, I decided to go ahead and get it finished. I layered the 3 layers & then quilted it on my embroidery machine by adding the snowflakes. Then I added my quilting using my Pfaff. My grandson's girlfriend saw it the other day & asked if she could buy it to…Continue
In 2011 I started making blocks from the book "Four Seasons at Minglewood" by Debbie Roberts. As I am prone to do, I made a few blocks & then went on to other projects. In the interest of finishing some of these older projects I got out the blocks a few weeks ago & put them up on my design wall & then made a couple more. Then after giving it more thought I decided to make a bed runner instead of a large wallhanging. It is 20" x 92" so there are 2 blocks hanging off the side…Continue
I was commissioned to make a wallhanging out of ties by a woman whose father passed away in April just shy of his 93rd birthday. This was my 1st time doing this so there was definitely a learning curve, but I'm happy with how it turned out. I will be giving it back to her on Friday.…Continue