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Sorry about Blog

I know I promised a new blog with gadgets and all today but everytime I would go to start it the electricity would start blinking on and off. So I'm going to give it a try to tomorrow I promise! The weather here has been unbelievable! I'm going to close before I lose power again. See you ladies tomorrow!!


Added by Maria Carroll on March 12, 2012 at 4:54pm — No Comments

Long time

Hi My Dear friends,

 It's been awhile since I've been able to post a blog. We have had alot going on the last 2 mos. Between all of us getting sick, taking the dogs to the vet for their check ups, and two deaths within a week of each other I've been kind of busy and down. But inbetween I've been able to get some quilting accomplished.

I'll be posting another blog either today (I hope) or tomorrow with new gadgets that I've found (some of you may already be using them), quilts…


Added by Maria Carroll on March 11, 2012 at 7:48am — 4 Comments

Some People Say.....

Some people say quilting is work.--I say Quilting is a Labor of love.

Some people say that quilting is for old ladies.-- I say I…


Added by Maria Carroll on January 18, 2012 at 12:52pm — 13 Comments

Embellishing a Quilt

Hi Ladies & Gents,


   I am making a quilt that I want to add beads, sequines and more than likely use some embrodery thread to enhance the main part of my quilt. This is all new to me and I have NO idea what I'm doing or how to do it. I don't know if I add all that once the quilt is sandwiched and quilted or do I do it all before I quilt the top. Any and I mean any help would be much appreciated!! I do not want it like a crazy quilt. I just want to add to the finished…


Added by Maria Carroll on January 5, 2012 at 10:02pm — 16 Comments

My daughter bought me a plaque with the below on it..lot it was hiliarious!

TO ALL NON-PET OWNERS WHO VISIT AND LIKE TO COMPLAIN ABOUT OUR PETS (this can also apply to cat lovers) ...1. They live here, you don't. 2. If you don't want their hair on your clothes, stay off the furniture. (That's why they call it "fur"niture.) 3. I like my pets a lot better than I like most people. 4. To you, it's an…

Added by Maria Carroll on December 29, 2011 at 10:30am — 28 Comments

It's been awhile..

Yep it's been awhile since I wrote a blog. The months before Christmas were just crazy to say the least! But we got through them and had a wonderful Christmas, as I hope all of you did! As usual I have several new quilting tools, items, books and new techniques that I will be sharing my opinion of over the next couple of months. If you haven't noticed I just uploaded photos of my Quilting Studio. I still have fabric to put on bolts, oh that reminds me I need to have my DH make me more…


Added by Maria Carroll on December 28, 2011 at 9:59am — 3 Comments

Couple of other tips & quilting tools

I guess you can call this blog a continuation of my blog "Little things that I had forgotten and new ones I've learned". I'm not writing these thinking I know everything because I don't. I'm writing them because I love to help others and share what I've learned. I'm going to be brand naming some thread and tools and I…


Added by Maria Carroll on October 2, 2011 at 8:09am — 6 Comments

Little things that I had forgotten and new ones I've learned

It's been awhile since I wrote a blog on QWS and figured it's about time I do. I've been quilting for many years and have taken many classes. I've also thought that I new everything and there wasn't a pattern out there that I couldn't make if I put my mind to it. Well over the last two months I've taken two quilt classes at the local quilt shop. The first one was a Beginner class (yes I said Beginner) and the second…


Added by Maria Carroll on September 30, 2011 at 8:30am — 12 Comments

Happy Birthday!

Just wanted to take a moment and wish everyone that is having a birthday today a very Wonderful day! Hope all your wishes and dreams come true on your special day!

Added by Maria Carroll on August 11, 2011 at 6:55am — 7 Comments

Off topic

I had to brag a little, hope you ladies don't mind. Alexa (my daughter) is trying out for Cenla Idol on July 30th. IF and that's a big IF (we're not getting our hopes up just yet) she wins Cenla Idol she will then go on to American Idol. This has been something she has talked about since American Idol became so famous. She said she's got to try or she'll never know and she needs to try before she signs on the dotted line to join the marines. So if you ladies could keep her in your thoughts…


Added by Maria Carroll on July 21, 2011 at 2:55am — 19 Comments

Almost Finished

I've been working on this quilt for my daughter on and off for a couple of weeks and finally have it down to one last border to add then to sandwich and quilt it. At the moment I can't even think of the name of the pattern (which came out of a magazine) and am too lazy to get up and go see. lol But I've renamed the quilt to "Dance in the Stars". I thought that more appropriate because she…


Added by Maria Carroll on July 19, 2011 at 2:00am — 34 Comments

Simplicity Rotary Cutting Machine

Here's the deal.. I've been eyeballing this machine for some months. Yes I've read the reviews and even though the bad out weigh the good, I broke down and purchased it. Yup I made sure I could return it if I wasn't satisfied with it. Last nite, I again read the reviews, tips, tricks and watched a couple of videos. Seems like it will take a little getting use to but with all new gadgets and gizmo's isn't that always the case? I haven't had time to sit and even take it out of the box but that…


Added by Maria Carroll on June 28, 2011 at 9:57am — 15 Comments

Anyone Interested?

I am organizing a fq swap for retentively the last week of August. Right now there are 5 of us ladies that are going to be participating and we'd really love it if others would join us! This will be our first fq swap as friends and I'll be hosting the swap which means all fq's will be sent to me then I will redistribute them to their new owners. We are also planning a Secret Santa swap after the fq. Come join us! This will be great fun! And yet another way to meet great friends and fabulous… Continue

Added by Maria Carroll on June 28, 2011 at 7:22am — 1 Comment

Wondering about swaps

Hi Everyone, it's been years but I use to belong to a quilt group and we would do fabric swaps, gadget swaps, block swaps and just about any other kind of swap.... are there any of these going on? If so can someone point me in the right direction? I absolutely loved doing these swaps. Thanks!!

Added by Maria Carroll on June 23, 2011 at 12:48pm — 12 Comments

Just Saying......

 I've been quilting for many years. There have been times that I have walked away from quilting for months even years then all of a sudden the urge hits me and it's all I want to do. I may quilt for weeks, months or years, just depends on how long the bug stays. Over the years, I have taken many quilt classes and met lots of world renown teachers and many, many quilters. Quilters of all ages, race, size and religious backgrounds. Most were people that I will never forget for different…


Added by Maria Carroll on June 22, 2011 at 9:30am — 12 Comments

Need opinions

Hi Everyone,


  I have been working on a wallhanging that I designed inspired by a picture hanging in my livingroom. Am please with everything but the stems and would appreciate any comments and/or feedback! Are the stems too curved? Are they not curved enough? Are they too thin (1/4" bias stems), if so what width do I make them? Are they too long, too short? Any feedback welcomed! It just looks to me that…


Added by Maria Carroll on June 4, 2011 at 12:30pm — 22 Comments

What one can do when one can't sleep!

Hi My Friends,

Last night was one of those nights that I just could not go to sleep. Around 8:30 pm, I thought I was going to fall over I was so tired, so I stumbled to bed, crawled under the covers, squirmed around till I got comfy and closed my eyes. At 9:45 pm, I woke up feeling like I had slept all night. Ask me if I was shocked when I realized what time it was! So, I decided I'd roll over, cover my head and go back to sleep. um...YEA RIGHT! At 10:20 pm, I was up and headed…

Added by Maria Carroll on February 23, 2009 at 7:58pm — 6 Comments

My Dream

Ok so I know that everyone everyone has a dream...ROFL but this is a real dream that I had a couple of nights ago. I dreamt of my sewing machine, my cotton fabric, my rulers, my patterns, etc. I could even smell the smell that cotton fabric gives off when you press it. I could hear the soft, even hum of my sewing machine. I could hear the sound of my rotary cutter cutting through my fabric. I could also hear the sound of my ruler sliding along my fabric as I reposition it. I was quiet amazed… Continue

Added by Maria Carroll on February 16, 2009 at 1:26pm — 8 Comments

Rambling Thoughts....

Hi My Dear Friends, It's been a rough couple of weeks, but today has been pretty good. I did manage to get all three of the projects cut out that I had posted in my previous blog. And I decided instead of starting to piece those that I would cut out a couple more projects. One that I finished cutting out earlier today is called Harvest Time. Here's a photo and I'm using the exact fabrics used in the photo.

The second quilt…

Added by Maria Carroll on February 3, 2009 at 3:05pm — 5 Comments

Ok Gals...

I'm sitting in the hotel room where my beloved is staying, with all my quilting goodies still in the jeep! Yea, Yea...I could go down and unload, but it's raining and cold! UGH So, I'll kiss my lovey when he comes in and ask him nicely if he'll go down with me and unload. As you see, I did at least grab my computer! lol

I did manage to get the fabric for Maple Island and Flower Power cut out before I left home. So tomorrow as soon as lovey leaves I'll be up rearranging the room to…

Added by Maria Carroll on January 24, 2009 at 4:27pm — 2 Comments

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