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I know better...

I know better than to do what I just did again.  File this under "Been There, Done That."  I'm working on my challenge quilt for my guild---each person gets the same set of fabric, add as many as you want, make what you want (you can see the fabrics on my page).  I decided to make a beginner's Baltimore Album quilt using Mimi Dietrich's Baltimore Basics.  I needed muslin.  Rather than using a piece of muslin with enough for the whole project....you guess it.  I decided to be…


Added by Joana Simmers/GA on August 21, 2012 at 5:41pm — 17 Comments

Dithering 2 (only not so much....I think)

Some of the dithering has subsided, I think, but Betweens asked about the fabrics we're using.  Here is how our guild challenge works: each person who participates receives an identical package of fabric, with more or less of each fabric depending on how much the committee buys.  (There is no cost to participate other than yearly dues--$10--a lot of our funds come from the sale of our cookbooks.  We're about to begin #4.)  You have to use some of every fabric, and you can add as many fabrics…


Added by Joana Simmers/GA on August 7, 2012 at 1:19pm — 6 Comments


I am dithering and would appreciate some advice.  I am making a small Baltimore Album quilt (from Mimi Dietrich's Baltimore Basics book) using the fabric from my guild's challenge for this year---not a lot of any one color, and it's in blue, red and tan, which isn't traditional, but if I have to do a challenge (and I'm president this year, so I do), I'm going to do one where I learn something i wanted to do anyway and I don't buy any more of the fabric.  Dithering part:  would you go ahead…


Added by Joana Simmers/GA on August 6, 2012 at 1:50pm — 10 Comments

Tetris Quilt

Someone at Tetris saw my Tetris quilt on my blog (who knows how?) and contacted me to ask if they could post a picture on their official Tetris Facebook page.  Of course I said yes, and the person was right---I'm astounded at the reaction.  You can see it at http://www.Facebook.com/Tetris.   

Added by Joana Simmers/GA on July 12, 2012 at 1:19pm — 19 Comments

Do Over Done Over

You may have missed my earlier travails with the Tetris quilt for my DD's boyfriend and his college graduation.  Quick summary--I had a defective batting which I only figured out after I had finished hand quilting all 140 blocks of the quilt, with just the borders to go.  After I took out all that quilting, I found that it wasn't salvageable, so I had to start over from scratch.  So here is a just out of the hoop quick picture of the Do-Over quilt (which it will always be called in my…


Added by Joana Simmers/GA on June 22, 2012 at 9:16am — 28 Comments

Pursed Out for a While

I made two more purses this week from the Scrapbag Cuties pattern by Whistlepig Creek.  This one is for my mother for Mother's Day. This one is for my DMIL:

Now it's time to get back to quilts for a while.  These were fun to make, though, and by the…


Added by Joana Simmers/GA on May 12, 2012 at 4:46pm — 11 Comments

Fabrics for the Do-Over Quilt--Or Do You Hear Music?

The fabrics for the Do-Over quilt arrived this afternoon--DH kept saying how can all that fabric (I think he really meant money but is too wise....um, polite to say so) fit in that little bag.  It was like opening a rainbow!  The best thing is all but one of the color groups work great.  The dark blue set was a bust though, and I was determined not to order anything else.  So I started pulling dark blues from my stash--none of the solids worked, but I had a set of three CT fabrics I bought…


Added by Joana Simmers/GA on April 24, 2012 at 5:19pm — 13 Comments

Do Over Time

Thanks to everyone who commented on my last two posts about the Tetris quilt.  Unfortunately, the patient didn't survive the last operation.  When I took apart the quilt sandwich, the back of the top was solid white with shed batting--I really think the batting was defective.  When I washed it, that lint balled up in knots in the seam allowances, pulling out threads and rolling up in them.  Even if I had carefully clipped all of those, I couldn't feel confident about the integrity of the…


Added by Joana Simmers/GA on April 21, 2012 at 9:50am — 18 Comments

Well, Dang!

I am amazed by how helpful quilters are, taking time for people they not only don't know, but probably will never meet.  And I love the way they enter into the "thrill of victory and the agony of defeat" as well.  Today is more "agony of defeat" for me--thank you to those who offered help or comfort in my dilemma over the bearding in my quilt.  I learned some things, and maybe if I share them with you, you can learn from my experience instead of pulling out a seam ripper and .....I can't…


Added by Joana Simmers/GA on April 19, 2012 at 1:39pm — 12 Comments

Help! My Quilt Has a Beard!

Well, the truth is, my quilt has lots and lots of beards.  I'm making a Tetris quilt for my daughter's boyfriend--a college graduation present.  The top has a good bit of Kona black, but I had to use a white batting b/c of the lighter colors in the quilt.  I used a Quilter's Dream Request cotton batting.  But it is bearding a lot--it is only noticeable on the black fabric, but there it is really noticeable.  Any suggestions about what I can do?  Will washing the quilt after it's finished…


Added by Joana Simmers/GA on April 18, 2012 at 6:54pm — 13 Comments

Stay Safe!

I've just been checking out the news before I head off to bed and saw how bad the weather is in the mid-west.  So many of you, my quilting friends, live out there, and I wanted you to know that I'm praying for you and all your family and neighbors.  Stay safe--don't take any chances with yourselves.  You are precious to all of us!

Added by Joana Simmers/GA on April 14, 2012 at 8:16pm — 5 Comments

I Have a Design Wall!!!!

My DD used to say, "Mommy, I'm so incited!"--I'm pretty incited myself today.  DH

helped me put up my Fons & Porter (a 2010 Christmas gift he ordered from CT), and I put the blocks from my in-progress quilt on it right away.  DD's boyfriend asked if I could make him a Tetris quilt, and I found a pattern at…


Added by Joana Simmers/GA on March 15, 2012 at 12:44pm — 19 Comments

Hey, Binky Patrol!

Has anyone heard whether Binky Patrol is collecting quilts for the tornado victims this past week?

Added by Joana Simmers/GA on March 5, 2012 at 11:44am — 4 Comments

A Little Early

Tonight was the night of my monthly guild meeting.  We take turns bringing the meal each month, usually about three ladies each month.  I spent all day making lasagna for 30 people.  I was a little early.  My month was April.....sigh.  

Added by Joana Simmers/GA on February 27, 2012 at 7:29pm — 18 Comments

Guild Challenge 2011

Here is my guild challenge quilt for 2011.  We are the Happy Quilters of Laurens County (Georgia).  Each of us was given a packet of the same fabrics; we had to use every one of them, and we could add as many as we wanted.  And here's a link to see the others if you would like:…


Added by Joana Simmers/GA on January 24, 2012 at 9:39am — 25 Comments

Attack of the Sock Monster

My sock monster has branched out.  I'm missing a piece of fabric from my guild challenge pack for this year--and we have to use some of every piece. I had moved all my new fabric to the laundry room to prewash and dry, and now I can't find one of the pieces.  I'm currently not looking for it in hopes that the sock monster  will think it's safe to move--and then I'll have it!  If I don't find it, I'm going to have to track down a piece somewhere b/c I don't want to explain to the challenge…


Added by Joana Simmers/GA on January 13, 2012 at 7:45pm — 11 Comments

Sewing Machine Tote for Janome Gem?

DH was very, very good to me for Christmas this year, and I'm now the proud owner of a Janome Gem to use as a travel machine for sew days and classes.  But it didn't come with a case of any kind, and I think I would like a rolling tote.  Does anyone have a suggestion?  I've looked at Hemline, Tutto's EZ Glide Mini, and the Omniglide, but don't know which would be best--or is it none of the above?  Thanks in advance for the help!

Added by Joana Simmers/GA on December 27, 2011 at 7:36pm — 11 Comments

It's True

It's true---the folks at CT really are that nice.  Now I can tell the rest of the story about DS and Connecting Threads' customer service line.  It's even better than I thought--if you remember, DS thought his present for me hadn't come, so he called CT to find out what had happened.  It suddenly occurred to him that he was far more likely to have lost it than they were, so he looked under his bed and found it.  CT lady thought it was funny and was really nice.

This morning, I…


Added by Joana Simmers/GA on December 25, 2011 at 3:16pm — 8 Comments

For Those of Us Without Snow

Go to Google.  Type in Let It Snow in search window and hit enter.  Wait.  Enjoy.  :)  Merry Christmas!

Added by Joana Simmers/GA on December 20, 2011 at 11:04am — 3 Comments

NEWS FLASH: CT Folks Incredibly Nice!!!!

This just in:  DS announces that the people at CT are really nice AND have a sense of humor!  He came out of his room this morning with a very serious expression on his face and asked for a CT catalog.  Something was clearly amiss, but no questions were allowed since we are, after all, only a few days from Christmas....a while later, after I had forgotten the whole thing (everyone is home right now, and I can't keep up with *every* crisis, you know), he circles tentatively in and out of the…


Added by Joana Simmers/GA on December 20, 2011 at 9:21am — 13 Comments

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