A couple of years ago my brother Mike asked me if I ever saw fabric with tractors on it. I told him I would keep an eye out & let him know if I ever found some. I visited a local quilt shop & saw this panel along with 2 others. I liked this one the best as the old barn reminds me of the old barn on the farm where I grew up in Michigan. I sent him a picture & he liked it so I told him if he would buy the fabric, I would supply labor & batting as a 70th birthday gift. I…Continue
Lately I have been in the mood to start going through my quilt room as well as my 2nd bedroom where I store some of my quilt stuff, but mostly yarn, to get more of an idea of what I have. I don't know whether to feel happy that I probably don't need to buy anything other than thread, batting and stabilizer (for my embroidery machine) for the next several years or guilty because I have so much stuff! I found kits I had forgotten I even had. That makes me feel guilty.
I did get…Continue
This year Mother's Day is going to be very different for a lot of us. Never thought I would see the day that the entire world would be suffering from such a horrible pandemic! Since I can't spend the day with my daughter & her family, I am going to spend the majority of it in my sewing room.
I hope everyone has a chance to do at least a little bit of quilting today. I certainly didn't need another project to work on, but I decided to go ahead and participate in Edyta Sitar's 2020 mystery that started yesterday. So I'm going to spend part of today working on block #2. Need 8 of them, but they should be fairly quick to make.
I finished another purse today. The design is from Kreative Kiwi, which is a machine embroidery site from New Zeeland. I made the front & back using my embroidery machine & then assembled the purse using my regular sewing machine. I decided to add the heart shaped button to make the flap lay down flatter. The fabrics were purchased in 2007 and were part of a line that promoted ovarian cancer research. …Continue
A few months ago I went to an open house put on by Renee Nanneman with Need'l Love and I found this really cute purse pattern. I decided it was time to make one for myself and just finished putting on the handles a little bit ago. The pattern is the Scrap Happy Purse by Amanda Jean Nyberg. After I finished the gussets I realized I had oriented my scraps vertically instead of horizontally like she did in the pattern, but I don't think it made any difference. It was an easy "mistake" to…Continue
My grandson Will asked me to make him a pillow with a dragon on it. We gave him our old living room couch when he got his own apartment & he wanted a decorative pillow to put on it. I gave it to him yesterday & he was thrilled with it.…Continue
My grandson Mike loves the Chiefs so he was thrilled when they won the Super Bowl. I found this cute machine embroidered gnome design so made it for him as he has just moved in to his first apartment. I found the Chiefs fabric at Joanns. It was absolutely horrible to work with and I would certainly never use it in a quilt, but it worked okay for a pillow. The original price was $12.99 per yard, but they had it "on sale" for $9.99. Wasn't worth more than $5.99 per yard in my opinion. It…Continue
A few days ago I received an e-mail from a company called Kimberbelle that had a link to a cute freebie that could be either machine embroidered or hand embroidered. I couldn't resist and had it made within a couple of days. There are also buttons on it that were specifically made to go with this design. Fortunately one of the stores in Columbia MO sells a lot of their stuff so they not only had the buttons, they carry the cute little hangers. This is approx. 5-1/2" x 9-1/2".…Continue
As soon as I saw this pattern in Judy Martin's book "Log Cabin Quilt Book", I knew I was going to have to make one. My original idea was to make it king size. Didn't take long before reality set in. The smallest piece is 3/4" before being sewn in to the top! One of these days I might get up enough nerve to count how many pieces are in this wallhanging, but I know it is a lot!…Continue
I want to wish everyone on QWU a very Merry Christmas & a happy & prosperous 2020! We had lots of snow last week & cold temps. This week it is in the 60's & the snow has all melted so no white Christmas for us again this year. My daughter, her 2 boys & her boyfriend are coming over tomorrow for dinner & opening gifts. I'm hoping to spend Christmas in Las Vegas next year with my son & his family. Time will tell if that will happen.
My sister Joan is an avid reader. Reads about 3 or 4 books a week on average plus she belongs to 2 book clubs. So I decided to make her a tote bag to make it easier for her to tote her books back & forth. I hope she likes it.…Continue
Yesterday I went to a small quilt show put on by a guild I used to belong to. The membership in this guild is dwindling and it has sure affected the quality of their show! While most of the quilts were nicely done, there were not nearly as many as in years past. Kinda sad actually. It was nice seeing some of the ladies who still belong and they all asked me to come back, but that is not going to happen. Funny thing happened though. I met one of their newer members & found out she…Continue
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