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
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