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Another "One Fabric Wonder" setting

I just finished this "One Fabric Wonder" attempt and found a nice setting curtesy of Quilt Magazine, Oct/Nov. 2012. A design by Mari Martin of Connecting Threads. Thank you Mari for a very adaptable design!

I had to adapt the pattern to fit blocks slightly larger than the pattern suggested, resulting in a ful size quilt top. The blocks were an attempt at the "one fabric wonder" using striped fabrics cut on the diagonal. It didn't work…


Added by Billie Blakeney on March 5, 2013 at 12:00pm — 8 Comments

machine quilting and embroidery question

Has anyone used an embroidery machine to quilt with? I'm hoping to conquer my fear/ and develop a skill of creating something using my embroidery machine.

You thoughts and suggestions are welcomed.

Added by Billie Blakeney on February 28, 2013 at 3:30pm — 8 Comments

Got two more done this month!

Good morning all;

My it's been an awful winter with predominantly cold temps and dampness in the air. Good for quilters who have lots of UFOs to finish. That where I've been most of the winter. My hyacinths, tulips and daffys are showing their greenery and poking through as most of the snow is now gone. (yeah) The groundhog was right, spring is around the corner.

So here are my finished quilts, both wall hangings:

The one posted below is a mystery quilt that I did with…


Added by Billie Blakeney on February 26, 2013 at 5:31am — 7 Comments

February and Groundhog claims Spring is near!

Such a politician, that Groundhog! He'll say anything to get your vote!

Anyway, good morning all you happy quilters out there in quilty land.

So far, I've spent the entire month of January machine quilting many quilt tops into completion. So I present you with the following projects for you to enjoy on this wintry day. Hope it brightens your day.




Added by Billie Blakeney on February 5, 2013 at 5:56am — 12 Comments

Happy New Year!

My husband and I don't celebrate New Year's with wild dining and drinking. He succumbs to sleep and I decided to drift into the sewing room to make a date with my FB friends to join a sew -a -thon on UFO's.

Well the intention was well received by several folks; but I kind of defaulted because my DH decided to go car shopping and brought me along just to do something 'different' for the evening.

I think that he'll never ask me again to go car shopping on New Year's Eve again…


Added by Billie Blakeney on January 4, 2013 at 4:43pm — 7 Comments

Projects up to this point

Here's what i'm working on at the moment.

Mariner's Compass that I started many years ago from a class, and posted it's progress last spring. I wanted to continue making a pieced border but inspiration waned and I found the perfect fabric to finish it off. Sometimes it's best to let the fabric do the work for you.

The snowman quilt was made from left…


Added by Billie Blakeney on December 10, 2012 at 2:33pm — 8 Comments

My two little buddies at the Alpaca Farm and baking for Santa

And their cookie treasures for Santa.



Gotta love…


Added by Billie Blakeney on December 9, 2012 at 9:36am — 3 Comments

Update on life's saga

To all who have submitted comments of support regarding past issues with false accusations etc. towards my dh. After two months of trying to get past the hurt and being mortified by this, the accuser actually came forth on Thanksgiving Eve and personally apologized to my dh (adding 'throw your arms around my dh's neck) and me (with a handshake). Apologies accepted and we move on into the season of forgiveness etc.

The epilogue is that, after several weeks went by, she approached my dh…


Added by Billie Blakeney on December 8, 2012 at 5:48pm — 7 Comments

Got a question about trapunto and applique

Hello all;

I've been on a hiatus, quilting away on a project that has taken me away from my fall quilt project. My question is-  should I add trapunto to the leaves of this applique? I'd like to give it some dimension and have stuffed a few to see if I like it but I'm not sure. I've stuffed the acorns. Your suggestions are welcomed. BTW The bottom right corner wasn't done when I took the picture. It's now completed. More applique will be in the triangles. ps. our little friends will…


Added by Billie Blakeney on November 19, 2012 at 4:48pm — 10 Comments

Back from my trip

A great time was had by all, albeit some issue prior to leaving which nearly ruined my experience and upon my return; the security in Vienna Airport was tight, to say the least. More on that later. But the day I had left, we, my husband and I, had issues with unpleasant accusations and threats from a neighbor up the street leaving a very bitter and frightening experience for both my husband and me. Basically, the woman had it in her mind that my husband was stalking her family at the…


Added by Billie Blakeney on October 11, 2012 at 10:36am — 5 Comments

Next quilting get-away

Folded up the quilt projects after preparing them for batt-down and closed up the sewing/quilitng machine(s) for a brief hiatus in Innsbruck, Austria for the next two weeks. Leaving once again on a quilting trip on a "Traveling Together" tour with Barbara Spohn and 'the gang' from around the country with like desires to search the world for fabrics, and new friends across the ocean. Looks like a great trip is planned. Still refining the packing process; must leave room for must needed and…


Added by Billie Blakeney on September 20, 2012 at 5:15am — 7 Comments

Done and on to the next project!

Started this in March 2012 and just finished machine quilting it Aug. 31st.

I'll post more pictures when the next project gets closer to being put together!  The only 'hint' that I'll give is I'm using the marbled fabric that I made at VQF 2012 with Galen…


Added by Billie Blakeney on September 4, 2012 at 9:22am — 11 Comments

My last entry until something else is interesting to share

Hello again.

One never knows where God's artistic hand shows up, but these pictures were taken  around the corner from where I live.



Added by Billie Blakeney on August 14, 2012 at 5:00am — 9 Comments

Award winning quilt -breathtaking!

Ellen Van Howling's entry in the NJ State Fair Sussex County Farm and Horse show - Creative Arts for Home and Hobby division. A few tidbits for your viewing pleasure! Enjoy!



Added by Billie Blakeney on August 14, 2012 at 4:48am — 5 Comments

Post NJ State Fair Sussex County Farm and Horse show entry

Good morning all;

Well the fair has come and gone and it was a doozy as far as weather was concerned. We had a lot of rain and thunder storms pass through. The last weekend of the fair was the best as the weathe cooperated beautifully.

The results for my entries were: (drum roll please): Three seconds and one third. I'm not disappointed as to the awards, just confused as to how the quilts were judged (numerically). But I'm happy to share with you the pictures of what I had…


Added by Billie Blakeney on August 14, 2012 at 4:40am — 4 Comments

Super busy since last posting

Hi all;

I've been super busy since last posting, attending the Vermont Quilt Festival at the end of June and finishing up projects before I left for the festival.

Those projects were two feathered stars in fall colors. I believe that I posted one on line earlier. Then I had to prepare fabrics for classes at VQF.

I took two classes with Mary K. Ryan (mariner's compass and no template feathered star). Both classes brought me back to the 'basics' of measurement.



Added by Billie Blakeney on July 27, 2012 at 5:40am — 3 Comments

Another project started.

Just when you think you've begun catching up and getting the UFO's done..you jump into another project because it was the reward for finishing the UFO's that you started.

So I've started a pattern called "Autumn Sky" from QN 2006/'07 in a fall palette that I've collected for several years. Got the Lone star center done..and the Feathered Star that surrounds it..went in pretty easily with some fudging - points do meet - yeah!  Added one narrow border and looking forward to cutting up…


Added by Billie Blakeney on June 3, 2012 at 5:06pm — 10 Comments

Checking out the talent posted on line here at QWU

I simply am amazed at all of the talent shown in the many photos that at uploaded to the QWU website.

Thanks for sharing all your inspiring stories and quilts. I'm humbled by the varied talents that are shared on this blog.


Added by Billie Blakeney on May 21, 2012 at 5:21pm — No Comments

Won a Blue Ribbon at the Warwick Valley Quiltshow.

This really blew my mind...and totally a big surprise!

The quilt is a very competitive group and because of this, the judges are very particular about the workmanship of entries. I feel honored. This piece was machine pieced and hand quilted. The pattern came from QN (past editions).

BTW - the show was fantastic.…


Added by Billie Blakeney on May 20, 2012 at 4:22am — 17 Comments

Another one done entirely by me!

After 20 years of housing the quilt top (flimsy), I have finally quilted it...by machine! Whoo-hoo!

I had taken a class on the Bethlehem Star/Radiant Star many years ago and had purchased so much fabric that I made TWO of these babies. The first one I hand quilted and gave to my nephew when my mother died. It was intended for another family member, but we had a falling out after she passed and I offered it to my nephew.

This one sat in the suitcase for quilts from which I've…


Added by Billie Blakeney on May 10, 2012 at 5:30am — 10 Comments

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