Friday, December 27, 2013

Where Did 2013 Go…..


It seems like just yesterday that I was asking about 2012 and now here it is almost 2014. 

I hope you all had a Merry Christmas and that your New Year will be all that you hope for.  As always I appreciate you stopping by and love to read the comments you leave.

I have not been in my sewing room for a long time – life just kept getting in the way.  I have done quite a bit of cross stitch and recently had this piece framed.  It is “Birds of a Feather” designed by Brenda Gervais of With Thy Needle and Thread.  Brenda does such a lovely job with her designs.

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I am currently working on this one and working with the silk thread is a real plus.  It behaves wonderfully. 

I planned to sew today, but I am not sure what I want to work on – do  you ever get that way?  I did make a challenge quilt, but I cannot show it until the fall. 

After all of the Christmas decorations are put away I  will be hand quilting this.  I am thinking way ahead and it will be for my grandson when he is grown up.  When he was just a little guy he loved to watch the birds.  I am still debating about what I want to do on the bottom I might just quilt the date into it.

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Until next time.


Tuesday, October 29, 2013

It’s a start


It has been awhile yet again.  About a month ago I went to a quilting retreat.  By planning ahead I was able to get three – yes three – tops put together.

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I swapped 9 patches with friends for this one.

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My long arm quilter sent me an email just before I left saying that I had a spot in her schedule coming soon.   So I looked around and found this one.  I had pieced it in 1997 it was a mystery quilt from Debbie McCaffrey. The fabric line was from the Groom’s Quilt in the Smithsonian Museum Collection.  Andover had a new collection from the International Quilt Study Museum that went perfect with the top.  So I made a strippy back and it is like having two quilts for one.

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So while I was in this phase of getting some older projects done I finally hung some of my small quilts in my sewing room…

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Next month I will be going on another retreat and hope to get another  top completed. 

On another note Mr. Quilts and I went on a short get away to Arkansas.  The temps were cool and the nights were in the 30’s, but unfortunately we were about a week early for the fall color   But it was nice to get away.  We came home via Tulsa where I stopped at The Silver Needle.  It is a wonderful needlework shop and I swear that I could have spent a week or more looking at all they had to offer.  I attend a needlework group at the local library twice a month and I wanted a portable magnifier light.  While at the shop I found this Dorset model and I love it. 

 I guess that is about all that is new with me….

Until  next time


Thursday, August 1, 2013

Off the Top of my Head


Last time I posted I forgot to show my latest finish.  Sorry it isn’t a better photo.  This quilt is from the book “History Repeated”

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Since my last post I attended a retreat and I worked on putting together my first half of the Nearly Insane quilt from the book by the same name by Liz Lois.  I also worked some more on my Lily Rosenberry quilt.

Nearly Insane Progress

Lily Progress

Currently I have finished making the cute little 2 inch Cake Stand blocks from Temecula Quilt Company blog.  I bet a lot of you also made them.  I am patiently waiting on the setting they suggest or I might make some more and use a setting I have in mind.  They are like potato chips you can’t just make one!

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A few minutes ago I just catalogued an entire shelf of my quilting books in a very short time.  I have started using this software – I have no connection but I am a happy customer.  If you have an iPhone or iPad you can buy the less expensive version and you will be able to sync between the two.

I have some left over Lost Ship Blocks that I am going to set in a stripy quilt but I want to tea dye them to blend better with some other fabric.  I needed some fabric for this project and a very nice lady did a Random Act of Kindness and sent me some.  We know quilters are the best!  So I will post that later.

I told you this post was just off the top of my head.  Thanks for stopping by.

Until next time


Sunday, June 30, 2013

First a Little Housekeeping

As you probably know by now Google is closing their RSS feature tomorrow.  I will miss it for following all of the blogs I like to read.  I have considered what to do ever since I heard about this change.  I have decided not to go to Bloglovin or any other service.  So if you follow using RSS you might consider following me via email and I hope you do. You will still be able to comment by going to the blog and proceed in the usual manner.  I love to read your comments.

So now to the fun part quilting/sewing and cross stitching.  Once again it has been a long time since I have posted. I was doing a lot of cross stitch and other needlework.  I found that I was best to stick to one project at a time rather than trying to rotate them.  So I have made a lot of progress on Birds of a Feather by Brenda Gervais.  As you can see I have all of the alphabet done and most of the tree.  I had some frogging to do on the bottom border but that is almost done too.

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Since my last post I have attended two workshop/retreats can’t post a photo of the first one, because it may be in an upcoming book by Betsy Chutchian,but I will give you a hint it is crib sized and really cute.  The next one was with Jo Morton during her annual trip to Texas.  It is call Tea for Two and the pattern is available through Jo’s website.
I was determined to use the particular background fabric and had a limited amount.  So at retreat I made the 6 inch blocks and could not go very far with the amount of fabric I had.  I came home and put it up on my design wall and while doing some other things I kept looking at it and finally said Nope to big.  So I deconstructed the top and recycled the background fabric and went with the 3-3/4 inch blocks.  I love the way it turned out.  I am not sure how I will quilt it yet.  Have you ever done that?

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I have also brought out Lily Rosenberry out of hiding  - I decided to rotate the blocks and I will be changing the border.  I am currently working on the fourth block.
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I will be attending  another retreat in a few days and I am not sure what I will work on I have really been trying to get some of those unfinished projects done. 
I think I have rattled on long enough.  Thanks for stopping by …
Until next time.

Sunday, March 3, 2013

It has been a while

Gee, I did not realize just how long it has been since I posted. 

In January I attended a retreat and enjoyed it, but when I returned home I could not get myself in gear.  Maybe it was a let down??

This is  the quilt I hand quilted while I was retreating.

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After not doing very much I decided that I should get back into the sewing room.  I saw photos of these antique doll quilts on the web and went about reproducing them.  The first one is 9-1/2 inches square and I machine quilted it in the ditch.  The second is 8 x 10.  I made the blocks with all of the quirks of the antique and it is hand quilted, but the stitches look like a child did them.

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I also made this little quilt, which I am hand quilting.  I started following the pattern of the fabric, but I think I am going to unquilt it and do something else.  The pattern for this can be found on the web it is called Baby Basket by Anita Shakleford.  It measures 14 inches square.IMG_0175


For a long term project I have this on my design wall.  It is from a pattern called Nighthawk – designed by Judy Hasheider


The other day will attending Little Women Club one of the attendees showed us the neatest trick to add a little something to your binding.

Cut a strip 1-1/2  inch wide and a contrasting strip 1-1/4 inch wide.  Seam the two together lengthwise with a 1/4 inch seam allowance. Press wrong sides together matching the raw edges.  And you will get this.  (Sorry the photo is blurred and I should have used higher contrast, but you get the picture.)


You can adjust the width of the strips according to how much of the accent fabric you want to show.  Also, when you go to miter your binding corners it will miter beautifully.  And this will lie flat unlike a piping. 

On another subject I have a 13 year old West Highland Terrier named Daisy.  Daisy is constantly pawing at the sunshine on our hardwood floors or if she sees a shadow she will jump at it.  The other day we had a beautiful sunshiny day and my husband and I left for awhile in the afternoon leaving Daisy home.

When I returned I went to my sewing room, where I have this doll bed sitting on the floor.  And returned to this.  There was just enough sunshine shining through the blinds to entice her.

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I think I have rambled on long enough.  Thanks for stopping by.

Until next time.


Sunday, January 6, 2013

New Beginnings


Happy New Year.  I hope you all have gotten off to a good start.  For me it was nice to get back into the sewing room.

Before Christmas I was busy finishing up a quilt for my Daughter In Law.  I made this top back in 2008 as a block of the month, but never did get it quilted.  When my DIL saw it she loved it so I told her I would quilt it and give it to her.  She was pleased with it.







Last year I was part of a swap for Lost Ship Blocks.  I put a portion of the blocks together and sent it off to the long-arm quilter.  I am calling this Formation as the way it is set it reminds me of a formation of ships.  I had it quilted in a simple Baptist Fan design which is one of my favorites.  I really like how a secondary design showed up with this setting.


On of my goals this year is to work on small quilts that I have had on my list for a long time.  So this week I put this green quilt together.  It is inspired by an 1885 Crib Quilt from New York State.  I think that Jo Morton did a great job with her small quilt version.

The little brown top with the stars was a fun sew from a SAL from Temecula Quilt Company.  They always have such cute little quilts.


I looked in the quilt closet yesterday and found several small tops waiting to be finished.  So I am going to get busy and get them basted and ready to quilt. 

I have also been stitching on this sampler.  It was designed by Brenda Gervais.  She has another new design Frances Pool a reproduction sampler from 1832, which I want to stitch also.


With all of these projects on going I think I will be staying out of trouble – will you?

Thanks for stopping by. 

Until next time.