Saturday, July 11, 2015

Look Out Europe -- Here I Come!

Guess what!?!  I did it!  I booked my Bonnie Hunter Mediterranean Cruise for next August!  Woot!  Now I just need to find a roomie.  Luckily they assist you with that.  :o)

Brilliance of the Seas

Sew excited!

Thursday, June 25, 2015

Exciting News!

I have some exciting news to share...but first a back-story...

Remember my Merry Little Nine Patches quilt that I designed and made?  Well, my Guild wanted me to teach a class for it and I was glad to oblige.  Hey, $100 for a 3-hour class...who would say "no"?  Then I realized that in order to teach the class, I would have to make and sell a pattern for that class.  Let me tell you, I have a totally new appreciation for pattern designers now.  It takes hours and hours and hours of time.  And then you have to recruit a friend or two to make said pattern for testing purposes.  Thank heavens I am blessed with really good friends.  So I design the pattern and I think it turned out really well for a first-timer, so I think to myself...well why not make extra copies (only need 20 for the class), and as people sign up to take the class, those that are unable to take the class can just purchase the pattern if they wish and make it themselves at their leisure.  This went over like hotcakes, as several people had other commitments on the day of the class or were going to be on vacation.  But this isn't the exciting news...

This is where the exciting news comes into play...

Yesterday at our monthly Guild meeting, a woman (new member as indicated on her badge) is at the sign-up table oohing and aahing over my quilt.  Then she sees the patterns.  Then she says, "Do you sell your patterns at wholesale?"  I blink quickly, silently wondering why she is inquiring, and explain that the pattern is my first, mainly written for the quilt class I'm teaching.  She says, "Well, I own a local quilt shop, (names the shop -- which I am familiar with), and I would love to buy some to sell in the shop.  I might also be interested in having you teach a class at my shop as well."  My heart stops!  Is this really happening?!?  I knock a couple bucks off the pattern price, she cuts me a check for the patterns she buys, takes my number for the future (possible class), and I stand there flabbergasted.  She also said if I design any more patterns, to come see her at the shop.  WHAT!?!?  Yes, yes, this really happened to little ole me!

Merry Little Nine Patches Quilt w/Pattern

Different Versions.  A girlfriend/pattern-tester made the aqua and red quilt on the right.  I pattern-tested it myself and made the 30's version on the left.  My original quilt is obviously in the center.  LOL.

My patterns as packaged.

Over the moon,

Wednesday, June 24, 2015


I got my J'Adore quilt back from my girlfriend who quilted it beautifully!  At her suggestion, I cut hearts out of batting using my Accuquilt GO! and the hearts look puffy, sort of like "trapunto".  You can't tell from the picture, but it looks wonderful in person.  I couldn't be happier!  I spent yesterday putting on the binding and the label.  Done!

Heart aflutter,

Monday, June 15, 2015

Kit - Spring Bouquet

Last post for the morning.  Edyta Sitar's "Spring Bouquet".  I acquired this kit at the Houston Quilt Festival a couple years ago.  I wanted this kit soooo much and was hoping they would have the entire kit available at the show so I wouldn't have to pay for shipping from an online site.  I lucked out in finding it.  I recently got the matching threads from an online site (can't remember which one) that was having a 40% off sale.  Color me happy!

I can't wait to start making it, but it will be a BIG undertaking.  Even though the shapes are precut, that's A LOT of buttonhole stitching I need to do around ALL those pieces!!!


Kit - Butterfly Kisses

Here is another Kit I purchased at the estate sale I mentioned in my previous post.  It is called Butterfly Kisses.  The fabrics are much prettier than pictured through all that wrapping.  I just didn't want to go to all the trouble of taking all of them out.

More technical diffulties with orientation in Google acting up.


Kit - Daylily Lattice

More accountability...  This morning I have a few kits to tack to my sidebar.  There will be many more kits and UFOs coming.  Thankfully, I'm all caught up on listing my "Tops Awaiting Quilting".  :o)  Anyway, this kit is called Daylily Lattice.

Sorry about the orientation.
Google seems to be having technical difficulties.  LOL

In December, my girlfriends and I went to the estate sale of a quilter who had just passed.  She was in her late 50's/early 60's.  It was the saddest thing ever to see all the things she had been intending to make or had been working on -- many in an unfinished state.  I nearly cried when I saw the pictures of her grandchildren on top of her workstation; and it made my heart ache to realize that those planned t-shirt sewing/embroidery projects I saw were intended for them and now they are left with only memories.  Really puts life into perspective, doesn't it?

So I bought a few things in the hopes that she is looking down from Heaven to see her fellow quilters bring some of her intended projects to completion.


Monday, June 8, 2015

UFO - Bird Applique Block

I found this block in my EQ7 Program and really liked it.  I don't know what it will grow up to be -- a pillow...the center of a quilt...a mini-quilt?  Not sure yet...  I still have to finish buttonhole stitching around the edges of several pieces.  It dates back to probably 2012 or so...


UFO - String Blocks - 3-1/2"

Started a batch of 3-1/2" string blocks to try to use up some of my scraps.  I'm in no hurry to figure out what I'll use them for, but they sure are fun to piece.  I imagine there is a project or two or three in the future for these cuties.  Who knows how many I will wind up with when it's all said and done.  Did I mention I have A L-O-T of scraps?


Kids Quilt Camp 2013 Quilt Top

The past two years (last year and this coming year) I've missed it due to one reason or another, but previously I've been involved in Kid's Quilt Camp during a week every June.  I began as a volunteer when I moved here to Florida in 2008, and have since graduated to actually teaching classes to the advanced kids (ages 13-16).  This was a quilt top I made for the class I taught in June 2013 when the advanced students not only assembled the quilts, but learned how to use the rotary cutter to sub-cut pieces for said quilt.  They had a blast and were supervised with hawk-eye vision.  Also, anyone who was caught leaving a rotary cutter open was threatened with monetary fines.  Luckily I didn't have to collect any.  I'm a hard taskmaster, but would rather that than an emergency trip to the hospital.  :o) 

There were several different colorways to choose from, not just this one.  I left it unquilted for class so the kids could reference the backside to easily see how blocks and rows were pressed.  Obviously, it has remained unquilted since.  LOL!

By the way, the class was a success and the kids not only had a fun time, but left at the end of the week with at least a completed quilt top, if not completed quilts.  They didn't do binding, but instead "sandwiched" the quilt, making it quick and easy.  They just did straight quilting through the quilt layers.  After all, they are still really beginning quilters, although to be in the "advanced" class they had to have completed two previous Quilt Camp years -- true beginners class (no sewing knowledge at all), and the intermediate class.


Heart Wreath Quilt Top

This quilt top has been languishing in the "to be quilted" pile since before I even moved to Florida in December 2008.  I'm sure it even pre-dates 2008 by a few years.  I know, because I did the buttonhole stitching by hand, and I haven't done that by hand for too many years to count now.  By machine is so much faster.  One of the main reasons I did it by hand way back when was because I was working and could take projects with me to work on during my lunch hour.  I'm guessing this is around 2005-2006.  This was also done during my "Thimbleberries"'s been awhile.

It hasn't been quilted yet because I keep telling myself it's small enough to quilt myself.  We all know how that works...