Monday, October 5, 2015

More Charity Quiltin'

My quilty friends and I only have about 10-12 more blocks to make for the girl's charity quilt.  Then we can assemble the rows together and get it into tip "top" shape.  :o)  Last week we were at Kathie's house and left the blocks and foundation paper pieces there as she was going to finish up the couple we had in progress when we had to leave at 5pm so she could get to an appointment.  

I only printed enough foundation pieces to make the top so we would know when we had enough; and since they are all at Kathie's, I decided to play with the boy's charity quilt we are planning to make also.  I got four quadrants done and this goes together so much faster than the girl's does.  I posted it onto Facebook to see how the gals liked it and it is a thumbs-up.  So, we will use the constant bright yellow in the center (star shape) and strings that read blue or green for each side.  Once we lay them all together block after block, the strings will form a spiderweb shape.  I think it will look awesome!  It's a bit brighter than the picture reflects.  So, what do you think?

I'm pretty sure we'll be able to finish the remaining girl's quilt blocks this Wednesday and maybe even start sewing rows together.  Woohoo!  I'll post a pic of our progress on that quilt either Wednesday nite or Thursday.

Chuggin' along,

Saturday, October 3, 2015

Strange Happenings

Funny thing...

I went to the quilt shop today to buy the Stripology Ruler I've been wanting.  Somehow a new book and all this fabric jumped into my bag.  I just don't understand...  LOL

You can never have too many neutral Batiks or Repro anything,

Sunday, September 27, 2015

A Different Kind of Cruisin'

My latest acquisition.  Not exactly quilting-related, but fun nonetheless.  :o)


Wednesday, September 16, 2015

Charity Quiltin'

A couple of my girlfriends and I met at my house today and worked on a charity quilt (girly colors). This was our progress as we broke for lunch around 2pm (as noted on the grandfather clock, LOL)...

And this was our progress as we broke for the day at 5pm (also as noted on the grandfather clock, LOL)... 

We have 21 of the 63 blocks needed for the quilt; so we are a third of the way there. I will work on more tomorrow on my own as I'm apparently not as much of a speed demon as are my girlfriends. Hehehehe. They are really fun to sew and I made a paper-piecing pattern for us which made it easier to use with scraps -- no precutting necessary.  :o)

This will be our Wednesday project for awhile.  After we make this girly one, we will make a charity quilt geared more toward a boy.  Maybe using a spiderweb block or something to that effect.

Charity quiltin',

Monday, August 24, 2015

Happiness Delivered To My Front Door!

Woohoo!!!  Yes, I know many of my friends think I already own every die, but I don't!  (At least, not yet...)  LOL!

Die-ing of happiness,

Monday, August 10, 2015

Three-Day Quilt Retreat

This past Thursday, Friday and Saturday I was on a three-day quilt retreat at the Spacecoast Convention Center in Cocoa, FL.  Luckily, it was only 15 minutes from my home, so I didn't have to reserve a room at the hotel or board my doggie. My girlfriend, Mona, also went.  We had a blast and met many new friends!

They split us up into three groups of approximately 20-25 per group.  Mona and I were in the Blue group.  The most wonderful thing about the retreat was that we had to bring absolutely n-o-t-h-i-n-g! They supplied all the brand new Bernina machines, scissors, thread, kits, everything...including breakfast, lunch, and snacks each day.  All we had to do was show up!  :o)

The first day our group was in the embroidery class with designer, Claudia Dinnell.

Her work is gorgeous!  I bought a "few" embroidery patterns to take home, of course.  We worked on a flamingo she designed for the class to show us how to merge split hoop designs.  We were able to write whatever we wanted on the billboard sign.  Lots of fun!

The second day our group was with Alex Anderson herself!  She is so sweet!  We had a quilt kit for a star quilt she designed.  Learned lots of new techniques in her class.  Only got so much done in class, so now I need to finish assembling it.

That evening, she gave a lecture and slideshow presentation.  It was a wonderful lecture about Alex herself and how she became a quilter and where it took her.  Then a few of us went out to a late dinner afterwards.  More fun!

Day three brought me waayy out of my comfort zone, where we made an Art Quilt with teacher, Nina McVeigh.  We were all given identical kits, yet everyone's was soooo different.  I enjoyed playing and just "going for it" but I don't see myself doing it again.  I'm definitely a "traditional" girl.  The most I would go out of my comfort zone is a "modern" quilt.  LOL!

'Til next time,

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!!!