Wednesday, June 20, 2018

Houston- Clear for Take Off!

As part of the education team for Quilt Festival Houston I am prepping already!

First up, choosing a pattern and fabric for a garment. Always difficult for me, since I'm not a garment maker. Using quilters cotton is another factor that doesn't help me make pattern decisions easily. But that part is done.
I'm making a dress this year! It'll probably end up being more like a tunic on me.

Including the eagles, for sure. You'll have to wait and see about the rest.
 This is called Road Trip by Andover.

And we had swatches for the second choice, metropolis by Moda.  
That was actually really nice to see the actual fabric. 

Did you know you could be prepping too? They have the class schedule online right now for planning purposes. The class book is huge and takes many nights to get a good look at all the classes and lectures.

You can see it HERE.

Even though I'll be working, we can take up to 1 1/2 days of classes. I'm considering a half day class with Maria Shell. If you've taken a class or lecture with her can you give me your opinion?

I'm going out on a limb here and saying that I like to learn new things and what she does isn't what I do, but what I don't like is when modern quilters think what they are doing is so much better than "traditional" quilters. I don't want to take a class from a teacher with a huge ego.

I'm also considering a bus tour to Texas Quilt Museum in LaGrange or Galveston.


I did finally get to see some of Texas when I went to Victoria via Austin, but that is the only time I've been outside of downtown Houston. I'd love your thoughts.

Have a wonderful day!

Monday, June 18, 2018

Small Post

A small quilt and a small post!

I've stated to hand quilt this over the weekend. Hopefully send off later this week.

If you missed the hoopla about me summiting Mt St Helens (Not sure how you could have missed it, I was making enough racket! LOL) you can read about it on my other blog HERE. 
I'm still in recovery mode. 
Both the kids came home Sunday to spend time with their dad. I wasn't going to spend it in my sewing room. I don't get to see them often enough. 

So, not much to share today. 
Take care!

Wednesday, June 13, 2018

Sunshine on a Wednesday!

After the video from last week several people asked me about this little quilt. I started it in an applique class with Gwen Marston. She showed us how to make our own pattern to make our quilt unique. It was supposed to be a 4 block quilt, but I opted to stop at one. Wish I would have continued!

 A comment was made on Monday about small half square triangles getting pulled into the throat plate. Above is a standard throat plate. I have the wide one on because I've been doing machine applique.
Here's one that only has the small hole instead of the more open horizontal opening. This is super helpful to have on when using small pieces, actually just piecing in general.  I hope that helps!

Have a fantastic Wednesday!

Monday, June 11, 2018

Mahvelous Monday!

 I'm using a few half square triangles for my little swap quilt I'm making.
 I have two containers (from lettuce- the best of recycling!)
That I dump, pick what I need, then trim to size. It is super convenient! Do you have hst's waiting to be used in your projects?
 Here's my little project. It isn't quite as dark as the photo shows, but I still kind of wish I used a bolder print.
Spent some time working on these crazy star blocks designed by Cheri. I make the arrows so I keep plenty of fabric to the outside  so it is easier to trim to size. It seems to work good for me.

I hope you got a bit of sewing done this weekend. Make it a great week!

Friday, June 8, 2018

Fun on A Friday!

I've got a few ideas and projects rolling around my head.

 I started digging around in my French General fabric and found this little center already pieced. May as well go with it!
 Here's my little tub of FG bits and pieces.
 I got these on the remnant section at Fabric Depot and think I'll put them somewhere else where I will remember to use them.
 Betty Lou and her friend Cynthia have been making dresses for Haiti and was so thoughtful to send me a few for my next mission trip! Thank you both from the bottom of my heart! The sun was glaring through this photo, but I wanted you to see the cute trim and pockets.
 And here is a better one that you can see the sweet fabric!
Here's my Instagram from this past week. 

And if you aren't on my Facebook group I made this video yesterday. I think you can see it HERE.

Or maybe click the above.

Take care and have a wonderful weekend!

Wednesday, June 6, 2018

Dear Daughter and Flash Sale

Gay is at it again with another free download  for this quilt. It amazes me how she can see the possibilities beyond the shreds! Get blocks 13-16 HERE.

And to top it off I see she is having a Flash Sale for her digital patterns! To find out more and see what great patterns she has to choose from click HERE.

Hope you are having a great week!

Monday, June 4, 2018

First Friday at Quiltworks

This month at Quiltworks there was just one exhibit- One Block Wonders, which is the same as Stack and Whack, isn't it?

And, if you get the magazine, Quilt Sampler, Quiltworks is in the most current issue! I'm super excited for Marilyn as she does a lot of good for the community. It is nice that she is recognized for that.
I got the labels and the quilts confused, so without further ado, here are the quilts. 

 Love the 2 colored border on this one.

 And this Christmas one begged for a closer view.

I think the colors got me on this one. My favorite of them all!

Have you made a One Block Wonder or Stack and Whack? For me, no, I haven't made either and don't feel a burning desire to make one either.

Friday, June 1, 2018

Month 6 Sweet Land of Liberty

 Here we go! This is your June Liberty assignment, if you choose to accept it. LOL  These are Denise's fabulous blocks!
And here are mine.

 We will be making 4 more 4" finished economy blocks. We should be pro at these by now, but my last one has no seam allowance! Whatever!! <insert rolling eyes here>
 We will make (4)four 6" finished snails trails blocks. (A google search will turn up lots of directions for piecing this block)
 The center background will be cut 8 1/2" square, followed by the strips which you will cut 1". Unfinished this block will measure 10 1/2". (I think my man needs a belt!) I think I'll be adding an actual day in embroidery when I get the quilt top completed.
The checkerboard squares will be cut 1 1/2". The corners to make it on point- you will cut two (2) 5 1/4" squares, then once on the diagonal. The outside borders  and squares will be cut 1 1/4". The unfinished size of the complete block will be 10 1/2"
The unfinished heart will measure 10 1/2"x 4".

If you haven't already, please assemble the top half of your quilt. Delane gave me permission to use hers since I forgot to take a photo of my top half. 
You may need to add strips and bits to get it all together. That's they way Cheri would do it!

Happy June! 

Wednesday, May 30, 2018

Month 5 Sweet land of Liberty Linky Party!

This was our "assignment" for month 5. If you worked on any part of this quilt and haven't shared it, I'd love to see! Doesn't matter if you are caught up or not.

On Friday, June 1st, I will share month 6. There will be a total of 10 months.

Google is having a glitch right now with sending comments to my email, but maybe it is better right now I don't spend too much time thinking about my soapbox post. Some people have toxic personalities and are best at a distance. It seems like many of you can relate to that post, so let's be the positive light in other people's world.

Monday, May 28, 2018

Memorial Day

I give my complete gratitude to all those who have fought and died for my freedom.

I got a chance to decorate and will leave these quilts up until after the 4th of July. My "style" is eclectic and a mish mash. I'm no decorator, but I make my house a comfortable place to be. (hopefully for everyone and not just family!)

Love to you all!



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