Friday, February 5, 2016

Valentine Quilt

I was so excited to win these blocks the other night. I have 2 extra that I might make into a mini quilts. The pattern is by Amy Smart of Diary of a Quilter The block is called Be Good To Your Heart. I think this might be cute as a runner too!

I also signed up to be in a bee, the kind where you make a block for one of the participants each month and on your month everyone makes one for you. This was way outside my comfort zone as far as color goes and purple is a color I seldom use. I think it feels very spicey! I love the idea of challenging myself to break out and do something different.
Do you have colors  you NEVER use?


Wednesday, February 3, 2016

One More

Maybe I am developing a problem? I love pincushions. I like making them, I like how they look, and they are fun to collect. This one is going to be a gift, I think or maybe in the pincushion swap next month at the Lancaster MQG. It will depend on if I can come up with an idea I like. It's big 6" x 6".

A few weeks ago I showed my heart block that I made for the meeting last night. I won 18 blocks! Plenty for a nice quilt or maybe even a couple of table runners! The colors are so pretty and very modern!

I am also in a swap with some of the other members. These are the colors I am working with this month a bit of a stretch for me but I am up for the challenge. I will show you the block later this week. Purple is one of the colors, I had to dig deep in the stash for that one.

For my local readers I am doing a trunk show on Monday February 8th for my guild the Penn Oaks Quilt Guild The meeting starts at 7:00, for more information click on the link or send me an email.


Wednesday, January 27, 2016


My latest pincushion, I just had to try it with the little (1/2") hexies. I love it! The size is 5" x 6".

The winner of the fabric panel is Judie! I just know there is a little girl in her life that will love the doll! Congratulations Judie!


Tuesday, January 26, 2016

Pincushion Tips

I am getting a little stir crazy, jumping from project to project. I just finished a quilt I really love but can't show it to you because it is for a challenge in March. As I was cleaning up the scraps I decided to make a quick pincushion

Making one is not exactly hard but I found a couple of tips that can make it easier for you. First start with you choice of fabric or quilt "top". These squares are 1" finished, the pincushion will be 4" when sewn together.
Take the time to make it cute and press well.

At this point you can do one of two can quilt it, I would recommend a very thin batting. You can take some lightweight fusible interfacing and fuse it to the wrong side of your top. I feel like it just makes the top nice and gives it a little body. If you use crushed walnut shells the dust does not migrate out.

Cut out your back fabric 4 1/2" and press well with a little starch or Mary Ellen's Best Press.

Sew a 1/4" all the way around leaving an opening at the bottom. Mine was a 2" wide opening. Next clip the corners as shown in the photo. Be careful not to go through the stitching. This eliminates a lot of the bulk in the corners and makes the points sharper.

Before you turn it right side out, Draw a line with a fine tip pencil on the edge that you left open for turning.

Finger press it on that line and then press well with the iron. Do both sides.

Turn it rightside out and press well. The opening is now in perfect alignment with your sewn edges. You won't get that uneven edge, that drives me crazy! I use a diagonal stitch with a matching thread and take the smallest stitch possible that will keep it together.

I use crushed walnut shells that you can find in the pet supply store where they keep the reptile supplies. It gives it a nice weight but you could also use fiber filling as well.

I have now been in the house for 4 days now except for Sunday night when I went to the ER because I slipped on the ice and thought I broke my wrist. Thank goodness I didn't but it is a bad sprain and has limited my activities a bit. Just today the snow behind my car was plowed out. You know the story, the cobbler's children don't have any shoes!


Monday, January 25, 2016

Blizzard 2016

This was about 1:00 in the afternoon on Saturday. Then it felt like the heavens opened up and it was truly a blizzard!

This was the next morning. Think about sitting in that chair and it is to the top! The hump to the right is our grill. It is pretty though...notice it is all the up to the bottoms of the swings.
Ok I have a rant......a friend just sent me an email saying her neighbor is going to cancel their mowing contract because the guy hasn't gotten there yet to plow their driveway. This is incredibly hard work even with a snow plow on a truck. Trucks are breaking down, Saturday you couldn't even see and they are working 18 hour days. Trust me they want to be done with it as much as you want it to be done! Our crew is out again today and will be out again tomorrow. The snow is extremely heavy and takes about 3x as long to do as a normal snow, not to mention they are working in the cold and at the end of the day in the dark. They will get to you as soon as they can. Not everyone can be first on the list! Please be patient this is a historic snowfall! Ok now that I got that out......
Well almost, I can't even get out of my garage because my husband has not had time to plow it out. You know the cobbler's children have no shoes!

My circles are really coming along. I think this might be a big quilt. The block size is 5" unfinished. I like how they are not perfect circles.

This is the one I made on the day of the blizzard. I have been putting the date on the seam allowances.

I so want to show you this but it is for a challenge so it will have to wait.


Friday, January 22, 2016

Miscellaneous Friday

I love the striking contrast of this star block. I found it while looking through.........

this fantastic book. When our guild closed down our library I was able to get this book. If you can still find it grab it, it's well worth all the inspiration you will find inside. It will most likely be a 4 block wallhanging.

I finished the Legend of Zelda quilt and will show it to you when it is quilted and bound. My grandson Griffin is going to love it! After such a big and intense project I just NEEDED to sew something fast, simple and fun. I have been eyeing up all the vintage embroidery pieces I have squirreled away and decided to make a pincushion just because I love them!

As everyone must know by now, we are getting a HUGE snowstorm starting tonight. I am as ready as I can be with sewing projects, food and some books. Fingers are crossed we don't lose our power. This is the next pick for our book club and it looks pretty good.

My friend Judie recommended this one too. It looks very good and she is a good source. We seem to like the same kind of books. I think I have all the bases covered.
We just got an update of 17"-23" of snow yikes! Good luck to everyone else on the East Coast!


Tuesday, January 19, 2016

Brrrrrrr and a Giveaway!

Jaxon and Cameron 5 months old
It's finally freezing here and we might be getting a big snowstorm this weekend! This picture warms my heart. Look how much they have grown! They are the sweetest little boys. Cameron looks very much like my son and Jaxon looks like his mom's side of the family.

They are big boys now, sitting in their highchairs and eating food. It was fun to watch their faces as they tasted the food. I tried to get some more pictures but they are at the age where they don't hold still so they were all blurry! Colin and Jenny are doing a great job as parents of twins. The boys have been! Lots of high 5's for them!

While everyone else is hitting the store for milk, bread and eggs, I am at my local quilt shop making sure I have projects to get me through the next couple of days. This adorable fabric was at The Quilt Block and even though I don't have a little girl in mind, I just could not resist!

It is a panel and has a sorts of fun things to make. Lil Red also has a hood (red of course).

A doll quilt! I love this, complete with a backing fabric. So if you are local, go to the Quilt Block and get yours now before it is gone (610-363-0404). I think they would send it to you to if you live far away.

They have some pretty cute companion fabric too!

I also spied this that will work great with my giant hexagon project.

The Legend of Zelda quilt is coming along. All the blocks are complete and now I have to add the surrounding fabric.

I want to finish it up so I can get back to some other projects. I very seldom just work on one project from start to finish (oh what a surprise!)

Next up is our annual Penn Oaks Getaway. I need to get some projects ready for that too.

I will giveaway one panel of this adorable fabric. Tell me what is your favorite thing to do during a snowstorm. Do you also hit up the quilt store? I will pick a name next Wednesday, January 27th. Please be sure I have your email or you will not be eligible to win. Good Luck!

Giveaway is now closed!