KNOWLEDGE IS POWER, BUT IT DOESN'T MAKE MY BLOW DRYER RUN!

Monday, April 17, 2017

Easter Monday


When your children are no longer in school you forget about holiday schedules. These are the Easter flowers that were on my table this weekend when the whole gang was here for dinner. I even managed to keep the shamrocks (oxalis) alive since St Patrick's day. I think it is a nice combination.



Last week Barb Vedder of  Fun With Barb came and stayed with me to do a workshop and lectures with our local guilds. These are the thoughtful hostess gifts she brought me. The bird even matches my plant pot!


Barb taught an English Paper Piecing class. Everyone loved it!


I will admit I am mostly self taught when it comes to EPP. Barb had such good tips that made it much more enjoyable and my stitches no longer show on the top (well almost), yay! I feel like this person is saying, "I can't find my hand"!


Every class member agreed the handwork was very soothing AND we didn't have to carry our sewing machines!


I was very inspired by her log cabin quilt and am going to make it in my colors. Those logs finish at 1/2".
Thanks Barb for the inspiration and good company, I am so happy you got to see Longwood Gardens! If you are looking for a speaker and a good workshop, send her an email.


I am also working on an applique quilt. I am not sure if I will follow the pattern and I am not sure how big it will be......


It does include some embroidery but I am not 100% sold yet.


I am delivering another recipe kitchen towel this week as a birthday present. So far I have given 2 away and been told this is the coolest present they ever received!


For all the local readers, the Penn Oaks Quilt Guild is having a quilt show, Friday and Saturday the 5th and 6th of  May. You can get all the information here Penn Oaks Quilt Show 2017.
These are a sampling of the mini raffle quilts you can bid on. Please come and support our guild!

Kelly

Thursday, April 6, 2017

April Showers Kind of Day

 

It is a glorious rainy day here. I feel all snug and warm in my sewing room.
This is one of my most favorite ways to work. Take some leftover blocks and turn them into a small wallhanging. I only made one tree and was very frustrated with the instruction. I will at some point sit down and write them out so I can understand them.  I stared at the completed quilt at my friend Cindy's yesterday and I really love it. It's a quilt for another day.The flying geese were some that I was just making here and there. I think it will be a mini raffle quilt for our upcoming Quilt Show, For The Love of Quilting in May.

On another note........there is a huge controversy going on about Tula Pink's upcoming collection called "Animal Spirit" that has caused her to pull the main print fabric from the collection. I feel like the wheels are coming off the universe. No one is safe from it and everyone is a target. I would be curious to know your thoughts. Go to her Facebook post, it will tell you all about it. I am sure by now you can just google it too if you don't want to go to FB.

Hey this is 2 posts in a row, I am on a roll!

Kelly

Wednesday, April 5, 2017

Kerchief Girl Wednesday


I am so happy that this fabric has been brought back to life and they even added some new colors. I have been pining away for years waiting to see if they would reissue it. I just find it so charming and quaint. It's called Kerchief Girls. It will be popping up in some of my upcoming projects.


As you can see I cut into the pink Kerchief Girls right away......These are cut 1 1/2".



I received a belated birthday present from my friend Leslie. We both fell in love with this quilt a couple of years ago and now it is a pattern! It will be a good handwork project for an upcoming trip and on my bee days.


Leslie also gave me this new to me product calle Ruler Magic. You put a little bit on the back of your ruler, let it dry and it keeps it from slipping. Have you tried it? Any tips as to putting it on?



I bought these shamrocks (oxalis) last month. They are just so happy in my bright kitchen. The little white flowers against the green are so fresh and feel like spring. I feel like I can safely say, winter is gone and spring is right around the corner!

Kelly


Monday, April 3, 2017

Spring?


My sewing has been on the back burner lately. Yesterday we finally had a glorious spring day so my husband and I took full advantage and spent 8 hours raking leaves at our rental property and picking up trash. The fact that is was a nice day and we spent a productive day together made it not so bad.
I made this pouch from a free tutorial from Noodlehead. I had a metal zipper and it worked so nice and I like the feel when you zip it. I may have to invest in some more of these. It is not a hard pattern but read the directions!


Here is the inside. I like this pattern and will make it again.


The Lancaster Modern Quilt Guild is doing a charity project making placemats for Meals on Wheels. We used a product I think called Kraft Tex? I threw out the packaging so I am not sure. It was pretty easy to use and made a nice smooth surface. If you are looking to do something like this I do recommend it.


I got a subscription to this magazine called Uppercase. I do like it but it is expensive, I am not sure if I will renew it. You get 4 copies a year.


One more pincushion that I think was a good use of a fussy cut fabric. Wouldn't you like to live in this neighborhood?


I did not go to the Lancaster show last week but I did buy some cool vintage spiderweb blocks. Not one of the lays flat which is probably why they weren't put into a quilt. A nice hot iron and some starch may flatten them into submission!
Speaking of the show, did you go? I heard a lot of people decide not to go this year. One person told me the vendors were not good at all, the quilts sparse but nice. Are shows on the decline? I heard other say Quilt Con was amazing and chock full of people. I hope to get there someday.


This is our book club read this month. I am half way through it, so far it is good and I recommend it.

Kelly

Tuesday, March 21, 2017

Miscellaneous Tuesday


I usually can figure out any pattern and end up with halfway decent results. This was not this case with this zip bag. It was supposed to be more of a pouch but it did not turn out that way.


Once this happened I gave up, ripped out the mess and turned it into a pouch. The strawberry fabric was too cute to waste, not to mention all those Tula Pink ladybugs lined up perfectly.....that will never happen again!


I did also make some more pincushions, I loved fussy cutting these!



Friday my grandson Elliot came over for the day. We played games and did arts and crafts the whole day. We both needed a birthday card and made these colorful little gems.


I am finally able to show you the baby quilt I finished for my niece Jordan who is having a baby in May. We seem to have an endless supply of babies, I love it!

Kelly

Thursday, March 16, 2017

Pincushions


Two of the guilds that I belong to are getting ready to have their major fundraising events for the up-coming year. I always contribute my time and make/donate things to help out. Pincushions are fun for me to make and something every sewer/crafter can use.


As with all groups there are the doers and well, those that take a more laid back approach! I am going to get on the soap box and say, your guild is only as good as everyone's participation. I am not saying you have to be in charge of the major fundraising events but doing nothing is not acceptable either. In order for a guild to stay vibrant everyone needs to help out and take turns. Different people with different ideas also make it more interesting for everyone.



The next thing you know people get grumpy and cranky, not a good idea for people who have rotary cutters! Even if you can only participate in a small way, please do so, all those little things add up. Ok I 'm done.


I think cat things sell well and this fabric has just come out, it is called Tabby Road by Tula Pink. I got mine earlier when I was in Houston before it was released to the public. The black and white is a Cotton + Steel.


The backs also sport new and cute fabric.


Why do things just look cute all lined up? These will be available at the Penn Oaks Quilt Guild Quilt Show For the Love of Quilting IX. May 5th and 6th, 2017 at Griffith Hall at the Ludwig's Corner Fire House in Glenmoore  PA, (on Pottstown Pike).
We are a very small guild only 58 members but we have an awesome show, complete with vendors, raffle baskets, mini raffle quilts and food. You can also email me Kellymx@aol.com and I will be happy to answer any questions.
For more information and directions, you can go to our website at Penn Oaks Quilt Guild
I hope if you are nearby you will come and see us!

Kelly

Tuesday, March 14, 2017

Orla Kiely Inpsired Quilt


I bought this purse a few months ago and I love the pattern on it. It is by a British designer named Orla Kiely. From the start I felt like this could be a quilt pattern......


I also love this quilt by John Q Adams, (I too wonder if his name is John Quincy.....) I think his is paper pieced and I did not want to do that.


Last week Victoria Gertenbach from The Silly Boo Dilly did a workshop and lecture at Calico Cutters. She talked about shot cottons and why she liked them. I have to say I was smitten! This is yet another reason to join a guild if you haven't already, the inspiration in endless!


For those of you that may not know, a shot cotton is fabric made with 2 different colors. The warp and the weft are each different giving you a very rich looking fabric with a lot of depth. As you can see above a turquoise and a black were used here.





So I took all those ideas and things I showed you and started a quilt. I am calling it Sprouts on this snowy, wintery day. Victoria encouraged everyone to grab their scissors and fearlessly cut without rulers and see what happens. I have never been afraid to do that and loved seeing how these fabrics came to life.
I even cut the stems with scissors, you would be surprised how easy it is to cut things pretty close to the same width. I am not changing them and they will be "off" a little bit but I am ok with how it will look, in fact I like it even more.


The colors are washed out from the glare of the snow but in real life the colors are nice and rich. I even have purple in there, my least favorite color!
So that is what is on  my design wall today. It's snowing again but you don't need to see a picture of that 😆

Kelly

Friday, March 10, 2017

Snow Day!


How cool are these? My friends, Leslie, Ellen, Stephanie and I made these for our quilt show that is coming up in May. Helen another member embroidered the centers and did a fabulous job.
The show will be held Friday and Saturday, May 4th and 5th, 2017. For more information you can click on this link Penn Oaks Quilters Quilt Show
We would love to see you and I think you will enjoy seeing all our quilts!


  Thank you Helen I think they are the cherry on top!


My barren workspace shows you just how much sewing has been going on, zero!


Nothing much has changed on my design wall. I still don't like the orange pumpkin.....


These are a few of the Polaroid blocks I received in a swap. I have a pattern for a polaroid camera that I need to get to soon.


I still haven't put things away from my getaway that was a month ago!



I did whip up these pincushions today just to sew a teeny bit.


This is the back of a baby quilt I finished today.


The baby shower is next weekend and it's hot off the sewing machine and into the washer. I will take a picture after it is gifted.
I know I have not been around but being sick took it's toll and I had to play catch up. Hopefully I will have more to show you in the next few days now that I am feeling better.
Have a great weekend!

Kelly