Thursday, January 31, 2019

Last Day of January

A quick post for the end of the month. I have been painting with acrylics and am really enjoying it! Let's hope spring is not too far away!


Wednesday, January 30, 2019

Fussy Cut Hexie Class

This spring I will be traveling to the Valley Forge Quilters' Guild to teach a class on Fussy Cut Hexies.

Last summer I did a trunk show and they were in love with these 2 quilts. Right away they wanted to know if I would teach them how.

It's one thing to make things on your own and another to teach it to students. As you can see I am making another, this time with a Christmas theme. This way I work out the bugs and write down a lesson plan of sorts.

It's been a little weird working with Christmas fabrics again so quickly after Christmas. I think in the end it will be a cute quilt.
If you were making one of these, what themes would you pick?


Tuesday, January 29, 2019

Long Time, No See!

My goodness I have really neglected this blog! Partially because I have been sick and it is just dragging on! I have had no energy or ambition to sew or do anything!
My mother in law gave me this poinsettia for my birthday. It really is this pretty shade of pink, so I am going to try and nurse it through the winter and put it our in my garden this summer. Have you ever done that? It seems such a shame to throw them out after Christmas.

Have you heard of this magazine, Curated Quilts? It is more geared toward the modern quilter but still interesting for all.

Last summer one of the editors emailed me and asked me if I would submit this quilt!!! I had recently hung it up in a new spot and put it on Instagram and that is how she spotted it. It's called It's A Beautiful Day In The Neighborhood and was made during a swap with Barb Vedder, Robin McMillen and Susan Hammer. I had those blocks for at least a year before I came up with this idea on how I wanted them to go together. I do feel like sometimes letting it "simmer" is better than throwing it together.

I am in a bee and we did as swap in January. I loved this scissor fabric and just had to use it.

This is the inside. Again another perfect fabric for a sewer!

I like the cross stitch look too!

This is what I got in the swap, how cool is this!?! Thank you Cindy!

Some other goodies came my way as well, thank you Jeanette and Cheryl.

Thank you for all the nice comments and emails about our little neighbor, Julia. She is still hanging on and just finished a week of chemo. She has surpassed their predictions so I like to think all the prayers and good wishes out there are doing some good.
If you wish to read more about this little girl you can go here Julia Adams


Tuesday, January 8, 2019

Just Sad

The New Year has started but sometimes life can be on hold. I have never done this before but feel like I need to.
Our neighbor's small little 2 year old girl, is dying of brain cancer. This hits way too close to home, she will be gone very soon.  The parents are young (kids in my mind) and I can't believe how unbelievable hard this must be for them to endure.
Please send prayers, good wishes or anything else you do out into the universe to help this suffering family. Her name is Julia and I feel so incredibly sad for her and the short little life she led.

Julia Adams.


Friday, December 14, 2018

The Day After

Yesterday was my birthday and it was a busy day. I wanted to try and get all my blocks for the Bonnie Hunter mystery quilt called, Good Fortune done but it didn't happen. Today clue number 4 was released and I am feeling the pressure! They look to be easier so I think I will be caught up soon.

In some ways this is a good way to work on any scrap quilt. Sewing  them into "bite size" pieces and giving yourself a deadline, makes it go pretty fast. You can go at your own pace but then it will become another UFO (I know myself!) . I have never done this type of mystery quilt before but so far it is fun! One of the things I enjoy is her instructions on how to cut and sew things, you can always learn something new!

I got some art supplies from my husband and am going to try some new things, stay tuned!


Wednesday, December 5, 2018

Only 20 More Days!

Wow December is really cruising along! Over the years I have simplified my Christmas decorating. Most of it is in the kitchen as that is where we spend most of our time and it has plenty of space to stage little vignettes like this one.

For gifts I love getting and giving books. It can take you anywhere at any time of your choosing. I literally could not live without books, it's like breathing to me.

Quilting books are also a must have! Everyone needs inspiration and dreams to keep their creativity going. Even if you never make a quilt in the book you buy, there is something that you glean that will surprise you as you go along on your quilt journey.

I have always wanted to keep a diary but never got past the first 2 weeks. It felt overwhelming.

This one is perfect. It covers 5 years and just a few lines to hit the highlights of the day. I keep it on my counter so I see it every day. It's fun to look back on the past year.

Our tree is much smaller and not real! I don't love all the time it takes to do a big tree. This arrangement is evergreen branches cut from my yard, that I display the ornaments the grand kids have given me over the past couple of years. It makes them more special and highlights them.

I like to decorate my plants! It's so easy to add a bit of color here and there by poking in some pretty floral pieces.

Make some time for yourself during this busy time. I get cranky when I have days without sewing. Just a few minutes or a couple of hours here and there will make me all happy again and I get something done as well!

Buy yourself a good tool to make quilting fun, easy and accurate. There is nothing worse than sewing things that don't fit together. I feel like I am wasting time. I love this ruler that I have not used since I bought it some time ago!

You can make 10 half square triangles at a time once you have the strips cut out.

It took me about 4 minutes to cut out 60 of them! I don't think I can make them any other way again!

What are some of your favorite sewing items that you want for the holidays?


Friday, November 30, 2018

Last Day of November

So remember those strips from my last post? I turned them into 4 patches for the newest mystery quilt from Bonnie Hunter, it's called Good Fortune. I really enjoyed making these.

There were a lot to make! I chose the aqua/blue colors. This was clue number 1.

Today was clue number 2 and the instructions were to make half square triangles. I chose red. I am not doing her color suggestions but going my own way and using up my scraps.

All these need to be cut into strips and this does not include the lights! I like the repetitiveness of the cutting, sewing and pressing. It's mindless.

I have only played with this ruler once and decided to give it a try. It was the exact size I needed. It's amazing how many things we collect that we don't use........

You can use it to cut up the strips and cut out the triangles.

Layer the light and dark right sides together and cut them out. The non-slip grip helps to keep it in place.

It's magic! You can get 10 out of a strip and they are very accurate. I was very happy with the results.

I am also working on another mystery quilt for my guild, I will tell you about this in the months to come.

It's going to be cute! I have about 20 members who want to make it. I can't wait to see what they all come up with.