Tuesday, September 27, 2016

Spicing up the porch

Summer seems to have flown by, making way for the colors of fall. Bringing autumn colors indoors gives my home the touch of color we don't experience here in Florida.

Outside isn't nearly as rewarding. Lacking the reds, golds, and browns of nature, it becomes a bit more of a challenge. Recently I came across an outdoor pillow that would grace the bench that sits by our front door. But really, it needed something.

Digging around in my stash, I knew I had fabric that screamed fall.

Taking this slice of fabric, I sewed seams and wrapped it around the pillow.

Humm, what next? Not enough fabric to make a bow, so a piece of brown batik would have to suffice.

Now let's see what we need next.

Potted plants?
My daughter made this amazing Harvest sign.
Okay looking better.

Happy Fall Ya'll!

Monday, September 26, 2016

My Pressed Flower Friend

My BFF lost her battle with cancer 12 years ago.  I still think of her and miss her.  So in memory of Diana, I wanted to share this poem, written by Sherry Morris.

My Pressed Flower Friend

In my book of memories, 
there is a pressed Flower that fills a page,
With a gentle fragrance lingering still,
though it's faded now with age.
The way my Friend smiled and laughed,
The many ways she cared,
Are a legacy that she left behind
In stories I love to share.
So remember the hearts who've touched
your life,
It's what we each are here for.
A pressed Flower gently reminds us
To love and treasure our friendships more.

I love you Diana.  Your Fragrance still lingers.

Sunday, September 25, 2016

Bread for the Journey

She makes bed coverings for herself;
her clothing is fine linen and purple.
Proverbs 31:22

Thursday, September 22, 2016

Too many quilts?

Do you ever have too many Fall quilts?

No I didn't think so.

Happy Quilting!

Monday, September 19, 2016

Did you ever....

...make a huge mistake that you regretted for years?

 I learned to sew in Home Ec. My Mom never did any sewing on a sewing machine, but she had one. It looked like this -


 Yes, she had a sweet little Featherweight.

I wrestled with her Featherweight to the point of frustration. It never seemed to run right. I passed the Home Ec class and one of the first things I purchased after high school was a Singer Stylist sewing machine. After my proud purchase my thoughts at the time were, why would I need that old black thing that gave me so much trouble!!

So I sold it to a co-worker.

For $10.

Years later I mourned for that little black Featherweight. The more I heard of others sewing on Featherweights, the more I lamented. I was sure my old co-worker was still sewing on that little black machine.

 The new Singer was not a very cooperative machine. It was in constant need of repair. I felt so much frustration that I pretty much gave up garment sewing. As I began to quilt, I realized the need for a good straight stitch. A friend was getting a new sewing machine and she asked me if I would like her old Kenmore. Of course I said YES! I have sewn many, many miles on that machine. It was sturdy and faithful.

One Christmas, there was a little black box sitting under the Christmas tree. I wondered what in the world could be in that little box. At first I thought it was some kind of projector or camera. But when I opened the lid, there she sat, in all of her glorious Featherweight beauty. My sweet husband and son had been on a mission to buy me a new sewing machine. I was thrilled to say the least!! But that is not the end of the story. You see, my husband and son had gone to a sewing machine repair store and asked questions. The store owner told them that the Featherweight had the best straight stitch, and quilters everywhere coveted them. Hummm, but it isn't a new machine. Oh, if you want a new sewing machine you need to go to the store down the road.

So in addition to this little beauty, my husband and son bought a Bernina Virtuosa 155. Can you imagine my surprise when I not only opened the Featherweight but the next box had the words Bernina plaster on it!

Have you ever regretted letting something go? Were you able to recover the lost treasure?

Whatever the case, hopefully we learn by our mistakes.

Sunday, September 18, 2016

Thursday, September 15, 2016

Silk Thread anyone?

When I first started quilting, there was only one kind of thread to use. Basically it was Coats and Clark or some very cheap polyester version. Today, there are so many thread choices it can make your head spin.

I read in one of Diane Gaudynski's books that she sometimes uses silk thread for her quilting. So I thought I would give it a try.

I made this quilt for my daughter.

I decided to try the silk thread for quilting.

It is difficult to see the quilting, but I found that the silk thread really quilted up nicely. It doesn't lay on top of your fabric like cotton thread does. Nor does it dig in like invisible thread. It just seems to blend into the fabric. And let me tell you, it sews so smoothly.

Have you ever quilted with silk thread?

Do you have a favorite thread for machine quilting??

Happy Quilting!