Wednesday, April 26, 2017

Isn't it Grand!

Easter has come and gone. Every year we have a family gathering started by my late MIL. This year there was a new member to celebrate with us.

 Nine month old Lillian Grace seems to be fascinated with her grandpa. Once she checked everyone out and warmed up, she was all smiles and totally entertained us.

Next Easter she will have a little cousin to join the party. Grand baby #2 is on the way and his name is Jonah. I've got the fabric all lined up for his little quilt.

I guess I better get busy :-)

Happy Quilting!

Monday, April 24, 2017

The Quilt show adventure

In just two days the AQS Quilt week starts in Paducah. What a fun adventure.

A dozen years ago, I attended my first major quilt show in Nashville with two of my quilting buddies. We stayed at the Opryland hotel, which hosted the quilt show. We entered the doors and could not believe how much there was to see. Where to start? Do we look at the quilts first, or do we scope out the vendors for that prize piece of fabric or the latest designs in patterns. It's enough to make my head spin. Rows and rows of vendors and some of the most beautiful quilts we have ever laid our eyes on. We attended two lectures by Alex Anderson. What fun! By the end of the first day, we were on overload and headed back to our room. We brought out all of our bags and took out every item for close inspection. We would oooh!! and ahhh! with so much delight, stroking each others fabric and reviewing all of the books and patterns. For the next two days we enjoyed the euphoria of every quilting treat that was available.

In the years since, I attended the Quilt Festival in Chicago, and the AQS Quilt show in Paducah. Each one has its own unique spin on the quilting community. It's what drives the psychological part of our desire to make beautiful things. Whether it is art quilts or traditional, batiks or reproduction. The mere thought of a trip to a quilt show is enough to start my exit from reality. It's a mystery that once again brings me back to the reason why I quilt. For the beauty of it, and the love of experiencing what others have created in a world of fabric.

Which quilt show will you be attending this year?

Sunday, April 23, 2017

Thursday, April 20, 2017

How could I resist?

Yes, I had put myself on a moratorium on buying new fabric.

And Yes, I had purposed to use up the fabric in my stash.

And YES, my goal this year was to finish the UFO's that are still hanging in my closet!

BUT...
how can one resist, when the sale price says 70% off, PLUS an additional 20%!

I've made several quilts for children, and my pink stash was sorely lacking. When I spied these  beauties at JoAnn's,


at that amazing discount price (less than $2.00 a yard), all my restraints gave way.  Although these prints were not in the Easter selection...


...they were still on sale. It became apparently clear that this collection of fabric would make perfect quilts for a friend's two little girls.

Progress will be forthcoming :-)

Happy Quilting!


Monday, April 17, 2017

Leaky Iron?

This weekend I did a thorough cleaning of my work horse Bernina. Vacuum and cleaned and oiled to give her another round of sewing.

At the same time I also cleaned my Rowenta iron.

I never put water in any of my irons. I use a spritzer whenever I need to dampen my fabric. But as I was re-reading the directions for cleaning my iron I came upon this little hint -

Rowenta irons are designed to be used with regular tap water (up to 12 grains of hardness). If your water is harder than this, Rowenta recommends mixing half tap water with half distilled water. Never use 100% pure distilled water since this can cause the iron to spit and leak.

There are many types of household water softeners. Many of them are perfectly acceptable for use in an iron. HOWEVER, some types of softeners, particularly those that use chemicals such as salt, can cause the iron to leak or spit during use. If you experience this type of problem, we recommend that you try using inexpensive bottled spring water. NEVER USE 100% PURE DISTILLED WATER. Once you have changed water it will take several uses to correct the problem.

So peeps, just a word to the wise. These are suggestions from the Rowenta cleaning kit, but it may be applicable to other brands as well.

I hope this will make for some Happy Quilting :-)

Sunday, April 16, 2017

Bread for the Journey

 

Please enjoy this beautiful music.


 Wishing you a very blessed Easter.

Friday, April 14, 2017

Finding a few gems

A wonderful place for finding quilting publications is my local library. I'm sometimes amazed at what they offer.

Whenever I'm about town, if I know there is a library close at hand, I stop in and see what is offered under catalog #746.

I enjoy looking through these books for color study and it's always fun to see how designers present their patterns. I may not actually make one of the quilts, but it's food for thought. Some libraries carry current Quilt magazines. In our library system, I can check out books for 3 weeks, and extend for another 3 weeks via my computer. I can also look up other titles in their system and have them shipped to my library location.

So don't let this valuable resource go unnoticed.

Happy Quilting!

Thursday, April 13, 2017

In love with old sheets


I have become enamored with Vintage sheets. I had a few sheets, but after seeing some quilts made up in blog land, I've been on the hunt for them.

This quilt sent me over the edge and gave me a goal.

Anyone Can Quilt


So take a look. You may fall in love. As for me, I found these two pillowcases over the weekend.I've collected quite a few but Vintage sheets are getting harder to find in our area. Maybe everyone else is falling in love with these soft lovely oldies.

Have a happy quilting day!

Monday, April 10, 2017

Welcoming Spring

We have had a super mild winter here in the Sunshine State.  But even so, spring just lovees to burst forth with color.



And although we usually have gorgeous azaleas, this year, they budded out early and were gone before we could even enjoy them.

 
Enjoy Spring!

Sunday, April 9, 2017

Bread for the Journey

Even before they call, 
I will answer;
while they are still speaking, 
I will hear.
Isa. 65:24

Thursday, April 6, 2017

Fun, easy, FREE pattern

Lots of bloggers are posting bags they are making. Several years ago, I made this fun bag. And the pattern was FREE!

The pattern for this tote bag came from AllPeopleQuilt.com.

I went to the website and downloaded the pattern.

I had this wild fabric that was waiting for a great project, and this tote turned out to be perfect. The fabric was Michael Millers Gypsy Bandana. The pattern was so easy, although it took me a couple of days to complete it. Only because I changed my mind on the straps and had to rip out what was sewn and audition other fabrics.

This one, made by the same pattern, was made for my niece.

 

A great FREE pattern that works up into a really great little tote.

Happy Quilting!

Monday, April 3, 2017

Emergency Kit

Whenever you travel, it's always good to have an emergency kit along. Even for sewing!

Don't you just love the pretty red and white fabrics??

This cute little pouch makes a great portable case for the essentials. As it turned out, I was glad I brought it along on our last trip.

Remember the cute little pink quilts I made? We were going to deliver them to friends as we traveled. On closer examination, I discovered that not all the fabric was caught under the decorative stitching of the binding. The emergency kit to the rescue.
I ended up hand stitching all the way around the binding, just to make sure the fabric was inside and not peeking out.

There is plenty of room inside the pouch for a small cutting board and two acrylic rulers.

A small skein of thread fits right inside the smallest rotary cutter.

Needles, pins and a wooden presser complete the emergency kit.

All packed and ready to go :-) Perfect for any emergency!

Sunday, April 2, 2017

Bread for the Journey

"If you spend yourselves in behalf of the hungry
and satisfy the needs of the oppressed,
then your light will rise in the darkness,
and your night will become like the noonday.
The Lord will guide you always;
He will satisfy your needs in a sun-scorched land -
you will be like a watered garden,
like a spring whose waters never fail."

Isaiah 58:10-11

Friday, March 31, 2017

It's Friday!


So what are YOU doing this weekend!!

Wednesday, March 29, 2017

Spring Runner

I found this pattern at the Fiskars site and dug out my pretty batiks. Just the right shades for Spring!

I think we are all looking for signs of Spring :-)

Monday, March 27, 2017

Quilt patterns

What draws you to a pattern?? I see books and patterns with gorgeous quilts on the covers only to discover they are mostly a common pattern that has been redone.

I have used this pattern for years to teach beginners to quilt. It's on one sheet of paper that was from a quilt class many years ago. It's still my favorite for teaching quilting basics.

Do you have a favorite pattern you use over and over?



Sunday, March 26, 2017

Bread for the Journey


Arise and go down to the potters house, and there I will cause you to hear My words.
Then I went down to the potters house, and behold he was working at the wheel.
And the vessel that he was making from clay was spoiled in the hand of the potter; so he made it over, reworking it into another vessel as it seemed good to the potter to make it.
Then the word of the Lord came to me:
O house of Israel, can I not do with you as this potter does? says the Lord. Behold, as the clay is in the potter's hand, so are you in My hand, O house of Israel.
At one time I will suddenly speak concerning a nation or kingdom, that I will pluck up and break down and destroy it;
And if the people of that nation concerning which I have spoken turn from their evil, I will relent and reverse My decision concerning the evil that I thought to do to them.
At another time I will suddenly speak concerning a nation or kingdom, that I will build up and plant it;
And if they do evil in My sight, obeying not My voice, then I will regret and reverse My decision concerning the good with which I said I would benefit them.
Jeremiah 18:2-10

Friday, March 24, 2017

SOS

Two weeks of company left little time for quilting. The pink quilt needed to be finished as it was a gift for a friend's little girl. The pressure was on. Time was running out.  And low and behold, a new dilemma comes into play.

They had another baby girl! Like two weeks ago!!

With the clock running, I examined the WIP that were just waiting for backing and quilting. Nothing worked. I dug out a quilt I had made last year. But it was blue, and it really didn't look like a baby quilt.

Looking at the fabric I had left from the pink quilt, I thought, maybe, I could put together a simple quilt. Just 6" blocks, on the diagonal. 

I cut everything out, and started sewing. From the start I decided to just turn part of the backing forward and make that the binding.

BUT I still didn't have binding for the pink quilt. Okay, let's see if there's enough fabric to bring it forward.

YES! Just enough.

So my mad dash to finish TWO quilts ended at 1:14 AM this morning. Still need to trim the threads, but they will be delivered right on time!!


Whew! I hope you have a happy quilting weekend!

Monday, March 20, 2017

When Tides Turn


I was so thrilled to be able to review Sarah Sundin's latest novel. I have read all of her other books, and I knew this one would be just as good. She did not disappoint.

One of the things that intrigues me about Ms. Sundin's books is her research of World War 2 history. In each of her novels, I have learned so many details about the war, and the effort made by men and women during that time. Many of these courageous officers, and their diligence, changed the shape of America during this war.

Tess Beaumont doesn't want to be known as just another pretty face. She joins the WAVES so she can be useful and help the war effort. With women taking on jobs, it freed men to fight the war against Germany. Tess also finds herself in the middle of a spy ring, possibly putting herself in danger.

Lt. Dan Avery is a smart and determined naval officer. Serious minded and hungry to go to sea. His greatest desire is to be an admiral one day. For ten years he concentrates on his career, at the expense of relationships with family and friends. But along the way he loses something that changes his course. He is also drawn to the fun loving Tess. Will this be a distraction? Or could love shape Dan into a different type of officer?

You don't have to be a history buff to enjoy this book, although I found it very fascinating. There are so many things I never knew about the war. Today, with our newer technology, we have ways to detect everything. But in the 1940's everything was new and experimental. They paved the way to today's modern technology. Often under very dangerous situations. Ms. Sundin noted that many of the ships and officers were real people and actual accounts. It makes me proud to know that men and women still serve to keep our country free.

I voluntarily reviewed a complimentary copy of this book which I received from the publisher. All views expressed are my honest opinion.

Sunday, March 19, 2017

Bread for the Journey


"Sing unto the Lord, all the earth;
show forth from day to day
His salvation."

1 Chronicles 16:23

Friday, March 17, 2017

Sunday, March 12, 2017

Bread for the Journey


Blessed is the man who listens to me,
watching daily at my gates,
waiting at my doorposts.
For he who finds me finds life,
and obtains favor from the Lord.

Proverbs 8: 34-35

Thursday, March 9, 2017

Happy Quilter

For years I struggled with the quilting process. I tried thread basting or taping backing to the table, and then pinning. Lots of pinning meant a lot of stop and go, as I would work my way towards a pin. The most frustrating part, after much care, was finding folds that were caught up on the back of the quilt. Sometimes they were just little bits of fabric, but other times there were large sections that were caught.

I started watching videos of quilters who quilted on their domestic sewing machines. But it wasn't until I bought videos by Patsy Thompson that I started to enjoy the whole quilting process.

Patsy introduced me to spray adhesive.

On her video she sprays each section (backing, batting and top) with a thin layer of the spray adhesive on her design wall.

I don't have a design wall, but I was able to lay my quilt sections onto an old rug and spray each part. I started with a small project. After the three sections were sandwiched together, I just picked up the quilt and headed for my machine.I was so pleased with how it turned out that I ventured into larger projects.

Now, I am not a great machine quilter, but even so, I can quilt and quilt and never have to worry about running into or over pins. In a lot less time then if I pinned and unpinned. The basting spray and my walking foot, have been wonderfully freeing quilting tools for me.And the best part! No more folds caught up in the backing.

Here is a little sample of some quilting I am able to accomplish







I hope you have a Happy Quilting day!