Tuesday, October 17, 2017

Wait a Minute Mr. Postman!

I had not one, but two delightful surprises in the mail today. My mug rug from Randy’s (Barrister’sBlock) swap arrived today and I must say Mona (no blog) outdid herself. Sorry Mona, but if you think I am placing my icky coffee cup on this gem, your mistaken. This is going in a place of honor on my sewing room wall. I adore it.
And look what else was in the package. An adorable log cabin key chain and handmade fabric clip. Mona calls herself a “lurker” to my blog so she knew how much I love yellow. Look at these fantastic fabrics. Delicious! 
My second package of the day was from Rose (Something Rose Made) who had e-mailed me a photo of this fabric and asked if I had it in my collection. Not only did I not have it, I had never even seen it. So… you can imagine how happy I was that she sent it to me. I have been searching for a fabric for the circles in my alternate blocks in my Noah and Matilda quilt. This one could not be more perfect. Since I am calling this Noah and Matilda’s Ruby Anniversary Cake, the overlapping circles will represent their wedding rings. Just perfect!
And as if this weren’t enough, Rose sent me these two stilettos that she made. Fantastic! 

Thanks Mona and Rose for making my day! 

I'm off to the AQSG seminar on Thursday and I hope to see many of you there. Cyndi (Busy Thimble) and I would like to meet up with our fellow bloggers for lunch on Friday. Let us know if you can make it!

Friday, October 13, 2017

Quiltfolk does it again!

I received my Quiltfolk issue #4 and read it cover to cover in two short nights. I just couldn’t put it down. This issue covers East Tennessee and features 3 of my favorite quilt people; the historian extraordinaire, Merikay Waldvogel;
quilt historian, quiltmaker and all around wonderful lady, Bets Ramsey;
and my quilt idol Linda Roy.

I was lucky to have met Merikay and Bets in the mid 80’s in my early days of AQSG. They were both so helpful to me as a newbie in the organization.

I have not yet met Linda Roy, but I hope to remedy this someday soon. I have adored her quilts for many years. 

The entire magazine is well written and filled with glorious images of quilts and people.

I have heard many comments about how “pricey” it is to subscribe. I would describe them as high quality paperback books which puts the cost in perspective. Any way you look at it, I’m pretty sure you will not be disappointed.

Check it out! Quiltfolk 

Wednesday, October 4, 2017

Oops, I did it again!

Guess I need to stop the 4:00 a.m. stitching! Two errors in one week, sheesh! I have precut all my backgrounds and bindings for my Noah and Matilda sew-a-long blocks. I grabbed what I thought was the right binding for this one, but… oh no! 

In my defense, they are quite similar, but not close enough to let it ride. 

My blocks are adding up. 

Only 32 to go! And then we have all the alternating blocks and the border blocks and...

I have cheated madly on some of them. I like to let the fabric do the work. I "modified" the pattern to incorporate this great neon print. (o.k., in this case it was really because I didn't want to applique all those layers!). 

I love how this Jo Morton fabric really looks like a cactus.   

People often ask if I cut out the backs of my applique. I do if the piece is large enough and if I want to quilt around it. Do you? 

I modified this one slightly as I wanted a splash of green and figured I could just add it to the center. I love this purple and black neon print! It is much brighter than it appears in the photo. 

I hope you all have a day of mistake free stitching!

Tuesday, October 3, 2017

Potholder Quilts 101

I taught a potholder quilt class over the weekend with a group of wonderful ladies from Evergreen Quilters in Kennebunk, Maine.
 I love teaching this method and watching student’s reactions to my little tidbits of information. These ladies were right on top of things as a few of them had already made a group potholder quilt.
 Thanks ladies for a fun day of potholder quiltmaking!

I participated in a fun little "Mug rug" swap with Randy of Barrister's Block, now that it has been received. I made a dual holiday mug rug with Halloween on one side and Christmas on the other. I have been careful not to join in too many swaps and sew-a-longs, but this was really doable!

I have made some progress on my Noah and Matilda blocks and Kevin's Sapphire Stars mystery quilt and will hopefully post some photos soon. I love Fall, but the shorter days do cause a bit of a problem in the photography department. I have to save all my photo taking for the weekend. Stay tuned!

Friday, September 29, 2017

Blockhead indeed!

When you have 10 minutes to sew and the block takes 15, this is what happens! It never pays to rush a job! I would like to say, “lesson learned”, but I know better. This is what it is supposed to look like! 

 But, row 5 of my ModaBlockheads quilt is now complete. 
The pumpkin was really fun to make. I quilted leaves and vines around the outside.

Only 18 more weeks to go. I am really looking forward to Betsy Chutchian’s new line (Grace’s Garden) to come out so I can add them into the next few blocks.

Friday, September 22, 2017

It's Seminar Time!

Just a quick blurb about the upcoming AQSG (American Quilt Study Group) seminar in Manchester, NH. Please see further information (here).

I joined in AQSG 1985 and discovering the wonders of this fabulous organization at my first seminar in 1987. It was such a thrill to meet so many people who felt the way I did about quilt history. This will be my first seminar since 2007 and I can hardly contain my excitement!

There will be a silent auction and a very entertaining live auction with the effervescent, Julie Silber as auctioneer. It is always a lot of fun.

This is the quilt I sent this year. 
Surprise – it is a potholder quilt! It is made of vintage feedsacks both front and back. There are hundreds of different prints in this one, including my very favorite cowboy prints. Because I try to use some sort of cooking term in my potholder quilts, I have named this one “A Baker’s Nine”.

I sent a few other items too, but since shipping is so costly I am bringing other items with me. If it ends up being too hectic to get them into the silent auction, I will simply open up shop in my room and take donations down to the money box – wink!

I hope to see many of you there.  I am going with my friend Cyndi (Busy Thimble) and we would love to have a "bloggers lunch" to meet up with old friends and meet face to face with new ones!

Tuesday, September 19, 2017

Noah and Matilda update

It seems I am better about working on my blocks than I am at photographing and posting them. I’m not making my blocks in the correct order because, well, I lost that information when I printed out the patterns. I am simply making them in order of placement in each row. Dawn's (Collector With a Needle) patterns are so beautifully done, it was a cinch to tweak some of them so that they all orient on point. So, here are my latest 2 blocks. One completed and one in the hoop!

 I did have to re-orient this one to fit on point. 
I cheated a bit on the bow by allowing the fabric to do the work.
This was the first layout utilizing the entire printed bow, but when I stood back it looked like a little evil face - ick!
So, I took it out and modified it. After all, a quilt should not frighten you in the night!
Now it just looks like creepy eyes. I'm not taking it out again! 

As much as I love these neon fabrics, I have to admit I was skeptical about using them in this quilt. I have found that love them more with each block I complete!