Wednesday, August 14, 2013

Asheville Quilt Shops! Check it out!

Visited 2 new quilt shops on our trip to Asheville.  Last time we came, I stopped at Asheville Cotton Co.   and bought this flannel.




I also have a lap sized quilt that I am machine-embroidering. 

This trip we went to Tipsy Star Quilts   and Kitsch Fabrics.


Tipsy had Moda for $4 a yard so of course, I had to have some! 

Since I have learned how to make Pieced Hexies  with Mickey, I want to buy fat quarters at different places we travel and then make them into pieced hexies.  Fun stuff! 

Check it out!

Sunday, August 11, 2013

Winnings from Collaboration Celebration

I won fabric from Troy as my door prize. Everyone won something. Since I never win anything, I was surprised to win during the 3rd set of giveaways. The very last person to win got a quilt kit from Sew Original.  It is the only time that I have seen the last person win a great prize!

Collaboration Celebration

Here is the first rendition of my quilt block. I decided to change my quilt to a signature quilt. I had everyone sign blocks and I am going to put them in the center of each star.

Saturday, August 10, 2013

How I spend my riding time in the truck!

After my husband had to have 3 knee replacements on the same knee, I felt sorry for him and did not protest when he wanted to buy a house near Belhaven.  He has hunted in the Ponzer/Scranton area for over 30 years and has made many friends and hunting buddies.  I love the area because it's near the water and very quiet and slow-paced.  

We try to go as much as possible but it is a 5 hour drive with stops.  It's about 4 hours if you drive straight through.  I have to have entertainment and have read magazines or my kindle, worked on the computer, made jewelry to name a few things.  I have recently discovered a NEW thing that I can do -- cut out quilt parts!  I took a bunch of scraps and cut 5" charm squares, 2 1/2" strips and 5"x10" bricks.  Got rid of a stash and now I have "quilt parts."



I have a padded lapdesk with a 12" scrapbooking storage tote that I put in my lap.  I put my rotating mat on top of that and can cut out LOTS of stuff in the 10 hour round trip!  Now I am NOT bored and I feel like I am accomplishing something.   Now if I could only figure out how to sew on  that Bernina while I am riding..........








Friday, August 9, 2013

Pressing Matters -- Check it out!

The topic for the Machine Quilters' Group that will meet on Sat, Aug 10th at Sew Original will be "Pressing Matters."    I just got an email from Marci Baker and that is the title of one of her newsletters posts.   If you would like to read it, please look HERE.

I like to listen to what everyone says  --

My suggestion is that you try everything and see what works for you. Personally, I don't like to prewash my fabric before cutting and  I like to use steam and starch.  Recently, I have made my own starch from the liquid starch. It is cheaper and I like the way that it works.  I wash my quilts after I make them because I like the wrinkly, puffy look.   Check it out!

Wednesday, August 7, 2013

Collaboration Celebration -- HERE I COME!!

Took time tonight to pack up the sewing machine and tools for Collaboration Celebration being held at Embassy Suites starting Thursday afternoon. I follow Bonnie Hunter's blog and love to see where she travels. 

I have never done hexies and this may be a BAD thing.  I may make these all of the time.  Guess it's a good thing.  It is hand work that I can do when I am out and about. 

I have everything packed.  My fabric is cut out.  The rulers are in the case.  Tested out the new Panasonic iron.  (and NO -- I did not pay that price for it!) 

My fabrics are blues, teals, greens, browns, golds and creams.  I am making the hexies from the flowered piece. 


More on the Celebration later!

Block of the Month at Dragonfly in High Point

I am working on the Block of the Month at Dragonfly in High Point.  Here is a picture of the latest one. 

It is most assuredly NOT a beginning quilter's quilt block BUT I can tell that my skills are improving with each block that I complete.  I love the colors.  Check it out!

Tuesday, August 6, 2013

Block of the Month -- Sew Original

I am working on the Block of the Month at Sew Original.  Here's my finished blocks for July.


There are 2 separate colorways.  For the navy and white, you can also add an accent color if you wish.  This block is a disappearing 9 patch.  Super easy to make.  Check it out!

Monday, August 5, 2013

My sewing buddy - Lambchop

I follow lots of blogs and see lots of dogs and cats that are sewing buddies. 

This is my sewing buddy: 






She is Lambchop and is a toy poodle.  She weighs about 5 pounds and is 12 years old.  She is also SPOILED rotten.  Poodles have the BEST personalities and is a lot of comfort to have around.  She always loves me - no matter what!

She is in front of pillows that I covered for our vacation/retirement home.  (I am not really sure what to call it!)  I bought the material at Myrtle Beach and the colors blend with the living room even though it may not look like it here! I am working on a wall hanging and have most of it quilted. I am using my Bernina 830 to embroider "Just another day in Paradise!" on it.  I'll post a picture of it when I get it finished.   


Sunday, August 4, 2013

Quilt Carolina Shop Hop -- Check it out!

Quilt Carolina is having a shop hop in September. There are 16 shops in the Raleigh area and the Triad area that are participating. 

Thursday, Aug 1st was the preview day.  I bought my Passport from Sew Original and while I was there, I had to pick up Deb Tucker's Square2 ruler and the CUTEST Fiskars Rotating Mat 8x8. 



Then I stopped by Sewingly Yours to get my passport stamped and got this fantastic ruler just for stopping by!

It has the Sewingly Yours logo on it and celebrates their 10 year anniversary. 

The passport is $15 and you get 16 patterns designed by the stores participating.  It is quite an impressive passport with the quilt instructions on cards.  I am planning for my trip in September!

Quilt Carolina, Sew Original, Sewingly Yours  --  Check it out! 

Saturday, August 3, 2013

I bought a new tackle box at WalMart! Check it out!

I have always shopped for storage boxes and tackle boxes at WalMart or Bass Pro Shops or Cabelas for organizing and storing my: 

  • stamping and scrapbooking supplies
  • stained glass supplies
  • jewelry and beading supplies
  • sewing addiction ( I mean SUPPLIES)
(Boy -- That's a LOT of HOBBIES!) 


I found this one and have fallen in love with it for my sewing supplies.




 It has lots of long area to put longer items in and a large space in the bottom that will take larger items.  So far, I love it!

Check it out!

Friday, August 2, 2013

I have been missing for over a month!

I did not realize that it had been over a month since I last published. 

Time flies when you're having fun OR

  • working long hours OR 
  • trying to get quilty/sewing projects done OR 
  • trying to spend time at the pool OR 
  • trying not to stress out over too much to do (IE. RESTING) OR 
  • freezing WONDERFUL peaches and blueberries from this time of year OR....   

Do you get the idea?  Sometimes it is too hard to work and play and blog about it too! 

This morning, I ran out of patience with my mouse.  I have a notebook with Windows 8 and I use Windows 7 at work.  Since I have moved to 7 and 8, I have had the hardest time figuring out when to single click with the mouse and when to double click.  I am sure that everyone else has figured this out but just in case you haven't, PC World has a great article on the subject.  I also eliminated  the double click forever that is mentioned in the article.

Now my confused brain doesn't have to even think about it!

Check it out!