Saturday, May 30, 2009

2009 Projects ~ Prayers & Squares Lap Quilt

As mentioned yesterday, I made this top for a friend's Prayers & Squares church group.
(In the south, that kinda rhymes).

I hope that this quilt, once tied, gives comfort to the recipient.
A freind also completed a top for this great cause:

Friday, May 29, 2009

Green & White String Blocks

A friend's church is making prayer quilts for those in need in the parish. I got a feeling that the list was long, so dug into the stash to see what I could come up with.

They are making lap quilts, so I figured some big blocks would make this go quickly, and it did. I have 15 blocks done that alternate a white/off-white with a green fabric.

Tomorrow is our Sit N Sew, so our little group can decide on the layout, then I can finish the top during & event & send the quilt home with my friend. This is just one idea to ponder...

For those who have not heard of prayer quilts, the way I am familiar with is this:

  • layer a quilt backing, batting & quilt top
  • baste as usual (usually with pins)
  • using 3 strands of embroidery floss, loop the floss through the layers, leaving hanging ends on the quilt top side. but do not tie
  • after the entire quilt has been "looped", remove all basting pins.
  • the quilt is laid out and each of the quilter's says a prayer as they tie one of the knots (from all those loops they made). The quilt will be quilted by all the tied knots.
  • then the quilt is either left in the church for others in the parish to tie a knot & say a prayer, or presented to the family to finish the ties/knots/prayers.

WOW! It's been a year of blogging!

Though I missed my exact anniversary, I am shocked a little to know that I have been blogging for a year as of Wednesday. Time does have a way of breezing by!

For my anniversary post, I have to show off my little visitor from yesterday. Isn't he the ugliest thing you have ever seen? He was a mean snapping turtle too..and pretty fast. Good thing the Hare didn't have to race him!

I am working on a few different projects this week & making progress on all, but none near completion.

Tomorrow is our monthly Last Saturday Sit N Sew in our store. Then I have craft or quilt shows the next 3 Saturdays. I need to be finishing projects, huh?!

Have a great weekend & remember not to mess with a snapping turtle!

Wednesday, May 27, 2009

2009 Projects ~ Needle Card Sewing Wallets

I have to say that I just LOVE the new fabric I have created for these cute sewing caddies. I have several other "fabrics" in the works, but here is a sneak peek at the first in this series.
Soft & supple, the cover is made from 100% cotton yarn, but I will save the "how to" for an upcoming Tuesday Tip. I have added a pearl snap since snapping this pic for you.

I have included a little pocket for whatever you might need to stash away and a 100% wool square (moda's new line of wool) to keep your pins & needles in tip top shape. I added a few buttons to the wool square just to get the ball rolling.

These make a great gift, you could even put a gift card in the pocket!

Currently, I am going to offer these at quilt shows only, as you just can't get the true feel of this piece from a picture on the computer.
Soon, I will have similar wallets made from Kaufman's Stitch in Time line that will be available online. Contact me to pre-order!

Tuesday, May 26, 2009

Tuesday Tips ~ Avoiding the dreaded "V"

We missed the last 2 weeks, but here we are again today,with a tip to share. Today is another beginning quilter's tip.

Have you ever cut a strip from a folded piece of fabric, only to unfold & find you created, not one nice straight strip, but a "V"?

Here are your tips:

I know not everyone has a large cutting mat & long ruler, but I couldn't live without mine. If you do have to move your fabric to cut the entire strip, you will need to be careful to repeat steps.

  1. Lay out your folded piece of fabric on your mat. Line up the fold with one of the grid lines on your mat.
  2. Place your ruler so that it is squared up with your mat, thus it is square with the fold of your fabric.

  3. trim the cut edge of the fabric to be square with the fold

  4. measure the width of the cut you wish to make (2.5" for a jelly roll strip, for example) and carefully cut.

  5. voila!

Saturday, May 23, 2009

What a week! I have missed you, my Blog!

Happy Memorial Day weekend! Don't forget to thank a veteran or serviceman/woman today (really everyday!)

I have just come from a local festival & was the only vendor set up. Had a great time networking & showing what our brick & mortar was all about.

I am happy with the way my set up worked out. Nice mix of collectibles & my handmade goodies.
The set up was great until folks parked all around & in front of me. I don't think that this was the perfect place to set up for show sales, but, it was good local exposure for our business.

Saturday, May 16, 2009

2009 Projects ~ #33 Be Still My Heart Rag Quilt

Cozy Vintage Chenille, Soft Flannel & hearts!

What else says I love you better than this quilt, except of course, saying it!
3 different scrappy heart blocks, 2 of each pattern offset with vintage chenille is sure to keep your loved one warm & comfy!

Fiber Friday in review~ Quilt Show Recap!

Yesterday was a play day for me! I treated myself to a day out, quilt show, quilt shops, lunch, the works!

It is a small show, but it there were some very nice works entered. Here are some of the quilts from the Smoky Mountain Quilt Show in Knoxville, TN:

There were 2 best in show winners:

This scrappy cutie was one of my favorites!

Along with this appliqued, handquilted beauty!

This quilt was stunning in color, quilting & look at these points!

Here's a unique one! A cathedral window in black!

And some for the animal lovers...

Thursday, May 14, 2009

2009 Projects~Apron Bonanza!

I am enchanted with aprons. Full, half, lacy, clunky, useful, or just pretty....I'm enchanted.
Of course, enchantment for the creative soul leads to inspiration!

I love the rounded shape of the vintage aprons...kinda I Love Lucy-esq. So, my creations have so far played to that affection.

But, I also needed a craft show apron & came up with this design to hold all my necessary supplies. I loved it and thought it might meet the needs of someone else too.

These 2 aprons are reversible.

The mod flowers (tan & white) is the same on both sides.

The blue floral is different on each side.

I am listing these in my Etsy store. Check 'em out!

Sunday, May 10, 2009

Quiltsy May Daze~Stop to Play, Shop to Save

The Etsy Quiltsy Team is throwing a May Daze Party!

Do you like word search & word jumble games? You have to check out our game if you do!

We have 35 participating shops! Each has donated a prize for the word find and each is also offering some kind of promotion in their shop! Check out all the details here:

All customers at this week will receive a free gift! I listed several new items that have not been online before, so be sure to check them out!

Here are some of the participating shops (including me) in this treasury!

Saturday, May 9, 2009

Sewing Saturday & Sunday

I am playing with a new quilting technique that I didn't even realize I had the ability to do! Isn't it wonderful when you find out you have options you didn't even know you had?!

I found some awesome large stipple designs online and it hit me that I could, with great patience, quilt a lap quilt, one hoop at a time using my embroidery machine. Now, the hoop-full only takes 6 minutes to quilt, but the loading & unloading from the machine and the re-hooping takes 2 or 3 times that long. But, I really like the look.

I made a scrappy version of a disappearing 9 patch from Fig & Plum charm packs (designed by Joanna Figeroa of Fig Tree & Co for Moda) and had yardage from a previous Fig Tree collection, Folklorique that I used for one of the borders & the backing.

So, that's what I am up to, one hoop at a time! Well that and a few other projects. Does anyone ever work on just one project at a time?

Friday, May 8, 2009

Fiber Friday~Getting back in the groove

Just like Tuesday Tips, I have been lacking in Fiber Friday posting too! So here we are, getting back in the groove!

Today I want to share the coolest fiber art website I have found in QUITE some time.

This website is free to join, and once you join, OH BOY! Plan to hang out with your computer! Free patterns, tutorials, forums, challenges and inspiration at every turn.

I posted about this site a few days ago when I saw the editor tweet about a contest, but the more I poked around the more I wanted to challenge myself to try some new things.

So, take a few seconds to poke around, register & then poke around some more!

Thursday, May 7, 2009

The Sun has decided to shine!

I think Mother Nature forgot to turn her calendar! We have had rain every day in May, i think.

We got a little reprieve this morning, though it is clouding back up & I was able to get some pretty flower pics to share!
These are just some of our blackberries (mmmmm)
These flower on the south wall of the house...the peonies are just about to burst too!
We have an ugly light post at the end of the driveway...these iris' pretty it up a bit!

Wednesday, May 6, 2009

Quiltsy Team May Daze Treasuries

The Etsy Quiltsy Team is having a very cool giveaway next week. Check out all the details on our blog .

Several shops are participating and so that folks can get a feel for the types of items available from the participating shops, team members are creating treasuries to showcase the talent.

Here are 3 treasuries created today. Please click each pic to go to Etsy and leave us a comment!

Tuesday, May 5, 2009

Tuesday Tips~How to cut a FQ

Oh it has been too long since we did Tuesday Tips!
I think I will start with a few easy tips for the beginner to get this weekly tradition restarted.
How to cut a fat quarter.
First, a quick definition. A quarter yard is 9" cut across the width of the fabric (selvedge to selvedge), usually 44/45". A fat quarter is 18" x 22"

To cut a fat quarter, first cut 1/2 yard , 18", across the width of fabric
Points to ponder:
  • Be sure to align the selvedge edges to even. This may require pressing new fold in the center.
  • Believe me, not all bolts of fabric are folded in the dead center. Be sure to keep your fabric grain straight.
  • place the fold of the fabric so that it is straight on the cutting mat. In this pic, the fold is on the bottom grid line.
When you have a nice "squared" half yard, slide your scissors into the fold & cut along the fold.

Let's review...
  • A fat quarter is 18" x 22".
  • cut a half yard...18"x 44"
  • cut the half yard in half on the fold into 2 halves of 18" x 22" each.

You now have 2 pretty Fat Quarters ready to swap, give, or use in your favorite pattern!

Sunday, May 3, 2009

2009 Projects ~ #28 Happiness is 1000 Strips

I have to tell you that I love this quilt! I teetered with keeping it, but I do that with all my quilts. I already have one everywhere one needs to be and a few places they don't, so I am offering this 'lovely' to you!

My blocks are just 4" and each contain an average of 4 strips of fabric. The squares are foundation pieced, so there is another layer of fabric tucked inside you will never see. This extra layer gives a little extra weight to the quilt, and I like a heavier quilt, to know its covering me when I am wrapped up. Also, notice the diamond pattern in the middle of the quilt. There is also a similar block in the quilt's very center.

The quilt is batted with Warm & Natural 100% cotton batting and backed with a funky and colorful 100% cotton batik by Moda.

Click the pic to see more!