Wednesday, July 27, 2011

more hidden projects found.

this is a stitchery from a Nancy Halvorsen book.
I collected the entire fabric line that accompanied this book.
I have no idea #1 where the book is or #2 what the book is called!
I need to find it.
and I should finish it!
yeah like every other work in progress.....
I'm trying not to get depressed by the projects I have found,
but rather become inspired that they are half done!
Like I said, I'm trying.

Check this out...
a stack of cracker blocks....
and I found a bunch more blocks cut out.
Turns out I foundation paper pieced these.

there was a good stretch of my quilting life that was devoted to 1930's fabrics could you tell :)
 okay I'm off to work.
It's no picnic right now....
then again, it wouldn't be called work would it?
I have to say that for those of you that actually read my blog,
I have some issues to air or discuss in coming posts.
I have read some things that have sparked a side of me that I didn't want to 'put' out in the quilting/crafting realm.
Is this possible? absolutely.
I feel like I have to clear up a few things before I continue blogging.
More on that real soon.
talk to you later,

Monday, July 25, 2011

a pretty re-discovery

While I have been re-organizing I stumbled on these dresden plate blocks.
I made them about 8 years ago using english paper piecing and applique.

Needless to say, I only made 3.

I sure do love them.
1930's fabrics are one of my favorite.
I think instead of a bed sized quilt, I may just turn these into a table runner.
Just thought I'd share.
Turns out there are about 50 unfinished projects that I either haven't finished or haven't blogged about.
You will be seeing more of these in the next days.....

Sunday, July 24, 2011


12 years today!
Nothing big planned for this year's anniversary.
I am still rearranging my sewing room, as we decided to paint yesterday afternoon.
Nothing fancy...just eggshell this time.
I did make a big breakfast/brunch this morning...our anniversary meal?
Eggs, bacon, hashbrowns and corn muffins....delish.
Now I MUST get back to helping my husband move the furniture back.

I don't expect taking pictures of this re-do until next weekend,
 however I have been running across some pretty nice unfinished stuff in my bins that I am going to share this week.
Have a great Sunday.

Saturday, July 23, 2011

kind of a mess

For the last couple of weeks we have been working on rearranging my sewing/crafting area. 
This is as far as we've gotten. 
With work and children, it's being done an hour here and an hour there.

This is my cutting table.

It's as bad as it looks.
I am sincerely hoping that this will be finished this weekend.
okay, I'm back to organizing :)

Sunday, July 17, 2011

Sunday Stash #14

Ruby by Bonnie and Camille for Moda has squeezed it's way into my studio.
This week I am totally re-organizing my entire sewing and crafting area....
I have to de-stash after this.....
I HAVE to LOL...

Saturday, July 16, 2011

Bustin' My Stash....

In case any of you haven't heard from other bloggers about the newest GO! contest....
I thought I'd share.
To clarify, I don't receive any compensation for sharing....
I have just used my Go! cutter so often to cut hexies, tumblers and circles just from my scraps.
It speeds the process up 10 fold!

So if you'd like to show AccuQuilt how you much stash you need to 'bust'
Click on the following link to participate: or go to AccuQuilt’s Facebook page and click “Like”.
Then go to the ‘Bust My Stash’ tab under their profile picture and upload a picture of your fabric stash. Submit your photo by Friday, July 22nd and you’ll be eligible to win a GO! Mix and Match 12” Starter Set.
{wish I had this!!!}

The photo with the most votes by July 31st wins!
Photos will be voted on by viewers and fans of the AccuQuilt Facebook page using the following criteria: relevance, creativity, and originality.
Share with your friends during the voting period to increase your odds of winning!
Turns out they have over 150 entries now! And are offering a bonus pattern for those of you that have a Go! cutter or are planning on getting one.
In addition. if you click HERE you can sign up for their email notifications and get 22 free patterns to use with the Go! 
I signed up.
I'm also wishing for some new dies for my Go! a 3" applecore...LOL
I'm nuts right? ...{just lookin' for ways to use my stash}

Tuesday, July 12, 2011

Even More English Paper Piecing.... Applecores

In between my vignette hexagon piecing I have been changing it up with english paper piecing 3" applecores.
What do you think?
Am I crazy?
Does anyone want a tutorial on how to piece applecores with this technique?
It's a great prject for busting stash!
Are you up for the challenge?

Sunday, July 10, 2011

Sunday stash #13

Mini Mike's gingham prints by Michael Miller.
 I am in LOVE.
They are slowly working into my Vignette hexie quilt.

 I just can't get enough of them :)

Thursday, July 07, 2011

more hexie progress

Slowly stitching more hexagon flowers for my Vignette hex quilt...
slowly recovering....

Wednesday, July 06, 2011

just want to share....

A few months back I put together some quilty 'kits' for my Mother in law.
It is increasingly difficult for her to use a rotary cutter and such.
I decided to take 4 of my patterns and make kits.

This first quilt is one of those 'kits' and is a pattern by Sweetwater called Make Life 'Sweet'.
 I cut the colorful strips from Sweet Broderie and some Bella white. 
My MIL picked the borders.
It went together quickly for her.

The quilt below is from scraps that I sent her. I am not sure which book she used for this quilt.
 However, it looks a great deal like a quilt in Strip-Smart by Kathy Brown.
I just thought I would share before I take them to the local machine quilter.

Tuesday, July 05, 2011

FFT book signing...

Here I am with Karen and Marilyn.
My friend Karen already posted a picture of the 3 of us at the Fresh Fabric Treats book signing...but I wanted to make sure I kept a blog/journal of this as well.
It is a rare occasion that the 3 of us are together.
All original Ohio friends...we have to travel to South Carolina to meet up?
What's that all about? LOL
We had a blast catching up and buying FABRIC of course.
We are bad for each other..if one likes it then all 3 of us get it just in case.
It's been a cool way for me to expand my likes of fabric I would have never incorporated into a quilt or my stash.
I love those two :)
And here's a peek of my Make Life Wonky Nine Patch quilt top. This was made from the original wonky 9-patches that I used to test my pattern for the book.
 I have a third quilt started as well in French General and it resembles a picnic style quilt instead of a baby or toddler quilt.
The fabric really makes this quilt.
This pattern is versatile in that you could just use a layer cake of prints or mix prints and solids.
If you decide to make a project from Fresh Fabric Treats please join the Flickr group HERE and let us see what your fabric choices are!
I certainly look forward to seeing what you make.

Sunday, July 03, 2011

Sunday Stash #12

Floralious by Michele D'Amore for Benartex.

I bought these prints at the Quilter's Cottage after the book signing (more on that later).
2 of my quilter friends also bought some of this line.
I have no idea what I will make...
I just wanted it in my stash for a future 'something'.

Friday, July 01, 2011

Progress on Hexies

Vignette Hexagons in progress.
This is just a sampling of the fabrics I am using for this project.

So far there is Little Menagerie, Giddy by Sandy Gervais, Denyse Schmidt's Picnic, Bliss by Bonnie and Camille, Sweet Broderie, Plume by Tula Pink, Mini Mike's from Michael Miller and several more.
All happy colors to me and all kitchy scrappy.
I am having surgery on the 5th. This will be my second one of 4 possible surgeries. I am sure that these hexies will keep me busy, plus a little EQ7, and when I am really feelin' good...I am going to work on a tutorial for a new Moda Bakeshop project.
I hope to keep finding interesting things to blog but
In the mean time, enjoy the 4th of July and keep cool.