Sunday, August 19, 2012

it started with the fabric

Many projects do...start with the fabric.
For this wall hanging,
I happened to have a charm pack of Give Thanks by Deb Strain for Moda.
You can get a charm pack of Give Thanks HERE, HERE or HERE 

I layed a few pieces on my design wall and pinned it here and there.
Then I went to my EQ program and made the 'block'.
It's a BIG block.
Do you design in EQ or graph paper?
I do both when designing but for this quilt, I just used EQ.

This is a picture of the half square triangle units and stems sewn.

And the completed top.
It's not a great picture, however I can be bad about taking pictures.
I feel lucky I made this many LOL.
It's about 34 1/2" square.
I am taking it to my quilter this weekend...
maybe I will get it back before Thanksgiving???

Saturday, August 18, 2012

Canning - THE obsession

Since my 'little' mistake about our tomato crop this year,
we have been swamped with ripe tomatoes.

Not that, that is a bad thing.
I am really liking the challenge of canning this year.
I felt a bit as though I needed a break from sewing and quilting.
I know,
Did I just type that?
yep, I did.
I need a break.
Having said that, I have finished quilt tops that I have sent to my quilters
 with the intention that my mojo will come back!

In the mean time, canning is the new obsession.
I have a couple of canning magazines
with a list of food I want to can.
I am trying to figure out what is the best organization of the weekends to accomplish this list.
I have canned during the week too...
I told you, it's an obsession!

Here are my first diced tomatoes.

I am proud of these guys :)
and here is my list for this fall,
well so may be expanded depending on my success
  • tomato sauce
  • spaghetti sauce
  • ketchup
  • salsa
  • applesauce
  • apple pie filling
  • champagne blush jelly
  • raspberry jam
  • roasted garlic pasta sauce
wish me luck ;)

Sunday, August 05, 2012

Sunshine and Lollipops

I am very excited to share
that I will be teaching a quilting class at

Saturday, August 11
 10:00am -1:00pm
to kick off
Sarah's Sewcial Lounge
I have created a quilt just for them titled:

Sunshine and Lollipops

55" x 60 1/2"

It is all part of the 2nd Annual
Sweet Treat Extravaganza Anniversary Sale at J'Ellen's!
August 7 - 11, 2012

The class will be limited to
six participants and will be filled on a first paid first come basis.
Please call or stop in the store for greater details:
J'Ellen's House of Fabric
5259 Mayfield Road
Lyndhurst, Ohio 44124

I hope to meet you there!

Wednesday, August 01, 2012

Sometimes I need simple...

like simple 9-patches.
I cut into some of my Mini Muu stash and various 1930's Old New fabrics.
2 1/2" squares....
divided into
light and darks.

Sewed them into simple 9 patches....
just 6 inch finished.
At this point I am going to let them 'rest'....
I've auditioned several fabrics for sashing...
I haven't decided yet.
more pics if I do...