Sunday, July 24, 2016

Midnight Mystery Quilt and Sunday Stash

There are so many great QAL's this summer. I really planned on participating in three of them, but I will only be able to participate in Cheryl Brickey's Midnight Mystery QAL @MeadowMist. Fortunately, it spans over several months which is good for my schedule. I have a lot of articles, blog posts and I am working on another children's non-fiction book, through the end of the year. My calendar is very full. I am happy about that to be honest. The down side is that I can't do as much sewing and quilting as I would like.

However, if you are looking for two other QAL's that I would have loved to participate in, see; Yvonne's Snowflake Shimmer QAL @quiltingjetgirl, and
Jess's Star Bright Star Dark QAL @quiltyhabit. Both quilter's are gifted instructors and the quilts are so beautiful. But I will be following their facebook progress and watch all the quilts evolve.

So today I am featuring my fabrics for the Midnight Mystery Quilt @meadowmistdesigns.



Today, I am linking up with Sunday Stash @mollisparkles.

Have a great week, and Happy Quilting!!
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Wednesday, July 20, 2016

WIP Maggie Jane's Quilt Top is Finished

One of my favorite parts of the quilting process is when I put the blocks together in rows, and then the rows together to make the final quilt top.

I am really excited to show it to you. I just finished pressing the top, and I love that it has so many little details in the fabrics. It reminds me of the I Spy books.



When Maggie is older, she will have lots of fun identifying little villages, (see squares above), in one print, flowers in another and music. That is the reason I chose a pattern that would highlight scrappy fabrics like these.





I think I'm going to make a scrappy back too with some orphan blocks from these fabric groups.



Today I am linking up with Let's Bee Social at Sew Fresh Quilts.

Happy Quilting!!

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Monday, July 18, 2016

Product Review - The Big Board

A few weeks ago some of my Monday night quilt friends recommended a great new product to me.

Below is a photo of a typical ironing board.




We all know how the left end tapers to a corner or triangle. That does help when ironing shirts. But it doesn't help at all when ironing fabric yardage.

I have to move the left up to be ironed after I've done the right side. If you are ironing yardage, you always find yourself juggling each side of the fabric to iron it smoothly and equally, across. It never really works out quite right, does it?

But check this out.




Side by side compare and contrast.




This perfect rectangular board fits easily over any standard ironing board.
It's called The Big Board. Clink this link to take you to the web site.  

This makes ironing a breeze. Compare this to......



to this. So much more convenien, and takes less time. 





This product is really helpful and a time saver. Please note: I am not being paid to endorse this product, nor did I get it for free or at a discount.

I hope you like it as much as I do.

Have a great week, and Happy Quilting!!


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Quilt Word Find Game and qn Exciting Announcement

First I am going to start with an apology. Friday I posted a word search game with ten quilting words. I copied and pasted the grid of words on this blog.
I have used this program before, and it always comes out in a perfect square or rectangle, making it a challenge, but not a messy one, to find the words. The hidden words always comes out in some type of straight line, either horizontal, vertical or diagonal, either backwards or forwards.

That didn't happen this time. I'm really sorry. And I finally figured that out when I cut and pasted it into blogger. I tried many different ways to link it so that it would come out correctly, as well. Nothing worked. I have to fix the grid manually, and that's one of the many problems related to using Blogger.

Below is the very messy answer key, which I didn't intend for my readers. It's hard to figure out where the words actually line up.






This is the first experimental quilting word game I have posted. I will most likely do it again, in the middle of the next month. It won't have the sloppy look, in the first photo above.

Again, sorry it didn't quite work out as I thought it would. But as I always say, I have to try new things to challenge myself, thee blog, and we learn from mistakes, such as this one.

That brings me to a big announcement. During the next several weeks, this blog will be migrating to WordPress. I am really looking forward to uploading images and videos, which I haven't always been able to do successfully with Google Blogger.
Additionally, I will soon be adding baby quilts, Christening blankets, dish towel sets, table runners, place mats and napkins for sale. I will do custom orders, as well as those I make and post. I am not going to open an Etsy shop, but exploring opening a shop on Craftsy. 


All of this will most likely happen after the new blog is up and running, by the end of August, hopefully. If I can sell them on the blog using PayPal or a similar pay service through the blog, I will. If not, there will be a web site specifically for that.

Additionally, I will still offer custom quilts to those who would like to commission one from me. Prices will depend on the sizes of the quilt, the difficulty of the pattern, and the cost of the fabric purchased for the project.
Lots to look forward too!! Stay tuned!!
Happy Quilting!!

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Friday, July 15, 2016

Quilt Word Game

Today I thought I'd mix it up a bit. 

Below is a word search puzzle with ten quilting words in it.


E D S S Z I V Z K G M J U E Y
Y K E E Q X H A N T V T A X L
Y Y A B L E I I R Y O T Q Y L
J R B C G V L H T S P U L I O
O X O R R P E T F E W R P X R
I Y A T P E X D M A Q R A M Y
W I I I G X Y H G M W B F W L
N K T V O V G A I E J W G H L
T S C N U R R G L P P V H I E
B V J G D I A Y F W H U E Q J
D Y S K T J W Z L J U M G E Z
A P P L I Q U E I Q T O B I A
S U T H S P F U X G T Q A K E
X T S B E Q J I X C Y W R V H
S E R A U Q S M R A H C R X E


APPLIQUE
CHARMSQUARES
GRAIN
JELLYROLL
LAYERCAKE
SELVEDGE
STIPPLING
WARP
WEFT
YSEAM


I'd like to do this once a month with a different sewing related theme. I may throw in a crossword or word scramble. You can copy and paste your answers into the comment box, but you don't have to. 

What I would like to know is, would you like to see something like this on my blog once a month? Please let me know in the comment box. 

If it's too easy or hard, let me know that as well.

Sometimes we need a quickie break from sewing, pressing, or ripping out a seam. These words games keep our brains sharp, and are a fast diversion, with no mess. 

I will post the answer on Monday. 

Good luck and have fun with it!!  

Have a great weekend and Happy Quilting!!
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Wednesday, July 13, 2016

WIP Maggie Jane's Baby Quilt

I am making a lot of progress on Maggie Jane's quilt. She was born on July 1st and am happy to share, she is a healthy, beautiful baby. Mom and Dad are doing great. Her grandparents, also my cousins, are in love with her.


The colors of the baby's room are lavender and gray. I decided to go for a scrappy nine patch pattern. Maggie's mom loves art and my sense is that she will love finding some of the little surprises in these fabrics, which I will share in detail, during the big reveal. 









Each finished block is 9 1/2" by 9 1/2". Both mom and dad love music. Maggie's dad is actually in the music business. So there are quiet a few prints with music notes in them.







All the blocks are squared up and ready to sew together. The first row is already finished. I am hoping to have the top together by the end of Sunday.

Today I am linking up with Sew Fresh Quilts at Let's Be Social.

Hope everyone's having a great summer. And please leave a comment in the comment box about what you are working on. I would love to hear about it.

Check back on Friday, July 15 for a special quilting surprise that will post once a month here. It's a lot of fun, and I hope you enjoy it!!

Happy Quilting!!


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Monday, July 4, 2016

Happy July 4th

July 4th has always been a very special holiday for me. I love the fireworks, bar-b-ques, getting together with family and friends to share stories and laugh. Seeing how the kids have all got bigger since last year's celebration.

So many special memories. When I was a kid in camp, color war usually began around July 4th. I love to swim in a lake. In the Adirondacks, it the lake would just be warm enough for me to swim lots of laps.

Please tell me what are your favorite July 4th memories or traditions in the comment box.

It's also so special because we celebrate out freedom as U.S. citizens. I am so thankful to all those who help keep us safe; the Military, Police, Firemen and Firewomen, EMS, First Responders and so many more. I've seen many more stories about dogs that assist all of these amazing people. I want to thank every one of them and there families. I am so grateful.

Happy July 4th!!

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