Thursday, January 19, 2017

Microwave Bowl Potholders

I made a bunch of Microwave Bowl Potholders for gifts this year, so couldn't show these before the holidays. They are fast and easy to make...just make sure you use 100% cotton fabric and batting.

I finished the new More Peas in a Pod class model recently too. It's fun to have a new version to play with. I will be teaching Beginning Quilting using this model later this month.

Monday, January 16, 2017

Family Sewing Day...2016

We like to have a sewing day over the holidays while my sister Nancy is visiting from Canada. She and Deb are social sewers and only sew with us. Deb finished her jelly roll race quilt that she started last winter this year when we met by making and sewing on the binding. She is so excited to have it finished!
 Nancy was working hard to finish the quilt she only works on during her visits here...she began it in Jan. 2011. She came to one of my sampler clubs the night after she got in so she could get started and worked all day on sewing day. She finished it a few days before she left. It's gorgeous!
Dec. sewing day
 She left it here so I'm going to take it to be quilted and she will finish by binding it next year.

 Sharon worked on a Summit Pack. She had it all cut out before she came and got most of it finished before she left.
She finished it a few days later and made another one! I love them both!

 Wendy did some beading projects and Mom visited. She recently finished her sewing day quilt from a few years ago and just got it back from the quilter. She will be binding it soon!
I worked on the hanging sleeve for my Quilters Quilt the Blues Challenge quilt and helped the others. My challenge quilt was chosen as a finalist, so I've sent it off to be judged. Hope to hear back soon!

 Dad was around for moral support and opinions...can't do it without him! My nieces had to work, so weren't able to join time!

I've been trying to get caught up and want to start writing the patterns for the new Sampler, Optical Illusions.

Friday, December 9, 2016

Bluebird is finished.

 Details on the class will be coming soon.

 Love the quilting that Cut Up and Quilt did. I bound it with the border fabric.

Tuesday, December 6, 2016

Love some more Mirages!

Susan B
 I had a good time on Saturday working with a fun group of quilters that wanted to make the Mirages quilt. They came prepared with fabric squares cut, so we could start right in on cutting our circles and sewing them back together. Lots of pretty fabrics and great attitudes made it a fun day.

 As you can see, some very creative minds at work here. Different color choices always inspire us all.



This is another quilt in the Circle and Spin series. It's a little more organized that some of them, and not as many cuts, but I still used not so perfect circles. The challenge quilt I recently completed was another one in the series with many more cuts and more muted fabrics. I like the way it turned out as well, thought it's definitely a different take on this type of quilt than I usually do. I will be posting pictures of it soon.

Friday, December 2, 2016

Mirages again

 Deb N. recently sent me this picture to show me her finished quilt. She only used four different fabrics, which makes for another interesting design. I'm teaching the techniques for the Mirages quilt tomorrow at Cut Up and Quilt so I'm excited to see what the new students come up with.

I finished the Challenge quilt label last night. I plan to sew it on tonight (or soon). This one has kept me thinking the whole time and at some points I didn't know if I liked it. Does that ever happen to you? I guess it has to go through the ugly stage before Now I can go on to working on the new sampler and finishing the mystery quilt for upcoming classes. 

Tuesday, November 22, 2016

Bluebird is ready to fly...or at least to quilt!

 I sewed the borders on Bluebird last night and love how it looks with the quilt. I used the same fabric as I had used on the triangles that straighten it up top and bottom. As you can see, it's Conrad approved.
 Smokey is still deciding.
I love this teal batik and pieced a back out of it for the quilt. I can't wait to get it quilted. 
I will get some cat less pictures later. He really didn't want to get off!

Sunday, November 20, 2016


 I've been working on the Bluebird quilt from the Marci Baker book, Not Your Grandmother's Log Cabin and it's ready for the borders. I love it and hope to get them sewn on and the backing made today, so hopefully more pix tomorrow! You can see by the pictures that you sew this quilt together in vertical rows, then sew the rows together. It really goes pretty quickly once you get the pieces cut. I love it because I could use lots and lots of batiks! It is a great one for using up stash in lights, mediums and darks.
 When I teach the class in Feb. it will be taught in a mini retreat style class...we will meet on Friday night for several hours to get some of the cutting out of the way, and then come back on Saturday all set up and ready to sew. I think it will be fun and everyone will get lots accomplished.
Ignore the orphan block laying in the lower left corner. That block lives on the design didn't make the cut on one of the samplers and has no home.

I received my Quilting the Blues 2016 Challenge quilt back from the quilter last weekend. She really listened to my vision for the quilting, added some ideas of her own and it turned out great. I spent some time this week deciding on the binding and sewed it on yesterday morning before class. Now for the task of hand-sewing it down. If the quilt is chosen as a finalist, I will have to put a hanging sleeve on it before I can send it, so I am debating whether or not I should do it now so that I could sew one end of  it into the binding. But that might jinx it. Still haven't decided. I have to have it entered by Dec. 1, so I need to get it finished soon so I can take some pictures.