Wednesday, July 16, 2014

Christmas in July, Oh yeah!

I have been to a couple of "Christmas in July" events recently. Last Saturday, the Tampa Modern Quilt Guild had our Christmas Party (In July!).
We had a great time. Check out our pictures on our Facebook Page
I have some truly talented guild mates. 
The Christmas in July has me thinking about the upcoming holidays. You know, those that will "be here before you know it". 
These are my families quilted stockings that I made a while back. Do you already have holiday projects lined up???

I am sharing this post on 
 Sew Fresh Quilts
Check out some of the other projects there.
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Wednesday, July 9, 2014

Small Blog Meet

Small Blog Meet

I am very excited to participate in a "Small Blog Meet" organized by Lynne from Lily's Quilts.
 Lily's Quilts

She is a self described Modern British Quilter. Her blog is delightful and she is giving smaller blogs (and bloggers) a chance to meet and connect through her blog.

This is one of her great tutorials. I look forward to visiting many of the blogs on the list.

Thank you Lynne and Welcome to all.

Progress, WIP Here we go, again!

WIP Wednesday

Completed my quilt top Sunday. I used the general principle of Cluck, Cluck, Sew's Strip and Flip Baby Quilt.

I made a few changes, such as adding the solid strip between each print. In this version I cut the solid strips 2 inches and the prints are 2.5 inches. Then, as the name implies, I cut a section and flipped it with a different print strip on either side of the "flipped" section. 
I am linking up with Lee at Freshly Pieced 

There are a lot of projects with links to really good blogs. Check them out. 

Will take it to "Show 'n Tell" at Tampa Modern Quilt Guild on Saturday. Hope they like it. You too. Please leave comments and follow me by email or via Bloglovin. 
Thanks ya'll!!

Wednesday, July 2, 2014

Here We Go AGAIN

I have had a Central Park scrap bag by Kate Spain for Moda Fabrics that I purchased a while back from Southern Fabric. At the time they had an Etsy store but now have a web based store. Ya'll know that I LOVE anything Southern, particularly my home state of Georgia, so this Milledgeville GA shop is one of my faves. 
Anyway, I have been hoarding this scrap bag but have now decided to cut into it and make something. A baby quilt, I think. I plan to make 2 as there are lots of strips in this scrap bag. I divided the scrape into 2 colorways one with the yellow and orange being the predominant colors and another, that I will show later with the green and purple strips. I have paired the yellow/orange strips with Kona solids Butter that is really one "delicious" color (sorry, bad pun).

I am making this one up as I go, as usual, thus, here we go again. LOL. 
Will make this my link for this week at WIP Wednesdays, at Freshly Pieced. I will keep you updated. Maybe someday I'll report the "finish".

Check out these blogs from WIP Wednesday

Monday, June 30, 2014


Finally, THE 100 HST Triangle Pillow Cover!

Wow! What fun to pull this out of the dryer all warm and squishy! It was a lot of work. As much as a quilt, almost. I am happy with the way it turned out if I squint my eyes and don't look too closely! Used orange piping. Orange is, at least for now, my favorite accent color. It measures 16 x 16. Has an envelope back. There are 2 different shades of white, also randomly placed.
Let me know what you think.

 How do you like the "surprise"??

 I found this absolutely, insanely gorgeous tourquoise Gutterman thread in my stash. I do not know on what I originally bought it to use but it was PERFECT!

Thanks for looking. Tell me what you think.
I plan to list in my Etsy store. (Probably this weekend)
Linked to
Anything Goes Monday 6/30/14 
Finish it up Friday.
Shared on 
Show and Tell Saturday
UFO: Is it time to finish it up???

I do not remember when I started this table runner. Over 1 year ago. The main fabric is a homespun and the "squares" are scraps of some of my favorites. 
 I pieced the squares and put together the runner and started on the quilting. I wanted it to be straight lines with lots of different angles.
I got really tired of the quilting and it has been marinating for a year or so. I have debated several times throwing it in the trash. Just not sure. 

The largest square is 6-7 inches. The smaller ones 4-6 inches.
I have a binding picked out in Orange!!
Let me know what you think.

Thursday, June 26, 2014

Shell Box

Shell Box

Small, 3.5 x 3.5 x 2" paper box. Painted in lime green and light blue. Topped with Sea Shells.

Sunday, June 22, 2014

Update on 100 HSTs
Pillow Cover 

It is all sewn together!! 10 rows x 10 columns.
I love surprises don't you :). Look on the right side near the middle.

Now I will layer it. Have to decide how to quilt it. I think stippling would be a good contrast with all of the straight lines, but straight lines are kinda calling me too.

All of the points aren't perfect but I still believe it makes a statement.
Let me know what you think.

Wednesday, June 18, 2014

100, Yes, 100 HSTs

Start with some scraps, I have LOTS of scraps. Make some HSTs. Wow, I think these would make a nice pillow cover. Hmmmm, how many will I need? 10 rows x 10 columns would make a nice size. 
WHAT???? that's 100, YES, ONE HUNDRED HSTs.
Stay Tuned, there may be some surprises!!

Sunday, June 15, 2014

Fabric Bowl

I LOVE making fabric bowls. I use cotton clothesline and use fabric from thrifted clothing that I sanitize with bleach.
 I cut, or usually tear, them into 1.5" strips and wrap the clothesline. Zigzag with about a 5mm wide stitch so that the swing will hit both of the cords.

 Shape as you go by tilting the bowl. I use a glue stick that is washable and acid free (most are) to connect the strips. Important to remember. You need to coil and sew clockwise, left to right and make sure the right side of the fabric is showing when you wrap. I coil the fabric for about 6 inches and then place a pin to hold it in place while I zigzag. 

This method can be used for coasters, bowls. wall hangings and bags. Just modify the shape and the size. I finish off mine with hand picked shells from the West Coast of Florida. I leave about a 6 inch length of the cord and glue it in the desired shape to the bowl with an industrial adhesive. When the glue is dry I use the same adhesive to attach the shell.  

Tuesday, June 3, 2014

Patio Furniture ReDo, A Different Sewing Project

The past few weeks I have been occupied by a "different" type of sewing project. It's really not so different because "Home Dec" sewing was really what brought me to sewing. I have made curtains, draperies, pillows, shams, duvet covers, slip covers, cornice boards, dust ruffles and just about anything you can think of in that regard. I still enjoy it. 
I love the fabric from Fabric Guru. I always go to their clearance section. Some of the fabrics are printed slightly off register but the price is fantastic. These were less than $5.00/yard for great quality outdoor fabric. 
The sofa is a $40.00 Craig's List find. 

The before is pretty boring!!

My Sweet Zoe (aka Bear or ZoeBear (: )
Enjoying the "New" Patio Furniture!!

Sunday, June 1, 2014

On The Go Baby Boy Quilt

On The Go Quilt

This is my version of the Moda Bakeshop Recipe On The Go Baby Boy quilt.
It is for the baby brother of Megan, who received Megan's Buttons and Bows.

 Free motion quilted in a "Square Stipple". Don't know if that is a term or not but that's what I call it.
Please leave comments.

Saturday, May 24, 2014

I Have a Tip for You

I have a tip for you!!

As you have seen, probably a bit too much, I have been working with string quilting projects. I am making the companion to my Friday Finish Quilted Pillow top.
Again I have used the 10" quilt papers Missouri Star Quilt Co.
I love these papers and they are very easy to tear when you shorten your stitch length to 1.5mm. HOWEVER :), when using strips that are very narrow, 1.5 inches of less it can be hard to get things started and on the right track. 

Soo, my great tip is to use scissors to start the process as shown here:

Then, crease the paper on the stitching line and tear the paper away. 
Brilliant, or maybe just obvious!!
First block of the next pillow.
Hope this helps ya'll.

Sunday, May 18, 2014

Star Pillow Finish

Star Pillow Finish!!

You have seen it every step of the way. Here it is FINISHED!
Piped in orange. It will have a mate. Will post when they are together. Love scrap projects. 
If you look carefully you can see scraps from a number of my previous posts!
How many can you find?

Also, I have been pleased and amazed at the response to my entries in the Blogger's Quilt Festival. Thank you to every one who has visited. I would love for you to follow me.

Saturday, May 17, 2014

 Megan's Buttons and Bows

This is my second entry in the Blogger's quilt festival. 
2014 I will enter in the Home Machine Quilted category. 
This was made for a very special young lady. The "Buttons" are machine embroidery for safety and permanence :)
There is one "surprise" block. Yes, it was intentional and I like to do that in many of my quilts. 
This is a great festival. Thanks Amy!!