Sunday, October 5, 2014

Green Valley HS stuff...

School started and I've been sooo busy that I've barely had time to sew.  I did have to make a quilt for the band Pasta Dinner and Silent Auction.  The quilt is my new log cabin pattern, Rock Around the Clock, done in the high school's colors--kelly green and blue.  There is also a gift basket...the theme for this package is "Family Night--Green Valley HS Style".  There are mugs, mug rugs, a game, puzzle, candy, snacks, a movie, etc....all the stuff you'd need for a nice family night.

Here is the pic...a little blurry, sorry!

And here are some belated pics from a quilt that Denise made....Baby Butterflies in GVHS colors for her classroom.  I quilted it at the end of the summer, but didn't get the photos together until now.

Allover swirls...easy peasy!  It is baby quilt size...36" x 40", I believe...

This will look great in her classroom!!  Long live the green and the blue!!  Happy quilting!

Sunday, August 24, 2014

Another Log and navy!

I've decided to name this log cabin pattern Rock Around the Clock....and this is the third one I've made!  I love the green, navy and gray combo....excellent and modern ;-)  It measures about 59" x 59".

The panto was called One Cloudy Day and I thought it was perfectly neutral...lots of texture, but gender neutral.  I tend to lean heavily towards girly quilts and it was mentioned that more boyish quilts on some covers might sell more patterns.  So I'll give it a try...

I got the idea for Rock Around the Clock from the clock fabric in the center of the blocks.  And since with a log cabin you go 'round and 'round, it seemed like a good fit.  Once I get it bound and some cover pics taken, the pattern will be released!  Yeah....I'll keep you posted.  Happy quilting!

Tuesday, August 5, 2014


We went out of town last week so I took along a little English Paper Piecing to do in the, it is amazing what you can get done when you focus for a few hours.  The night prior to leaving I penciled cut lines on the back of my 2.5" strips so that I could cut hexies in the car...what you see in the box is what was leftover after I basted a ton of these things! I must have cut out a few hundred fabric hexies...

Then I got basting a bunch....six of the same fabric for the outside of the flowers and one for the center.  I was making little piles and stuffing them in plastic baggies.  You can see all that I basted and some flowers that I had previously finished.... I love the basting part ;-)

I've got no idea of what I'm making.  ???  Hmmm...I just keep going.  Fun, huh??

I'm still working on the 3rd sample quilt for my fat quarter log cabin quilt.  I'll show a block pick tomorrow when I get one done.  My son has been out of town at a Student Council retreat so I've been slacking on my sewing (we typically watch some Sci Fi  TV and I sew like a mad woman--right now I'm lost without him!).  But I'll try to focus tomorrow....

Boo hoo...two weeks until teachers return to school in Las Vegas.  ;-(  Big weepy tears....

But only 1,039 days until retirement :-)

Happy Quilting!

Sunday, July 27, 2014

Vintage Featherweight Seam Guide and Cleaning Kit

My friend Maria sells these cute little acrylic guides for Featherweights.  Her husband works with acrylic and he made her a bunch for her Etsy store "My Gramas Inspiration".  They have a dainty little lace pattern on the back so your Featherweight will look cutie patootie at sew-ins or retreats.  Check it out...

She pointed out that is fully adjustable--see the cut out in the middle?  1/4" or 1/2"...whatever!!  How cool...

But she also sells these ever-so-handy Featherweight Cleaning Kits.  Look at all the goodies you get in your kit:  3 mini screwdrivers, two extra bobbins, a long pair of tweezers, a cleaning brush, an oiler and some grease!  Did you know your featherweight needed grease--and where to put it??  Well, Maria does, and this kit was put together by her and her Engineer husband to assist her when she took her machine to sew-ins.  It has everything you need to keep you Featherweight in tip top shape.  You can see them in her Etsy store.

That oiler is worth everything, in my opinion....and ready to install grease??  Awesome!!

So I picked up a set from her directly, but you can check out her Etsy store and get your own ;-)  You'll be happy you did!  Happy Quilting...

Friday, July 25, 2014

Practice quilt....

I'm working on a log cabin quilt from fat quarters...for a new pattern, of course.  This was the first try--all in Pam Kitty fabrics.  I love the look of it!

And an up close shot of the quilting.  The panto is called Daisies and Loops and it is one I hadn't done before.  Quite adorable, if I may say....

I'm working on a second version in batiks--half lights and half darks--to see how that turns out.  The pattern is written, but I need a cover quilt.  Or two...who knows!  Anyhow, I'm just sewing today--I hope you are as well.  Happy Quilting!

Wednesday, July 23, 2014

Buttercup quilt class ;-)

Yesterday I taught my Buttercup quilt pattern at a local quilt shop, The Christmas Goose.  I had five students and we had a great time cutting out the blocks, then eventually sewing.  All in all, it was a good day.  This was the first quilt class I've ever taught and these ladies made it easy peasy!  Here are some pics of the finished blocks....

And here are pics of the students while they worked.  They were so was like a final exam during Algebra!  Very serious....LOL....

They were such a nice group of couldn't have been better!  Thanks so much for being great students!!!  I also discovered that teaching someone quilting is far more enjoyable than teaching math...who would have thought???  LOL...

I also brought my recently quilted Buttercup toddler quilt that I did in Riley Blake fabrics--Saddle Up, I believe.  Once it is bound, it will go in my Etsy shop.

The panto was Spring Garland, I believe....easy and fast!

Anyhow, that is all for today.  I'm working on a new pattern so I'll post more later this week.  Happy Quilting!

Thursday, July 3, 2014

The Hustle Quilt Pattern is Available!

I love to buy precuts and this is a pattern that is perfect for layer cake squares and charm squares, or fat quarters!  It only requires thirty 10" x 10" squares and thirty pairs of matching 5" x 5" charm squares, plus background fabric.  If you have a large stash of fat quarters, you can pick 15 of them and cut your own squares.

The cutting is easy and with some clever piecing and seam pressing, you will find that all of your blocks nest together nicely for the final assembly.  This quilt could be made bigger or smaller by adjusting the number of layer cake and charm squares you use.

As the blocks come together at the end, you will find a secondary pattern is created by the corners--a modern "plus" sign.  Some really great quilting in those areas would make this quilt shine ;-)

No special rulers are required.  You will also find a coloring diagram in the pattern.

The pattern is available in PDF form on Etsy or Craftsy.  Happy Quilting!