Sunday, December 7, 2014

Denise's Runaround Sue quilt....

Denise made this quilt as a Christmas gift so I put a panto on it last weekend.  The fabric is Basic Grey (by Moda)--Persimmon.  The panto is a gender neutral one....Blowin' Wind.  I love it!

The pattern is my Runaround Sue and is available here....







That is all the quilting that I've done this fall....LOL.  No time now.  I'm finishing my chalk paint project today and I'll post pics this week...and my EPP project is perking along as well.

Happy Quilting to all of you!



Sunday, November 23, 2014

Winter EPP...rainbow style!

This year has been super busy at work.  I had to sell my prep (teach an extra class) due to overcrowding so I've been bringing lots of work home with me every night...way more than usual.  But on the flip side, it's an extra $55 for every class I teach so....more college money for Ryan!!

Because of this, I put away my sewing machine for a while and I've been doing some more EPP.  This will be a quilt for my classroom in the spring...maybe not this year, but sometime prior to retirement ;-).  The six pointed stars are rainbow from pink to blue (no purple) and the hexagons in between are all various low volume black/white text prints.  I'm really loving how it is turning out.

This pic is of a few arranged on the table, prior to sewing it all together....


I make all the stars and hexies first...I love basting the EPP pieces!!  It is a very scrappy quilt...


Anyhow, that is my hand sewing project.  Perfect for the evenings when we are watching Gracepoint, Psych, Franklin and Bash, CSI, Sons of Anarchy, Hell on Wheels, etc.

Ryan has been super busy with the marching band this year.  They desperately needed tuba players so he switched from the baritone to the tuba at band camp in August.  It was tough for him to carry around the tuba at first, but now he is a rock star at it.  ;-)  He also made the Symphonic Band (Varsity Band) as a freshman and that means a week-long trip to Chicago in the fall to play at one of the big symphony halls.  Awesome!  Here is a pic from a recent marching band show in Chino Hills, CA.....

He looks adorable in his uniform...and did you know that sousaphone is almost five feet tall....here is a pic of him after assembling it in the hallway... He is growing up!!  Bear in mind he just turned 14 and is about 5'10 and weighs 180 pounds!  How does this happen so fast???


Anyhow, outside of working our asses off and toting Ryan around to various performances and Student Council events, we are having a great time.  I've been working on a major chalk painting project and I'll photos of that later this week....hopefully!

Happy Quilting....


Friday, October 31, 2014

Rock Around the Clock Pattern!


I am finally getting around to publishing my fat quarter log cabin pattern, Rock Around the Clock.  I love this pattern because the blocks come together so quickly and the piecing is very forgiving.  It is the perfect quilt for a beginner--and a veteran who wants a quick and easy sewing project.

I've made the quilt four times...the cover, once for my Green Valley charity quilt, once in batiks (yet to be shown) and once in Pam Kitty pastels.  Honestly, because I have such a large stash of fat quarters, it is simple to get together some coordinating fabric and get busy with this quilt!


The cover quilt pattern is made with 17 fat quarters and measures 58" x 58".  However, alternate quilt sizes are available to suit your needs.

You won't be sorry with this pattern--if you've always wanted to try out a basic log cabin pattern, then this is the one for you!  Enjoy...

Available on Craftsy here.

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 Cabin....green 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

More EPP....flowers!!

We went out of town last week so I took along a little English Paper Piecing to do in the car...wow, 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...