October 26, 2007
October 24, 2007
October 23, 2007
October 22, 2007
I made another BB Bag! The designer calls this one a Big BB. It is aprox. 7" x 8 1/4". Not what I would call big but guess it is bigger then the Teeny one (it is the purple one I posted about earlier). I love to make these bags and this one is my favorite one so far! I wanted to incorporate three different fabrics so I pieced the front flap. I will be teaching this class at a LQS. So fun!You can find info on this pattern here.
Today I also worked on a sample for a Free Form Machine Quilting class. I will post a picture of it when I get the binding sewn down and the blue marker washed out. It's been a busy but fun day!
October 20, 2007
October 16, 2007
I put in my post last Friday that I felt like there was so much stuff I was taking for my weekend class with Diane Gaudynski. I wondered if I was taking too much. I took a photo of the luggage cart before I loaded up the car Monday morning. Yep, that is a lot of stuff for one gal for three days away from home. I believe I used most of what I took over the course of the weekend so I guess I packed well! Of course I took more home then I brought! I ended up with some wool and silk batting, fabric, and different types of thread that wanted to come home with me.
Diane's classes are always a treat. She is not one to evade you questions as to how she accomplishes her different designs or effects. She is very giving of her knowledge, and brings a lot of samples for her students to study. The first sample here is what I did in class. Just remember, these are class samples, not completed works. There is a lot of goofs mixed in. This photo shows another free form frond and what is called a Ripple Stipple. The Ripple Stipple is fun to do and adds a different texture to backgrounds.
Next is a free form feather. In the first class I took with Diane she showed us how to do free form feathers. I was horrible at it. My attempts were very discouraging. This time around Diane showed a different way to approach them and I was able to at least quilt something that looked like a feather! I have heard of and even participated in "Happy Dances" before, but I really wanted to get up and do a "Feather Dance" in class after I was able to quilt feathers. I was soooo excited. Of course they aren't perfected yet, but at least you can tell that they are feathers.
In my hotel room each night I set up my Featherweight and sewed away. I have been working on blocks for a Paducah Nine Patch quilt for years (made with 5" squares of fabrics that you cut, sew, slice and resew). It is a project that I took with me different places, but rarely worked on it at home. I had 18 blocks to finish and I did it! Now to get the blocks put together in a quilt top!
I worked on a couple more BB Bags and sewed some on one of my newest projects, My Piece Of Heaven blocks. I think I have mentioned before that I am doing a blue scrappy quilt. I found the pattern on Bonnie Hunter's web site I will show photos when I have more progress on it.
All in all, I had a wonderful quilting retreat! Now to find time to implement what I learned!
October 15, 2007
This is a sample of a free form frond (the leaf looking motif), Diane Shiko (the interlocking circle shapes), rocks, and part of some free form feathers. The thread used is silk, the blue lines are from a wash out marker. I have more pictures to share with you but blogger is not downloading photos very well right now. I will share more with you tomorrow...if blogger lets me that is! I had a great time this weekend and learned so much. I was able to do a a lot of sewing in my hotel room each night, so of course that was a lot of fun too. I will show photos of that tomrrow too!
October 12, 2007
October 10, 2007
I had a lot of fun making this Teeny BB Bag. I got the pattern this past weekend at Lolly's Fabrics in Shipshewana. I am trying to decide what classes to teach the next quarter at a LQS, and this may be one. I haven't totally decided yet. I want to make a few more before I decide. Once I figured out the directions the assembly went pretty quickly. Of course I had to make a few changes from the original directions. There are three different sizes of little purses in this pattern put out by Brookshire Design Studio. There are two zippered compartments and three pockets in this little purse. I added iron on Velcro because I like the flap to close and it wouldn't lay down flat on it's own. I think I like it. It would be great when you are on a power shopping trip and you just need the essentials. hmmmmm Maybe I need to do some power shopping soon?
October 9, 2007
It's all about Fours.
4 jobs I've had
Cookies By Design Store Owner
K-mart - various positions - I even ran the blue light specials - remember those?Jack's Carry Out
4 films I could watch over and over
4 places I have lived
4 favorite foods
4 places I'd love to be right now
I don't have children, but the names I like:
October 8, 2007
My non-quilting friend, Char has asked me if I will ever blog about something that isn't quilt related. Here it is Char! Middlebury is a neighboring town. There are treasures to be found there too. One such treasure will be mailed off to my Mother-in-law. We took her to the Shipshewana area once when she was visiting us. She bought some Yoder's Pork Rinds and claimed they tasted just like the ones she had when she was a girl. She says they are even better if you pop them in the microwave and warm them up just a little. I will just have to take her word for that! The only place we can find them for her now is in a little grocery store in Middlebury. She will be happy when she receives her surprise package in the mail.
My absolute favorite place to go to in Middlebury is Essenhause. There is a wonderful hotel, great shops, yummy bakery, and a fantastic restaurant there.
At the restaurant you have two choices. You can eat a family style all you want to eat meal or choose from a menu. We chose to eat the family style meal this time. Wish I would have had my camera with me. You would be licking your lips right about now and wishing you were there too. We had chicken, baked steak, dressing, mashed potatoes, gravy, noodles, homemade bread, corn and of course dessert. The dessert ended up going home with us as our tummy's were just to full to enjoy it there. My DH loves their Chocolate Raspberry pie, so he brought one of those home too. Yum!
October 6, 2007
There are the neatest quilt stores in Shipshewana. The first one I went to was Lolly's. I told DH that I was looking for snow fabric and sky fabric for my Christmas blocks. Well, you know the divide and conquer theory? I was looking, stroking and drooling over possible fabric purchases and DH comes up to me. "I found what you want over here!" He says with a great big smile on his face. I assured him I would get over to see them in a minute. When I got over to the other side of the store sure enough, he found blue sky fabric that would be great for my quilt. I loaded up his outstretched arms with about four bolts of fabric. I heard some reproduction fabrics calling my name. I added a couple more bolts to DH's outstretched arms. I found some "snow" fat quarters. We got in line at the cutting table and then paid for the much needed fabric. After that great feat we had a wonderful fresh from the oven pretzels. The pretzel's at Jo Jo's don't even come close to the ones you can get at the mall - they are sooooo good! While we were eating that wonderful pretzel I looked at DH and said, "You know, I'm not finished at Lolly's." He had this surprised look on his face. I had found what I was looking for, what else did I need? I had to explain that I hadn't had a chance to look, to explore. I don't know if he really understood, in fact I know he didn't. We walked around at different stores and I went back to Lolly's while DH went to a nearby antique store to while away his time while I explored. I found a pattern that called my name. It is the BB Bag one in the photo. I have hopes that this would make a good class for me to teach. Now I have to find time to make one soon to find out. Tomorrow I will tell you about Yoder's Dept. Store and Essenhause at Middlebury. It is past my bedtime, and I am in the Worship Team in the early service at church tomorrow morning. Good night!
It made me smile when I read that Bren
gave me my first blogging award. Thanks Bren! She has been very kind to me since I have entered the blogging world. She has given me guidance that has been much appreciated! Thanks Bren! This award of course comes a stipulation (isn't there always?). The award winner is to do a meme using the letters of our name to describe ourselves. Hmmmmm here it goes:
M - material girl (although we call it fabric these days)
A - amiable
R - resourceful
I - innovative
L - loving
Y - yardage (there is lots of it in my stash)
N - needle in hand
That was hard to do! Now I am to tag some of my blogging friends that make me smile. Well, since I am the new kid on the block I have one friend that I can truly award this to: my friend Charlene Tag your it Char!
October 4, 2007
October 3, 2007
It was a beautiful Fall day, and I was able to take advantage of it. I spent the afternoon sewing in my Gazebo. My flowers aren't as pretty at this time of year, but I still like being outside. My regular sewing area is in the basement. No windows. I set up my sewing area and sewed away. My Featherweight is the perfect machine for outdoor sewing. It doesn't take up much room on the card table. It is so much fun to sew on that little machine. Today I worked on what I call Crumb Blocks. Some call them Mile a Minute Blocks, but since many of the fabric scraps are small they feel more like crumbs to me. I save my scraps from quilting projects. I can't help it. The way I look at it, I spent just as much money on the scraps as I did the fabric in the quilt, so why not use them? I also like Crumb Blocks because they are mindless sewing. I don't have to worry about what size something is or if I have the right color. I sew the crumbs and strips together until I can cut a 8 1/2" square block out of it. Why 8 1/2" block? Because that is the size of my ruler. Mindless. I like that at times!
October 2, 2007
I found a new notion to help with my hand quilting today. I found that by putting Nexcare Absolute Waterproof First Aid Tape on my right index finger it was easier to pull the needle through the fabric. I used Kona Cotton as the background fabric for my Marie Webster quilt. Kona Cotton is wonderful to use as a background for hand applique, but it can be difficult to hand quilt through as it is a heavy fabric. I had been using a product called Finger Cots to help me pull the needle through the fabric. They worked well, but were easily torn by the tip of the needle. The first aid tape worked great and is very heavy duty. On the hand that rests underneath the quilt I put electrical tape on my index finger. I can still feel the needle hit my finger underneath the quilt, but it helps protect my finger from the needle point. I did try the first aid tape on my index finger under the quilt today too. It worked OK, but I think I prefer the slicker electrical tape. Are there other ideas for neat hand quilting notions out there?
October 1, 2007
The picture isn't the best, but you get the idea!