Monday, August 17, 2015

A Great Line

Did you ever fall in for with a fabric line and you just HAD to buy it and make something out of it? Yes, I've bought fat quarter towers which are pretty pricy but I find that once I use part of it to make a project, it ends up languishing as a "been-there, done-that" line. I've been buying Jelly Rolls and Layer Cakes from Missouri Star Quilt Company through their "daily deal" and using their Friday You-Tube tutorials to make quilt tops. I'm loving them!

My latest is this one made with an older line I found recently at HollyHill Quilt Shoppe: Minik and Simpson's "Prairie Paisley II". Red, white and blue is classic but their addition of beige, tan and light blue really makes this line shine!

Missouri Star's pattern here is "Flutterby" and it's a snap to put together. The Jelly Roll makes a cute little quilt but I wanted something bigger so I found  a couple of yards online to use for the border and every last scrap of the jelly roll to make the interim border of little squares with white to make a queen-sized quilt.

I think I'll have this one custom quilted--it's a keeper for sure!!

Wednesday, August 12, 2015

Trade License Plates With Me?

You can see by the last couple of posts I'm rather obsessed with the Row By Row Experience. There's just something about getting a free pattern at a shop I didn't even know existed! My hubby and I just returned from a 3,246-mile road trip though 7 states and while I didn't stop at EVERY quilt shop, I did hit the ones that had great rows (you can see most of them on Facebook by searching for "(your state) Row By Row Experience").

I always buy something in each shop, it's only fair when they've gone through the trouble of designing a row and printing the pattern out for you just for the asking! One thing I love is the "license plates" almost every shop has. Such clever sayings on them!

I really want to trade license plates with people from other states--(they're made of fabric, not metal!) If you would like to trade one from a state other than CA, NV, UT, MT, WY, WA or OR, leave a comment at the end of this blog post or send me an email.

I found a wonderful pattern at a shop in Philomath Oregon (JanniLou Creations near Corvallis) and plan to make a quilt for my car with it. Is that cute or WHAT??!!!

Happy Quilting Everyone!!

Monday, July 13, 2015

Rewards For My Row By Row

For those of you who have an inkling to join the Row By Row experience, ( there IS a reward: If you put a quilt together with at least 8 rows, bound and labeled, and are the first to turn it in to one of the 2,500 quilt shops in the U.S participating in this fun event through September 8th, you will win what I won last week: 25 fat quarters!!!

Here's my quilt, from rain-strapped California, with a poem I made to go with its rainbow theme: Rain, rain, Come and Stay, Send a Rainbow, Make My Day!
These rows are from quilt shops in order:
Meissner's, Sacramento CA
Thistle Dew, Fair Oaks, CA
New Moon Textiles, Pasadena CA
Fabric Garden, Sacramento CA
Thimble Town, Visalia CA
Totally Tina's Quilt Shop, Porterville CA
Quilter's Paradise, Clovis CA (left)
Calico Mermaid, Porterville CA (right)

Monday, June 29, 2015

Row By Row By Row!

Boy do I LOVE the Row By Row Experience!! You've heard of it, haven't you? 2,500 quilt shops across the U.S. and Canada are participating from June 21st through September 8th. Go to any participating shop and receive a FREE pattern for the row they've designed. They will all measure about 9" x 36" and the theme this year is "H20". Many of the shops have kits to make their row and these wonderful fabric 'license plates' you can incorporate into quilts. Some have the theme fabrics designed just for this event.

If you make a quilt with at least 8 rows, quilt it, bind it and put a label on it and are the first person to turn it in to the shop of your choice, you win 25 fat quarters!

I happened to be on a road trip from southern California to Sacramento the weekend it started and collected 8 rows along the way. I've made 5 of the rows already!!!

Go to Facebook and search "Row By Row Experience" and you'll see a lot of the shops and their rows. There's an interactive map of EVERY quilt shop participating so you can search near where you live or where you'll be traveling this summer. I guarantee you'll find shops you never knew were there!

Happy Quilting!!

Monday, May 4, 2015

Never Tried This Before!

When was the last time you tried something with fabric that you'd never tried before? I mean really challenged yourself? I did just that recently and while it was a struggle that I nearly gave up on several times, I kept coming back to it and finally succeeded, at least to my own satisfaction. It all started with this photo of my adorable daughter and her wife taken on New Year's Eve. . .
 My first thought was to make an 8x10 'glossy' and frame it. But I decided I wanted to do something better than that. I made copies, colored them with colored pencils, played around with them, used fusible web for each of the dozens of little pieces that make up the shadows and highlights of their faces and came up with this:
 When I gave it to them, they positively lit up!! They LOVED it! They wanted to see just what the process had been and set up this photo, which I love. I encourage you to try something new. You might just make someone very happy and that someone might be YOU!!

Monday, August 4, 2014

Baby Twister

It's sure been a long time since I've posted. We've been traveling so I haven't been producing much from my sewing room. Then I got the time to make a few things but I was out of the habit of writing in the blog. Excuses, excuses.

My husband's cousin's daughter Nicole is expecting her first baby--it's a boy--in mid-September. I was in the process of making yet another 'Lil Twister quilt using the irresistibly colorful "Hubba Hubba" line by Moda and thought it would work perfectly--with a  couple of yards of baby blue Minkee!

(This photo was taken before I quilted it and wrapped the Minkee around to the front for a cozy 1" binding. Of course I forgot to take a photo of the finished product before I mailed it off today!)

But. . . how do you like it?!

Ironing Board Cover Challenge

It's been ages since I've posted and I'm sorry for that. We were traveling and I wasn't sewing so I didn't have anything new to post. Then, I sort of got out of the rhythm of posting--I'll bet you know how that goes.

So, I was checking out Judy's Design Wall Monday and found  the blog, Jo's Country Junction which issued an ironing board cover challenge! I can't tell you how long I've been wanting needing a new cover! About 5 years ago I bought a wonderful, extra-wide ironing board (at Costco) with an attached shelf for my iron. It's very sturdy and strong and I love it!
 The cover is now stained and has a couple of punctures that about to turn into rips to say nothing about the fusible web "oopsies". Try as I might, I couldn't find a cover to replace mine--they're all too small! I even called the company that made the ironing board but it's out of business.

Jo's blog was the "kick in the butt" I needed! Immediately after reading her blog, I went into my sewing room, pulled some fabric from my extensive stash, removed my dingy and tired cover and used it as a pattern (cut 3 1/2" wider all the way around), sewed a casing, inserted 3/8" elastic and put the new cover directly over the old (and wonderfully padded) one! Took less than an hour!! If I'd known it would only take that long and would be that successful, I'd have done it AGES ago!

Thank you, JO!!!