Friday, August 28, 2015

Patchwork of the Crosses update

Two rows completed with borders.
I have all the blocks made and have decided to add the borders as I go. Border is English Paper Pieced as well, and I am loving the way everything "fits" and lays flat, not always the case with my machine piecing. Who am I kidding, it's seldom the case with my machine piecing, unless it's machine paper fundation piecing.
I am pleased with the red sashing, red is becoming my new neutral. The block borders are scrappy shirtings.
This is a long shot across my design wall, and below is a close up. The pesty white like is the pull cord for my light that I keep forgetting to pin out of the way.

I have started the process of hand quilting another EPP project that I have been putting off quilting until retirement. Retirement is here and time at last to finish this quilt.
Doing the Baptist Fan pattern and for once tracing the pattern on to the top before basting the sandwich together. This was one of my Mom's favorite patterns to hand quilt. She used a cardboard strip she cut holes in and a pencil to mark her fans, and quilted on a quilt frame that hung from the ceiling in her living room. She let me quilt on a few of her quilts with her, but I have a feeling she ripped out my stitches when I left. I do remember her look when I called it a Baptist Fan, no she would say. It's a fan pattern, not a Baptist Fan, hahaha. Her faith background was Catholic and Methodist - no way would she do a Baptist anything. Didn't help matters that I am a Baptist!
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Tuesday, August 11, 2015


Aren't grandkids just the best blessings!. Thought I would share a couple pictures of my daughter's children.

Presenting Titus on his one month birthday. The quilt is a quilt I made him. Took the last stitch on the binding the night he was born. It is English Paper-pieced tumbling blocks.

And here Titus is with his siblings. Back row is Toby, Taralyn and Timothy. Front row is Tess, Titus and Tori. They all love and are so proud and caring of their new baby brother.

My son's sons at the SC State museum. We took them on a day outing and had a great time. The museum has a lot to offer and well worth the visit. They are, from left to right, Levi, Eli and Malachi.

Wednesday, August 5, 2015

Circus Stars

My long awaited September issue of AQ magazine has arrived! My quilt, Circus Stars, is in the magazine and will also be in the November issue as part 2. I was thrilled when they said they wanted to publish the quilt, but just couldn't believe it was real until the magazine arrived in the mail today. I can't stop smiling :)

Friday, July 3, 2015

It all started with a little wooden box!

I just love this little wooden box. Found it at Hobby Lobby and with a 40% off coupon, could not resist. Only problem, I wanted to use it in my kitchen and my kitchen has dark green/blue paint, dark gold countertops and red and gold cushion covers on the chairs. It just did not fit in, plus it did not fit in my small bookcase in my kitchen.

So my sweet husband offered to make me another bookcase, and paint it white to match the cabinets.

So.....I began dreaming of a kitchen makeover. Not new appliances mind you, just new paint and countertops to match my little wooden box.

My husband, son-in-law and daughter got the kitchen painted and most of the woodwork, while I went on a quilt retreat for a couple of days :). I finished up some of the woodwork when I got home.

The new bookcase was hung an I am so pleased. The little wooden box is just right for some of my miscellaneous cook books. The basket in the bottom right corner was made by my mom and holds some of her cookbooks, which I treasure.


This was one of her favorites and well worn from use. She has little hand written notes on all her books about how she might have changed the recipe.






Next problem was the kitchen chairs which no longer matched anything in the kitchen.

I found this fabric at Hancock Fabrics and recovered all four kitchen chairs, with the help of my wonderful husband. This makeover turned out to be a lot of work for him.



This is the back of my kitchen and used to be a laundry room with washer dryer and freezer. Not sure how I ever managed without this counter and cabinet space.


And now for where all this is leading....I finished this UFO this morning to use as a table topper in my kitchen. I made the top two years ago at a quilt retreat and never finished it as it simply did not match anything in my house.

The colors are just right, I must have had very good foresight In picking out the fabric two years ago :)

The little plaque below has hung in my kitchen for many years. And I am so very thankful for my husband, children, home and now a new bright kitchen.

I am also thankful for all my blogging friends. Thank you for stopping by, and what "little wooden box" have you found lately that inspired you?


Wednesday, June 24, 2015

Patchwork of the Crosses - making progress!

The last few days I was at a mini retreat with two friends ( Darlene and Brenda) working on our Patchwork of the Crosses blocks. We have each finished all the blocks and helped each other layout the blocks and tag them In the order they will appear in the quilt. I got the first two joined together and it is so exciting to see the quilt top coming together, 2 down, 54 to go.

My new notion - these have been around for awhile now, but I just got mine yesterday. You can thread 10 needles and put them into the spindle so that as you hand sew or quilt you have 10 needles ready to go. This is great for when I English paper piece, as I use a needle with a small eye and since my cataract surgery I am having trouble seeing to thread needles. Using my clover needle threaded, I can get 10 needles threaded and loaded in the spindle in the amount of time it would have taken me to thread 2 or 3 needles without these tools. It's great when sewing in the car as well to have threaded needles at hand. Cost was $8 at a local quilt shop.

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AQS Quilt Week - Chattanooga

I am excited to announce I will be teaching at The AQS Quilt Week in Chattanooga. My class is September 16 and I will be teaching a class in a method I developed for making Cathedral Window quilts. I hope you will come by and say hi if you come to the show, and maybe even register for my class.


Sunday, May 31, 2015

Seminole Table Topper

Finished quilting and binding this little table topper this morning. Practicing my stitch-in-the-ditch, or in my case "near the ditch", machine quilting. Love doing this type of quilting, but sure need a lot more practice. The sewing basket and treadle machine were my mother's.

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