Sunday, November 25, 2012

Do you have this fabric????


 Do you have this fabric??  I need 1 yard or more to finish a quilt.  I purchased it at Hancock Fabrics about a year ago and have search the web for some more - but not success.  I believe it sold for around $8 a yard, but it could have been more, not sure.  If you have some and are willing to sell - please let me know! 

 And a picture of my sweet granddaughter Taralyn as she celebrates her third birthday.  She received her "big girl" quilt this day  - a Be Attitudes quilt.  She really seemed to like it :)

Thanks for stopping by, and please, please, please let me know if you have some of the fabric and are willing to part with it.

Happy Stitching,


Thursday, November 15, 2012

Great organization tool

 Do you like to organize things?   I do, especially my fabric pieces when I am putting together a block with lots of parts.  I recently saw these wonderful boxes on Teresa's FabricTherapy blog ( ) and had to go out that day to Michaels and see if we had them here.  We did, and they were 40% off!

The individual boxes sell for $1.99 and this wonderful case of 16 boxes for $40.  I grabbed up the only one in stock and have all my little snail's trail paper piecing pieces sorted.

Even a box for the paper foundation pieces - got to love it!

Speaking of paper piecing, here is a little tip on how I piece these tiny little triangles needed for the snail trail block, which measures 3 1/2 inches unfinished and has 20 pieces.

I use an Add-an-Eighth ruler, meaning the seams are only 1/8 inch and that can shift when you go to sew it.  I just use a piece of scotch tape to hold the fabric in place - but do not sew through the tape.  The tape can be used over and over and works great.

While on our trip to Houston I finished the embroidery on this label for my granddaughter's quilt.  My plan was to just add a few embroidery stitches to embellish it a little....and I ended up embroidering the whole thing. 

Thanks for stopping by,

Saturday, November 3, 2012

Time to go...and very overwhelmed

 Its time to leave Houston, and all these beautiful amazing quilts.  This was one of my favorite ones in the show and is a Malaysian child, I believe. Truely amazing artistry.
 The applique on this quilt was unbelievable, as were so many others. 
This is a the Lucy Boston, Patchwork of the Crosses, quilt that I recently purchased the pattern and english paper piecing pieces to make. It was great to see one made up, and oh so made me want to get started on mine.  I am thinking of using shirtings for the background and a red for the little squares in the sashing...but we will see. It will look quite different from this one which had a lovely soft color palette.

I did get to meet Gail Pan and have a picture somewhere.  She is delightful person, very friendly and easy to talk with. What a treat to get to meet her.

I also got one last picture of my quilt with people standing all around taking pictures, but I can't seem to find that one either.  I think they did not all transfer from my ipad to my computer. 

So many pictures I could share with you (I took around 350) and so many things I could tell you about all the quilts and techniques I saw and learned.  I listened to quite a few demos and learned some new techniques.  Its been a wonderful experience and one I hope I can do again sometime in the next few years.

Thanks for stopping by,

Thursday, November 1, 2012

Fun, Fun, Fun!

We made it to the International Quilt Festival and here is my quilt on display.  What a treat it was for me to see  it hanging for all to see.  I had fun telling people it was my quilt and answering questions. 
I was very surprised when I got the show catalog to see it was a "featured quilt". Not sure what that means but was great to see it pictured in the show catalog.

And here I am with Lynette Anderson.  I just love her designs and she is so generous with her free patterns on her blog. She was kind enough to take a picture with me and sign a couple of her patterns.  She told me to come back tomorrow and another of my favorite Australian designers would be there at her booth - Gail Pan.  Oh yes....I will be going back tomorrow.

I watched about 1 1/2 hours worth of demonstrations and could have spent the afternoon watching the professional teachers/quilters demonstrate techniques new to me or new products they have designed.  I plan to sit and watch more tomorrow.

One other special treat I had today was a visit to the EQ7 booth and met the gentleman who wrote the software program.  He gave me a lesson in designing motifs and adding them to a quilt border.  I will be playing with that tonight.

All in all it was a great day and I can not wait to go back tomorrow.