Tuesday, October 6, 2015

Sew What…..

This weekend was our sewing bee retreat. I just LOVE retreat weekends ~ don’t you? It’s when I finally sit still and finish my UFO’s (unfinished fabric objects).

This was our sewing view. Relaxing or what!

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Sundown on day one… but not to worry….we continued to sew until after 1am.

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I recently took a Craftsy class called “20 Fresh Applique Techniques” by Amanda Murphy which was a ton of fun. She had some really lovely projects. I finished my mini wall hanging version of her swirly quilt.

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Next I finished my last paper pieced block from Bea’s quilt along.

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Then I got motivated to make the entire quilt. Linda encouraged me to try a new technique…a little 1/4” flange around the borders.  It just makes the entire quilt pop. Always try something new!

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We always try to include some type of group project in our weekends. This time Janis led the group in making itty bitty pin rests….NOT pincushions…..just a little place to rest your needle so you don’t loose it on the sofa, bed, floor, etc. while working. Aren’t they ADORABLE! They’re hand sewn from 8 little hexies.

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Our bee is doing a block of the month together so we all worked on getting our monthly blocks caught up. Lots of lovely batiks were floating around the room. This is going to be gorgeous.

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Bev finished my “All Flakes Welcome Here” pattern. She’s did an awesome job!

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Sewing with friends….Priceless:)

Today is also the BIG reveal of projects from the Seasons Row Along. You DON’T WANT TO MISS THIS!!!

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Did you have fun? Did you collect all your rows? We’d love to see your projects.

You can share in our Flickr group.

Thursday, October 1, 2015

Quilt Along Month 4

Time is flying by. I can’t believe it’s already fall and month #4 of the quilt along!!! I’d love to see your blocks. You can post them below.

month 4 small button

This month we will be trying some paper piecing. For this technique you will be sewing fabric directly to a paper foundation that has your design printed on the front. Paper piecing lets you to work with odd shaped pieces and create very tiny details with accuracy.

Free PDF can be downloaded from my Craftsy shop HERE 
until November 1st

Two optional but helpful tools for paper piecing are:

Add A Quarter Ruler - a small ruler with a specially designed edge to help you quickly and accurately trim your seams.

Currently 25% off at Craftsy 
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Carol Doak’s Foundation Paper - a light weight, easy to tear paper

It can be purchased from her website HERE

I’d love to see your blocks



Monday, September 28, 2015

Busy, Busy Beaver

I apologize for the blog silence. I’ve just finished my first vending booth at the San Antonio Quilt Show. Did any of you attend? There were so many details to think about and a lot going on behind the scenes. I started with a sketch and tried to plan out every inch of space ahead of time to minimize any surprises….I hate surprises.
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Here’s my booth after everything was moved in. Check it out….my name on the wall!!!
The table was longer than I planned so that was a good surprise. It was sooo strange being surrounded by all my quilts.
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Now I have to turn my attention to the Houston Quilt Market. QuiltWoman.com is providing small booth spaces for their designers which is awesome. I still need to print my catalogs and learn how to print a poster. Any know how to design posters?
And on a random note….has anyone else noticed that Oreos are putting less cookies per row in the same packaging? See the gap? The package now weighs 14.3 oz. Just sad:(
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Today is week #5 of the Season’s Row Along.

Tuesday, Sept. 29
Mark your calendars for the Halloween hop coming soon!