Stitched through my fingernail!

Short post – I had finished the top and bottom borders and rotated the quilt 90 degrees.  I was basting the “new” top and just got my index finger too close when I was basting it.  The short story is I have a hole in my fingernail and pulled a thread out that got sewed…

bordering the Splendid Sampler

Shiver me timbers!  An arctic freeze passed through our fair town today and temps were in the 50’s this morning. As I was picking up a few things in the backyard I came across one of many sights of spring. I don’t recall what this is called, but it ends up making enormous leaves and…

finished quilting the blocks

I had 2 rows to go by the time I picked this up this evening and decided one way or the other I was going to finish the blocks tonight.  I still have the borders to go but I’ve drawn something out that I’m hoping to use.  I can’t believe I quilted all of that…

still quilting the Splendid Sampler

I went to a machine quilting bee this evening – my first time there – and it was a lot of fun! There were quilters who quilt on a domestic machine, sit-down, and long arms.  Some who quilt for themselves, some who get paid or even make a profession of it, some who have quilts…

more Splendid Sampler quilting

I am officially halfway finished with quilting the Splendid Sampler.  Needless to say, I haven’t been sewing at all.  I’ve been trying to come up with some different quilting designs in as many blocks as I can.  Just as I shut down tonight, I realized I haven’t even done some easy ones, like meandering circles….

sampler quilting on the Splendid Sampler

2017 has been off to a crazy start. I’m going to my second funeral of the month in 2 days and we have a new car after a teen driver didn’t see our SUV and totaled our car – hers doesn’t look much better.  Instead of sewing, it seems like I’ve spent all my free…

McTavishing

One style of quilting that particularly intrigues me is McTavishing.  It’s named after Karen McTavish (her friends named her style of quilting after her). If you’ve never read her book on how she got started in quilting, I definitely suggest it – she has a unique path that doesn’t match anyone I’ve heard of. There…

Block 100 – Centered

I did it!  100 blocks!  And this one wasn’t as easy as it looks, thanks to 3/4″ squares in the light blue corners.  I thought for some reason that Pat had the last block so I figured it would be applique but this one is actually by Kate Spain. I wonder how many dies I…

Block 99 – Four Corner Spinwheel

We are so close!  I’m kind of amazed I actually kept up with this quilt.  2 blocks a week for a year is a long time.  I remember last year, actually December 2015, thinking maybe I would try my hand at the 365 quilt.  I signed up for emails and then common sense set in…

Block 98 – Fleur de Lei

Today’s blog post is a mashup of several projects – just individual blocks here and there.  I bought a Quilter’s Planner at the end of the year to help me keep track of my quilting projects.  Overall it’s worked well – I have probably used it more to track what  I did each day after…

February bench pillow

I had someone skim my debit card at Christmas time so I had to order a new one and forgot it was attached to my account at Shabby Fabrics for their pillow of the month kit club.  It was almost the end of the month before I remembered, then I was out of town and…

Block 97 – First Purse

This block may not look like much at first glance.  That’s because it’s missing the final ingredient.  This is a purse – a small hand purse that has a small clasp at the top which is made out of 2 buttons.  Looking back, it probably wasn’t too bright to sew the buttons on the other…