Cleanliness is next to happiness

Hi everyone!  I’m finishing up my final semester and I’m ending on a really busy note.  Each of my classes has a paper due typically each week.  These can range from 4 to 20 pages each for 3 separate classes and then there are discussion boards and responses which account for another 2 + pages…

applique progress

I bought a jacket pattern a couple of weeks ago from Indygo Junction.  You can find the pattern here. I had heard about rayon batik and thought that sounded like the perfect fabric weight for a summer jacket. Since I was at our LQS for the monthly machine quilting bee, I took the pattern with…

2 finishes

A friend called yesterday to remind me that I had this morning blocked off to sew, sew, and sew some more. Our church sends teams to Kenya twice a year (each person pays their own way) and they have eyeglass and dentist clinics where local residents can get fitted for glasses and any dental repairs…

Easter basket!

I grew up in a family with several children, and one tradition we had was like many people – we hit every available Easter egg hunt in a 20 mile radius of our house. That may be a slight exaggeration. There was the year I won the golden egg; that was thrilling. Then there was…

a finish and a quilt binder set

Though hers was made from silk and mine is cotton, I liked the way she had hers quilted with just straight lines throughout.  I did decide to mix mine up a bit, varying the widths throughout.  I also sewed 1/4″ border around each of the blocks, and then filled in the middle with a different…

quilt show lessons

Our guild is having a quilt show in a couple of weeks and they were hoping to get 200 quilts to hang but were short a few from what I heard. There are plenty of people who make quilts specifically for shows – we have an art quilter in our machine quilting bee that I…

Happy Friday!

Woo hoo!  I just saw this email from the fabulous Amy Ellis regarding my entry for the Curated Quilt mini. My daughter is home from college for a couple of weeks before she heads back for summer classes so we’ve been catching up on everything since the start of the semester.  Just yesterday she asked…

marking a loaded quilt

I’m still here!  My friend asked if I could make a larger sized quilt so I’m knee deep in block 20-something of 121 total blocks.  It may be toward the end of the summer before I’m finished with this quilt.  I don’t think she has a timeline for receiving it though; if she has, she’s…

Deconstructing a dress shirt

I had a comment yesterday about making a quilt out of men’s shirts so I thought I’d just make a post about it.  In my case, I’m trying to maximize the number of squares I can cut out of each shirt since I have a finite number of shirts available.  There are other blogs that…

cheap ironing table

I feel like I’m the last person on the face of the earth who uses a standard ironing board for quilting.  Until this week, I was having a hard time justifying a reason to replace it. After all, it’s definitely still functional – I just have to move the fabric frequently.  And most of the…

Audience participation!

Here’s what I’ve been working on!  I have one of these layouts in mind but I started thinking…why not get input from other people?  The options are as follows.  If you don’t have an opinion, no worries but it won’t get counted in the tally…since one of these will be chosen.  Yes, there are 2…

more kitty adventures

I don’t know how much thread I’ve used to make this En Provence quilt so far, but I’m sure it’s twice as much as was required because I’ve taken out half of it.  Wow is it ever easy to flip some of those blocks around. This picture is taken at a slight angle because the…