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…

En Provence Reveal

Yes, I have a mistake in there.  There are so many pieces in this quilt!  Bonnie surprised me yesterday morning with the final clue but also the entire layout.  This is the first time I’ve ever followed in real time on one of her mystery quilts.  I downloaded last year’s pattern afterwards – not sure…

how awesome is this!

The letter carrier dropped off the mail just as we were headed out the door last night.  What a surprise I had when I opened the package! A couple of weeks ago I had a notification that I was the lucky recipient of Christmas ornaments from a blog that I follow.  She asked me to…

More BSQ blocks

Crikey.  I’ll never keep these organized at this rate.  I had this great idea that I would have one blog post per block like I’ve done with the Splendid Sampler but I didn’t keep them straight in what order I did them.  To add to that, I’m not sewing them in numerical order, alphabetical order,…

basting with glue sticks

I had a couple of questions from my last post regarding the glue stick for basting so I thought I’d make a post out of it.  The first question was “Does it wash out or are you left with glue in the quilt forever?” and the second was “Does it gunk up your machine needle?”…

October was a very good month

Wow, today was full of great surprises from start to finish.  Amy Ellis posted that we were ready to start the next block for her quilt sampler.  This month is for large 18″ Greek cross blocks.  I spent most of my  lunch hour picking out fabric and finished one block before I had to get…

Block 82 – Under the Apple Tree

I was thinking this afternoon as I finished this up I didn’t know why it took me so long to finish this block.  But then I remembered that I was busy quilting 3 tops with my Avante when this one came out so I put it off on purpose. I cut each of the pieces…