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…

table runner

Whew!  The ink is drying on my last paper for the semester. The last couple of weeks have been pretty intense but I had a surprise this evening as I was submitting my assignment. The summer session doesn’t start for another 2 weeks!  I thought I only had a one week break. I decided to…

learning embroidery

I really don’t know anything about machine embroidery.  So far all I’ve done is just stitch a name on some fabric here or there which is just an introduction into the concept. I joined an embroidery group online to see what possibilities are out there, and in the process I found an embroidery mystery quilt….

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…

The Splendid Sampler – complete!

Kathy, thank you for being the “kick in the pants” to get me back on the blog again.  I did indeed finally finish The Splendid Sampler quilt and yes, that finger that was sewn through was a huge factor in why it’s taken me so long.  That hurt.  It still hurts.  Anything that involves using…

Block 91 – Gran’s Button Jar

I’ve been quilting on En Provence night and day.  Mostly morning; I’m not a night owl and decided it wasn’t a good idea for me to work on it when I was tired.  Usually, I am in the middle of a row when I stop for the day but yesterday I was at the end…

Block 92 – Double Bees

I finally finished block 92 yesterday. I tried something new … it didn’t work but at least I know it for the next time.  I tried a tiny blanket stitch since the pieces on this are so small. It ended up looking like a messed up satin stitch which wasn’t at all the look I…

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…

Splendid Sampler layout

The designer blocks aren’t in their final places but the setting blocks are pretty much finalized at this point.  I’m still trying to figure out where to put the final 13 blocks but now at least that I know the adjacent blocks’ colors it will actually make it easier to finish out the last dozen. …

Block #60 – Hearts and Flowers

I actually – finally – finished this 2 days ago but wasn’t online long enough to write about it. I started to put French knots in the center of the small flowers but decided I liked the satin stitch better for that small area so I switched for the remainder. I counted the number of…

Professional grade snipper

I wanted to catch up on Splendid Sampler blocks since we were coming up on block # 60.  And then I saw that particular one was embroidery.  I knew it was a losing battle to get that done before Sunday’s block came out.  I’m making headway on it but it will be another day or…

Block 50 – Flights of Fancy

Halfway done!  I was afraid we might celebrate with the hardest block yet, but that paper pieced dress still holds that distinction.  I pieced this one per the directions to see if I’m at better now with those 1″ pieces than I was when I started.  The jury is still out. The first thing I…