Friday, January 23, 2015

Road to California

One the most exciting parts of my job with A1 Quilting Machines, Inc is working the national quilt shows.  This week I'm at Road to California!

Monday, December 29, 2014

Design Wall Monday

Man these Mondays come around fast!!!

Being Christmas last week, I did not do anymore work on my Log Cabin Quilt.  I didn't work on anything to tell the truth, but I thought I would share a hand project that I have going.

A month or so ago I start piecing these Castle Wall blocks.  They are pieced by hand.  Over at MDQuilts you can see a picture of Mickey Depre's quilt top...  Which I fell in love with and just had to do!  She also has templates for sale....  I believe the price is going up January 1st, so you better get then now!  There is also a 3 part tutorial on piecing these fabulous blocks!!!

I have four blocks finished...  Here are the 1st three.

And number four...

I am really loving the process of hand piecing these...

If you have time...  take a look at what everyone else is working on over at Judy's!

Sunday, December 28, 2014

Beaded Scissor Cases

While at the AQS show in Charlotte, North Carolina I bought a pattern to make a beaded scissor case.  Mind you, I have never done this kind of beading before....   but my coworker (boss) thought I should make these for us.  (See how that says us?)  So I got the pattern and some beads...

It took me several tries...   starts and stops...  taking it out and starting over....

But I finally got the first one going in the right direction!

The pattern has directions for making the little leather case that goes inside...  this keeps the point of the scissors from poking through!

Finally the first one was done!!!

They kind of have become an addiction to make....

When I finished the third one I asked myself "Wonder what fringe would look like?" ( I really like the fringe!!!)

This is my little work station and the start of another one...

Just what I needed....  another hobby!!!

Tuesday, December 23, 2014

Happy Mail Day

Look what came in the mail....  this book, Scrappy Firework Quilts by Edyta Sitar, makes my heart sing!  A majority of the projects use 1.5" scrappy strips, and I have an abundance.... 

Monday, December 22, 2014

Design Wall Monday... Scrappy Log Cabin

I belong to a group of ladies that meet every Wednesday morning....  Kind of a Sit and Stitch. No dues. No rules. Some people bring hand sewing. Some bring knitting or crochet.  Some just come to have coffee and visit, but each of us are quilters at heart.  We have a quilt show once a year...  usually the same time as the big car show in hopes to bring more people in to take a look.

Every year we have a challenge quilt that most of us try to participate in.  The idea is that everyone has a quilt done for the quilt show.  This year everyone is to make a log cabin quilt.  Again, no rules.

I've always wanted to make a scrappy log cabin quilt every since I started making quilts in 1990.  When ever I'm done with a project I cut the left over fabric into 1.5" strips in the hopes to one day make my scrappy log cabin.  I separate these strips into small bins.  One for dark strips and one for light strips.  Well....   these bins were starting to over flow!!!  Annndddd, this challenge is just the push I need to make my quilt!!!  Wooohoooo

I've finished 22 blocks so far.  Here's 20 of them laid out on my bed.  (I should of made my bed before taking the pix!)

I haven't decided yet how I'll lay them out...  this lay out is just to see how they look together.

I don't know why I'm surprised by how many purple scraps I have!!!  Well, actually I'm not!  If you are, then you don't know me as well as you thought you did.  LOL

While sewing my blocks together every so often I come across a light that is really darker than what I want for my light side of the cabin.  Instead of setting it a side...  I turn it over an use the wrong side, or the back side.  Someone once told me that I paid for both sides of the fabric so there is no reason not to use them!!!

See the top light log...   that is the back side of that fabric!

Here's the back side of the block...  see how much darker that fabric is!  Too light to go in the dark bin, but darker than I wanted for my lights.

If you have some time...  go on over to Judy's to see what everyone has on their wall!!!