Friday, July 29, 2011

MY Quilt

This is one of my quilts.  It is called confetti log cabin, a pattern from Quiltmaker.  I am going to quilt feathers in the light rows.  Not sure what in the dark, yet.  Still thinking on that.

Here is the border, so far.  It is an navy modelly fabric with gold thread.  This is what I have so far.  Will do something in the arches????

Next is a picture of a dowel I put in the hem of my main leaders, before the zippers.  This will help keep the leaders straight, instead of getting smileys from stretching uneven.  I hope this works.  They came from Lowe's, in the wiring department.  Used for fishing wires in walls.  Really a cool idea.  They were to long and DH cut off to fit.  Comes in 3ft sections that screw together.  The screw ends are already there for you.

Happy Quilting,

Monday, July 25, 2011

Irish Chain

Another customer quilt finished.  This is Barbara's first quilt.  It was a Quilt in A Day pattern, that she said took years.......  Turned out very good.  Quilted with an all over design that she picked out.  I added the binding and now all she has to do is sew it down.  She is thrilled.  Now on to other quilts for Barbara.

Just had to show off my new toy.  I bought an Oliso iron when in Knoxville.  They were on sale at a great price at the AQS show.  Well, got it out today and had fun.  It has little legs that it sits on.  You dont have to stand it up or knock it over.  You just touch the handle the legs draw up and iron you will go.  Let go of the handle and the legs pop up!!!  Amazing.  It irons well also.  I did the binding on the quilt above,  making a nice crease in the fabric.  Very nice.  Steams great, heats up fast.  The booklet says it will stay hot for 30 min before shutting off.  And then will heat back up fast.  For those of you that dont know, I needed a new iron anyway.  Ranger, when he was a smaller puppy, chewed the cord just a little.  Well, DH put electrical tape on it, but I never felt good about it.  So, new iron and I am happy.

Happy Quilting,

Wednesday, July 20, 2011


I forgot to tell you about the best new thing I learned in Knoxville.  I took a class called Zentangles.  This is a kind of doodling, drawing and meditation combined.  You can check it out on their website or their blog   This is not my drawing, just an example from the Zentangle website.  I cant draw, but I can do this.  They give step by step directions.  If you go to the newsletter page and look for the How to Draw ......  you will find the directions for different tangles and some examples of their use.  I hope you enjoy it as much as I have, so far.

Happy Quilting,

Surprise, Surprise

Forgot to tell you.  DH said he was going to have a surprise for me when I got home from Knoxville.  Last time he did that, he painted the upstairs bathroom BRIGHT Yellow!!  So,  I was a little nervous to say the least.  When I drove up this is what I found.  Great isnt it.  He screened in the front porch.  Even made a doggie door for the 4 legged ones.  Roada F. Tripp can come visit now.  What fun.  Now is is working on the side stoop.  It is framed up.  Needs paint and screen to be finished.  He done good.

Quilted this yesterday.  I turned it around in my program, but blogger kept putting it sideways.  I havent figured out how to fix this yet.  Great baby quilt.  I free motion quilted, swirls looks like ocean.
Happy Quilting,

Knoxville AQS Quilt Show

Last week I went to Knoxville to the AQS quilt show.  I went with Joyce and her sister Pat and Roada.  Roada's full name is Roada F. Tripp.  You can learn all about Roada at her blog here.  She has pictures of our shop hop to Knoxville, all around the quilt show and even a nite out on the town.

Joyce, Dee, Wilima and I took machine quilting classes from Kimmy Brunner.  Such fun.  We learned to draw feathers in all kinds of shapes and sizes.  Now to put them on the quilts.  We are not supposed to put pictures of the show on our blogs.  Because they sell a CD of the show.  But I just had to post one.  This is one cool star.  Dont ya think.

Back home this week, to the grind.  Happy Quilting out there,


Ranger is looking for squirrels.......  they keep running up the trees.  Almost got one, by about and inch.  Surprised he didnt hit his head on the tree.  LOL  He is 1 1/2 yrs old.  Yorkie something mix.  fully of energy and just fun.