Saturday, June 25, 2016

Friday, June 24, 2016

Mini Retreat!!

Our little Tuesday sewing group had a two-day mini retreat this past Tuesday and Wednesday and it was sooooo much fun!!

It was in the downstairs of one of the gal's home and it was a fabulous space for a retreat!!  Tammy set up tables for us and a cutting table and ironing board.  Great lighting and lots of chatting and laughing and lots of food - chocolate galore and we all pitched in and made all our meals.  Yummy, yummy!

On Tuesday morning, Tammy taught us how to make these cute little bags - it was a quilt as you go project ~

It was so much fun and I used some fabric that is completely out of my comfort zone and I LOVE it.  I have not put in a zipper in almost 50 years so that was pretty scary, but look!!

I was more excited about the zipper than the rest of the bag!!  LOL!!

Also on Tuesday I started working on a 4-patch Stack and Whack with this really cool fabric I found that I had forgotten I have.  I love making Stack and Whack blocks because they are all so different and fun!!

By Wednesday night I had 27 blocks completed and there are still 3 more that need to be finished!!  These blocks remind me of the art work of Peter Max who was a Pop Artist from the 1960s!  Kinda wild, man!!  Anyway, I digress!!  I am excited about getting these blocks into a lap quilt for my studio!!  It needs a little lively color!!

I made a little prototype for a skirt that I am making 21 skirts for a gal's wedding in August.  All sizes from 5 years to 16 years old.  The actual skirt will be made using black and white large chevron and yellow polka dot ties.  I made the prototype to fit my friend Ashley's daughter, Claire - she is one year old.

Kind of blurry but hopefully you get the picture!!  It definitely needs more of an "A" line and we decided the sash needs to be wider.  Once Claire gets to try it on, I will get some feedback on what needs to be changed!!

A good time was had by all and I look forward to the Retreat again next summer!!  Thanks girls, it was a blast!!

Tuesday, June 14, 2016

Saturday, June 11, 2016

Saturday, June 4, 2016

Wednesday, June 1, 2016

A New Experience!!

A gal emailed my on my Etsy shop and said she liked a specific piece of fabric and would like to have a pillow made out of it.  Then, she asked if I made pillows.  Welllll, I said, yeah, sure!!  I fibbed just a bit, because I have never made a pillow cover before.  But after a couple weeks of hee-hawing around, I finally put something together that I think she will like!!

The fabric is Kaffe Fassett, well of course!!  One of his more demure prints!

 It's hard to see (unless you click on the picture to enlarge it), but I quilted the fabric 
in a meandering design and I made it in the envelope style, using velcro to keep it closed.

And I added some antique buttons at the closure line.

I love how it turned out!!  Do you think she would mind if I just kept it??  She also wants a lumbar pillow in the same fabric, but I am having a more difficult time trying to figure out how I want it to look!!  Stay tuned!!

Monday, May 30, 2016

Have a Blessed Memorial Day!!

I love this day!!  I think it is one of my favorite holidays!!  I love going to the Cemetery and placing my little Cemetery pots on my Grandparents' graves along with some Veterans who don't have any flowers on their grave.  Plus the day is glorious!!


Please remember your ancestors who went before you and paved the way for our lives and for those soldiers, policemen and women, firefighters and all the selfless folks that gave (and still give) their lives that we might live free and relatively safe!!

A Quilts of Valor

God Bless America!!

Saturday, May 28, 2016

Sunday, May 22, 2016

Slow Sunday Stitchin'

It's that time of month again and I just finished 2 Hexie Flowers for Patricia in the United Kingdom.

I think the lavender one is the cutest one I have ever made!!  I am hooking up with Kathy over at Kathy's Quilts Slow Sunday Stiching post.  Come on over to take a look at what everyone else was working on!!

Saturday, May 21, 2016

Saturday's Smile!!

This is for all my friends with a hubby!!  :-))

Saturday, May 14, 2016

Monday, May 9, 2016

A Birthday Present Completed!!

Beginning about a year and a half ago, my friend Becky and I helped another friend learn how to quilt!!  It all took so long because Gina has 7 kids and is very, very busy!!  Well, we finally got it quilted last week and Becky got the binding on Saturday night so she could take it over to Gina for her birthday yesterday!!  Becky it brought it over to show me before she took it over to Gina!!

This is Becky - what a cutie she is!!
A friend embroidered the label!

What a fun collaboration and such a great, happy quilt!!

Saturday, May 7, 2016

Monday, May 2, 2016

More Second Row Flowers!!

Ok, so it seems like all the "sewing" time I have these days is at night when we sit down to watch baseball or an old movie.  As such, I have 2 more flowers completed ~

Flower, Lynn Peters, April 2015 - Australia.
Second Row, Melody D, July, 2015 - Australia
Flower, Kathie Laposata, December, 2012 - Allentown, PA
Second Row, Janet Rushant, March 2016 - Canada
And, since this is just about all the sewing I am doing right now, I think it will get old to see these post after post, so if you are interested in following my progress on these, there is a page at the top that says Second Row Flowers.  They will be in there and on the side will be a picture of my latest one!!

Thanks for visiting!!