Saturday, July 23, 2016

Saturday, July 16, 2016

Friday, July 15, 2016

Saturday, July 9, 2016

Wednesday, July 6, 2016

Look What I Found . . .

at the Dollar Store!!

I just can not use a thimble.  It is awkward, regardless of the type I try and my finger gets major claustrophobia!!  So, one day after I had been binding a quilt with my bare finger and had poked it enough times that it was bleeding, I put a bandaid over the boo-boo.  And then I had an ah-ha moment and started using bandaids as my "thimble"!!

and look what I found ~

Colored bandaids!!  And at the Dollar Store!!  This is what you call a Cheap Thrill!!

So, through trial and error, I found that if I cut one end of the bandaid off and place it right on my finger where the needle hits, I have a bit more padding and the "thimble" lasts longer.

Then, I put the short cut-off end at the bottom and then rap the un-cut end over the finger and over the cut end.  It stays in place and and then when I am done, I just remove the "thimble" and start with a fresh one next time I need a "thimble"!!  Works great but don't wrap it TOO tight because then your finger will start to throb!!  Trust me on this one!!  :-))

Off to Stevensville, Montana in the morning for a quilt show and lots of beautiful scenery!!  Until next time!!

Monday, July 4, 2016

Happy 4th of July!!

Happy Independence Day to all of us here in the United States!! We need to do everything we can to protect our freedoms!! Please, God, bless America during these trying times!!

Quilt for a WWII Vet - Hirojima Survivor
Quilt for a Desert Storm Vet
Quilts of Valor Quilt
Stay safe!!

Saturday, July 2, 2016

Saturday's Smile!!


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!!