"STITCHING MENDS MY SOUL"

Thursday, September 25, 2014

LICENSE PLATES


During our travels, I've been collecting License Plates.  I think I have a NC too.  Hmmm.........

I'm sure many of you are too.  Now for ideas of what to do with them.  Suggestions?

Monday, August 18, 2014

SAILING

I'm working on Charlie's Fleet today, while watching wind and waves out the window.



The picture doesn't give a good enough view of our waves today, on our normally calm bay.  But it does put me in the mood for working on sailboats.

Thursday, August 7, 2014

DESIGNER MYSTER BLOCK 2



This is Block 2 of the Designer Mystery BOM.  It's called "Sweet Jordan" and is designed by Sweetwater.

I'm caught up, which is good, as Block 3 is in the mail.

I'm really happy with this project so far.

Wednesday, August 6, 2014

SECRET WORK

Much of what I've been working on lately has been secret.  For example, I'm in a row swap where only the owner (original) row can be shown until all the rows get back to her.

I can't show you what I did for my row on this, but here's Marianne's starter row.


These fabrics are flora from Australia.  She included many of them in her packet, so that we could all use some in our rows for her.

Well, can't show what I did, but it has been sent onward.

There are 6 of us in this swap.  The original rows all travel in a circle.  We each make a row to go with each and send it on.  We have 6 weeks to do it, but they are traveling rather fast this year.

One of our gals is in England, so the post does take a while getting across the pond.

I've never met any of the gals in this swap, but through the years in our on-line group, I do feel like I know them very well.

Hope everyone finds some time to stitch today.

Saturday, August 2, 2014

DESIGNER MYSTERY 2014


This is Block 1 of the 2014 Designer's Mystery Block a Month from the Fat Quarter Shop.  I love the fabrics they are using the year.

Edyta Sitar (one of my favs) designed this block and named it Magical Anna.  I'm very happy with it.

Wednesday, July 30, 2014

Sew and Sow Farms is having a give away.  Be sure to check it out here



Friday, July 25, 2014

HAPPY FEET




Look what the UPS lady brought to my house today!  So supportive and comfy!  Perfect for guild, quilt shows, retreats.

PS:  Alegria Paloma in Aztec print.  I ordered mine from Amazon.

Friday, July 18, 2014

HEXIE TIME


I've been working on hexies for GFG blocks this week.  This is for a swap where we each send a fat eighth to each participant.  They use your fabric (and others they might add) to make a block representing themselves.   In return you receive many different 6" blocks all with your common fabric.

I'm using GFG to represent me.  I have 6 grands for the 6 petals.  I'm nana in the middle.

Monday, July 7, 2014

ROW BY ROW


Row by rows are so much fun that one of my groups does this type of swap every year.  My theme this year is "Northwoods of Paradise" and this is my starter row.  It will travel around a circle of 5 or 6 or us, each making a row to go with this.  Of course I'll be making rows for them as well.

Row by rows and medallions are my favorite swaps, because you don't have to worry about all the blocks matching up, or a creative way to sash them to make them all the same size.

This year we have a wide variety of themes from 'Out of Africa', 'Australian Flora', 'Red and White', etc.  Swaps like this make us get out of our boxes and think.  Others always add techniques and styles to mine that I would not have thought about.

The Row Experience, in my last post, was the perfect size for our starter rows, so I used the pattern and kit from my LQS.  Vicki, owner of Village Fabrics and Crafts, really captured my theme in her design.

Today is my birthday, and we are off to the falls to celebrate out in nature.  Hope you are having a super day too.

Thursday, July 3, 2014

STATE ROW SHOP HOP

Are any of you doing your state row shop hop this summer?

I am doing at least one row -- the one from my LQS in Paradise, MI.


I have to say this shop, in the middle of no where, is one of the best quilt shops I've ever been in.  It's along M123, just west of Paradise, on the way to Tahquamenon Falls.  I think many of their customers are vacationers.


Here's about 1/3 of the building.  It has been added to in stages.  It's very basic up north on the outside.  Inside, ooh-la-la!  I'll share pictures of that sometime.  Wonderful fabric selections, yarns to die for, patterns galore, cross stitch, tote bags, fabric paints, huge notions wall, etc., etc.  Lots of eye candy!


This is my haul from today.  I love their license plate!  So accurate.  The row really captures this area in summer.  Blueberries (wild), animals, and woods.  Vicki, the owner, is sooo talented!  This row is just perfect for Paradise!

I'm using it for my starter row for a row swap, with the theme "Northwoods in Paradise."  That's the same as any northwoods theme, but might include freighters going by on Lake Superior, lighthouses, and waterfalls too.

Hope  everyone is finding time to stitch, and if possible checking out the Row by Row Experince in your state.



Saturday, June 28, 2014

SUMMER VIEW

This is my summer view from the sewing loft.


That's Tom the tiny being in the picture for perspective.  It's in the sixties and windy.  So nice to have escaped the heat and humidity.

Sunday, June 8, 2014

ROUND ROBIN RETURNS!!!

I haven't posted very often lately, as mostly I've been working on Round Robins that are secret until the owner gets hers back.  These are from a swap on The Quilter's Thread.


This is mine, that I received on Friday.  The center is a lonely orphan block from an applique class.   I LOVE the rounds that each quilter added!  The fabrics are mostly 30's, and they are much perkier than this washed-out photo shows.

The flying geese round is especially appreciated, as it was made by Josie, who has since moved on to heaven:(  She will be greatly missed by her friends and family, and yes, even by online friends who never met her in person, like me.  The world is a better place because she was here.

Here's Jodi's quilt.  I had her's last and got a picture.  Wish I could share more of them with you, as each is spectacular.


If you enjoy medallion quilts, you'd love participating in these round robins.

I'm so thankful to each participant.

Friday, June 6, 2014

Jenny of ELEFANTZ: Are you ready? The Stitch-along begins on Monday.....

Jenny of ELEFANTZ: Are you ready? The Stitch-along begins on Monday.....: "The Lord's Prayer" is made up of 26 free embroideries shared over 26 weeks, all coming together as a simply pieced el...

Saturday, May 10, 2014

TORNADO???

No, not a tornado.  Just the status of my sewing room after two hours of pulling everything out of the closet.  OK.  It was a mess before pulling everything out, but now???????????



Resembles an episode of Hoarders, doesn't it?


It's going to take a lot more hours to get it back into usable shape!  Plugging away here.

As The Fly Lady says, it didn't get this way in one day, and it's not going back quickly either.

Please send positive vibes.  I need them.

Thursday, May 8, 2014

Lucy Boston: Patchwork of the Crosses

This pattern has intrigued me for a few years.


It amazes me how many different looks can be achieved with so few pattern pieces, just depending on the fussy cuts of the fabric.

Here's an example from http://everystitchblog.blogspot.com/.


Some stitchers are going totally scrappy and others are using a planned palette.

I was perplexed as to where to start until I found this wide border fabric on the left on the sale shelf at my LQS.


One of the others was with it, part of the same line.  The other two I added.  I think there are zillions of possibilities for fussy cuts with just these four, but I'll probably add more.  Anyway, it's a great starting point.  I think this will make a super take-along project.

POTC can be made using Inkingo or with paper pieces.  Hmmm...............

The I've Been Hexed and I Like It Facebook group has inspired me with this project.

Wednesday, May 7, 2014

SAILING

Today in sunny and hot FL, I went sailing.  24 boats completed.
More to follow.....................

Thursday, April 24, 2014

PROGRESS

I've been sewing with Jodi almost weekly.  My retreat mystery quilt is coming along nicely.  This is the stack of finished blocks.


I wanted to share what I've been stitching with -- my new Bernette that I got at our guild show at show price.  She is very lightweight and sews nicely.  Great for taking to a friend's to sew, without undoing my set up at home.



This was a very long chain with the last strip being sewn on the blocks.


Silly, but fun, stringing them around the room.  It was a LONG chain.


But then.............Oh no.................. all of these were just being pre-drilled.  Yup!  Just drilling.  no thread in the bobbin!

Using the floor for a design wall, and arranging balance.

Nan was working on her mystery top too.  Crayon colors.  Beautiful!

Oh, and not to forget.  This has been my quilt helper when I sew at Jodi's.  He seems to always come visit me:)

See my gecko friend, there on the screen?

Next installment?  Borders!

Happy stitching everyone.









Thursday, April 17, 2014

JENNY DOAN, MISSOURI STAR QUILT CO.


Jenny Doan, of the Missouri Star Quilt Company, was in my area today.  I went to the presentation with my friend Nan.


Jenny is a ball of energy and really funny!

We learned so much in a couple hours.  Missouri Star specializes in quilting with pre-cuts, and she has a plethora of patterns.  Many are free on You-Tube.


 Afterward we were able to get pictures with Jenny.


And she signed issues of Missouri Star's 'magazine' Block.  I hesitate to call Block a quilt magazine, because it is much more like a book.

Jenny and her family have made a huge difference in the economy of her small town.  She's made the financial section of NBC news.  Many of her 7 children are in the business, as well as around 100 local people.  The company only started 5 years ago, and already they've had such impact in tough economic times.

If ever you have the opportunity to hear her, by all means do.

I hope to some day visit her small town.  The company is buying abandoned buildings and turning the town into a walking tour quilt shop.  I.E., one building will house solids, one batiks, etc. with the fabrics by category, one will have long-arms, one is now a retreat center.  Amazing growth in 5 years!

Congratulations, Missouri Star!

Thursday, March 27, 2014

AND STILL MORE RETREAT PICS

We had such fun!



















Hope some of you can join us next year.  Who doesn't need a Spring Thaw in FL in March?

The group is:  The Quilter's Thread