"For I know the plans I have for you," declares the Lord, "plans to prosper you and not to harm you, plans to give you hope and a future." Jer 29:11 (NIV)

Friday, April 21, 2017

Block 11 - Bentley Bear

Teddy bear block #11 for the commissioned quilt -

Bentley is a pilgrim bear who is here to remind everyone to be thankful for their many blessings.

One more teddy bear block to make for the quilt itself and then I can start making the teddy bear blocks that I'm making as extras to go with the Teddy Bear BOM this year.  =)

Did make progress on the final 8 setting blocks - got the 2.5" squares cut that I need for the center of them.  Now I just need time to sew them together.

Gratitudes:

1. It is the weekend.....well almost.  =)

2. Realization that permanent changes (not just a temporary "diet") in the diet really do make a difference in how I feel

Tuesday, April 18, 2017

New Teddy Bear Block for Commissioned Quilt

Block #10 for the commissioned quilt - Nicholas Bear.   Still thinking about adding a candy cane to the block......

Two more blocks, already designed, to make for the quilt and then I've got four more bonus blocks that I'll be making to go along with the BOM.  Still need to make the final eight setting blocks but before I do that I need to cut 128 - 2 1/2" squares first.....lol......

Gratitudes:
1. Weather is supposed to be good the next couple of days.

2. Counts are up high enough that I can think about getting the needed tooth work done.

Final Decision.....

....on the business card that is....... Here is what I ordered....telephone number will be on the ones I receive, but I didn't want that shown on my blog.

I'm happy with this one and hope it will be a good investment for me.

Gratitudes:
1. All the feedback people gave me as I pondered card designs

2. No severe weather in last nights thunderstorm.

Monday, April 17, 2017

Weekend Progress

Made some progress this weekend in spite of all that was going on.

First up where the 7 swan blocks that I completed the stitching on - pinks and purple ones.   I'm working on them in color order based on what tote I need to get the thread out of.  

I then was able to get the last 8 prepped swans fused down and ready for stitching.

I then got the borders onto a quilt for sunshine quilts.  The blocks were part of a challenge that had been made with some of my fabric by a gal in Sunshine for me to put together.  And yes, the borders were deliberately made asymmetrical.  =)  The new machine was used to sew the last two borders onto the quilt and I think I've finally figured out the stitch length and tension for the straight stitch....well at least for this quilt.  lol

I had 3 more blocks (well, 4 but one has gone missing) with the fish fabric in them that I set together for the center part of another quilt.  Don't have a picture of it to show here tho.

Gratitudes:
1. Good traffic this morning on the way to work.

2. Feedback on business cards was helpful and they are now on order.



Sunday, April 16, 2017

Hands 2 Help

Because I know that God has richly blessed me, I try to share those blessings in various ways.  One of the ways I do is in the quilt tops that I make and send off to Sunshine Quilts and American Hero Quilts.

This year I've also signed up to make a quilt for Hands 2 Help.  You can read more about it here.

I've oodles of quilt tops that have been done forever w/o homes to go to.   I've pulled this one that I think will make up into a lovely quilt for Em's Scrap Bag.   they give quilts to people going thru chemo.  And having been there - done that twice now this is something that I can identify with.

I haven't got a clue how long I've had this made, but I do know it started with the border print fabric and grew from there.

I hope to start the quilting in the next week or two.

Gratitudes:
1. No rain this weekend when I made my drive to Austin

2. Found the fabrics for the row I'm designing.

Saturday, April 15, 2017

ScrapHappy April 15th


Lots of fun this month going through my scrap bins/bags as I've been pulling pairs of coordinating fabrics for Origami Swan blocks.  

I completed the first seven blocks early in the month.   And this week I've fused the pieces down for the next 17 blocks.  I've also pieces cut for 8 more blocks, but those still need to be fused.

Still to have the fusible web ironed on to them are 18 more pairs of coordinating fabrics already pulled and three more that need a coordinate to go with them.   And nope, not all of the blocks will end up in the finished commissioned quilt - I only need 42 blocks for it, but I'm already seeing blocks that I don't want to put into the quilt.

Here are the links for everyone who joins ScrapHappy from time to time (they may not post every time, but their blogs are still worth looking at):

Usually has a scrappy post:
Gun at https://rutigt.wordpress.com (in Swedish and English)
Titti at http://tittisquiltlek.blogspot.se (in Swedish only)
Heléne at http://quiltochsom.blogspot.se (in Swedish only)
Sometimes has a scrappy post:
Eva at bambisyr-evaj.blogspot.com (in Swedish only)
Sue at sewingmagpie.blogspot.com (in English only)
Lynn at https://thetialys.wordpress.com (in English only)
Norma at https://shesewsyouknow.wordpress.com (in English only)
Lynda at: https://pixilatedtoo.wordpress.com (in English only)
Birthe: http://birthesrom.blogspot.no (in Norwegian only)
Turid: http://densyendehimmel.blogspot.se (in English and Norwegian)
Susan: https://desertskyquilts.wordpress.com/ (in English only)
Cathy: http://nanacathydotcom.wordpress.com (in English only)
Debbierose: https://sewrosey.wordpress.com (in English only)
Tracy: https://itsatsweetsday.wordpress.com/ (in English only)
Jill: http://nicepieceofwork.wordpress.com/ (in English only)
Claire: https://knitnkwilt.wordpress.com/ (in English only)
Jan: http://thesnailofhappiness.com/ (in English only)
Karen: https://mewithptsd.wordpress.com/ (in English only)
Deb: https://abearsthimble.wordpress.com/ (in English only)
Enjoy till next month!
Gratitudes:
1.  I get to have lunch with a friend tomorrow after dropping off the fabric for donation in Austin, yippee!
2. Road trip for a few hrs - it'll be good to get away for a while.

Thursday, April 13, 2017

Business Cards, round 2


Feedback from the ones from the ones I posted yesterday showed that the last two didn't make the cut, the black was liked but w/o the pic of the block, and the top one was ok.  

So today I went back into Vistaprint today and worked up a few more possibilities without a picture of a quilt block on them.  

The top two pics to the right have been the clear winners so far.....I really like the colors of the second one but they are too dark for the writing to be clear in my opinion.  I may make a $5 investment and have one of the graphic designers at Vistaprint lighten the colors up so that it is easier to see the printing.

I also like the top one, but it would definitely be my second choice.

I still like the card on the bottom here from yesterday, but I like these two in the top pics better.  So I'm getting closer to  a decision and in order my business cards.  =)

Gratitudes:
1. It's a long weekend for me....woohoo.

2. Good weather is predicted for tomorrow - a good thing since I'll be making a round trip to/from Austin all in one day.

It's coming!

Volume 15 of QuiltMakers 100 Blocks from Today's Top Designers will be released on May 2nd, just a little over 2 weeks away now.   The thrill of seeing my block designs in print never gets old for sure.



And there is a blog hop associated with the release that is always fun.   More info can be found on the blog hop by clicking on the logo below.


Gratitudes:
1. For the opportunity of having my block designs published.

2. For having a place to donate the fabric I no longer want where it will be available to others that will use it.

Wednesday, April 12, 2017

Business card possibilities


I've been working on getting the design for my business cards decided on and have three possibilities.  Not sure though which one I want to go with....need to decide that because I'd like to order them this week.

What do you guys think of these four desgns?  Pics are in order of my preferences for the four.

Gratitudes:

1. Only a small chance of rain is forecast for the areas I'll be driving through on Friday.

2. Making progress on the business side of things.

Tuesday, April 11, 2017

Growing.,......

One of my goals for this year was to growing.   Both growing as a pattern designer and growing my commissioned quilting business.

I'm making progress on both fronts - the commissions have been coming in fairly quickly this year.  And I'm currently working on two different ones.  Will need to hustle after these are done to get the next one though, or figure out the best place to start selling some of the quilts that I've already finished.  Either that or actually work on the scrub tops that are sitting here waiting for me to get them sewn up!

At any rate, to help grow my designing skills I've accepted a chance to be one of the quilters/bloggers designing a row for the Christmas Caroling Row Along Blog Hop that will take place starting on September 5th this year.  All rows will be centered around Christmas Carols.  The song that I'll be designing a row for is "We Three Kings of Orient Are".     I 'm looking forward to designing my row and I've already mentally designing it....just need to get out paper and pencil and start sketching it out.  =)



Gratitudes:

1. Being offered the chance to design a row for the blog hop

2. Fro friends who encourage me in my designing and quilting





Monday, April 10, 2017

New Pattern

Another pattern has been added to Craftsy.

This one was designed in memory of the Siamese cat that my family had for 20+ years.

It can be found here.

Gratitudes:
1. That I'm able to design quilt blocks.

2. The severe thunderstorm didn't hit on my way home from work.

Friday, April 7, 2017

Progress this week

Lots of things in progress this week, but no new pictures at the moment.

The first seven of the origami swan blocks have been stitched down.  And I'm about halfway through ironing on Wonder-Under onto the backside of the 30 or pairs of fabrics I've pulled for origami swan blocks.  Will finish off the fusing tonight.  Next up is to finish pulling the fabrics for the remaining blocks and for block backgrounds.  Then I'll start assembling the blocks.

More fabrics need to be chosen for the remaining teddy bear blocks that I need to make - 2 for the commissioned quilt and 4 sample blocks for the BOM (will be bonus blocks for it).  I'm also hoping to get the final 8 setting blocks started for the quilt as well this coming weekend.

I also plan to continue to work some with the new machine and practice with it so that I can use it to stitch my butterfly blocks.

Gratitudes:

1. That the changes I've made and continue to make in my diet are having positive changes in my health and that continued weight loss is one of the positives.

2. That there are resources out there for dealing with and potentially healing thyroid issues naturally.


Wednesday, April 5, 2017

"New" Patterns Added to Craftsy

I've added a couple of free patterns to Craftsy.   These have been on my website  and were in dire need of updating and new sample blocks.   They can be found here.

Gratitudes:

1. For being able to avoid driving in the severe thunderstorm last night on the way home

2. For friends, new and old, and the blessings that I have as a result of my friendship with them.



Sunday, April 2, 2017

Origami Swan Commissioned Quilt Underway

And this commissioned quilt is officially underway.  Seven blocks have been fused and I've pulled fabric combos for 16 more blocks.  All fabric used so far for the swans comes from the bag of prefused fabrics that I have as part of my scraps.

Still need to iron the wonder-under onto the fabrics before I can cut the sections out for more blocks.   I need 42 blocks for the finished quilt so there will be a lot more to go.

Gratitudes:

1. A possibility of finding a doc willing to do the digging needed to deal with long-standing issues, even if he's 45 miles away from where I live.

2. No storm damage here at the house today.

Saturday, April 1, 2017

A Quilt for Me.......

Every once in a blue moon I actually make something for me, something that I won't consider selling.  And this new project is one of those projects.   39 years or so ago I inherited some wonderful hankies from my paternal Grandmother.  In the years since then they moved around with me lots of times and to multiple states, but I've never decided what to do with them......until this year.  I finally decided that it is time for me to make something for myself, while working on other paying projects or donations.


So I will be making a hankie butterfly quilt for myself.  At this point I'm thinking it will be 9 blocks, plus a border of some sort.   The first block is pinned and ready for me to stitch the hankie down.  I still haven't decided if that will be by machine buttonhole, or by hand.

I've pulled 12 hankies out to work from (have  a few more plain ones),

The one at the bottom right is actually a little towel, so it won't work as a butterfly.   I'm thinking of doing something along the lines of this hankie dress block or this second hankie dress block.  

I might even end up making dress blocks out of the two with the crocheted sections on the corners.  Or maybe I'll do something different with them.....still to be decided.

The pics to the side and below show close ups of the hankies I've pulled out to work with.

Gratitudes:
1. For the loving Grandparents on both sides of the family that I was blessed to know growing up.

2. For all of my family and those friends who are like family to me, near and far.








Weekend Doings So Far............

Started my weekend sewing on Friday by making a couple of sample blocks for old patterns that I'm updating and will be uploading to Craftsy.   Both of these are angel blocks and the patterns hopefully will be up before Monday.

After the angels were finished, then I made two more appliqued bear blocks for the commissioned teddy bear quilt.  Just need three more for it and I'll be down to only needing to make 8 more setting blocks before that quilt is ready to start assembling.

I've also managed to get the templates made for the second commissioned quilt that I'm working on at this time - 42 origami swan blocks to make, all from scraps and my stash.   Love working on quilts like that.

Next up for today is finishing up the prep work for my taxes.   I got behind on my spreadsheets this past year and now I'm trying to play catch up with them to get my taxes finished up.

Gratitudes:

1. I survived (well my job at any rate) the re-org at work and am still employed.

2.  For the friends who encourage me through out the week.




Friday, March 31, 2017

Teddy Bear 2017 BOM, Block #3 - Seamus

This month's teddy bear gentleman is Seamus and he's straight from Ireland.   He's brought a lucky clover to share with you.

The pattern this month can be downloaded for free this month from Craftsy.

Click here to go to Craftsy to download the pattern for this month.

The pattern will be free through the end of April.  After that it will be available for a low price.


Gratitudes -

1. People are working on the BOM

2. For all of the commissioned work that I have at this point in time


Thursday, March 30, 2017

Hmmmm..................part 2

In looking at the stats further for my blog, I've found that at the moment most of the referring URL's are coming through my website......maybe it's time to shut it down since I haven't had time to maintain it like I should for several years now.


Shutting it down would translate into about a $15 savings per month, but on the other hand it would mean I'd need to find somewhere to put the patterns that are listed for free on the website.   I could create a page for my blog to use to link to them, but need to think about where to put the actual files.   On the other hand, all of those patterns were created years ago and I'm not sure if anyone is even downloading/using them anymore.  

Maybe I should first do a survey to see if anyone is even interested in the patterns before doing all the work to perhaps update the patterns and then move them somewhere else.   If no one is interested in the patterns anymore, then I don't see much point in doing the work that it would require.

Lots to think about, and the way things are going decisions need to be made.  What do you, my readers, think?

Gratitudes:

1.  Finally have something to do here at work.

2.  It looks like work may be settling out a bit and I may have plenty to do.

Hmmmmm...........

There are days when I really have to wonder what could be so fascinating to someone who is not a quilter about my blog.   Especially on days like today when I look at the stats and see that for the first time, there were more page-views from a country where hacking has been talked about all of this year.  

I'm not sure whether to be flattered or worried about what the stats are indicating is happening.

The rest of the countries shown here may change in which ones are represented, but the number of page-views are pretty typical for what I've seen over the last year.

Gratitudes:
1.  Tho windy here in the North Texas area, it isn't as windy as in Wyoming

2.  No storms forecast till Saturday night and Sunday

Heart Quilt Completed

I finished sewing the binding down on the commissioned heart quilt yesterday afternoon.  It was commissioned by a friend for a mutual friend who has been going through some tough times lately.

Some Specs -

-- Blocks are 9"finished with a 3" border
-- There are 76 hearts in the whole quilt - a happy circumstance because the gal it is for (and I!) graduated in 1976.  And nope, it wasn't planned that way.
-- The blue block has 9 hearts in it alone.
-- 6 or more different white-on-white prints were used for the block backgrounds and a multitude of different red prints for the
-- All fabric and the batting was from stash
-- Hearts were satin-stitched down
-- First time I used a corner triangle label - made it super easy and this won't be the last time that I do labels this way!

And now it's time to continue working on the teddy bear commission and start the swan commissioned quilt.

Gratitudes:
1. The storm damage yesterday was not worse that what it was

2. People are starting to notice the weight I've lost....a definite encouragement to keep going!

Monday, March 27, 2017

Weekend doings

Worked on binding the heart quilt this weekend as my hand allowed me.   It kept wanting to go numb and that doesn't help hold onto the needle so that I can sew the binding down.   =(   Did get almost half done, and will finish it up this week.

In between working on it, continuing to work on taxes and on my Bible study, I also pulled out a set of UFO blocks and worked on getting them ready to sew together.   Most of the 4-patches and heart blocks were already made and had been for yrs.  They were leftovers from a quilt top made back in 2003 for a group project in a quilt group that I've been a part of since 1997.

I added the white strips on two sides of the blocks to bring them up to the same 9.5" unfinished that the hearts are.   I did end up making 4 more heart blocks and 3 4-patch blocks to add a 6th column so that the pattern would be symmetrical.  I also added another little heart to the block that is #3 from the top in the left most column.  There was just too much empty space in it for me to be happy.  Without a final border this will be 54" square.  I've a couple of potential fabrics pulled for a final border.

I haven't decided what I'll do with this one - keep for a future gift, sell, donate.....or?

Gratitudes:
1. It's Monday and I have a job that I like.

2. I can go to bed early tonite (hopefully!) after a night where I didn't sleep much at all.

Tuesday, March 21, 2017

Making progress....

Over the weekend I was able to get the commissioned heart quilt fully quilted.  It took a while to do because I had to not only smooth out the backing and re-pin as I went, but also had to add on a band at one end thanks to having turned the top the wrong way.  =(  

Here's pic of the back where you can see the band I added in.   The fabric was a leftover from another project, by someone, but I do't remember buying it.   Might have gotten it in a remnant bag.

I also got the binding sewn down on the origami table runner.  And after looking at the pic, am thinking I need to do some more quilting in the white because I don't like how it looks in the picture.

I also got a test block made for my next magazine submission completed.  Now to make the actual block for submission.   But first need to decide on what fabrics I want to use....lol.....

Finally I sorted through two more totes of fabrics and miscellaneous stuff.  Have another pile of fabric to measure and then donate.  And I downsized two totes of Christmas decorations into one tote leaving me with a stack to donate or sell.   Bummer is that I can't find the replacement nativity set that I am supposed to have (bought it after the one I'd had for over 20 yrs vanished when I moved from TX to IN & yrs ago).   Maybe I should make myself a wall-hanging nativity and be done with it. (I do have 3 appliques and a panel or two for nativities.......maybe it's time to use one of them.)

Gratitudes:
1. My foot is feeling better (altho not fully 100% yet) after hurting for over a week)

2. Nice warm days

Wednesday, March 15, 2017

Design Ponderings and Musings....

I'm still pondering how to set these blocks that I have for Sunshine Quilts.   There are four with the orange and six more that have the same blue fabric set with yellow.   They were from a challenge that I had made 18 or so months ago and were made by another Sunshine member.

















I'll admit, I'm a bit of a doodler.   And when I doodle, it's normally things like quilt blocks, or in this case quilt layouts.  Here you can see some of my doodles today as I continue to ponder how to set the 4 blocks together into a cohesive quilt.  At this point I'm leaning towards either the upper left or bottom layouts, with both of them would be set asymmetrically.  (Yes, QuiltCon is having an influence on me.)   I'm really intrigued by the one in the upper left of the pic with the "circle" in fabric that matches in color the orange in the block.  But the bottom layout would be easier to do, again I would probably use an orange as the first border.   Decisions, decisions, decisions.  Anyone else have any ideas?

One of the other things that I've been pondering and find so interesting is where all people are reading my blog from and now accessing the patterns I've uploaded to Craftsy.  Even after traveling to several countries outside of the US, I still find it interesting to see all of the countries.

Some of the countries (other than the US) where people who have downloaded patterns include - Italy, Ireland, Greece, the United Kingdom, the Czech Republic, Canada, South Korea, Australia and Germany.   Blog visitors have come from France, the Netherlands, Ireland, Germany, Australia, Argentina, Italy and Canada.

Maybe one of these days I can visit more of the world and see these countries for myself and perhaps even meet quilters there in person.

Gratitudes:
1. My truck driver niece and her DH have been safe in the midst of the blizzard in the east.

2. For the opportunities to attend two quilt shows recently and the inspiration from them.


Scrappy Happy 15th

5 more blocks have been finished for the next American Heroes quilt.   These blocks used up more of the leftover pp'd patterns from a long-ago quilt.

Once all of the blocks patterns are completed then I'll start laying them out and arranging them to see what I can make.



















I've patterns for 6 more blocks, one of which I'm not sure if I'm going to make.

The ones that I do plan to make are two more of the split half log cabins in the upper right of this corner, and there are also three of the three spiderweb blocks in the middle left of this picture.

I haven't decided if I'm going to make last pattern which is a small Carolina lily yet.

These blocks will all be going with the last 6 - 12" RWB UFO blocks that I've still gotten.  (Already have a 12" one done for the quilt).

I'm partnering up with others in ScrapHappy Wednesday.   You can check out the other postings here -

I'm linking with Kate and Gun who host ScrapHappy.    It’s a day for showing something made from scraps. The list is longer all the time!

Usually has a scrappy post:
Gun at https://rutigt.wordpress.com (in Swedish and English)
Kate at https://talltalesfromchiconia.wordpress.com (in English only)
Titti at http://tittisquiltlek.blogspot.se (in Swedish only)
Heléne at http://quiltochsom.blogspot.se (in Swedish only)
Eva at http://bambisyr-evaj.blogspot.com (in Swedish only)
Susan at https://desertskyquilts.wordpress.com/
Sometimes has a scrappy post:
Sue at http://sewingmagpie.blogspot.com (in English only)
Nanette at http://stitchandsow-homeandgarden.blogspot.com.au (in English only)
Lynn at https://thetialys.wordpress.com (in English only)
Norma at https://shesewsyouknow.wordpress.com (in English only)
Lynda at: https://pixilatedtoo.wordpress.com (in English only)
Birthe: http://birthesrom.blogspot.no (in Norwegian only)
Turid: http://densyendehimmel.blogspot.se (in English and Norwegian)
Cathy: http://nanacathydotcom.wordpress.com (in English only)
Debbierose: https://sewrosey.wordpress.com (in English only)
Tracy: https://itsatsweetsday.wordpress.com/ (in English only)
Jill: http://nicepieceofwork.wordpress.com/ (in English only)
Claire: https://knitnkwilt.wordpress.com/ (in English only)
Jan: http://thesnailofhappiness.com/ (in English only)
Karen: https://mewithptsd.wordpress.com/ (in English only)
Deb: https://abearsthimble.wordpress.com/ (in English only)

Gratitudes:

1. Family

2. All of the blessings in my life.

Tuesday, March 14, 2017

Downsizing the non-quilting stash......

One of the things I've been doing this spring is to downsize my non-quilting fabric stash.  I've been moving and storing it for years without actually getting anything made from it.   After the last two moves (made in 10 months!) I decided that this needed to change.

So the net result is my downsizing that portion of my stash.  To this point I've pulled out maybe 40% of it to donate.   I'm aiming for 50% or more of it gone.

So far I've measured 63 pieces of what I pulled out in the initial culling - and have 167 yards of fabric in 5 big bags.   And I still have another 24 pieces pulled from the first round that need to be measured.    Once all of the initial round is measured, then my plan is to go back through and make a second pass and be realistic about what I'll get made up in the future.    There are fabrics for me, fabrics to use to make stuff for other people, fabric for totes (in two big totes!), and so on.   Still to go thru as well is a box full of stuff I'd collected for crazy quilt blocks which I rarely do anymore (and that doesn't count the big tote full of stuff for it either!).

I'll be heading down to Austin to the recycle place (a 501c craft recycling place) on Good Friday to donate all of this.  I can't quite take everything down there because the fabric needs to be in pieces that are 1 yard or bigger in size.

Still to be decided - I have some embroidered linen scraps in a neutral beige color....what to do with them?  Think they'd work in a quilt to sell?

Gratitudes:
1. For a place to take these where they can be found by someone who will use them.

2. For my sewing machine arriving safely.

Monday, March 13, 2017

A few thoughts on the Dallas Quilt Show

I went to the Dallas Quilt Show this past Saturday and enjoyed my time there, but I came away with some thoughts about it and what I saw there and how it relates to quilting.   Quilt pictures will be coming later because I haven't been able to do any work with them.  =)

The show is one of the largest, all volunteer produced shows here in the US.   And the Dallas Quilt guild really does do a great job at putting the show on.  There were lots of great quilts entered and a lot of vendors, not all from TX.

The show:
1. Lots of quilts in a lot of categories.   Some I liked, some I didn't.   Over all tho, more that I liked than I didn't.  The vast majority of which were not modern quilts like those at QuiltCon 2 weeks ago.  Group, individual, junior, senior, art, pictorial, 2-person, and master class were some of the ones at the show.

2. The quilts displays were in two different rooms - the ones entered for judging were in the same room as the vendors and were totally surrounded by the vendors.   There were special exhibits that were in the room with the food vendors.  I almost missed them because I wasn't buying any food at the show.   As it was I didn't look at them like I would have liked because of my back and legs hurting.  

The vendors -
1.Total different make up to the vendors than was at QuiltCon.  There was only on manufacturer there instead of multiple ones.  The one that was there had to do with cutting templates, but for the life of me I can't remember the company name.

2. Many of the booths that had brought fabric mainly had quilt panels - lots and lots of them!  Made me wonder if panels are really that popular these days in quilting.  More panels than regular fabric in most of the booths that had them.  Not as much in the way of fabric as I'm used to seeing at shows (and now I wouldn't have been shopping it anyway).

Takeaways -

Got lots of inspiration on what I can do with some pre-fused scraps of fabric.  Just need to think about what I want to do.  And yes, I did buy a bit of fabric - two panels of sayings and some light colored batik FQ's and remnants.

Gratitudes:

1. My new sewing machine made it here to work today - woohoo..........

2. Sun is peeking thru the clouds outside.

Sunday, March 12, 2017

Winner's of the 500th post giveaway -

Jan H and Lorri Schuller were the winners of my giveaway.  

Emails have been sent to them to confirm mailing addresses.  

Packages will be sent off.



Gratitudes:

1. Safe travels this weekend to the Dallas Quilt show.

2. The sun is out after a cloudy weekend.

Friday, March 10, 2017

Avoiding the problem quilt....

Wasn't in the mood last night to deal with the problem child, aka as the quilt that gave me such fits Wednsday night.   So instead I made a sample block of the next block in my origami animal block series.

This one is in memory of the sweet (and ornery!) Siamese cat that my family had for 20+ years (or was is that she owned us?).  This one has been written up and will be uploaded to my craftsy store.


Gratitudes:

1. Been a mild winter here this year

2. Off early today from work

Thursday, March 9, 2017

It's on the way and other news......

..........my new machine that is.   It was shipped from South Carolina yesterday via UPS.  Should be here sometime early next week.   Only bummer is that I don't have a tracking number so I can watch progress in getting here.    Am thankful tho that it went out before the series of winter storms are due to go through so there shouldn't be any delays.

Also got the word today that a block design I had submitted for publication in Volume 16 of QuiltMakers 100 Blocks by Top Designers has been selected for publication in Volume 15.   Yippee!  Now to decide if I want to buy some of the magazines for resale......don't know tho if anyone would buy one from me.

Next up is to make the sample block for my next submission for volume 16 (already picked out what design) and get it submitted.   Then think about what I want to do for volume 17.  =)

Gratitudes:

1. Snow storms are not headed this way, just thunderstorms over the weekend (and praying for no tornados)

2. Next batch of patterns for sale are almost ready to be uploaded to Craftsy and should be done by this evening.

Tuesday, March 7, 2017

Using stabilizers for applique

For years when I've done satin-stitch applique I've used stitch-n-tear by Pellon as my stabilizer so that the block doesn't get all wonky.

What I had in my stash was very similar to a sew-in interfacing except that it would tear easily when going with the grain.  Cross grain though was always a different story.

Well I had to go buy more over the weekend and found that Pellon has changed what it is like.   It is now much more like a real heavy weight paper and is a lot stiffer than the old stuff.  Removing it is much easier than the old style of the product.  Something that I'm thankful for.

Because it is expensive stuff I cut 1" wide strips of it and use it only right under where I'm stitching.  Even doing this though, I've used 3+ yards (it comes 20" wide) on the heart quilt that I'm currently working on.  I'll be stocking up on it again this weekend when it goes on sale because I have two more applique quilts to make that I will need it on.

I know that there are stabilizers that you can leave in the block after the stitching is done, but I don't like to do that because I don't like the extra stiffness on top of the wonder-under that I've used to adhere the applique.

Gratitudes:

1. The customer for the next commission quilt wants me to make her quilt (appliqued origami swans) with scraps, what fun!

2. Safe travels to work in rush hour traffic.

Monday, March 6, 2017

Monday Progress and Goals

Finished stitching all of the heart blocks this evening.  Will start pulling off the stabilizer tonite after I eat something for supper.

Goals for the rest of the week include:

Laying out the blocks out tomorrow and putting the top together.  Just need to find border/binding fabric in the stash.

Pin-basting it Wed. nite at church.

Then starting the quilting later in the week.  =)  Aiming to be able to send it off by the end of next week.

I also need to get three sample blocks made for my origami applique block series so that I can upload the patterns to Craftsy.

Gratitudes:

1. Being able to baste my quilts at church where there are bigger tables than I have at home

2. Overcast day, but no rain and good traffic on the way home


Sunday, March 5, 2017

Sunday Progress

Dug out the remaining strips and chunks of reds that I had in various places and sewed them all together in strip sets.   This meant first sorting them into piles that were approximately the same size.  And then sewing them into bigger chunks of 'found' fabric.   Final step has been to iron on wonder-under onto the back of all of them so that it can completely cool while I'm at church.
Original size of the strips ranged in length from about 4 inches to 9"inches for most of them.  I used a few longer ones to join narrower sets together/wider.

I should end up with almost as many hearts as I did with the first set of strip sets.   I won't need all of the hearts I'll be able to get from these for the commissioned quilt, so any extra hearts will end up being used for an American Heroes quilt at some point in the future.

As always when I'm sewing these kinds of scraps together I'm always amazed at how much "found" fabric there is once I get them sewn together.  I love the movement in a quilt top that results when they are made into hearts, flowers or other shapes.   And I love not having good (and expensive!) go to waste.    With these strips finished, I've used all of the small strips and chunks of red in my stash.  Next time I need some I'll have to cut some!

And that set of strips turned into this pile of 71 hearts in assorted sizes for applique.   Given I only need 17 more blocks for the current quilt, I think I'll have more than enough for at least one more quilt after this....lol.

Gratitudes:

1. A bounty of scraps to work from and enjoy

2. A stash of wonder-under and stabilizer to use on the fly as needed for the various projects in process.