Saturday, April 18, 2015

FFF - Spring Fun!

Yes, I know it's Saturday, but yesterday was one of those days.

Spring has finally arrived in Connecticut!!  Hip Hip Hooray! What a joy to swing the door open wide and let the fresh air in.

While turning and watering my pansies I notice a little insect on the stoop.  I almost stepped on it.

What a miracle of nature.  It is a baby praying mantis.  Soooo tiny!

I used a leaf to pick him up and put him in my flower pot so coco wouldn't step or lay on him.  It was near the stoop that I found an adult one last fall.

I changed my funky paint-by-number art in my powder room from the winter "buck" scene -
 to my spring swan scene.

Mr. Fun thinks these are trashy, but I love them.  Look at this funny painting mistake under the swans neck.  Surely it was supposed to be blue.

I bought a great batch of fun stamps on line from USPS.  No extra charge and no shipping.

A friend asked me to share her Granddaughter's Theme Park Teen blog.  This young lady is an excellent writer and offers a lot of great information to anyone visiting a theme Park.

She has also opened her own Etsy shop.   Good Luck Megan!

Oh, how will ever live without my Mad Men!?!  Only 4 episodes left.  Last Sunday I spied this 1950s, polyester, yarn tied patchwork quilt.

Fabric APB Alert!!!  Please check your fabric stash for my friend, Barbara.  this is what she is looking for.  You can see her post with details here.

I've started quilting on the Boy Quilt and it is going really well.  I'll make a full report soon.  I'm off to the "big show" in Paducah next week.

Have a Fun Weekend!

Wednesday, April 15, 2015

Back to the Sewing Room

Aaahhhh, that's better.  I've been able to spend 2 afternoons in the sewing room and was wonderful.

Here is my basted "boy" quilt.  Notice anything funny?   Where are PINS?

I accidentally bought this batting (or they accidentally put in my order).  It's FUSIBLE batting.   I used it on a very small piece and decided to try it on this lap quilt.

Have you used this?  What did you think?  I'd love to hear your opinions.

I bought these clips at Lowe's to aid in all the pin basting I'll be doing soon. They are much easier to open/close than binder clips, but they hang off the table a lot, so I'm not sure about them yet.

See how bulky they are?  :(
You would think I would have opened only one package....arrrggg.

According to directions you "simply" fuse all three layers with a hot iron.  I did it one section at a time and was lucky that the top fit perfectly on the width.  The back had a lot of wrinkling, despite going slow and being extra careful. 

Funny when you work slowly and closely on something.  What happened to this block?  How did I not notice it until now??  It's staying, of course.

I've been using this toile' in different colors for years and never noticed that Judy's name is on the building!

I received some very special quilty gifts recently.  This is a crystal thimble and is absolutely beautiful (and heavy).

Here you can see the size and facets.  Beautiful.   What a lovely gift for a quilter.

I also received these Coats thread collections for sewing on the go.  They have 288 strands braided together and you pull out 1 at a time.  Super cute tissues for my sewing kit.  Thank you so much MC.

I'd like to say a special thank you to the Brownstone Quilters for their warm welcome home.  Thank you to those who attended my lecture and/or workshop.   I had a great time and can't wait to see your Hex blocks!

Wednesday, April 8, 2015

Folk Art Fun

Today I'm sharing quilts that I have made using my original folk art patterns.  Free form folk art applique' is one of my greatest passions.

Defining Folk Art:
Art originating among the common people of a nation or region and usually reflecting their traditional culture, especially everyday or festive items produced or decorated by unschooled artists.

Here is one of my earliest folk art quilts.  I made this to celebrate Hanna's 6th Birthday.
In this one I used my grandmother's hanky.
Here are two that I designed in a Gwen Marston workshop in 2012.
 I really need to stitch these up.
I made all the patterns for Mothers Garden, finished in 2011.
Here is my version of Susan's pineapple design.  I'm not sure about that stem.
Thank goodness coco protected it for me.  What is it about laying on quilt pieces?
Finally, here are the two Alice Payne blocks that I'm working on.

I have decided to make a pattern for this quilt and will probably have it available in the Fall.

Have a great week!

Monday, April 6, 2015

Ready or Not

Here I come....

I've been busy the last couple of weeks getting ready for a lecture and workshop at my Guild in New Jersey, The Brownstone Quilters.  I'll be there this Thursday, April 9th, meeting time is 7pm.

I'm bringing 22 quits and 2 tops for my trunk show:  Quilting - the Story of My Life.  I'm doing a workshop on Saturday on EPP from my Hex Vex Quilt.  You can see the information here.
I thought I'd take this opportunity to tell you about my schedule, just on the off chance you can (or want) to join me.

April 21st - 23rd - AQS QuiltWeek in Paducah, KY.  If you see me, say Hello!

May 17th - Teaching Hand Applique' at Sew Inspired Quilt Shop, in Simsbury, CT.  I'm team teaching with Susan and we are using her original folk art Pineapple quilt to teach basic hand applique'.  (class details will be on their website soon).
September 26th - I am visiting the North River Appliquers (NRA) in the Boston area to teach my workshop: Folk Art Applique' Your Way.

October 19th & 20th - I will be presenting my trunk show lecture for the Garden State Quilters, in NJ and a workshop on my Hex Vex Quilt.

October 28th - I am visiting the Pieced Together Quilters in NJ to present my trunk show.

November 6th & 7th -  I will be exhibiting quilts in the Brownstone Quilt Show.  It is one of the finest guild quilt shows in the area.  You can find all the information at their website here.

I've added a new item to my etsy shop.  It's my Fun Folk Art Patterns - 32 original designs from my folk art quilts.  **NOTE  many of the patterns in the photo are from Kaffee Fassett's book, Museum Quilts.

You can find more details on Etsy by clicking the photo on my side bar.

Well I'm sick of me - I hope that wasn't too much self promotion for one post.  I'm planning to get back to more everyday sewing and quilting and sharing inspiration soon.  I have 3 quilt tops that desperately need to be quilted~

Thursday, April 2, 2015

Under the Starry Sky

Last Saturday Susan and I went to NYC to the Empire Quilt Show.  Here is what I bought:

Here is what I won (lucky me)!

Here is what I saw (my favorite at the show):

Congratulations Betsy, great modern twist on a traditional pattern!

Before going back to CT, we had a cocktail under the Starry Sky at Grand Central Station.

I've had a couple of inquiries about how I'm making my 4 inch Stars for the Stars in a Time Warp sew along. 

Judy sent me a smilebox video of how she makes her flying geese units for her stars.  You can see it by clicking here.

Angie did a great post on her method with a link to a flying geese tutorial.

I've decided to make little 4 inch stars.  I am making only 1 a week, so I'm doing it this way.   It is only taking me about 15 minutes a week (after I pick fabrics).

From the background I cut 4 pieces 1-1/2" x  2-1/2" and 4 squares 1-1/2".
For the stars I cut:  8 1-1/2" squares and 1 2-1/2" square.
I'm "eye balling" the short seam from corner to corner.  Of course you can mark it with a pencil.  If it varies a little on my stars all the better for me.
After pressing I can see if I'm a little off.  I trim that away.  Then I trim the back two layers (sorry forgot to photo).
Then I stitch the block together.
Here you can see where I've cut away the extra layers and how I press it.
I like using a hot DRY iron and starch.  The starch really helps keep these little blocks straight.   I also use the pressing stick.   You can see how to use it here.

I press the last 2 seams open to keep the block nice and flat.
and there you have it!

And here are my little stars so far.

Speaking of stars I'm listen to this book, Under the Wide and Starry Sky.  It is the story of Robert Louis Stevenson and his wife.  I recommend it highly.

Well that's all the time have for stars today - See you next time!