Wednesday, March 21, 2018

Darling Doll Quilts Duo

So, it's snowing again here and that's all I'm going to say about that.

Love Nest - Little Liberated Medallion Quilt 22 x 24.
I made these two workshop sample blocks a couple of weeks ago.
Last week I just felt like playing in my sewing room.   You ever do that?  Just want to make something for no reason?  
 I raided my two miscellaneous block drawers.
and composed this fun little piece.  I used leftover stars, the black and red pieced section on the right was from Jill's sewing room.  I added pretty bird and floral fabrics, one little nine patch and
I quilted it by machine with my Newest Baptist Fan stencil using 
Invisafil 100 wt thread.   I LOVED using  this tread.  It blended across all areas of the quilt.
I even used left over binding pieces.  See?  It was like a public service project, right?
I just love this texture
The backing is a cheater print - still needs a label.
Darling Doll Quilt #2
I received this sweet Doll Quilt from blog reader/friend, Rondi.  She lives in KY and has sent me very nice notes from time to time and a few little quilts.  How cute is this one?  It is a Gwen Marston pattern.
Hand quilted with little fans - squeal.  So cute.   It has Little House on the Prairie fabric for the backing which I have never seen before.
It fits perfectly on one of my little beds.  So charming.  Thank you Rondi for this wonderful gift.
In other news:  I'm working on this Medallion Quilt (again).  Talk about over cautious
I've been working on this top for so long.  It first appeared in spring 2016......that is 2 years ago!  how did that happen?
Wish me luck with the last 2 borders.  
Hope you're having fun with whatever you are working on.

p.s. thank you for all the nice comments and appreciation of the swap this year.  I'm so glad that everyone had fun and likes the Churn Dash blocks.

Thursday, March 15, 2018

Barb the Builder

Hello!  Thank you Ocean Waves Quilt Guild for inviting me to present a lecture and lead a Workshop.  I had a great time and you did too.
Helen and Denise came from Cape May on a very bumpy ferry - thanks ladies! 

We had a very busy day of liberated home construction. 
 There were 25 women in the workshop and they all built great houses.
 Wow - what an amazing collection of houses!  We had a piece of Elmo fabric and he featured in many of the houses.
 I love the variety.  Each house is different and has its own personality.
If you would like me to visit your group or quilt shop to teach this fun workshop send me an email  I still have booking openings in 2018 and 2019.

Thank you Wendy for hosting me in your beautiful home.  I'll be sharing some of her amazing garden and collections soon.  We were guild friends in NJ and had such a great visit.
I was billeted in NJ to wait out the Nor'easter that hit Wednesday.  Here is how it looked on Thursday.  Still think it's "beautiful" Pauline?  ha ha 
Coco and I surveyed the damage at our local State Park; Chatfield Hollow.  It was sad to see so many trees and branches down.
Tuesday, we woke up to this.....again......
The (2nd) nor'easter provided a good day for me to do the Repro Block Swap. 
Here are the sets of 22 blocks before they were swapped.
Today I'm going to tackle the 1944 Modern Churn Dash Blocks from 36 swappers.
Guess what?  we have another winter snow storm coming next week!  wee.

I leave you with my Christmas plants which are blooming again.
Have a super week!

p.s. did anyone in the workshop find my pearl bracelet?  :(  

Wednesday, February 28, 2018

I'm In Love...

....with my new 4-block Applique' Project!
My working title is Whigging Out, but that might change.
I'm using chrome yellow as my background.  It isn't for everyone.  What do you think?

Here are some photos of my early designing process.  I won't bore you with all of them....there were many ideas that were thrown out.
I had to piece my background, but that makes it authentic as I'm not buy more yardage when I can make do.  
You can also see my placement lines which I press in to help arrange my elements.
Once I was happy with the corner design, I traced it onto medical paper.  Tissue paper will also work.  As you can see it is a rough tracing.
Then I slip it underneath to layout the other corners.  I like wonky - but not cray cray.  You know what I mean?
I pin the block to the paper to keep it in place.
I slipped a piece of template plastic underneath so I didn't pin every piece to the paper.
This is Olympic level pinning.  I like to sew baste my applique so it is ready to travel.  It stays put and stitching without pins is a dream.
Here is where I'll be next week.  
I still have openings in my 2018/2019 booking schedule.  Email me if your group is interested.  I love to meet you in person.

I am offering a new pattern in my Fun With Barb Etsy Store.  My Hot Flash Quilt. The pattern is full size, so no need to go to the office store.
Here is a fabulous new recipe that I tried recently.   My family loved it!!
 Find the recipe by clicking here.  I made 2 changes to the recipe; I used low fat cream cheese and I added dollops of pesto on top.   It was so good, I opened a bottle of red wine on a weeknight!
This is going to be a very brave bright quilt.  I'm so excited to have a new happy applique project!
Swap Blocks are due in the mail now.    Please send them asap so I can swap and return the blocks - woo hoo.
Have a great week

Thursday, February 22, 2018

Sewing at Sea

Hello Friends~
I'm back after a week in the Caribbean.....aaaahhhh that's better.  I had a little stitching time on the way to Ft. Lauderdale.
We cruised on the Nieu Amsterdam of the Holland America Line.   I met several quilters who were at Quilt Camp at Sea.  When it was too windy outside I stitched at the top of the ship with a beautiful view.
On Valentines Day Mr. Fun and I celebrated our 31st Wedding Anniversary.  I am so blessed to have such a wonderful husband and best friend.
 The ship had special flowers, treats and music it was a wonderful day.
On Key West we rented bikes and rode all around and took a tour of the Truman's Little White House.  It was fascinating. 
Somewhere Over the Rainbow....
 The ship was redecorated in December - it looked gorgeous.
 Oh, there you are....
I love this presentation at the Asian Lounge; Tamarind.
aaahhhh - Half Moon Cay
 Grand Turk - they are still recovering from the hurricanes of 2017.
Travel Tip:
When you book airline tickets online double check then triple check your dates.    Do you see the problem here???
I didn't see my error until the day before we were leaving the ship and I couldn't do anything about it until morning.  :(

Luckily we got new flights - for a change fee of course.
Unluckily our 2nd flight was CANCELLED due to weather.
Luckily we got tickets on Amtrak Washington DC - New Haven, CT.
Unluckily it takes 5 hours on that train.....
Luckily there was a club car.
What a meal - Wine and a Marshmallow Treat.

Thanks for all who left comments on our Superbowl snack.
We call them Hanky Pankys, but they are also known as:
Sh*t on a Shingle
Polish Mistakes
Barf on Bread
I think it is mainly a American midwest thing but I've had them here on the East Coast too.

Thank you Silver City Quilters for giving me such a warm welcome and for being so engaged in my Lecture and Trunk Show.  I'd love to meet more blog readers, so please share my information with your program organizer or quilt shop.  See Top Tab on this blog.

Swap News:
Mailing instructions have been sent via email.  Thank you for posting on IG, FB and in Bloglandia.  I'm excited to start seeing them here in CT.

Have a great week!