Merry Christmas Everybirdy!!!

December 15, 2014

Christmas sewing bird machineA special thanks to Deonn at Quiltscapes via Riley Blake Designs http://www.rileyblakedesigns.com/cutting-corners/category/sewing-basics/ for the fabulous pinnie tutorial!

Wonky Houses Published!

December 14, 2014

I’ve been sitting on an exciting bit of news since September…  My friend, Silvana Pereira Coutinho and I swapped wonky house blocks a couple of years ago.  We each made a block for ourselves and each other and traded them via mail.  At the end of 1 year, we had 24 blocks.  (Silvana lives in Brazil.)  I have to say how much I love the opportunity to meet new friends all around the world through the digital medium!  Thanks for participating in this with me Silvana!  You are an awesome friend and designer!

I made mine into a quilt which was in works to be published in NQA’s “The Quilting Quarterly”. I am so excited as I received my contributor copy yesterday!!!  A special “Thanks” goes out to the Editor, Barbara Polston and of course Silvana!  It is an awesome Issue too…  It features some wonderful mini quilts and mini quilt artists.  It is the Winter 2014 issue, Volume 43 Number 4 #173. If you’d like to order a copy, you can visit their site at http://www.nqaquilts.org

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I think in celebration, I am going to give away a signed copy to someone who leaves a comment on this blogpost!  Now, in all fairness, I have to warn you that I am technology challenged.  I do it the old fashioned way.  I put everyone’s names into a basket and have my son draw the winner.  (Of which I take pictures…)  If you would like to be in the drawing, leave me a comment and a way that I can get in touch with you…  (Or you can check back when I post the winner on December 20th)  That gives you a whole week!

IMG_1331Be sure to leave a comment if you want a chance to win a copy!  I’ll announce the winner in 1 week…

Thanks for visiting, and celebrating mine and Silvana’s publication!

Antelope Island~Utah State Park

December 7, 2014

We went for a drive today to Antelope Island on the Great Salt Lake…

It was a gorgeous day for scenery, even though the water levels are very low.

Thought you might enjoy seeing some of the pictures I took!

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This is the view looking back toward the Wasatch Mountains…

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This is Antelope Island.  The island is actually accessible to deer from the “mainland” due to low water levels.

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IMG_1301Thanks for visiting!  Hope you enjoyed the trip…

My latest pattern…

November 25, 2014

I attend a fun winter retreat at Bryce Canyon.  Last year I signed up for the “Extreme Round Robin”.  I had so much fun I wanted to do it again.  This years’ theme is “Taking a trip on Route 66″.  I googled it and found this awesome image to work from!  I love all things vintage, and this gas pump is no different…  The block has to be 10 inches finished, so I’ll add 2 strips on either side of this to make it 10inches.  I’ll incorporate the fabrics as they didn’t work for the pieced section.???????????????????????????????I printed the Mobilgas image and Route 66 image off of the internet onto fabric.  Now I have to get the borders pieced and then make 12 more!  (Plus another set of 13 5inch squares!)  Yikes!

Thanks for visiting!

One more little thing…

November 23, 2014

I’m trying to make up for lost time, since I’ve been swamped with personal stuff lately…

Here is my latest little project!  I’ll post more on it later…

IMG_1183The corner stars measure 1 inch finished and the whole piece is just over 3.5 inches…  I love itsy bitsy stuff!  Hope you like it

Thanks again for stopping by!

Layton Quilt Guild… Re-purposing “Cutter” Quilts…

November 23, 2014

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At Quilt Guild on Thursday, Lorri taught us to make re-purposed items out of vintage quilts.  It was very hard for a couple of us to cut into the quilts, although it did help that they had already been cut!  LOL! Otherwise, I wouldn’t have been able to do it!

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I have a thing for all things vintage quilting, and it almost hurt to cut my heart out.   Lorri assured us that the quilt will still live on in the sweet pillows that we made!

IMG_1177Here is everyone working away…  Viv and Suzy!

IMG_1180I cut one of these as well…  Can you imagine?  This quilt was never finished…  I’ll quilt this one by hand before I make it into a pillow.

Thanks for visiting!

A fun little project…

November 20, 2014

Hi everyone!  Things have been a bit hectic in my world lately, but I wanted to share this little project with you!

I call it a “Pin Pen”.  It’s basically a little quilt on which I display my collectible pins…  I use raw edge squares of fabric and stitch everything in place using grid quilting!  Easy peasy!

IMG_1037I need to make a couple more for some quilt pins I’ve been saving up!

IMG_1039I received this one from the quilter, Susan Brubaker Knapp, a facebook friend!  She was kind enough to pick one up for me in Las Vegas!

IMG_1038I wanted to show you what I do on the back.  Before I stitch on my binding, I add 4 squares folded on the diagonal in each of the corners.

I baste them in place, and then put my binding on as normally done.  I cut a piece of cardboard to go between the wall and the back of the pins.  This keeps them from scratching the wall.  (The cardboard has to be removed every time I add a pin, but it works like a charm!)

Hope you all enjoy my little project!  Thanks for stopping by!

A friends quilt…

November 7, 2014

My friend just gave me this little baby quilt to FMQ for her new grand baby due in a few weeks…  I love the traditional feeling of this one, and really wanted to quilt it as it would have been done hand quilted.

I followed the checkerboard pattern using a feather stitch and filled it in with a grid background.  IMG_1170There has to be an easier way to do it, but I haven’t found it yet!  LOL!  I used strips of tape to mark it with.  (The last grid quilting I did bled when I spritzed out the markings…)  I surrounded the center section with my least favorite motif, meander.  (I’m not terribly comfortable with it!)

I used a pebble stitch in the narrow yellow sashing.  Then I finished it up with a leaf motif along the edges, and a floral along the top and bottom sections.

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IMG_1172Here’s a picture of the back…

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Thanks for stopping  by!

Here’s the finished quilting…

November 6, 2014

I posted a picture yesterday of a quilt I had in progress… Here’s the finished (as much as I’m doing) quilt!

This is going to be auctioned or raffled off with the proceeds going to one of our local homeless shelters…

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Quilting like a mad woman!

November 6, 2014

I quilt with a wonderful group of friends on Tuesdays at our local Senior Center!  A couple of my friends are

always looking for projects to donate to worthy causes…  Vivian had these blocks that she donated, and Susie sewed them

together….  Vivian, Susie, Emily, and Diane pin basted it on Tuesday, and I brought the quilt home to quilt.  After a mad sewing day, it is all quilted!

Back to Susie for binding…  It’s being donated to our local Homeless shelter to be raffled off for funds to support the center.

What a great bunch of friends!  They inspire me!

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IMG_1148I’ll show a full picture tomorrow when I have some daylight!

Thanks for visiting!!!


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