Happy Thanksgiving

11.28.2013



We have a family situation that is needing a lot of my attention for now. I hope to be back to sewing and blogging again soon. In the meantime I wish you all a peaceful holiday season. =)





I believe....

11.17.2013


Happy Sunday....

Most embarrassing quilting moment

11.12.2013

We all have them, don't we? A moment where we would love the floor to open up and swallow us? A moment where your face turns red and time seems to slow down. I know I have had my fair share of those moments over the years. =) Now I have a new one to add to the list. 

My most embarrassing QUILTING moment.

After 7+ years of service to our church, our pastor has taken a new position as Director of Operations with 20schemes, a ministry in Scotland, seeking to build healthy churches in the poorest communities in Scotland’s housing schemes. He will serve his position in the ministries US offices. To show our love and appreciation, my dear friend, Judy and I decided to make him a quilt. We followed the herringbone tutorial by Maureen Cracknell.

Judy did the hard work of making the strips and sewing them together.


My part was piecing the back, quilting, adding the binding....


and....

wait for it....

making the label.



See it? See what I did? 

I had no idea of the mistake until Sunday morning when Eric thanked me so sweetly for the quilt and then asked, with his typical glint in his eye, why I chose to write 2012 and not 2013? 

What else could I do but laugh. And blush. And laugh some more. 

Seriously. =D

And, no, I am not fixing it. 

Anyone else have any embarrassing quilting moments they would like to share??? 


Sewing Along and Quiltography

11.07.2013

My week 3 and 4 blocks from Donna's Lavender Nest  sampler quilt along.. =)  


Block one from the Quilty Fun Sew Along and Blog Tour. You can get more information @ Jolly Jabber. =) 


Okay, moving on....My new favorite quilting tool is an app for an iPad or iPad mini called Quiltography


I heard about Quiltography a couple of months ago from another blogger. She was on the fence about buying it because of the $15 price tag and wanted to know if anyone had it and could share their thoughts about it. I was intrigued, since I hadn't heard of it before. I went to their website, watched the videos and was also wondering if it would be worth the $15. Then I did nothing...

Until the other night. 

I was sketching (I am using that term very loosely...I am terrible at it!) and I remembered about the Quiltography app. I gave it another look and decided to go ahead and trust the great reviews. 

WOW! And double WOW!

I wish I had gotten it sooner! I have been playing with it nearly non stop for the last two days. It is an amazing app! So worth the money. 

Every. Penny. 

Really.

Just sayin' =) 

Happy quilting! 

Reversible Curtains ~ A Tutorial

11.06.2013

Now that my living room has been freshly painted, of course, I "needed" new curtains. Connecting Threads has a new fabric line out called Nana's Pantry that had some great blender fabric that I thought would be perfect for my curtains. Problem was, I couldn't decide which color I liked better. I use a lot of green in my quilts, so I knew I couldn't go wrong with that one, but I am also having a real crush on all things gray and I wanted that one, too. That's when my idea of reversible curtains popped into my head that way I could have both!   Depending on what quilt I have hanging on the wall or what mood I am in will determine which side will show. 

I feel silly calling this a tutorial, since I know you all could figure it out. Just for fun, lets walk through it anyway. =) 


My curtains are really just panels that are hung on a rod with rings that have clips on them. Like this....

source


Very easy. =) 

I cut both pieces of fabric to the size I needed for the window. Sewing with a generous ½" seam, right sides together, I sewed all the way around, leaving an area open for turning. I am not sure how correct it is, but I left the selvedge on. 


Turn it right sides out through the opening you left open. Use a chop stick or other device to get the corners poked out as best as you can. 


Give it a good press all the way around. You have to fiddle a bit to get the edges of both fabrics lined up. Just take your time. =) 


 Take the fabric back to your machine and sew a ¼" top stitch all the way around the fabric. That will close up the opening you left open for turning and give your curtain panel and nice finished edge. 


 All done! This was so much easier than hemming all the way around the fabric to make the curtains. 


I chose to have the green side show for now. It looks great with the quilt I have on the wall. =) 


It's beginning to look more cozy, just in time for winter. =) 


Thanks for stopping in! Have a happy Wednesday, everyone!!

Swoon - Flimsy

11.04.2013

My Swoon quilt has been done for a while...


I was waiting for a nice day to take pictures...Saturday was a picture perfect day. =) 


 I borrowed the ingenious idea of using pinwheels in the boarder from Jannette. =) 


Today is the first day of the Quilty Fun Sew Along and Blog Tour. Yay!!  Working on the first block is in the plans for me today...Along with laundry and cleaning the bathroom facilities. Oh, joy. =) It's gotta be done though, right? 

Have a happy Monday, friends!!

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