November 30, 2012

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I am trying Bloglovin' as my reader. If I have it figured out correctly, I will get an email when you all update your blogs. And that would be spectacular! First I need to "claim my blog" and i need to write a new post and do something code thingy to do that, thus, I am writing this silly little post to do that. =) 

I can't wait to show you my triangle quilt! I have it all finished...Tomorrow, maybe. =) 

Random picture of the day these two boys became my sons. Look how young they are! Wow....

Triangles...The big picture

November 29, 2012

 The colors make me happy....

The points are far from perfect in some places, but it really doesn't matter. =) So all my newbie quilters, don't worry about perfect points. Do the best you can and keep on going. You learn with every quilt. My next one will be better. 

See? When looking at the big picture, you don't see the less than perfect points. =) 

I have  a plan for this quilt, but I have to keep it a secret for now. Shhhhhhh....


November 27, 2012

A pile of fabric, mostly Flea Market Fancy, but also some other fabrics from my stash were pulled to add to the mix. I have no idea how many I cut and how big the quilt will be. I'm not big on planning and math, you know, and if I need more I will cut more. =) 

I didn't do any big sale shopping over Thanksgiving. The only door buster thing I did do was on Wednesday at Joann Fabrics to get a 25 yard roll of batting by Pellon for $99. I was first in line. It was a good thing, too. The store only had 4 in stock. I was the youngest of the old quilting ladies in line, just sayin. I admit it was rather comical to see us "run" to the area where the batting was stored. I, however, did not run. I do have some sense of decorum, but I did walk very fast. ;-) 

Enough talking...The triangles are calling my name. =) 

Have a great week, everyone!

Tis much better to give...

November 21, 2012

I have much to be thankful for this Thanksgiving and to honor all that God has blessed me with, I am passing on the blessings to those who have much less than I do. 

Five baby quilts (two are waiting in the wings to be quilted on the long arm) are going to find their way to Bridgehaven, a local pregnancy support center. 

A friend who asked to remain anonymous, donated some of the fabric used for the quilts, so it's a blessing from both of us...

It feels so right to pass the kindness on....

Have a very Happy Thanksgiving, everyone....

Getting to know her

November 18, 2012

Dolly blanket

 And I love her...

One last try

November 13, 2012

For the last two days, I have been practicing on the long arm. It is long past time for me to learn to be friends with it or sell it. It's ridiculous for me to have an expensive piece of equipment just sit around and gather dust. On top of that I feel guilty every time I look at it!

Yesterday I gathered up my courage, loaded up a baby quilt and began to practice.

It did not go very well....

I was seeing good stitches mixed in with some terrible ones. 

I would get frustrated and have to walk away.

I would come back to pick out all the stitching and try again. 

There may or may not have been a few tears. 

Today I was going to give it one more last try and if it didn't go well, I was going to put it on Craigslist and get rid of it. 

And, it did not go well. 

Stick a fork in me, I was done.

When Russ got home from work, he asked me if I wouldn't mind helping him load up the frame with some scrap fabric so he could play with it. I got it loaded for him and threaded the machine while he studied the bobbin. He asked if he could tighten it. I was nervous, but told him it was okay. It already wasn't working right so it couldn't get worse. He gave it a slight twist and popped it into the machine. 

"Give it a try, hon, and let's see what happens."  

The clouds parted and the angels sang.....


Front of quilt

It worked perfectly! I didn't have one single problem! 

The bobbin ran out and I put in a new one. 

Still no problems!


Back of quilt

I reloaded the baby quilt and I finished the quilting I began yesterday.

I had zero problems with my long arm. 


I do believe I will be keeping her after all....

Flower Girl flimsy

November 10, 2012

This quilt is huge! Right now it measure 108" x 88". In order to get a picture, I had to lay it down on the living room floor, stand on a chair and hold the camera up. This is the best one out of all I took so you can imagine how bad the rest are. =) 

I really love it. =) 

Using 4 or 9 blocks would make a darling baby quilt for a little girl. =) 

UR Priceless Blog Hop

November 5, 2012

Giveaway is now closed and the winner has been contacted. 
Thank you to all who entered!


Welcome to all you UR Priceless Blog Hop hoppers! I am so glad you are here. =D 

If this is your first visit to my blog, let me share a little bit about me and where I began my love of quilting.

My name is Amy and I am one of the sheep that Jesus died to redeem, thus I call myself a redeemed sheep.  I am a 50 something stay at home wife and in the next couple of years we will be empty nesters.  I love my kids, but I can't wait! =D 

I began my love of quilting 5 years ago. Before my mom passed away, she told me she wanted me to have her sewing machine. A year after she died, the machine was delivered to my door and the learning began. The only time I had ever sewn was in high school for home ec and I was a miserable failure at it, so my learning curve was steep. I hit the internet and found a ton of bloggers that were more than willing to share their knowledge. They were my teachers and I am so very, very grateful. It didn't take long before I was totally hooked and there are no signs of stopping.  =) I have since retired my mom's machine, and purchased a Juki 98Q quilting machine, which is my primary machine to sew with and I also own a Viking Platinum 770 for those times when I need more than a straight stitch. My hubby surprised me with a Nolting Fun Quilter longarm a couple of years ago. I haven't worked with it as much as I should to really learn how to use it well. I need to change that very soon.  Of course there is more to me than quilting and if you want my life's story, feel free to poke around a bit. I hope you enjoy your stay. =) 

Now on to the reason you are here! 

As I am sitting here attempting to write an interesting post on my little coin purse, I realize I took 





Not one picture of the process of making my purse! 

Yup, thats how I roll. I dive in and think only about the task at hand, giving no thought of what is up ahead.  

Not only that, but I procrastinated until the last possible moment to make my coin purse. That is typical for me, too. 

Is this not seriously cute?!
 I was a wee bit intimidated about making it, however, I had no reason to be. Once I sat down with the pattern and began, it went together very well. I love that it is fully lined (which I neglected to take a picture of). 

I am seriously in love with my coin purse and I will be making more as gifts. =) 
Pretty in my pink tree 
The supplies are simple. 
You will need to purchase the PDF pattern here
A bit of fusible fleece, a handle, some thread, all of which you can purchase @Quilt Taffy and, of course, fabric. 

What do you think? Would you like to make one, too? 

One commenter will win:

  1- an UR Priceless coin purse PDF pattern (delivered via email)
2 - a coin purse handle (just like the one I used) 
3 - And enough fusible fleece for your project.  

To enter, simply leave a comment and it's open to anyone, anywhere. =) I won't complain if you decide to become a follower. ;-) That's it. I will pick a winner with on the last day of the hop, which is Nov. 13th. 

If you are a no-reply blogger, please leave your email address in the comment so I can contact you. 

Make sure you hop on over to rest of the blogs that are showing off their pretty coin purses today. I know I can't wait to see them. =)

Here is the list of participants for the rest of the hop. =) 

Day 2 - Nov.6th

The Crafter's Apprentice
Jane's Fabric and Quilts
Rosemary B
Random or "di"
Mary T.
Supermom No Cape
Lily Pad Quilting
Stitch, Stitch, Stitch
Rose Creations
The Treehouse
Gracie Oliver Arts
Quilting Prolifically
Grammie Q's

Day 3 - Nov. 7th

I Love Wool
I Like to Quiltblog
Keep Your Fork There's Pie
Retired to Quilt
From This to That
Jenny E.
Domestic Deficit Disorder
Pig tales and quilts
Count it all Joy!
Creative Notions

Day 4 - Nov. 8th

as sweet as peaches
Deborah B
Birgit H
Fish Creek Studio
A Quilter's Table
Lily Patch Quilts
Cherry Blossoms Quilting Studio
Mary F
Rose Prairie Quilts and Farm
The Desert Rat Chronicles
Sally K
Paris at a Certain Age
From Blank Pages
Quilt Taffy
Barb H

Day 5 - Nov. 9th

Polka Dot Classic
Geta's Quilting Studio
Busy Bee Free
Briarside Lane
Quilts and Dogs
Debbie R
suebee's World
Les passions de Cliodana
Colorpoint Quilter
On the Go Quilting
Personalized Sketchesand Sentiments
Freemotion by the River

Day 6 - Nov. 12

Read, quilt, cook, pray...
The Learning Curve
Bacon Then Eggs
Nati's Little Things
by Mary
Feltfree på Åsly
El Patchwork de la Abuela
Amy's Crafty Shenanigans
Maryjo J
s.o.t.a.k. Handmade
Janice M
throw a wench in the works
Everyone Deserves a Quilt
A Stitch in Time
Sew Me Something Good

Day 7 - Nov. 13

Julia P
Dachsies With Moxie
Marci Girl Designs
The Sunflower Patch
Wish upon a star
Mary on Lake Pulaski
Greco Mara
Linda M
Mack and Mabel
Dreaming in Patchwork
Judith Handmade Treasures
Caesarea Scrappers
Patchouli Moon Studio

Sew We Quilt

Have a great week and thanks again for stopping by. =)

Ode To The Seam Ripper

November 3, 2012

Be sure to check out Jill's poem, "Ode To the Seam Ripper." =)

And be sure to stop back on Monday. It's my day for the UR Priceless Bog Hop.


November 1, 2012

How's that for a clever title?

I got a few blocks made yesterday. I worked on the hardest ones, first. I wanted to get them out of the way. My suggestion...Do not use directional fabric for the flower center. The blue block may have been subjected to a seam ripper a time or ten. 

I think it would look funny if the little petals weren't going in the same direction as the center, so it was worth the effort. 

But now, I need to set this project aside and get busy with my coin purse for the UR Priceless blog hop! My day to share is November 5th, the first day of the hop, so the procrastination must end now.

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