Wednesday, April 2, 2014

A shout out to the tools of the trade

Hello,

I just wanted to give "a shout out to the tools of my tread."

First the rotary cutter, but more importantly a brand new blade.

Cutting thru a panel (Apron)

A new rotary blade makes my life so muce easier, and seems to "cut through Butter"!

Mini Iron
So does a mini iron.  It's small, but packs some heat!  Life for a quilter would be much harder if I didn't have these two tools.  

Getting ready for retreat this weekend.  "Two more sleep night's" and then off I go for some quilting fun with some very talented quilting friends.

Hope to post a little if I find time during retreat, if not see ya when I see ya...

Happy Piecing,
Sheila


Sunday, March 30, 2014

Well last week-end March 22nd & 23rd's quilt show was a sucess for me and my daughter, as vendors at The Best little Quilt Show in Maryland.  We voted on our favorite quilt as vendor's, and enjoyed the many ladies who stopped by our booth, and talked, and enjoyed our products.

Ready for the fun filled weekend ahead.
I entered a couple of quilts in the show since I am also a member of The Southern Comforters Quilt Guild of Bowie.  I didn't win any ribbons, (didn't enter them expecting to win) but did get a lot of wonderful comments, and positive feed back which I greatly appreciated all the nice comments on the two quilts that I entered.  

Old Tobacco Road
Old Tobacco Road is a Bonnie Hunter mystery from 2008 http://quiltville.blogspot.com/2005/06/old-tobacco-road-intro.html I love the way it looks hanging in the show.  Giving this one to my handsome son, and I'm waiting for an appraisal from Phyllis Hatcher to come in the mail.  

Kindergarten Art
This is a small quilt that I really just wanted to finish.  Its reverse Applique, and one that has been in my UFO pile for a long time.  It's good to have it finished.

Now today I have been getting myself together for a quilting retreat this coming weekend with some very talented ladies.  Four days of quilting, laughing, and fun.  

Until later, Happy Piecing,
Sheila






Friday, March 21, 2014

Thank you for the Gift

What a lovely surprise from Dana Brooks Co-Owner of My Lazy Daisy.  Thank you! http://mylazydaisy.blogspot.com  I received my Game Day Minky Challenge bundle, and this was included in the box.
A few of Dana's favorite things gift bag 

Chocolate's, a pen with a Daisy on it, and Tea Party wall hanging panel from March Flavor of the Month Black Bubble Tea.  So sweet, I love it.  All thoes goodies all rolled up in that little box.

Tea Party Wall Hanging, Pen, and Chocolates 

And not to be totally outshone, I also received my Game Day Minky Challenge fabric bundle.  

4 Yards of cuddle minky fabric's need to be turned into a quilt?

So just wanted to send a public "Thank you" to Dana, for my little surprise.  Now I'm off to the basement to get my Trunk show together for The Best little Quilt Show in Maryland set up today.  Thank you for stopping by, hope to see you at the Quilt Show.

Happy Piecing,
Sheila







Friday, March 14, 2014

One week till set up!

One week till set up begins for "The Best little Quilt Show in Maryland".  Next Friday, March 21st the Southern Comforters Quilt Guild members will converge on C. Elizabeth Rieg Special Center to set up our annual quilt show.

Presented by Southern Comforters Quilt Guild
I will be a vendor with my beautiful "My Lazy Daisy" trunk show.  My Daugher will also be a vendor there with her Thirty-One Purses and Totes.  Here is a link to her site https://www.mythirtyone.com/141518/ There are other vendors, beautiful quilts, raffle baskets, the beautiful quilt pictured is our raffle quilt (wouldn't you love to win that?), demo's a kids corner, and refreshments.  So come and spend the day, and enjoy The Best little Quilt Show in Maryland.

Hope to see you there, and in the meantime Happy Piecing.

Sheila

Sunday, March 2, 2014

Finished...

Well, well my first finish of 2014!  I have finished small quilts for my "My Lazy Daisy" trunk show, but this is my first larger quilt finishing in the year 2014.  Mary Kay Kerr did the quilting on this 68inch X 60inch quilt. This quilt is heading down to Ft. Hood Texas, and a soon to be returning solider.
Finished Solider Quilt 68 X 60

Label 
I ran out of the navy blue polka dot fabric for the binding, so thought that the red polka dot would work, and I must say I love the red polka dot binding! The left corner has the red polka dot, the rest is the navy blue polka dot.

Close up of quilting

Another close up of quilting
Mary Kay did a great job quilting this.  Now I'm off to work on my quilt show quilts.  Two and a half weeks until the show.  I've got one small and one large quilt going in the show.  The small quilt is almost finished.   The large quilt is still at the quilter, it's do able no worries.  She said it should be ready tomorrow, but the DC Metro area is waiting for another snow/ice storm, so more than likely won't get it until Tuesday.    Never mind, got a text from my "quilter" http://funfromatoz.com at 5pm this evening, and she has my finished quilt in her car, doing some running around then stopping by here to drop it off before the snow storm tomorrow!  Yippe! More binding and a little sleeve sewing for me.

Old Tobacco Road (Bonnie Hunter Mystery 2008)
This is not so wide, almost 80inches, but it is long 101inches.  Think this might be my new retreat quilt. You can find the free pattern here http://quiltville.com under Mystery quilts on the left sidebar.  

I am totally ready for warmer spring weather, enough snow already, but if it's going to snow, at least I have something to work on.  

Happy piecing,
Sheila 

Tuesday, February 18, 2014

Retreating Fun

Well I'm home from another fun President's Day weekend retreat at West River Methodist Center.  http://www.bwccampsandretreats.com/WestRiver.html And oh the fun we had! A Safari retreat (dubbed Sew Fari retreat) was the theme this year, and cute animal print fabric was the fabric for retreat blocks.
One of the two Sew fari Theme Fabric blocks I made

Talented quilters creating a quilt for our quilt bingo in October.  Can't wait to see more of this quilt.  I made two retreat blocks, but didn't win.  Oh well, maybe next year.  Retreater's also made iron caddy's, Sock Monkey's, and pin cushions, a retreat mystery, and anything else they wanted  to work on.  It was four day's of sewing, eating, creating, laughing, late into the night's, and early in the mornings.  I didn't get there until Saturday morning since I had a date with my man on Friday night aka, Valentine's Day.  So when I arrived I was way behind, and needed to get right to work.


Sew fari Bingo quilt in the making on the left, and retreat blocks 






My first project was the Iron Caddy.  What a great thing to have!  It has handles, and folds up to carry my iron to classes, retreat's or Go2Sew, and can be used as an ironing surface once at class, retreat or "Go2Sew".  The fabric I used for mine is a piece I fell in love with the minute I saw it several years ago at Joanne's and bought 5 yards of it having no idea what I was going to do with it.  I still have plenty of it left over for maybe other sewing accessories?  

     
                                                                           

Iron Caddy
I think it turned out great!  Next finish was this cute little cuddle kit by My Lazy Daisy.  This is a quilt as you go, but that minkey fabric is a little tricky to work with and sheds quite a bit.  But all in all I love the way it turned out, and I finished this project Sunday morning at 2:00AM!  Sleeping is over rated at retreat.
Grab n Go Baby Throw Order # 90016-C
This is a Solider Quilt for Charlotte's daughter's husband's fellow single solider's returning home from Afganistan in March.  Mary Kay will quilt it, then return it to me for binding.

Solider Quilt Top
I didn't make the pin cushion, or the sock monkey, and really wish I had.  Oh well, the Sewfari was a success, and we are all looking forward to next years retreat.  
Hear no, see no, speak no evil Monkey's
More Monkey's
Ladies and their Monkey's

Happy piecing and retreating,
Sheila





Monday, January 27, 2014

Spinning my rotary cutter wheel

I'm working on a few projects.  One with a deadline, the other's just for fun.  "What's Cooking" is My Lazy Daisy's currant challenge, and the deadline is a picture of completed quilt (quilted and bond) to My Lazy Daisy office by this Friday, January 31st.  So I will be quilting like mad this week!
Challenge Fabric's
Second, my guild is doing a swap so the half square triangles are my leader/ender project.

Squaring up HS to 4.5 inches
Third, Pat Sloan has a new "Globetrotting" block of the month on Facebook.  https://www.facebook.com/groups/QuiltWithPatSloan/ Block 1 is Washington DC, and because I live in the DMV area I thought I shoud quilt along with Pat.

Washington DC Block #1
Washington DC Block #2
Block #1 still needs a border around it, but I'm just not feeling it.  There isn't enough contrast between the purple's.  So last night I cut out new square's, and I'm hoping to get down to sew it together later today.  Hopefully that one will be better.

Fourth, my guild is making 37 quilts for soon to be returning single soldiers from Afganistan, and I pulled this out of my UFO's.  Maybe another border because it's only 49.5 x 58 inches right now, and I think it needs to be a little bigger.   I'll gladly donate it if the guild still needs it by March.

Soldiers Quilt 49.5 x 58 inches 
So I'll be spinning my rotary cutter wheel for a much needed border for this one, and I'll be happily piecing/quilting down in my sewing room instead of braving the bitter cold outside my front door.

Sheila

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