Sunday, April 2, 2017

Sunday Fun

A typical Sunday started this morning with CBS Sunday Morning.  A Sunday morning "thing" my man and I have enjoyed for many years, and during the program one of us fixes breakfast.  Today after the program we went for a bike ride.

Check out my Sugar Skull bike!

After our ride, off to DD#2's house for a baby gender reveal party.  (todays generation can not be surprised)  A Grand Baby of either sex is very exciting, and we are looking forward to another baby in the family no mater what the sex is.

Another Baby Boy!

Congratulations to my baby girl and her man.  She's having his baby.

Happy sewing, happy piecing,

Sunday, March 26, 2017

That time of year

The Southern Comforters Quilt Guild of Bowie is having their annual quilt show this weekend.

So if you're local stop by and check us out.

The Guilds Lovely Raffle Quilt is "Friends In My Garden"
by Jane McKinley and Guild members

Saturday, March 25th - 10am - 5pm & Sunday, March 26th - 11am - 4pm
Samuel Ogle Middle School
4111 Chelmont Lane - Bowie, MD 20715

Admission: $10, $1 off with canned good donation

Appraiser: Phyllis Hatcher - AQS certified quilt appraiser. Phyllis appraises new, vintage, antique and art quilts; and offers lectures and workshops.

- AtMyOwnPaceCreations
- Hoppin Bobbin - Aberdeen, MD
- Lavender Lane Farm of Maryland
- Mad Mud Studio - Bowie, MD
- Monarch Scents - Crofton, MD
- National Junior Honor Society at Samuel Ogle Middle School - Bowie, MD
- Quilting Affection Designs - Waldorf, MD
- Say it With Applique - Westminster, MD
- SESART and Design - Aberdeen, MD
- SpringWater Designs - Columbia, MD
- Superb Sharpening - Huntingtown, MD
- Sweet Pea & Roses
- The Cloth Peddler, Stephens City, VA
- The Fabric Peddler, Upper Marlboro, MD
- Undiscovered Treasures - Burke, VA
- 11:00 Misty Cole - Innovative Applique
- 12:00 Debbi Carter - T-Shirt Quilt
- 1:00 Barbara Dahlberg - Art Quilting 101
- 2:00 Charlotte Kielszek - 10 Things Your Longarm Quilter Wants You to Know
- 3:00 Pat Scully - Leaders and Enders: Never Break the Chain

- 12:00 Margy Hill - Correcting Paper Pieced Mistakes
- 1:00 Karen Todd - How School Glue Can Help with Your Quilting
- 2:00 Trish Rader - Thread Painting
Happy piecing, happy sewing,

Sunday, March 12, 2017

Test Quilting

Sew I'm helping out a friend, piecing a quilt top from batiks.  She has an Etsy shop, and is offering customer's who buy a yard of fabric each month, pieces of batiks to complete a quilt top.  I agreed to piece a top for her to have a sample to show her customer's on her blog.

Pinky's Cotton Pattern

On my design wall Sunflower

I'm not sure about this, but it's what I came up with.  I think I'll add a wide 6inch border, and maybe some appliquĂ© leaves to make it look like a sunflower.  The picture below is what I originally had on my design wall.
The pattern was looking like a question mark? 
Anyway, the pattern says "Our pattern is one example for the layout of your quilt blocks.  If you want to stray from this pattern layout and form your own placement pattern, your quilt will be fine".  So that's my Sunflower, and I hope Marcia likes what I came up with.  Until next time, happy piecing, happy sewing,

3/12/17: Adding a link to Marcia's Etsy Shop  

Thursday, February 16, 2017

Raffle Quilt

Here we go!  Spending time with a friend, co-worker, and fellow quilt guild member Rosa to sell raffle tickets.  We headed out at 9:30am to Village Quilters of Catonsville.

Southern Comforters of Bowie Raffle Quilt 2017
Village Quilters of Catonsville were having member "yard sales".  Members had sewing notions, threads, fabrics, books, and other goodies.  Much control was in need for me, (blinders, please) after all, I work at a quilt shop, and I have a lot of UFO's (unfinished Objects) in my sewing room.  I'm trying to control myself, and move fabric out instead of into my sewing room!

My yard sale purchases
I did buy these two books, happy, happy dance going on here!

After selling tickets for a couple of hours, we headed to Columbia, for lunch at Jimmy Johns, and Spring Water Designs Quilt shop. Because, after all that control, I'm collecting batiks for a quilt I want to make!  (I know! LOL!)

My batiks
This is what I have so far, (purchased at the shop I work at, and Spring Water Designs)  I still need about 12-15 more pieces.  Most of these, and the one's I still need are small cuts.  Less than a yard, or a fat quarter or a fat eighth.  I will have more on this project at a later date.

Until then, happy piecing, happy sewing,

Sunday, February 12, 2017

A new project and a new technique

Crosswalk Placemats and Tablerunner pattern by Laurie Shifrin Designs is my current quilt project.  Smaller is what I'm thinking so I can add some finishes to my list. I also like the technique of sewing 2 1/2in strips together, and then cutting the piece up and rearranging the pieces for a whole new look.

Tabler runner 

So here is what I have so far.  I'm not totally feeling it.  Mine don't seem as random, maybe I should have turned the pieced strips around?  Oh well, I have eight placemats with one sewn together, and seven down on my design "floor" waiting for me to sew them together.  Practice makes perfect.  One can only hope...

Happy piecing, happy sewing,

Friday, February 10, 2017

Nan's Hot Therapy

A cold day deserves a hot beverage, and some hand stitching.  I'm sewing a label on this cute baby quilt.
Modern Baby Quilt
I've finally found a home for this little cutie.  My man has a friend who is a new Grandfather so I'm stitching on a label, and we will be dropping it in the mail to him today.  

Label stitching

That big mug in the picture is a Christmas 2016 gift from my adorable Grandson's.  Their names are etched in it with the year they gave it to me, and it says "Nan's Hot Therapy".  Love, love, love it.  It's perfect therapy for cold morning stitching.

Happy piecing, happy sewing,


Tuesday, February 7, 2017

Quilt Magazine

I haven't bought a quilt magazine in over a year or two. So when I saw this in the grocery store, I wanted to make that wall hanging!
Better Homes and Gardens Spring 2017
The quilt shop I work at had just gotten a new fabric line that I thought would work well for this quilt.
On My Design Wall   

This is my version.  Now off to quilt it.

Happy piecing, happy sewing,

Saturday, January 21, 2017

Taking one day at a time

Five days off?  That hasn't happened in a while.  Monday is a normal work day for me, but last Monday, 16, 2017 was switched with a co-worker so she would be able to be with her husband during his hand surgery on Friday.  So plans were made, to include cutting, sewing, and embroidery down in the dungeon, and then an afternoon drive to visit with dd#1, and all her guy's.  Her birthday was the week before, and we hadn't been able to give her her presents.

Sewing until the bobbin ran out!  Seemed like a good place to stop, and get ready for an afternoon of fun with family.  So the three of us (my man, our furry four legged baby, and I) headed up the road for some much needed Grandsons, and dear daughter time.

Truck ride with the pup
Then on Tuesday, I was able to finish these.

Ten Golf Towels

This is the second year that I embroidered towels for this event.  I've met some very nice ladies at the quilt shop that I work at, and appreciate the business that the shop sends my way.

Now the week is over, and I have been working on Bonnie Hunter's En Provence Mystery. I saved all the clues, and am only on clue #1.  I've also been working on quilting dd#2's quilt.  Taking one day at a time with my sewing/embroidery projects.  Hopefully I'll have some finishes to show soon.

Until then,
Happy piecing, happy sewing,

Saturday, January 7, 2017

Now that the holiday's are over, it's just winter

"Now that the holiday's are over, it's just winter."  Statement from my man one afternoon while I was taking down the Christmas decorations.  The house is slowly getting back to normal.  I have an embroidery job or two to work on, and I'm quilting DD#2's quilt.

The Green is Always Green aka Jacob's Ladder

I wanted Celtic Knot's since "The Little Red Haired Girl" is my Irish Baby.  Fitting design for her.

Today is a snow day/sew day.  We only got an inch of snow here in my neck of the woods, but it came later in the day, and kept us home from a dinner party.  So instead of stressing over it, off to the basement I went and sewed.  Now it's dark outside, snow has stopped, but it's cold.  Fire and football, and some quiet time with my man are good for me.

Happy piecing, happy sewing,

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