Thursday, February 26, 2015

I have been busy at work. My wonderful mother-in-law, who I just love, sent me a challenge. It was a challenge to design a pin cushion. Funny thing that I had been dabbling in miniature pin cushions at that very moment. So I began to investigate and create a pin cushion that required crafting wire.

I created the wonder and lost it. I pulled th whole house apart looking for it.... Then about 48 hours later I hear a noise at 4 AM. It is our puppy Remington throwing up. You got it...the wool came up but the wire did not. It led to a series of Xrays, endoscopy and two surgeries to finally recover the wire out of his liver. So traumatic.

This did not stop me from entering the contest. I will post a photo once I know if I am accepted into the competition.

Our guild is having the applique group create our next raffle quilt. It was quite the honor for them to let me create a portion for them. I will post the quilt as we complete it in May.

My next move is to complete a quilt for the American Heros. Red White and Blue!! Yeah!

Wednesday, January 28, 2015

Here we go! We are on our way to the Superbowl!  I was really into the whole notion of winning in the last three minuts. Winning in a clutch. So it led me to creating this purse

I made a few of this and put them at Gathering Fabrics for sale! They are fun.

The first Thursday in February is the Quilter's College at the Guild meeting. Some of us are to teach a technique to the crowd. So I have elected to teach Prairie Points. Two types, nestled and traditional points. It has been fun getting this organized. But I will say I procrastinated until the last moment. Here are some of the items I am going to demo.

Mug Rugs

This snowman block will be in the center of a Christmas quilt. It will probably take years for me to finish... But all full of points!

Oh and wait... I seem to also be obsessed with miniature pin cushions. I have made quite a few. So sweet. I hot glued a machine bobbin at the base of one and it sits atop my machine while sewing. Perfect spot for a pin cushion.  Love them... 

Thursday, November 13, 2014

So don't tell... I got the pattern for this quilt from Quiltmania.
I made this quilt for Luke. He has been hunkering down under an old thread barren throw. It is so embarrassing to have SO many quilts around the house and he rests under something barely holding it together.
The challenge was to create something as soft as the beloved throw. This quilt has been created from Maywood flannel. The backing is a minky like fabric called Fireside by Moda. It is so so soft and shows off the quilting. Which by the way was done by the talented KAthleen Wragg Baker.

Thursday, August 28, 2014

The Baby Quilt

Sarah Riley is having a BABY GIRL. I am so thrilled for her and PAtrick. I went to a baby shower last weekend and it was a fun event. That little girl is going to come into this world wanting for nothin'.

I am hoping they stick with the name Scarlett Mae because I LOVE IT! So I am showing you the wall hanging that I made for that little babe. I got the embroidery Design from the Golden Needle Designs. The idea for this quilt came from a pattern called Party Bags.

Really fun to put together. I thought that that little babe could learn animal names, colors and play find the missing toy inside the bags.

Monday, August 18, 2014

Want a luxurious comfy quilt???

I thought I would share a little something with you that has come back into my world. Years ago I made a quilt for a friend who said she wanted her quilt to have a very soft backing. I went to Susan at Gathering Fabrics to try and solve this without having the playful minky. Susan had just the thing. We used Fireside by Moda. I loved it so much I created a laptop for myself.

Why am I talking about this now? While in the middle of making two t-shirt quilts for my nieces. There mother came over to help me cut fabric. She sat back in a chair and grabbed my lap quilt and instantly fell in the love with the backing. So we have changed one of the quilts to include this Fireside fabric. Let me tell you it is luxurious and 60" wide! Thank goodness Susan still carries this lovely fabric.

Things to know, much like minky it has a lot of give one way and not the other so you have to be mindful. Also when loading it on the longarm machine you want to ensure you know which way this backing will stretch. But the two quilts that I have created (quilted by Laurie Gustafson) absolutely showcase the quilting work. 

Thursday, August 14, 2014

This summer has been Busy

We got a new puppy on April 28th. Remington is a Golden Retriever who is the love of our lives. He fits right in with our family and it has all been good. So our payment for the puppy is T-Shirt quilts. Yep, Brittany and Jordan graduated from High School this year and they have a stack of t-shirts that need to be transformed.

I am bragging here when I say that I pulled these off without a pattern. It looked so simple! I should have learned years ago when I thought I could teach myself to quilt. (insert belly laugh). Making sure all the squares and stripes lined up was a fun dilemma.

I have another to share soon. But if I post it, the recipient may get a spoiler alert. So in September I will post again. In the meantime I still have many t-shirts to play with the backs!

Thursday, February 6, 2014

OK It is now time to create for the fandom. My son is a Brony and truly a fan of My Little Pony. So I went out on a website and found embroidery. He now has a sachel and a sweatshirt that has cutie marks on his shoulders.

What I am hoping to do is make up a lot of merchandise to take to their conference in July. Everfree is an awesome venue for these Bronies and Pegasisters! I am hoping that I can make finger-less gloves, scarves, bags and things for both male and female. Stay tuned!! As soon as I get the OK I will start posting my creations!

The one you see in this photo is Eli's much loved sachel...

Check out this miracle shot of my Bronie. We were at a restaurant and when suddenly a rainbow appeared. How awesome is that??