Friday, December 24, 2010
Santa's coming.....the age old belief of children young and old. He brings with him the reminder to be caring, mindful, and kind to those around us. I believe in Santa. Or rather, I believe in the spirit of Santa. He reminds me what the season is about. It's not about the gifts under the tree. It's not about a jolly man in a red suit. It's about faith, family, friends, and forgiveness. If I stay still and ponder these things, it becomes clear that it's all about Christ. The caring for those less fortunate; the sharing of what we have with those who are in need; the loving of all mankind. This is what this time of year brings to me. He is the reason for the season. Let us be mindful of those around us. Enjoy your families and friends. Live as Christ has lived and still lives. May all the blessings of the season surround you each and every day.
Friday, December 17, 2010
We had our potluck soup day at work this week and the Naughty or Nice quilt was won by Bonnie. She's a great gal and I am glad that she was the lucky one to win the Christmas quilt. It's always nice to share lunch goodies with your co-workers and share a smile or two. Especially if the day has been a bit difficult at work. This season, the Christmas season, truly does make me appreciate the good people around me and reminds me to be patient with those who seem to enjoy making the day less bright. So here's to all of you who bring light and joy into lives around you. You know who you are. Merry Christmas and Happy New Year. May God Bless you each and every day.
Tuesday, December 7, 2010
I can't believe I'm going to say this, but I don't think I am going to piece another quilt until after the Christmas holidays. Now that doesn't mean that I won't be thinking about the next quilt. There's always a design going through my mind. Whether it's one I want to design myself or a pattern in one of the quilting magazines, there is always a next project in my mind. My mind is really working overtime this week. You see I just received my new strip die cutters from Accuquilt this week. Oh my! I bought the 2 1/2" and 4" strip dies. I use the 2 1/2" strips on all my bindings and with all of the jelly roll patterns out there I may be constantly in quilting mode this coming year. I hope you all have a great day. Let's all be aware of those around us who are in need. Share your smile, your love, and your bright spirit today. Enjoy the journey!
Sunday, November 28, 2010
Friday, November 26, 2010
This morning my daughter in law and I arose at 4 am to get ready to stand in line for the Joann's Fabric Day After Thanksgiving Day sale. We have done this before and always end up with great flannel and fabric. This morning her oldest son decided to get up with us and spent the morning standing in line waiting for the doors to open at 6 am; pushing carts; gathering his favorite prints for PJ's and quilts; and helping others around us move their carts and fabrics. It was a great day! We enjoyed each other's company, got tons of fab fabric and notions, and then had lunch from Carl's Jr. I am thankful to have such wonderful people in my life. I hope you all took time to think of those who enrich your lives in so many ways. Happy Thanksgiving to all. By the way, I am still machine quilting the final deer quilt. Hope to have it done soon. Christmas awaits.
Sunday, November 14, 2010
This month has been a busy one but I have still managed to put in some sewing. I have another deer top ready to quilt. However, I accepted a commission to quilt 2 full size quilts for a co-worker. She made beautiful cross stitch blocks and her friend pieced the tops. I have had to make the backing, machine quilt, and hand sew the binding on. I have one finished and the second one is pinned and ready to machine quilt. I hope you all enjoy this time of year and take a moment to give thanks for all that you have.
Thursday, September 2, 2010
I have been contemplating how I can use my quilting skills to benefit others. There are local shelters, hospitals, half way houses, humanitarian projects, and other needy organizations. I am going to try to be more giving this year. There are those who have had such a great impact on my life, some of whom are no longer with us, that I want to honor them and their memory. I hope some of you will be able to find someone who needs the gift of your talents, whatever they may be (we all have some kind of talent). Imagine what a wonderful influence we can have on those around us. Keep enjoying the journey.
Thursday, August 19, 2010
Our County Fair was good. I won a "Reserve" ribbon on my wall hanging and a couple of blue ribbons and one red ribbon on my other quilts. One of the exciting things to see was the generosity of the quilters in our County sharing their creations in the "Help Make A Child Smile" contest. That has inspired me to make more quilts to share. I delved into my scrap basket today and came up with some squares that I had cut out with the die cutter and packaged for a rainy day. Boy did it rain today. That meant yard work was out of the question and quilting was in. I hope you are enjoying your quilt journey and sharing your love along the way.
Friday, August 6, 2010
These are the final 3 quilts that I have made for the Make A Child Smile special contest at our county fair this next week. All fabrics were prewashed. The designs are my own. Keep your patterns simple if you have a busy life and a deadline to meet. They will give the same comfort as one that has taken a long time to make. Get busy and be creative. Enjoy the journey!
Saturday, July 24, 2010
Friday, July 2, 2010
Saturday, May 29, 2010
Sunday, May 2, 2010
This quilt is made from the scraps of my original project (which I am still in the process of machine quilting.) I call it "Room with a view". The print fabric has outhouses in the pattern. Yep, that's what I said. Outhouses. I thought it was the perfect fabric to go into the unfinished quilt (to be posted at a later date). I made it this weekend to give to someone who has had a rough month and thought it would cheer them up. The deer fabric is from the panel fabric that I used in a previous quilt. Still have enough for 2 more quilts! I machine quilted this quilt with a simple cross hatch pattern. Next quilt projects will be for our Sevier County fair in August. This means I have to get busy. Enjoy your projects.
Thursday, April 8, 2010
Sunday, March 14, 2010
Tuesday, February 9, 2010
Monday, February 8, 2010
One of the exciting things about a quilt is allowing yourself the freedom to quilt it however you choose. There is no right or wrong choice when it comes to the design and technique. For beginners, tying a quilt seems the safest way to go. I love to see a student embrace the freemotion technique with their sewing machine. I am a doodler at heart. I doodle all over the quilt and somehow it seems to find the path that I imagined. From the color of thread to the design itself I am always amazed by the end result. Don't think I haven't unpicked a wayward line or two. In the end, the story in the quilt, from design, to fabric, to finishing, is all you. Just sit back and enjoy the ride.
Sunday, February 7, 2010
This month I am focusing on using scraps saved from other sewing projects that I stored in ziplock bags and put in a wicker basket which sits under one of my sewing tables. When the bags start to fall out of the basket, it is time to make a scrappy quilt. The size of the scraps will determine the shape of the block that I chose. In bag "1" I had some strips that were various sizes. Ever the recyler, I utilized paper that was being thrown out at work. The shape of the paper determined the actual finished shape of the block. The first rule was that I had to use whatever piece of fabric I grabbed out of the bag. The second rule was if I really didn't like the color of the fabric I grabbed out of the bag, I had to find someway to like it. The final rule was to use all the bobbins that had thread on them no matter what the color was. Fortunately, I had light, medium and dark fabrics in the bag! Be fearless. Have fun. Don't worry about making a mistake. You can always unpick or just toss out the block you cannot live with.
Friday, February 5, 2010
As a quilt enthusiast, I find myself encouraging anyone interested in creating a quilt to just do it. In teaching beginning quilt classes I find that most beginners need to first learn the ins and outs of their sewing machines. So, that's where we start. Become friends with your machine, don't be afraid to ask for help. Once you know how to plug the machine in, turn it on, change the needle, use good thread, and get over the fear of pressing the pedal to make it go - you are ready to begin to sew. If you don't know if it's something you really want to do, I suggest that you beg or borrow some scraps from a sewing friend. Don't be afraid to have all kinds of colors and textures. You will not fail.
Next - what pattern do I chose - and how do I cut it out.
Next - what pattern do I chose - and how do I cut it out.