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New Beginnings

Greetings every one! Hope you are all warm, safe and having a great time with your quilting projects.

It’s been pretty cold, snowy and blustery here in Montana. We got one foot of snow dropped on us Saturday night. That was on top of the four plus inches we already had. Winds were gusting 45 mph and we lost electricity twice. I’m just glad the electric came back on. Temps were around 10 degrees and less. Brrrr.

But I love living in Montana. The snow turns everything into winter wonderland and it’s just beautiful. It can be deadly, so you have to respect your surroundings and the elements. But it’s beautiful. The snow makes everything look clean, fresh and new.

Speaking of new, my sister has joined the ranks of quilters! I’m so excited for her. This past week-end she picked up her very first home sewing machine. And I must say she got a banging good deal. It came with a 1/4 inch foot, walking foot and quilting foot, as well as the other regular feet. It also came with a table extension. She did an excellent job of research and got a great machine with extra goodies.

I suggested to her to practice, practice, practice until she feels comfortable, before starting her first project.

Which brings me to say to all you new quilters, before starting your first project, practice on old cotton fabric such as old cut up sheets, pillowcases, shirts. You get the idea. Get to know what your machine can do before quilting that new project.

Also, as your mind comes up with ideas for projects you want to make, write them down in a notebook. Maybe you want to design. If you don’t have a design program for quilting, get some graft paper and draw.

This is an exciting time for those of you new to quilting. And it’s always exciting for those quilters who have been quilting for some time.

We all get to challenge ourselves with new blocks, new quilting techniques and honing our craft into not just usable but beautiful quilts and other items that bring a newness and freshness to ours and other people’s homes.

So congratulations to those who have began this new beginning, this new journey! You are only limited by your imagination and stash!

Until next time – What’s new for you?

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Super Cool Giveaway!

I wanted to share with you a super cool giveaway I came across. I hope you enter for a chance to win it! I mean, who couldn’t use a pile of free fabric? I know I can!

And don’t forget the great sales that are happening! Be sure to check out those links as well!

Fabric.com is giving away grab bags full of 10 one-yards cuts of fabric to 100 lucky winners!


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Be sure to check out some of my other favorite places for sales and freebies:

JoAnn Fabrics and Crafts has a great DoorBuster Sale happening this week-end. We are talking saving up to 70% on various items!

Craftsy has new classes on sale for $19.99 and be sure to check out their patterns and fabric.

Don’t forget to check with your favorite fabric and craft stores in your area. I am sure they are offering some great sales during this President’s Day Holiday!

Until next time – What’s in your stash?

 

 

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SEW IT’S TUESDAY

Greetings fellow quilters and friends! I am so happy you have taken a bit of time out of your hectic schedules to come visit me. I hope every one has had a great week-end and Monday.

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Mill Wheel, Broken Dishes, and Boat Blocks

It’s been a bit hectic here. Saturday I didn’t have any internet. None, zip, zilch. That was a whole day of crazy. I called the emergency phone number, and was on hold for a total of 86, eighty-six, minutes. My ears were bleeding from the horrid hold music. I hung up the phone. I called back and got a voice mail and was able to leave a very terse message. Through my cell phone, on my data, I left them a message on their website. My internet finally came back on around 5pm that evening. Thanks to an upgrade they performed the Friday night many people were without internet.

So I spent the day Sunday playing catch up on the things I didn’t get accomplished Saturday. Unfortunately, I wasn’t able to get a lot done.


Yesterday I went to the dentist, and since it involved needles for that trip, I had to take medication prior to the visit so I wouldn’t freak over the needles. Yes, I am a huge baby when it comes to needles. I hate to have my blood drawn or get shots. It actually makes me sick to my stomach and very dizzy. So needless to say, I was loopy. No I didn’t drive. I have some wonderful neighbors who took me to the dentist and back home. So that meant I got nothing accomplished yesterday.

Today, however, is another story. I took down some ugly curtains and hanging assembly that was over our sliding door. These were the type of curtains that uses those very sharp, pointy hooks that never stay in their little holes on the rod. After having stepped on them and having had them fall on my head, they just had to go. I replaced them with some drapes that I have had for some time, but just weren’t in use. They actually look nice hanging there.

Onward now to quilting projects! I have started making my sampler block quilt. It will have 72 different blocks in it. I’m rather happy with what I have done so far.

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Mill Wheel, Broken Dishes,  Boat Blocks
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Blockade, Broken Sash and Airplane Blocks

This is project is a good one to work on when I need a break from something else. Yes, I admit it, sometimes I get bored and need a change. I am working on a block that is a bit challenging. I have never done Y seams before so this is a good way to learn how to do it. The blocks are going to be 8 inch finished. So by the time this project is complete I will have a quilt top that is 64″ x 72″, not counting binding or if I decide to do sashing, that’s a nice size for a twin bed or just for a fun wall hanging.

It’s also a great way to go through all of my various scraps and left over pieces of fabric from previous projects. I haven’t had to break into my virgin fabric yet. My husband, Wes, is concerned it might look too colorful. I think it’s going to look marvelous. I will post more pictures as I get more blocks completed.

That’s it for now! I hope you all have a great rest of your week. I plan on working on my sampler quilt and hopefully no more troubles. For this week, at least.

Until next time – What are you making?

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Be My Valentine

Vintage Valentine Table Runner
Vintage Valentine Collection, Annie’s Creative Quilters Fabric Club

Good afternoon! I am glad you took the time out of your busy lives to visit with me. After Monday Madness I have been playing catch up with my WIPs. I did post an article on Quilting Tips and Tools about glossary terms for fabric cuts. That was fun and I hope you will find it helpful.

As you can see from the picture above, I did finally complete my Vintage Valentine Table Runner from the Vintage Valentine Collection by Annie’s Creative Quilters Fabric Club. It was fun making it and I got to play with free motion quilting. I am still learning about free motion quilting so even though some of that quilting isn’t great…. at least I got it done.

I do want to apologize as this article is going to be picture heavy. I will try to keep them small but I want to share my experience of making this runner with you. So here we go!

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All of the pieces for the Vintage Valentine Table Runner cut and labeled.

As you can see, I cut and labeled all of my pieces. Laying them out on the ironing board helped me as I started to build my blocks. I do have to say, pay attention to the directions! I had joined the wrong piece to another piece and couldn’t figure out what I had done wrong. Sigh, I had to take it apart and do it the correct way. So take your time and follow all of the directions.

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Top of table runner complete

For the backing, I took the left over fabric and pieced them together to make a back for my table runner. Then for the batting I pieced together some left over batting. I used a fusible tape called Heat Press Batting Together Tape, after I cleaned up the edges, and fused together the pieces of batting. That was pretty cool. That tape works perfect, especially for a small project like that.

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Quilt sandwich, Batting, Backing and runner top ready to be pinned, trimmed and sewn

This runner is going to be turned inside out eventually so the quilt sandwich is a bit different. Instead of backing, batting then top; it’s batting, backing right side up, then top right side down. After that I pinned it and then trimmed it. After it got trimmed, it was stitched leaving a four inch opening for turning. I then trimmed the batting as close to the stitching I could so when I turned and pressed the runner I wouldn’t have a lot of bulkiness in the seams.

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Sandwich pinned and trimmed

After I got it turned inside out and pressed, I hand sewed the gap shut with a slip stitch and then the fun began.

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I am still learning how to free motion quilt. For those of you who don’t know, free motion quilting is a technique where quilting stitches are added by sewing in any direction on the top of the quilt . To make it work you have to have a quilting foot and your feed dog has to be disengaged. Here is a great link on Craftsy.com that explains it really well.

Well the end result is as you see…

Vintage Valentine Table Runner
Vintage Valentine Collection, Annie’s Creative Quilters Fabric Club

I do hope you can see some of the detail of the free motion quilting I did. Some of it, meh, but there is some I really liked how it came out. As with anything else, it just takes practice, practice, practice.

Check out this free Valentine’s quilt pattern and tutorial on the Fabric.com blog!

My Valentine table runner is finished and now I’m on to my next project. I am still working on my reversible table cloth. But I just joined a quilting group led by Angela Walters of Quilting Is My Therapy. She is going to teach a free motion pattern every month. How exciting is that? So I am going to have to get busy and get a quilt top together to start this class! This is the link, in case you are interested!

Thank you again for coming by! Please, leave a comment and let me know what you are working on for Valentine’s Day.

Until next time – Free Motion Away!

 

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Monday Madness

Well, it’s almost the end of the evening after a long day of madness. My husband left early this morning, I got up later this morning, fed Monty dog, took a bath. THEN the fun began.

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Monty Dog enjoying the snow Jan 2018

Monty dog started puking. At first it was just once. So I figured ok, he’s over whatever it was. We went to the post office. I come out of the post office, get into the Jeep and was hit by an overwhelming smell. I look in the back and Monty had puked all over the back of the Jeep. Poor puppy.

I get him home as quickly as possible, get him settled and start cleaning the Jeep. Gross! Then we go inside the house and he starts puking again. I get the house cleaned up and called the vet.

After the vet gave Monty a water pack under the skin, medicine for vomiting and an antibiotic, we went home. And I cleaned again. Monty laid down after eating a few little bites of his dinner.

So all of that means I did no quilting. Zip,zilch, zero. But the good news is Monty seems to be feeling better. I am so glad. About 8pm tonight he decided to eat his dinner. It took him a half hour eat it, but he finished it. I hate to see my little buddy sick.

Here is a prelude to the next blog. I got a neat little kit from Annie’s Creative Quilters Fabric Club. It’s a Valentine’s table runner.

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Vintage Valentine Collection

I’ll have more on that tomorrow, providing Monty Dog is doing a lot better. But, doesn’t that runner look fun? I can’t wait to get started!

Speaking of table runners, I have redesigned my reversible tablecloth. It’s no longer round but an octagon. I am excited to get back to work on it.

I am also doing another Shades of Winter with a revamp. It’s called Shades of Winter II. This quilt will actually be for sale! Stay tuned for more information on Shades of Winter II and how you will be able to purchased this beautiful quilt for yourself or as a gift for some one.

It’s time for me to go to bed. After all of the madness of the day, I am ready to call it a day.

Thanks for sharing your time with me. Here’s hoping tomorrow is a better day.

Until next time – Is it Friday yet?