Thursday, March 31, 2011

Easily Distracted!

I am now in the process of creating this adorable,
simple house quilt.
I love this block,
but this was not on my list (long, long list)
of things to do.
So, how did this happen?

Dawna and Fay were looking
at a new magazine at work yesterday.
I mentioned that I love the Schoolhouse block.
Fay said that we have the block for the
Accu-Quilt cutter and really need to use it.
Dawna grabbed 5 bolts of fabric and suggested
that it would look good in them.
I proceeded to get out the block cutter and start in...
 I thought the blocks could be both the
light background and the color background.

Look at these for a moment.
The chimney over the door is out of place.
Of course, I had already adhered fusible web
to the back of the coral fabric,
run it through the cutter and
pressed the blocks together
before I figured this out,
Design change!
Now I am making 9 blocks,
all with white background
and using the leftovers to make sashing.
I think it will be cute.

My personal hang-up
with this type of appliqué
is the need to sew around it
after it is adhered to the background.
I do not care to satin stitch or
button-hole stitch around them,
so what shall I do?

Dawna said she would sew around them,
but Dawna is already buried under many other projects.
I think I will put the top together,
quilt it and then free motion couch
around the houses with a fun yarn or thread.

Yikes, another project?
What have I done?

Blog at you later,

Tuesday, March 29, 2011

What I did on my Birthday!

I have been on a mini quilt retreat
with some friends this weekend.
We went out for a field trip yesterday
(my birthday).
 We visited Fabric Town USA in Ventura, Ca.
 I is a fun store.
We spent a bit of time shopping.
 Here are a few pictures of the store.
 On the way out we noticed
the old fashioned way of blogging
and thought you should see it as well.
 Here is my little stack goodies
I purchased for myself.
Happy Birthday to me!

Fish and Chips for lunch.  Yumm!
It was quite an enjoyable day.
Thanks Dawna, Janis and Karen.

We have been busy quilting,
laughing and playing on the computer.

I am ready to head for the desert
and see my family.
First we have to clean up
(not my favorite part, but necessary).

Gotta go get busy,
blog at you,

Saturday, March 26, 2011

I know, I'm Crazy! I've heard it before!

I started this quilt this afternoon.
I made this...
 from this...
The top one is my finished quilt top.
The second is the computer generated quilt top.
I wanted to get this one done today.
I finished just before midnight, whew!

I love it!!!

Now to treat myself with
a little chocolate and milk,
then off to bed.

Tomorrow I need to work on
machine quilting for customers,
then off to the beach
for a little quilt retreat.
Did you notice a theme here?

Blog at you later,

Friday, March 25, 2011

Harbor Light Top Completed

I've been busy a quiltin!!
Here is my quilt as designed in EQ7.
 Here is a picture of the actual quilt top.
I will get to machine quilting it a bit later.
 Here is the demo sheet I produced.
I need to write the pattern
and get it up on my website.
 In the mean time,
let me share a few other goodies.
I have been getting the theme quilt together for this years
The stores in Area 1 have swapped blocks,
are busy getting our quilt together.
So far, so good!
 I also wanted to share a couple of quilts that Sheryl brought by Bolts to share.
This one has arrows pointing in all directions,
can you see them?
 This is just an adorable soft baby quilt.
 Now on to the next quilt.
Tigers here I come...
Blog at you later,

Tuesday, March 22, 2011

Harbor Light

This wonderful stack of fabric
made its way into my studio,
(otherwise known as: my corner)
the middle of last week.
This is a new line from:
I managed to complete one block yesterday.
 Now I need to finish the other 5 blocks
and turn it into a quilt.
This is my project for today.
I do have a Needle-Turn Appliqué class
to teach this afternoon,
so I will work on this quilt
in all the spare moments.

By the way,
my Grandma did well in surgery yesterday,
thank you for your prayers.

Blog at you later,

Monday, March 21, 2011

My Grandma Toni is Amazing!!!

Isn't she a cutie!
She crocheted this cap/beanie in one day.
 Check out the curls around the bottom.
 I gave her some leftover cat fabric
and she whipped up this adorable little quilt.
 This one is sweet as well.
 I am in love with the colors she used
and how pleasing this quilt is to my eyes.
 Grandma just kept bring out projects
to share with me.
She had free hand painted the wicked coffee cup
 as well as this one with the cat.
I tell you,
she is amazing.
 Here is a jar of buttons on her patio table.
She filled it with fabric flowers
from some other fabric I gave her.
 This plant with button flowers is in the house
on the table at the end of the couch.
Another cute Grandma Toni creation.
 She made this coffee cup cover
to get your pens, pencils
and other goodies organized.
 She had a whole stack of mug covers.
I think she is getting ready
for a Christmas Boutique.
 Here she is again with another project.
 These are in the works for a purple and lavender quilt.
My grandma is having surgery today at UCIrvine.
She is having a tumor removed from her carotid artery.
If you could say a little prayer
for my grandma I would really appreciate it.
She is a wonderful lady and I love her bunches.

Thats all for now,

Friday, March 18, 2011

Glendale Quilt Show

I went to the Glendale Quilt Show
today with Peggy and Sue.
Here is a sampling of the quilts
that caught my eye.

It was a good day,
but I am tired and off to the Fish Fry for dinner,
Blog at you later,

Wednesday, March 16, 2011

Announcement! Published Again

This is my quilt pattern in a magazine.
The fabric is from Exclusively Quilters.
The magazine is:
Fons & Porter Easy Quilts Summer 2011.
The pictures aren't great,
snapped them real quick this morning
before heading off to work.

I am excited to be published again,
this is fun for me.

The magazine hit store shelves yesterday
just in case you are interested.

Blog at you later,

Monday, March 14, 2011

One Spool Down

My latest project has been the
Spool Quilt from a new book I picked up at
Bolts in the Bathtub when I was at work last Wednesday.
I loved 3 of the quilts in this book
and appreciated the rest of them.
I decided to make the Spool Quilt.
I love the way it is done in the book.
I plan to teach this one,
and unless you are specifically teaching appliqué,
I find it hard to get students to sign up for a piecing quilt
if it has appliqué on it
(not to mention it takes a heck of a lot longer to make).

I chose to add borders to this one.
It will fit on the hanger in by living room.
I adapted the number of blocks
and made it to the size space I have available.
The book is by Edyta Sitar from
I don't buy too many books, but this one is beautiful.
I have much more to share,
so maybe another blog tomorrow,
we'll see....

Blog at you later,