Sunday, September 30, 2012

Quilt Raffle for St. James Food Pantry

Alluring pic for publishA while back my Mom asked if a quilt could be donated by Bolts in the Bathtub, my beloved quilt store (not mine, it really belongs to Fay and Dawna)! I love the store and I love them as well.  The purpose of the donated quilt was to have a raffle and all the proceeds would be donated the the food pantry at St. James church in Perris, Ca.  Pinterest Pic

Well, a quilt was donated.  It is the one pictured above.  I actually designed the quilt using a fabric line from Exclusively Quilters fabrics (the fabric is in the actual quilt is courtesy of Exclusively Quilters).  The line was called Allure and the quilt was named Alluring.  The pattern for this quilt was in Keepsake Quilters Catalog. Here it is an an alternative color way.  This one is entitled Autumn in Big Bear Lake and in available on my website.  I designed and pieced the quilt.  I believe it was quilted by the awesome Vickie Wall.  Click on the picture below and it will take you to my website.32658034

Here is a picture of Saint James Church.  I attended this church for many years (I even went to Saint James for 7th and 8th grade).  Scott and I were married in this church 25 years ago this past June!stjamesperris-fullThis is my Mom, isn't she beautiful? She is a retired school teacher.  Now she spends her time shopping for the best deals on everything she can get for the food panty.  It is hard work too.  She shops, transports, divides and  repackages the food.  She is the treasurer and even writes the grants.  She does a great job.


Today was the drawing for the quilt.  Mom asked me to come to Perris and be at mass to help draw the winning ticket and present the quilt to the winner.  We drew the ticket, just so happened the winner was another beautiful lady named Kellie.  Kellie actually lives across the street from my Grandma Toni.  We had fun presenting Kellie with the quilt.  Here is a picture of Kellie and her prize. 


The quilt raffle brought in $832.00 and all of that will be spent on food for those who need it.  What a great experience.  I am so happy to do my little part to help.

Whew, that was wordy for me,  off to bed,

Blog at you later,


Saturday, September 29, 2012

Cute Quilt by Grandma Toni

My Grandma Toni is fun and creative!  She asked me to quilt another of her creations:DSC06393She designed, appliqued and pieced this cute quilt.  I think it is for her bedroom!

Here are a couple of the shoes close up…DSC06394It looks like she used old stitch work (possibly hankies) as well as doilies!DSC06395

Here is a picture of my grandma, it’s from a while back, but she is still as cute as ever!!!

Love you, grandma!

Grandma Toni

Blog at you later (I have some secret quilt blocks to make),


Wednesday, September 26, 2012

Ta Dah!!

Guess what I did yesterday?  I played hooky from work to stay home and quilt!  Wait, I work at a quilt store, this makes no sense!  Actually, I had someone coming to do work at the house and needed to be home.  I was gonna go to work, but they were here later than expected, so…..DSC06389 I showed fabric I chose to go with this panel yesterday.  I actually picked it out about 9am.  I worked and worked on this Halloween Quilt.  It is very bright, but cute!  I think I like it!DSC06388I finished to last border about 9pm last night, but waited til morning to get a picture of it (way too much new TV to watch last night)!

Today I am off to work.  I teach machine quilting this morning and EQ7 tonight.  So much to do, always, so…

Blog at you later,


Tuesday, September 25, 2012

Halloween’s a Coming!

Finally the temperature has dropped just a bit in the California desert!!  The windows are wide open and Fall is finally showing signs of its arrival!  Now to create something fun…DSC06385

I am thinking of using this pane that I gathered on our trip to Lake Tahoe.  I’m not even sure which store it came from, but I think it is way cute!

DSC06384I pulled some fun, bright colors from my batik stash.  Here is another look at the panel:images

It is from Henry Glass and is called “Frank-n-Friends”.  I think it may be a year or two out of date, but I don’t care…  I’m in love, love, love with it!

Halloween Quilt

Above is my tentative quilt plan.  I don’t have the black yet, but that should be the easy part.  Well, I think I’m off to cut some fabric (of course I’m starting a new project instead of working on the ones I have already in progress).

Blog at you later,


Friday, September 21, 2012

Space Shuttle Fly Over

Space Shuttle from my front yard! Lancaster, CA

I know there will be many, many views of the Space Shuttle, but here is my little share!  This video was taken from right in front of my house!

My husband, Scott, took these from work!  about 2 miles closer the Edwards Air Force Base than our house.


So he saw the shuttle before me.  Here is my view…Shuttle

Bye, Bye Shuttle!!

Shutttle going

Blog at you later,


Thursday, September 13, 2012


I love every season, but there is something about Autumn that really makes me want to create. Create quilts and soup and change from the air conditioning (swamp cooler in our home) to the heater. Change my flip flops for boots and cute tops for sweaters. Am I alone here? Well, the house is still in chaos, so I chose to change my blog background and header instead. That seemed doable! 

These are some of the new fall Batiks I just might need to play with…

PicMonkey Collage

I would also like to send you over to check out the Blog of my dear friend Dawna.  She loves to set her table with beautiful tablescapes.  Click on the picture below to take a visit of her blog.


So this blog is kinda short and sweet. Just wanted to get a little Autumn sharing going on.


Blog at you later,


Monday, September 10, 2012

Design Board Monday! Chaos!

DSC06362Here I am again!  Does this design board look chaotic or what?  It seems to be reflective of my current state of life!  Can you create with chaos all around?  I don’t seem to be to good at it.  I have sooo many works in progress, that none of them seem to be getting near the finishing point.  I would like to take one at a time and just knock them out, but there are too many things pulling at me.

DSC06363First, let’s talk quilting…

I have come up with a new class to teach.  We are going to start with pictures that are brought in by each student.  From those pictures, we will pull colors and place them into the EQ7 program using a quilt block designed just for the class.4 Month 1 - Block

After we are happy with the colors and orientation of the blocks as well as the size of the quilt each student intends to make, they will go searching for fabrics to coordinate with the color choices based on their picture.  Yikes!  That is a lot of information, but there’s more.  The blocks I have designed for this class are based on 2 1/2” strips, therefore, the Accu-cut can be used while we are in the classroom.  This should be a fun and exciting class.  The first session will be Saturday, September 15th from 2 – 5.  I can’t wait to see what we create!

DSC06364In the meantime, this is part of my chaos!  The kitchen is getting a new coat of paint and a bit of an upgrade in style and color.  The black and white theme will stay (while adding in some coffee color), but it will have a new set of fabrics and accent colors (hopefully soon).


My new inspiration comes from a fabric line from Wilmington Prints, here is the stripe from the line I am in love with, Marche de Fleurs:


Just in case you thought I might be over reacting to the kitchen situation, the bathroom plumbing is backed up as well!  The plumbers are back, still no flow!  Yikes, one more time!

Here’s to hoping I can create something soon..

Blog at you later,