Saturday, November 14, 2015


Only a little bit of sewing has been going on here but I hope to pick up the pace this week. I have been piecing a fun little quilt that started with the gift I received from Carrie Nelson at Moda.  There were 2 charm packs in the box of American Jane fabric from her Lorraine line. Then I found a cute pattern A.Jane had designed for it called Petite Petal Points. It didn't look too complicated but for the life of me I couldn't guess how the pieces were cut to make the most of a charm piece. I found it pretty interesting when I got the pattern in my hands.

So I'm slowly working my way through cutting and piecing.  Having fun with it.

At PIQF, I picked up a couple of little wool quilt kits from one of my favorites,  Sew Cherished. The pieces are fused on with my ONLY fusible now, Soft Fuse (I have learned the hard way and thrown out all my other JUNKY fusible!). and then blanket stitched around the edges with a little embroidery for the branches.
Just in time for Autumn celebrations.
Another little Autumn decoration is a gift from fellow blogger and PIQF visitor, Joy of Joyful Quilter. She stitched this lovely black eyed susan and red flowers and then put them in this wonderful copper frame. I love it! Thank you again, Joy! I love meeting up with you at the show :-)

Wednesday, October 28, 2015

Pictures from PIQF

More from the World Competition that I liked.

Mary Mashuta was a showcased quilter with beautiful quilts and a book about her quilting designs and techniques. I love her use of fabrics and her beautiful style of design both in the quilt making and in her choices of quilting. Simple and elegant.

Only a little bit of hand stitching going on here as I have been busy with other things. I hope to get back to some machine stitching this weekend and to show you some of the treats I found at the quilt show. more later :-)

Tuesday, October 20, 2015

A Finish and PIQF

Several years ago I was able to fly to New Hampshire for MQX and then drove onto Maine for a few days just because I love it there.  I found a sweet little quilt shop in Exeter and bought a quilt kit just for a souvenir. I finally sewed it up this past week! Better late than never!

Much more in this past weekend :-) I went to PIQF in Santa Clara and enjoyed the overwhelming fun of over 300 vendors (!) and an even larger number of quilts. A few of the show winners were my favorites but as usual, I enjoyed the World Competition quilts most of all.
This show winner Octupus was amazing!

This show winner was beautiful! So I have a picture of the artist...but not her name...Sorry, should have paid attention to what I was doing.

I will show more pictures in another post but this is one from the World Competition. It was so clever and interesting! The tag below explains it. I was struck through out the show just how imaginative people are. 

Friday, October 9, 2015

October beginnings

October must be one of my favorite months. Even though our days are still pretty warm here, the nights are cooling and we are getting a small sense of the changing season.  It is also the month for PIQF up in Santa Clara :-)
I bought the quilt pattern I'm using here and a stack of fat quarters from A Quilter's Dream last year. I sewed the smaller version of this pattern over and over this year and have finally sewn up the larger version just in time to complete what I bought last year before heading up to find new designs.
My draw to this fabric was mostly the lime green. The cats in one of the fabrics and the sunflowers are my favorite. 
I used a grey Superior's Rainbow thread to quilt a sunflower pattern. Hobb's 80/20 for the batting which I think is my preferred batting as it leaves the quilts soft.
I'm linking to Confessions of a Fabric Addict for Whoop it up Fridays :-)
Have a wonderful October weekend everyone. Thanks for stopping by!

Sunday, September 27, 2015


Hello Autumn...I wish!  We are still having heat waves here on the central coast and it's messing with my favorite season. Hopefully October will bring on cooler temps and oh please Dear Lord, some rain. Lots of it would be a blessing!
I have been happily stitching though. I finished a quilt for my DH that he is quite pleased with...though it is so huge I'm not sure what he's going to do with it.
This is made with a line of fabric called Stonehenge and the pattern is called Smokey River. It was kit that I purchased on impulse while browsing that dangerous website called Pinterest. When I got the fabric...I wasn't excited as it looked, boring or something. However, sewn up and quilted heavily, it looks a lot better to me now. It measures 76X97 and is heavy with the Quilter's Dream supreme batting that I used so I'm not making DH try to be a quilt holder with it...thus saving his shoulders from injury!
I chose a dense quilting design of fall leaves...still trying to bring on the season!
The backing is a batik from my LQS that I thought complimented the colors.
I'm zooming through my next project which is a pattern and fabric that I purchased last year at PIQF in Santa Clara. I've sewn the smaller version of this several times this year for gift quilts and one for me but this version and fabric is the one that caught my eye and started the whole thing :-)
It has lime green, sunflowers and cats in it. What's not to love!
And for some reason...all I can think about is PIQF! it's about two and a half weeks away and I'm ready to start packing already.
A week late but I'm linking to Confessions of a Fabric Addict :-)

Friday, September 4, 2015

August...a few days late

It was a busy month and I'm grateful it also included some days to sew and one to actually take a quilt class too. At Quilter's Cupboard in Atascadero, I happened upon a quilt I liked and found that a class was offered teaching the use of a curved template. I'd been wanting to learn curved piecing and with this template coming in two sizes...I was set for some fun :-)
Here's the larger version

I went "modern" and left off borders ;-)
And did some freehand quilting with Rainbows thread from Superior.
For the smaller version, I used just a charm pack that was gifted to me and backed it with some fun girlie fabric for a young friend at church.

The smaller quilt measures about 36 by 45 using one charm pack and fabric for a 1 inch inner border and about a 4 1/2 inch outer border.
I have forgotten the size of the larger version but it is roughly 60 by 70. I used 14 fat quarters for it with 9 inch squares to cut from the template. It is different from cutting for a true drunkard's path block in that you cut both pieces with one cut of the curved template and then just sewn them back together centered on each other. There is left over at each edge and you just trim it for about an 8 1/4 size block. Fast and easy. For the larger version, I used the leftover strip from the fat quarters and made a scrappy binding. 
So I have two finishes with bindings this month. Wahoo!
Another big WAHOO! was that I was gifted an early Christmas present from MODA :-)  A big WOW here!  Carrie Nelson blogs and inspires from their website and picked some names to share some rather awesome goodies. I was overwhelmed when I opened the box! A huge party inside!
A layer cake, charm packs, a new book and notions! WOW!
What really made me squeal was the Splash rotary cutter! I had heard these were nice and boy is that true. I can't really tell you exactly what the difference is from my still well functioning 45mm Olfa cutter but I sure feel it. It just feels good in my hand...and is a lovely turquoise :-) I have put it to good use and can't seem to go back to my old ones. 
A big THANK YOU again to Carrie and MODA and also to "Ducky" who pulled my name out of the hat :-)
I'm linking this post to Confessions of a Fabric Addict to join in her Friday happy dance :-)

Saturday, August 8, 2015

Back to Batiks

Batiks are still sitting here in my sewing room and more gift quilts are floating around in my head. My last one didn't get a lot of awes from anyone (except me) so I figured I'd better change it up a bit since I had 3 more sets of the same fabric! It is Hoffman's Sparrow in Bali Crackers. 
So I found a different pattern and added more of a muslin from Primitive Gatherings that actually went well with the batiks to maybe tone it down a bit.

This is a pattern from Carrie Nelson's Schnibbles Times Two which she called Scratch...because of the Chinese coins blocks.
This quilt has a story with it. I was thinking if I had smaller pieces of this fabric it would be more palatable to others. But I really didn't read the quilt instructions very thoroughly I was just kind of excited that I found a pattern in my cupboard that was specific to 10 inch squares. So as I'm cutting this up (with a fervor and not second guessing my commitment!), I finally noticed that the pieces weren't really that small. I started sewing anyway. I was grumbling because the pattern didn't really make good use of the 10 inch squares. There was so much leftover in cut pieces that aren't readily useful for another project other than scraps. I was also looking at the blocks thinking that this wasn't anymore toned down than the one before. Oh my...well, either it's going to be a dud or I will be pleasantly surprised...I wanted to give it as a gift to someone but maybe I could sell it cheap on Ebay and get at least some of the cost of fabric back. Finally the muslin was added and I started to get hopeful. Yes, it did help quite a bit. Whew!
So I quilted it with just a meander and called it good especially since quilt holding DH also gave it a thumbs up....though his arms were hurting after holding it up. It's kind of heavy. Measures 68 X 80. 
The moral of the story...don't give up. Sometimes the completed project looks better than the parts.  Which I certainly hope is true after starting a project in a quilt class yesterday with some wild color Kaffe and others prints! 
more on that later :-)
PS. I'm linking to Confessions of A Fabric Addict's Whoop it up Fridays.