Monday, June 29, 2015

Exciting News

I received some exciting news last Thursday!  I received an email from Quiltmaker's 100 Blocks Magazine that my block as been accepted for Volume 12 Magazine.  Whoo Hoo!

Of course I can't show you the block yet but how about a sneak peak at a snippit of it?  That wouldn't hurt would it??

Now I need to hustle and get a quilt made with the block in it.


Sunday, June 28, 2015

Decisions, Decisions

I have to share a top secret project with you and maybe you can help me make a decision as to what direction I should go with it.

I recently designed a quilt.

I've even named it on my own.. y'all didn't have to help me this time... but don't worry, there will be lots of other opportunities to help me name quilts.  Now it's decision time....

Here are my choices:

  1. I can write the pattern and publish it right away.
  2. I can submit it to Moda's Bake Shop since it uses a jelly roll and some yardage.  That would give me lots of exposure and traffic to my blog, which would potentially give me sales of my other patterns.   (Of course just because I submit it to Moda doesn't mean they will accept it.)
  3. I can hold on to it and put it with the other patterns I've been designing for a book that I hope I will get accepted for publication by a book publishing company.  
So... what do you think???  Which option should I choose????  Decisions, decisions!


Wednesday, June 24, 2015

Row by Row Experience

Are you doing it?  You know... the Row, Row, Row Your Boat Experience....  You can read all about it here.   This is the second year for it.  I didn't know anything about it last year so I missed out.  But this year I know ALL about it and I'm not missing out.

The theme this year is H2O.  I am lovin all the beachy, water themed rows.  I made my first two stops on Monday on my way home from my visit in Missouri.  I've been there for 12 days.  Sadly, I missed out on the row from the quilt shop in my hometown of Nevada, MO as I left bright and early Monday morning and she wasn't open yet.  The participating shops aren't allowed to sell their blocks or license plates before the Row by Row Experience began and it didn't begin until June 21st.

So my first stop was here.

That place is awesome!  It's also a bit overwhelming, even for a seasoned quilter like myself.  There are 5 or 6 separate shops, each specializing in a certain fabric style such as Batiks, Holiday, Solids, Reproductions, etc.  Wow, I could have spent all day there.  I didn't!!!  I just quickly breezed in the main store, got my Row by Row kit and license plate, and daily deal charm pack and got back on the road.

While I was there I was attempting to take a "selfie" in front of the sign.  A very nice MSQC employee was walking by and noticed I was struggling to take such selfie and volunteered to take the picture for me.

Sadly, he dropped my cell phone, face down on the side walk and this is what it looks like now.

The man felt terrible and apologized over and over again.  Although I wasn't too excited about the fact the phone was broke, I didn't get too upset.  It was an accident, one I could have easily done myself.  I've dropped my phone many times.  I do have insurance on it so I'll replace it later this week... when I stop long enough to go to the AT&T store to do so.

My second stop was Newton IA for lunch and gas.  Thank goodness for Internet on my cell phone.  I figured out there was a quilt shop only 1.5 miles from my pit stop and they were participating in the Row by Row Experience.  

I was glad I stopped.  It was a nice shop and I made a future contact to sell my pattern wholesale.  I'll likely stop again on my way back and forth to Missouri.  I didn't buy the kit at this shop, just the pattern and license plate.  

Then today, two friends, Bobbie and Shirley from the DeKalb County Quilt Guild and I took out on a double mission... There is also a Northern Illinois Quilt Shop Hop going on as well as the Row by Row Experience and many of the shops are participating in both.  The neat thing about the Northern Illinois Quilt Shop Hop is that the grand prize for visiting all 37 shops in a quilting cruise!  Now how awesome is that????  Bobbie won the grand prize last year.... a super duper nice sewing machine!  Shirley and I are hoping her lucky karma rubs off on us!  

It's for Quilting in Rockford IL

Quilter's Haven in Rockford IL

Quilter's General Store in Rockford IL

The nice thing about living up "north" is that Wisconsin is only about an hour away so we hopped on over the border and picked up a row at Attic Quilts in Beloit WI

Back to Illinois to Basketcases in Clare IL

I also picked up this panel that coordinates with the Rows.

And these two fabrics made exclusively for the Row by Row Experience.  I'll use the cream colored on on the left for part of my backing and I'll use the one on the right in the separation between the rows.... I think....

A few other stops at shops were made but the block or the instructions weren't photography worthy and/or they didn't have a license plate.  I have a plan for my row quilt that includes the license plates so I probably won't use those rows in my quilt.  That doesn't mean their row wasn't cute, it just means I chose not to use it in this quilt.  All in all, a pretty productive day! And I have Missouri, Iowa, Illinois, and Wisconsin so far.  Before the summer is over I'll have Arkansas and Texas and maybe a few others.    There's a shop in Texas that has a license place that says "Quiltin Queen".  You know I have to have that one.  Stay tuned to see how all the blocks turn out.


Saturday, June 20, 2015

Trash to Treasures

You know how the saying goes "one man's trash is another man's treasures".  I thought I'd share a few things with you that my sister and I fix up from the "trash" we pick up junkin and turn into some one's treasures.  The photos aren't the greatest in the world.  When I took them, I didn't have in mind to blog about it.

This old window was part of a "pickup load" of windows we got.  Rhonda added the "Amazing Grace" saying.

These two little lamps were part of a boxful of rusty crusty lamps I got.  We painted them turquoise, added ric-rac to the new lampshades and Ta Da!  I think they are adorable now.  Wished that I had taken before pictures.  They were just awful looking before we painted them.

This was a old shiny brass ceiling light fixture.  Amazing what a little paint can do.  Won't it look cute in a girls room?

Yes, we're on a turquoise kick.  If you can't beat em, join em.  Everyone else is doing the turquoise thing so we didn't want to be left behind.  These mason jars were clear glass but we could get the "cloudy-ness" washed off.  Rhonda painted them and added the raffia ribbon bow.

An old cabinet door painted turquoise, chalkboard painted the middle panel, added some cute little knobs and this what you get.

Another cabinet door painted, added the word "welcome" and it too will have some knobs or hooks.  We just haven't put them on yet.

Another window... I kinda wanted to take this one home with me.  Still may

And I really wanted to take this home with me.  However, I have two wooded ironing boards at home so I may have to get busy and make mine look like this one.

Of course, I really wanted to take this sign home with me too but I resisted.

All of these treasures will go to the "Tipsy Gypsy Upcycled Junk" in the beautiful downtown metropolis of Walker MO and are for sale there.


Thursday, June 18, 2015

Traffic Jam Pattern Goes to the Ballgame

Take me out the ballgame ....  for a Traffic Jam Quilt Pattern.  Does this pattern look familiar?

 It's the Traffic Jam Pattern I designed but it's gone to the ballgame.... 

My friend Erica at Nine Patch Quilts made the Traffic Jam Quilt Pattern but used baseball themed fabric for her focus fabrics.

And her friend Becky quilted a baseball themed quilting pattern on it.  

I love how it turned out!!

Have you made this pattern up in other fabrics?  If so, please send me a picture and I'll feature your quilt on my blog too.  I love to see what others do with my pattern.  If you haven't made it and would like to order the pattern, you can do so here. For a limited time, through June 24th, the pattern is on sale for only $7.50 each.


Wednesday, June 17, 2015

New Treasures

Over the weekend, I did my second favorite thing... I went junkin' with my sister.  

I really wasn't on the hunt for anything in particular... well, that's not exactly true.  I'm always on the hunt for a bargain... and I also was on the hunt for something to decorate my family room with.  Of course, I have no idea what that something might be but I knew I'd know it when I saw it.  I didn't find a steal or a bargain but I did find this unique enamelware piece.  

Most of the enamelware I see has the red handles.  I have several of those pieces.  But this time I found one with a turquoise blue handle.....  And guess what color my kitchen is decorated in....  Why yes, it's turquoise and red.  I couldn't pass this up.  It's got several chips but again, I couldn't pass on the turquoise handle.

My second treasure was this vintage jar.  I have several of these in my studio with buttons, and wooden spools, and old lace, and such in each of them.  This jar was only $4.  I needed another one don't you think?  

And then I found this light blue enamel coffee pot.  I would have really been excited if it had been turquoise but it isn't.  It's light blue.

It will look great with my other tea pots and coffee pots on top of my hosier type cabinet.  

I bet hope I'll find more treasures next weekend before I head home.  If nothing else, I'll go treasure hunting in dad's basement.  He's always good for a thing or two.  


Tuesday, June 16, 2015

Tips, Tricks, and Tuts Tuesday - Stay Stitching Quilt Edges

Do you stay stitch around the outer edge of your quilts before you take them to a longarm quilter?  Maybe I should ask first if you know what stay stitching is?   About Sewing defines stay stitching as follows:

Stay stitching is a single line of stitching, through one layer of fabric, to stabilize the fabric, preventing it from becoming stretched or distorted. Stay stitching is usually called for on the edge of a piece of fabric that has a bias cut to it which would allow the fabric to easily become distorted.

Now I realize most outer edges of quilts aren't on the bias or curved but trust me on this.  Stay stitching takes me back to my garment sewing days.  And trust me, if a pattern called for stay stitching, take the extra time and do the stay stitching.   So trust me on this with your quilts too.

 Stitching around the outer edge of your quilt, particularly those with a pieced border or a quilt top with no borders will increase the likelihood that the quilt will be square.  As the definition goes, it prevents it from becoming stretched or distorted.

It stabilizes the quilt for the longarm quilter who will pull and tug on the quilt in the frame to quilt it.  If your stitch length is a bit long, sometimes those stitches tend to pull out.  Stay stitching will help prevent this from happening.

So how do you stay stitch around the edge of a quilt?  It's really quite simple.  I sew through the single layer of the quilt top, a scant, scant 1/4" from the edge.  When I say a scant, scant 1/4" I mean that I move my needle position to the right as far as it will go and then stitch around the perimeter of the quilt.  I allow the feed dogs of my machine to feed the quilt through and stitch the line.  I simply just guide it with my hands being careful not to pull on it or force feed it.  I leave my stitch length on the normal length I would stitch the quilt together with (on my Bernina 1130 machine it's set on 2).

It really only takes a few extra minutes to do this but it will make your longarm quilter's life (or yours) so much easier and she will love you for it!


Monday, June 15, 2015

A New Steam Iron

I have to admit, I have a thing for antique irons.  I guess you could say I own a couple.

These irons adorn the steps going up to my studio.  I really don't have another spot to display them and who needs a stairway 6' wide?  I can surely spare 12" of space.  It still makes my stairway 5' wide.  

This weekend I came across this iron.  It was sitting on the floor of an antique/junk shop (just the iron without the box).

 I passed it up the first time around but the owner was a smooth operator and noticed I looked at it.  He told me that was a really nice iron in new condition and it was only $10.  I said I saw it and considered it for my iron collection.  He then goes behind the counter and pulls out this box and says I really should get it as he is betting none of my other irons still have the original box and paperwork.  He was right.

Check out this brochure.  Who remembers the coupon points in the back of the books?  Not me, I'm way to young to remember that!  

I told you he as a smooth operator.... Yes, I bought the iron.  It's a wonderful vintage steam iron and I'm betting that it has never been used.  


Sunday, June 14, 2015

Quilting Eye Candy 06-14-14

With all the top secret projects going on, it leaves me little to blog about and a lot to tease you with.  But I have been doing some customer quilting.  I'm very excited to report that I have my first Illinois quilting customer.

Bobbie brought me 4 of her quilts to quilt.  Bobbie does really nice work!  This quilt uses the quick curve ruler.  If you don't know about it you can check it out here.  There lots of possibilities with this neat ruler.  I have one but I haven't used it yet!  Oh my!!!

Quilting Pattern:  R&R E2E Nested by Wasatch Quilting
Quilting Thread:  Glide Magic Mint

Of course y'all know I'd fall in love with this sweet beauty!  It's red, white, and  blue after all.  

Quilting Pattern:  Cotton Candy by Anne Bright
Quilting Thread:  King Tut Variegated Red, White, and Blue

A Bento box is one of my favorite "modern quilts".  This one is made from Batiks.  I love her piano key border.

Quilting Pattern:  Spirals and bubbles by Wasatch Quilting
Quilting Thread:  Glide Pistachio

This last one is a small wall hanging Bobbie made to "test the waters" for a larger bed size quilt.  She used Debby Maddy's No Diamonds No Y Seams Pattern for a Carpenter Star.  The pattern was a success or should I say it floated and didn't sink.  Bobbie is working on the bed size quilt now.

I did some custom quilting on this one.

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