Sunday, January 31, 2016

Charity Quilt #1 for 2016

One of my GROW goals for 2016 was to do more charity quilts.  I'm happy to say I've completed my first charity quilt and it's already been given to the coordinator of charity quilts at my guild, DeKalb County Quilters Guild.


Saturday, January 30, 2016

One Word 2016

Patty at Elm Street Quilts proposed a challenge at the beginning of the month.... it is just one simple word for 2016 ....  one little word that is your focus for 2016 ...

I thought about it a long time, actually almost all month long, trying to come up with the perfect word for 2016... It finally came to me a couple of days ago.

My word for 2016 is GROW!

I want to GROW is all sorts of ways in 2016.  I want to grow my charity quilts and give more.  I want to grow my blog and have more followers.  I want to grow my engagement with my followers.  I want to grow my pattern business.  I'd like to say I want to grow my travels but the King thinks my travels have grown enough.  I want to grow as a person.  I want to grow.

I have hung my Grow word for 2016 on my wall opposite my quilting machine.  I'll be able to see it daily to remind me to keep my focus and GROW!

So what is your Word for 2016?  What is your one word focus?


Friday, January 29, 2016

Prolific Quilters

The members of the DeKalb County Quilter's Guild have been some Prolific Quilters lately.  The Show and Share at the January meeting was fabulous!  Since I'm so new to the Guild, at least that's my excuse now, I can't remember every one's name.  I do apologize!

Her first 3-D quilt


Thursday, January 28, 2016

Homeless Quilt Has A Home

In June of 2014, I posted about a homeless quilt that needed a home.  You can read about it here.  Well, that quilt has found it's home and is on its way back where it belongs.


Wednesday, January 27, 2016

Robbie Joy Eklow Trunk Show

Monday night I joined Prairie Star Quilt Guild.  I've visited a couple of times.  You might remember reading about it here and here.  My friend Mary at I Piece 2 Mary is a member as well as Elvira Illig, a fellow longarmer that reached out to me when I first moved to DeKalb.  Prairie Star Quilt Guild meets in St. Charles IL (about 30 miles from me) and has an evening meeting as well as a daytime meeting.  I like having the flexibility to choose evening or daytime.

The guest speaker on Monday was Robbie Joy Eklow.  You can find her website here.  This is her latest quilt Kenophobia.  


Tuesday, January 26, 2016

Tips, Tricks, and Tuts Tuesday - Round Robin Quilts by Margie

While I was in San Antonio, I had the pleasure of being a guest at the Alamo Heritage Quilt Guild.  First of all, I have to show you their name tags.  They are made by the Guild and when you join you're given one.  All you have to do is add your name and/or embellish it in any way you'd like.  Aren't they so cute and appropriate.

The guest speaker was Margie.  She is from LaGrange Texas and owns a Quilt Retreat in LaGrange. You can find it here.  I bet her facilities are fabulous if they're anything like her quilts.  She spoke on Medallion Quilts and more specifically Round Robin Quilts.  I can't say enough great things about her work. They are so stunning.  She gave so many tips and tricks about participating in Round Robins.

The first tip is to put all your fabrics in a small carry on type suitcase with rolling wheels and a nice pull out handle and also a nice garment bag to put the quilt in as it grows.  It keeps it protected when passing from one person to the next. If you'd like to make a matching garment bag for your quilt, you can find a tutorial I shared here.


Monday, January 25, 2016

In Our Garden Blog Hop Love

Look what I got in the mail while I was gone!  How sweet it is to be loved by you Timeless Treasures!  Thank you so much Timeless Treasures for donating!  And thank you Amy at Sew Incredibly Crazy for securing the donation!

They are fabrics for me to create my blocks for the upcoming In Our Garden Blog Hop coming very soon.

Saturday, January 23, 2016

Cotton Boll Quilting

I had to earn my keep while I was in San Antonio.  Ok, I didn't "have" to but my friend Susan, asked me if I'd like to come stay with her a couple of days and help her out.  Susan owns Cotton Boll Quilting and is also a longarmer and a SASSI (San Antonio Statler Stitcher Innovators) sister.  In other words she has a quilting machine just like mine.  She also has a fabulous online quilt shop and is open for business by appointment  in her home if you live in the area.  I really wish I lived in the area but maybe it's a good thing I don't right now.  I'd be broke, even more than I already am!!!

Would you like to see a tidbit of what she has to offer?

This is a kit using Northcott Fabrics from the Shimmer line and the pattern is called Stepping Up.  Isn't is fabulous!


Friday, January 22, 2016

Support Your Local Quilt Shop Day

Tomorrow is Support Your Local Quilt Shop Day. 

Sadly, I don't have a "local" quilt shop.  There are no quilt shops in DeKalb, IL!  Now that's just wrong!  However, there are several within 30-45 minutes.  The closest one is only about 15 minutes but it's very small.  The one I probably go to the most is about 30 minutes.  They have a lot of sew-ins, classes, etc. and are a Bernina dealer.  


Thursday, January 21, 2016

San Antonio Modern Quilt Guild

I had the pleasure of going to the San Antonio Modern Quilt Guild with my friend Cathy while I was in Texas.  I have to admit, Modern Quilts are growing on me.  It's not that I didn't like them, it was just so much different than I am used to.  As you probably know, I'm a very traditional quilter so this whole Modern Quilt thing is definitely outside my box!

Their speaker spoke on trends in Modern Quilting.

Rainbow colors


Wednesday, January 20, 2016

Nuts About ?? Blog Hop Coming & Giveaway

2016 is off to a fabulous start.  I rang in the New Year in warmer temps with our daughter, son-in-law, and grandkids in Arizona, came home a few days and am spending most of January in sunny, warm San Antonio TX.  Boy do I miss the great state of Texas and my friends there.  I don't miss the sub zero temps in the Frozen Tundra of DeKalb but I kinda miss the King and William.  I'm Nuts About ?Them?

Speaking about being Nuts About ???.... It's the first blog hop of 2016, starting February 4, 2016.


Tuesday, January 19, 2016

Tips, Tricks, and Tuts Tuesday - Illusion Quilt

I shared with you yesterday about the Lottery Quilt Blocks I won at the Quilt Retreat this last weekend.  If you missed it, you can read about it here.  These are half of the Lottery blocks.

And this is all of the Lottery Blocks Set together, complete with border.  

It is made from a layer cake and some additional yardage.  You can find the tutorial at Missouri Star Quilt Company's YouTube channel.

I would like to thank my SASSI sisters for making the blocks and I would like to thank The Mesquite Bean for donating the layer cake.  If you're in San Antonio, be sure to visit the girls at the Mesquite Bean.  It's a very nice quilt shop.


Monday, January 18, 2016

Retreat in San Antonio

I've just come home back to my friend's house from another fabulous retreat, despite the place we stayed at (more about that later).  It was so nice to be back with old friends.  There were lots of beautiful quilts completed or worked on, way tooo much food, and of course, the best part of all, tons of laughs and memories made.  Thanks so much SASSI girls (SASSI stands for San Antonio Statler Stitcher Innovators).

Here are a few of the accomplishments over the weekend.

Suzanne used the Quick Curve Ruler to create a Poinsettia block.


Sunday, January 17, 2016

Moda Shuffle Sampler

I'm making progress on my Moda Shuffle Sampler quilt.  Actually, I have all the blocks complete.... if I were making it the size they recommend.  But you know me, I like bed size quilts and this isn't bed size.  So I have to make 18 more blocks to get it to twin size.


Saturday, January 16, 2016

Paper Piecing Queen

While I'm in San Antonio, I'm staying with a good friend.  Now while I'm the Quilting Queen, Cathy is the Paper Piecing Queen.  She can paper piece like no other!  In fact, Cathy hates to traditional piece, even something easy!

Cathy is also a very generous Paper Piecing Queen.  She gives away A LOT of what she makes!  She still has a few things hanging in her house so I'll share some of them.


Friday, January 15, 2016


I know Christmas is long over but I just couldn't help but share with you my photos from our trip to the Phoenix Zoo to see the Zoo Lights.  Christmas lights are one of my most favorite things about Christmas.  We got there right at dusk so the first photos don't show the lights as well as the ones at the end.  I hope you enjoy them as much as we did.


Thursday, January 14, 2016

2015 A Year In Review

I'm running about two weeks behind already this year.  Being in Arizona with the grandkids put me a little behind but it was well worth it.  Of course that's the story of my life.  It seems like I'm always a day late and lots of dollars short.

It also seems like 2015 was a blur... Not sure where it went....

January's finished projects included this cross stitch project for the Tammy For All Seasons Blog Hop.


Wednesday, January 13, 2016

In Our Garden Blog Hop Coming

It's cold and dreary outside, at least in DeKalb IL so I was pretty excited when Amy from Sew Incredibly Crazy contacted me about participating in the In Our Garden Blog Hop.  I need to think Spring, and Warm, and all things pretty In Our Garden.

I've been working on my block.  Of course I can't show it to you yet though.  My month is April. I can tell you the pieced block is pretty simple and oh so cute and my appliqued block involves a watering can, a flower, and a packet of seeds.... right now.  By April it could morph into something completely different.

Here's how it's going down....  It's a Block of the Month program.  There will be 11 different blogger/designers that will be creating and sharing their FREE pattern with you during their month according to the schedule below.  You may make one or both of the blocks offered.  One will be a pieced block and the other will be an applique block.  The blog hop will start in February and be posted on the first of each month thereafter.
Carol – Just Let Me Quilt
Amy – Sew Incredibly Crazy– Final Blocks and wrap up
Pat from Life in the Scrapatch, one of our designers has sew generously provided a layout and yardage requirements.  Of course you can also create your own layout as well.

We have SEW SUPER SPONSORS too In Our Garden!  They have been SEW generous!  There will be some fabulous prizes you won't want to miss!

I hope you're as excited as we are and can't wait to see what's In Our Garden.  Be sure to join us!


Tuesday, January 12, 2016

Tips, Tricks, and Tuts Tuesday - First Aid for Your Rulers

I thought I'd share a quickie tip on Tips, Tricks, and Tuts Tuesday - First Aid for Your Rulers.  How many times does your ruler slip and you cut incorrectly.  Although my tip won't guarantee you'll not slip anymore, I can tell you it certainly does help.

All you'll need is a roll of this tape. It's called Nexcare Clear Tape made by 3M.  Oh and the King will love you if you buy this tape.


Monday, January 11, 2016

Modern Millie Quilt

One of my first things on my itinerary in San Antonio was to take the Modern Millie Quilt Class using the Quick Curve Ruler.  One of my friends was teaching it at another friends studio.

I posted my color choices on Instagram if you follow me there, but if you don't, here they are.


Saturday, January 9, 2016

Nines In The Middle

About 3 months ago I submitted a quilt pattern to Moda Bake Shop for a quilt called Nines In The Middle.  It uses a jelly roll of course, and some additional yardage.  For those who many not know, a jelly roll is 40 strips of fabric cut 2 1/2" wide by the WOF (width of fabric), usually consisting of different fabrics that coordinate from a specific line of fabric.

To my surprise, and excitement, Moda emailed me back with an acceptance!  Whoo Hoo!!!   I couldn't be happier.   So I present to you Nines in the Middle.


Friday, January 8, 2016

Freebie Friday 1-8-16

I haven't had a Freebie Friday in a very long time plus I'm traveling so it's a win/win for both of us.  I still have several books I got a quilt market last year so I'm passing them along to you.  This one is titled Quilt Talk by Sam Hunter.


Thursday, January 7, 2016

Some Sewing Time

One of the things, actually the main thing we gave our granddaughter Raleigh for Christmas was a sewing machine.  She has been begging for her own sewing machine for a couple of years now.   I had every intention of giving her a Bernina 830 that my dad picked up at an auction for a song... $15 but there was one little problem.... how do I get it on an airplance and take it to Arizona.  It just seemed like too much hassle.... so I found this nice Brother Sewing Machine at Costco.


Wednesday, January 6, 2016

If Sewing Machines Could Talk

Do you ever wonder what sewing machines would say if they could talk?  Actually I don't wonder what they would say, I wonder more about the lady (or gentleman) who sewed with the sewing machine.  Was she an accomplished seamstress, did she make quilts, what kind of quilts did she make, did she pass her machine down or did it just sit there waiting for someone to love it or cast it away?

I recently bought this treadle frame from a friend.  I bought it sight unseen, kinda.  My sister sent me a picture of the frame and I bought it from the photo.  I only gave $25 for it.  I thought it was a pretty good price.  I'm going to add a wooden top and use it for a bedside table.


Tuesday, January 5, 2016

Welcome Home

It's kinda nice to be back home for a few days.  I say kinda because when we left Arizona it was in the upper 60's and lots of sunshine and this....

We came home to temps in the upper 20's and no sunshine and this....


Monday, January 4, 2016

Allietare Clue #5 and #6

I hit the ground running when I got home last night and quickly made a few blocks of Clue #4 of the Allietare Mystery Quilt from Bonnie Hunter at Quiltville Quips and Snips.  Have you been playing along with her mystery?  I was doing so well keeping up and then Christmas hit and a trip to Arizona to see the grandkids for a week and now that makes me way behind!

I got all of clue #4 cut out on Christmas Eve day and some sewing too.  I took them to Arizona thinking I might get some more done.  I did get a few finished but it was a long way from the 120 needed. This morning I played some catch-up.  I now have them all cut, the pairs sewn, and pressed; just need to sew the pairs together to make the unit.

Sunday, January 3, 2016

A Flying Journey

If you follow me on Facebook, then you might have already heard my play by play trials and tribulations of our trip to Arizona the day after Christmas to see our daughter, Hollie and her family but most importantly, the grandkids.

It started on 12/26 with a delay with our flight with Allegiant Air flying out of Springfield, Missouri.  Now I'm sure some of you are asking don't you live in DeKalb, Ilinois.  Why yes I do.  But we drove to my parent's home in Missouri to see them and spend Christmas with our oldest son Drew, and his family, again most importantly the grandkids.  We had two choices for airports, both being about the same distance.  However, the best "deal" on flights was out of Springfield with Allegiant Air.  So money talks and we went to Springfield.

The weather was horrible, storms and hard rain all day and evening so we weren't surprised that our flight was delayed about an hour.  We boarded the plane and sat there, and sat there.  Finally the pilot announces that we are waiting on fuel.  It seems the Springfield Fire Dept. has to be on location while fueling and due to the storms they were off rescuing a car that had driven into flood waters.  Finally we have fuel but now we're waiting on "paperwork and the cap to be put on the fuel tank".  Just exactly how long does that take?  The next update was that the fuel sensors were not working and they needed to call a mechanic in to get them working so the amount of fuel could be determined.  Hmmm... ok....  But while we waited they gave us complementary soda or water...  that was so generous of Allegiant Air (major sarcasm in case you missed it).  It wasn't a full can of soda though, just a small glass.  William was blessed with the remainder of the can, not a full can but more than the King and I got.
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