Wednesday, January 17, 2018

Quiltmaker Snow Day Gift-Away!

I awoke this morning to SNOW!

Not big heavy flakes, but fine crystals falling silently.

How long had they been falling?  I don’t know!  Perhaps it started in the wee small hours of the morning.

The wind didn’t blow, there was nothing at all to let me know that I would open the door this morning to a wonderland of white.

A snow day!  A home day!  FABULOUS!

And since my Quiltmaker Magazine also arrived yesterday, I thought today would be a good day to celebrate my home day snow day sew day with a Quiltmaker Gift-Away.

Tuesday, January 16, 2018

Hello, Tuesday!

Today I’m sharing the UNDERSIDE of the hand quilting progress on Jason’s hexie quilt!

I am loving the texture of the hand quilting on this one.  The hexies are small, only 3/4’’ per side so the quilting is fairly dense. And I think the tea dyed color solid was the best choice to show the texture.

I’m not outlining each individual hexagon, but echoing each path, and any center hexie that stands by itself I am quilting with  3 crossing lines in a starburst.

Progress on this monster has been fairly slow, just an hour or so in the evening while I am home, but any progress is PROGRESS.

This quilt has been in progress since 1999 so what is the rush?

Click the photos to view a larger image.

I am loving the silk batting by Hobbs, and have settled in with size 10 betweens by Roxanne for my needle of choice.  The 11s were just too short, The 10s bend a bit, but I can load just the right number of stitches on them per hexie side because of the length of the needle.

It pays to experiment!

Monday, January 15, 2018

What One Does When HOME ALONE!

I was planning on being in Arizona right after California, but sometimes even the best plans fall through for a number of reasons.

We’ll do some make up dates in the future, and I was just there after Thanksgiving.

All is well with my brother Mark, so this shifted opportunity will work well.

And it allows me an even BIGGER break home before heading off to Florida at the end of the month – Oh JOY!!!

I didn’t think that I would end up home alone last evening though!  The men folk (i.e.: Jeff and Hubster) had already made plans for this holiday Monday since I was going to be gone.

Men folk, as you know, will do what men folk do when there is a new log splitter, a chain saw and 42 acres of woods to be dealt with.

And more power to them! 

And PEDAL POWER to me!

I spent the evening stitching on my 1918 Singer 127 Sphinx.  100 years old and sews like a dream!

Sunday, January 14, 2018

Super-California-Istic-Expialidocious Show & Share!

Oh, my goodness, the amazing showing and sharing happening in Southern California!

Yes, tops and partial mysteries-in-progress are always a welcome sight at any gathering of quilters!

I love to hear the stories, especially when groups of friends are encouraging each other on to a goal of completion.

We all know that a lot of living goes on between each seam and that is what makes the completed quilt itself so special.  With each stitch we have climbed MOUNTAINS not only with quilt progress, but in the walk of our day to day life, accepting each challenge and growing through it.

Even a partial quilt top shows the many hours of effort one puts in.  THANK YOU for the best part of my visit – the show & share segments where I get to know just a little bit more about YOU.

Saturday, January 13, 2018

Scrappy Bargello at Quilt in a Day!

Look who I’ve got in the sunny parking lot of Quilt in a Day in San Marcos, California!

I love this lady!  Eleanor Burns is my quilt hero!

The El Camino Quilt Guild is lucky to have the use of the wonderful classroom space at Quilt in a Day for their guild workshops, and I was happy to be back, both with the guild, AND at Quilt in a Day!

If you are anywhere near San Marcos, just outside of San Diego, you need to make a beeline and spend some time exploring everything!

Friday, January 12, 2018

A Presentation Day with Time to Play!

It was a full house in Oceanside, California as the El Camino Quilt Guild took charge of their new meeting location – the perfect way to start a new year!

I always enjoy listening to the different committee reports and getting a feel for how active a guild is, and what kind of fun they are having. 

I’m already jealous that there is a bus trip to the Road to California Quilt Show next Thursday, and I won’t be here to participate.  I would dearly love to go on a bus ride to a quilt show with these gals!

We had a great time and I enjoyed meeting everyone – the book signing table was mobbed and bustling – there will be more scrap quilts coming out of Oceanside, California!

After packing it all up and loading it back into Jill’s car, a handful of us gathered at Cheesecake Factory for lunch. 

And then Jill and I had one thing on our minds – to hurry back home to her house and spend the afternoon behind the machines with as much power-sewing as we could squeeze in.

Thursday, January 11, 2018

Jared Takes a Wife & The Valley of the Mist Quilters!

I wish I had more than one workshop day to spend with this fun group of ladies.

The machines were humming and fabric was flying as we took to making blocks in many different styles and colorways using the Jared Takes a Wife pattern from the free patterns tab here on the blog!

New quilters and experienced quilters alike got busy!  This hive was buzzing with activity!

One of the many reasons I choose not to teach from kits is the belief that we learn so much more when we see the varied selections that others are pulling together.  It’s inspirational.

We had everything from Christmas to Star Wars and everything in between happening, and the effects on the blocks was wonderful!

Wednesday, January 10, 2018

Antique Shops & Quilt Shop Hops, Oh My!

There was much discussion on our way from the airport on Monday morning.

What would you like to do?  Where would you like to go?  Is there anything you want to see?

Well, those who have known me for any length of time would know right where to take me.

After some LUNCH of course, because I’d been up and running since midnight California time just to get here, and this girl was HUNGRY!

If you’ve never made a pilgrimage to Old Town Temecula, you must.  Such a cute cute area with old timey western appeal, restaurants, shops, and so much to do and see.

And the guild puts on a fabulous FREE outdoor quilt show in Old Town the first weekend of October every year, so put it on your calendar and come.

Linda and I chose a little Mexican cafĂ© for lunch, and then headed over to Grannie’s Attic Antiques, just one of MANY Antiquing haunts in town.

We couldn’t check me into my hotel for a bit yet, and what better way to spend our time?

I spotted the weirdest thing right off, and it was fairly disturbing:

Tuesday, January 09, 2018

Quilt-Cam 1/7/2018 Re-Cap!

We were able to squeeze in a Quilt-Cam hour on Facebook Live on Sunday afternoon!

Was I EVER ready to sew by then!

Jeff and I had been working at getting all of the mail order caught up and ready to go out and I was in dire need of a break!

And evidently SO WERE YOU because so many emails came in with photos and stories that I couldn’t share them all.

Isn’t this a gorgeous vintage machine?  I love that pineapple block that is caught just under the needle, and it makes me smile to see that room key seam guide stuck into place, giving her the seam allowance she needs!

This photo came in from Laura who was watching and stitching along.