Tuesday, July 28, 2015

Love from Cedar Rapids, Iowa!

You just KNOW you are in for a good time when you are greeted by a happy quilter ((In this case, Peggy!)) holding a sign made of over-sized Wild & Goosey blocks!

There was no missing her as my guild transport and sister-of-the-cloth!

Bags arrived as scheduled, and we were off!

Where to?  LUNCH!  I was starving…I’d been up and going since 2am Iowa time – and even though it was only 11am – my body was saying FEED ME!

We went to the culinary institute!  How fun!  and delicious…  I love going places that I can’t get at home.

And yes, there is Culvers here..but we are saving that for later.  I’ll have plenty of time for that during my week here in Iowa.

Monday, July 27, 2015

Off to Iowa–GIVE-AWAY!

Goodness Gracious, it was an early morning this morning!

3am can barely be considered “morning” at all by any stretch of the word..

4am departure from the house to the airport was not much better!

We touched down in Atlanta at a still very early 6:24am.

This place already has some hustle and bustle going on -people going this way and that way, all on their way to their next connection, wherever their destinations may take them.

Sunday, July 26, 2015

Quiltmaker Drawing Time!


All items to be dropped at FedEx have been dropped off as planned!

My living room looks HALF empty…

The other half?

Well, I’m packing up the trunk show for everything I need for my time with the East Iowa Heirloom Quilters Guild in Cedar Rapids,  and then off to a 4 day retreat with Jo & Kelli Kramer of Jo’s Country Junction fame!

It’s going to be a fun time in Iowa this coming week!

And I haven’t even packed my project to bring to work on in the evenings yet!  I may be burning the midnight oil tonight.

I’m taking a quick break to  draw our winner of the Sept/Oct 2015 Quiltmaker Magazine issue and that yummy bundle of Maywood Studios flannels!

I know, I know – it’s not even August yet!  FLANNEL!?  YES!  Because in 6 to 8 weeks we will be well into autumn and these are going to make something extra yummy for some lucky winner out there.

So let’s get to it:

Box it Up! Send it Off!

The pattern sections for all 6 of these quilts have been written, and sent off to my editor so she can start working on them behind the scenes!

7 out of 12 pattern sections have been written during my one month at home.

I wouldn’t call this month a “VACATION”  But it has sure been nice to sleep in my own bed, work from my own studio, and have weekends at the cabin.

I'm more than half-way with the pattern sections!  Can you hear me cheering??

Technical writing is NOT the fun part for me.  I love the designing, the cutting the sewing, the quilting, the binding..the technical writing?  Drudgery, really.

But a necessary drudgery, and it feels good when you know you did it, and did it well.

I really enjoyed my little side trip up to Virginia this week, and taking that time away from desk work was very much needed and a definite highlight.

This stack of quilts and everything I need to tape my online courses with Quiltmaker will be packed up and FedEx’d off this afternoon.

Saturday, July 25, 2015

Making String Sashings!

Loads of questions coming in after yesterday’s post about why I string piece on a paper foundation.

I am happy to share the hows and whys that I do things, but please don’t take it as gospel or the only way to do things.  If you learned from someone else a “different” way ((there is no BETTER, only DIFFERENT!)) then by all means, you don’t have to do it this way.

But you know what?  You just might learn something if you try it both ways.

And that might lead you to a hybrid third way of your own leaving you really happy with the results.

There are a million ways to get any job done.

This is just how *I* work.  And it works for me.

I spent some time trimming up all of the pages that I covered with neutral strings on my one night getaway.  Oh, how I needed that time away from my office computer!

This is a photo of what the sections look like after trimming…

This is what it looked like BEFORE trimming:

Friday, July 24, 2015

North, to Virginia!

I took a little road trip yesterday-

A much needed getaway – and I’ve had it in the plans since I left Erie, Pennsylvania in June.

You know it goes, someone you know knows someone else who heard of something that someone was looking to find a home for –and it just happens to be the exact thing that YOU are looking for!

Maybe some wishes just don’t come true until we give them voice out loud—and the ears of others have the solution, or know someone who does.

The story goes like this:

Thursday, July 23, 2015

Hot off the Quiltmaker Press!


**NOTE** This drawing has ended!  Congrats to our lucky winner!!

Look what arrived in my mail box yesterday!

Soon to hit a news stand near you, it’s the September/October 2015 issue of Quiltmaker Magazine!

Here we are in the heat of the summer and the magazine cover is promising cooler temperatures WITH 14  quilts for cooler days- right around the color.

Beautiful quilts in autumn tones as well as some others that will just knock your socks off.

Take a look at what I found inside:

Wednesday, July 22, 2015

Quilt-Cam 7/22/2015

Where there is a Scrappy Quilty Will --

There is a Scrappy Quilty WAY!

Take a look at what Sandra sent me today ---

I’m almost jealous for her laying around and recuperating time –

She is sewing up a storm even while laying on the couch!

Along with her photos she sent in the following story:
Hey Bonnie!!!
Just wanted to drop a line and let you know that I have joined your tumbler challenge.
I wrote a blog post on it today...


I have had surgery and I am stuck on my couch for the next 3 months. So, I cut out over 1000 tumblers before I went into surgery, got a very small light weight sewing machine...and having been sewing away on my lap while I am on my couch!!! LOL!!
Can't keep a quilter from quilting!!!


Looking forward to tonights Quilt -Cam. I've never joined it live before. Can't wait.
Thanks for your generous heart and sharing with all us quilty people...
Sandra Kaye
Hopefully Sandra is still awake and not passed out under pain meds while we do Quilt-Cam tonight!  She’s been through a lot.  It would be so easy to get discouraged, to be miserable –but as quilters we always tend to look at the bright and scrappy side and find ways to make the best use of our time.

Even when things are not fun – as recuperating from surgery would be, working with our hands, and playing with pretty fabrics and seeing something grow and evolve from our efforts can lift our spirits immeasurably, don’t you agree?

As for me…I’m string piecing!

This is what’s going on here!

I wrote in this morning’s post a bit about this project and decisions that were made to get me to this point.

I’m eager to treadle, it’s been too long since I have been able to spend time with it, so I am on the Singer 227M tonight, sewing strings through phone book foundation paper and having a ball.


This is my fancy set up!

In order to do Quilt-Cam from the treadle machine, I had to set up the extra ironing board to get the lap top at a good angle…..oh yes, we are so professional here!

Ready to sew? I am!

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This Girl’s Gotta Treadle!

It all started out innocently enough.

Just as all quilt projects do.

While working in the stash part of the studio, pulling and rearranging, it is impossible to not start imagining how certain fabrics would look together in a certain quilt or block.  That red may not have been anywhere NEAR that pink before I had a pile on the table and they found themselves touching – but there they were, table-partners and I liked what I saw so I gave it a shot.

But the shot -- -was NOT!

Have you ever had that happen?  What you think will work for a setting just doesn’t turn out in real fabric in real size as what it did in your mind?

Such is the case of the wayward pink and red sashings here.

I loved the thought of striped sashing.  But it makes the sashing too wide for the block, and it overpowers what is going on with the blocks themselves.

I needed something cooler to bring out the light squares in the blocks. 

A place for the eye to rest, but something that held more excitement than plain ordinary sashing.

And a plan was hatched!