Monday, May 22, 2017

Design Wall Monday–May 22, 2017

This week I’m Big Bear Lake attending a retreat with friends.  Therefore my design wall is my workstation and a couch.  First up here’s a project in process.


Not much to see yet but I’m sure it will grow as the day goes on.  Next up, here’s our sewing area.  It’s tiny but it works for us. 


My other project I’m planning on completing is my Bonnie Hunter Texas Rose.  As you can see by the label, it was started a very long time ago.  I finished it last year at this same retreat but I struggled with how to bind it.  I’ve finally figured it out so over the next couple of days it will really, truly be finished and I’ll add a final note to the label. 







Hope you all have a fabulous week doing and working on something you love.



Monday, May 15, 2017

Design Wall Monday–May 15, 2017

Last Thursday I attended a workshop taught by Rami Kim.  If you ever get an opportunity, take it, she is a delight.  In the class we worked on making a purse.  The highlight of the project is making these little folded pieces out of fabric to add detail and decoration to the front and back of the purse.


Here are my pieces waiting to be completed.  Here’s a couple of close-ups of the folded accent pieces.



The folded hexagon is on the left and the folded square is on the right.  They are actually fairly easy to make and sooooooo much fun. 

There are four of us that are getting together tomorrow to finish up our bags.  We figure together we’ll have fun and enjoy the whole process.  I’ll post pictures once it’s competed.

See you soon!



Monday, May 8, 2017

Design Wall Monday–May 8, 2017

Does this work?

One of my friendship groups has an annual birthday block exchange.  There are 12 of us and during your birthday month you receive blocks made by others.  This month is my friend Marie’s birthday and she has selected a block call Lunch Box Social.  Not a difficult block but the problem is she wants it done in Civil War fabrics.  Thankfully a few months back someone brought a bunch of Civil War fabrics to a gathering and I was able to come home with a nice selection of fabrics to use.  Unfortunately I didn’t realize that I needed a blue for the center of the 9 patch.  That’s it just one little 1 1/2” square of Civil War blue.  I have searched my entire stash and this is the closest I can come.  What do you think?  Will it work?


IMG_3412If not I have to head to the fabric store and try to find something that will work. 

In the mean time, my birthday was in April.  I haven’t received all my blocks yet but here’s what I have so far.


My blocks are made using Edyta Sitar’s YouTube video.  You can view it here.  

To see what others are working on, head on over to Judy’s Patchwork Times blog.



Monday, May 1, 2017

Design Wall Monday–May 1, 2017


I’d love to show you what I’m working on but it’s for my guild’s challenge.  I would kind of like to keep it a little hidden.  Orange Grove Quilters Guild is having a Sewing Room/Home Tour and Luncheon in June and they are having a small quilt challenge.  The theme is Lazy Crazy Days of Summer.  It needs to be approximately 18” square and have a noticeable amount of the challenge fabric on the front.

IMG_3365 I have started mine and am having a lot of fun playing with it.  The picture at the top was just some thoughts when I first started.  I’m much further along but I probably won’t show it on the blog until after the challenge. 

In the mean time, I think this is making it’s way to the top of the pile to get quilted. 


This is a table runner/wall hanging that I made too long ago to remember.  It’s all layered and ready to be quilted.  I guess I’ll work on it next (unless I get side tracked…………………it’s possible). 

To see what others are working on, check out Judy’s blog.



Saturday, April 29, 2017

Sassy Scrappy Log Cabin

I finished my quilt top………………………YAY!!!!!!!!!!!!!!


It is now in the good hands of Bear’s Quilt Shop, patiently waiting in line to be quilted.  I ended up adding an additional row to the top and bottom rather than adding a border.  It finished approximately 66” x 80”.  I can’t wait to get it back so that I can add the binding and snuggle under it. 

This is the planned project that I will be teaching in Las Vegas in July.  Now that the top is done, it’s time to work on the pattern/tutorial. 



Thursday, April 27, 2017

Sassy Scrappy Log Cabin

I’ve been working on my “Sassy Scrappy Log Cabin” quilt.  I’m slowly building it 1/4 of the quilt at a time.  The top half is sewn together and as of yesterday the bottom left quadrant is done. 


It is definitely starting to take shape. 

The 4th quadrant blocks are ready to be sewn.  I don’t love pinning but in this case I find it necessary.  Here’s a stack all pinned and ready for the sewing machine.


That’s a lot of pins but it’s easier to pin a bunch of blocks while sitting on the couch watching TV than pinning one at a time as I sew. 

I think I’ll probably end up adding an additional row to the top and bottom but for now I need to get the blocks sewn and pressed.



Monday, April 24, 2017

Design Wall Monday–April 24, 2017

I’m back to plugging along on my Scrappy Sassy Log Cabin quilt.  I am working in quadrants.  So far the top half is done.  Now I’m back to making more blocks and assembling the bottom left section. I’m really starting to like it and it’s fun to make. 


As a reminder, this is what the planned layout is.

Scrappy Sassy Log Cabin

As I get closer I’ll decide if I want to add borders or possibly another row at the top and bottom to make it a rectangle instead of a square.  Time will tell.

In the mean time, why not check out what others have on their design wall.  Head on over to Judy’s blog.



Monday, April 17, 2017

Design Wall Monday – April 17, 2017

I am fortunate to belong to two quilt guilds, Orange Grove Quilters Guild and Quilters by the Sea.  They both had their meetings last week.  Tina Curran was the speaker at QBS and she taught a fun workshop on Saturday.  Here’s is my project that I worked on.


It still needs the flowers fussy cut, fused and stems added, but you can kind of get the idea.

Here is a picture of one of Tina’s samples.


I think I’m going to like it and it will be a nice addition to my front door quilt collection.

To see what others are working on, head on over to Judy’s Patchwork Times blog.



Monday, April 10, 2017

Design Wall Monday–April 10, 2017

I’m making progress on my Scrappy Sassy Stash Log Cabin quilt.  Here it is on my design wall, the upper left quadrant is sewn together and I’m working on the upper right quadrant. 


I’m loving it.  As a reminder, here’s the finally layout I’m going for.

Scrappy Sassy Log Cabin

To see what others are working on, head on over to Judy’s Patchwork Times Blog.



Monday, April 3, 2017

Design Wall Monday–April 3, 2017

My design wall is actually packed and in the back of my car this morning.  But this is what I hope it will look like in a few days.

Scrappy Sassy Log Cabin

This is just the EQ7 version but I already have several blocks made and the remainder of the strips cut and ready to sew. 


These are just a few of the blocks I already have but hopefully I’ll have a whole lot more within the next several days. 

I’m headed to a Wacko Retreat in Temecula, CA.  What is a Wacko Retreat you ask?  I’ve been in the same friendship group for many, many years.  We used to meet every single Wednesday and we became known as the Wednesday Wacko’s.  Most of the group that started together are still together and we’ve been fortunate to add a few additional members over the years.  A few years ago we started having our own retreat, just the 12 of us.  Unfortunately this year there will only be 9.  We will miss the 3 that have other commitments but hopefully they’ll be able to join us again next year.

Here is the back of my car, all packed and ready to head out. 


That white bag on the left……………….that’s my Wacko Christmas gifts.  You read correctly, in typical Wacko fashion we are having our Christmas in April celebration.  We weren’t able to get everyone together in December for our annual Christmas party so here we are in April ready to say “Merry Christmas”.  I told you we are Wacko.

To see what others are working on, check out Judy’s Patchwork Times Blog

I’ll be posting my progress while at the retreat.  Wish me luck. 



Monday, March 27, 2017

Design Wall Monday–March 27, 2017

Just one block but it’s what’s on my design wall this morning. 


I need to make a wedding quilt and thought I’d make a Double Wedding Ring Quilt.  It seemed like a good idea.  I even borrowed a friends Accucut Go and bought the Double Wedding Ring dies.  I cut a whole bunch of different pieces and started making my first block.  It’s not as easy as I thought it would be.  I don’t mean that I really think it should be easy but with the fabric cut with a die, I expected it to go together a little easier than it did.  Here’s part of the block that I assembled.


After I perfected (I thought) my 1/4” seam it was still a challenge and this is the easy part.  I want to make a bed size quilt so I quickly decided to shelve this idea.  Bye-bye double wedding ring quilt and hello great-granny quilt. 

I’m planning on using a variety of light gray’s and beiges for the background and a huge variety of Kaffe fabrics for the “rounds”.  This will not be the first time I’ve made this quilt but this time will be a little different. 

Here’s a picture of my first one.  You’ll see it’s on my bed right now.


Oops, I see that one of the shams is missing.  It was in my sewing room so I could jog my memory of how I made it the first time.  I’ve gathered up all the fat quarters for the background and 2 1/2” strips of Kaffe fabrics.  I’m hoping to start working on it while I’m at a retreat next week. 

To see what others have on their design wall, check out Judy’s Patchwork Times blog.



Monday, March 20, 2017

Design Wall Monday–March 20, 2017

Another front door quilt.  I actually made this a couple of weeks ago but I’m just now getting around to sharing it on my blog.  My friend Nancy Post shared a picture of a quilt on Facebook that I used as the inspiration for this cutie.  I think the quilt she showed was 12 blocks and probably lap size.  I thought it would make a perfect front door quilt for Easter.


It went together very quickly since it’s made using simple machine applique with a little meandering for the quilting.  I finished it off with a machine sewn faux flange binding and WAA-LAA a new front door quilt is born.  If you’d like a tutorial on how I do my binding, check out my free tutorial over there ----> on the right.

To see what others are working on, visit Judy’s Patchwork Times blog.



Monday, March 13, 2017

Design Wall Monday–March 13, 2017

Last Wednesday I had the opportunity to speak at the Orange Grove Quilt Guild meeting.  My topic was “Borders, Setings and Bindings”.  I was able to share a wide variety of quilts including some from others in my friendship group, The Wednesday Wackos. 

Would you like to know the easy, simple way to turn a quilt/block on-point?  Well one of the things I shared and demoed was how to do easy peasy.  Here are just a few of the examples I used. 



Here is the simple block that I used for my demo.


If you’d like to see how easy it is, head on over to my website, go to tutorials, and select the one that looks like this.  Or just click here

To see what others are working on, check out Judy’s blog.



Friday, March 10, 2017

What I Learned–While Teaching

Yesterday I taught a workshop at Orange Grove Quilt Guild.  I always tell people to take classes from as many different teachers as you can because you learn something new and different each time.  Not only to you learn from the teacher but you learn for others in the class.  Well that’s no different if you’re the one teaching you still learn new things all the time.  I’m sure I learned a bunch of new things yesterday but I thought I’d share a couple of them that I’m implementing for myself, today. 

First up…………………..What I learned from Christi Kolisnyk

I have attended a lot of retreats with Christi.  She is a very talented seamstress and she is the one that helped me make my cushion back in September (click here to see my blog post about my cute cushion).  At every retreat Christi has a very very large pincushion covered in her yellow pins.  This may not seam like a big deal after all I have lots of pincushion that are suppose to live next to my sewing machine, on my cutting mat, on my ironing surface and on and on.  The problem is I still tend to move them all around my house and half the time the pins from one all end up in another one and not where I am.  I’ve decided to give Christi way a try.  I have two giant pincushions that were collecting dust (I collect them of course Disappointed smile).  Starting today I’m going to consolidate into one and since I carry them around from one spot to another anyway, I’m going to give it a try. 


Of course it could take me all day to decide which one to promote to “Pincushion Number One”.

Second thing I learned………………………………from Bonnie Lippincott

I also attend some retreats with Bonnie. (I know I go to a lot of retreats)

Here’s the deal with Bonnie, she always has what you need to borrow, it could be a glue stick or some odd ball item.  Bonnie has a very nice little tool organizer that sits on the table by her machine but when you need that odd ball thing she reaches for her plastic tote that she calls her “Fibber McGee’s Closet”.  For those of you youngsters, Fibber McGee and Molly is a very, very old TV show and Fibber McGee had a closet that was like a giant junk drawer.  When you open it everything spills out.  So Bonnie has her plastic tote and she just tosses things in it that she might need some time in the future.  I love this idea and have decided to make my very own “traveling junk drawer”. 



As you can see on the left I do have a fairly organized traveling zipper bag but it’s over stuffed with things I don’t regularly use and can be moved to my new “junk drawer”. 

I’m sure there are many other things I learned yesterday but these are the two that stuck with me and I’m implementing them today.



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