Wednesday, November 26, 2014

Recycling a few Patterns

The other day, gal pal Linda sent me an email. (Yes, she is the same Linda who is in my book and she does exist.) Anyway, she suggested that I should start referring to the over-stuffed sewing closet which I am trying to clean out as the "The Resource Center." (Check out the previous post.)

In the resource center, I have quite a selection of used patterns. These are all patterns which I have purchased, either as BOM's or complete project kits and I no longer want or need them. These are patterns only; no fabric, no buttons, no panels. Just patterns which could use a new home.
Top: 6 issues of Quilts with Style. Issues Feb, April, June, Jul/Aug, Sept/Oct, Nov/Dec from 2005. These six issues were needed to complete the Tuscan Garden quilt by Schwartz & Seifert.
Bottom Left: All 6 patterns to complete the Sew Spooky Quilt by The Quilt Company.
Bottom Middle: All the applique and block patterns to complete the Classic Santas by Quakertown Quilts. (Check out the previous post.)
Bottom Right: All 12 patterns and finishing instructions for the 2013 Designer Mystery BOM  from the Fat Quarter Shop.

Once again, these are patterns only. If you would like to have any of these, free of charge, please leave a comment stating which pattern you want and then send me an email or give me a call.

Wednesday, November 12, 2014

Being unemployed does have a few benefits.......

With not having a job, I decided it's time for a few projects to get done around here. I've painted the ceiling on the porch, worked on my landscaping and have begun one of the most dreaded tasks ever created by out the closets. One of which is jammed with nothing but fabric or projects that were begun a long time ago and then abandoned for some reason or another, a.k.a., UFO's. (UnFinished  Objects)

About eight, yes EIGHT years ago, I started a BOM which consisted of 12 inch blocks, 6 inch blocks and 12 inch appliqued Santa blocks. Somewhere along the line, I lost interest and placed everything as I received it in a plastic storage container and banished it to the sewing closet. Two months ago, I found the container and decided it was past due to finish this thing up and now that I have the time, NO MORE EXCUSES. I drug the container to the living room and placed all the completed blocks out on the floor and looked at them for well over a week. I had 8 more appliqued Santa blocks to finish, along with 3 of the 6 inch pieced blocks. Looking at the back of the pieced blocks, my techniques and accuracy have improved over the years but my applique blocks still look about the same.

On Monday, I finished assembling all the pieces. I can't tell you what a tremendous accomplishment this is and tomorrow, the top goes to the LAer. She said it may be back in time for Christmas. Even if it's not, one more year isn't going to matter.

Stay tuned. More UFO's to come.

Thursday, September 25, 2014

Another Win......

Participating in the Peachtree Road Race and completing it is an accomplishment all in its self. After 6.2 miles and receiving the t-shirt, you feel exhausted and I don't know about you, but I'm looking for a bottle of Gatorade, (or something a little stronger).

After a few years of taking it to the streets of downtown Atlanta, I finally had enough t-shirts to make a quilt. This quilt is one of my favorites and this past week, it won a first place ribbon.

Sunday, August 31, 2014

Christmas Block Swap Update

I received two blocks from my August swap partner, and they are lovely. Thank you very much Jen. The one on the left looks to be a variation of a bear paw which I had never seen before and the right one is a star. (Jen, if there is a name for the bear paw variation, please let me know what it is.) The fabrics are beautiful and I am very pleased.
(UPDATE: The name of the block is bear tracks.)
My swap partner for September is Carolyn and I asked if she would like a broken star in red and green with a cream background. Off to the sewing room and here is her block.
When participating in a block swap and after creating the quilt, do you add all the names on the quilt label? What would you do?

Sunday, August 3, 2014

Block Swap

I've signed up again! (I need therapy)......(no, wait....sewing is therapy!)

After being disappointed in so many swaps and telling myself that I will never do it again, last week I signed up for another one. This time the swap is for Christmas themed blocks.

My swap partner for this month Jen, requested a log cabin block, red on one side, green on the other with a center of gold. After ping-ponging a couple of emails, we decided to swap not one, but two blocks. Here are the two blocks I am sending to her. The left one, a little more scrappy and the right one, a little more formal using one red fabric and one green fabric. I hope she likes them.
After finishing up Jen's blocks, I decided to make a couple of blocks for myself. I was thinking that my next swap partner could check my blog and that would give them a better idea of what I'm going for. I reached into the scrap box and pulled out some of my all time favorite fabrics by Nancy Halvorsen and here's what I made for myself.
The left block is a broken star and you might recognize the one on the right as the design next to my profile filling in as  my photo.

For those of you reading my book and asking for chapter 2, here it is.

Tuesday, July 29, 2014

Been away too long........

Sometimes life throws you a curve ball and you just have to roll with it. That being said, I believe that everything happens for a reason.

.......meanwhile back in the sewing room........
Linda at the quilted pineapple emailed me this morning with pictures of my quilt. They are breath taking and she is one very gifted LAer. (Wish I could do that.) Anyway, here are a few snapshots of my latest, almost complete project. (69)

You can quote me on this: "This is the second time I have made this quilt and I will not be making it again." My sister claimed the first one and I am going to keep this one.

For friends who have been asking, click here for Chapter 1 of my book and I'd love to hear what you think.