Monday, January 7, 2019

January Week 1 Quilting

I started the year off with a bang. 4 of my own UFOs have been quilted, have binding sewn on by machine and are awaiting hand sewing. One is in progress while we watch Frontier on Netflix.

Here's my Quilt In A Day Braid quilt, assembled in 2012, according to this blog.

Mary'l Love and Roses panel quilt with Hearts and Roses quilting.

 This is Marietta's Double Wedding Ring quilt. It has been waiting months to be done. I was feeling very intimidated by it but I told her it would be done in 2018. I was 2 days late, but I love it and I think it was worth the wait.

New granddaughter, Gracie's pink foxy quilt.

Gracie made this beautiful cancer ribbon quilt and I quilted it with Cancer Awareness Ribbon panto.

This is a tshirt quilt made by April with Turbulence quilting.

Week 1 challenge - Clean My Sewing Room

Week 1 Challenge was met and my sewing room was cleaned up.

Many 2.5" strips were cut from excess muslin backings.

My Serger, Featherweight, Bernina and Embroidery machines have a nice spot under wire shelving.

I organized all my batiks and then hours later found these lost souls. I wasn't in the mood to find a place for them, so here they sit.

This is my Civil War stash for a half-square triangle swap I'm in with Carol Hopkins. It's not very much but certainly overflowing the tote.

This fabric organizer tote is full of scraps, little scraps that need to be pressed, cut and put into the appropriate container.

Thursday, January 3, 2019

2018 In Review

Here are the spools/cones that I emptied in 2018.  It was a very productive year for me.

I quilted 278 quilts on the longarm.

39 of those 278 were quilts made by me.
11 for Quiltmaker or Craftsy.
9 were memory/t-shirt quilts
6 were donation quilts
9 were made for family members
2 gifted to non-family and
2 for me

I completed 10 UFOs, made countless hexagon coasters, 13 drawstring jewelry bags, 5 jelly roll rugs, a project bag, a fabric notebook cover, and added 8 new UFOs to my list.

My goals for this year are: Use what I have, clean it up, make room.
I joined a 52 Week Challenge group and the first week is organize your sewing space. Here's my before pics:

Tuesday, November 27, 2018

Bonnie Hunter's Quiltville Mystery, Good Fortune

I have finished the first clue to this years mystery quilt. I'm not sure I will keep up but I'm going to try.

Last week I purchased a new-to-me 1948 Featherweight from a friend who's husband got it at a sale. Dan did a once-over on it and it sews like a dream.

Here's my Clue 1 pieces:

The whole bunch of them:

Look at these cute neutral fabrics:

A martini and potato chips! How fun!

Saturday, June 2, 2018

Birthday Quilts

Planning to make a quilt for Bella’s birthday, I asked Kathy what she likes. Butterflies, mermaids, My Little Pony, Hello Kitty, and Peppa Pig, so a trip to Joanns for a half-yard of the last three. The rest was already in my sewing room just waiting for the perfect quilt. 

I got all the pieces cut and enlisted Elizabeth’s help in laying the pieces out while I stayed with the kids last weekend. It was sewn together Sunday/Monday. Quilted on Tuesday. 

I was planning to make a pillowcase for the quilt and one for her brother, Robbie, too. Then I decided to make him a quilt also. Jason said he likes dinosaurs, so the search for Dino quilts began. I saw this cute panel.  What could be easier than adding borders to a panel? Perfect fabrics in my stash for this one too! 

Quilted on Friday morning, bound Friday evening. Pillowcases were made this morning. 

I think they like them!

Monday, April 9, 2018

Shipshewana Spring 2018

Here's the email I just sent to those attending the May retreat in Shipshewana.

Can you believe it's April 9th already and here in Lafayette it's snowing again. It's supposed to be in the 70s later this week.
In a little over 5 weeks we will be enjoying our retreat in Shipshewana. It seems like it takes forever to get here, and then the time finally comes and then it's over, just like that! Here are some need-to-know details of the retreat. If you have attended in the past, much of the information is the same.
I hope you are all as excited as I am to be preparing for the Threads of Mine/The Quilting Room Retreat in Shipshewana. This Spring we are happy to have some members of The Quilting Room FB group join us again.  Since we have quilters from across the United States, I will have a map at the retreat showing where we are all from. We all have the same passion and love to share our ideas. Some of the best friendships start at a quilting retreat.

Quilters Garage Sale
We will have a  table for you to place quilt related items for sale. You price them and include your name. All items must be taken with you if they don't sell. (Judy Clare has a set of Red Snappers to sell for $25. She will bring them if someone might be interested.)

I'm putting together a directory which will include: name, address, phone, email. If you do NOT want your information published, please let me know by May 1st. If your information has changed from last year or there was an error in the directory last year, let me know that also.

Arrival/Departure Time
The retreat begins at 11:00 am on Thursday, May 17. The doors will be open by 11:00 am, but may be open earlier if we are done with setup.
Checkout time on Sunday is 11:00 am and we must be out of the sewing room by 11:00 am also.

Room Setup
The room will be setup much like the Fall retreats as we have 70 quilters attending.  Each quilter will have an 8' table. (You may bring your small sewing table.) There will be several ironing stations around the room, so it isn't necessary to bring an iron, although you may if you wish. We tend to trip circuit breakers if we have too many irons. The Farmstead Inn provides us with extension cords, surge protectors, a waste basket and chair at each table. I prefer to bring my own chair with wheels. If you are not flying in and have room it's a good idea.

Show & Tell
I expect everyone to participate in Introductions on Thursday night at 7:30 and we will have Show & Tell on Friday and Saturday nights at around 7:30-8:00, with group pictures immediately following on Saturday. Your Show and Tell does not have to be made at the retreat. You may bring other projects to show. How about bringing a project you started at a previous retreat? These are the only scheduled events at the retreat.

A nice continental breakfast is served each morning in the dining area. Your other meals are on your own and there are lots of possibilities to choose from.

Drinks and Snacks
Coffee is provided in our kitchen area and also a couple other locations at the Farmstead Inn. We will have soft drinks, water and ice available. You may bring a snack to share, but no crock pots, please. There is very limited mini-fridge space. Paper plates, napkins and silverware will be provided. The Farmstead Inn is smoke-free and alcohol-free. Any room with evidence is considered in violation of this policy and will be charged and additional $150.

To commemorate our this years retreat you may purchase a pin or charm. See attachment for details.
Pin: $4 - 3/4" pin with a 2018 quilt block
Charm: $4 - 1/2" charm with a 2018 quilt block
If you would like to place an order for one of these items, let me know by May 1st.
I'm still working on shirts, bags and mugs.

If this is your first retreat at the Farmstead Inn, you will pull into the drive and continue around the building to the back side. Enter at the Conference Center entrance and we will have luggage carts at the doors for your convenience. The guest rooms will not be available until 3:00 pm.

If you have a friend attending that does not have email, please share this with them.
Any other questions, please let me know.