Sunday, May 29, 2011

H2H Update & Design Wall Monday

This is the status of my H2H quilt. I plan to finish it this week, adding some borders and doing the quilting.

Stashbusting 2011 - #22

Fabric Added this week - 0 yards
Fabric Added Year to Date - 61.25 yards

Fabric Used this week - 4.625 yards
Fabric Used Year to Date - 102.625 yards


Just the backing and binding on the scrap squad quilt this week.

Wednesday, May 25, 2011

How long?

How long does it take to load, quilt with a dwirling design, cut, attach and hand stitch binding on a 62x72" quilt?

4 hours and about 17 minutes. That's what I did last night for Vicci.
She made this cute quilt for her grandson and needs to get it shipped across the country for his birthday.

I loaded it with my quick snaps at about 8:00pm after dinner and making cream cheese mints for the baby shower this weekend.

I started hand sewing the binding at 9:40 and finished at 12:17am

Yes, I was a bit tired today, but not too tired to load and quilt the latest Scrap Squad quilt tonight.

Now, if the tornado sirens would quit going off, I could get some sleep!

Tuesday, May 24, 2011


That's the new name we've chosen for my husband. Maybe we need joint business cards: Ruthie's Quilting and Stitch-Fixer!

Last week Dan attended Sewing Machine Repair School in Shipshewana, given by Ray White.

He really enjoyed the class and learned a lot. It's been interesting hearing him talk about sewing machines, the perfect stitch, and figuring out problems in the machines he's collected.

And now he's certified! Do you have a machine to be serviced?

Monday, May 23, 2011

Design Wall Monday

Progress has been made!

It's off the design wall, on and off Mabel and now the binding is being hand stitched.

I also made some cute burp cloths with some of the scraps.

Sunday, May 22, 2011

Stashbusting 2011 - #21

Fabric Added this week - 0 yards
Fabric Added Year to Date - 61.25 yards

Fabric Used this week - 6.125 yards
Fabric Used Year to Date - 98 yards


No new purchases this week. I didn't have time to shop for fabric, cause I had a baby quilt to get finished.

Thursday, May 19, 2011

Mary Buvia workshop

This is what we are making

Tuesday, May 17, 2011

Design Wall updated

I was having some confused thoughts on the sashing and borders last night. I had planned on using the green and pink stripe for sashing, but I think it may be too bold. The lighter pink was going to be the outer border, with scallops.
I'm not sure if I want the thin pink border before the stripe, or light pink, whichever I choose.

Here's how it looks today:

Opinions PLEASE!

Update: it's a top! Dan suggested the brown from the trees for cornerstones and I think it works. I will trace the scallops and then the quilting begins.

Monday, May 16, 2011

Design Wall Monday

I've made some good progress on the new baby quilt for Jeff and Dané's baby girl.

I've combined elements from both of these.
She really likes this line from Pottery Barn Kids,

and this line from Babys R Us.

Sunday, May 15, 2011

Stashbusting 2011 - #20

Not much fabric, but lots of stitching....blanket stitching. Check back tomorrow to see my design wall.

Fabric Added this week - 0 yards
Fabric Added Year to Date - 61.25 yards

Fabric Used this week - 1.625 yards
Fabric Used Year to Date - 91.875 yards


Tuesday, May 10, 2011

More than just Pantos!

Yep, occasionally I do custom quilting and tonight was one of those times. This quilt was made by Carole and it is cute as can be.

I love the bluework and the balance of white and 1930's prints gave me some nice space for quilting.

Janet was here while I was quilting and when I started on this new border design I learned from Deloa Jones in Paducah, we both thought it was a bit too girly.

So, I spent some time frogging and replaced it with this.

Continuous curves:



And the back, which looks good, even with inside lighting.

Monday, May 9, 2011

Design Wall Monday

I got most of the rows together on my Hands2Help quilt while piecing the next Scrap Squad quilt. A half tumbler on each end of the rows and a border and it's done! I got the idea for this from Kathie's blog.

I meant to start on Carole's 1930's bluework quilt, but instead loaded and quilted this cute quilt of Janets. It's just a cheater flannel fabric, but how cute!

Sunday, May 8, 2011

Stashbusting 2011 - #19

Fabric Added this week - 0 yards
Fabric Added Year to Date - 61.25 yards

Fabric Used this week - 10.5 yards
Fabric Used Year to Date - 90.25 yards


Saturday, May 7, 2011

Leaders and Enders, and Tips!

I'm busy working on my Scrap Squad quilt and am finding that I need lots of Leaders and enders. So, I got out my tumbler die for my Go Cutter and have the blocks cut for my Hands2Help quilt. When I finish chain piecing a row of the scrap squad quilt, I stitch two of the tumblers together. Hopefully, I will finish 2 quilts at the same time.

If you were at Paducah and went to the Eleanor Burns show, you'll see that I'm taking her advice......LEAVE THOSE TIPS HANGING!

Thursday, May 5, 2011

It's a 1930's Week

I quilted this little 1930's quilt for Vicci on Monday and applied the binding Tuesday and last night during American Idol.

She is giving this to her mom for Mother's Day.

And the back:

Then I loaded Janet's 1930's quilt and got a good start on it. Finished it up tonight. She bought this top in Shipshewana in March and it was pieced very nicely.

Same pantograph on both: Double Rose Vine, Hobbs 80/20 batting, and Permacore Dyed Natural thread.

What a great backing for this quilt!

On my sewing table are these 1930's too! They are from my design wall here and are coming together nicely.

Sunday, May 1, 2011

Paducah 2011, part 2

A new Pellon batting and a sample bamboo batting, swags book, Best Press from Janet, free thread from Smokin Needle.

A few new patterns, Fairy Tales, Town Square and Basket Lattice.
(I didn't realize the Fairy Tales has so many mushrooms, yuck)

A few scrap bags from Hancocks of Paducah for Julie. I didn't add these to my stashbusting cause I won't be keeping them. The red prints are mine though.

Ah, more fabric.....
Lots of pastel girly fabrics, border fabric for my City Limits quilt, orange for Mary Buvia workshop, Orange and pink dots will be dress for Elizabeth.

Paducah 2011

We saw lots of flooded fields, but never saw a flooded road. Since the flood walls were up, I don't even have any idea how high the river was.

Only one time were the crowds not tolerable and that was Wednesday morning when it was pouring rain. The Pavilion was shoulder-to-shoulder and I thought I was going to explode. Patience isn't one of my finest virtues, you know.

We exchanged little gifts the first night and here's what I received, a sewing machine table mat with pockets, a potato bag, a little change or credit card holder, a sewing kit case that will hold a small mat and notions, a notepad with pencils, ribbon and a button, a needle case.

I made mug rugs to give:

This is what I got into my Fabric Flurry zip lock bags. Most of the pieces are half-yards. There are a couple one yard pieces and one FQ. I purchased 2 ziplock bags for $1.00 each and got to stuff them with all we could. You had to close the bag all the way. I was certainly happy that I was at the front of the line and actually stood right at the table.

Other purchase included stencils, some swag rulers, heart ruler, some quilt hangers, and a couple mini wholecloths.

More to come tomorrow...

Stashbusting 2011 - #18

Ouch, this one hurts...

Fabric Added this week - 28 yards (yikes, that's the most I've ever purchased at Paducah, and I didn't even come close to the purchased of some of the friends I was with)
Fabric Added Year to Date - 61.25 yards

Fabric Used this week - 1 yard
Fabric Used Year to Date - 79.75 yards


16 yards - 8 in each Fabric Flurry ziplock bag
3 yards for City Limits borders
7.5 yards for Baby Davis' quilt
1/4 yard orange for Mary Buvia workshop
1 yard dark red prints (from Smokin Needle)
1/4 yard - FQ 1930's