Speed Quilting

I have a deadline on my latest project. The quilt needs to be finished and in the mail by November 15th. The fabric just arrived yesterday -- Moda Grunge in these delicious colors. Three hours on Friday night to make one block as a trial, then do all the cutting. This pattern uses an hour glass block as a starter. Once those were done, I was able to chain piece all the other units. The hour glass blocks took an hour and a half. I found this great Quilt in a Day ruler amongst my other rulers. Don't think I'd ever used it. It was perfect for squaring up these blocks. The rest of the chain piecing took another six hours. Chain piecing is a quilters fast friend. It allows you to put together

Quiltmaker's Magazine

Woo-hoo! I have a block in the latest Quiltmaker's 100 Blocks magazine. It is the block I designed to represent my website. The magazine goes on sale in a week or so. It has some great blocks in it. I hope you'll check it out. And come back and see me on November 18th. I'll be in Quiltmaker's blog tour!

Jeans and Jewelry

I am not a clothes seamstress. Never really had a desire to make clothes. However, I love about any kind of DIY. A friend of mine had a really cute long denim skirt on the other day. She is a stay at home mom of four and buys their clothes at second hand shops, which is where she got her long denim skirt. Not finding any ready made online I began looking for instructions on how to make one. I had a pair of sale "rip and repair" jeans that I didn't wear a lot and thought they might work for my experiment. It isn't difficult. You cut the inside seam right next to the stitching from one leg all the way up and down the other leg. You even cut up towards the zipper a few inches so you can lay

Village Quilters Quilt Show

These guild members are so very talented. The biennial quilt show put on by the Village Quilters guild appeared to be a huge success. I drove over to visit the vendors, the boutique, and see some inspiring quilts. I was not disappointed. All the quilts on display were made by members. Beautiful work. Check out this beautiful Bargello made by my friend. And of course, I liked this version of Edinburgh Square, below. She called it Let the Sun Shine on Edinburgh Square. Love her sun ray quilting. There were many, many more gorgeous quilts, I'm just not sure the protocols for posting someone else's quilts on my blog. Lots were for sale, along with other hand crafted items in the boutique. I

Woodworking!

I really enjoy woodworking. This is my second project and like the first, (the king bed)I couldn't be more pleased. These are my new privacy screens. I searched Pinterest for ideas and then came up with this simple plan. I used 1/2" by 2" boards to create a frame, using my Kreg jig. Then attached the thin 1/4" x 1" lattice slats on the back with brad nails.. I used hook and eyes to hang them from the existing railing so they are removable. I finished up the primer coat of paint last night and was excited to hang them. They still allow airflow but block the view just a bit more than the vertical posts alone. I even like the look from the yard. I just dread having to paint again -- all t

If you only have room for one table...

Years ago I created one table that is enough for all my sewing and quilting needs. Tonight as I was doing a little sewing I thought perhaps someone would like to see it and understand why I say this table is really all you need. It isn't fancy or on trend, but it is functional and practical. I made this table from stock items from Lowe's. Two kitchen cabinets on each side support the tabletop and provide storage. The cabinets are connected to the top using "L" brackets. The tabletop is a 36" x 72" piece of kitchen counter (formica type I believe). It has a rounded edge on the front and back side. Lowe's will cut out a hole for you for free. I measured my little machine and measured out

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