Friday, July 25, 2014


Just for the fun of it, make yourself a follower of this blog and leave a comment. Then, on August 1st, 2014 I will select one winner of these pretty four Fat Quarters! Please be sure that I have access to your email address so I can notify you if you win.

As for me, I spent yesterday driving to the cat shelter to deliver all those cat mats I had made. Here is a sample of the dozen that I made.

The shelter was very grateful to have these small absorbent pads to place inside the cat carriers for the comfort of cats that must travel to and from the veterinarian clinic for spaying/neutering. But the shelter is only a couple of miles away from Marden's in Sanford, Maine!

So of course I had to stop there. Then there was Kathie's Quilt Shoppe, which is also in Sanford, Maine.

I had to shop at Kathie's, now didn't I?

Isn't that cream and red Jo Morton for Andover lovely? I bought all they had on the skinny bolt, yummy!
Then on the way home, I had to drive right past Footprints Quilt Shoppe in East Rochester, New Hampshire. I had to stop, now didn't I?

Footprints owner, Kelly Jerome, snapped my picture with my 10 rolled fat quarters for a delicious price of $1.50 each! She also suggested that I photograph her shop's Row by Row sample, too. Thanks, Kelly! I forgot to do that at Kathie's, darn! Here is Kelly's, nice huh?

By the time I got home, I had put way too much on my credit card, but I had a ball doing it!

Miss Emma Lynne was watching Mr. Tipper roll and stretch on the deck.

So the giveaway is to make amends for spending too much, LOL!

Stay calm and quilt on!

Wednesday, July 23, 2014

Off To The Races?

When The Sunshine Club met yesterday, it was almost, "Off To The Races," the jelly roll races, that is, LOL! Although we surely were not racing, both Sue and I were sewing on our respective jelly rolls.

Mine was a delightfully cool themed line called "Snowbird" from Laundry Basket Quilts by Moda. The creams and delft blues helped to forget the torrid and horrid weather! You can see in the above picture that I had already bias-joined all of the forty ends and had begun sewing the long seams.

The constant sewing made me worry a little bit about the possibility of overheating "Scottie" my cute Scotland made Featherweight. No problem! I just got up more often to help myself to the free decaf brewed coffee at the Alton Senior Center. The breaks were good for Scottie and for me, too!

Thanks, Sue, for taking my picture and lowering the window shade against the blinding sun glare. Sue was using a half jelly of 20 strips of luscious tropical solids. She admitted that it was hard to let go of the planning and do something random.

She's a trooper. She chomped some chocolate and quilted on! Long before I got done, Sue had her strips joined.

It looked terrific, all bright and happy, but Sue worried that perhaps it wasn't big enough. She tried placing it on her lap to see how it might work. Definitely too small!

Then she remembered that she still had a nice big hunk of that purple blender fabric leftover from when she made the Tumbler's backing. Big borders, here we come! Yippee!

I offered my cutting mat that you see above, propped up on the chair, but Sue found her own way to cut using the fold and careful measurements with my steel tape. When she's got an idea, she's unstoppable! Way to go, Sue!

I stayed out of her way and soon she had four borders sewn on and looking good! I think that she said that she's planning to hand quilt this one.

Our Senior Center Director, Roney  (pronounced, row NAY) came over from the kitchen where she had been fixing our delicious lunch to admire Sue's handiwork.

As for me, I finally got to the end of my 1600 inches and had a top, too! The colors are just lovely!

They really are soft blues and creams and not greenish as in this photo.

I hope that you get something done today that gives you the satisfaction that you deserve; and I mean that in a good way, LOL!

Happy quilting!

Tuesday, July 22, 2014

Coming Along Nicely

One thing that I've been cooking along on, has been my swapped out units of 4-Patches and HST's that make up my Jacob's Ladder scrappy blocks. After collecting and putting together 36 of them, I chose a cool morning that was windless to lay them out.

I had planned to do the barn-raising layout pattern all along, so I really didn't play with alternative sets. It was just an exercise in making sure that there were not too many of one color all clumped up.

I label the first blocks of each row across as 1 through 6 by pinning on a slip of paper in the upper left corner of those first six blocks. The numbers run down the columns. Then I painstakingly pick up each of the across rows by placing the stack on top of the next one to the right. I wind up with the six across stacks looking like this:

Each of the above pictured stacks is now labeled with the pinned number on the top block. I grab each one, keeping #1 on top and stack the six piles offset just a wee bit. Works for me!

I also enjoyed myself digging into some of my new fabrics to make my precious Sawtooth stars, wheee! I love these! Sawtooth Stars are my "go-to" fun block.

These are 8 1/2" blocks with a 4 1/2" square in the center and 2 1/2" squares in the corners.

Each one is its own little world, like a microcosm.

They are my little value studies.

If they don't quite work, they go into the "Potholder Pile."

Hope you can avoid the "torrid & horrid" weather and stay cool!

Happy quilting!

Monday, July 21, 2014

Piecing, Pressing, & Quilting At Ellen's Studio

Last week on Thursday, I went over to Ellen Peters' studio to get some help on my wide borders for the Twinkler quilt. I'm fine with putting on slab borders, thanks to Bonnie K. Hunter's great tips pages, here.
But I still lacked the confidence to do mitered borders on my own. Ellen personally coached me and they came out great! Thank you, Ellen!

Ellen loaded the quilt onto the big machine for me and got me going once we had the wide floral borders on the quilt and pressed neatly. Roseanne, who also knows the machine, stayed with me while I quilted because Ellen herself had to get to a teacher's meeting that had been booked months earlier.

It was a big quilt, I think nearly 84" square, although I still haven't measured it with my big steel tape. The cream floral backing was from Thousands Of Bolts and Only One Nut online here.

I am still very much a novice at loading the machine or tinkering with the tensions.

The quilting was done with loops and hearts, mostly to please Felix, who had turned his nose up at the big spirals on the Muddy Milky Way, LOL! Geez, everybody's a critic!

The fabrics in this quilt are mostly charm packs of the "Crossroads" line by Jan Patek for Moda. I used two charm packs and then supplemented them heavily from my own stash.
For the pattern to work, I needed dark enough darks in the blocks so that the twinkles would be visible. The rich tans in the collection, alas, weren't working! I tossed those out of this project.

By the end of the 2 1/2 hours that it took me to quilt this, my back, legs, ankles, and feet were screaming for me to stop! I sure was grateful to Roseanne and Linda for all their help winding bobbins, re-threading the top thread once when it shredded suddenly, and for cheering me on!

Roseanne even took some great pictures for me to share with you here, thanks, Roseanne!!! When Roseanne heard me say that I usually trim my quilts with scissors kneeling on an asphalt driveway, she was horrified and insisted on doing it in the studio. She did a great job with a rotary cutter and a ruler and I was so bone-tired that I could only look on with intense gratitude. Thank you, Roseanne!

When that wide chocolate floral border fabric had finally come in from being back-ordered, there was also a one yard piece of a red stylized floral by Molly B's Studio from Marcus Brothers that came in the same package. Yes, I had ordered it. But it was just a red on sale from Hancock's of Paducah to fill out my order and make the shipping charges worthwhile. But when I saw them together, I was thrilled! The Molly B is the perfect red for this binding!!!!!!! Wheeee!

The binding is all prepared and ready to be sewn on, it's just waiting for me to find the energy in this "too-warm-for-me" weather. And it's supposed to be torrid and horrid by Wednesday; nineties and tropical humidity, UGH! I want to live in New Hampshire, not Costa Rica. Oh, well. Hopefully it will snow soon.

Stay cool and quilt on!

Sunday, July 20, 2014

A Visit To The Mothership

"Whatcha got in the bag, kid?"

Well, I went this weekend to "The Mothership", a.k.a. Keepsake Quilting's retail store, in Center Harbor, New Hampshire.
It was a Fat Quarter Sale! If I bought 25 FQ's I got a 40% discount off their regular price of $2.50. So I did it!

My 25 Fat Quarters cost $37.50 with no shipping charges, which works out to $1.50 a piece, Wheeee!

I love these Civil War selections, but hey, when do I ever buy anything else?

It was very comforting to find that the Civil War fabrics have been moved up to a featured place of honor right beside the front entrance. That is where Keepsake employee, Lauren, took my picture. Thanks, Lauren!

Maybe all quilt shop employees are nice, but at The Mothership they are all especially warm and friendly!

Thank you Keepsake, for a fun sale!

Happy quilting!

Friday, July 18, 2014

Shop-hoppers and Grasshoppers

Silly me, I forgot the camera when I went today to The Golden Gese Quilt Shop (22 Liberty Street in Concord, New Hampshire) to  shamelessly show off my most recent finish, that Muddy Milky Way.

Kate, Maureen and Sue were there and they all loved it! The shop was crowded with happy shop-hoppers so parking was at a premium.
We passed around some chocolates and Maureen took some pictures for me to share later when she emails them to me. (Edit- If I can figure out how to unzip a compressed file, here they are!)
Oops! Blogger/Google will not upload a zipped file, sorry!-VCP
She also had a whole bag of an unfinished Civil War project to give to me! Wheeee! Aren't these precious? THANK YOU, Maureen!

Of course, with the 20% off everything in the store, I chose some pretty neutrals. The two on the left were one yard minimum cuts, but were priced at $4.50 per yard. On the right are my two half yard cuts for 20% off the regular price of $10.80. These are nice prices and no shipping, YEAY!

Then I couldn't resist some of their lovely Fat Quarters and I picked out seven of them. But I thought that an uneven number might be unlucky, so I went back and grabbed an eighth FQ, LOL! Can't risk bad luck now, can we?

What surprised me was that four of the eight were Kim Diehl, from both her Vintage Farmhouse collection, and one (the teal, I think,) was from Perfect Pairings. I really love them!

Miss Tanner was playing nonchalant as she posed for this picture.

But Mr. Tipper, who had been lying in the tall green weeds hunting grasshoppers, made a big run for it!

EEEEEEK!      It's that horrid man with the noise machine, RUN!!!

I hope you had a fun-filled day and caught the lovely scent of newly mown lawn somewhere, too.

Happy quilting!

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