Tuesday, September 1, 2015

1718 Update



I've started machine quilting the 1718 Coverlet quilt. I stitched in the ditch along all of the blocks to stabilize the quilt first. Then I am quilting each block individually. I am keeping it simple by outlining the applique blocks and stitching along the seam lines in the patchwork blocks.


These are close ups of some of the blocks I've quilted so far. I am just using the same neutral thread throughout the quilt. I am taking it slow and steady, one block at a time. So far I've only had to rip out one seam (fingers crossed my good luck and steady hands hold out!) Tracing around chicken toes is not for someone in a hurry! LOL

I'm not perfect by any means, but I do enjoy the process, and that's what's important! I think I might have to add some background designs to some of the larger blocks. I'll just think about that later. :)

Enjoy every stitch!
Diane


Monday, August 31, 2015

Monday, Monday


This weekend was a busy one for our family. Kelly celebrated turning 18 with a party for her friends. They went swimming, soaked in the hot tub, had pizza and cake, roasted marshmallows over the fire pit to make s'mores and stayed up all night watching a movie marathon. I only lasted until about 1:30am but they assure me that it was fun!


Then the boys got a new car because sharing a car with their sister and mom was not working out very well. With all three kids in an out-of-district school, it means we have no bus service. Kelly gets out of school earlier than the boys and goes to the barn every day, the boys have cross country practice every day (sometimes at locations away from the school) and I was left without a car quite a bit. So they are now very happy to be driving a brand new car, and I'm feeling very old.


I did work on two charity quilts this weekend. I pieced these tumblers that had been cut by someone else. I added borders and quilted them. I think the asian themed quilt will be perfect for anyone who loves purple and some guy is going to love the fishing themed quilt!


The tumblers are 5" and were cut using the template available in my shop HERE. They went together in a snap.

I hope you had a fun weekend too!
Diane

Friday, August 28, 2015

Midnight at the Oasis


This gorgeous pattern by Jen Kingwell is the basis for a quilt along over at Lining Up My Stitches. I took the pattern along with me last week on our mini-shop-hop to find fabrics. I chose the gray with white dots for the background, instead of gray with black dots. I also found some cute coordinating gray prints and a fun stripe. I think the stripe will be the color basis for the quilt and will serve as the mini sashing in the layout. Things could change of course, but this is as far as I've gotten.

I've prepped the blocks for the orange peel border so I will have hand work ready to go. I will share photos of those as soon as I get a few done. I will come back to the center block later. I can do that because this is a go-at-your-own-pace and do-your-own-thing quilt along. Just my style!

Enjoy!
Diane

Monday, August 24, 2015

Mini Shop Hop

(Red Hen has fat quarters displayed with the bolts...I love that!)

Last week I took two friends on a mini shop hop. One of my friends hasn't lived in the area long and when we found out she hadn't been to the shops in the next county over, we set out to change that! Each quilt shop has it's own personality and style. While we visited four quilt shops in one day (we're serious like that!) we didn't feel like there was anything 'repeated'. We loved that each shop had it's own specialty. And I may have taken a few dozen photos, so here's the shops we visited...

(Red Hen has patterns labelled by which fabric cuts are used.)

We decided to drive the one farthest away from home first and work our way back across town. Some of us have kids with school and bus schedules and we needed to be sure to be back in time for that! We set out early and arrived at the first shop just as they opened.

SHOP ONE

(The greens are arranged from light to dark, just like all the other colors.)


RED HEN FABRICS is a cute shop in the bottom level of an old factory building. It has lots of charm and space. Even though it has few windows, it is light and bright and airy. There is a huge side room with several long arms that are available for classes and rental. If I lived closer, I would be there all the time! There is also a classroom at the other end of the shop.

(The 30's bolts and and fat quarters.)

The fabrics in the center of the shop are arranged in rainbow order. The outer walls of the shop feature specialty fabrics with sections for 30's, juvenile, blacks & whites, animal themes and prints, etc. So it's super easy to find what you're looking for. And the best part...LOTS of fat quarters cut and nestled right next to the bolts they came from. I love being able to pick out a stack of fat quarters and have my border and backing options right there! Truly, we love this shop and it's fun, whimsical style.

(Look at that wall of notions!)
SHOP TWO

(The cutting table at Little Quilts is always decorated!)

LITTLE QUILTS is a classic shop that has been around for decades. There is a reason why they are so successful. The little building is three levels. Top level is for their offices, the main floor is all of the fabrics, wools and anything quiltmaking you might want, and the basement level is the classroom.

(Looking for a purse pattern, Little Quilts has lots of samples made up!)

The shop started out mostly as a reproduction, traditional, and wool shop but has expanded to feature lots of gorgeous brights, and juveniles and of course 30's. Lots of finished samples make this shop charming and adorable. They offer lots of classes and block of the month programs to tempt you as well. If you are planning a visit, try to go on the last day of the month because they offer special prices if you finish off a bolt at the end of the month.

(Layers of cute 30's samples in the repro corner!)


SHOP THREE



TINY STITCHES was my local shop when I lived in Roswell ten years ago. They have since moved into a house that has been converted to a shop. It has windows across the entire front of the store. The shop is arranged by holiday, rainbow blenders, and categories that include sweet baby prints, lots of dots, stripes, and collections by designers.

(Samples with the fabric line are so fun ... photo snagged from their website.)

Super cute sample quilts and projects offer lots of ideas. The shop also has fun theme sets for holidays and special events. The summer block of the month is prominently displayed with a winning quilt. The entire downstairs is a huge classroom with lots of tables and chairs for stitch-in groups that fill the room twice a week. Also, a huge long arm studio features several machines.

SHOP FOUR



SEW MAIN STREET is a shop I had never been to before. I must say that once we entered the shop, I may have had an out-of-body experience. This tiny house is filled with gorgeous modern fabrics and amazing samples. Every nook and cranny is well organized and well lit for finding treasures around every corner! The kitchen is filled with pre-cuts and sale fabrics that are displayed in a fun way. EVERY SINGLE THING about this shop is adorable.

(I was too busy swooning to photograph the shop, but these are some of the yummy fabrics.)

I almost went into shock when we opened the front door and I was greeted with an ENTIRE WALL of COTTON& STEEL. They have all of the latest collections and garment fabrics as well. Cute trims and buttons are available for any project you might have planned. We didn't get to explore the classroom as it was filled with busy quilters, but from the sounds of it, they were having a great time!

(More amazing fabrics that I no longer have to order online because I can just buy them at 
SEW MAIN STREET now!!!)

If you want more information about any of these shops, just click on the names and you will be linked to their websites. I promise you that all of them are worth a visit, and you will leave inspired, excited to sew, and with lots less cash! LOL

I hope you enjoyed this peek into our one day mini shop hop...we sure did have fun!!!

Enjoy every shop!
Diane

Saturday, August 22, 2015

And the winnner of the 1718 Coverlet book is....

Hi it's easy to complement you on such a beautiful Quilt ! I would like to make it too! Thanks for sharing a copy of the book! 

I'll send you an email shortly Linda! Congratulations!!!!



And if you would like to see some free stuff that's available on Craftsy, visit my post HERE.
Have a great weekend!
Diane

Friday, August 21, 2015

Nothing says 'Happy Friday' like free stuff and a sale!!!



If you've never tried a Craftsy class before because you weren't sure you wanted to spend the money...well here are some FREE classes for you to try! That's right, totally free. Just click on the links below to check them out.

Piece, Patch, Quilt: Basic Quiltmaking Skills  and Bag-Making Basics: Reversible Tote & Zipper Pouch are just 
of many free classes available. Let me know what you think, but I'm pretty sure you'll just be thanking me! 

And if you want to check out a great sale, just go here...
The sale only lasts 3 days, so don't delay!

Have a wonderful weekend!
Diane
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