Monday, July 9, 2012

The Layout

This is what I have settled one after much angst.  Now to the sashing. I did mark each one so I would not "forget"! I loved this pattern by Camille Rosekelley and will use it again but be warned if you use directional fabrics you will have to make some adjustments. Each color is cut from one fat quarter and it is efficient, no leftovers. I was fortunate I had some extra of the directionals.

As Always,


Sunday, July 8, 2012

Minnesota Quilt Show

I must think differently than most quilt judges.  The quilts I loved and admired were not the winners. I realize that my taste runs pretty much traditional and those were the quilts I loved. I can also step outside the box. There are quilts that I admire and although they will never be on my "bucket" list, I still very much appreciate them and their makers.

There were 30 Sylvia's Bridal Samplers, these are 2 of my favorites! I'm sorry I forgot to get the names of these talented people....I get better as I go along.

I only went one day this year. I did not feel the need to go again....I had not signed up for any classes and the only one I was interested in was Darlene Zimmerman's and I just did not want to spend another whole day for just one session.

There was a Minnesota Challenge......

Awesomely beautiful!

....and the hand quilting just took my breath away!

and last but not least, my purchases
Some simple quilts by Thimbleberries, Graphic Mixx by  Terry Atkinson (one of my favorite designers) and her Hot Stuff pattern, 30's fabric by Darlene Zimmerman, Country Crossing by Michele Crawford, Caddy Pad by Sisters' Common Thread, Favorite Things skirt and some wonderful variegated neutral quilting thread!

So I guess I better get to work!

As Always,


Sunday, June 24, 2012


I do want to blog on a regular basis but I am so easily distracted by things such as this. My dear SIL bought me a pack of Tonga Batiks, supposedly to challenge me, although she told me it was a Thank You for a favor I had done. Never been much for batiks nor yellow and oranges.

I did have a blast using the Lil' Twister I bought at a Shop Hop over a year ago.

And the result is.....

I have been finishing some things up and will get those pictures taken.

As always,


Monday, May 7, 2012

I Caved....

Swoon by Camille Roskelley

I am not one to usually follow the latest trends (yes, I am a little late to it) but this had me at the start, just took a while to find the right fabric for me. This is my first block and I do actually have 5 more made.  I'll show you those later. I thought bigger would be easier and I was wrong again! DH had to proof several blocks, it was not always easy to see that I had turned a piece.  My other trial was that you had to be very careful about how you cut the FQ according to the wonderful diagram. There is no room for waste and no do-overs. I can't even pass "Map Folding 101" so I tripled checked everything before I cut.

I usually do traditional blocks in not so out there combinations of color. In other words I am very much a traditionalist but once in awhile you just need to step outside of the box! 

Simply stitching,

Sunday, April 29, 2012

Carolyn's Garden Paths

Project for the week. Add at least one more border and quilt. Worked on this one last summer for "A Quilt Block a Day" on Facebook. I loved it and got several tops pieced. Now need to finish for a birthday present.
Some new buys from a LQS. When I bought them I thought they would be SWOON blocks but just could not get my head wrapped around it. They are now stash and found some fabrics from Connecting Threads that I am Swooning with. Pictures later....