Beginners - Try this easy pattern
Quiltmaker Pattern: Super-Sized Nine Patch
Tuesday, December 18, 2007
Saturday, December 15, 2007
Christmas is right around the corner and we are all looking forward to our family being together. Chris promised to send me a pic of the four of them, and we are going to keep it on the table at dinner so that we can pretend that they are with us. Randy and I have gotten all the gifts that we needed for his little girl that he adopted, and we are going to my company Christmas party tonight. I finished almost all my shopping today. I have to get just a couple more things, and I will be finished. The holidays can be very stressful and I have been stressed alot lately, so it will be nice to get everything done and settle down to enjoy the holidays.
This is a quilt that I started a while back and I only work on it now and then because it is made completely by hand. It is done in English Paper Piecing, and as I have said many times before, I love hand piecing. English Paper Piecing is addictive. Since I started printing the templates on freezer paper, it makes it much easier for me to carry the pieces in a plastic bag and work on them at anytime. If you would like these templates, just email me.
Friday, December 14, 2007
I am sure that all of you are familiar with Jane Stickley. Over the last year or so, I have really been studying her quilt, and have made a few of the blocks. I am a hand piecer, even with my arthritic thumbs. I love sewing and it really helps me relax, so in addition to Bonnie's mystery quilt, I am going to start the Dear Jane and I am planning to do all the blocks by hand. It is, at best, a brave undertaking, I know, but I think that I am ready to tackle it. I am going to take my time and go at my own pace, and hope that I can finish it in a year or so. Since I work alot, and have alot going on, my time may be more limited than I anticipate and it may take longer.
I am excited and anxious to get started. Wish me luck!
Thursday, December 13, 2007
I have decided to revolt(is that what you call it?). I am not going to put my machine and tools away simply because someone wants to eat. That is what we have a restaurant on every corner for! After all, this is Atlanta, one of the largest cities in America, and I think that eating should not be a hard thing to do. Don't all of you agree with me when I say that quilting is more important than eating??? What were they thinking??? So, who has my back???
Wednesday, December 12, 2007
I have been working on my 9 patches, but I had to clean up the kitchen, so I had to stop. I don't have a sewing room, so I use the kitchen, and it causes chaos in my house. I am working on a plan to use a small part of the kitchen anyway. The 9 patches, hopefully, will be finished by Saturday, and I can't wait for Clue # 3!!
Happy Quilting All!
Happy Quilting All!
Sunday, December 9, 2007
I finished step one today and I am very pleased with my rail fence blocks. I have started cutting step two, and I am excited to be keeping up. It is not always easy for me to find the time to quilt, but I decided that I was going to make the time.
I looked at all the photos posted on our group website, and I just loved all the color combinations that everyone used. I am a 30's fanatic, and I did use some 30's in these blocks, but only a few. Ok, on to step two!
Tuesday, December 4, 2007
This past weekend, my daughter-in-law, Ivey came down for the weekend and I gave her the first quilting lesson. I was extremely nervous, to say the least. When she told me a few months back that she wanted to learn to quilt, I almost died from excitement. I don't know about anyone else, but most of the time, when I tell someone that I quilt, they look at me like I said that I was an alien. Everyone seems to think that only little old ladies make quilts. Well, obviously, they have not been to the Stitch n Quilt or to Little Quilts. But, anyway, I was really excited when Ivey said that she wanted to learn. We began last weekend with rotary cutting, measuring and perfecting the 1/4 inch seam. She learns quickly and I think that she is going make a fine quilter. I will be publishing some of her quilts here.
I love fabric and yarn!!!!
I love fabric and yarn!!!!
Monday, December 3, 2007
I have several of my grandmother's quilts, and I am continuously amazed at the workmanship that is in these quilts. I remember the quilting frame in her dining room, hanging from the ceiling, and I remember running around and playing while she and her lady friends quilted. The sad part for me is that when she passed, so did the quilting. My Mother never quilted and so there were no quilters in my family until I started about 5 years ago. I cherish these quilts and look forward to passing them on to my children. I just wish that I had lots of stories to pass along as well
Sunday, December 2, 2007
I have decided to do Bonnie's mystery quilt called "Carolina Crossroads". I have never done a mystery quilt, but this one seems easy and fun! I just never seem to have time for quilting, and especially since I had to give up my sewing room. It takes so much time to get all my stuff out, and then I have to put it all back, but I am going to do it for this quilt. I will update each time I finish something!