My Favorite Shopping Bag

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Just a quick post to show off the cute bag I whipped up this afternoon. I picked up the awesome elephant fabric at an estate sale last weekend. The elephants are felted. I made it reversible with a teal and brown plaid on the inside and a contrasting pocket. I am going to make another and then donate them to the guild for the quilt show silent auction.

New shopping bag

New shopping bag


I made a couple of these bags for myself several years ago from an Ikea curtain I found at Goodwill for $2. I still use them every time I shop. I found the pattern at sawdustgirl.com in a post from 5/16/2011.

Come on, you know you want some too! They are adorable AND functional!

One of those days!

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Have you ever had one of those days where nothing goes as planned? Yep, that was me today. I had great intentions of getting lots of sewing done, as well as starting laundry and making a run to the grocery store. Nope, not one of those things happened.

I mucked around all morning and finally decided a shower would get me rolling. Fortunately , I made it that far. As soon as I finished getting my hair dried the phone rang and I had to rush to the emergency room to attend to this…

After the fall...

After the fall…

My mother had been getting ready to bowl with her league friends when she became entangled in the straps of a bag that still contained a bowling ball and down she went…right on her face. She also injured her hand and knee, although there were no broken bones. Thank goodness! She got her first ambulance ride, which she described as very bumpy! And now she is bummed because she probably won’t recover in time to return to her team before the end of bowling season! It’s hell to get old, I tell ya!

I do have some quilty news to share though. In spite of my rough day. Last weekend I nearly doubled my stash in one fell swoop by attending a couple of “garage/estate” sales. One was a true estate sale and there was fabric galore. Granted much of it wasn’t the $12  per yard variety, but there were LOTS of pretty nice cuts if one was willing to look. They were selling by the pound. $6/LB. ON Saturday and $3/lb. On Sunday. I bought so much I could barely lift the HUGE bags the generously supplied on Saturday. And on Sunday,well,let’s just say I need help to my car….

I went to a second sale of a gal who was downsizing to live in a motor home. YIKES, I’m not sure I could ever be convinced to do such a thing. Hopefully she adores hand work! Anyway, her fabric was the $12/yd. Variety and I scored tons of 30s prints and tons of primitive plaids. I have neither in my stash. As I LOVE all fabric, it was a heavenly weekend!

In addition to all of the fabric I also bought several very nice quilting books, some antique quilting magazines from the sometime before the 1950s, and lots of scraps! My favorite. Two big bins and a garbage bag full. $5 each! Here are the started projects from the scraps. I can’t contain myself…I keep dreaming up ideas for all this fabric. I’m soooo obsessed!

Low volume log cabines

Low volume log cabins

Vintage black background floral with scalloped borders

Vintage black background floral 9 patches with scalloped borders

The floral 9 patch blocks will also have some sort of applique on the corners of the scalloped borders, haven’t figured that part out yet though. A good project for the upcoming bus trip with my guild friends. We’re going to Paducah!

Sew on, everyone!

Guilds are Great!

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On Wednesday night the Faithful Circle Quilters guild held a giant show and tell. It was so interesting to see what members brought to show as their favorite quilts. As a newer member I don’t know many of the women well, so I felt like I got to see a bit of each persons personality as they showed their quilts and talked about why they were favorites.
Many women became very emotional when sharing their stories…even crying! All of the quilts were fabulous! My favorite however was shown by my friend Mary. It was the first quilt she ever made. She admitted to buying as much as 70 yds. Of fabric to complete it because she wanted to get all of the values just right…and I think she was successful!

Mary's first  quilt

Mary’s first quilt


Maybe she would donate her leftovers to me..along with the pattern…so I could make this gem!

I have been busy myself finishing up my hand quilting project and starting on a new Edita Sitar pattern.

I only need 756 quarter square blocks!

I only need 756 quarter square blocks!


The quilt requires tons of quarter square blocks that finish at 1 3/4 inches. I have about 350 completed and about 500 total either done or in the process. Whew! I have taken a break to work on quilting another project. All in good time…

My sister was here for about a week and a half. I had given her a big bin a some pretty ugly scrapes. And guess what! She sewed them up into something pretty awesome.

Sew creative!

Sew creative!


I had been giving her a hard time about doing simple boring patterns and not bringing much creativity to her work. Guess she showed me!! Good for her!!

Scrapalicious !

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Faithful Circle held its annual guild retreat last weekend. LOTS of sewing… and chatting got done. It was tons of fun and close to home so i got to go to a baby shower for my niece in the middle of the weekend. I delivered the baby quilt I showed in my previous post  to the new mom and she was delighted! Yea!

While I was at the retreat I pretty nearly finished my flashy bright X’S and cross block quilt. I had a few more sashing strip to add when I got home but that was soon finished. I told my youngest daughter that she could have this quilt for her 15th birthday – which was the last day of the retreat – so now the pressure is on to get a backing ready and quilt it up. (Sorry about the bad picture.  It is too big to hang up and I have no volunteers to hold it!)

Scrapalicious birthday quilt

Scrapalicious birthday quilt

This week I am trying to complete a top I made using 2 1/2 inch squares I cut up from my scrap bin before the retreat I went on in November. It is coming along. I am working on the Prairie pint border and can’t decided if I want it to face in or out. Ummmmm….

Decisions decisions....

Decisions decisions….

oh, and I signed up to go on a bus trip to the big quilt show in Paducah in April! Can’t wait!! I have never been before so it will be a great adventure!

Fabulous Friends

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Today,after taking my mother to the doctors, I was able to catch the tail end of my monthly bee meeting. And look what I came home with!!

Lots of scraps!

Lots of scraps!

My awesome bee mates, Tina and Sandi, had gone through their scrap bins. They know how much I love the whole scrappy thing and they are super generous. Thanks guys!! Now to sort and scheme….

2015 … Off to the Races

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Having traveled to Europe for the holidays, getting good and sick while there, getting my kids through finals, and dealing with my ailing mother I am quite impressed with myself for getting a project finished so quickly. Okay, it definitely wasn’t the most challenging project, and baby quilts are pretty small, but still!

Pink and gray for a new baby girl

Pink and gray for a new baby girl

With pretty flowers on the back

With pretty flowers on the back

I do love it. I got the inspiration for the design from a blogger I follow…3 and3 quarters. The quilt is destined for the new baby girl my husband’s niece is expecting in March. The first great-grand baby on his side of the family.

I haven’t really gotten into any other projects yet since getting back from vacation. I am mostly contemplating how to quilt a couple of tops I have lying around. Deciding on a quilting design seems to be my biggest challenge when making a quilt. I feel as though a wrong decision at this point could be fatal (not literally of course), so I often drag my feet for far to long.

Our quilt guild is having its annual winter retreat in a little over a week so I best be thinking about what I want to take to work on. What is the best way to go? Something simple so quick progress is made, or a challenging project that will be more interesting to work on???

Another Finish

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Last week I finished a cute little quilt that I made from my scrap box. I cut up all of the small scraps into either 4 1/2 by 2 1/2 strips or 2 1/2 by 2 1/2 squares.
Anything smaller was thrown out. Now my scrap box is virtually empty. I haven’t used the squares yet but the rectangles were whipped into a chevron pattern that was straight line quilted in the same pattern using my new quilting ruler. I love the result.

New scrappy quilt

New scrappy quilt

The quilting adds nice puffiness.

The quilting adds nice puffiness.

And... the back is cute too!

And… the back is cute too!

Back from Retreat

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So the last few weeks have been extremely busy. My sister was out from Iowa for a week. We had a great time running around the suburbs on a shop hop, which included an Ugly Sweater contest. She tried to get me to participate, but alas, I couldn’t find an appropriate outfit. She, on the other hand, was spectacular! She actually won a gift certificate at one of the stores for her get-up!

Kathy and her Ugly Christmas Sweater

Kathy and her Ugly Christmas Sweater

I did tons of cutting while she was here to get ready for my first quilt retreat. Everyone advised me to take at least three projects so I cut up all of my scrape for two tops and then a bunch of shirts from Goodwill for an Ohio Star quilt I have been wanting to make for a while.

Tons of shirts!

Tons of shirts!

The whole quilt is Ohio stars and because I didn’t use yardage there was a lot of time spent fussy cutting. I put most of the blocks together at the retreat but it was challenging because I was talking way too much and not paying very close attention to what I was doing! Lots of ripping took place!

Some of my blocks made the first day of retreat.

Some of my blocks made the first day of retreat.

I have finally got the whole top put together. No thanks to my furry friend. It is huge! I had to move furniture to get it all laid out. Now to find a back for the thing…think I will wait for a big sale at JoAnns, otherwise it will cost me a fortune!

My faithful assistant!

My faithful assistant!

Ohio Star Overload

Ohio Star Overload

The retreat lasted for glorious days and was tons of fun! The setting in the hills of Wisconsin was beautiful and all of the ladies were sweet as could be–plus they were awesome quilters!

Patsy's Retreat Center

Patsy’s Retreat Center


Now to finish up all of those projects that just sat in the bag all weekend!

French Circles

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I am finally making progress on the finishing touches on French Circles. I put a quarter inch black trim around the French newsprint. I think it has brightened up the quilt top considerably. I also like the black polka-dotted border which pretty neatly ties the whole thing together.
The back is well on its way too so I am hoping to finish soon!

French Circles top is done!

French Circles top is done!

Pacific International Quilt Festival 2014 – Repetition

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More from festival photos! Enjoy!

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An essential part of the quilting art form is repeating patterns.  There were some wonderful riffs on repetition and quilt blocks this year.

Piecedgoods PIQF 2014 Repeat  484 Luanne Chittenden – Not all that Modern 51″x42″

Matsuko Shiraishi - Miyabi 105"x88" Matsuko Shiraishi – Miyabi 105″x88″

Matsuko Shiraishi - Miyabi 105"x88" Detail Matsuko Shiraishi – Miyabi 105″x88″ Detail

Piecedgoods PIQF 2014 Repeat  485 Arleen R Kukua – Woven Forty Two 82″x82″

Piecedgoods PIQF 2014 Repeat  486 Karen Litvinchuk – Silken Glow

Piecedgoods PIQF 2014 Repeat  488 Maren Johnston – Kapa Kai 1

Piecedgoods PIQF 2014 Repeat  487 Maren Johnston – Peru

Piecedgoods PIQF 2014 Repeat  489 Rasa Read – Sanmyaku 49″x19″

Piecedgoods PIQF 2014 Repeat  494 Hazel Foot – In the Mughal’s Midnight Garden 84″x57″

Piecedgoods PIQF 2014 Repeat  502 Caroline Wilkinson – Who Won in London 2012 46″X48″

Piecedgoods PIQF 2014 Repeat  505 Ilana Rapoport – 3 Primary Colors and Shades 38″x48″

Piecedgoods PIQF 2014 Repeat  500 Helen Pedersen – Up the Garden Path 59″x74″

Piecedgoods PIQF 2014 Repeat  501 Teri L Cherne – Let’s Do the Dresden Twist 75″X75″

Piecedgoods PIQF 2014 Repeat  504 Sheena J Norquay – Red Dot Metaphorphosis 39″x39″

Piecedgoods PIQF 2014 Repeat  498 Petra Niermann – Rubikon 37″x54″

Piecedgoods PIQF 2014 Repeat  497 Dianne Firth – Dry Schlerophyll Forest: Regrowth (top) and Fire (bottom) each 52″x26″

Piecedgoods PIQF 2014 Repeat  496 Bernadette Mayr – Sommerwald 94″x79″

Piecedgoods PIQF 2014 Repeat  499 Jocelyn Thornton – Grandmother-sister’s…

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