Saturday, December 27, 2008

New Year to come!!

I have no pic at the moment I am at work and will be till after January. I wanted to thank everyone for letting me follow their blogs so that I can enjoy their Christmas picks and their wonderful wishes. I was able to keep in the spirit with all your antics!!! with kids/furbabies and hubby's. You all are wonderful and I really look forward to seeing what you ALL have to share in the New Year.
I have plenty that will be posted in the new year...with 4 BOM that I will be starting at various times. First one I will working on with the others I am still working on will be the Dear Jane (DJ) blocks. I am getting these from StitchinHeaven they will send 10 blocks at a time.. so yes I have found some wonderful DJ blogs to help me along.
If you click on my profile you will see all the blogs that I am currently following. If you post a message I will gladly add you so that I can follow you and also see what you have been up to in the past.

I have also signed up for 3 more BOM plus I will contine to work on my Aunt Millie's project and Sally Post's project. I also will clear out some of my UFO's
Reading this I think hmmmmmmmmm do I really think I can do it.. I say I CAN!! I hope that you come and visit and keep me inspired...I hope that you post so that I can also see what you are doing.
I look forward to a great friendship in the New Year sharing our quilting moments

I can't wait for the year 2009 to start!!
Happy New Year

Saturday, December 20, 2008

Aunt Millie's Block 4

I thought I would post something besides Christmas...since that is all we are seeing at the present time. I bet you thought with all the holidays that I had put aside my AMG (Aunt Millie's Garden) blocks...well noway. I am just as excited to get this quilt done than ever. I have now got #4 block ready for applique.
I know it looks like it is already done but.. I use the no melt mylar method that means no marking and no pins and no basting. This is the easiest way to do applique. It is used more for quilts that have thesame pattern all circles. I have a feeling that I will be making another one of these so I am making the templates so that I will not have alot of work on the second one.
I am choosing fabrics that are in my stash so you are probably wondering what my rhyme or reason is.. well there really is none.. just auditioning my light/medium and dark values and going from there. I was trying to use some "primitive colors" but I keep going back to those "Piece of Cake" frosting type colors.. but I have toned it down some... haven't I????

I am almost finished binding one of the signature quilts and I can applique this while I am on break at work...
I have another block # 3 that is almost complete....LOL you can still see the thread and needle I wanted to post it though cause on another sight we are talking about circles and I wanted to show what my circles look like using Karen Kay Buckley's perfect circles. They are a dream to work with and I will make the ones for the sizes that are not in her package.. but believe me there are many, many sizes to chose from.
From Aunt Millie's Garden-Piece O' Cake Design

Thursday, December 18, 2008

Mysterious Christmas

I was lucky last year to join a yahoo group that
had a wonderful mystery about 2 weeks before Christmas. I have done mysteries before and it was perfect timing...I needed to do something that was for me downtime away from it all. What better way than with a mystery quilt.

I didn't know what design I was going to be making but I must say that everyone's enthusiams snared me in. I picked my fabric and waited patiently for the first clue.. it was almost like lying in bed at Christmas eve for the footsteps to fall on the roof and Santa would be there with your gifts.. all those packages with mysterious things... the element of surprise!!
It was a perfect gift...for me...something I didn't know was going to happen until the last clue was unwrapped!!

I started with piecing the big spiral pieces and then the little pinwheels and then the unveiling of those wonderful bows the designer really had us in mind when she made this design... at the end this was the final gift all together. I added the last part of the boarder to finish these peperment swirls... then viola.. this was my first Christmas quilt!! The first one and I had been quilting for almost 17 years...

This lady now has the pattern on sale on her site and it is so worth it.. or if you click on the title above you can join in the mystery she will be starting in the new year.

This is Christmas to me a mystery of events that lead up to the day of Birth...

I hope all of you have a Wonderful Happy Holiday with Great friends and Family. I am so looking forward to 2009 when can share all our quilty finds/remedies/gifts and stitch till our hearts content.

Monday, December 8, 2008

Secret Santa's elf at work

I am currently finishing up my secret santa gift as well... I have the fabrics layed out and then sewed them together turning them inside out I showed my DH one and he says "ties"??? no silly santa's they will go on my Secret Santa's tree.. I know that she puts up a tree and has all ornaments of hand made items of years gone by so thought I would add to her collection.
Now to get them in the mail we will be opening them all together on Dec 20th.
I got box from my Secret Santa from Montana.. I just can't wait till I get to open it up.. it is so hard to let it sit there.. the postage was more expensive than anything!! it cost her 19.00 dollars to send it!! geesh.. we were only supposed to spend 5.00 dollars per gift.. so I figure I used about that much in fabric with a fat quarter to boot..

Well I am finally getting in the spirit a little.. it helps when I read what other bloggers are up to and what they post...please continue posting and I will find you and read about your preparations, making and baking for your families.

Happy Holidays to all and please remember to sit and take some rest time for yourself.. hot chocolate and marshmellows has been my thing lately.. .LOL
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Time for giving...

I see that there are lots of people blogging about their Christmas preparations and gifts for their loved ones.. the blogs are so wonderful to read.. if you click on my profile you will see the blogs I am following and be able to see what everyone is up to.
I have been working on many projects as well. I have Merry Bee's quilt almost done. I changed the layout a bit but love what I did.. the material in the sashings is from what her daughter sent me. I has bees and hives so I fussy cut it and used it to frame some of the nine patches. I thought it worked out so well.
I made 3 bullseye blocks myself one with little fairies as the background. It is almost all together but I had a hard time with the boarder. It is not on yet but now know what I am going to do... you see I still have 12 more 9patch signatures to use and my goal was to design a quilt that I can use all the signature blocks... Ihope that I will have the rest together this weekend . I have a great idea that I think will work for the boarder than to machine quilt it and send her off...I think I procrastinated a little cause I know that I will be machine quilting this and I am a little intimitated!!

I am also putting the binding on both of the other signature quilts. I have the binding on one side and am just hand stitching the other side.. soon I will have some finished projects to post!! instead of all these UFO's!! I tell you whomever invented these hair clips is a genious. I use them for holding my binding rather than pins and then I don't get stuck with pins I am not sure if you can see the lobster that is quilted on the quilt. I had requested the LAQ to design a lobster and she did a fantastic job!! The Pattern was from Quilters Newsletter's summer mag.. again another pattern that came just in time for another signature idea that needed about 500 signatures!!
Well back to putting in a few more stitches.

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Friday, November 28, 2008

Happy Thanksgiving-USA

I am wishing that I am enjoying your holiday with all the festivities. Reading other fellow bloggers and what their menu consists of really makes my mouth water. The show and tell of wonderful Fall quilts as well really gets the creative juices flowing!!
I made rice crispy squares to celebrate your holiday and brought them to work to share.. everyone was very very happy!! Now to applique my wonderful Aunt Millie's block as I sit and read the blogs on my break.
Thanks all to shared your holiday pics and memories, also sharing your thanks.

Have a great holiday!!

Sunday, November 23, 2008

Vote for the Fall Quilt

Vote for me at the Falling Leaves Quilt Show Photo Contest

if you have a chance go to this link and vote for the quilt most representing fall..I have submitted one but there are so many great quilts!! there are small and large quilts to view.

I submitted my Halloween stack and whack called "the Unhappy Hour" that was the material name and I thought it appropriate.. I wish you can see the fabric up close if you scroll down you can see it.. I had posted it in my blog earier.

Good luck to all the contestants they all did fabulous quilts to depict fall.. the best time of year.

what have you done to depict fall?? post your comments and lets see your fall work I would love to!!

Monday, November 10, 2008

Memory quilts

I now understand more of a memory quilt. I am currently putting together a quilt that is memory of one of our cyber quilting friends who passed suddenly. We wanted to do something for the family in memory of her...we were also fortunate that her daughter was able to reach us to let us know what had happened.

MerryBee was her name and she was always the cheerleader of the group she was also involved in many of our lives giving advice and chuckles on a daily basis. MerryBee also joined our swaps and in doing so she was in our 9patch and Bullseye swap.

TXMary one of members offered to finish Merrybee's nine patch blocks and sign them in memory of her then they were sent to me. Merrybee's daughter (MBD) also said that she had some bullseye blocks that she was not sure what to do with... so being the normal quilter that I am piped up and said send them all to me and I will do something in memory of her. If you click on the title it will bring you to the group if you would like to join in there are many quilty things to talk about projects people are working on.. great advice and tips.. also great warm and loving friendships all quilters are welcome

Well I was not sure what Iwas going to do but the blocks that came where absolutely wonderful! The names of all the participants were on the blocks and I am loving putting this quilt together. It is really a great healing process. I am posting what I have done so far.. I am hoping to have this done by the end of Nov so that I can beat the Christmas rush..

I am going to quilt as you go the big blocks that way the quilt will be smaller under my machine.

I hope you like it.. I really am loving the scrappy effect.

Tuesday, October 28, 2008

I have looked high and low

and in every hiding spot I can think of for my wonderful 9patches that I made in the summer. I think little dust bunnies stole them. So I am making another 30. I will find the ones I made earlier and put them in the quilt so.. this one will go on the shelf till I do.. watch I will find the 30 I made earlier and then won't be able to find these ones...
I have my row robins done from a Yahoo group that is full of fibre arts ideas and teachings. I have the group listed on the side as well Learning FA. These Rounds are now going to last parcel has not arrived yet but they said to continue sending. When I sent them
Ike was in full swing.. I wonder if it had anything to do with the mail.
The first row Robin I did the middle row...pattern is called broken dishes and I fussy cut a kettle to go with her cups and saucers.
The second round robin started with Noah's ark, then the flying geese and then you can see Noah and his animals.. I did the "sea of waves" pattern.. so that all elements are covered. The Earth, Air, Sea..wonder what the next person will think of??
Carol Doak has started another BOM and it geared toward scenic blocks these are paperpieced. I crazy pieced the tree and have one of my kitties waiting for me to come home on my yellow brick road. I am digging again just in my scrap barrel to make these precious 7" blocks. You can join this yahoo group..the link is on the side and have fun making these free blocks.
There is an album too.. you can see what about 50 others have done with this block.. amazing!!

Friday, October 24, 2008

Swaps continued...

this little guy is a swap that I am doing with girls in a group called they are doing a swap with 20 of the patterns from everyone will donat a dollar for the use of her patterns.
He is called Eggbert.. now I have not machine appliqued before and so I am trying a new process. I am more the hand appliquer.. but I like it.. I had found meters of the Chicken wire fabric and that was great for the background. I love his wings and tail they are little trees but are perfect to look like feathers.

these are the nine patches that were in their envelopes earlier now they are in their respective piles and are waiting to be mailed... I am going to do that on Sunday.. this was fun to do it was a great way to meet some lovely ladies their wonderfull little notes of thanks and great fq's that they sent in thanks and help pay postage. Our postage is different in Canada to US and so they are not able to prepost the envelopes.
Well it is Friday and I am so happy one more week and I start a new old job.. I am going back to my old job but am very happy.. it is 2weeks days and 2 weeks nights... I love working nights and can't wait to start!!
Have a great weekend.

Thursday, October 23, 2008


I finally started these wonderful little blocks and had to post them.. if you go to the side and click on the little ark it will take you to Lynette's site where she has all these patterns posted for free!
I love what she has called her map on how each of these blocks of the month are to lay out.. she calls it her "mud map" how cute is that.

If you go to her site as well you will also see others that have done this little BOM and see the variances that others have done with their blocks.

They are very quick to put together and it is a new stitch I had to learn.. I am hoping with practice that I will get better.

this was the first one I did and I just loved doing those itty bitty cotton tails
so do take a visit by clicking on the ark on the right you will not be disappointed! There is still time to catch up and I know there are about 3 more she has to post.. I am wondering if the box in the middle will be the Ark itself... or just click on the title... and it brings you to her home page. Great Quilt pics and she has the cutest animal pics that her puppy and kitty pose for...

Creative Sewing Festival-well toot my horn!!

What a fantastic time!! I was invited by York Heritage Quilt Guild Teach One Block Wonder at the Creative Festival and it was really worth it!! The class was sold out which ment there were 20 brave students to try something different.
My friend Monica on the right with her OBW (a class I had taught earlier at another store) called me weeks in advance and asked me if I needed help. I am so glad I took her up on her generous offer. Monica had to take a day off of work and when I was told I was not paid to do this class it was to represent the guild she still was willing to participate. The pics you see are what she done while I was instructing.

Monica was the best assistant that anyone could have. I don't know how to thank her but if you all have any ideas please let me know she really deserves so much. What a wonderful friend!! Thank you, Thank you she knew where to be and what to do it was a magical day with great help from a guardian quilter.

Back to the show you can see to the right the view we had from the class room we could se the whole festival going on. I did not get a chance to visit due to teaching all day and then working a night that night. We had.. I my opinion the best class. I had called in advance to speak to the coordinator and asked about what was avaliable for class set up and gave her the basics what was required.

When I walked into the HUGE class room I was so totally impressed. There were 20 Husqavarna Sewing machines set up with the 1/4in foot that I requested and also a representitve that was there to make sure that everyone knew how to wind their bobin/to thread their machine/ and how to operate. The students were totally impressed what these machines can do especially some of us that have only straight stitch and zigzag.

Marilyn (the rep) was very very helpful and super nice anything requested she pulled it out of her sleeve...and was there for great support. Cutting boards and rotary cutters were avaliable, nice long tables for us to prepare properly for our OBW's, numerous irons and boards.

You can see below this fabulous fabric that one of the students brought.. this would be perfect for a OBW.. I sure hope you get the incentive to try one.

Here I am counting the repeats on this luscious sunflower fabric.. it was the same fabric I had used on one of my OBW.

Below showing students how to piece accurately so that all the pieces would go together smoothly even when you started sewing row by row. Aren't they so attentive??

Here I am starting to place what blocks they were able to get together on a porable design wall. The students did really well on getting the amount of blocks pieced so that they can start to see some results. They were very helpful and giving advise on where the blocks should be placed which told me they had the right idea and were well on their own on how to put together.
Monica and I commented at the end on our way home that we could not have had better students in our class and really thank them for their enthusiasm and willing to learn and step out of the box to create their own OBW... they each took my email and promised to email their final results.. I so cannot wait and hope to share them with you as they are completed.

I do hope that you are able to take a fabric and buy the book One Block Wonder/or Encore part 2. I would love to see your wonderful masterpiece.

Happy Piecing...

Saturday, October 11, 2008

"It is not a race"

Click on the Title "it is not a race" and you will see her wonderful slide show
I promised that it would be a spectacular site to see and I will say that the Group and I were not disappointed!! Karen's exhibition of stunning quilts was well worth every second of our lifetime!! Her work is done by hand those wonderful hexagon's.. yes pieced by hand!! Karen's first words were.. it is not a race and I can see why with all these intricate quilts. Some she made for challenges like the seasonal trees and the fishes.. the embroderie you see on these quilts are all done by I can see that she is not racing to finish these but really enjoys the process of making them.
The group and I thoroughly thank Karen for giving us a view into her quilting world and look forward to the next time she can stand and give us a wonderful show... oh yes she works full time to and does have a family.
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Swaps are so much fun!!

I am currently organizing a wonderful 9patch swap and there are 30 members that participated. Well I have all the parcels and for Thanksgiving weekend I have the joy of giving thanks to all those that participated.
Quilters are such giving and wonderful friends and I am so happy that I am a quilter they are the bestest friends you can ever have.
We are all cyber friends from all over the world and what better way than to have a keepsake by enjoying one of their blocks in your quilt.
Mom and I will be seperating these this weekend and putting them in their respective envelopes then mailing them off.
We lost one member due to a sudden death and we all are donating a nine patch to make a quilt for her dear husband and daughter. MerryBee (MB) was a wonderful contributor to our site and we will miss her dearly. Merry Bee's daughter (MBG-Merry Bee's Girl) has been wonderful in filling in MB's quilting chair and has sent me MB's Bulls Eye swap blocks I will mix these in the quilt and have it for them for Christmas.
As you can see my basket is full and the cat in the hat is estatic to have these blocks so close at hand to play with. Mail has been fun the last couple of weeks and I will surely miss getting these packages. Once I have them laid out and ready for mailing I will post another pic...
I think it would be great to also have a "blogger" swap.. can you just imagine!!

I am in 2 other swaps as well.. one is with Sindy's Chicken patterns on another site The girls on this site picked patterns from . We well send a donation to the creator for the use of her pattern. I will be doing Eggbert. There are 20 ladies involved and it is so cool can't wait these have to be done and sent by end of Oct.

I am also in a Xmas square swap on another group this is a new group but with some old members and new members. I am trying to get as many people as possible for the squares so that the coordinator will have lots of work to do!! I want her to know how much fun it is to get all these parcels. This is her first time coordinating a swap.. what fun!! All you need to do is cut 2 6 1/2in squares for each member that signs up for the swap.. how easy is that.. no piecing, just accurate cutting.

So if any of you come up with some great idea's or links to some nine patch ideas please pass them this way... the more ideas the better. Remember quilters love to share
Now to go play.. I think the house is starting to get up!!

Wednesday, October 8, 2008

Preview.. Karen Howes

These are just a preview of Karen's wonderfull quilts she pieces and quilts these wonderful pieces of work by hand... by hand!! Imagine... her mother is just as talented and I am fortunate enough to have 2 miniature quilts one by each lady... I call them my generational minis.. enjoy examining these beauties.. I am going to see them live... what a wonderful world I live in!!Posted by Picasa

Quilter at work.. beware

Look at this mess!! I have been busy with creating this Reaching for the Star's quilt and I have fabric pulled from every where!! there are piles everywhere!! and I still keep pulling more out!!

I must say it will be worth it in the long run those pieces are coming together and I can't wait to see the end result!! Okay I have to dive back into this disaster and get back to work

Tonight is quilt guild night, so I will have to step away for a little bit but one of most favorite quilters is a guest speaker Karen Howes she does alot of hand piecing and she has given me permission to post some of her quilts so I will take some pics and show you tomorrow
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Tuesday, October 7, 2008

Do you remember...??

when I spoke of the signature quilts I was doing in the summer. I have one back from the machine quilter. I asked for the anchor with some rope as the design and she was able to design the motif. The anchor was part of the symbol for the year.. the colors were what they wore. I now have to put the binding on.

I put it on the clothes line to get a full view.. it is large but will fit a queen nicely... the close up is so that you can see some of the siggies and also the design.. where did I get this pattern you ask?? from the May Fon's and Porter mag.. remember it came in the week before the deadline and then it was sew, sew, sew... I was so lucky to find the little square block fabric it just tied all the other colors together.. as you all know pictures really don't do a quilt justice.

next is the "Reaching for the stars quilt! I have the large star all pieced and ready for assembly and have 4 of the corner stars ready for assembly... here is an example of a couple of them. I have the corner and filler blocks in between to do yet... so as you can see I have been a busy quilter. My design board looks pretty cool right now with these stars all over the place... they are alot quicker to put together than the large one that is for sure!!

Now all the little eight pointed stars that I have to make to fill each of the corners of the blocks and then 2 more star blocks for the half pieced blocks.. almost done!!

I am very lucky that I did a sample block.. not sure if it is an error on the pattern or my cutting... but for the little eight pointed blocks the background I have to cut 1/2 smaller than is requested in the pattern for the square and the triangle.... quilters golden rule make a sample block... I repeat... make a sample block...

Normally I don't but for such a big quilt I sure didn't want to waste any fabric!! I found this great background fabric that has stars in it!! I thought that was perfect!

Sunday, September 28, 2008

Take a look!!

if you go to your right hand side you will see I have been blogged!! I just finished teaching a Stack and Whack class at Cockadoodle quilts on Sat and it was so much fun... the classroom is the best lots of light, a huge floor to ceiling design wall, numerous ironing boards for each of the students with their own work area and good eats... if it is an all day session Joanne (the owner) makes a wonderful lunch and dessert for the instructor and students.

What also makes it is the fabric selections that you get to chose from up-to-the minute fabric so that you get what's hot off the press. I can't walk outta that store without a bag full...a heavy bag full of fabric!!

The quilt on the left is one that I had made in the summer for a sampler for the class we had on Saturday. Isn't the fabric just gorgeous!! It was excellent to work with as well the fabric on the boarder is what is used in the pinwheels.

Glenda (one of the students) has been only quilting for a year and by the end of the class she was a pro!! she felt much more comfortable with cutting/sewing and piecing her blocks. What was a challenge is that the other 2 students were actually teachers in the store. I had never taught other "teachers" before and believe me they made me very, very comfortable.. I admit I was a little nervous..LOL.

To visit Cockadoodle Quilts store you can click on the headline of this post or just go to the left and read her blog

Quilt Show Extravaganza!!

I was lucky enough in the last 2 weeks to visit 3 quilt shows. I am going to post the links to my webshots so that you can see the pics. There were so many quilts to see and so many friends to talk to it was absolutely wonderful.. nothing like going to quilt shows to get great ideas and to talk to quilters you have not seen all summer!!

Oxford County Quilting Guild

Yorkshire rose Quilt Guild

Ingersoll Quilt Show

If you have some time grab a tea and take a look.. the inspiration of what these ladies bring us by showing what they can do is phenominal!! We all should show what we have done, we all should support our quilt guilds.

Quilt shows are in abundance right now take some time and go see one!!

Wednesday, September 17, 2008

Sally Post

The block that is on the right is #1. These blocks are from a wonderful site that you can view by clicking on the Title of this bog. This young lady really makes quilting fun with all her wonderful free patterns!! I love her site.

There are about 36 blocks all together and they whip up fast. I am needle turning these and am trying to be a little primitive with it.

Gayle turned me on to this wonderful mustard color fabric and so everything is really geared towards it. I also love the leaf fabric I picked it is different and I will use it throughout all my blocks.

You will see some finished blocks on Gayles site just look at the top on her tabs and you will see albums they are just beautiful and I can also see she has started her own with wonderful color fabs.
This one is block # 2.. I am trying to go in chronilogical order and not to far from the path... I have blocks 3 and 4 in progress...really it is not to hard to do considering each block is so amazing!!

When Gayle first posted this quilt I fell hard for it and had to work it. I had to wait until I had a few of my commissions done. (darn deadlines!!) I am not waiting any longer!! so I started..

To view her quilt go to you will be like me soon enough to many projects on the go. I pretty well think that I am at my limit though.

I'm on my way!!

this quilt is going together so quickly!! I have all the strips cut for the big star and have the center pieced now I am just starting the second section. So far I am so very, very excited!! I hope that u'all can see how fast and easy this is coming together...

Just a few helpful hints.. don't wash your fabric the sizing in the fabric helps keep all those bias sides nice and straight.. and since this quilt will be antiquy look'n I love the fact that when I DO wash it (after it has been completely quilted and bound) it will start to get that wonderful quilty look!! (all crinkly)

Accurate cutting and sewing is essential this way you have all the diamonds the same shape!! and easy to piece when pinning the segments together.

I have one problem my design wall is not big enough!! I need a mansion!! does anyone have one they would like to donate so that I can have a kingsize design wall.. LOL

Take a look and see whatcha' think...

On the wall there is only the center and 2 pieces of the next section... as you can see it is going to be very large. When they said king they were not joking.

I thank you all for the comments I know once you see this you will post your pics for me to see... is just to hard to resist!!

Thanks to American Patchwork & Quilting... oh BTW.. I have not used any sizing on this as yet because of the sizing in the fabric already...just be careful when you are pressing don't over-do-it.

Well back to the next steps I have so much more fun to look forward to!!

Sunday, September 14, 2008

I know.. I know

What starting another new project?? but the American Patchwork & Quilting Oct2008 issue has the most beautiful star quilt!! As I have been thinking about it since it came to my door about 2 weeks fabric started knocking on the doors to say we can be a part of it really!! we can we can... lo and behold look what happened to my was jumped!!
so this was Friday. I have all my strips cut and I have the first section I cut the strips I did a few changes and now I am on my way to make this wonderful quilt!! I was at the almost all day yesturday for their open house. It was great fun some of the other instructors where there and Joanne pulled out new bolts of fabric to admire...yes I did buy Lakehouse fabrics more hydrangea fabric!!

Well off to sew more strips and applique more blocks and try to get some sleep!!
Hope you are all having a wonderful sew day. We were supposed to get rain the sun has peeked out and I am currently wishing for it to rain again so that I can stay in and sew.


Thursday, September 11, 2008

Mom and I..

had so much fun when she was done at the beginning of Sept.. She bought this beautiful Hydrangea fabric when we were in to go with the fabric we got a beautiful minty green and this wonderful pink fabric. The pink fabric is a finger painting design all over it.. the texture is wonderful!!
Well we took 2 days and got it all done except for the boarders. I had suggested a raspberry color around the boarder just a sliver and then she is going to put the hydrangea fabric around again... These are mom's colors.. this quilt is really her!! and what makes it most fun is that Mom loves it!! you will see the happy quilter pic below!!
The quilt is picture on its side cause of the design wall.. I need bigger walls. This pattern was from Quiltmaker Nov/Dec 02 (you would not believe what we had to go through to find it!)

I had made a quilt like this with beige colors and mom loved the pattern it is great for those thathave fabrics they don't like to cut up.
Mom happy in my little sewing studio.. I am sure she is going through with drawal!!.
Mom...proud as punch next to her wonderful creation. If you click on the pic you will see the fabrics better. As you can see she was not allowed to even get her jammies off!! Doesn't she look so cute?? I love my mom...

Well I hope you like the little adventure that I have posted... there is alot more to catch up on but I know you all have your own sewing to do and I want to post my Sally Post blocks that I have started... that is on there is another excellent site.


Piece of Cake Centers-what I do

I made my template from a plastic cutting board that you get from the dollar store. I love them cause there is alittle rough side that helps keep your template in the material better. I traced the template image on the fabric I was going to use. I used applique pins to pin the pieces together for accuracy. Hand sewed the pieces.. you can machine if you like but I liked the hand work theme as I am also hand appliquing plus it is better control for such small pieces

I thought you would like to see how small the template is compared to my finger. It really is not that hard to work with since they are just straight sides.

You can see after all is together the wrong side is ironed with the spiral of the seams all going the same way this helps with your piecing as well as the bulk.
This is the right side of the block . See the fussy cutting that was done? you can see all the flowers are all going the same way and are also lined up. I love this one!!

This is one of the blocks I don't have it all appliqued but it is in place. I think I will change the centre of the flowers on though I like to see it better.. but I do love the dragonflys Probably can use them in one of the other blocks.

This one is almost done I have all the leaves done just starting the flowers.

I will have alot more to show you there is so much eye candy to catch up on.. I do hope the little tutorial helps with your center as you can see piecing comes out so accurate and you really can be fussy with your cutting...I hope I get to see others who are making this quilt and see what fabrics they are using if you know someone who is making it lemme know would love to see what they are doing.