And the snow became the smokestack.
Saturday, December 3, 2011
And the snow became the smokestack.
Monday, November 14, 2011
- Slash the blocks into 4 equal pieces vertically and horizontally; rotate 2 of the blocks 90 degrees and sew them back together
- cut them into wonky 4 patches and add a narrow black sash (perhaps 9 patches or just vertically?)
- cut them on the diagonals and sew them back together so the stripe forms a square (problem with this one is that not all the stripes are going the same direction).
Thursday, November 10, 2011
Wednesday, November 9, 2011
Have you ever had something hanging on your design wall that just sort of become part of the wall? You know, the type of thing you pin over to the side out of the way, and before long you don't even notice it's there. Well the 9 patches in this next charity quilt were probably hanging there for 5 years. I just happened to see them out of the corner of my eye and decided they needed to find a new home. I am sure when I made them I had a vision, but that is long gone, and the blocks will be shortly too. Come back tomorrow to see another finish.
Monday, October 31, 2011
Monday, October 24, 2011
Sunday, October 23, 2011
I have to apologize for my sparatic blogging. I have been a lot busy with the new crew. This is all of the day time crew. I have one little one that I put on the bus, but she isn't here very long. These little ones keep me hopping! Every day is an adventure. They all look so innocent in the picture. Can you tell which one give me the most problems? The 2 little ones on the floor are just two months apart.
Friday, October 21, 2011
I decided I would email them (once again to the address on the website). I waited 2 days and heard nothing. On the 3rd day, I decided I would call them and let them know that the email address on the website didn't work correctly. This is where it starts to go South!
When the store clerk answered the phone, instead of talking to me, she was talking to a customer at the shop. She asked to put me on hold. My patience is still doing well, but it is declining. When she comes back on, I explained the sistuation. She is still only half listening to me and is still talking to another customer. Good Grief! She rudely says, "so you want a credit". I explain that it isn't really worth processing for $2.50, but I wanted to let them know that their email wasn't working correctly. She blurts out (no other way of putting this), that I am probably in her spam folder. What?? Why would you put customers in the spam folder, and wouldn't you check that daily? (just makes good business sense to me). She once again asked my name, and told me she would check on this. Her words were- "I'm really busy, we are shorted staffed today can I check on this. Would you like me to call you back?" Umm- I'm really busy too! Currently I have 6 childen under 3 running around my house. I politely said sure (Even though I was done with this shop), and gave the clerk my number. That was on Wednesday- Never did hear a peep and that was 3 days ago.
That $2.50 that I was short wasn't as important as the fact that I didn't have enough fabric for the project at hand. Is is so hard to say SORRY? I completely understand how this could happen, but at no point in the conversation did she tell me sorry for the mixup. The total on my order was over a hundred dollars, and it was obvious that they do not want or need (because they are so busy and under staffed) any future business. So, Bits 'n Pieces Quilt and Fabric Shoppe in Pelham, NH (www.bnpquilts.com), I am sorry you don't love me! You can rest assured that there are a lot of other online fabric shops out there that love me, and they love the way I continue to build my resource center.
If you made it to the end of this lengthy post, thanks for letting me vent. I feel much better now that I have voiced my opinion.
Monday, October 17, 2011
Wednesday, August 3, 2011
Tuesday, August 2, 2011
Since my scraps were only 3 1/2" wide, I had to recalculate my measurements, and away I went. I am so pleased with how the quilt turned out for baby Tate. Now lets see if I can actually get it quilted before my kids go back to school.
Friday, April 29, 2011
I just happened to have loads of black and white prints that I have been trying to use up. What a great combination- quick, easy, fun. Who wants to spend loads of time on a baby quilt that it going to be abused. I am surrounded by a baby boom, so I need to have quilts on hand. Char shared her black and white scraps with me that she no longer wanted. I love how my version turned out.
I have had 6 flannel b&w stripe fat quarters for years. They never seem to work for what I want to do, so I was determined to make them work on the back of this quilt. I drew up a plan and went to work. The black was flannel I had on hand as well as the pink. I used every last inch of this pink fabric on the back.
I just love how the pink plays with the business of the black and white prints. Shortly after I quilted this one I checked out McCall's Fast Favorites from the library (http://www.amazon.com/Favorites-McCalls-Quilting-Patchwork-Place/dp/1604680261/ref=sr_1_1?ie=UTF8&s=books&qid=1304097992&sr=8-1). When I saw this quilt (http://www.mccallsquilting.com/mccallsquilting/articles/americana_home)
, I knew it would work for yet another pink quilt (since I haven't even made a dent in my Black and whites yet).
I set to work on my kitchen counter piecing the quilt while standing in the kitchen. Let's just say this won't be the most straight quilt I have ever made. I have all the blocks made for the second baby quilt.
After 2 baby quilts, I still haven't made a dent in my black and white stash. Stay tuned for quilt number 3 with yellow as the accent this time. It is a quilt from McCall's Quick Quilts March 2010
Monday, March 7, 2011
This is the bag the group picked for the next quarter. I can hardly believe that I have it done and I have another month! This is a very simple bag, so we may have to do more than one for the second quarter. It is very large, and my daughter has already claimed it for her overnight bag. Notice I found an adorable model who was delighted to model my bag. My friend Sue gifted me the lining fabric. I think it is just perfect.
If you are interested in the pattern, it is in the McCall's Quilting April 2009. The pattern is by Penny Sturges and it is called The Big Bag Theory. I modified the inside to add more pockets, and I did my handles differently.
Tuesday, February 22, 2011
This one belongs to my sister Mary. It is from Thimbleberries club several years ago. I am sure she will be happy to have it completed. I used Bamboo batting from Quilter's Dream. I used Signature thread (Wheat) in the top and bobbin. This is a new panto that I purchased because of this blog http://blog.maryquilts.com. She used it often and it always adds nice texture.
These pictures aren't great, but I don't have anyplace to hang a quilt that big, but it won't quit snowing. Hopefully I can take some better pictures of the quilt tomorrow.
On a side note, the best way to capture your quilting in a photo is to have the quilt side lit. This quilt is laying on my bed, and the sun is shining through the window accents the quilting design.
Sunday, February 13, 2011
She was quite surprised with the first gift and wondered why someone would bring her a special gift. After several more gifts, she began to see a theme.
Barb had to hunt for the perfect bra to make for E. I think she was successful. Diane made a special garter for E. She said it was perhaps the sexiest one she ever made. I don't know if E is excited to try it on.
I think this gift was perhaps her favorite gift. Thank goodness her sister was sitting next to her and could explain what it was and how it was to be worn. It was a special bikini made by Joann. Those are the bottoms that she is holding up.