Tuesday, March 28, 2017

Quilt show weekend 2017

It is always a very special time each year when our guild puts on our quilt show. We are a small guild but we put on "The Best Little Quilt Show in Maryland". I know I am biased but we really do have amazing quilts. We are a very talented bunch of women.

I won first place in the extra-large pieced category as well as a vendor award and Member's Choice.

This is Blue Jay. I made it for my son Scott and his beautiful fiancé Kayla for their wedding in June. The pattern is Stars for a New Day by Sue Garman. I hope they love it as much as I do.

Find the joy,

Saturday, March 18, 2017

Tuesday, February 28, 2017

Back in the saddle

A lot has happened since I last blogged in 2012. (Yikes). Thanks to my techie friends Terri and Mary I have figured out how to get into my blog. Long story short Blogger is no more. How dare they! So Terri googled it and discovered Blogo! Wow I have not been able to access my blog in forever and now I am celebrating with a glass of wine. PS. I am not drinking alone.

Here are Terri and Mary working hard on their blogs. I will try tomorrow to blog from my phone where all my photos are.

Welcome back, Susie!

Tiny nines. Each square is 1/2".


Trying to get back to blogging

Monday, August 6, 2012

Baby Quilt number 2

So this one was a little easier. I used a cheater for the center and put a pieced border on. I am quilting it now and it is going very fast. I also bought a nursery rhyme book that has a music CD with it, to give along with this cute Mother Goose theme.

I had a few misgivings about making a "cheater" for their baby but in surveying my friends and cousins both quilters and non-quilters everyone thought this was very cute.

The baby shower is Aug 26 so hopefully I will get a little break to work on some of my own quilts.

My son bought a house and will be moving the end of this month. I have plans to make him a t-shirt quilt to give him at Christmas. And since he loooooves Christmas I'd like to give him a Christmas table runner and maybe even a Christmas quilt too.

Hmmm, I just got an idea for my next blog post. I will show you the millenium quilt I made for his high school graduation in the year 2000.

Happy sewing,
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Monday, July 2, 2012

I did it!

Three weeks from purchasing the fabric to washing the final quilt.

It is in the dryer as I type. And a week early I might add (the shower is next Sunday).

I always wash and dry a quilt before I give it away. I also let the recipient know how to care for it and since this is a baby quilt I hope it will be used and washed often.

I think I might even ask for this one back in March to enter it in our quilt show.

Lots of drama in our area over the weekend. A severe storm hit late Friday night and caused a whole bunch of wind damage and power outages. I have to admit that my husband and I slept through the whole thing. We are usually the first to lose power but this time blessedly we didn't. I ran out Saturday to get my hair cut then quickly back home and otherwise I stayed inside the whole weekend. I was worried about the traffic lights being out when I came to work this morning but they were fine on my route. My heart goes out to those without power. The power companies are saying that they might not get everyone back on until Friday.

Happy sewing,


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Monday, June 25, 2012

Second fastest quilt

This summer I have two deadlines...two baby quilts . The two babies (two different moms...more cousins!) are due the beginning of October so I figured I had a few weeks. I found out the beginning of June that Jill's shower will be July 8th!!!! Good grief that only gives me a month. Can I do it? Should I just give her the top and quilt it later? I decided to go for it.

I went to the Annapolis Quilt show on June 9 and bought the fabric. It is Karma Baby by Northcott. She's having a boy so I chose the blues. I knew I wanted to make her the alphabet pattern from Fat Quarter Fonts by Atkinson Design because I made her an alphabet quilt when she was born in 1978. It was my first quilt ever and I shudder to think of what it looked like and how I made it. I was a garment sewer and didn't consider myself an official quilter until 1999 but I had made a few baby quilts before that.

I got the fabric washed that weekend and scanned it into my computer. Then I played with the combinations and while I am not 100% satisfied with this version, I decided to stop playing in the interest of time. Last weekend I got them all cut out and all last week I fused them and started machine blanket stitching them. I finished the top (including the borders but didn't take a picture) Friday night. Basted it Saturday and started quilting. I am about half way done the quilting so I think I will make it. I think the longest part of the process is in the designing. Whew. Oh and the first fastest quilt was here.

I'll show a photo later with the borders on and this baby will be DONE!

Happy sewing