Thursday, July 2, 2015

The Nature of Quilting, 2015 MVQG Show (part 1)

The Milford Valley Quilter's Guild Show, The Nature of Quilting was this weekend. It was not hard to spend all afternoon studying the quilts and being in awe of the amazing local talent. There was a variety of traditional and modern quilts, hand and machine quilted, beginners and experts. The member that I met were very friendly and helpful. I even scored a real bargain on a gently used rolling sewing machine carrier.

This is a sampling of my favorites, not necessarily which quilts won ribbons. 
This years Raffle Quilt, above, was designed by Cheryl O'Sullivan for the MVQG.

 These had to have been a labor of love. The first, Dear Jane created and hand quilted by Jane Kroener. The second, Enchanted Garden, each block individually designed by Jean Gannon and quilted by Nancy Wall.

 This American Valor quilt is by Linda Edwards and long arm quilted by Clara Ulmer, Twiltworks.

Butterfly Baby is a Jelly Roll Race quilt that was made as part of the MVQG National Quilt Day celebration by Cheryl O' Sullivan and quilted by Nancy Wall.

I studied Dreaming of Alaskan Glaciers for twenty minutes!
This very complicated quilted is by Debby Siccardi and was quilted on her domestic, sit down machine. 

Sunday, June 28, 2015

A New Arrival and a Just In Time Finish

When I first saw the Jubilee line from Bunny Hill Designs, I fell for it and bought some on the spot. I didn't have a clue what I was going to do with it but I had to have it. The pastel shades are not too pale for my liking and the gray compliments the pink, blue and purple perfectly.
This was destined to be a baby quilt but for who?   The fabric is not overly "baby" but it is charming.

Recently (nine months ago) a neighboring couple that my husband and I have become close to, happily announced that they were expecting.

I remembered my Jubilee stash immediately.
This seemed to me to suit the lovely lady who was about to be a new Mom and I started drawing......

Sketching a quilt prior to starting the project fits right in with my resolution to consistently learn new skills.

The blocks came together quickly but then I was stuck on the color choice for sashing and borders.
My next decision was about the quilting. Send it out or do some simple straight line quilting and let the fabric be the focus?
Everything came together and this beautiful little quilt was ready one day prior to the blessed event, or so I thought!

Disaster struck!
I would love to hear if this has happened to any of you........As I always do, I washed the quilt when it was finished. When I took it out of the machine, there were black spots all over it! I was literally in tears, this had never happened before. I gather my emotions and started trying anything and everything that I had in the house to remove stains. It was difficult considering that I did not know the make up of the stains. I used commercial stain remover, then vinegar, then baking soda, then fels naptha soap, one at a time.The quilt survived my efforts and thankfully, all but two tiny little spots came out and my hubby figured out what happened so that I can avoid it happening again. It has been a very dry summer here. My husband was using water to top off our koi pond and the well could not keep up with the use. This caused air in the water lines. When the pipes refilled, the air shot thought the washing machine hose along with any "gunk" in the pipes. Yuck!
Lesson Well Learned!
Now this little "quilt that could" lives across the street on our new little friend's crib.
 Maybe some day I will get to tell her this crazy story.

Thursday, March 26, 2015

What do you get when you cross..................................

A blank wall with one too many snow days?
 Something bright? Something fun?
I can't stand another moment of this dull, dreary winter. I love being home but I need something cheery to perk me up! Let's see what I can find in my stash.
I bought two panels from Loralie Designs a year or so ago, just because I liked them. I had no idea what to do with them, I just wanted them. I decided to go with Chefs because the eventual quilt was going to hang next to my kitchen.
I poured over books and images trying to find just the right pattern. Nothing seemed quite right.
Oh boy, this was getting a little intimidating.
I'm using a panel and now I need to come up with my own pattern??????
I started with my favorite image on the panel. This will be the center and I will work my way out. One of these characters reminds me of me, love to cook and all attitude!
Nine blocks later, I'm so excited with this that I stayed up most of the night playing. Sashing, no sashing, dark, light? Maybe if I put it up on my design wall? 
Ta Da! By the time the roads cleared and I had to go back to work on Tuesday, I had a new wall hanging that makes me giggle every time I look at it.

Wednesday, February 4, 2015

Resolutions in progress

Check out my progress toward one of my resolutions!

 Thanks to some help from Emily at, my blog is looking much brighter and happier. She could not have been more accommodating and helpful.
I'm not quite finished tweeking it yet but I would love to hear what you think.

Tuesday, January 27, 2015

A Little Spring in the Middle of a Blizzard

Here comes another Pennsylvania winter.
I've been stuck in the house for days!!!!

Yea, I have time to work on a couple of UFOs. I finished another Just Right Bag. The floral fabric came from Yankee Pride Quilts in Essex Junction, VT. The ladies there were warm, friendly and helpful. I was a visitor to the area but I think they have made a regular customer out of my Vermonter Uncle I hope to get back there for the Vermont Shop Hop 2015.
The colors did a great job of cheering me up in the middle of this cold, blustery, dreary weather. The fabric is bright and the pattern is practical. It has lots of pockets sewn on the inside as well as a zipper pocket on the outside of the front and an adjustable strap.The first two of these that I completed had snaps on the top and I realized that a zipper would be better when I dumped mine out all over the car, lol.
As if this bag wasn't girly enough, I added an adorable little silver high heeled shoe to the zipper pull. 
The recipient of this bag is a favorite Aunt who did a great job of passing on her obsession with beautiful shoes. Just Right is perfectly Aunt Bernie.  Which brings me back to the point, the past two days were spent working on this sunny, happy project for Aunt Bernie even though the freezing wind howled and the snow just keeps coming and coming and coming.

Tuesday, January 6, 2015

Ready for 2015!

 I'm ready for 2015!

I was lucky and received several new sewing "toys" for Christmas gifts.  I love the thread spool holder from my husband. It is meant to sit on a table or bench but my favorite handyman indulged me and hung it on the wall. He also gave me a table top ironing board for the studio so that I wouldn't have to keep using the big one for very small things.
Then, I spent all day cleaning and organizing my studio.
I can actually put my hands on what I need without digging for it.

   What do I expect from myself in 2015?

I resolve to expand my skills with each new project in 2015.
I resolve to not have more than three UFOs at one time.
 (One more than last years self inflicted limit :) 
I resolve to work on my Blog's design.
I resolve to be a more consistent Blogger.
I resolve to be helpful and encourage every new quilter that comes my way.

I think that is a good start!
Happy 2015 to all!

Tuesday, November 11, 2014

A Timely House Warming Gift

I'm so happy for my sister, Marianne!
She and her husband just bought their first house.
There are four sisters in my family. We are all different and still, in a lot of ways, very much the same.
Marianne, is truly a traditionalist in her color preferences and her decorating sense. A Christmas tree skirt should make a great house warming gift for her.
This Kansas Troubles, Holiday Medley has been in my stash for a while waiting for just the right home. I think I found it. The tree skirt is 49"x 49" and I used a pattern by Sweet Jane named Oh Christmas Tree. I did the straight line quilting myself. The binding was my first try at a machine binding. It looks great but I still think I like the relaxation that I get by hand sewing better.

The project came together pretty quickly. It could  easily be done in a weekend, especially if you use pre-cuts.

Hmmm, what next?


Friday, October 17, 2014

It's a Ghastlie Friday!

My Ghastlie Swap package was a truly special and appreciated end to this week!
 My Ghastlie swap partner is Jennifer Wellbord from Arizona.
I am at a loss for words, (which is rare for me).

Jennifer did an amazing job. This is a very generous, creative and fun swap gift.
The first thing I saw in this very full box was an adorable little pouch that is a perfect size for carrying around little supplies or even a fun reminder of my real life when carrying small items when I have to travel for business.
Next were some fun stickers, tape, mustaches (yes! mustaches) and two adorable pairs of socks.
These will really come in handy for our company Halloween party.
Finally is this GORGEOUS quilt.
I just LOVE it!
The center block is a good example of why so many of us went nuts over this fabric line. The quilt is backed by a coordinating fabric from this year's release. 
I am a Halloween fanatic and this quilt will now be a treasured part of my decorating.
 I am consistently amazed by this fun, cool, helpful, educational and most of all, friendly world of modern quilters. 
Thank you so much Kathy for hosting this swap and Thank You Jennifer!

Friday, September 5, 2014
Hi to all the Sister Thing Swap Sisters!
This was my second bag, ever!
I made it for Bea at in the:
Quilts From My Crayon Box
I have to admit that I was a little intimidated about my sister having so much more quilting experience than I do but I soon got past it.
I have been a follower of Bea's blog for quite a while.
This is what I came up with for her.

I really enjoyed making this bag.
The pattern is "The Just Right Bag" by Sue Pritt.
It is "fallish" fabrics, with pockets inside and out. The handle is adjustable. The outside pocket has the first zipper that I have put in since a tayloring class in high school. The top closes with a magnetic snap. I will definitely do this one again for myself.
I sent a few other goodies, like a Christmas charm pack and a very special tea that I was introduced to on my recent Alaska vacation.
Thank you Bea for patiently waiting until I got back from vacation.
I really hope we do this again! (Michele?)

A Sister Thing!

Quilts From My Crayon Box
Kathy at is my swap Sister!
She and my sister, Michele at, conspired and Kathy sent me her gift just before John and I left on our dream vacation in Alaska.
 The timing could not have been more perfect!

I, LOVE this bag!. It's was made from beautiful fabric, it's big, has lots of pockets inside and  has  a key holder that came in really handy. It was the perfect carry on.
Kathy also sent a Christmas charm pack that I have already picked  a table topper pattern for as well as a cute tote pattern.(Hmmm........maybe the Ghastlie swap)

Thank you to Kathy who is an ideal sister and my sister, Michele for hosting this swap.

Friday, August 1, 2014

A Ghastlie Swap!

Kathy over at Kwilty Pleasures is hosting a new
Click on over to and check out the details.
Sign ups begin on August 15 and the swap is limited to 30 participants.
Rumour has it that the 2014 Ghastlie fabrics may be the end of the line so let's help Kathy make this swap a
Ghastlie SCREAM!!!!!!!!!!!!


Monday, July 7, 2014

Its a Sister Thing, Round 2

It's A Sister Thing!
My sister Michele from Quilts From My Crayon Box is hosting the 2nd annual (?) Its a Sister Thing swap.
Mosey on over and check it out..............
For those of you that are new quilters, please don't hesitate to join in. I was a little intimidated last year and found out that quilting ladies are friendly, encouraging and more than happy to have you come play. This was a blast last time.
 I can't wait to get started stalking my swap sister .

Friday, May 30, 2014

Congrats to the Giveaway winners!

For my Giveaway, I asked everyone what they were working on. I had a great time reading about all of the projects that we have going especially some that I never thought of to try!

As for me, I haven't had any quality time with my blog or my Bernina for a couple of weeks because my youngest broke his wrist at school along with a bunch of other not so fun little, time consuming distractions.

Back to the happy announcement.....Congratulations to Kat who is busy making baby bibs. She is the winner of The Quilter Color Club and Colorful Quilts for Fabric Lovers.

Jess is the winner of Easy Quilts for Beginners and Beyond. Jess is making a baby quilt and teaching her S.O. to sew. I loved this comment. One of the things that I liked most about my husband when we started dating was the fact that he sat down at my machine and made a pretty perfect star block.I was a competent hand sewer/quilter back then but had no experience with machine piecing or quiting. He sure showed me how it was done!

One little "housekeeping" matter......this time I had to run Mr. Random twice because the winning entries were No-Reply bloggers. To learn how to fix this problem, try this link created by my sister dear, Michele at Quilts From My Crayon Box,

Congrats again to all of the winners and thanks for commenting!

Monday, May 12, 2014

It's Giveaway Time!

Welcome to my Giveaway, hosted by Sew Mama Sew! Once again, she has organized all of this for us to get to know each other while having the opportunity to win lovely things. Many thanks to her!

 I am offering two giveaways.

First, Easy Quilts for Beginners and Beyond. This book contains fourteen fun quilt patterns from Quiltmaker magazine.

Second, is The Quilter Color Club by Christine Barnes AND Colorful Quilts for Fabric Lovers by my Walsh and Janine Burke.

To win, just comment on what quilty project that you are working on right now. Followers of my blog are always appreciated but following is not necessary to enter.

Entries must be in by midnight Friday May 16th and winners will be chosen by Mr. Random by Sunday May 18, 2014. Winners will be notified after that date. I am happy to ship internationally. I love reading all of your comments! I wish I could but I won't be able to reply to all of them.
Good luck! Have a blast checking out all the participating blogs.

Sunday, March 16, 2014

Saint Patrick's Day Fun

 Wouldn't you know it????? As often as not, when I am planning a big dinner with company, there is some sort of disaster at home. I won't have time for company tomorrow so I am making my traditional St. Patrick's dinner today. I got up early and started the horseradish sauce for the corned beef then started working on desert. I was just getting happy and the darn kitchen faucet started leaking under the kitchen sink! Not a good time for me not to be able to use water. What my husband hoped would be a small fix, turned into several hours and a new faucet!
Things are starting to settle down now but what a mess I need to clean up before anyone gets here! I kept going without water so I used every practically every pot, measuring spoon, measuring cup and utensil that I own. The Guiness cupcakes done, the corned beef is in the oven and the ingredients for the Irish soda Bread are ready to mix when my oven is free.

 I wonder if I can make time to put my feet up for five minutes and have a cup of tea and a cupcake!