Tuesday, November 27, 2012

Places - Virtual

I started this list a while ago because some places just need to be revisited.  Here are some that I would like to go back to...

During the Wicked Blog Hop, Kathy from Kwilty Pleasures provided a tutorial for a quilt as you go Wicked Mug Rug.  I love the idea of quilt-as-you-go for saving time and the colors she chose are fabulous.  What a great way to use scraps!

Over at Happier Than a Bird Quilts, there is a tutorial on the Spider Web Block.  She even shows how to use the partial wedges to create rectangles.

Christina at Quilts by Christina has a tutorial to "make it your own" "draw it your self block" using a paper piecing method.  The quilt is awesome.

Sara at Sew Sweetness offers tons info about interfacing for bags.  I would like to give the bag making a shot.  

From Insights from SewCalGal...2012 Free-Motion Quilting Challenge.  I don't really like the "quilting" part of quilting.  It stresses me and it shouldn't, I know.  But the November Tutorial, by Sarah Vedeler is about swirls.  I think I might give this a shot.  And if I can manage this maybe I will take a closer look the a YEARs! worth of Tutorials.  

Jeni from In Color Order has a BOM with HST...includes tutorials.

Ages ago, I used to sew clothes for my daughter...when she was little...and I have sewn a prom dress and band concert "uniform" when she was a bit older.  Clothes aren't hard...I just don't love it like quilting.  But my daughter has expressed that she would love to have a pencil skirt...and then I ran across this tutorial for making a skirt on Project Run and Play by Sally at Daisy Chain Creations...hmmm....she makes it looks to so easy.  

A pic-tutorial using machine embroidery to applique a flower from Marjorie's Quilting Bee....part of the Fall Theme Machine Embroidery Blog Hop from Insights from SewCalGal.

Binding Made Easy...need I say more. ~~from Quilt N Queen.  

Holiday Mug Rug Tutorial...I love mug rugs and have made several of them and love Christmas...combo is hard to resist.  ~~from The Crafty Quilter.

I will update this post as I discover new places worth a second look.

Till then...

~~Quilt Much!

An update (11/28/12)...ran across this one yesterday.  I love it.  Round Potholders from Charise Creates.

Update (12/2/12)...found this tutorial on binding.  It has some "tips" that I haven't seen before.  I can't wait (meaning...looking forward to finishing something up) to give it a try.  Thank you, Amandajean at Crazy Mom Quilts.

Update (12/26/12)...from !Insights From SewCalGal...a link to a youtube tutorial on binding by Sharon Schamber.  Glue...who knew!

Update (01/01/13)...from Red Pepper Quilts, I followed a link to offers a tutorial on Scrappy Trips Around the World that looks like a lot of fun...and since the seam ripper and I are such good friends...I think I might put this on my "gotta try it" list.

And don't miss the secrets from Mrs. Pickles Garden.

Update (01/04/13)  Earbud pouches.  What a great gift idea!

Update (02/09/13)  Herringbone Quilt Tutorial  I would love to make one of these quilts.  What a great way to use scraps!  

Thursday, November 22, 2012

Holiday Lane Pillow Blog Hop

Welcome to the Holiday Lane Pillow Blog Hop!!!  I am so happy you stopped by.... 


A Holiday Pillow sized Thank You to...

the fabulous pillow pattern designer, Jill from Jillily Studios;

the queen of Holiday Lane Pillow Blog Hop festivities, Pauline, the Quilt n Queen;

and, of course, the amazing blog hop organizer...Madame Samm from SewWEQuilt!

Take a stroll down my Holiday Lane.... 

Here in North Carolina, snow is an unusual weather event this time of year, so I had a little fun with  Don't you love it!

Be sure to hop on over for a visit with these lovelies...

Friday November 23

Thank you for stopping by.  Hope you will visit again soon!  

Happy Holidays!

Till then...

~~Quilt Much!

Sunday, November 18, 2012

Happy Thanksgiving!

Happy Thanksgiving!

Hope your Thanksgiving is complete with family, friends and memorable festivities! 

Coming up this week....

Sending a big "Thank You!" to Pauline, the Quilt n Queen, and Madame Samm for coordinating our Holiday Lane Pillow Blog Hop.  It all starts this Wednesday, November 21! 

Here is the full schedule.  I am up on Friday.  I hope you will come back for a visit!

Friday, Hubby and I made another trip to the North Carolina Lansing.  Nothing is in bloom or fall color but it was still beautiful.  Take a look...

I had to show you something beautiful since I didn't have a block to share this week.  I did work on my Studio Stitch BOM but I didn't get it finished...actually neither of them.  My Holiday Lane Pillow is complete but I can't show you that yet!  

Hubby was banging around in the kitchen this afternoon so Daisie thought it was safer to be in the Quilting Room with me.  She usually prefers to watch football on Sunday afternoons. :)


Holiday Lane Pillow...check!  Studio Stitch on the list.  

Again, Wishing You a Very Happy Thanksgiving Week!

'Til then...

~~Quilt Much!

Thursday, November 15, 2012

Coming Soon to a Blog Near You...

Sew we quilt
Wednesday November 21
Thursday November 22
Friday November 23
Monday November 26
Tuesday November 27
Wednesday November 28
Mary Jo - that other blog
Thursday November 29
Elaine - that other blog
Friday November 30
Linda - that other blog
Shout out to the Quilt'n'Queen, Pauline, and to Madamme Samm at Sew We Quilt! for putting it all together!

Sunday, November 11, 2012

Pillows, Spas and Sacks

We are just a 10 days from the start of the Holiday Lane Pillow Blog Hop. I spent today listening to Christmas music on Pandora and working on my pillow.  "It's starting to look a lot like Christmas...."  

I hope you will hop with us starting Wednesday, November 21.  

Sew we quilt

Several years ago, I made this Holiday pillow.  I love snow and get so excited about the mere possibility for it seems appropriate to have it sitting on our bed pretty much all winter.  "Let it snow, let it snow, let it snow...."  Basically, it is several ribbons weaved and stitched over a solid fabric.

I know that some people don't enjoy snow and I imagine that I wouldn't if I had to deal with it from Halloween to May...but that isn't the case here in North Carolina.  It is actually a pretty rare occurrence so when it does...Whooohooo!  Let is Snow!!!

Yesterday, Hubby and I went to see our Daughter and to take our pooches to the "spa".  Our Daughter is in college at a school here in North Carolina and she works part time in a grooming salon.  It is really awesome that she can take care of them.  I am sure they appreciate it as much as we do. It is little over an hour drive to get there, so Hubby and I spent the day shopping while we waited for them.  We were all exhausted when we arrived home.  Daisie and Jackson crashed as soon as we got home and slept all night.  Poor babies!

You may remember from last week that I didn't love my Craftsy Double Star because I didn't have enough contrast.  I wanted a "do-over".  This is my block from last week. 

Thursday night while Hubby was out with the guys...I re-created my Double Star block with what I think is a much better contrast.  Tell me what you think...


Friday, TB brought by some Feed Sacks that belonged to his Grandmother.  He wants me to help make a pillow for his Mom for Christmas.  I feel very privileged to be a part of this.  This is my first experience with Feed Sacks so I spent Friday night scouring the internet for everything I could find on them.  I can hardly believe my good fortune.  Thanks, TB! 

Look...this one still has the string still attached. :)

Hopefully, this week, I can give them a good soak.  I need to decide on a block that would use them to their greatest potential.  Have to finish my pillow for the Holiday Lane Pillow blog hop.  I also need to complete my blocks for the Studio Stitch BOM which is next week.  Then there is that other little thing (hehehe) Thanksgiving!!! ...that will require some (tons) planning as well.

'Til then...

~~Quilt Much!

Sunday, November 4, 2012

Wicked Wrap Up, Craftsy and Do Overs

Last week, I mentioned that I had some problems with a water erasable pen and had to wash and re-wash the mini-quilt to remove the lines from the quilting which prevented me from posting any pics of this Wicked Halloween project. Add that to a busy week and...

Well, here it is (finally)...a mini-Halloween-quilt for my daughter. She is going to love it!!! {snicker, snicker}

Some wicked quilting too!  Can you see it?

Friday, Hubby and I went to the mountains.  I was so excited to see the snow on the mountain tops.  There was a bit still hanging around in shady areas too but you could really see it on the distant mountains.  I apologize for the cell phone pics but we can never seem to remember the camera when we head out.


While Sandy helped deliver snow to the North Carolina mountains, she delivered much worse North.  We have family in Northern Virginia and Pennsylvania and we are very thankful that they are safe.  Our hearts and prayers go out to those who weren't so fortunate.

Yesterday, I went about the business of gathering for my next blog hop...fabric, pillow, ideas, etc.  I have some fabrics that I think are pretty fabulous and some ideas that I hope I can execute.  Isn't that always the case?  I will provide more info as it is available. 

 Sew we quilt

Today...Finally...Quilt Room! It seemed every time I had a notion of getting in there and working...something would happen that prevented me from doing so...but today was the day!  Whooohooo!

Still working on getting caught up with the Craftsy BOM.  I made some progress on August.  

The first block for August is the Ohio Star...

I think it turned out pretty well.  It went together pretty quickly too.

The second block is the Double Star block.

If you are unfamiliar with Craftsy, then you may not know that this is a BOM series taught by Amy Gibson...where you create two blocks per month...January to October and then in November you finish your quilt.  There is a video of each lesson for each month where Amy walks you through the blocks with pointers about selecting fabric, tools, etc.  

For this block, she repeated how important it was to have contrast between the fabrics.  When I picked out my fabrics for this block, I thought I had followed her instructions well.  I chose a fabric with mainly blue for the center star and one with mainly purple for the outer star.  The fabric in between is a mostly white fabric with green rectangles on it.  

After I finished it, I saw that there wasn't enough contrast.  I switched the photo to black and white using PicMonkey.  You can really see that the fabrics are very close in value and therefore don't provide much in the way of contrast.  

I think that I will take a "do over" for this block and see if I can get some contrast in between the stars!  Although I am not looking forward to making 12 flying geese again!  :(

Only two more months (after my "do over" is complete) to wrap up the blocks for Craftsy.  I placed an order for the Perfect Patchwork Drunkard's Path Template Set for the September blocks.  It should arrive in the next week or so and allow me to get moving on my blocks again. 

Hopefully, this week will allow me a bit more time in the Quilt Room.  I need to remake the Double Star, work on the September blocks, complete my Studio Stitch BOMs for November and get a running start on the Holiday Lane Pillow Blog Hop (my day is November 23, I think).  I have a feeling that November is going to be a very "short" month with Thanksgiving arriving so early.  And with a list like this, I definitely need more time in the Quilt Room!

'Til then...

~~Quilt Much!