Archive for January, 2010

Men Can Quilt Too!

Sunday, January 31st, 2010

This fellow is a father of 8 – wife owns a quilt shop. Check out his gallery!

manquilter.com

Starting to Quilt the Starry BOM

Thursday, January 28th, 2010

Feathers around the appliqued border, curvy outlines¬† and echoing in blocks – still debating about background filler…

Latest Class at Bear’s Paw, Towson

Monday, January 25th, 2010

We were learning all about machine applique – lots of details to get it just right – love the colors!

playing with new kaleidoscope software!

Sunday, January 24th, 2010

Got to get better subject matter – but the software is really cool. I’m wondering if i couldn’t do a whole “self-portrait” quilting with this stuff!

Been very busy all week!

Thursday, January 21st, 2010

I don’t know what’s come over me – getting up by 5: 30 all week –¬† I’ve seen the sunrise 4 times this week! And I’ve been very productive. Attached are some photo of a few class samples I finished.¬† All of these are samples for my upcoming classes at Bear’s Paw in Towson.

Machine Trapunto…

I am especially pleased with the 4 more pocket purses I completed!

Also finished and bound that very purple machine quilting sample. The thread is lime green and its actually much more purple than this photo shows! A narrow green flange highlights the binding – just to set it off a bit.

Next week – I think I’ll work on sleeping a little more – at least til after 7 – wish me luck!

Fun ways to quickly piece the Flying Geese Block

Friday, January 15th, 2010

Check out these two videos!

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=pxnMv8U8Pjo&NR=1

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=qfksrQqN2nM&feature=related

Busily Quilting Away Here!

Thursday, January 14th, 2010

Needed a second class sample for my Machine Quilting 101 so I have been busily sewing away – used lime green embroidery thread on a purple¬† Kona Cotton – helps the stitches show up really well. Almost finished – think I’ll bind it in lime green also!

Starry Block of the Month Quilt

Sunday, January 10th, 2010

Attached is the final version of my new Block-Of-The-Month Quilt.  starry night BOM quilt This is slightly different from the previous picture so you may want to print it for reference.

I had a lot of fun making the quilt and hope everyone enjoys the patterns. I’ve put a photo of the finished top on my website under the gallery pages and shop pages too. Its not quilted yet… no big surprise, right?!

The following PDFs are the supply list,  Starry BOM 1st page

the center applique block so you’ll have plenty of time to work on it!¬† Make sure when printing that you check “no scaling” in your printer options – otherwise the sizes may change.

starry bom applique instructions

starry bom applique templates

and the first star block, the Friendship Star.

Starr BOM Friendship Star


Look for the next block on February 10th. And please send me pictures of your work. I would love to post them in this blog!! Have fun!

Re-Purposing stuff or reducing our carbon footprint

Thursday, January 7th, 2010

Someone told me you can re-purpose those plastic grocery bags – and not just by using them as liners for your smaller cans… If you are a knitter or crochet guru, you can actually make bags and more out of those pesky plastic grocery bags. I do neither but am thoroughly impressed just the same!

Check out this video – http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=xQRFxhIHd8Q&NR=1#watch-main-area

New class, gallery item!

Saturday, January 2nd, 2010

Come and check out the new addition to¬† my workshops and gallery pages!¬† I have uploaded better pictures of those tiny purses (renamed Pocket Purses).¬† I blogged about in December and have since finished quite a few. They are just adorable as well as functional! I just¬† love them!¬† And happily, I will be teaching them at Bear’s Paw in Towson in March.