Archive for March, 2011

Thread?

Saturday, March 26th, 2011

Lately I have had to spend big bucks replenishing my thread stash and as I am perusing spool after spool of this and that brand, type and color, I remain ultimately confused. I am sure I am not the first to admit that I don’t know enough about thread. Luckily, someone else does and stuff about needles too! Check out these links at Superior Threads.¬† Cindy Needham is a wealth of information – very basic too – Stuff I can understand and retain! Then there is a plethora of more info here – Thread Therapy. I’ve seen some of Superior’s¬† videos on The Quilt Show too. Although that is a subscription site, there a lot of FREE content too!

So I hope you spend some time surfing these links – lots of good information on them and one is never too old to learn!

My Pick for Best in Show

Friday, March 18th, 2011

Just had a great day at the AQS Show in Lancaster, PA. Spent the time with good friends and saw lots of people I know, learned a little, shopped a little, walked a lot and left extremely humbled and inspired! My favorite in the show was “Maynard” by David Taylor. Click on this link and scroll down just a bit to see it! It was very intricate yet simplistic. The subtle quilting defined the immense white space and drew you into the scene with Maynard and his enormously rump! Even the barbed wire on the fence was mesmerizing! Its a large quilt and makes a large impression on the viewer! I hope you get the chance to see it in person.¬† I remain mystified as to why there were no ribbons hanging on it…

May Flowers

Wednesday, March 16th, 2011

Since I don’t seem to be growing these things myself yet – I have appliqued a few just to keep the spirit of Spring in the house!

This is a new sample for my Hand Applique by Machine being offered at The Lil Country Shoppe in Middletown, Delaware. And by the way, this shop has got a whole lot (if not the whole line)  of Amy Butler Fabrics too!

 

P.S. This pattern is available on my website – will work for any method of applique and finishes 12″ square – perfect for a small decorative quilt hanger!

Finished Some Things I Said I Was Going to Finish!!!

Monday, March 14th, 2011

What a great feeling to actually finish something and check it off my list! Got a couple of new patterns back from the printer and ready to sell on the website! The Amish Star and the Diamond Chain. I’ve also finished a new Hand Applique by Machine pattern for a spring class – just need the last couple of stitches in the binding, then it too can be checked off my list! Its so exciting!

And since I’m finishing all that, I am sure to get new inspiration by attending two quilt shows this week in Lancaster, PA. The AQS show (I actually have a quilt in that show!) and a new one I just learned about – The Lancaster Spring Quilt Show. This is the first year for this¬† show and I am eager to see what’s its all about! Hope you get a chance to check them out too!

My pen is itching to make some more check marks so I’m off to plug in a chick flick on the TV and bind away!!