Archive for September, 2011

Fox and Geese – 2nd Block

Wednesday, September 28th, 2011

So I spend all of last night ripping off the paper behind the paper-piecing geese I’ve been working on. I only got through HALF of the blocks but all through this mundane activity, I tried to decide what colors to make my version of this Goose Block-of-the Month. Since I was working on a black and white with a splash of green quilt I though that might be a good color combination. But then I worried that I would run out of blacks and whites and greens before I finished both quilts and would be forced to buy more fabric. Now really, how bad could that be? I must have been really tired from all that paper-pulling to allow that thought to pop into my head!

Needless to say, I haven’t made up my mind and am going to be a month behind. I vowed to myself to make the decision this week and get started on it so my deadline to myself is Friday – decision is to be made and at least last month’s block to be completed!! I guess, technically, I’m not behind if I still get it done in September. Although I am posting the next handout a few days early, I’m pretty sure I said something out new blocks being ready on the 1st of the month so all is good. I was just worrying to be worrying. I’m sure it had something to do with all this rain or all the time I spend alone – thinking. I really should just watch more TV!

So here’s the block:

And here’s the link to the instructions. Enjoy this clever fast-piecing technique for making lots of geese from just one square of fabric. Accuracy is an absolute must with this technique or your geese may end up too small. Be Careful!

Fox and Goose BOM


Another Quilt Shop Closing!!! Oh No!

Tuesday, September 20th, 2011

The Hayloft in Morgantown, PA, has been forced to close its doors. Alas, this is my favorite quilt shop in the “Lancaster” shopping circuit. Its just on the fringes of Amish country located above Martin’s Grocery store. So not only do you get to feast on and fondle fabric but you can enjoy the fresh bread and and hot coffee aromas emanating from the deli below. I have always said that if we lived near that store, our grocery bill would be heavily inflated by the yard or two or fabric I would pick up on every grocery store run.

Apparently the building they are located in has been sold and the fabric store and the two other businesses housed there must be out by Nov 7th.  As of now, the Hayloft has no plans to relocate and will sell, sell, sell to reduce its inventory. Currently, everything is 25% off but I wouldn’t wait much longer as I understand that the store will invite “liquidators” to come in and scarf up the inventory so a lot of it may go in big lots! They have a online store but none of this information is mentioned on their website. I first got wind of it last night at a guild meeting then did a little Internet searching this morning to get more details. So Hurry, Hurry if you need/want/wish for good quality fabric that was already at a good price and now even at a better price! I suspect it will go fast!

Money Saving Tip

Monday, September 19th, 2011

One of my students in my Saturday class shared an interesting little bit of “buyer beware” knowledge which was actually confirmed by another student. Both of these ladies get their replacement blades for their rotary cutters from Harbor Freight Tools. There are stores here in the Delaware area but you can also buy them online! Click on the link! You can get two blades for your 44mm cutter for $1.49! Joann’s sells a pack of 5 for $34.99! Even with a coupon, its still can not compare. Somebody is not playing nice in the price wars! Taking advantage of those of us not in the know about every little tool that crosses over into the quilting world. I, for one, am not amused and from here on out, will be cutting all my fabric with carpet cutter rotary blades!

Paper Piecing is for the Birds!

Saturday, September 17th, 2011


This represents 6 hours of work just at the sewing machine – not the planning, cutting,  trimming and tweaking of the construction process.  I am so excited to have come up with a “Geese in a Circle” block with no curved piecing or applique! This pattern will debut in 2012. I’ll tell ya more about it later. Right now, I’ve got a lot of paper-piecing to do!

Expanded My Repertoire

Tuesday, September 13th, 2011

You might says I worked on broadening my horizons yesterday – on several levels…

I started out the day by attended a BJ Titus class. She is an incredibly talented, award winning Art Quilter from Pennsylvania. It was such a treat to get up close and personal with her style.  She also  presented a lecture at the LadyBugs Quilt Guild in Newark DE on “Inspiration”. She was very informative as well as entertaining and her hand-dyed fabrics were absolutely breathtaking! But I think she only sells them at workshops and lectures since they don’t seem to be  on her website.

After class, since I was already in Wilmington, I trekked up the road to Chadds Ford, PA to check out a bead store. Too bad it was Monday since the quilt shop right next door was closed! However, I am pretty inspired by the beads I found at The BeadScope. Their website doesn’t seem to be working but its well worth the drive to check out their incredible inventory of beads! I’m sure there’s a quilt already growing around this selection I purchased. I wish I could have afforded some of the other beads that really spoke to me  – I’ll get them some day…

Now topping off my day of enlightenment, I stopped by Bed, Bath and Beyond and found a good folding stool for my husband to use while performing in the local bars – he’s a most talented singer  but likes to sit for some of his songs – I don’t know why, maybe it makes playing the guitar a  little easier. So not only did I score brownie points with him but got my stool back for my long-arm! I was really getting tired of having to fetch back from his music arena every time I wanted to quilt!

Then it was off to kill some more time at assorted stores – you would be surprised how many of us middle-aged ladies were shopping for underwear at Target yesterday!  But its what I found at Trader Joe’s that I am really looking forward too – Wasabi Mayonnaise – its what’s for lunch today!! I hope it is a good as it sounds!


I’ll let ya knowhow it turns out!

Fascinating Play on Quilts

Tuesday, September 6th, 2011

This is going around the quilting community – its a wonderful motion graphic using all the geometric patterns we quilters have loved throughout history. I hope you enjoy it!

Walmart on a Comeback!

Saturday, September 3rd, 2011

I was just in Walmart this morning – and for those of you who know me, know that I had sworn off Walmart in the past years but since moving to Elkton, its the only game in town! – but I digress… Let me start over…

I was in Walmart this morning and low and behold as I am scooting through the electronic section (needed canned air for the long-arm) on my way to laundry detergent when I spied the crafts isle. Only something looking different. There seemed to be batting on a roll there and my first thought was that must be left-overs. How are they gonna sell that without being able to measure and cut it? But as I got nearer, I noticed more and more bolts of good ol’ Walmart fabric. So I turned up the row and at the very end was the beginnings of a cutting table… Yep! Its Official! Walmart is back in the fabric selling business again… and that’s all I’m gonna say about that.

Inspiration on Color?

Thursday, September 1st, 2011

Some thoughts on color choices for the GOOSE QUILT Block of the Month – Should you go scrappy or planned? Or planned scrappy? Its a dilemma… maybe these pictures will help.  These are from times past. I will be doing a new one to go along with the Goose Quilt BOM but I’m not sure of my fabrics yet… hmmm…. two colors like red and black, or black and white with a lime green sparkler, or amish, or neutrals, or… I’ll have to think about it….