Saturday, July 4, 2015

Anti-Ouch Pouches

I finished my 11 anti-ouch pouches for the month, bagged them up, and stowed them away until the July meeting.  Now…any sewing I do for the rest of the month will be play time!

And, for all my U.S. readers, enjoy your Independence Day celebrations!

Wednesday, July 1, 2015

When hubby offered to take me to Fredericksburg where coincidentally there is one of my favorite quilt shops, I, of course, jumped at the chance.  Nor, did I  come home empty handed.  Here is what found its way into the car yesterday!

We spent last night at the ranch.  It has been many a year since it has been this green on the the first day of July.

Tuesday, June 30, 2015

Growing My Library

I recently saw pictures of quilts made from this designer's patterns and was fascinated by the detailed work in them.  When I saw these books go on sale, I decided to add them to my library, though I can't imagine when I will attempt one of her projects.  For now, they are just beautiful eye candy.

It seems like the unexpected opportunities to splurge are coming rapidly these days.  I caught a sale from a favorite online vendor this weekend and invested in some fabric for July's workshop.  Today I get to go to a for real brick and mortar quilt shop.  All I need at this point is some batting, but we'll see what comes home with me.  

Monday, June 29, 2015

Friendship Bags

It took longer than I expected to finish this batch of friendship bags, but they are now ready for delivery to the July Quilt Club meeting.  I made them for the boutique that will be part of our quilt show in February.  They had the advantage of using up several fabric and batting remnants.  Yay!

Next up, anti-ouch pouches; then I can begin playing again.

Thursday, June 25, 2015

Well Worth the Effort

The workshop yesterday required us to haul a lot of supplies into the meeting room, but it was well worth the effort in terms of both good instruction and tremendous fun.  Our instructor was Mary Ann Hilldebrand, an art quilter who has won numerous ribbons for her work.  I neglected to get her permission to use photographs of her work, but a search on Pinterest and the internet will net numerous images.  Her subject for the workshop was free-motion quilting.  The class size was kept small and we all received lots of individual encouragement.  Here is the practice work I did in class.

Some random insights from her in class:

-- I really need to work on consistent stitch length.  I like small stitches but not microscopic.
-- When asked if she ever ripped out she said “yes….a lot!” 
-- She buries thread tails on show quilts using self-threading needles from Spiral Eye Needle Company.
-- She frequently likes to extend the design from the center of the quilt into the border, or beyond.
-- She is meticulous.  She showed us a small piece she has submitted for inclusion to a juried show.  If it’s accepted, she will have to remove the binding and trim off ¼ inch so that it meets the show’s criteria.

Next month’s workshop is being led by Sandy Klop, and I’m really looking forward to that one as well.

...and I've never outgrown the habit of chasing rainbows.  We had a shower last week that ended in a simultaneous mixture of rain and sunshine, so out I went with the camera.

Wednesday, June 24, 2015


If it's Wednesday and it looks like I'm packed to move out, then it must be Quilt Club day.  Sadly, this isn't even all of it.  Following the meeting we have a workshop on free motion quilting, so I had to pack up my big Janome instead of my sweet little Featherweight.  Add to that the sewing tools, donations to the Bits 'N Pieces booth, anti-ouch pouches and the quilts from the Fair (which they asked us to bring), and I have a pretty big pile.  I sure hope I luck into a good parking place.

Saturday, June 20, 2015

County Fair Weekend

The Burnet County Fair judges were very kind to me this year.  I’ve shown these items on the blog before, but I wanted this photo so next year I can remember what I’ve already entered.  Because of some very good leadership, the Fair has grown every year.  I hope the trend continues.  We enjoyed unexpectedly rainy weather and cooler temps today, but attendance was still good.