Tuesday, February 25, 2014

My New Book and Quilt Show Vendors

Look what I have…

Uncommonly Corduroy
by Stephanie Dunphy

Now don’t be jealous…you can possibly win your very own copy, well the ebook version anyway.  Go to Stephanie’s at Loft Creations and follow her links to all the wonderful bloggers offering you a chance to win this treasure.  Each of those quilters tested patterns for Stephanie and they are known as her Supremes.  I follow most of them and can tell you, they are fantastic!  You can bet that the patterns in this book are perfect!  Don't let the name fool you...Stephanie's patterns aren't just for corduroy, you can use your favorite quilter's cotton too.

I’ve read this book cover-to-cover twice, three a few times and have already chosen two bags that I will make.  I won’t get started on the quilts…yet


In my last post, just over TWO weeks ago, I mentioned a quilt
show.  This is a small show that our local quilt guild hosts every other year.  The guild name is Port Saint Lucie Crazy Quilters…I know a couple of them and can see where they get their name J  (because they are Crazy Fun!!)

Since we always seem to take a gazillion (is that even a real word?) pictures, I split my recap into two posts.  Today I’ll share photos of a few vendor booths and later I’ll show you some of the amazing quilts our locals created.

I’ll start with my two favorite Sweethearts



They own Laura’s Sewing in Port Saint Lucie and in North Palm Beach.  Dave and Laura are our local Brother dealer…now you know why I love them.  I purchased my Quattro 3 from them back in December and they have been wonderful with their unlimited training, not only on how to use all of the machine’s features but also how to care for the machine. 

More vendors...

Fiber Art
 Who doesn't love a beach umbrella and flip flops?
Free motion quilting demo
More wool
Even more wool (which is different for south Florida)
Kits for small quilts

Not a rag quilt...this was a product you attach to the seams
It ravels in the laundry

I love this Christmas Tree kit

Kits with templates for making cathedral window blocks

Always a Special

Eleanor made an appearance

So what did I bring home?
A Sweet Heart Quilt
I can see this hanging on the wall next February 14th

My first wool projects
Kits for small candle mats

One for July 4th, one for Halloween, one for Thanksgiving
and one for Christmas

And these needles because the candle mat vendor
told me I needed them :)

I think I demonstrated great restraint, don't you?

Have yourself a blessed week and don't forget to stop by Stephanie's.  Tell her I said Hi!

Sunday, February 9, 2014

A Gift and UFO Busting

A co-worker has a birthday next week so I made her a little cosmetic bag on my new sewing / embroidery machine.

I love this project from Anita Goodesign.  The stippling and the zipper installation is part of the design so the entire bag is made in the hoop. 

In an effort to clear out some UFOs, I pulled out Willow Weave.  WW was a sew-along hosted by Aunt ‘Reen last June.  I don’t remember why I didn’t finish.  I had all of the blocks pieced, just needed to be laid out and the rows sewn together.  This is the layout, I’m in the process of sewing everything together now.

I’m planning to quilt this myself…nothing fancy, using the walking foot and simple stitching in the ditch.  

That has been my weekend in a nut shell...well, other than a quilt show.  I'll share more about that in a couple of days.

Hope you all have a great week ahead J

Tuesday, February 4, 2014

Goodnight Irene Sew-Along: February Blocks

Here are my rows one and two for the Goodnight Irene Sew Along hosted by Terry.

I am ADDICTED!  Sewing these blocks together puts me in a zone…I have to force myself to stop…after all, it’s a sew ALONG J

Stop by Terry’s Treasures and check out the Linky on her sidebar…there are some amazing Goodnight Irene blocks to see.

Hope you all are having a stitching good time this week… I am, in spite of the day job J

Sunday, February 2, 2014

Not ONE but TWO Finishes

I finally got the binding on two Christmas quilts.

Fat Quarter Shop’s Deck-Ade the Halls quilt

 I asked the long-arm quilter to stitch candy canes… so cute J

A strip quilt that my husband requested

This one has the words Faith, Love and Hope quilted on it

Next up?  Row two of my Goodnight Irene quilt.

Have a wonderful week my dear friends  J