Wednesday, July 23, 2014

Galaxy-Gram! Time Out for Custard Cup!

I have arrived in Illinois!

All bags are present and accounted for, dinner has been taken care of, and nothing finishes off a busy travel day like some local ice cream flavor.

Jarling's custard cup is a standard affair in Champaign,  Illinois, home of the Fighting Illini!

Tonight's flavor--lemon!

Excited about the workshops that will happen this week, looking forward to meeting all of the quilters who are coming!

Love from Illinois,

Quiltmaker in the Mailbox! GIVEAWAY!

The September/October 2014 issue of Quiltmaker Magazine is IN THE HOUSE!


Holy COW!  No wonder I can’t catch up no matter how I try!

It reminds me of working in the flower shop in Ontario Oregon between 1985-1989.  I learned that we are really ALWAYS behind, because the displays were all about the next holiday down the road.  Still drives me nuts and makes me feel a bit panicky.

I want to enjoy the WHOLE summer, not be focusing on October already, but if you can’t beat them, join them!

You are going to LOVE this issue….see those cute houses on the front?

The full pattern by Lori Holt is included:


Parkview Lane!  CUTE!

And the gals at Quiltmaker issued several of us a challenge…to make our OWN rendition of Lori’s houses….take a sneak peak!


Parade of homes!  Which one is MINE!?


You’ll find me at #4 Parkview Lane! 

Would you have guessed me? By the string pieced roof?

This was a very fun project to do…I can see myself making MORE houses for a future project.  You’ll find the pattern and can make your own variations by picking up this issue of Quiltmaker Magazine.

Also included in the magazine…My Addicted to Scraps column!

((Usually I am getting my issue just as it is going up on the Quiltmaker Website, but I’m early this month so I’m having to take photos from the magazine, no cute graphics to share…))


Addicted to Scraps block..FIRE-WEED!

((Bad glare on the photo!))

The fire-weed flower blooms across the rugged Alaskan landscape, softening the terrain’s hard-cut edges and bringing vibrant color to the countryside.

It’s almost August as I write this..if I remember correctly, that fire-weed should STILL be in bloom right about now.  So pretty!

I used leftover nine patches made as leaders & enders from recycled fabrics.  All of the red and cream triangles and the purple and cream triangles are buns units saved from other projects. 

You’ll find the directions for the fire-weed block in the Addicted to Scraps column of the Sept/Oct issue of Quiltmaker Magazine!

So let’s have a Give-Away!


Sweet Deal!

I am giving away a Sept/Oct issue along with a July/August issue showing my Wanderlust quilt on the cover!

Leave a comment in the comments section below, remembering to leave your name AND email address if your profile does not have your email address linked to it.  If I can’t contact you, you can’t win.  Don’t forget!

Also, if you are commenting via iPhone or iPad or other mobile device, and you have clicked to this page via a link in Facebook, you have to open the link in a new browser window to be OUT OF FACEBOOK to be able to enter.  Or just come to a regular computer to do it, it’s easier.

Comments left in email, or in the guestbook will not count as contest entries.  You must leave your comment in the comments section only so I can use the random number generator to draw our winner.

I return home on Sunday ---but late if I remember.  Let’s draw for our winner Monday Evening!

I’m off to Illinois this morning ---going to spend a few days in Champaign with the Illini Quilters!

((Did this past 3 weeks off fly by fast or what?!?))

Next post will be from Illinois, stay tuned!

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Tuesday, July 22, 2014

Quilt-Cam 7/22/2014


I love this photo that was sent in by Kathleen in San Juan, Texas --

Working on Hexies
Kindle hooked into tv.
Kathleen in San Juan Texas

I just love seeing your work spaces, keep the photos coming!  And if you are quilting along with me during Quilt-Cam, include a photo of your set up showing your Quilt-Cam view.  We just might feature you here on another Quilt-Cam post!

I have a new view!

The whole clean up that brought about the Please Don’t Feed The Quilter post lead to me moving a couple things around and making room for  a cabinet along one wall that would fit all of my basic Singer class 15 sized machines.  I can swap them out as I need, and they’ll be flush with the cabinet!


1948 Singer 201-2  in cabinet, ready to roll!

I acquired the machine last fall.  The cabinet was going to be a “throw away” because it really is quite beat up, but the inside surface gleams, and with a bit of oiling down ((That dry dry maple just soaked up every treatment I gave it!))  I can see that this old piece has many good years left in it! 


Yes, it is once again a String Spider Web night!

Quilt in the background is simply a half log cabin, no pattern given.

The pattern for the String Spider Web is found under the Free Patterns tab at the top of the blog.

This will be a test run of this camera angle…I had to do some finagling to get the laptop camera to get as much of the sewing view as possible, but I think it’s going to work just fine!

Are you ready to sew?  Click the arrow on the screen below to start the feed!

Tomorrow I'm off for the wilds of Illinois!

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20 years in the Life of a Well Loved Quilt!

In 1994 we moved from Payette, Idaho to Burley, Idaho.

Eldest son Jason was 10, his brother Jeff was 4. I was 32.

I was SO excited about this house –it was built in 1914, we had photographs of it when it was just a new house on a new street in a little Idaho town.

As with previous moves, my stash came WITH me – and in an effort to start organizing and using scraps I started a quilt that was going to fit our bed.

It took me about a year to piece the blocks for this quilt, every scrap I could get my hands on was cut into 1.5” widths and in early Bonnie Hunter fashion, was sorted into one of two categories….Color or Neutral.  Very light or dark.  Foreground or background.

Monday, July 21, 2014

Please Don’t Feed the QUILTER!!

Yes, I know this says Don’t Feed the ANIMALS…but that’s just because someone hasn’t as of yet made a sign that says “Keep Calm and Don’t Feed the QUILTER!”

It’s nearly the same thing really ---

The way we ravenously gather up all the fabric during a fat-quarter sale, or in my case, squirrel away every spare morsel of scrap fabric just because it might be useful somewhere in some project some day.

Happy Birthday Olfa! And the Winner is ----


We had 994 entries for our Olfa 35th anniversary giveaway!

I LOVED reading the stories that came in through the comments on how you first encountered the wonder of the rotary cutter.

I can’t live without my rotary cutter, I use it every day.

This morning when I went to use the random number generator --- can you believe it took me FIVE tries to find someone who had left their contact info??

Sunday, July 20, 2014

Ruth Kay, Star Struck & the Singer 227M!

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This is a picture of my Singer 227 M, a basic little wonder machine made in Italy in the 1960s.

It came off of an ad on Craigslist for $50.00 ---I removed the motor, and popped her into a treadle cabinet.  She sews great!

We don’t see a lot of 227 M’s out there…and when a question comes along, I try to answer as best as I can.

Carol and her Quilts

A couple of weeks ago I shared the story of Susan, and how she quilted a last quilt that was pieced by her friend Carol.

The story has touched so many hearts, that another of Carol’s friends has put together a slide show of Carol’s quilts to share as a tribute, and I am honored to share them with you today.

You should have seen the emails flying!  This is what friends do!

If you missed the original post and story, you can find it HERE.

Saturday, July 19, 2014

Clean the Fridge Night!

The last day at the cabin is reserved for  leftover clean up and clean out!

Do you do that?

My mom was always very good about having one night a week where ALL the leftovers came out of the fridge and meals were made from what was left behind.

There may have only been a couple of servings of leftover baked beans, or some left over potato salad --- maybe one ear of corn on the cob, some leftover meat loaf.