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News Threads 1.30 January 30, 2010

This is a great weekend for me to sew.  I’m locking myself in the house and working on projects.  Since I’m staying with my parents, they have lost their dining room table to my “little” hobby.  They are going to be out of town this weekend to celebrate their 30th Wedding Anniversary.  They deserve it!!! 

Here is my list of current projects:

  • Charm Pack Pot Holders.  I have quite a few charm packs waiting to be arranged, pressed, cut and completed.  Plus, I have a few to finish from my first batch.  And…a couple to repair, I forgot the loop. 
  • Mrs. Page’s wedding quilt.  Her colors were fall colors and I think I have done a great job of capturing those colors in this quilt.  The top is complete and measured.  Now I just need to baste and quilt. 
  • Bohemian Chic table topper.  I had some manufacturer’s sample of this line from Michael Miller that I created a cute little table topper.  If there was more of the fabric it would have been a great chic baby quilt.  Very colorful and bold.  No clue what I will do with it though. 

What are you working on this weekend?


My Own Quilting Space January 29, 2010

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I’m very happy that I will have my own sewing room very soon.  In our Florida house I had a spare room, but we rented so I couldn’t do everything I wanted.  This will be mine and I can do anything I want.  WooHoo!

Here are some pictures I found online of quilting rooms. 

Do you have any feedback on good room designs/layouts?  What would you do if you got to desing your workspace from scratch?


Charm Pack Pot Holders January 27, 2010

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Fabric manufacturers have become obsessed with all of these precut fabrics.  Charm packs, layer cakes, honey buns, and jelly rolls just to name a few.  Do they think that quilters just think of food all the time?  Anyways I have started collecting a few as I visit different shops or online stores.  Back in November I talked about my favorite one so far, Gobble Gobble and my intention with it.  During December I started making pot holders from my charm packs. 

I use my favorite quick block pattern and turn the charm pack into quite a few pot holders.  They do not take very long and so far my test ones have received good reviews.  Look for them to be selling in my Etsy store launching February 1st

My trial potholders have received great reviews.  They are cute and stylish but very practical.  They make a great hostess gift.


One project at a time January 26, 2010

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Right now I am frantically trying to finish Ashley’s wedding quilt. BTW…she was married in November. Since January 4th I have been working on it and it is almost ready to quilt. Wonder how much I can get done tonight while watching Biggest Loser? Goal: Borders and presssing done so I can go shopping for a backing.


New Year, New Projects January 25, 2010

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Finally, 2009 is over.  The year sucked for me personally but my quilting improved quite a bit.  So overall, it is a toss up. 

On to the projects that will be in the line up for 2010.  Last year was mostly wedding quilts for friends.  My citrus colored quilt is complete.  After months of working on the quilting and ripping out stitches, it has been delivered.  I love the contrast of colors and the effect of the large blocks.  The veragated thread keeps the colors blending all over the quilt.  The black and white border really adds some pop to the overall look.  Black is my favorite color to accent any project with.  My original plan for this quilt was the Cascading Colors pattern.  I thought that pattern might detract from the yellow block’s center print. 

This year there will be two confirmed baby quilts and possibly more to come.  I’m also finishing a couple of wedding quilts that are overdue.  Yes, I am a slacker on some of these projects.  Most of the time, the project is bigger than I anticipated.  Better yet, life happens and sewing doesn’t happen for a few days. 

I’m taking orders for custom quilts during 2010 is anyone is looking for a special gift. 

During my last days working at the quilt shop, I purchased fabric to finally make myself a quilt.  In 10 years of quilting, I have never kept a project.  Over the last few months I have been contemplating making a Log Cabin quilt.  This is much more traditional for me and would be a great challenge.  I would actually have to follow a pattern to make this turn out decent.  Also, since I will be getting married this spring, it’s appropriate to make myself a wedding quilt. 

The fabric choice was easy since our color palette is pretty neutral around the house.  My dark print is a Lonni Rossi Andover print from her Paint Box collection.  Can’t wait to show pictures throughout the winter/spring.


Record Breaking Days January 22, 2010

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Thank you readers. I have had two days this week with over 20 views.

Have you guys heard about the Modern Quilting Guild? There is one here in Indy that will hopefully start meeting next month. There are guilds nationwide.

This is a great idea. I’m not a huge traditional quilter and I can’t wait to see what these quilters can do. My mind will be going crazy with ideas.

The Modern Quilt Guild


Long Arm Quilting January 20, 2010

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This a fairly new project for me. I have used a long arm machine once and LOVED it. I always really like to quilt my own projects at home. How many of you have tried it? Did you like it? Please leave comments below.