Saturday, August 31, 2013

Mystery Quilts

Here are a couple of Jeanette's quilts from past mystery night quilts. She is on a mission to complete UFO's and Is doing a great job.

Friday, August 30, 2013

Dancing Spools

Here is my completed dancing spools quilt top. At least the center is done. I think I will add a flange before the actual border. Right now I am thinking of a scrappy piano key border of black and white. 

Off to guild this morning to hear Ami talk about "How Not to Make an Award Winning Quilt". Should be fun. 


Thursday, August 29, 2013

Dancing Spools Class with Ami Simms

Having a wonderful time at class today.


Wednesday, August 28, 2013

Table Runner

Fun day at guild yesterday. While I didn't finish the table runner there, I was able to get it completed last night. I still need to get he binding out on, but the actual runner is done and quilted. 


I think it looks great. I need to get a couple of star buttons to finish it.

Beginning classes today so will be busy.


Tuesday, August 27, 2013

Special Projects Day

Today is our monthly special projects day at Allatoona. We are going to make Christmas table runners. We had cutting to do before we meet so here is everything I need 

With any luck, I will have a finished table runner when I come home. It is a quilt as you go project so it won't go into the dreaded "to be quilted" mountain.


Monday, August 26, 2013

Design Wall Monday–August 26, 2013

Nothing on my design wall today but I thought I would show you the beginnings of a new project.  The Allatoona Guild is going to be doing a mystery quilt instead of our usual Block of the Month next year.  It is designed by Pat Wys of Silver Thimble Quilt Co.  Because it is a mystery, I won’t be blogging about it during the year but I can share the fabrics I am going to use.

It is going to be a two color quilt but of course two colors does not necessarily mean two fabrics, although that would certainly work.  First I went through all my Kaffe prints but finally decided that they were just too busy to do credit to this design.  Then I started looking at various colors and finally decided on purple.  Tiny Stitches had a fat quarter sale (buy one, get one free) over the weekend so I bought purples.  I need about 5 yards but ended up getting a little more for variety.

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On the bottom of the top two photos are a couple of the possible backgrounds – white and grey. I haven’t decided on it yet, but think I will use only one fabric for the background.

For more design walls, go to Patchwork Times and check out all the links.


Sunday, August 25, 2013

Quilts at Tiny Stitches

I have been at the shop all day so just thought I would share some of my quilts there. 


Saturday, August 24, 2013


More Kaffe arrived to add to my already considerable stash. I guess I better plan to make something from them soon. 


Friday, August 23, 2013

Hexies in Progress for Swap

I have been working on hexies for the hexie swap.  The theme this time is batiks and I am so exited.  We can send a minimum of 35 sets (a set is 6 identical hexies) and a maximum of 100.  Not sure if I can get to 100 but I have a good start with 26 sets all put together.  I am excited about putting together a batik hexie quilt someday.

0813 Hexie Swap in Progress 26

These are made from 2 1/2 inch squares and I have lots more cut.  These need to be prewashed which I don’t usually do so that has delayed me a little. I have enough prepared to work on for the next few evenings.  They need to be at the swap mama’s house by the 7th so I need to get going.


Thursday, August 22, 2013

Beginning Machine Piecing–Class 3

Both of the classes yesterday went well.  In the morning we moved on to friendship stars.  Here are the results.

0813 Day Class 3

Everyone made at least one star and are working on the other four.  Also on the design wall is the homework from last week – beautiful nine patches.

At the night time class, I only had one student and since she started a week late, we worked on her rail fence and nine patches.

0813 Evening Class 3

We will work on stars next week, when the other student returns from her business trip.  So far everyone seems to be having fun and doing a great job.


Wednesday, August 21, 2013

Hexie Club

We had hexie club last night and had fun with Pieced Hexies.  Some of us got a little confused and made hexies in a new and unusual way.

0813 Pieced Hexies

I pieced the fabric before the meeting and each person put together one flower.  A couple of people have some unsewing to do.


Monday, August 19, 2013

Design Wall Monday–August 19, 2013

I am ready to quilt the Royal Gardens purple top so I am moving on to the black one.  We are going to make this color into a smaller quilt.  Here is what I have been playing with so far.

0813 Small Royal Gardens

The blocks look quite different on point.  I still need three more blocks before I can put them together.  I am waiting until then to decide which blocks to put the dark on and which to put the light on.  I put the light around the bottom block on the left and it disappeared so I took it off.  The background of the block was too close to the color of the light on the outside of the blocks.  Since I am not sure what the other blocks will look like, I need to wait.  The other three blocks should be done by Wednesday so I can hopefully get this put together and decide on the borders.

For more design walls, go to Patchwork Times – lots of inspiration there.


Sunday, August 18, 2013

Backing for Royal Gardens Saturday Sampler Quilt

Maetha and I picked out the backing for the Royal Gardens quilt. We looked at all the coordinating fabrics from the line and finally decided on this one. 

I think it will look great on the back. 

I have some customer commitments then I hope to get this quilted. I am also working on a differed colorway of the blocks withe a resulting smaller quilt. Not everyone wants a large bed-sized quilt. 


Saturday, August 17, 2013

Shopping at Intown Quilters

Stella and I went to Intown Quilters on Thursday because I wanted to pick a border for the Kaffe house quilt.  It told me while there that it didn’t want a border, just a backing.  In their sale room I found two possibilities – both house prints.

0813 House Backing

Not sure which one I will use.


Friday, August 16, 2013

Finished Royal Gardens Quilt Top

I finished the purple Saturday Sampler quilt top last night at the Atlanta Modern Quilt Guild sew-in. I need to cut and sew the outer two borders. I got it done so it can be shown at the third Saturday sessions tomorrow.

It is very large and fits sidewise on my bed,falling almost to the floor.

I think that is how I would use it if I make plow shams to match.


Thursday, August 15, 2013

Beginning Machine Piecing–Class 2

We had two good classes yesterday.  First was the morning class where we worked on the second block – nine patch.

0813 Day Class 2

The evening class only has two students and one of them was new but we made quite a bit of progress there also.

0813 Evening Class 2

Next week we will move on to friendship stars and the dreaded half-square triangles.


Wednesday, August 14, 2013

Progress on Leader/Ender Project

I have a long way to go on my current leader/ender project. I am working on 3 inch bowties. The background is Kona School Bus. I love this color. I am not sure how many blocks I need but a lot more than I currently have. Right now I have just over 190 and I probably need more than 800 to make a good sized quilt. 

Here are the latest ones I just completed. 

I will have a big variety when done. I am trying not to duplicate fabrics but if it happens that is OK. 

I have been raiding the scrap bucket at the shop for small bits just large enough for one bowtie. 

Off to the beginning class and nine patches. 


Tuesday, August 13, 2013

Table Runner Completed. - Needs Quilting

I finished piecing the Judy Niemeyer table runner, Forever Yours. I am really pleased with how it turned out. The colors are just as I had imagined it.  Mary and I share a Bali Pop that has the blacks and greys but it needed something else.  At the recent quilt show I had picked up some 1/2 yard pieces of black and white batiks so I cut each of us a 2 1/2 inch strip to add in the mix. 

Mary used red for her table runner and placed her fabrics in a more organized fashion. I hope to get a photo of hers when she finishes it.

Not sure when I will get it quilted but it will be fun. What a wonderful class and I just want to thank Ruth once more for sponsoring the class for the guild. It was great. Thanks to Lisa also for all the work she did organizing thee wonderful days. 


Monday, August 12, 2013

Design Wall Monday–August 12, 2013

My wedding ring table runner is on my design wall.  I couldn’t sleep last night so pieced a few of the parts together.


It is going together relatively easy and I think I am going to like it.

For more design walls, go to Patchwork Times.


Sunday, August 11, 2013

Allatoona Class Last Week

Here are some photos from the classes we held at the Allatoona Quilters’ Guild last week.  The same class was held 3 days in a row.

Judy Wurm was the teacher and she is sitting in the center in the last photo.  We had such a great time and give thanks to the generosity of Ruth, who left us her sewing room contents to sell.  Ruth wanted us to use the money to pay for a great teacher for a workshop for the guild members to attend at no cost to them. 


Saturday, August 10, 2013

Busy Day

I had a busy day yesterday. It started with meeting me friends for a bagel before,attending the quilt show wrap up meeting. I rushed home and put thee sleeves on quilts for a customer along with sewing the binding on one. 

Off to the shop after that and then after diner I quilted on a customer quilt for q couple of hours. I did have time put all the components of the table runner on the design wall.


Friday, August 09, 2013

Class at Allatoona Quilters’ Guild

We had a wonderful class from Judy Wurm yesterday at guild.  There were ten of us in class and it was great.

Here are a few photos from the class.

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0813 Celeste

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We worked on one of Judy Niemeyer’s wedding ring table runner project.

I got all the parts made and here is what mine will look like when sewn together.

0813 My Wedding Ring

I am loving how it is coming out.  There will be four sections when it is finished.  I had such a good time at class. I did mine scrappy while all the others made a more planned arrangement.  I added the black and white batiks last night – glad I did.



Thursday, August 08, 2013

Beginning Machine Piecing

I taught two classes yesterday of Beginning Machine Piecing.  For some reason I only got photos of fabrics from three students.  I think we were having too much fun and I simply forgot to take more photos.

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0813 Fabric 2

0813 Fabric 3

I will do better next week and it is always more interesting when there are actual blocks to look at.

Off to the Judy Niemeyer class at guild this morning.


Wednesday, August 07, 2013

Allatoona Guild Meeting

The guest speaker at our guild meeting yesterday was Judy Wurm who is a Judy Niemeyer certified teacher.  She is going to be teaching workshops for the next three days for the guild.  Ruth Stormack left the guild her all her sewing supplies and we had a sale – made a lot of money.  She had requested that we use the money to pay for a teacher to give classes to the guild members, free of charge.  The project we are going to work on is called Forever Yours and is a wedding ring table runner.

Each of us will be attending one day of class, with the class repeated over three days.  I have signed up for Thursday.

Here are a few of the quilts she showed at the meeting.

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0813 Judy 6

She has a wonderful sense of color and picks fabric that works wonderful for the projects.  I took a class from Judy a few years ago but never finished that project.  Since this is a smaller project, I hope I can complete it.

I start a new beginning class today.  In fact I will have two classes – one this morning and another this evening.


Tuesday, August 06, 2013

Royal Garden Center Done

0813 Royal Garden Center

Here is the center of the Royal Garden Saturday Sampler.  I have two side borders on – of course, that is just the first of three borders.  It is on my queen sized bed and the center fits right on the top perfectly.  With the borders there will be enough drop to cover the top mattress.  I need to fussy cut the top and bottom border and get them sewn on then on to the rest of the borders.  I hope to have it ready to quilt next week.


Monday, August 05, 2013

Design Wall Monday–August 5, 2013

I can’t believe that I haven’t posted since last Monday but I guess that is right.  I have been busy this last week.  One of the things I am working on it finished up the Saturday Sampler for 2013.  It won’t finish until December but the customers need to know what the finishing kit will look like when completed.  I made the rest of the blocks for the rest of the year and am working on the sashing.


The main color in the quilt is purple but it doesn’t show well in my photos.  The sashing strip is on the left.  There is also another large sashing strip between each block that I will work on this afternoon.  I have one column of the quilt put together with the sashing on both sides of the column but forgot to take a photo.

It is going to be a big quilt – about 87 x 105.

For more design walls, go to Patchwork Times.

Here is one more photo of my Christmas quilt hanging in the shop.

0813 Christimas Quilt

and my Halloween quilt, also hanging.

0813 Halloween Quilt


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