Thursday, March 31, 2011

Beginning Machine Piecing–Lesson Three

Here is the homework from the morning class.

and from the evening class

After this we admired the homework we made Square Dance and then Log Cabin Blocks.  Here are the ones from morning.

And here are the ones from the evening.

Next week we will work on half square triangles and make friendship stars.


Wednesday, March 30, 2011

March Bee Block–Just in Time

I finished up my blocks for the Let’s Bee Together bee.  This block is going to Tiffany who requested a star block.

April is my month and I just got my fabric packs out to everyone.  Here is a photo while I was packaging them.

My other bee is the Scrap Bee and it is Jessica’s month.  She asked for white blocks that are 5.5”.  I made two.

I am all caught up and getting ready to make the April blocks for the Scrap Bee.  Others will be making blocks for me in Let’s Bee Together.  I can hardly wait!


Quilt Shop Quilt–It is a Book

You know how shop hops work – each shop in the quilt chooses a block and then each shop takes their version of each block and makes a quilt.  Well this time, we decided to be more creative and turned our collection of blocks into a book – a very fat book.

The theme of the shop hop was a Parade of Homes and each shop choose a house to represent them.  We decided to be a castle and because the royal wedding is coming up next month, we went with the whole royal theme.  We decorated with photos of the happy couple and made a children’s book out of the blocks.

We started with our castle block as the cover of the book.  The title is A House is a Home No Matter Where You Roam.  In the little pocket on the castle is Kate, who is the star of the story.

When you open the book, you will find the first page has who made the book and other details.  The next page starts the story. If you click on the book pages you can read the story about Kate and her travels through the kingdom.

The first stop is at a flower shop.

She then visits the schoolhouse.

Next she goes to a farm.

Then she goes to a gingerbread house,

and on to the haunted house.

She then goes to a bee keep,

Followed by bird houses.

She then goes to a light house,


a firehouse,

and lastly a bakery.

Each of the employees made a block – I made the bakery.

After the blocks were made, it needed to be turned into a book and that is where I came in.  I added spines to each set of pages and sewed the pages together into sets of four.  After all that was done, I managed to sew the book together.  I was uncertain if I could sew through 24 layers of fabric but I pulled out the shop’s Pfaff sewing machine and it worked great.

Hope you enjoy seeing what we did with our blocks.


Tuesday, March 29, 2011

Beyond Beginners Class–Paper Piecing

We played with paper piecing last night.  Turkey Tracks was the name of the block.  Here is what the students completed.

0311 Paper Piecing Elizabeth

0311 Paper Piecing Joan

0311 Paper Piecing Lisa

0311 Paper Piecing Sue

Didn’t they do a wonderful job.


Monday, March 28, 2011

Design Wall Monday–March 28, 2011

You are probably getting tired of seeing the same quilt on my design wall every week.  I know I am.

I have sewn some of the blocks together but Shop Hop kept me hopping all week long and nothing changed since last week.

For more design walls, go to Judy L’s Blog.


Sunday, March 27, 2011

Shop Hop–Day Three

I thought I would show our parade of aprons we made for the Shop Hop.  Each of us used the Georgia fabric that is featured for the Shop Hop and made our own apron, using any pattern and trim we wanted.  Here we go!

First is Carolyn








I forgot to get a photo of me and my apron – I will do that today.  Our theme was a castle and we are celebrating the engagement of William and Kate.  We all had hats and the aprons and are having a lot of fun.

Off to the last day of Shop Hop for another year!


Saturday, March 26, 2011

Shop Hop–Day Two

Here are a few of the quilts that I made and/or quilted that are hanging in the shop.

Easter egg table runner from several years ago.

Kaffe Magical Slice and Dice

Wacky Devine Nine

Moda Bake Shop quilt

Here are a couple more that I quilted for Cindy.

Red and White quilt


Embroidery quilt

Off to the shop soon for the third day of four.


Friday, March 25, 2011

First Day of Shop Hop

Well – Shop Hop is here!

We had lots and lots of wonderful guests yesterday.  Tiny Stitches is a castle for Shop Hop and we are celebrating the engagement/wedding of William and Kate.  The Queen was there stamping passports and giving out preordered shop hop fabric.  The shop hop fabric was packaged in boxes from the Varsity.

We also have a few new displays – first is two fat quarter ladies.

Their skirts are fat quarters and can be pulled out for purchase.  We also got a new display in our novelty room where the kid fabric is.

It makes the room look so much better than the old shelving unit. 

Off to guild and then the shop – more tomorrow.


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