Saturday, March 30, 2013

Happy Easter and Swoon Blocks

I stitched up this bunny in red pants pulling a chick in an egg cart from Red Brolly free patterns. It's prefect for holding Easter candy.

Some progress on the Swoon blocks, I was hoping to have them all done this week but we've had the best spring weather and it was time to get out in the garden. After gardening I'm pretty tired and don't get in my sewing room. Only three more blocks.....I'm really loving how it's turning out.

Have a great Easter weekend.

Friday, March 22, 2013

Home from Retreat

Back home after my 3 day retreat. My quilt group has this retreat every year at this retreat center about 45 minutes from my home. The accommodations are comfortable and the food is always great. We get spoiled with how fantastic the meals are at this place, dessert after lunch and dinner.

I always have big plans to finish something but that never happens. This is the progress I made on my Swoon quilt. I'm loving how the reproduction fabrics look.
The Spools quilt is partially done, I have all the center part of the spools completed, just need to add the top and bottom.
We each made 6 pinwheel blocks, this isn't all of them. The blocks kept falling off the wall, there is double what you see here. We drew a name to win them ALL and the person that won asked my daughter if she wanted them. Wasn't that nice to give them to a VERY keen new quilter.
This was the only project I finished at the retreat, I did a little hand quilting on this one.
No he didn't come with me on the retreat, this picture is "just because".

Happy Quilting!

Sunday, March 17, 2013

Happy St. Patrick's Day

Heading off tomorrow for three fun filled sewing days with friends. Gotta run......I better get packing.

Happy Quilting!

Thursday, March 14, 2013


For the last few years I've wanted to make a St. Patrick's Day quilt but didn't find anything that interested me. There isn't much available for this day. Now I found it, a table topper tutorial on Kim's Blog, I was so excited to find this one. The fabric was in my stash, aren't the ladybugs so cute on the clover.

A friend told me a funny story about her kids making a St. Patrick's project at school. They came home and said "look Mom we made parsley!", the kids didn't know what a shamrock was.....too funny.

Happy Quilting.

Friday, March 8, 2013

Two Thimbles Quilt Shop

Yesterday I had a visit to this fantastic shop, Two Thimbles, I was dropping of my sampler challenge quilt to be displayed in the shop. I'll show the quilt in my next post. For now enjoy this lovely shop and if you see anything you need, give the shop a call. I could spend a few hours here, if you are in the area it's worth the trip.

The displays are filled with so much to see.

Lots and lots of reproduction fabrics.
More reproductions and Jo Morton fabrics.

Love the baskets, the shop has a good mix of more fabrics than just reproductions.

Look at these wonderful greens for spring projects and St. Patrick's Day.

Isn't this quilt stunning.....I love it!

Lots of incredible quilts hanging everywhere.

The quilt above the cabinet is sooooo much better in person.

I hope you enjoyed this little visit. Happy Quilting!

Saturday, March 2, 2013

Notion Organizer

I finished my Notion Nest organizer this week. The zipper was tricky and took me three times to get it right, I'm finally happy with how it turned out. The zipper goes across the top and down both sides to fully open. This picture shows the organizer closed and ready to go. This was designed and taught by the very talented Shelley of As the Spool Turns.
Here is the a open view showing bigger pockets made with fabric and some smaller pockets made with vinyl.

A view with all my stuff ready to take to my retreat in a couple weeks, it full with cutters, rulers and other sewing items. I'm going to hang this on the wall in my sewing room and then I won't misplace that rotary cutter so often. I seem to always be loosing my small rulers, hopefully this will keep me better organized.

Here is the back view when it's open.

I have one of these purse hangers and never used it, I think it will be great for taking to classes and hanging off the table. Now I can get back to sewing a St. Patricks Day quilt, you can find the tutorial at Kim's Big Quilting Adventures and take a look at the one Carol made.

Happy Quilting.