Sunday, November 7, 2010


When I was in art class in 7th and 8th class I learned how to draw in perspective . Woopy do. That woman almost throttled my artistic abilities for life. Seriously , making crepe paper twistys stuck on with paste in 1st grade was more creative . God bless Mrs. Melcher.
These days I am into 3-d quilting . I have always liked trapunto . That's where your quilt is stuffed with an extra layer of batting. Now I am drawn to adding dimension with extra layers of fabric folded to create curves.
The photo of gold and maroon is a placemat from a pattern called Desert Rose. Annette is a talented quilter and her patterns are great. I am teaching the Peeled back patch work technique at Dragonfly quilt shop on Nov. 16th. The Dresden plate block is from a magazine. After seeing the pattern again( I pulled it out of my magazine to make one day ) in a borrowed magazine I knew I had to make it .
Each section of the plate has a folded triangle sewn into it and then opened up in-between. I am making 5 as my table is round a table runner isn't enough.

At home on the farm ............

Monday, November 1, 2010


Hello all
There are more quilting books out there than you can shake a stick at. every once in a while I just can't help myself , I buy one. I would rather spend my money on paintsticks and fabric dye than on a book so if I buy one and use the expression " it makes my teeth sweat" then sit up and listen. The fact that I am enjoying geometry is enough to make the world spin backwards.

Jenny Raymont is a funny lady . Her book, Tucks and Textures Two is a manual not a pattern book. I saw a quilt at Cold Sassy Quilt Guild made by Ann, the Circle Square Quilter .

Once I got the book I realized I would have to study and practice the techniques in this book. . Being a rather practical person I had to have a purpose to my practicing . So far I have made the easier of the shapes and started putting together a bolster pillow , that is the flat blue object in the photos.

Have a great day!

Sunday, August 1, 2010

Finished Object

Here is the quilt for the museum all finished except sewing the binding. The pattern is from the book "Your Turn to Churn" by Patti Eaton.
There was enough of a picture of the quilt on the front of the book to see the quilting. It was a fun quilt to quilt.
I made a bunch of coasters with the left overs . This is a tutorial of sorts , I need to make a tutorial showing the ones I make with triangles .

and sew on....

Tuesday, July 13, 2010

Happy 4th of July Quilt

Hall County Quilt Guild does a fun gift exchange every year. Members bring their favorite 3 fat quarters in a brown bag. At Christmas we will each get something wonderful made from our favorite fabrics.
I recieved the red stars , blue bears and the heart on cream fabric. This quilt was in some The Quilter magazine this summer and was perfect for these fabrics.
I used my machine to embroider my label. Its all done , sleeve and label !
It's hot outside so why not go sew.

Tuesday, June 22, 2010


This is a quilt pattern from Southwind Quilts. Its a very clever method for achieving curves with out the burden of sewing a curved seam. Folded fabric is sandwiched inbetween 2 pieces of fabric then pulled back to create a curve. This will hopefully entice folks to a class in the fall. I want to play with some traditional quilt blocks and see what this technique does for them.
Keep cool! 

Sunday, June 20, 2010

Long time no Blog

Look Ma , no blog (for quite some time.) I am happy to report that the farm now has 20 healthy baby calves and the rain has continued so there is lots of grass to feed the mama's. This is a picture of my Blue Challenge for the quilt guild. I took a class with Eve Agee and just had to practice what I learned. Thread painting is the reason I bought a top sewing machine years ago. I am not into embroidery machines where all you do is thread it up and push a button. With this technique the sky is the limit.

While I was snapping pics I snapped this shot of the watermelon slices I made a few years ago. They are the same size its just trick photography.  On the agenda for July is Soy Wax batik so check back soon in later this summer for some results.

Sunday, April 11, 2010


Calving season started early this year with twin girls born to Mrs Licker. her previous prodgeny have been called Lolly Pop , Cherry Pop, and Tootsie Pop. As these girls required a call to the Vet. they rate special names. The Vet. asked me if Mrs Licker was a rowdy cow or would I be able to give her calcium if needed.
 Here is Rowdy

  Her sister is Grace as she is Sunday's child. So far Rowdy has figured out the teat situation but Grace is smarter and drinks from the handy bottle. Pray for them, they are at least 2 weeks premature and it was crowded in the womb so their legs are a bit off. Hopefully time will sort that out , else they may need braces for their legs .

I need to sew today as riding the horse this morning didn't work out.
Wish me luck on that.

Friday, March 19, 2010

One Step Closer

Dharma came thru with a great Tjap , a tool used to make Batiks. So I am one step closer to making my own batiks with soy wax. Note, the retayne product in the back ground. That is good for washing any quilt  to remove excess dye. I wash my hand dyes 3-4 times , but they still have residue. I have a couple of quilts I need to wash to get rid  of the excess dye. I have used  Synthapol , the concentratred soap I use on my fabric but the Retayn will make the dye stay in place instead of just removing the excess dye.
Now if I can just go to my room and work with out any animals needing rescued , fed , doctored, or hugged this will be a good day.

Monday, March 15, 2010

What's in my wallet

Not a lot of dough but it's purty and color co-ordinated.
I made this purse from one of my daughter's old purses , and some upholstery fabric I bought when I was re-upholstering a chair.

The colorful purse isn't squished its an optical allusion. So sit up straight and wear vertical stripes and you will look thinner too!

The wallet pattern is by Karen Comstock , I modified the 1st one  to suit my fabric choice. My "Too Bee" Bud Patty sent the "Too Bee" a box of cool fabric from G-Street fabrics , when she moved away to DC and became a out of state  member. We each made a section with  the fabric using a Kaffe Fassett's book for inspiration. I turned my section into my wallet , but I didn't want to cover the fabric up on the back of the wallet with another fabric so I made a change purse  and sewed it in the center of that wallet.
The "Too Bee or Not to Bee " bees together now for 11 years  cause we want to always bee .
And Sew on............ 

And Sew on ................

Wednesday, March 3, 2010

Mystery Quilt Revealed

This is my Bonnie Hunter Mystery quilt. Bonnie came to  Hall County Quilt Guild in October ( I think) This is her newest Mystery and was published in Quiltmaker magazine in installments. I set mine with aqua triangles and used a black border so mine doens't look like Christmas. Bonnie's quilt is called Chistmas Lights and was quilted all over with a motif that looked like the lights for a Christmas tree.

It was fun, I have never been brave enough to try a Mystery Quilt. In such a quilt project you are at the mercy of the designers description of the fabric choices as well as the instructions for assembling the blocks. Since I did  meet Bonnie before embarking on this voyage , I felt some what  assured I would end up with a quilt I liked. However, mid way through as I looked at those 2 very different quilt blocks I was really not sure at all. I am amazed at how great they look together in this quilt. This put a serious dent in my already meager stash and I only have one more UFO . This is all part of my master plan to start working my way the Quilting Arts Magazines with Kathy Jo. The other plan is to sew up patterns I have on hand . Tune in next time for pictures of my funky purse made with mesh screening.

Tuesday, March 2, 2010

Try Triangles Purse

This is a purse I made using mitered triangles. I am offering it  for a class at my LYS , Main Street Yarns I used 2 different wool yarns and then felted it . I was very please with the results. 
Yesterday was my Hall County Quuilt Guild and I meant to get a picture of my Bonnie Hunter mystery quilt but the meeting was such a riot I never got to it. I still have ends to work in so after I do that I will get a picture on here. 
May the rain and snow please go .
 I am ready for spring 

Monday, March 1, 2010

Long Time no Post

Here are some pictures of one reason February held no posts. I have proof of some hand crafts that occurred duing the short wee month but they will come later.
All I can say is
Happy March !!

Friday, January 29, 2010

Felted Clogs


Here are the "before and after" of the felted clogs. They are so cute and of course DD wants a pair. Its the Fiber Trends Felted Clog Pattern , other wise know as the teach the knitter to swear pattern. The results are worth it and luckily its a small project. Once they are almost dry I will wear them and let them form to my feet.
Its supposed to rain then snow here , I lined up with the rest of greater Hull ( that's where the Ingles is located) and bought food this afternoon. I didn't have any bread or milk as well as a few other items. I hope the snow stays away so I can go to the Dragonfly quilt shop's sale tomorrow.

Thursday, January 28, 2010

Saturday, January 23, 2010

New Years Resolutions

You know how we are supposed to have resolutions? Well who says they have to be lofty? This quilt has been done for months but I was supposed to give Scarlett the fabric amounts and layout so she can make my quilt into a pattern. I blame the delay on a computer crash and Christmas.....

I heard of a couple who adopted 2 little brothers and challenged Kathy Jo to make one of the boys a quilt. ( The couple is friends with her DD)  She made 2 tops before I got mine done. Her's is next on the quilt frame. This fabric came from Joann's and features 3 Blind Mice.

Its been a very different week of weather . 60's and sunny after 17 is quite a dicotomy. I got to ride 2 times this week. Thankfully I only got an inch of rain this week but more is coming.
More resoultions have been marked off the list.  New quilting brouchures ( all due to the new computer ) are in the works. I hate figuring out new programs. Then figuring out in mid print for DD that the new printer ink I bought was the wrong one.  The best new year resolution is getting my house clean. Hopefully next week I will get the cleaning crew in to clean. They will come twice a month , so its an on going resolution.
Next ? TAXES

Saturday, January 2, 2010

Cold Saturday

Here is my newest Log Cabin Table Runner. I hope to teach my method again at Dragonfly quilt shop in the spring. I cut my log cabin strips different from most.
This is another colorway of the Logcabin table runner.

It's a really cold day down south. I guess I should be glad its just cold. The tree is down and I have as clean a house as its going to get. Now I hope to load my new quilt on the machine and get some quilting done today.
Happy New Year!