Sunday, May 31, 2009

The Finish Line, part deux

Kat Skratch Fever
14.5" x 15.5"

Ok, I finally finished the Improv Workshop quilt from last month - the one with Mark Lipinski's Katmandu fabric. I ended up not embellishing it at all, since my daughter wasn't sure she wanted to hang it - she might use it as a coaster on her desk, and any beads or buttons could make her Iced White Mocha a little unstable. Just looking at this makes me a little unstable. But it's done, and I can cross it off my list.

Monday, May 18, 2009

The Finish Line!

I've decided to actually keep track of how many UFO's I finish this year, and with 48 UFO's in various stages of completion, I really need the encouragement to press on. I've finished four, but added another, so I still have 45 UFO's stage-whispering to me from my studio closet. Here's the first batch for the year:

Jackson's Star

48" x 48" for my grandbaby Jack.

Meganz Heartz

These blocks were the result of a class with Jan Mullins back in...I don't know...2001?
46" x 52"

Sugar & Spice

34" x 40" For my newest grandbaby Teaghan

The corner squares in the borders and the 'snowball' corners are cut from her daddy's shirts.

London Roads

50" x 50" This is a "throw down baby quilt" in the event I need an emergency gift. I have several ready and waiting to be gifted. The blocks were the result of an exchange with my favorite online swap group, Sew Many Swaps, using 1930's reproduction fabrics.

Sunday, May 10, 2009

Crazy Chicken

Although I've owned many a crazy chicken in my life (especially the Polish Crested's) I've never owned one as crazy as this!

It was made for me by a very dear quilting friend as a Thank You gift. She gave it to me at our guild meeting last month, and I must say I was (and am still) floored! It's almost 12" tall and weighs almost 10 pounds, and is incredibly beautiful. I'd mentioned about 18 months ago that I'd seen one at a Crazy Quilting gathering at my retreat facility and she filed that info away and worked on it secretly for a year. I'm thoroughly humbled that Shirley would go through so much effort for me. She's also a very talented longarm quilter and you can see her work at
Shirley's Machine Quilting

Monday, May 4, 2009

Airing of the Quilts

Saturday was the annual Airing of the Quilts in Huntsville, Texas. I went with three good friends on a typical Texas spring day - windy, sunny, and 85* - that would be summer in many parts of the country, but here, it's Semi-Spring. It comes right after Official Spring, which is one of the two days a year we can open our windows.
Anyway - Airing of the Quilts is put on by the Tall Pines Quilt Guild and it's a fabulous and fun outdoor show. All the quilts are hung from the 4 balconies of the courthouse, the storefronts surrounding the square, and in the streets. They use the old movie theatre for the mini quilt auction, the guild challenge quilts, and the featured quilter, who happened to be Carol Doak a very funny (and silly!) author, designer, and teacher.

Many of the stores had quilts displayed, some for sale, some not.

I just liked this window.

A cute little log cabin right on the square.

Thomas Ball's banner - the town I live in was named after him.

And look what I found!

More wooden spools for my collection!

Sunday, May 3, 2009

Tyvek's Not Just For Envelopes!

I've been investigating quilt storage methods for our guild's StoryBook Quilts project Tri-County Quilt Guild and this morning, I was pointed to this system It's from Becky Campbell at Sewforever. She makes the hanging loops, quilt covers, and pole covers out of archivally-safe Tyvek. We've been rolling our quilts, but hadn't had the time to make covers for the heavy duty cardboard tubes they're stored on. I guess I don't have an excuse now. If you want to read more about Tyvek and its appropriateness for textile storage, take a look at this info from The Quilt Broker.

Friday, May 1, 2009


OMG - These are fabulous! I saw a mention of sewing hardware in the latest issue of Love of Quilting (Fons & Porter) and went straight to Sewing HardwareThey've got knobs and drawer pulls, and even though they're a little pricey, I want them all! We're building our new house, and I get to outfit a whole new studio. These are so going to be on all the cabinets, closets and drawers in there.