Tuesday, November 24, 2015

The Prep Before the Meal

Anyone who has prepared a 
holiday meal for family and friends,
 knows that it just doesn't magically appear
on the table.
When everyone is licking their lips
and oooing and ahhhing 
 over the deliciousness
of the meal

there is a kitchen like this in the background.
It takes a lot of work to 

finally get to this point. 

The same thing happens when making a quilt.
I've been working on 
Halloween mystery quilt
since July.
I've had Halloween fabrics in piles
for months.
We got the final clue last week.

Now there are literally
500- 2" four patches to make
for the lattice.

 Of course,
there's pressing involved

 and lots more sewing.

 the blocks and lattice strips
will come together.

And then the big reveal
ooooo, ahhhh.....
But not yet.
I'm still cooking
and making a mess.

Until then
have a wonderful Thanksgiving
counting your many blessings.

 Until Next Time-

Wednesday, November 18, 2015

A New Route to Travel

 Should I?
or Shouldn't I?

I've been wanting to start something new!
I've got so many other projects that need 
to be finished!

This isn't the time of year to
be adding things to the list!


What's a quilter to do?

 I've been wanting to start Di Ford's
"Route 66"
from her book, Primarily Quilts.
Her book has been around for awhile
and I know others have already made this lovely quilt,
but I've been waiting until I 

could really enjoy every moment of sewing.

I've been collecting some different border options,
interesting fabrics for hexagons and diamonds,
precut paper pieces,
and a big set of Clover binding clips.

I'm sure I learned to use these
from someone's blog,
but, boy, do these clips work great
holding the "fussy cut" fabric exactly in place
while you baste.

It's great to feel excited about the new challenges,
new fabrics, new skills.
Most of my works in progress, WIP's,
are closer to being finished.
(Notice I didn't say done, just closer!)
I know this isn't a "hurry up" and 
"get it done fast" kind of a quilt,  

but today is a  good day to start something new!

Until Next Time-

Wednesday, November 11, 2015

Polka Dot Dottie Would Love This Quilt

 When I was a little kiddo
I remember having a children's Golden Book
about Rootie Kazootie
and his girl friend, Polka Dot Dottie.

She loved polka dots.
One day she hung out her laundry and 

suddenly all the polka dots where stolen
by Poison Zanazboo.

But like all good stories
there was a happy ending when all the
polka dots where eventually returned
and all was happy again in Kazootieland.

Don't you just love polka dots?

Back in the early spring
I was inspired by the cover of
Kathy Doughty and Sarah Fielke's book

Material Obsession.
That's a lot of dots, but
I loved it.

So I collected fabrics

and made Dresden Plate blocks
hand appliqueing the pedals and center circles.

 And before I knew it the quilt was done.
Sometimes that happens when the
quilt is "just fun" to work on.

All those bright fabrics
and dancing red and white polka dots
It's a quilt full of excitement and energy.

Rootie wouldn't have had to
do much detective  work
 to find all the dots in this quilt and

Polka Dot Dottie
would have been thrilled.

 I knew it might be hard to see the machine quilting
with so much movement in the fabric.
 It needed to be kept simple and playful.

I kept those spots and dots
all in a straight line by
 carefully cut out the binding.

I even found the perfect backing fabric
with more tiny polka dots.

Polka dots just make you smile.
They're playful, fun and
they have the power to make you feel great!

Until Next Time-