Thursday, August 28, 2014

Thanks for Your Help

I love
blogging friends.
I'm always learning something new
or being 
 reminded of  good "quilty" practices.

Here are two examples from last week
as I was binge sewing.
Thanks, Cheryl, who is at
for coining this expression.

The first reminder
came from Nancy at
Nancy has been working on an applique
where the pattern labeled some pieces to be made blue.
Part way into it,  she decided
that she didn't want to use blue,
unsewed those pieces
and replaced them with something else.
That's a lot of work, but
it was good reminder to me.
A pattern isn't gospel.

This past week while I was binging,
I finally got out Di Ford's 
mystery quilt found in the Quiltmania Magazine.
These little diamond shapes have been bothering
me since I stitched them.

It was time to unsew and replace them.
They would have always bothered me.

Reminder: Change it if you don't like something.

Another reminder came from
Hilda at
She's been working on a medallion quilt
and shared that she was working some
of her borders slightly out of order
so that the applique placement would be easier.

Suddenly a light blub went on
The applique placement is so tight and exact
on this mystery quilt
that I knew when I sewed the next border on

I would sew some of the applique into 
the seam allowances.

Hilda's work reminded me that
 by waiting to to add the applique pieces
until the next border was sewn on
I was setting the boundaries for the applique.
I'd like to announce:
"There have been no applique pieces
lost or injured
during the sewing of this border".

Reminder: Figure out the best way for you
 and just do it.

Thanks, blogging friends
for making my stitching better and better.

Until Next Time-

Friday, August 22, 2014

A Little "Sweetwater"

Earlier this week I had the 
opportunity to attend a fun 
presentation by one of the Moda dream team designers,

  Karla Eisenach of

Karla lives just 45 minutes from
Fort Collins, down the road and then head east
out into the prairie.  She and her two daughters
have the creative and challenging job
of designing 2-3 lines of fabric each year
along with patterns and other fun things that
so many of us enjoy making and using.

I met Karla a long time along when
she was starting her business under the 
name Farmyard Creations.

Look, I still have some of her first fabric line 
while she was designing for Clothworks.
 (maybe about 1990)

She's had an interesting journey from
making little things, designing scrapbook paper,
 to now working with
one of the most well known companies
 involved in the quilting industry.

 Sweetwater's colors are clear and modern.

She shared what's new  and what will
be coming our way in the near future.
Their newest line being shown to
shop owners now is Boat House.

Their patterns are super cute.

They love creating word fabric.
Here's Hometown.
They asked anyone who followed their blog 
to send in the name of their hometown so it could be 
included on the fabric.
I see my hometown.

 One of their newest projects
involves iron on labels,

Lots of fun projects with
cute, cute labels.

Maybe the next time
you're fabric shopping
you'll take a closer look 
at the fun and exciting fabric lines

Until Next Time-

Tuesday, August 19, 2014

Back to School

No, I'm not heading back to school.
Thank goodness, but
tomorrow the school bells will be ringing
to signal the first day of school here in Fort Collins.
I haven't had time to work 
on my projects and do any sewing this past week.
Instead I've been helping my daughter, Jessica 
get her fourth grade classroom set up.

She's switching grade levels
and has tons of things to do.
 She'll be working with the "big kids" now,
4th graders.

If you've ever been a classroom teacher,
or know somebody who is,
than you realize the time and effort and $
that most teachers put into their job.

The classroom environment 
sets the stage for motivation and learning

 and for good behavior.

Creating a warm, inviting
and well run room doesn't just happen.
It takes a lot of thought and planning to have

a colorful,




start to the new school year.
I know of some lucky 4th graders
who are going to have a terrific year!

Until Next Time-

Tuesday, August 12, 2014

You Heard It Through the Grape Vine?

Did you hear it through these
grape vines
that I've been getting some sewing done?

I have.

These may not look like grapes,
 but they will be.

 Very tiny ones that are 3/8" wide.

According to the pattern
they're suppose to be smaller, but that's
as small as I can handle.
 Mine might have come off of a gnarly vine.
But at least, they're done!

 There's more news
  along these grapevines.

The center is complete
 on my never ending quilt,
designed by Kim McLean.

I've been playing around with borders
and I think I have the solution.

I just couldn't do anymore applique,
so I laid the top over another quilt of mine
and I think using 
this kind of pieced border and
a spacer will work.

I'm going to give it a try.

Keep your ears to the grapevine.

Until Next Time-

Wednesday, August 6, 2014

A Little R & R

 Last week we did some traveling
and headed to the mitten state.

It was time for some R & R,
sprinkled with family reunions,
a christening, and a wedding.

The "cousins" hadn't
been together for a very long time.

And since the last time,
look how many "second cousins"
have joined the family.
 (Owl not included)

Baby Oliver
had to have his own separate picture.
All of this commotion was just too much
for a 6 month old.

My daughter, Kate and husband, Bobby
even came and joined in from Florida.
You can read all about the road trip here
that my girls and their families had
coming all the way from Colorado.
Running Man and I had the sense
to fly.

We all came to celebrate
a wedding
a christening
(Oliver and his God parents)

Conked out again.

Throw in some good eats
from Zingerman's Deli in Ann Arbor,

a walk through the University of Michigan's
Botanical Gardens,
and add some
you have the perfect combo
(photo by Jessica Wolfe)
 for a perfect vacation.
Until Next Time-