Monday, January 30, 2017

Busy Week! and Design Wall Monday

 On my design wall are some things I need to work on ... and random fabric pieces. On the right is a design I am working on. I am deciding whether or not I like my fabric choices together before I commit by sewing them together. I have to use the blue fabric in the bottom right corner :)
Starting Wednesday, I will be posting instructions for Conversation Hearts so you can make your own version of this design.

AND there is a Blog Hop Happening!

For more design wall posts, see Patchwork Times

Sunday, January 29, 2017

Blog Hop coming this week! I Love Precut Quilts! by Tricia Lynn Maloney

I will be taking part in a blog hop this week - interesting articles and giveaways! Each blog will give away one copy of the book I Love Precut Quilts by Tricia Lynn Maloney.

Tricia is a delightful quilter and her personality comes through in her books and designs, I look forward to sharing her book with you!

Monday, January 30: 
Tricia will be guest blogging at C&T Publishing

Tuesday January 31:
Julie Cefalu - The Crafty Quilter

Wednesday, February 1:
Sandy Whitelaw - Upstairs Hobby Room
Cheryl Parker - Cheryl's Teapots2Quilting

Thursday, February 2:
This is my day! you can enter to win right here on Thursday's post!
Bernie Kringel - Needle and Foot 

Friday, February 3:
Tricia Maloney will wrap it up on her blog: Quilt with a View

Saturday, January 28, 2017

Visit Your Local Quilt Shop Day

Today I ventured out to visit local quilt shops :) Three local ones were offering specials ... how could I resist?

First stop was to a different shop that carries machines, but no fabric. I picked up a new walking foot for my Bernina as I had a coupon that was expiring.

Then I made the rounds of the three quilt shops. Isn't it neat that the bags all coordinated? Pinks to purples make me happy anyway and here they brightened my day!
I didn't buy very much as the budget is tight right now (the Army Guy retired and is now looking for a civilian job), but I did get to pet a lot of fabric today!

some fat quarters, a yard of fabric, a pair of snips and the Feathered Star Templates. Feathered Star is one of my quilting bucket list projects, so when I saw it on special, it told me it wanted to come home with me :)

How did you celebrate today?

Wednesday, January 25, 2017

Working on a Challenge

While I missed out on Project Quilting's second challenge for 2017, I still have this one on deck. Our Guild is having a quilt show in May and the guild challenge is to use the blue swirlie fabric in 
a 20" X 20" quilt. AND it has to have a spool on it ...
I am going to do a landscape quilt, and I think that I will use this sky fabric and these greens for the base of the quilt. I have some fun things that will be going on this quilt, but it might be a couple of weeks before they come to life as I really need to continue deep cleaning in the Sewing Dungeon.

What are you working on this week?

Wednesday, January 18, 2017

Quilting Designs are Everywhere!

I see designs that I can use for quilting everywhere. There is a freebie table at college, right across from the library and this book captured my attention. FEATHERS! I just had never put them together in this way before ... my doodles may start incorporating feathers back to back in this configuration and I am thinking of ways to use them in quilts!

Where have you seen inspiration for quilting this week?

Saturday, January 14, 2017

Coming Soon - A Blog Hop and Giveaway!

Toward the end of the month I will be participating in a Blog Hop with Giveaways! The Hop will center around this new book I Love Precut Quilts! by Tricia Lynn Mahoney.

I have just received a copy and will be perusing it and then give my review sometime in the next week ;)


Friday, January 6, 2017

Project Quilting Season 8 Challenge 1

for this challenge,  I  used Dupioni Silk that was purchased  at a local quilt shop ... well, local to my parent's winter place in Florida. I  usually  do  my  quilting  in Michigan, but who can  pass up an opportunity  to  be  in Florida  for a week  in January?

I  made an eight sided snack mat and proceeded  to hand quilt one section  ...  and decided  to machine  quilt  the  rest. Handwork  is not my forte.

I  have  decided to call it "One if by Hand, 7 by Machine"