Saturday, August 16, 2014

Something For Hubby

My husband's briefcase is being retired for something more casual. He wanted some protection for his small laptop, so he turned to his favorite quilter :-)

I have probably made about 50 of these zippy pouches in all different sizes using the directions found on Dog Under My Desk's blog. She has great step by step directions. You will never be afraid of sewing in a zipper again. This is the LINK. There are lots of tutorials out there, but this is my favorite.

Although Mr. Conservative wanted a black pouch, I encouraged him to pick a fabric from my stash. Isn't this fabric perfect for someone who loves to fish? (And so much more fun than black!)

So I started by adding a few inches to the dimensions of the laptop, layered it with batting and a backing fabric. I picked a new quilting pattern to practice my free motion quilting. When the quilting was done, I trimmed the top and bottom edges so that they overlapped by 1 inch before I inserted the zipper. Then I slid in the computer and trimmed the sides so there was an extra inch on each side.

Success! He loved it.


Friday, August 8, 2014

A Well Loved Man

I made this quilt a little over 15 years ago for my FIL's 75th birthday.

It's all about those things that were important to him at the time and memories. It was such a fun project. I had input from my husband and his 6 siblings. There was a big party to celebrate and guests signed the cream colored fabric around the border. You can tell I made it during my homespun period. I thought those fabrics were manly. None of those fabrics are in my stash any more.

These are some of my favorite blocks:

Falling asleep while putting up the tree late on Christmas Eve.

His high school diploma

The bus he drove while working for the city if Pittsburgh

Catching a big one while fishing with us in Alaska

One of my SILs made sure this quilt followed him and hung on the wall wherever he lived. It shows some wear and tear, but it is still full of good memories.

My FIL was grandfather to 15 grandchildren and 7 great grandchildren.

He was loved and will be missed.


Tuesday, July 29, 2014

Unity Quilt Block

The internet is such a fabulous communication tool. Last Thursday I learned that there was a group in Israel asking Jews the world over to send a quilt block so that quilts can be made for the families of the three Israeli boys that were kidnapped and subsequently murdered a few weeks ago. I knew I had to make one.
The block needed to be 10" and predominantly blue and white. This was the first block that I made. (It looks quite yellow due to the lighting, or lack thereof. )I thought about how the many diverse pieces of fabric represented all of the diverse people around the world who were mourning for these three young men.

Then I added a heart, thinking about all of the hearts that were breaking for these three families.
At this point I thought the appliqué did nothing to enhance the block and vice versa. The background was just too busy. Contrast continues to be an issue for me.
So I decided to create another background that had a simpler pattern.
And then added three hearts with high contrast, to represent the three young men.

I sent it off to Israel via US Mail and it will arrive in 7-10 days.
I certainly hope these quilts give some comfort to these families. They will feel the love from around the world.

If you would like to participate, here's the blog address:
The deadline is August 15th.  If mailing from the U.S., it takes 7-10 days to get to Israel.

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Monday, July 28, 2014

It's A a Happy Birthday

I usually have trouble buying gifts. I change my mind a million times trying to come up with the perfect gift that the receiver will love. I make myself crazy. It's just not intuitive for me. EXCEPT, for my DIL. She has so many interests and is so passionate about many of them. She is Martha Stewart mixed with Carter Oosterhouse (from HGTV) mixed with Bear Grylls!

She built this table and benches using discarded wood from a store.

I found this very funny tote bag on a weekend trip to NYC from this wonderful store called West Elm. I couldn't resist.

And I just loved those Wecks canning jars. She made apple butter and a bunch of other canned items last year.

And then to appeal to her handy woman side, I found a great tool apron. A little embroidery made it special for her. Can you see the Shop Fox label?

I had to do a bit of a repair job myself. I sewed over the belt on the back side when I was doing the embroidery. Oops! I hope she doesn't notice.

Happy Birthday Loren!


Wednesday, July 23, 2014

For Pet Lovers Only

This is my most favorite quilt that I have ever created. I love my dog, Bailey, and I love this quilt. If my house was on fire and I had to grab one of my quilts, it would be this one. I spent 2 months creating it during the winter of 2013. You can read about it HERE.

I brought my Bailey quilt to MAQ last weekend as a possible class for next year. A few people approached me about offering a workshop outside of MAQ as a retreat for them to recreate their dog. Then a few more and a few more. I had the beginnings of a list.

So I'm putting it out there. I have a lake house in the Pocono Mountains of Pennsylvania. I have done retreats there before. I can accommodate 5 women. So I'm thinking about doing a 3 day retreat in the fall or spring. It will include lodging, food and instruction for you to create your own Pet Headshot from a photo. You can do your dog or cat or iguana.

I haven't chosen the dates yet, but this is the makings of a long weekend engrossed in the love of our best friend and other like minded quilters. If you are interested, shoot an email to When I choose a date I will email whoever is on my list.


Monday, July 21, 2014

MAQ Fun Class Of The Day

Of course I had to share my Curvalicious class as the fun class of the day. I had such a great class of women. It was a mixture of beginners and more experienced quilters. I knew some of the ladies from last year and some of them from my local area. They all made great progress and I was so proud at the Show n a Tell on Saturday night as they paraded across the stage.



This was new to me. A wallpaper seam roller to press open seams. I have to go find mine, because my wallpapering days are over.

The quiltaperazzi!

Day 3 I taught my fiber mosaics. It was a perfect class for a Sunday.

A no sewing machine class.

Can't wait until next year. Thank you to all of the staff that worked so hard to make this a wonderful experience. And I am so happy to have reconnected with women from last year and to have made so many new friends.

Try it next year. You won't regret it.


Friday, July 18, 2014

MAQ's Fun Class Of The Day

Today was the first day of the Mid Appalachian Quilters get together. I wasn't teaching today, so I was able to check out a bunch of the classes and chat with teachers and students. It was great to see all the different classes being offered. There was definitely one class that I would have loved to take. Theresa Fusco, a fire cracker of a test her, was teaching how to make your own unique floor cloth.

It looked like so much fun and I wish I had been one of her students. The students loved her. Everyone had a blast and they all finished, except for the final seal coat. Here are a bunch of photos of the floor mats in different stages:

Teresa gets down and dirty with her students.













The class was so well received that she is going to do it again next year.

Check her out: