Thursday, February 26

"Starry Starry Night" retreat.....I'm teaching!

I'm so happy that Corrie & Des, of Quilt Taffy, asked me to teach a Lone Star quilt class at their upcoming 2015 fall retreat in September.
You can read all about it here....on their craft taffy blog.

I'm Teaching at Craft Taffy
It's going to be in this amazing old lodge in McCall, Idaho. 
I've gone the past two years and I wouldn't miss it for anything in the world.

I'll be teaching the Lone Star technique and once you understand how its put together, the "Starry, Starry" sky's will be the limits! 
I will have a couple of models to chose from.
You can either make a scrappy looking quilt top, 70" x 70", out of one jelly roll like this one of mine:

Or you can make a traditional planned looking quilt top, 70" x 70" or larger, like this one of mine:
(mine is a queen size)

I will have instructions for you at the retreat. 
You can contact me ahead of time for the materials lists.
(skill level:  intermediate)

Love the old rusty hinge on this barn door.
I pieced my backing with Denyse Schmidt prints.

My queen size Lone Star out of Fig Tree prints. 

I'll be sending a little flyer with the information on the retreat with your finished quilts.
You should consider joining us for the "Starry Starry Night" fun! 

Sunday, February 22


At a recent quilt guild meeting it was suggested that we take a little more time on our piece work and go slowly. 
That way there are less errors, etc. etc.
I made it a goal of mine to go slowly...
My friend, Brook, put together a little package full of vintage goodies and sent them to me.
Among the items was this little flash card sight word, "slowly". 
It was perfect!
How did she know that was my "word of the year"?
I have it sitting on a shelf in my sewing room - as a reminder!
In my vintage package she sent this pretty turquoise muffin tin.
Two little iron mice - so cute!
I love this magnetic clip that lives on my refrigerator.
Thank you, Brook.
I wish I had about a dozen of these clips!
She completely understands my love of vintage things!
I love you, Brook.
Do you have a "word of the year" for 2015?

Tuesday, February 17

Sandy's Civil War beauty

My friend, Sandy, from Arizona, made this stunning quilt using Civil War prints.
She makes quilts for everyone else and finally finished one for herself.
You can see why she decided to keep this one.
It's so beautiful.
The blocks are about 10" finished - all set on point!
All those ity bity 1/2 squares - I would probably lose my mind after making them!
She does beautiful piece work - all the points are visible!
It was such fun to quilt - I spent several hours with this beauty.
I cross-hatched the center over all the blocks....
Then I played with the borders.
(this is a setting triangle section)
I have scads of Civil War fabrics....just waiting and waiting for me to do something with them.
Fabulous quilt, Sandy.
Thank you for letting me "add to the beauty" of it. 

Sunday, February 8

Valentine's approaching.....

My sweet friend, Kathy, from Michigan sent me this heart swag.
I love it so much.
I keep thinking I'm going to make some of these, but I never do.
I'm so glad she made this one!
I have it hanging on my fireplace mantel....perfect!
You can read all about Kathy on her blog, Kathy's Cottage....she's so talented!

Trish, of Mississippi, made this darling heart wall hanging for her home.
I can't imagine sewing all those little two inch squares together, but it works!
I quilted the red areas with loops, outlined the hearts and stippled the centers.
What are your plans for Valentine's?

Tuesday, February 3

breakfast potatoes...and Pyrex!

I had a bunch of left-over baked potatoes from an event the other day.
I could make baked potato soup.
I could make hash browns.
I could freeze the cubed potatoes.
Or - I could make these breakfast potatoes.
They are so simple and delish!
And it gives me the chance to use my darling little pink Pyrex dish that my friend, Katie, from Pennsylvania, gave me. 
Isn't that so pretty?
 I love layered foods - I don't know why - I just like the look of it and the challenge of getting ALL the ingredients on my fork in one scoop!
Here's the recipe:
3 cups shredded hash browns
3/4 cups shredded cheese - any kind will do
1 cup diced ham
1/4 cup chopped onions
4 eggs, beaten
1 1/2 cups milk
salt & pepper to taste
Spray a 2-quart dish - OR - your cute Pyrex baking dish with cooking spray.  Arrange potatoes evenly in the bottom.  Sprinkle with cheese, ham & onions.  Combine the eggs, milk, salt & pepper.  Pour egg mixture over potato mixture.  Bake, uncovered, @ 305 degrees for about 45 minutes, or until a knife inserted comes out clean.


Friday, January 30

Elizabeth's favorite fabrics...just for her!

Elizabeth, from Pennsylvania, decided she needed a quilt just for herself.
I like that kind of thinking!
So over time she saved a 5.5" square of each of her favorite fabrics.
She simply pieced them all together.
It ended up queen size!
(that's a bit of sun shining through the window)

She named her quilt "Salt Water Taffy" because the colors remind her of taffy.
She also loves mermaids and balloon girls.
This quilt makes her heart so happy.
I love the low volume-ness she has chosen. 
This backing is perfect - a pretty aqua with random size white circles.
It's a 108" backing and I know you can get it here, Heartbeat Quilting, out of Washington.  They always have their extra wide backs $2.00 off per yard - bonus!
I quilted an all-over pretty pointy swirl - so feminine!
I'm collecting low volume prints - for a quilt just for, me, me!
Have any of you made a quilt lately just for you?

Tuesday, January 20

BEE happy!

Minnie, from Texas, recently sent me this absolutely adorable quilt to quilt.
It was a block-of-the-week sampler. 
(I can't even seem to get a block of the MONTH completed at my house)
She has entered it in a "30's fabric" local quilt show within her community.
She used Lori Holt's book, "Quilty Fun" which you can find here in Lori's Etsy shop.
Minnie did a phenomenal job on this little quilt!
I could hardly wait to get my hands & machine on it!
Minnie said, "Do your magic".
So I quilted every block section different - I love doing that!
Here we go - lots and lots of photos!
This cute red border needed some straight line echoing:
bumble bee...
I could have an entire quilt out of the "X's" and 1/4 squares...
mugs & leaves...
courthouse step blocks...
apples & apple core...
Every sampler needs a home...or two!
Look at those little spools below the houses...
baskets and stars...
Minnie chose a solid red for the binding - perfect!
I think this sweet little quilt is definitely a winner!
Thank you, Minnie, for letting me play on your "Bee Happy" quilt.