Hello everyone!

Hello everyone!  It’s been a long few months.  I had closed my blog rather abruptly this past spring as my health issues had become overwhelming.  I will share, just this once, that I’ve been battling Stage 4 Colon Cancer for the past three years.  I’ve done chemotherapy, two extensive surgeries, and internal and external radiation during that time.  The radiation process I was going through during Christmas this past year, and then into January, became too much for me to handle.  I thought I had been handling it all very well!  It was just a head-game I was doing to myself!  I had been in remission once, then the cancer came back.  I’m in remission again, and although I am well aware of the chances of recurrence, I’m ready to get back to life again!  I was considered “too young” to have colon cancer.  Wrong.  PLEASE take the time to have a colonoscopy done!

Anyhow – let’s move on to quilting things now!  I’ll be posting regularly again with interesting quilting information.  Also, you can now purchase my quilting patterns and booklets through this blog!  Click on the links above and pay through PayPal.  You don’t even have to have a PayPal account!

The past two months I’ve offered my Facebook friends a free Mystery Block of the Month called “Traditionally Modern”!  They are into block four right now.  Two blocks per month.  You can catch up now as I’m bringing the Mystery quilt to my blog!  Blocks one through four, and new blocks five and six will be available on the link above by September 1st.   Have fun!
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Perfectly Petite!

Does this quilt look familiar to some of you?  It was one of last year’s Block of the Month programs on this blog!  “Perfectly Petite”!  This is the finished quilt, and is now available in booklet form and also downloadable from Etsy and Craftsy.  ($14.99 booklet/$12.99 download.)  Links to each are at the right of this post.

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I did my quilt in small prints in the 1930’s repro fabrics.  I had so much fun visiting quilt shops all over Michigan and finding fabrics to add to my blocks!  Each of the eleven ‘blocks’ are individual miniature quilts.

Do you make miniatures?   You can post your comment by clicking on the “comment” word at the top of this post near the date.

 

Just a tease!

I can’t resist!  I love to tease!  My friends will agree with me about this!  This time I’m going to tease you with a sneek peek at a block for my newest quilt design that is being called “Snail On The Move”.  This is just one block!

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I love the fabric I’m using!  It’s called “Chrysanthemum” by Maywood. I’ve always loved their fabric lines.  What you see here is only a few of the fabrics in the entire line.  So pretty!

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Hope you’re intrigued!  The quilt pattern should be out very soon!  Let me know what you think.

The comment link is at the top of this post near the title.  Thanks!  Barb

Sew Sweet Simplicity Finale!

Hasn’t being a part of Jacquelynne Steve’s “Sew Sweet Simplicity” quilt program been fun?!  I just love my finished quilt top!  I can’t wait to see how yours came out!  Many of my friends in the quilt groups I belong to have been doing this quilt also.  I’ve had the most fun seeing the fabric combinations that the quilts are made in.  Breathtaking!

Jacquelynne is, again, offering a great giveaway this month!  It is an e-book with fun, little projects.  It is one of Jacquelynne’s favorites!  Leave a comment for me below telling me how you finally chose to do the applique designs in this quilt.

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Send Jacquelynne photos of your quilt! She is going to have a contest for finished projects! Official rules go out on Tuesday on her blog. She will choose two winners – Second place will get a fabric bundle, and first place will receive a kit for the next BOM – retail value over $100!! Deadline for this contest is March 31st which gives you a month to finish your quilt. I’m so excited for her next BOM! Here’s my quilt top!

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This is what I did with one of the block patterns we all received. I started by making two blocks of the same design.

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I cut a large sweatshirt down the middle, and took the cuffs and bottom band off.  I folded the cuffs up, and simply machine stitched a blanket stitch all the way around them.

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I folded each quilt block on the diagonal and placed them into the lower center corners of the opened sweatshirt.  I pinned them in place.  I then used one of the fabrics from the quilt top  and cut a 3′ wide strip by the measurement of the sweatshirt’s bottom edge.  I stitched that strip in place, encasing the bottom edge of the sweatshirt, and leaving the ends raw.  (This whole thing was rediculously simple!)  At that point I took one side of a chunky, fun zipper and stitched it – right sides together – along one long edge of the front of the sweatshirt.  Right on top of the pocket!  I then flipped the zipper outward and top-stitched down the front of the sweatshirt to keep the zipper in place.  I did the same thing to the other side of the zipper.

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I found a couple of large purple buttons, and – tada! – stitched those on to keep the pockets from billowing outward, and the fun jacket was done!  I gave the jacket to my mom who lives in a nursing home.  She loves it!  I hope you try making one too!

Leave your comment by pushing the word “comment” at the top of this post near the title.  Thanks!

 

Whimsy Month By Month Club!

Join me in a Club for my new pattern series called “Whimsy Month By Month”!

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This Club is a monthly program that is a kit that includes a pattern, instructions, and fabric to make a cute wall hanging.  The first kit will be shipped on March 10th for April’s “Love Those Rainy Days” wall   hanging.

Click on the tab at the top of this page called “Whimsy Month By Month” for more information!  And let’s have some fun!

 

 

 

Saturday Quilting!

We all had so much fun yesterday at our monthly Saturday Quilting group.  We started at 10a, and didn’t head out until 6pm!  These gals are all sisters in our hearts.

This is Kathy’s gorgeous “in progress” quilt top.  Believe it or not, but Kathy only does ONE quilt at a time.  And she doesn’t EVER have any fabric stash!  We are always threatening to fix that problem!

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And Kathy working away on a lovely pastel quilt.  This was her next project since she is looking for more of the background fabric for the quilt in the above photo.

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Good friends, Maryevelyn, Martha, and Louise mulling over measurements of a quilt block.

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Martha laid these blocks out on the carpet and spent a long time rearranging them.  I don’t think this is the final layout, but I think the colors and overall design is gorgeous!image

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

And Earla’s Thimbleberries Star quilt.  She’ll be hand quilting it!  She giving this one away.  But then, she usually gives all of her quilts away!  Such love!

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Treadle Machine

Years ago my husband and I were driving along a downtown street and I spotted this treadle sewing machine base sitting alongside the road with a pile of trash nearby waiting for the trash truck.  I clambered out of our truck and asked the owner of the house if they minded that I took the treadle home with me.  No problem, she answered.

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Once home I was surprised to see that the machine was still inside the base (not the one shown sitting on top for display), and that there was a drawer full of sewing related items waiting to be discovered!  A friend took the sewing notions and put them in this shadow box for me.  The machine itself needs some work, but I’m so happy that I was able to rescue this treasure from the dump yard!  (The machine on top is a Bel-Air I found at a flea market!)

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Have A Latte!

“Have A Latte!” by Clothworks.  These are the fun fabrics that will be used in a new Blog Hop starting April 13 through the 23rd!  What fun prints!  Love coffee like I do?  You’ll certainly enjoy this Blog Hop!

This is being hosted by “! Sew We Quilt”, with the best cheerleader of all – Joan from “Moose Stash Quilting”.    When the date gets closer – I’ll be posting the link on where you’ll need to start your hop.  Each Blog Shop will be making something using this line of fabric.  You will follow links to the designated shop(s) to see what they’ve come up with!  Mine’s a secret, of course!  I’ll have a supply list, tutorial, and free pattern to make my project when my blog date comes up.  Mark your calendar!

More Small Blocks!

I keep doing this to myself!  Another quilt with small blocks!  Isn’t this cute?

This quilt is called “Farm Girl Vintage” by Lori Holt with It’s Sew Emma.  Farm Girl Vintage includes complete instructions for 45 sampler blocks in two sizes (6in and 12in), three farm blocks and a bumper crop of projects! The fourteen projects include ten quilts, two table runners, a table topper and a potholder. There are over 130 pages of full color instructions, beautiful photos.  This book will retail for $29.95 come the end of April.  Visit your local quilt shop for pre-ordering!

I haven’t even finished my “Dear Jane” blocks and I’m eye-balling this one!  I’ve been doing my “Dear Jane” all by hand.  I figured if Jane could do it, so could I.  Who am I kidding?!  My little blocks have been set aside while I’ve been ill these past couple of years, but now I think I ready to delve into them again.  I love sitting in the evening and doing hand work.  I’m on my last hand applique block of a set of twelve, and I’m half way through hand quilting a project.  So what’s one more project, eh?

Anyone else doing “Dear Jane”?  How are you creating your blocks?  How many do you have done?