Sunday, February 2, 2014

retreat

HI,
well I haven't blogged since before Christmas , so will try to post some updates, but for now I will tell you about the retreat I hosted this weekend at my house.   I have 6 quilters  arrive on Friday evening about 4 pm for the weekend.  They bring their projects and supplies and snacks of course.  they set up their machines in my basement and begin to work on their projects  if they get stuck and need help I am here to help them.  We have great company full of laughs and good food.  They sew as late as they want to and get up when they wake up.   comfy clothes. Hubby leaves home and stays with his Mother so no worry about staying in PJ's.    I do the cooking and the cleanup too.    Here is a picture of the group hard at work.     You might want to think about gathering your friends and come sew at my retreat center.   It is for small groups up to 8 people.  


Sunday, September 22, 2013

gifts for Christmas

HI,
thanks to the Salt Creek Patchmakers guild in Clinton, Ill. I have learned to new towel project. I went to their guild last Monday night and gave a presentation on "tips and trick"  which I enjoyed their meeting afterwards. Love show and tell.   they had been having a sew day before the meeting and making items for their fundraiser.  They had made some of these towels that look like dresses to hang over an oven door bar or a towel bar.  So they let me trace off the pattern for the top.  Today I decided to try one or two..  Each towel makes two since you cut them in half...    You can decorate them how ever you want to after sewing the top onto the towel..
here are the two that I have made so far.  Just used some pieces of fabric that I had waiting to be put into something. 
I will be making more of these for gifts and will make some for our quilt show in March for our boutique booth.   May write up some directions for these also. 

Friday, August 30, 2013

Placemats

Hi,
Monday night we had a program at our guild to make a fast and easy placemat.  Thanks Wanda for showing us this.  Made one that night and Weds has sew day at my house with few friends and made a second one, quilted and bound them.  You can get 2 out of one fat quarter of 3 fabrics and 4 5" squares this includes the back....     here is one of them.  ready for a Christmas gift.

 also on sew day Weds. I found this group of pieces folded up and thought they were ready to make the 60 degree table runner so thought might as well put it together. when unfolded the pieces found out that they were just pieces   either someone's left over pieces or they had been cut wrong  so decided to try to put them together.  Brenda and I decided to recut them and make a square placemat out of the pieces.  this is what they turned out to be...     I bound both projects  using the easy miter binding tool from Sew Biz  it is awesome  your use the backing by bringing to the front. makes great sewn mitered corners.

Happy quilting,
Sharon

Tuesday, August 20, 2013

bedroom makeover

Hi,
Well it has been a long time coming, but the our bedroom finally has a new quilt and valance.  The pattern was from a class I took many years ago when Pat Speth came to the Decatur Quilters Guild for a class. It is called Mount Hood.  It is made from 5 inch squares which Pat calls nickels...   
Also hubby hung up a quilt rack above our bed and I hung up a quilt made at Kaye England's quilting college several years ago...    I sure feel like I got something done for a change for me.....
hope you enjoy pictures of the finished project...

now what do I finish next??

Happy quilting
Sharon

Monday, August 19, 2013

split nine patch block

Hi,   I guild is doing Bonnie Hunter's spit nine patch block as a swap in our night group. I have signed up for this one.  Will make the blocks for the swap and hope to make many more doing it Bonnie's leader and ender way.   Just love her patterns.  I am taking my 1/2 square triangle bags and using what I can from them and even cutting some down to 2 1/2 inch to use  then using the squares from my squares bucket too.  this should empty this bucket I hope...   Here is a picture of two blocks I made this morning.  Now back to work. Oops looking at this picture I have one square sewn wrong so off to use the seam ripper.

 
Happy quilting,
Sharon

Monday, August 5, 2013


I have finished and gifted two lap quilts to my beautiful niece and her new husband this past weekend.  Waiting to post pictures of them until the wedding was over so they wouldn't see them before hand.   Hope they will have snuggling under them this winter.  I think you can tell who get which one? if not  the pink and grey goes to my niece Toni  and red/blue/grey goes to nephew Dan.
this are their favorite colors. 

Another sample for a fall class at Stewart's Sewing in Mt Zion finished.  this one is fun,easy and quick.    come join me in this class. Great gift for a quilting friend.  This class is called Spoolin' Around.