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More Amelia

These days my “work brain” is all about Houston’s Fall Market the end of October.  Deciding what to showcase at market is always a hard decision.  After the decision is made, things always seem to go a bit smoother.  

Fall market is the time of year that shops are purchasing the items that they will supply their shops with in the new year. These items are things to take your mind off of the cold, dreary, wintry days.  One of the things that can usually do this is sewing for spring.

Today, after our guild meeting, I was thinking more “Amelia”!

I know I already showed you a sneak peek of my newest creation last week that was also made with “Amelia”, but I decided that I wanted to make some of my “Charm Pack Garland” to hang in my booth too. 

It’s one of my “Tiny Treasures” patterns, a fast & fun pattern that makes a cute garland for a Christmas tree, but it also can be made to hang anywhere, anytime.

Last week I noticed Sweet Annie’s, a local shop, had their Amelia pre-cuts already. I decided I’d better get them while I still could.  Next month the yardage will be available. I hope to have my samples made by then!  This is going to be too cute…

Until next time,


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Now this is what I’m talking about…

Don’t you just love it when things work out as planned?  I’m working on a new quilt-as-you-go lap quilt design (remember my tutorial here?) for a new pattern and I have just two more strips to sew on and guess what?  I have just enough batting & backing to sew them onto!!!

Can’t ask for more than that, can I?

This is the new “Amelia” collection (plus a yellow dot that I just had to add) by Me & My Sister for Moda.  And no I don’t mean Susan Marth & her sister, Lori.  Although my sister was taught to sew by our mom too, she prefers to look at what I sew!  She is however, my accountant and biggest cheerleader. According to Moda’s website, Amelia should be at your local quilt shop next month. 

Measure, measure, measure.  Those are the three most important things to remember for my quilt-as-you-go technique!  If you haven’t already tried one, maybe it’s time?

Now, back to work.  I need to sew the final two strips on, add the binding and stand back to view my latest creation.  That’s my favorite part!

Until next time,



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Patriot Challenge Entries & Winners

It was fun to see the entries of our patriotic challenge, nine in all.

We had a swap (well, most of us…I physically set up the swap and swapped the pieces for everyone but myself!) We then used those 24, 5″ cream squares, 24, 5″ blue squares, and 20, 2-1/2″ x 21″ red strips to make a quilt adding whatever we wanted to.  The only stipulation for joining the challenge was that the quilt had to be completely finished.

 I’m always amazed at the vast difference in designs, sizes, and the talent!

 Everything from bed size, lap sizes, wall, table runner and miniature!

We voted for our favorite and every entry got at least three votes. Lady Liberty by our president, Chris Prager, won first place.  The small star quilt which was actually double-sided with the other side being a Tiny Twister quilt by Susanne Randall won second place.  Third place was won by Denise Saksa, with the table runner.

They each won a gift certificate to a local quilt shop.

I hope you enjoyed the challenge too!

Until next time,


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A Cute Itty Bitty Primitive Pinwheel Quilt

The beginning of June you might remember me chatting about Celine Perkins of Perkins Dry Goods coming to teach at our guild’s Quilt Away 2011.

While Celine was here we took in a few quilt shops and the Hearts & Hands Quilt Guild’s quilt show.  That was a very nice show with lots of vendors! While there we both fell in love with Betty Cummings’  (Village Mercantile in Booneville, IN) Itty Bitty Primitive Pinwheel quilt.  She was selling kits so we each bought one to sew the next day. I was lucky enough that Celine stayed a couple extra days and we got to have our own mini retreat. We see each other during International Quilt Market each year, but we’re always so busy we’ve never had a chance just to sew and visit for fun.

I finally got mine quilted this week and finished the binding too.

Isn’t it cute?  The pattern and template are by Primitive Gatherings.  I added some of my own civil war prints to the kit. It’s fun to do someone else’s patterns once in a while too!

Celine, is yours done yet???

Until next time,



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Well, I worked on this most of the day after we got home from church. 

Like it??? 

 It coordinates pretty well with our deck, huh?

I didn’t know how to quilt it until Chloe and I got it basted, we used Sullivan’s spray baste, then it just came to me. Once I’d decided, it didn’t take long to quilt.  The binding went quickly too.  It’s nice to be able to make decisions and have them come out looking the way they look in my head!

I hope I have lots of competition tomorrow at our guild’s challenge.  It’s fun to get our members excited about making quilts.  It’s funny how a friendly competition motivates us…

I’ll let you know!

Until next time,


My Life, New ideas

No, I’m not in Hawaii…

This is my hummingbird feeder!  Each year for mother’s day David buys me a new hibiscus to put just outside our glass kitchen door.  It gets full sun and is therefore the perfect spot to grow a hibiscus.

The first year we had one it was instantly spotted by area hummingbirds and every year since, we’ve put another one out and it draws them back.  If we water it each day it will produce blooms all summer even in the 100+ degree temps.

This morning I was excited to jump into working on my guild patriotic quilt challenge.  It’s not due until Monday evening, so I have loads of time! I have the house to myself (a rarity during the summer) and thought I’d start here and then move on to my scheduled quilt in progress. 

Our challenge is to use 24, 5″ cream squares, 24, 5″ blue squares and 20, 2-1/2″ x 21″ red strips. I organized a swap with our guild, but didn’t actually participate myself.  I didn’t need one more thing on my plate the day before leaving for spring market. Now I’m gathering fabrics to use and I’ve spent a lot of time on my computer drafting ideas…

When I started this morning I had the flower blocks appliqued and started the sewing & unsewing and sewing & unsewing  assembly process!


It looks great in my head!  If I could just get it to work out in fabric…

Anyone ever read the book about the Wright Brothers?  I read and reread that book (at least the first three chapters) to my mom while I was in grade school.  Our school library had it and for some reason I was intrigued by it and I remember reading it to my mom out loud.  Anyway, Orville and Wilbur’s mom was a dress-maker.  She made her own patterns.  I see now where the brothers got their inventive minds.  Her motto was “if you get it right on paper, it’ll be right when you make it.” That has stuck with me to this day, weird huh?  I wish I could find that book!  I’d like to read the WHOLE thing now that I’m a bit bigger and have a little bit bigger attention span as well. I’ve got it on paper, but it’s a bit more involved than that when working with triangles…

But I digress, I had to walk away from it this morning. It was getting the better of me. So, to choose another project I just had to look through my kitchen door’s window and there it stood:

My poor hibiscus in its damaged pot.  Fortunately it’s the only storm damage that we’ve had from all of these incessant spring-turned-summer storms.  One afternoon we went from cloudy with a chance of rain to 70 mph. winds instantly and it took my hibiscus, all 50 lbs. of it and threw it across our deck!  Well, the poor pot couldn’t handle it. David bought it a new one a few weeks ago.


This beauty is HUGE and weighs a TON empty!  I know it’s going to have to be emptied each fall so it won’t break during the winter.  It’s going to take three men and a boy to do that not just me.   David said he’d had his eye on the pot at Home Depot for a couple of years and couldn’t justify spending an arm & a leg the money. When I asked him to find a new pot he decided this was his opportunity. He loves this pot!

Well, in my quilting anguish this morning I decided I needed some physical activity to clear my head.  I repotted my sad hibiscus tree and how it’s beautiful once again, probably prettier than it’s ever been although it had at least a dozen blooms on it July 4th even in its broken pot!

Now I see I need to get the Goo Gone out and remove that unsightly sticker AND THEN get back to my patriotic quilt challenge!!!

Got any quilting challenges right now?  Perhaps you belong to Heartland Quilt Guild too and you’re in the same boat as me? I’m not saying this is going to help my quilting when I get back to it, but at least something else has occupied my thoughts for the past hour!

Until next time,


My Life

Happy 4th of July!

I hope your day is spent with family & friends such as mine will be. 


Weather permitting, ours will include a parade, followed by a potluck lunch in the company of my husband’s family.

We will then spend the evening with my family at my niece’s birthday party.

How fortunate we are to have the freedom to do as we please.

God Bless America!

Until next time,