Tuesday, July 28, 2015

Incredible Luck!!!!

The most unbelievable thing happened to me last week.

A friend of mine has been looking for a sewing machine for her daughter. Well there is  a surplus store at the University where I work and they had some Elna Club 500's. Every time I asked about buying one they had a reason they weren't selling them yet. Well they had a auction on Thursday. I had to be at a demo all day and couldn't go to the auction so I went in early and asked if I could place a bid on 1 sewing machine. They let me and I went to my demo. When I got back to the office late that afternoon there was a message on my answering machine that I had won the bid and to come by 3:00 to pay and pick up. This was at 4:30 and I thought rats, they won't sell it to me because I didn't get back to them. So I called and they said I could come in the next day after 10:00 and pay and pick up.... Oh and by the way you won all four, (four mind you) machines. All I could think was "are you kidding me". But no got all for the price I was willing to pay for one. My friend took 2 and  2 of my girls are going to take the other 2. Wow what a deal. I am still in shock.

On another note. I have been so distracted with moving (what other excuse do I have besides being lazzzzzzzzzy) that I have fabric that I haven't even added to the store but I did get some put on there the other day.  Talk about late and beyond, Wrens Friends I have had since December.

Saturday, July 25, 2015

Barns of Northeast Washington

Can you picture these with a quilt block painted on them? I can. I included a pic of a church at the end.

Tuesday, May 26, 2015

Bags and Blocks

I finished a few projects, so mom asked me to post them. She is still moving, but I have heard "rumors" that she has almost got her new sewing room set up!! Maybe she will post a few pictures....

Here are the messenger bags I recently finished for my sister to take on the trek this year. I mostly followed the tutorial from Noodlehead for making a bag from cargo pants...but I did make a few changes..
I also finished sewing my block and my brother's block for our family quilt this year. 

 Hope everyone had a wonderful weekend with family and friends.


Saturday, May 9, 2015

Mothers Day

This is a disclaimer......We are still moving stuff.....Life will get back to normal.......

I dont remember it being such an ordeal the last time we moved but my memory isn't what it used to be. I spent the day mowing grass and pulling weeds. My youngest daughter and her two little girls came last night and helped me work on my sewing room and my yard. It was a nice mothers day present. I bought myself 2 rose bushes. An old fashioned pink smelly one and a white one with dark pink edges also a smelly one.

For all the mothers out there.

I often go walking in meadows of clover,
 and gather armfuls of blossoms of blue.
I gather the blossoms the whole meadow over,
Dear Mother, all flowers remind me of you.

O mother, I give you my love with each flower.
To give forth sweet fragrance a whole lifetime through.
For if I love blossoms and meadows and walking,
I learn how to love them dear mother from you.


Tuesday, March 10, 2015

Still Moving

This is the new house in the middle of wheat country in eastern Washington. Built in 1899.  I just love the charm of a country home. We have been fixing and painting. I have been camping out for the last couple of months. Just got the internet but the phone still doesn't work. I was starting to feel like I had dropped off the grid. Still cant use the kitchen sink but at least the bathroom works (thank heaven for small blessings). We have been pulling up old linoleum and tearing off layers of wallpaper. Fixing stair and deck railings. Did I mention painting and more painting? Nothing perks up a place like a fresh coat of paint.

All the furniture is still at the old house and all the little stuff in boxes is here at the new one. All my fabric and my machines are boxed up waiting for their new home to be finished. Do you hear that noise.....I can hear them murmuring because it has been so long since they have had any attention.

The new job is great and the house will be awesome when we get done.

Saturday, January 31, 2015

The winner of the Sock Hop Blog Hop Island Batik giveaway is:
Love the batik fabrics and your block. The book I would choose is #B10452 Japanese Inspirations. I have a large stash of Asian themed fabrics waiting for just the right pattern.
Well Julie it looks like you will have an opportunity to choose a pattern to use your beautiful fabrics with. I love oriental fabrics, they are so pretty and elegant. Enjoy your book. Thank you everyone for entering. I don't have access to a personal computer during the week so I am unable to respond but I do appreciate the comments. Here is a little review of the book.

The tranquil beauty of Japan is captured in 18 quilted accessories that combine the traditional fabrics and motifs of the East with the ease and versatility of techniques from the West. This extraordinary collection of home-decor accents and gifts will add a touch of Japanese elegance to any room. Includes:
• Eighteen beautiful projects, such as small wall hangings, pillows, full-size quilts, and room screens that feature popular Japanese-style fabrics
• Step-by-step chapters arranged by season, offering a unique set of designs and colors for every time of year • A sizeable pattern library with over 50 traditional Japanese motifs to trace, reduce, or enlarge

Friday, January 23, 2015

Another Star in the Summertime

I saw this star on pinterest and thought I would like to make it so I followed the link to Solistice Stars Series. (You can find a good tutorial there also.) This is what she had to say about the block. "This star is from Barbara Brackman’s book The Encyclopedia Of Pieced Quilt Patterns,page 347 and is attributed to Beth Gutcheon’s Perfect Patchwork Primer." I also found it in Jenny Beyers book "The Quilter's Album of Patchwork Patterns: 4050 Pieced Blocks for Quilters.
I used Island Batiks line In the Summertime aren't they just the prettiest fabric. I think I am becoming addicted to Batiks. To tell you the truth when they first started to become popular I wasn't sure whether I really liked them but now they are the second to the top of my favorites list, the first being oriental fabrics. Below you will find the cutting instructions and if you would like a tutorial click on the link above for Solistic Stars. It actually is a very easy block to do and turns out quite nice.
Pattern Piece
Cut 1
4-1/8” x 4-1/8”
Cut 3
5-1/8″ x 1-1/2”
Short Strip A
Cut 1
4-1/8” x 1-1/2”
Short Strip B
Cut 1
1-1/2” x 1-1/2”
Same color as Short Strip A
Block Corners
Cut 4
4-1/2” x 4-1/2”
Star Points
Cut 4
3-5/8” x 3-5/8”
HST Background
Cut 2
3-5/8” x 3-5/8”

Here is the finished top
I am next to the last day of the Blog Hop but if you have missed any of the blocks, here is the list.
1/12 – Island Batik –
1/13 – Susan Vassallo Quilting Arts – Topsy Turvey Log Cabin
1/14 – Freemotion by the River – 54-40 in Running Water
1/15 – Beaquilter – Hunter Star in Crimson Tide
1/16 – One Quilting Circle – Flying Geese
1/17 – Mary Mack’s Blog – Sisters Choice in Down in the Boondocks
1/18 – Happy Cottage Quilter – Nine Patch in Johnny B Goode
1/19 – Kauffman Designs – Drunkard’s Path in Downtown
1/20 – Tamarinis – Pinwheel in Saturday Night Fever
1/21 – Bejeweled Quilts – Maple Leaf in La Bamba
1/22 – Six Gables Designs – Friendship Star in Full Bloom
1/23 – Purrfect Spots – Duck and Ducklings in No Particular Place to Go
1/24 – Inchworm Fabrics – Another Star in In the Summer Time
1/25 – Sew Fresh Quilts – Stepping Stones in Cry Me a River

Island Batik has a give away, so don't forget to enter here.
I will be giving away a book of your choice from my store Inchworm Fabrics. So go there and tell me which one you would like to win and for a second entry become a follower or tell me you already are one. I will pick a winner next Saturday. Thank you so much for joining us in the fun of this blog hop.