Super Bowl Quilting

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We are not a sports household. Football, basketball, baseball or hockey are never on our TV. However, it seems we’ve caught a bit of the Panthers Fever! Being in the Charlotte region, it is very contagious. We will have the game on today. Oh, there will be channel changing, but I’m sure we’ll stick to it for the fourth quarter. I even made Super Bowl Sunday worthy food!

Leading up to game time, I’ve decided to work in the studio a bit. I got my Studio Pro Big Shot cutting machine out and cut a collection of strips.

I don’t use this machine often, but I do love how perfect each strip is cut. I now have enough done for a quilt I have in mind, but will put them away and take them to the April Quilt & Sew-In Retreat. (I like to have easier projects to work on when I am leading a retreat).

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While watching the game, I will continue to do the hand applique on my Kim Diehl quilt. I have one panel done – 3 to go. It is slow going, but I can see how this process can be addicting.

Hopefully in the next couple of weeks I’ll have a finish – one quilt is ready to go to a long arm quilter and I have been working diligently on quilting one on my machine (a process I do not really enjoy – would rather piece). I would like to shorten this list but it seems I keep adding to it!

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Snow and Sew!

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Friday it began snowing here and then turned to sleet. Snow in the South is a big deal. We don’t go anywhere, we worry about losing power due to ice, and the grocery stores get wiped out. Hubby and I enjoyed homemade soups and the warmth of the wood burning stove. It was all good news for me and my fellow quilters – we sat our sewing machines and watched the white stuff from our warm studios!

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I’m working a on Kim Diehl quilt the past few days. It is both pieced and appliqued. The center portion is on my design wall. All the applique pieces are prepped and one panel is being appliqued. The applique on this project is being done by hand – something I’ve wanted to do for a very long time. It’s slow going, but am happy with the results.

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This is the pile of half square triangles I am piecing to make 88 hourglass blocks for the border. I enjoy the cutting, love the sewing, but am not looking forward to pressing all those seams open! Yes, it takes longer to press them open, but I like the results oh so much more – no ridges. This afternoon I’ll look for a good movie on Amazon Prime and work on the applique. I think most households in this region will be watching the Panthers play in the playoffs. We do not watch sports, but admittedly we are routing for the Panthers and will probably switch on the game from time to time. Go team!

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A Good Start

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This new year has gotten off to a good start in the sewing studio, but first one last project from last year. Someone special to us loves otters. Funny how some creatures can endear themselves to some of us. Thanks to I found otter fabric – who knew?! I made a large bag with a large front pocket, one that would be great to take to the beach. I also fussy cut one of the otters, used a heavy stabilizer and coated it with Stiffy. I like adding some kind of dimension to adorn a bag like this – often it is yo-yo’s and buttons.

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As for sewing in the new year, I’ve been working on one of my projects each day. There are no finishes for 2016 yet, and probably won’t be for a while. No quickies in the works. I am challenging myself with some hand applique and some curve piecing.  I think it’s going to be a good year!!

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I ended the year with a few more finishes I couldn’t show earlier because they were gifts. For my son and daughter, I made them each a table runner for their home. The brown was for my son and the green for my daughter is not pictured – it was camera shy! On the back of each instead of the usual backing, I pieced it and appliqued leaves. Now they each have two table runners for the price of one. I also made six matching placemats in the brown. Here’s the problem with placemats – now you have 6 bindings, 24 corners and 6 finishes. Seemed to take forever.

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My sister is a snowbird coming from New York State to Florida each year after Christmas, stopping at our place as it is about half way and an “A-1” accommodation. And, the price is right! I was inspired to make her a quilt for her Florida home – a lap quilt for the now and then cool days. I bought some of the fabric while in Hilton Head, drew a row-by-row out at home and hubby put it on EQ for me. She is not on the shore, so dolphins, beach, whales and so on would not have been appropriate. She is on a lake, so fish and sunshine won!  There were some adjustments along the way but I really like the way it came out.

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I won’t post all my 2015 finishes as a final post of the year, as it would be over 30. Yikes! Of course, I have no idea what 2016 holds. Most of the projects awaiting my attention are fairly detailed, so I don’t foresee any quick finishes, but I do plan to enjoy all the processes. After all, I’m happy as long as I’m sewing!  Happy New Year to you and happy creating!!

The Last of Christmas Sewing

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Everything was done. House decorated. Gifts bought and wrapped. Then I had an idea – wouldn’t Christmas pillow cases be pretty?! I searched online for a tutorial for a pillowcase pattern using French seams. After looking over 6 of them, I settled on a tutorial on The Twiddletales Blog. The instructions and pictures were the best for me to follow. I did, however, change the fabric dimensions. I cut as follows:

  • Main Fabric – 27″ x width of fabric
  • Thin Accent – 2.5″ x width of fabric
  • Large side Band – 12″ x width of fabric

I will not give a tutorial here, as Twiddletales did such a good job and I want the credit to go there. Now, the claim is that these only take 15 minutes each to make. Not in my world! A pair, cutting to final pressing, took me about an hour. Probably because I do a LOT of pinning. Still not bad for something custom and festive for a guest room or a gift.

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Now, except for some creations to be put together in the kitchen that can’t be done too far ahead of time, I am really, really, ready for Christmas!

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Glitter & Glue & Paint Oh MY!

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Glitter, glue, tulle, paints – such fun! No sewing for a day – just playing with crafty fun things. I made gift tags using paint, gold leaf, twigs and a bit of glitter. These were inspired by a tag I received last year that came from Anthropologie.  The tag is water color paper I cut, painted strokes of Lumiere paint to mimic a tree, gold leafed the twigs and glued one to each tag as the base of the tree, added a little glitter for a star on top of the tree, punched a hole in the top and added a ribbon for a tie. I love them!


I’ve mentioned before that I love to set a pretty table. I wanted some sort of table favor for each person at our Christmas morning breakfast, so I made angels! I used Ferrer Roche candy, two kinds of tulle – one on a roll that had glitter and the other gold cut in rounds. I gold leafed a popsicle stick (love that gold leaf this year!), glued a candy to the top, put the tulle over the “head” and secured with some thin copper wire and put a ribbon and bow over that. I had a very thick gold thread that I made into halos. I found some pretty gold scrapbook card stock and cut angel wings. As much as I love these candies, I don’t think I have the heart to tear into her. Can’t wait to put these on the Christmas morning breakfast table.

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I then spent part of one day wrapping gifts and the next decorating them. I love when it goes from this:

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To this:

Now it’s “beginning to look a lot like Christmas!”

The Work Continues!

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It’s the time of year that I cannot post many pics because some are gifts. Things are progressing well except there was one glitch! When I was on Hilton Head Island I went to a quilt shop and purchased some really cute fish fabric.  Should have gotten more. Progress on a quilt came to a halt while I waited until more arrived. Not many online shops had this one, so lesson learned:  Purchase a little extra especially when the quilt shop you are purchasing it from is far away!

The house is all decorated so I will share our carved Santa’s that my son did when he was 15 years old – 17 years ago! Yes, he is a talented little bugger and we continue to enjoy his creations.

I have been joyfully sewing away and my progress report is updated:

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