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Friday, July 31, 2015

Red, White, and True?

It's turning out that my Red, White, and True quilt isn't all that true, because I took some liberties with the layout.  After the rows were sewn together I flipped one row end for end and moved it to the right to see what it would look like.  I liked the look, so decided to sew it!  (Hopefully not following the pattern exactly won't count against me.)

Wednesday, July 29, 2015

Christmas In July?

Is it Christmas in July?  Not really.  The Mountain Laurel Quilt Guild decided that our next raffle quilt will be a Christmas Stars quilt and I volunteered to piece a few blocks for the project.  I'm hoping that I'll win the quilt once it's finished because I don't have a Christmas quilt.  If I don't win, I may have to make myself one!  The free pattern and tutorial can be found at quiltingonmainstreet.blogspot.com.

Monday, July 27, 2015

Lucky Winner!

As you know, I've been quilting along with Jean this month in the Red, White, and True Quilt Along.  Jean had a giveaway (sponsored by Fabric Spark) associated with the quilt along and I was the lucky winner!  Just look at the beautiful fat quarter bundle that arrived in my mailbox from Fabric Spark...aren't they amazing fabrics?  I'm going to have to do some thinking about how to use these large prints.  I don't think I want to cut them!

If you're a Facebook user, be sure to like Fabric Spark...they are hosting the Summer of Fabric Love with giveaways and other surprises all summer long.  Right now they have a great charm pack of "Net" by Riley Blake up for grabs!

Wednesday, July 22, 2015

Guess Who I Have Been Quilting With???

Guess who I have been quilting with this week?  Yes, the one and only, Pat Sloan!  She visited the Mountain Laurel Quilt Guild for a trunk show and workshop Monday and Tuesday.  The workshop was "Kiss Me Goodnight" (The quilt shown behind Pat in the photo.) and focused on how to sew and use "made fabric".  I loved learning the no rules/no rulers approach to piecing and it's a great way to use up those scraps too!  If you ever get a chance to take a workshop with Pat, I highly recommend that you don't miss it!  She is a fun and fabulous teacher!

Wednesday, July 15, 2015


I was stitching with some friends the other day.  Yes, I felt the poke, but didn't bother to look.  I should have, because it drew blood.  Yes, I bled on the white quilt. $#!@  I've always heard it told to spit on a blood stain.  I couldn't bring myself to try that.  My first thought was to use cold water, but one friend said it might just cause the spot to run.  Good point.  Another friend then said to use peroxide.  I've used peroxide on stains before, but it can bleach out colors, so you have to use it carefully.  Considering the fabric is white, I gave it a try.  Just a little dab took the stain out like magic.  I rinsed the spot well with cold water.  Now that the spot is dry, it's impossible to tell where the blood was.

Monday, July 13, 2015

Blankets, Blankets, Blankets!

A friend of mine mentioned that she was working on making fleece blankets for our local Head Start classes.  That's quite a project for one person considering there are two classes of 17 kids each!  I quickly volunteered to help.  We are well on our way to meeting our goal of 34 blankets before school starts next month.  (Did I really just say that?  Can it be true that school starts next month already?  Where has the summer gone?)

Friday, July 10, 2015

All Caught Up!

Thankfully the Red, White, and True Quilt Along has quick steps each week!  It made it very easy for me to catch up with the rest of the group!  Even if you haven't started yet, you could still join in and not be very far behind!

Wednesday, July 8, 2015

Grandpa's Shirts

My oldest son was very specific about what he wanted made from my dad's shirts..."a small wall hanging with grandpa's picture in the center, surrounded with the shirt fabrics".  I stress over those kinds of requests because what I see in my mind is not usually what the other person is envisioning.  I think I pulled it off this time though...he said it was exactly what he wanted!

Monday, July 6, 2015

When Lightning Strikes

When triangles are fitted together in columns, they form lightning bolts!  This is going to be one electrifying quilt!

Friday, July 3, 2015

What's One More Quilt Along?

Is there such a thing as too many projects?  I don't think so!  When I found out that my friend, Jean, from Jean's Quilting Page was having a Red, White and True Quilt Along, I just had to join in.  Not only is it the perfect quilt to work on in July, but it will make a fabulous quilt to donate to Lap Robes for Veterans once it is finished!  Sounds like a win for everyone!

Wednesday, July 1, 2015


This year's summer camp quilt involves triangles.  Lots and lots of triangles cut from happy fabrics.  Did I mention lots and lots of triangles?

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