Thursday, March 29, 2012

Finally get to see teal blue water for real....

 I made these little Murphy Bags for my travel mates. I'm leaving tomorrow for Cancun with three girlfriends. The photo is from Google Earth, it's so cool that you can zoom in on the  hotel you'll be staying in. 

 I know it's amazingly cool. I've always been the one telling others to have a great time, now it's my turn. I'm very lucky to have a family that encouraged me to go and will be great when I'm away. 

Here's a new Murphy Bag in my etsy shop. is in vacation mode while I'm away but it will be open again next week. 

 The Quilt show was a great success. I won a couple of ribbons. second in the small wall category, First Impression and third for my Christmas Row Robin.

You still have a chance to buy raffle tickets for the Historic Landmarks of Massachusetts Raffle Quilts. Click on the link to right or email me. We are drawing the TWO winning tickets on April 19th, 2012 at our Guild meeting. 

Tuesday, March 20, 2012

Winging It - finished

I finished Paige's quilt, Winging It, in time for my local guild's quilt show! There are 62 fabrics and 13 different colored Aurifil threads in it. She loves it. 

Because I quilt on a Bernina 440 on a Bernina frame I have to choose an all over pattern (I don't have a long arm). I used Aurifil thread for the whole quilt. I am psyched because I had to add several new spools to my collection so I had just the right color for the butterflies wings. 

I randomly quilted each wing and added Swarovski crystals. She'll have to fold it back if she wants to sit on her bed :) They are permanent but they aren't really soft....

I wasn't sure what to do for the binding but in the end I like the simplicity of it. It help keeps your eye in the quilt. 

I hope you'll come to the quilt show, it promises to be a great cultural event for $6 admission - kids under 18 are free.

Thursday, March 15, 2012

Fiberactions Monochromatic Challenge

Our Fiberactions Challenge this month was to create a monochromatic quilt. I knew instantly I wanted to tackle a photograph. The hardest part of the quilt was what photo to choose. 

Monochromatic Memories 20" x 17" Machine Pieced, appliqued and quilted

I chose this one of me and my two oldest daughters. I chose it for the shading on the faces. Honestly that was it! The other two kids have mentioned they should be in the picture.....I reminded them that I made small journal quilts of all four kids a few years ago. 

I changed the original photo to sepia and intensified the brightness in Picasa  I printed it out on an 8 1/2 x 11 sheet of paper. That is how small it is! The finished quilt is 20w x 17h. The border fabric was the perfect color brown and the wood frame made it look even more like tromp l'oeil. 

I used an Elmers white ink pen (from Michael's) for the spots on the eyes and my earrings. There are some really tiny pieces. I used Mistyfuse so layering was not an issue. I try not to stack pieces but to make it more like a puzzle with a scant overlap. 

I used a piece of flesh-colored tulle to secure all the pieces I had fused down. That made quilting it a joy. 
I had to buy most of the thread and fabrics for this quilt. If you read my blog, you know I like color and rarely use neutrals. 

It was a challenge and I see things that I will do better next time. I loved doing it and I'll definitely be doing more photo replication of people. 
Check out all of the other Fiberactions Challenge monochromatic quilts over on the Fiberactions Blog.

Friday, March 09, 2012

Christmas Row Robin is done!!!

We started making our Christmas Row Robins 2 years ago...I'm so glad mine is done!

I put a ton of crystals on it, I had to. I order my hotfix Swarovski crystals from, great price and service. I put them on with a regular iron. I rarely use the little tool. 

Check out the vintage button I used on the bell - black and white hounds tooth. I used similar buttons in pink and green on the trees. I glued them on with fabri-tac glue

The binding was a pain in the neck but I'm glad I made the effort. 

All of the Christmas Row Robins will be on display at the Thimble Pleasures Quilt Guild's Quilt Show (my local guild)
March 24-25, 2012 - Saturday and Sunday 10 – 4
At: Blackstone Valley Regional 
Voc-Tech High School
65 Pleasant St. (off Rte 140), Upton, MA
Works by members including Round Robins, Raffle Quilts (seen below)

Silent Auction, Vendors, Youth Quilters Exhibit, 
Flip Flop Exhibit Sale (Proceeds to benefit 
Ovarian Cancer Awareness & Research)
Admission $6 – free parking – 
wheelchair accessible

Sunday, March 04, 2012

Stuff Quilters Say

I made a video with my friend June Peckingham Stuff Quilters Say 
It's a riot! 

We're getting ready for our show 
March 24-25, 2012, Saturday & Sunday 10 a.m. to 4 p.m.
Blackstone Valley Technical School in Upton, MA
65 Pleasant Street (off Rt. 140), Upton, MA (click here for directions)
Ample parking and handicapped accessible

$6 admission

Beautiful Exhibits:

  • Guild Member Quilts - Made by members (last show we had 180+ quilts)
  • Guild Challenges - Each year members complete themed 'challenge' quilts
  • 'Robin' Quilts - Quilts made by groups of guild members
  • 'Inchie' Quilts - Quilts made of 1" 'Inchies' that were exchanged by guild members
  • Flip Flops for Ovarian Cancer Awareness - Embellished flip flops made by guild members. Proceeds from this exhibit will be donated to Ovations for the Cure and Teal Toes   
  • Youth Quilters Display – A non-judged event for youth quilters under the age of 18
Beautiful Items for Purchase:
  • Raffle Quilts – Historic Massachusetts Buildings Quilts
  • Silent Auctions - Quilts and handmade items made by guild members
  • Boutique Table – Various quilts, quilting related items, patterns and books for sale
  • Raffle Baskets - Lots of baskets of quilting, sewing, notions, and more
  • Vendors – 10 vendors ranging from sewing machines to our favorite local quilt shops

Friday, March 02, 2012

Winging It for Paige

It started Winging It with this pile of my hand-dyed fabrics and some coordinating batiks. I've decided to give it to Paige for her 13th birthday. She wants to redecorate her room as her gift this year. 

Here are the finished blocks, I made 12 20" blocks. I've added a couple of borders (you'll see them in the next posting). I reached my goal of getting it on the frame for quilting by 3/1. It has to be done for our quilt show March 24,25 10-4 at Blackstone Valley Tech, in Upton, MA. 

Your chance to buy a raffle ticket ($1 each or 6 for $5) for 1 of our 2  Massachusetts Historic Landmark Raffle Quilts just got easier...... You can by them ONLINE here.