Monday, November 30, 2009

Bunny Hill Designs - BOM

How are you doing? Have you recovered from the turkey feast? I ate way too much, that's for sure!

Do you know about the free block of the month pattern from Bunny Hill Designs? You can find it here. Each month a pattern comes out on the 5th. I have been faithfully keeping up with it, often finishing up my block the day it came out. I am now anxiously awaiting the final block. In the meantime, I've got it pieced together and am ready to start working on the border. That way I can spring into action on December 5. Here's a pic of my progress so far. What do you think? Any suggestions on a border? I was thinking that something with scallops would be nice. Well, I'd love to hear your ideas! (PS - I enlarged the pattern to 125%. With the sashing, each block measures12 1/2" unfinished.)

Wednesday, November 25, 2009

Happy Thanksgiving!

Just a quick note to wish you all a happy Thanksgiving. We will have a small group for dinner; 8 or maybe nine of us total. But, I like to cook for 20 because I love the leftovers. It takes the guess work out of "what's for dinner?" through the weekend. I have the dinner table already set, the spinach dip made, and the green bean casserole and the stuffing ready to pop in the over. Tomorrow morning I'll put the bird in, get the sweet potatoes going (this year in the crock pot), and prepare the cranberries and rest of the appetizers. My friend Sue is bringing a fruit salad, pumpkin pie, and wine. We won't go to bed hungry, that's for sure. Oh, and I pulled out my cranberry margarita recipe and have all the ingredients lined up and ready to go. Woo hoo! One sad note, my youngest son remarked that this will be his last Thanksgiving with the family for a long, long time - in August he heads off to the Navy for a six year commitment.

On the quilting front, I now have an 8' x 8' design wall in my Sacramento studio. Very cool. I almost have my bunny hill block-of-the-month pieced together so I'll be ready on December 5th to finish the final block and get it put together. I'm working on a few Christmas gifts so can't say much about those - just in case the recipient may be reading this blog.

Good luck to all of you brave enough to venture out on Black Friday. I think I'll stay home, sew and quilt, and enjoy the leftovers.

Sunday, November 15, 2009

No Mark Feathers

Well, I'm pleased to report that everyone who took my class yesterday left knowing how to machine quilt feathers - without marking! Now, practice, practice, practice, as that really is the trick. In class we used a high contrast thread so we could see our work, but now students are ready to select a thread color that matches their quilt top and go - go - go (no, I don't mean dance.) Here's a few pics of students enjoying the class.

Friday, November 13, 2009

More Vintage Pin Cushions

Tomorrow I'm teaching a machine quilting class at Honey Run Quilters called No Mark Feathers. I'm looking forward to it and think it will be well received. Students started signing up for the class in August and it quickly booked up. I'll take a few pics of the class to post. In the meantime, here's pictures of a few more pin cushions. Enjoy.

Tuesday, November 10, 2009

More Vintage Pin Cushions

Yes, they just keep coming. But aren't they cute? So cute I can hardly stand it! Do you have any special collections? Let me know, I'd love to hear about it.

Thursday, November 5, 2009

Vintage Pin Cushions

Hi friends - The weekend is almost here and for us furloughed state workers, that means a 3-day weekend. Yeah! I haven't quilted a stitch all week and am I'm hoping to finally finish quilting my sunflower wallhanging made with Kaffe fabrics. I hope to have good news to report on Monday regarding my progress. In the mean time, here are a few pictures of pin cushions from my vintage collection.

Monday, November 2, 2009

Machine Quilting

I taught a machine quilting class on Saturday. The class title is Beyond Stipple and it is designed to teach quilters a variety of background fillers besides the basic stipple. In two weeks, I'll teach a class called No Mark Feathers, and I'm really looking forward to it. I've had a great response to my classes so I must be doing something right! If you are in Northern California, you can check out the class schedule and sign up for the Beyond Stipple class here and the No Mark Feathers class here.