Monthly Archives: July 2014

Just a quick note…

Hi everyone,

hope you still believe this is summer? Brrrr…a bit chilly I have to say, although I am really not complaining!! Some rain is always good for my sewing and cool nights are just wonderful to snuggle under the quilt and sleep well – nothing to complain about! 🙂

Today I am just popping my head in here during the lunch break to share few quick finds that I liked:

Here is a lovely quilty quote for you – maybe framed and up on the sewing room wall? 

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And as long as you are in your sewing room, how about busting that scrap basket by making a … SCRAP BASKET?? 

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You will find a complete free pattern HERE.

Did you notice how this year all the flowers in the garden kinda just “rush through”? They open to bloom, lovely for few days and – boom! – all gone! At least that is my impression and I kinda miss my roses this year… Well, here is a bit of a cure – stitch a lovely rose! Either as a paper-pieced pattern or as a quilting motif – Lori Kennedy has a lovely set of tutorials for all of these HERE! I just love her blog…

I am sure many of you love sewing for your little ones (kids, grand kids, friend’s kids…), right? Well, this new grandma is completely in love with it all !! Here is the one I just did:

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Besides quilts, I just love, love love making other little things and internet is so full of wonderful patterns, tutorials, ideas…I am in BIG trouble! 🙂 But I so don’t care either, ha ha! 

HERE is a wonderful compilation of tutorials and patterns for all kinds of fun, beautiful and creative BIBS!! Sent to me by our own Karen G. – thank you so much Karen!! This will be fun!

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OK, lunch over, back to work for me!! 

Wishing you a wonderful Thursday and weekend ahead and don’t worry about rain – it gives you wonderful little “jewels” to look at after! 🙂 (I saw these just this morning on my way to work!)

Marija

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Guild meeting Show and Tell

Hi everyone,

I took me a while but finally getting around to post photos of our July’s meeting Show and tell! I don’t know about you, but I really LOVE meetings like we had in July – with fun demos! As much as I loved doing a demo, I would have loved to see the others too, but I hope you all had fun?
If anyone needs any help with that Quick Curve Ruler or the pattern I showed – just let me know! Thinking of it now…I might do a quick “pictures tutorial” here, so you all have a “refresher” ??
What do you think – yes or no?

Anyone already made a few Christmas projects after that? 🙂 He… he… I always, always say that I will start early but so far that didn’t happen much… Maybe this year? Well I will finish those Poinsettia pillows, so that can count for something…
Besides my quilting is these days readily “interrupted” (well not really, but no better word…) by sewing for my little Juliana – skirts, dresses, some useful things like car-seat cover…all that. And I just LOVE IT!! 🙂

OK, lets not prolong any more – here is our Show and Tell!!!

Quick NOTE: at the meeting I started taking photos with my camera and then it quickly ran out of battery so I continued with my phone. These are photos from my phone – sadly camera is forgotten at friend’s house and as soon as I have it, I will add those few first photos – my apologies!! 🙂

Here is the promised addition of few more photos that were on my camera:

Mary Ellen showed one of the Seminar class samples – Roseellen will teach you how to do Trapunto by machine and you will be on your way to make this beauty!!

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How lovely is this miniature??

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Or this charming kids quilt?

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Theresa made these lovelies for our tireless Quilty Adventure Bus trip organizers – Sue and Bette:
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Robi said this was a finish after several years…

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but of course not scrappy enough for her…so she had to do something!! Backing is therefore…

SCRAPPY!! :

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Our prolific sisters Sue and Bette were busy, busy, busy… Here are some lovely quilts they showed:

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Here are more beautiful baby quilts:

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Rosellen quilted every sheep differently!!

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And yours truly showed two table runners that I also have complete tutorials for on my blog:

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As promised, I will add those few missing photos from the very beginning of Show and Tell as soon as I get my camera back!

To finish today’s post – WHO IS EXCITED ABOUT SEPTEMBER SEMINAR?!  me, me!!!

How about you? What classes are you signed for?

If you are not – go quickly to OUR WEBSITE and pick some good ones!!

Wishing you happy days of summer,

Marija

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not quilting, but…

Hello all, Mary Ellen here.

I hope your summer is going as well as mine is. Today’s weather (on the cool side for some) is glorious in my book–sunny, breezy, and temperate!

This link is not strictly quilt related, but I think any of us who appreciates fiber art would love to come across something like this. Most of these are from sites in Europe; it seems European hazard fence is more grid-like than what we’d see here. Our chain links I thinkwe might say are more “on-point”!

Wouldn’t it be great if this caught on among the craftsmen in our downtown areas? click here

How is your summer stitching going? Are you more productive in the summer, or is it too hot to quilt?

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Inspirations and tutorials

Hi everyone,

hope your summer is going great!
As much as summer is time for outdoors, I find that I also quilt a lot, maybe because days are longer? I find myself waking up at 4 am sometimes wondering…”is it too early to start my sewing machine?” ha ha! Hey, if it is, I can always cut, or sort fabric, or just daydream of another project… right? 🙂
As I still play with my friend’s Katarina new fabric collection (my last post), I wanted to share with you new Blog Hop party that started this week – many wonderful quilters are playing with these great fabrics and posting tutorials and free patterns!
You will find the list of participants on Katarina’s blog HERE and yes, yours truly is there too (so excited!!).

There is no definite schedule for this blog but there will be new posts almost every day. I started it all and made this table runner with some easy 3D Flying Geese and curved borders.

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This one is fun and easy to make and you can find the tutorial on my blog HERE

You can see the incredible quilt Sarah Lawson (amazing bags pattern designer) made HERE – I just love the color placements and play in her quilt!!

Latest one in the blog hop (posted today) is amazing Delectable Indelible quilt (and free pattern!) by Kathleen Kerr. Her quilting is just completely out of this world and so inspirational!! You will find it HERE

And there will be more too!

I am currently quilting a bed runner and can’t wait to finish – will report back and hopefully bring it to the meeting and Show and Tell!

What are you working on during these lovely summer days?

Have a wonderful weekend,

Marija

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On the edge…

Hello all, Mary Ellen here.

I’ve got my bin of selvages out and have been working on a tote bag design. I find playing with the selvages to be fun and relaxing. Really one can’t make an heirloom project (that’s not a challenge, anyone!) with selvages, so it’s not necessary to worry too much about perfect seams or colors matching just right. I ran across this post (click here) at Exuberant Color with great quilts using strips of varying widths. I think they could be great inspiration for selvages. Another idea for the bucket list is born.

Here’s a link to a pretty stitched piece. Not too complicated and it’s “summery” looking to me. I love the dotted fabric as the fabric base. (click here)

Time to get out your patriotic quilts. I leave them out for all of July (and sometimes August too if summer is busy!) How about you? Have you got a favorite red, white and blue quilt? I have a beginning for another one (one block!) from our Lucy Goosey quilt along. The blocks in my original color scheme of warm and cool tropicals are finished, just need to be made into a top and quilted. I had great plans to make a patriotic version of all those star blocks and didn’t get very far. Hmm…maybe I’ll use it as a leader and ender project and try to check that project off the list. If you are a new reader of the blog, you can find the links to the Lucy Goosey posts in the sidebar.

TTFN! So glad it’s cooler today. I’ve turned off the AC and opened the windows wide. Aah!

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