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Wednesday, May 28, 2014

A Nickel Quilt finish - Tillie's Treasure

Finished 5/25/14 (still unnamed)

I started Scrap-Therapy years ago and have boxes and boxes of 5" cut squares.  I have done most of the Scrap-Therapy quilts and needed more ideas of what to do with all my pre-cut scraps.  So in comes the book Nickel Quilts by Pat Speth and Charlene Thode, and then More Nickel Quilts, and then More Nickel Quilts & Borders and Amazing Nickel Quilts.  You get the picture - all kinds of quilts to make using 5" squares.  I fell in love with this pattern (called Tillies Treasure from the 1st book) when I saw a friend making this for her brother.  So I gathered over 600 squares (the inside blocks needs 2 light and 2 dark squares.  My finished quilt measures about 100" square and I LOVE IT and yes, I quilted it all by myself using my new Bernina 750QE.  I had very few problems once I figured out the right needle and tension.


Glad this one is done.  I started it a few months ago when I was at a retreat.  I grabbed it before I left just in case I had time to work on it.  

So this is what has been keeping me busy.  That and child proofing the house because of Needle.  Oh, she's a chewer.  She's ruined a total of 2 pair of shoes and look what she got into this weekend.  
Oh, there was a spool of Connecting Threads (less expensive thread) right next to this one - but she does have expensive taste.  The shoes she chewed were both pretty pricey shoes.   Other than this chewing habit, she's fitting right in.  She's a hoot and brings me lots of joy.  

I haven't seen my grandkids in a few months.  Kelly is good about sending pictures via text but it's not the same thing.  

I know I still owe you pictures of the Loose Threads latest round of design board quilts.  Will work on that soon.  So much to do!  I'm going on the Central Coast Shop Hop this weekend with my shop hop buddies Janice and Elaine.  So excited.  I haven't been to several of the stores on the hop.  

Thanks for looking.

Monday, May 19, 2014

Cindy Needham Linen Workshop

What a fantastic 5 day workshop with Cindy Needham.  I've taken her one day linen workshop at Road 2 California many years ago and then I was in her design workshop last September and last week, 2 friends and I headed up north to Rancho Cordova for her 5 days linen workshop.  She is such a great teacher - generous, organized, and you are given so much information, with wonderful handouts and she has samples galore for you to pet and touch.

This workshop was so much fun with so many interesting people from all over.  We had a lady from Puerto Rico, Seattle, Massachusettes, Arizona and from all points of California.  Here's a sample of some of these lovely ladies pieces.

And some of the other projects they worked on.


And I got a lot done too.  The first thing I finished was this little wall hanging my sister Beverly pieced using 3 little cross stitch pieces my mother made.  I knew Cindy would have the perfect stencil. 


And then she gave me this piece from Eric's aunt that used to be a pillow that Beverly wanted to use as a table topper.  It's wool and beautifully embroidered.


And of course I marked a bunch of linens (she has a ton of stencils to use) but I did get this one done.


I wish I could say that this piece of linen had some emotional or family connection, but it was a piece I picked up at an antique store during the latest shop hop.  I love it.  And I know I'll use it.  

If you can, take one of her workshops -do it - so worth it.  
Thanks for looking.  Tomorrow I'll post our Loose Threads latest design board challenge quilts.  Another round of amazing quilts.  

Tuesday, May 13, 2014

Block of the Month Updates

And I'm pretty early this month.  Let's start this month with my Fall BOM.
And Pat Sloan's Globetrotting BOM block.
And get this people - I have finished all 111 Farmer's Wife blocks.  Here is the last batch.
I've even put the first 3 rows together with aqua sashing to see how it looks.  I think I'll like it.  But I'm not going to work on it yet.  I have a few quilt tops that need to get done in addition a little trip.  I am leaving with 2 friends tomorrow for Cindy Needham's Linen Workshop.  So I'll have a few tops to quilt for that too.  But tonight I did finish this.  I am showing you the last block of the 2013 Fat Quarter Shop's Mystery Block of the Month.   I am also sharing a picture of the top.  It is all together but I don't like to show quilts until they are all done but I couldn't stand not sharing.

Loving my new Bernina 750.  Still haven't embroidered on it yet.  Don't know when I'll get around to that.

And I always like to end my post with some cuteness so here's some pictures of my grandkids.

My little puppy girl is bringing us a lot of joy and a lot of work.  She's a busy busy little one - who we found out loves mud and water!  I caught her sitting in her water dish yesterday.  Yes, sitting in it.  We have to get her her own pool now I think.

Thanks for looking.  I need to pack!

Sunday, May 4, 2014

2014 Heart of the Valley Shop Hop

The Heart of the Valley (Central Valley, CA) shop hop was this weekend.  My two friends, Janice and Elaine, and I hit all 10 shops in 1.5 days.  We left at about 1:30 on Saturday and headed south to Bakersfield and then up to Porterville.  (4 shops in all on Friday).

Here we are at Strawberry Patches.  Their theme was camp out.  With smore fixin's, hot dogs and the the campsite.  (Even with chirping birds and noises.)   I heard on Saturday they even had camp signing around the campfire (fake).
On Saturday we left early to get to the Turlock store Cloth & Quilts at 9:00 am .  They had a baby shower theme.  From there we went to Bear Paws in Oakhurst, which was a beautiful drive in the mountains.  Then we headed to Fresno for Cottage Quilts and then to Clovis (Quilter's Paradise) who still had the rodeo theme going, then to the Mennonite Center in Reedly and then on home to Thimble Towne who had a Kentucky Derby theme--with horse races, mint juleps or infield punch, and all the derby fixins.

Each store gives a little gift and this is the pile of  free gifts.
A nice bag, some pin cushion kits, a cup cozie kit, a pouch kit, some computer screen cleaners, a yo-yo pin kit and of course candy (missing from picture because it was already in my tummy).  All so generous.

And shopping, of course I shopped.  I gave myself a budget and only went off it for a bit because we went to an antique store in Clovis to get some linens for the Cindy Needham workshop I'm taking in a couple weeks.

The black stripe fabric was a real find.  On Thursday the guild speaker was Tiffany Hayes from needle in a hayes stack blog.  She had this very striking quilt that was in a magazine ad using this border fabric. This fabric is about 2 years old so it was a real find.  Of course I took the last 2 yards.  I also got some backing fabric for my Pat Sloan BOM quilt, some orange fabric for next years Orange Cove reunion quilt to donate, some pretty green fabric for a back of a linen quilt, a pattern for baskets, the Sew Kind of Wonderful ruler and two kits for baby quilts that were $18 and thought I'd whip them up to sell at our guilds boutique in October.
And here are the linens I got for the Cindy Needham linen workshop.

What a wonderful couple of days spending with some great friends.  We laughed a lot and had a good time.  So good in fact, we've decided to do the central coast shop hop at the end of May!

And on the homefront, when I got home, my sweet little angel girl brought this little gift in the house for us.

Thanks for looking.