"STITCHING MENDS MY SOUL"

Saturday, April 11, 2015

STASHBUSTERS

Every 4th Sat. our LQS, The Sewing Studio, in Maitland, FL, offers a free class by Mary Jeanine on how to use up your stash.  These are some of the quilts MJ showed us how to do last month.





MJ has talked about the one below several times, and I learn something new every time.


After the free 2 hour class/lecture, we each get a 15% discount for the store, which of course is opposed to using up our stash, LOL.

This two part table runner is one that MJ will be teaching.  The pattern is by Judy Neimeyer.



And this, not quilt related at all, is the pretty table setting at our church's ladies spring luncheon and fashion show.  Love the polka dots and the colors.



Thursday, March 26, 2015

FLYING GEESE ANOTHER WAY


Of all the ways to make flying geese, this one from Connecting Threads is new to me.  I usually use the two small squares and one large square method.  That one works for me.

However, when I saw this tutorial, I knew I'd have to try it.  This is for all my stitcher friends who still struggle for a way to make accurate flying geese.

Here is a link to the tutorial.  It includes the math for whatever size you need.

Friday, March 20, 2015

MORE FROM RETREAT

I'm still unpacking and sorting.  These are my 'winnings' from retreat.

10 fat quarters are from our FQ raffle.  I've never won before at retreat, so that was exciting.

The jelly roll was the first prize given on Wed.

The coaster was a nice gift, as was the Quilter's Survival Bag.  Lollipops (or roses depending on your perspective) FQs on a stick as well as the cute strawberry appliques are from game night.

We each made signature blocks for everyone this year.  For most, that was a first, and they did a nice job.  Here's 19.  One must have jumped out of the bag!


I'm planning to make a retreat tote with them using this fabric along with the blocks.




It's kind of sad to be putting the last bits of these things from our Spring Thaw Retreat away, but there's always next year.

Wednesday, March 18, 2015

SUPERIOR THREAD CLASS


Yesterday at guild we had a Superior Thread class.

Who knew there's so much to learn about thread?  We had a lecture about thread at the guild meeting.  Then in the afternoon some of us stayed on for class.

Here's our teacher.  Isn't she cute?  She reminds me of Mrs. Teal, our little town librarian while growing up. 



We had all these threads to play with to see what we liked and what achieved the look we wanted on our specific machines.





I started this project.  Yes, yet another UFO.


Here are samples of our teacher's work.  She is an artist.  Her back fabrics are often upholstery fabric.  She uses paint, thread, applique, etc.  Amazing work.








 It was a fun day, and very educational.



Tuesday, March 17, 2015

SANTA FABRIC

Several have asked me what the focus fabric of the mystery is.  Hard to tell from a distance shot.  So here it is close up.


I love these santas from Hobby Lobby.

Sunday, March 15, 2015

THE QUILTER'S THREAD RETREAT AT LAKE YALE

Today we're just wrapping up our QT retreat at Lake Yale, FL.

We do a variety of projects and games.  We always have a mystery quilt to work on, and this year I was in charge.  Here's my sample for everyone, and also examples of some of the other gal's.



We also had a Mystery Wallet.  It was the Necessary Clutch Wallet, and here's mine.


These are some of the quilts gals made from the mystery.










This pattern works up well with so many different fabrics.

Here are some random pictures from retreat.



Mary Jeanine I. came and did a stash busters lecture and demo.








These are from show and tell.










Jeane demo'd a really neat pattern.



More random pics.




Packed and ready to go home.