Quilter's Life

Great Weekend

What a weekend!  I had a wonderful weekend.  When my husband and I left the house early Saturday morning, I forgot to get my phone off of the charger but that was the worst of my worries this weekend.  We took a nice, long ride through Northern Indiana to pick-up a piece of equipment. We rode through beautiful country and enjoyed the changing colors. The weather was perfect the entire time.

Quilt Show

ArticleArticleMy husband found this ad and brought it home for me. The Quiltmakers of Kankakee (Illinois) are presenting a quilt show titled Autumn Splendor 2012 at the Kankakee County Fairgrounds' Expo Center.

This quilt show will be open this weekend, September 29 and 30 from 10:00am to 4:00pm.

Admission is $5.00. The show features 400 quilts, bed turning (at llam and 2pm), a rafle quilt, silent auction, vendors and barn quilt tours! If you live in the area or would like a little autumn road trip, you'll want to consider visiting this show this weekend.

If you would like more information, you can call 815-933-2993 or 815-942-0766.  They also advertise a website, www.kankakeequiltmakers.com.

Christmas Projects

I know it's difficult to think about since it doesn't really feel like Autumn yet, but, Christmas is three months from tomorrow!!! Have you started working on the quilted gifts you plan to give this year?  Since September is National Quilting Month, it is a good time to begin working on our projects for Christmas.

Some great gift ideas are quilts (of course!), quilted throws, quilted jackets, table covers, table runners, place mats, mug rugs, candle squares, bed runners, pillow shams, shower curtains, wallhangings, throw pillows, hot pads, oven mitts, casserole cozies, pot holders, quilted pursed and tote bags.

Now that will keep you busy for awhile!

Happy Quilting,
Laurel

TGIF

Thank goodness it's Friday!  I am so looking forward to this weekend and spending time sewing.  I had a very busy week and my second graders wore me out so I am also looking forward to a good night's sleep.  I'm still getting used to the routine of being back at school and the beginning of the year is always hectic.

Tomorrow I'm going to sleep in a little bit then throw in a load of laundry, fix a cup of coffee and head to my studio.  The hardest part of my day is going to be deciding what I will work on first!  I have a very long list of things I want to get done.

Slowly but surely, I'm getting back to quilting on my longarm machine and have alot of catching up to do.

Scissors

ScissorsScissorsWhat a fun fabric! I stopped by JoAnn Fabrics with a friend and found this scissor fabric and "had to" have some.  I'm not sure what I'm going to do with it yet but it "called to me"!!!

Various sizes, shapes and types of scissors are printed in ivory on a navy blue background. I have collected some other sewing themed fabrics over the years and knew this piece would make a great addition to my collection.  After all, it is National Sewing Month and I have to do my part to support and promote all things sewing related!

Happy Quilting,
Laurel

National Sewing Month

September is National Sewing Month! I like the idea of having  a month dedicated to sewing.....it gives me an excuse to do more of it!!!  I am trying to do at least a little bit of sewing each day this month to celebrate.  Of course, I try to sew a little bit every day---every month Wink.

What are you doing for National Sewing Month?

Tractor Supply

Red and BlueRed and BlueI'm always amazed and often surprised at the unusual ways and places quilting inspiration comes to me.

My husband and I went shopping at Tractor Supply to get a few parts for a project he was working on.  I picked up a container of Orvus soap, my favorite for laundering quilts.  Orvus is low in phosphates and is very gentle.

While wandering through the aisles, I spotted a bin containing packs of Farmer's HAV-A-HANK!  Each pack contains three red and three blue 18"x18" handkerchiefs for $5.00. 

Apple Cores

I have about fifty million things to do and instead of attacking my to-do list I decided to use my Accuquilt Machine and cut out a bunch of apple core pieces.  I am so excited to learn about the Curve Master Foot that I want to have pieces already cut out that I can practice on. 

I especially want to be able to make a Double Wedding Ring quilt, and hope the foot will help me, but I think practicing with Apple Cores first is a wise choice.

It's crazy....I'm even dreaming about sewing curves!  Can't wait until I get my foot!

Happy Quilting,
Laurel

 

Curve Master

I am glad my daughter is such a tech savvy person.  For the last few days I was having trouble with my computer.  I couldn't get it to do what I wanted including getting online!  I have it easy......one phone call to my dear daughter and a few minutes later she had it fixed....and here I am. Yippee!

I love quilts with curved pieces but have found the curves can be difficult to sew the curves by machine.  I do very little piecing by hand because it takes a long time but I find it easier to sew curves accurately by hand.  That, or I avoid them altogether!

Back to School

This was our first week back to school after summer break.  I was a little worried about going back since I have been out of school since the first week of February due to my surgeries and recovery.  It didn't take long to get back in the swing of things.  It felt very good to be able to go back.  I love being in my classroom with my children and think this is going to be a very good year.  I still have some work to do on my room but I am happy to have made it through the entire week.  I look forward to seeing my students and fellow teachers again on Tuesday.

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