Quilter's Life

Stained Glass Log Cabin

Stained GlassStained GlassThis beautiful quilt was dropped off to be quilted by one of my longtime quilting friends.  She has made a couple of these. Each one more striking than the last.

I just love this quilt and have to make one!

This gorgeous scrap quilt is a good way to use up some of your scrap collection.  When Gina makes a quilt, she cuts her scraps into 1½inch strips (for 1inch finished pieces) so they are ready to create one of these masterpieces.  Black fabric is cut into ¾inch strips (for ¼inch finished pieces) and sewn to each piece for the "lead".  The black sashings and her bright colors make it look as though light is actually shining through a stained glass window.

Busy Days

This past week has been crazy busy. I'm sorry I have been away from the computer for a few days.  My sister and I had a wonderful visit.  We don't see each other too often since she moved so we try to do everything, all at once, while we are together.

We had the opportunity to go to a wonderful picnic/party that is an annual gathering where we see some people we don't see the rest of the year!

We also had a sad goodbye this week. Our very dear friends lost his mother...her mother-in-law.  Mary had been ill for awhile and couldn't hold on any longer. The services went well dispite the rain.  She was a dear person with a good heart.  She will be missed.

Too Many Ideas

My sister is in town visiting.  I love when she comes! Yesterday, my sister, our sister-in-law and I went to Michigan to see our other sister in her last craft fair.  I was a very busy day. While walking around viewing all of the wonderful things the vendors had to offer, I saw many quilted items from table runners to wallhangings to bibs to jackets and purses.  Lots of hard work was put into many beautiful items.

Today, my sister and I went to a small quilt show we had heard about from a friend. We saw many beautiful pieces.  I love going to quilt shows.  I am inspired by the pieces on display by the quilters as well as the samples, fabrics, patterns and new gadgets shown by the vendors.

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. 

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