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In a Perfect World

In a perfect world ..... we would all have time to take perfect care of our  beloved quilts.  We would fill our perfectly clean bathtubs with lukewarn water and soak our quilt in a very mild detergent.  We would continue to wash the quilt by hand, then rinse it twice in soft water.  Air drying, laid flat in the perfect temperature with a slight breeze ( not in direct sunlight, of course) might work best.  The quilt might then be displayed over a quilt rack or wrapped in acid free tissue paper and stored in a temperature controlled environment.

"One Man's Trash..."

Many of us live by the old adage, "One Man's Trash is Another Man's Treasure".  We shop at garage sales, attend auctions, collect antiques, use hand-me-downs and donate to resale shops.  As quilters, we save our scraps for scrap quilts, string quilts, charm quilts and crazy quilts.  I absolutely love scraps!!!  I even  have quilting friends who save their scraps and give them to me because they don't use them.  When I get a box or bag of scraps it's like Christmas.  I love to sort through them.  I like to examine their size, shape, color and print.  I adore making  quilts with the vast collection of fabrics that I gather.

Family Reunion Quilt

I'm working on a very interesting quilt.  It is a Family Reunion Quilt.  A lady and her sister brought this quilt to me for some embroidery work on the quilt top.  This quilt top has been traveling to their family reunions for almost ten years.  Each branch of the family tree has a different color of quilt square placed diagonally in the quilt top.  The squares are a variation of the Rail Fence block.

Accu-quilt Rules!!!

Over the years I have entered many contests and have not won.  I can no longer say that!  I won a shopping spree from Accu-quilt!!!  I am extremely excited to have won a contest and even more excited that I won something so fantastic!!!

I have been looking at the Accu-quilt for some time.  When I saw it in person, being demonstrated at the quilt show in Chicago this spring, I knew I had to have one.  The Accu-quilt is a machine that cuts multiple layers of fabric at one time.  It is easy to use.  It cuts perfect pieces quickly and the dies are available in many shapes and sizes.

Grab A Kid and Quilt!

Little Fish ( my six-year old grandson ) and I found the perfect "rainy day" project.  He found some white fabric blocks left over from his Speech Therapy quilt that we made and wanted to know if he could draw on them.  I brought out a package of the Crayola Fabric Crayons ( available at Amazon and at

The International Quilt Lives!

The International Quilt Project has been on hold for a while since this summer has been so busy.  Beside everything else that goes on during the summer, my son bought his first house and I have been helping him paint!  The million trips up and down the ladder made me aware of muscles that I had forgotten about!!!

The International Quilt Project lives again and is moving forward.  A friend of mine went on a trip to London and brought two pieces of fabric back for me.

I Love A Good Book

During the school year, most of the reading I do is for educational purposes and lesson planning.  I love to read and during summer break I have a little  more time to read purely for enjoyment.  In this case, when I am not quilting ..... I am reading about quilters!!!

Barn Quilts

Barn Quilts are more popular now than ever before.  There is something soothing, friendly and welcoming about seeing quilts or quilt blocks on barns as you drive through the country.   I like them so much that I want to get a barn just so I can have a Barn Quilt!

I have seen and read about Barn Quilts in other areas of the United States but last year I learned of Barn Quilts not too far from my home in Illinois.   I just read a newspaper article talking about the new Barn Quilts added to the barns of Kankakee County in 2009. If you live near or plan to visit the Chicagoland area these are worth looking at.

Custom Car Quilt

Recently I had the opportunity to make a Custom Car Quilt for a man's 50th birthday ( welcome to the fun side of the hill, Jerry! ).  I must admit that I make more quilts for women than I do for men.  Not on purpose, it just works out that way!  This quilt was alot of fun to work on.

Through a Newbie's Eyes

I was able to do one of my favorite things today.  I worked with a newbie  ( a new sewer/quilter ).  Sometimes when you are a seasoned sewer/quilter you take certain things for granted.  You expect a certain outcome from your actions.  I love working with newbies.  Everything is new and exciting to them.  They don't know exactly what to expect and are always surprised when it happens.

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