Wednesday, July 30, 2014

A Handy Tool!


This little Fingerrip Stilleto is one of my favorite notions! I use it for prepping my English Paper Piecing when I prep with starch. It's so easy to use because it's comfy on your finger, it doesn't get lost because it stays on your finger! It is adjustable to fit any size finger so it's one size, fits all. The best thing is that it protects your finger from the heat when ironing the small pieces. It's a lifesaver! If you think you need one, you can find it HERE! I really think you need one! ;0)

Take care,



Monday, July 28, 2014

Keeping Organized...and Last Chance For Giveaway!

You all know I prefer to prep my English Paper Piecing pieces with starch whenever possible. I'd like to show you how I keep things organized once those pieces are prepped. You can do this even if you prep your pieces in a different way if needed.

The blocks I am making now that are using EPP and Appliqué techniques are not your usual EPP shapes. That's how my EPP Pin Cushions are also. This technique works great for those also.

I like to lay out all the pieces needed for each block after they are prepped to make sure I have them all, but also, to put them together in the correct order.

Above, you can see one of the blocks all layed out in order. I place them onto lightweight fusible interfacing, fusible side up, all nice and neat. Then, I take the side or point of my mini iron (you can use a regular iron also) and touch the SEAM ALLOWANCE only to tack it in place on the fusible interfacing.

Here, I am holding a block in process up in the air to show that all of the pieces stay in place!


This one has the center sewn together and you can see where I tacked the center portion back onto the fusible interfacing while I was traveling. I wanted to keep all the proper pieces with each block and this works great for me!


This picture shows you that the fusible "glue" is out in the seam allowance. See those little white dots on the red piece? Those glue dots will be hidden in the seam allowance after the block is sewn together.

If there are pieces that must be sewn on later, I tack them in the outer area of the block. One of these circles will be the last thing sewn onto the block. They will be safe and sound until I am ready for them!

The tan and gold pieces are sewn together on this block and now I'm starting to sew the outer ring of pieces on. By prepping and organizing this way, I know exactly which piece to grab next to sew. In this example, the piece with the number 3 is ready for me to grab and sew onto the other pieces! Just pull it off of the interfacing and stitch it together with the other pieces!


In no time, you'll have a wonderful block like this one pieced and ready to put into your quilt! I have been accused of being a tease by my previous posts, so here you go ladies, a little bit bigger peak at this next quilt I'm working on...I hope you like it! Trust me, you can do it!

I'll be drawing a name for the winner of that cute little sewing box filled with a few goodies, and a few other goodies too, at the end of the week, so be sure to share my blog by adding me to your sidebar or copying me in on an email as you share the blog with some quilty friends. Find the original post a few weeks back and leave me a comment! Be sure you have given access to your email in your profile so I can reach you if you win!

Good luck!



Saturday, July 19, 2014

Great Travels...Good to be home! And Give Away Chance!

We're back home from a trip across the country to visit both sides of the family for a few weeks! It's so good to see away from family makes you try to cram everything you can into a 4 day visit! We had campfires, fireworks, shot rockets high in the sky and chased them across the far, played cards and of course, we ladies did a little shopping in Downtown Bucyrus, Oh. These paintings are so beautiful, added to old downtown buildings to warm up the area and bring in tourists.

This first picture depicts Lady Liberty holding a wounded soldier, signifying respect we have for our brave soldiers. It is absolutely stunning...

The next painting is next to a park and the painting is of the city itself, many years ago. It shows the view you are standing in as you gaze at the painting and also shows that agriculture and industry have influenced the area. What wonderful artists to create such masterpieces!


We went to my husband's church and hanging on the wall is a quilt given to the church in honor of his parents. You can't really see it, but quilted in the bottom border of the quilt is their names. The makers did a wonderful job!

I also took a little road trip to Sandusky, OH to visit a new quilt store! M&E Quilt Shoppe is right on Market Street and is a wonderful shop! What a joy it was to meet these two friends who decided to open the store together. They really have a good thing going!

Lots of displays...and a beautiful check out counter. You can't see too well in the picture, but they glued buttons on the front of the counter to add a few swirls to the front. It is really unique!

Very cool fabric shelves. One of the owners said her father used these ladders long ago to work on this very building. She came across them, added some plant hangers to the sides and is now using them in her store! How cool is that?

If you are ever in the area, be sure to stop in to see these ladies! They are lots of fun and have a great selection of beautiful cottons and wools. And now they are carrying many of Traditional Primitives patterns as well. I'll be sending quilts their way for a trunk show ASAP!


We saw the Oscar Mayer Weinermobile as we passed through Indianapolis. Years ago, when my kids were in elementary school, we saw this fancy mobile while staying in a hotel in Omaha. And I have a tinly little whistle of an Oscar Mayer Weiner Whistle in my box of my favorite toys...somewhere in the basement. Brought back some fun memories!


Ginger had enough of the bucket seat and climbed into the back to lay on some of our soft sided suitcases! Do you see her?

I managed a wee bit of sewing while away from home. Here's a few more sneak peaks of the next quilt I'm working on! This quilt will have elements of English Paper Piecing and Appliqué. It's coming together nicely, but I need a bit more done before I can show off the actual blocks...


I really can't wait to show you this new quilt! I hope to show you next week! It is wonderful to be able to create again after being so busy for months! It is so exciting to have a project you just can't wait to pick up and get to work on!

Don't forget to go back a post or two to find the give away post! I'll be drawing in a few weeks for that cute little sewing box! I've found a few things that fit inside and I'll be sending it to someone who lets me know they have shared my blog on their sidebar or copies me in on an email as they share my blog with other quilters. I'm trying to grow my blog a bit, so help me out if you care for a chance to win this cute little box filled with a few goodies! Thank you!

Take care and thanks for stopping by today!



















Thursday, July 3, 2014

Holiday Stitching! And Giveaway Update!

Happy 4th of July! I can't believe it is July 4th already! This year is absolutely flying by...

I hope you all get to have a few moments to stitch before the busy weekend to celebrate the 4th of July! Those of you who live in the USA anyway! I got lots of prep done on my new quilt yesterday and I hope to find a few moments each morning and evening (except for during the fireworks of course!) Dont you hate it when you have some exciting stitching ready and then can't find any time to stitch!?! The weather is beautiful in the, slightly breezy and pleasant temps for the last few days, so the picnickers will be thrilled with the forecast for family and friendly gatherings. The nice weather does not help me find time for stitching either...but I will steal away a few moments here and there to stitch a bit now an then.

That's what's so nice about hand stitching. I can do it on the porch, in the car, at the park, and of course all comfy cozy in my recliner! Perhaps I can show you some more snippets soon.


I can't seem to hold the camera still this fine day, but there's a little patriotic snippet of my next quilt! It will be a quilt using my favorite techniques...English Paper Piecing and Appliqué. I may add a little wool appliqué as well! Once you start with wool appliqué, it's a bit addictive, just like our other favorite techniques in quilting.

What's your favorite stitching technique to piece a quilt?

Don't forget to scroll down and go to my last post about my giveaway!

You could win this little sewing machine box (it's about 4" of cuteness!) if you let me know that you have added my blog to your sidebar if you are a blogger. If you are not a blogger, please copy me in on an email where you share my blog with a fellow quilter. I'm trying to grow my blog so if you are not a follower yet, please join my sight with the link titled "Join This Site" on the left sidebar of my blog. I'm planning on filling this cute little case with some small sized goodies for the winner! Maybe it will overflow just a bit!

Have a wonderful weekend everyone!

Take care,