Monday, February 28, 2011

Leather Flower Pot

Here's a little Leather Flower Pot. Bet you didn't know that you can put leather in the washer and dryer. Daughter Jill and I teamed up to make this tiny little quilt. It was washed and dried after I finished the binding.
Imagine the possibilities! I am selling one block kits at the next quilt show.

Saturday, February 26, 2011

New Blogging Friend

Yesterday, I was directed to a blog that I had never seen by three blogging friends. Low and behold I found my Stitching Lines looking right back at me.
Paulette with Sweat P Quilting and Creations posted a very nice blog all about my Stitching Lines. Thank you Paulette and enjoy the gift.

Friday, February 25, 2011

Folding Display

I drive a Mazda 5. It's smaller than a mini van and larger than what we used to call a station wagon. It's got some room for cargo, but not a ton. So when I vend at a quilt show, I have to really watch what I take. Display baskets can be a real problem. They take up valuable space. I bought a few canvas folding baskets at Target, but those are sometimes too big.
So I made my own yesterday.

These will fold up flat and take up very little space.

And the only cost to me is the ribbon.

Thursday, February 24, 2011

Desert Quilter's of Nevada Quilt Show

I will be heading over to Nevada a week from today for another quilt show in Henderson. Andy is going with me this time. It is a three day show and we are staying in Las Vegas. He never gives up a chance to visit Las Vegas! The good thing about shows so close to each other...........I didn't have to put everything away! I like that!

Monday, February 21, 2011

Desert Quilter's of El Centro Quilt Show

The quilt show in El Centro is history. My car is unpacked. Nothing is put away. Money is counted and credit cards are run.
For being such an isolated town, the show was not bad. It rained during the drive south, during set up, all night and into the next morning. There were lots of customers in the morning, but it certainly died down in the afternoon. One customer told me all the senior citizens have to take an afternoon nap, so that's why they come in the morning! LOL!! And Sunday was pretty steady. Not crowded but steady.
Here are a few photos of my booth and just a few of the quilts hanging on display. For the life of me, I don't know why so many of the photos are all blurred. I used my iPhone and usually the photos come out better. Sorry.

A very colorful quilt made by Dell Hinshaw using all stripes.

This beauty by Glenda Drown.

This quilt by Sylvia Dupree almost glows.

Very simple but effective by Terri Darr. The white flowers are perfect!

A leather flower pot pillow by my daughter Jill.

Thursday, February 17, 2011

Baby Bibs

I made these two bibs this week. Aren't they cute? I did nothing except add the neckline. The blue one came with the applique and the rickrack. Can't beat that. It was hard to find the ribbing. Joanne's no longer sells a nice t-shirt ribbing. Maybe the days of sewing t-shirts are over. I had to order online from Sew Baby. Their ribbing is nice and soft and was exactly what I was looking for.
My youngest daughter, Carol is going to have a baby this summer, my first grandchild. And she remembers these bibs when I made them years ago for her little niece. So no surprise is spoiled here.

Wallmart used to sell tea towels in every color under the rainbow. But no more. The towels are hard to find. But I found these at Target, already decorated. Perfect!

Monday, February 14, 2011

Another Method-Same Results-Just Faster

It's amazing how I can overlook something so easy. I have been focused on cutting small squares to make Half-Square Triangles. That's easy and quick. No problem.
It took my friend and long arm quilter, Amie Potter to show me an OMG moment. Amie doesn't get much time to actually make quilts. She is a fantastic quilter. I have shown you much of the spectacular quilting she does for me. But when Amie does put together a quilt, she likes it to be fast!
Over lunch a couple of weeks ago, she told me how she used my Stitching Lines to make her HST's.
I had to say DAHHHH!
This is how she did it.
And I know I have done this years ago, but had completely forgotten all about this method.

Layer two large squares.

Take one Stitching Lines strip. Trim to 1/4" shorter than diagonal.
Lay it on top of squares, corner to corner with the the fabric tips showing.
Stitch on both dotted lines.
Tear off the paper.
Lay another Stitching Lines strip on opposite diagonal. Stitch on both dotted lines and rip off paper. See! Just four lines of stitching!

Cut apart at center of square both directions. Don't shift the fabric.

Cut between the stitching lines.

Two large squares. Two Stitching Lines. Four lines of stitching. Four rotary cuts. Eight Half-Square Triangles!
Easy as Pie!

Tuesday, February 8, 2011

New Quilt Pattern

My newest pattern is now up on my website. It's called Diamond Quilt, just because it is a bunch of diamonds! It is a super easy to make baby quilt, and it can be made from all your scraps or it might mean another trip to the quilt shop, which is never a bad thing.
Of course it uses Stitching Lines! What else!!

Wednesday, February 2, 2011

Another Finish

Another quilt is finished, this time my Diamond Quilt, quilted by Amie Potter. I didn't want any custom work on this one. I thought a panto would be perfect and Amie chose the right one. I am picky about what I want on my quilts. I don't like to have other objects floating all over the quilt, such as flowers or stars or little animals or anything that I can identify. I just like to have some swirly texture. And this panto was perfect.

This is a really scrappy quilt, my absolute favorite. Don't you find that you still need to buy fabric when working with scraps from your stash? I do. Or else all my scrappy quilts start looking like the same colors. I love the unexpected magenta border. I figure why not! It's a great color! This was another Stitching Lines quilt, all made from Half-Square triangles.

Someone was in the posing mood.

Tuesday, February 1, 2011

Put Me To Shame Amie!

Amie returned a couple quilts to me last week. I showed this Jungle Flower before she did her magic. Amie was at the front of the line when God handed out the quilting talent. (I wasn't even in line!) Now the quilt is all bound and signed. (I got lazy with a label and just signed my name on the back)

This quilting blows me away. Just think what Amie could do if I didn't put any restrictions on her!!
Just simple blocks, but Amie puts the WOW in them.
Thanks Amie.

Quilt Show

Come visit me at the Desert Quilter's of Imperial Valley Quilt show this month on the 19th and 20th. It will be at Southwest High School 10am to 5pm on Saturday and 10am to 3pm on Sunday. The address is 351 Ross Ave,El Centro.
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