Saturday, February 21, 2009


Oh, how I miss my digital camera...this cellphone camera isn't cutting it. I decided to take pics of my UFO's, hoping this will get me motivated to complete a few.

I have a request for a brown & blue baby quilt. I'm having a hard time with putting those colors into a baby quilt. I hate working on quilts when I'm not in love with the fabrics. Poor boy will be in kindergarten by the time I get finished with it. I've settled on this for the pattern & layout...I think

I started cutting out a Turning Twenty Again with different racing them fabric. The nights can get really cold camping at the September race at Loundon

I decided if you can't find your favorite drivers fabric, make it yourself

I scanned "hero" cards we picked up at the track and used Printed Treasures to make my own fabric squares. The pic of Robby & Tony's shoving match is my favorite.

Sunday, February 15, 2009

I Need a Director!

When my son has to clean his room it can be overwhelming and often doesn't know where to start, I help by playing the role of "director". First, I tell him to pick up all the clothes, second pick up toys, etc...after awhile I don't say anything and he continues along. I finally got the motivation to clean my sewing/quilt room and now I was the one who desperately needed a director!
Janet-Lee Santeusanio , the Queen of Machine Quilters & co-found of the Machine Quilters Expo suggested I take before and after pictures. When I downloaded the pictures I was horrified at the state of my room.

My feeble attempts at organization

This didn't work at all, too small of a space, too many patterns.

Notice how everything leans to the right, the post serves as a bookend.

I cleaned off the top shelf which used to have squares in bins sorted by size. I keep saying I'm going to make a scrap quilt but eventually gave up that fantasy and gave the squares to my guild's queen of scrap quilts. So far she's brought in 3 full size quilts made with my scraps that she gave to teenagers living in a group home. The next shelf holds my pieces of 1+yards, mostly sorted by color. I fold the yardage using my 6.5 x 24.5 in rule, a method the book Creating Your Perfect Quilting Space, the Happy Zombie has a nice picture tutorial on her blog. The shelves with bins hold FQ's & half yard cuts sorted by color.

I'm off to search the internet for some organizational inspiration. Stay tuned....

Sunday, February 01, 2009


Saturday I went to a "Noodle" all day sew with a lovely group of quilters in Newburyport, Ma. The theme was noodles, worms or jelly rolls everyone working on their favorite 2.5" strip pattern. I played with a couple of designs on EQ6 but found gem on It's called Bricks & Cobblestones by swap hostess Colene aka Robicole2. I used the polka dot fabric medley's that I got at Christmas from my sister-in-law Sue. I pre-cut the pieces on a snowday from school and chain pieced them. A block unit is made of 2 cobblestones (6.5" x6.5") & 1 brick (6.5"x12.5"). The layout combinations are endless! What an awesome pattern to use up scraps that you just can't throw out.