Monthly Archives: September 2010

The Multi-Tasker Bag

I have another new project: The Multi-Tasker Tote.  It has side pockets, full liner, inside divider, inside pocket, and nice over the shoulder straps.  The pattern is designed by Anna Maria Horner.  My cousin and I are adventuring through this project together.  Check out the fabric!

My Cousin’s Fabric Pick:

My Fabric Pick:


Field Trip to The Quilt Place

Today I went on a field trip to The Quilt Place in Rockledge, FL.  It is the best quilt shop with a very large fabric collection.  Over the next few days, I will share my goodies, as more projects are ready to be kicked off!  In the meantime, check out some of the photos from The Quilt Place:

Links to related “The Quilt Shop” posts: The Begininng of New Projects


Minnie Mouse Quilts

Did you know that Minnie Mouse quilts?  I visited her home in Toontown while I was at Disney yesterday!  She was in the middle of quilting with her pink sewing machine:

I was also able to see her “Grand Prize” quilt and an entry for another award winning quilt:


My Quilt has a Ribbon

My Quilt has a Ribbon!  I should clarify that it was a very cute participation ribbon, handmade by Janet.

I participated Project Pure for the Philly Modern Quilt Guild by making a butterfly quilt using a charm pack.  I was able to finish just in time to share the final quilt at my first guild meeting tonight.  It was a great group of quilters that really had fresh creative quilts to share!  It was great to see these quilts in person and meet some of the bloggers that I have been following online.  I am looking forward to our next meeting in October.

Dunder even likes the quilt too!

Links to related “Pure” Challenge posts: Project Pure Fabric for Philadelphia Modern Quilt Guild, “Pure” Progress


Underground Railroad Quilt Class

Today was the kickoff for the Underground Railroad quilt class through the Mt. Airy Learning Tree in Philadelphia.  This is a 12 block sampler class.  In addition to learning quilting, we will also be learning the the history of squares as they relate to the Underground Railroad.

As I went to the quilt show this past week, I found a great bargain on $1 fat quarter batiks.  Have you heard of such a thing?  Thus, I had to pick up a few for the underground railroad!  It just happened to be a few (plus many!)  fat quarters.  Each rubber band in the stack below represents each fat quarter.  I am now ready for the Underground Railroad!


“Pure” Progress

The project pure for the Philly Modern Quilt Guild needs to be finished by Tuesday.  Thus, I spent the past weekend sewing away to practice my curves by using the pure charm pack with a rattlesnake pattern.  I was only able to make 4 squares with a single charm pack.  When designing the layout for the four squares, I kept leaning towards an outline of butterfly wings.  Thus, I added a butterfly body and antennas.  Here is butterfly mini-quilt.  The quilt is complete with mini-stippling for the wings and a circle doodle for the background.  Tomorrow night, I will work on the binding in time for Tuesday’s meeting.  Wow – that was a quick quilt.

Links to related “Pure” Challenge posts: Project Pure Fabric for Philadelphia Modern Quilt Guild


Approaching Another Finish

Since August, my pickle dish quilt has made some tremendous progress.  Last weekend, I finished the quilt top and quilted it.  The finished quilt size is 72″ square.  I know understand why quilting is more popular in the winter.  When I was stippling the quilt, I felt like I was wearing a heavy quilt and it was too warm for the weather!

Today, I squared the quilt top.  Over the next two weeks, I will complete the binding.  Hopefully there will be a sunny day to take photographs in the natural sunlight.

Links to previous Pickle Dish Quilting posts: Dunder Dog in the Pets on Quilts Show, 70, 71, 72…Finished!Paper Piecing Curves


Friday Night Sew In to Clear The Decks

With all of my new fabric purchases from the Mancuso Quilt Show, I spent this month’s Friday Night Sew In to Clear the Decks.  My sewing station was covered in gumball pieces for my current quilt — Stitchin’ Heaven’s Gumball Quilt.  I already finished 30 half square triangles earlier in the week; however in one Friday Night Sew In, I was able to crank out 90 more!  Notice the huge pile of trimmed dog ears in front of the sewing machine.  Tomorrow will consist of building each block so I can finish clearing the decks to start the new projects (notice the plural on projectS, as there are many).

Each month, I find it fascinating to see all of the Friday Night Sew In Projects on the Flicker group!

Links to previous Gumball Quilting posts: The Beginnings of More Projects, Gumball Production, Don’t Forget to Trim the Dog Ears


Project Pure Fabric for the Philly Modern Quilt Guild Challenge

I went to the Mancuso Quilt Show in Oaks, PA.  It was a wonderful show that was full of inspiration.  My favorite part of the show was seeing Kaffe Fassett’s quilts from several of his books.  It was a surprise to see his quilts and I loved every minute looking at the flow of the wonderful fabric.

Luckily I had a shopping list to keep me from being overwhelmed at the show!  On my list was a Moda charm pack of Pure by Sweetwater so I can participate in “Project Pure” for the Philly Modern Quilt Guild Challenge.  For this challenge, we create a unique quilt to show off at our September meeting, which will be my first meeting!  Hopefully, I can pull off this quilt by Tuesday…

Links to related posts: Mancuso Quilt Show, Philly Modern Quilt Guild


Don’t Forget to Trim the Dog Ears

“Dog Ear” — what an odd name for the excess fabric when sewing angles.  I am currently assembling the gumball parts for Stitchin’ Heaven’s Gumball Quilt Pattern.  The first step was to sew 30 half square triangles, which consisted of pairing two pre-cut triangles, pinning, sewing, pressing, and finally — trimming the dog ears!  With all of these steps, it was critical that I worked left to right with a swivel of my body to go between the sewing machine and the ironing board.  Check out my temporary set up in my living room for this project and the 30 half square triangles that resulting from an hour of sewing.

Links to previous Gumball Quilting posts: The Beginnings of More Projects, Gumball Production