Monthly Archives: November 2010

Preparing for the Shop Hop 2010

The local sewing shops in my area are hosting the 2010 Shop Hop Adventure: Fall Fabric Frenzy this weekend.  Over four days, I will be visiting ten local sewing stores for hopes of winning a grand prize!  Also, I am in search for some items on my shopping listing for future quilts.  Top items on my list are black background batiks, landscape fabrics, complementary fabric for my upcoming Philly Modern Quilt Guild, and background fabric for my Gumball Quilt.

I plotted out the adventure and determined that the drive from the first to the last store is 3 hours and 20 minutes.  Although it will be fun to visit new shops, it will be a long weekend full of driving.  Luckily, I have my list and it will make visiting the shops 20 times faster.

Source: Google Maps (View Larger Map)

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Last Block for the Underground Railroad

I am very pleased at the result of my Drunkard’s Path Block for the Underground Railroad Quilt Sampler. For my class tomorrow, we will discuss the layout of our blocks. My initial thought is to have the 10 main blocks and have it organized in a 4 x 3 block layout. With the extra two spaced, I could add a title and the words from Ozella McDaniel William’s Underground Railroad Quilt Code. My other option is add the quilt code into the sashing.

“The Monkey Wrench turns the Wagon Wheel toward Canada on a Bear’s Paw trail to the Crossroads. Once they got to the crossroads they dug a Log Cabin on the ground. Shoofly told them to dress up in cotton and satin Bow Ties and go to the cathedral church, get married and exchange Double Wedding Rings. Flying Geese stay on the Drunkard’s Path and follow the Stars.”

(Source: Ozella McDaniel Williams, as reported in “Hidden in Plain View: A Secret Story of Quilts and the Underground Railroad” by Jacqueline L. Tobin and Raymond G. Dobard. Published by Doubleday in 1999. Softcover edition by First Anchor Books, 2000.)

Links to Previous Underground Railroad Sampler Posts: Underground Railroad Quilt Class, Underground Quilt Blocks, The Underground Railroad Sampler Continues, Same Block with Many Names, Double Check the Double Wedding Ring, Take Two

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My New Quilting Machine

Today, I ventured to the Hinkletown Sewing Machine Shop in Ephrata, PA (232 Wanner Road) and a few hours later I returned with a new quilting Machine.  This small store in Lancaster County, PA is the largest Bernina dealer in the USA (soure: Bernina News Release).  The owner was very knowledgeable about all of the machines and were very passionate about the Bernina products.  They had a large selection of used machines with limited hours of sewing.  It was a fun day to play with the machines and determine which machine was best for my quilting needs.  I am now an owner of a new Aurora 440 Quilter’s Edition.  It even has the embroidery package.  When I came home, Dunder Dog thought this huge package was for him.  He helped me unpack my new treasure and by the end of the night, I was sewing away!

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Take Two – Underground Railroad Sampler Continued

Due to my flop yesterday with my measurements, I took another shot at my Flying Geese block and started over.  It is now a perfect 12.5 inch square, matching all of the others.  My plan is to incorporate the extra-large block into a pieced backing.  I also completed the Friendship Star and the North Star blocks.  My last block for this quilt is the Drunkard’s Path with the arches.

Links to Previous Underground Railroad Sampler Posts: Underground Railroad Quilt Class, Underground Quilt Blocks, The Underground Railroad Sampler Continues, Same Block with Many Names, Double Check the Double Wedding Ring

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Which one is not like the others?

As I finished my tenth bock, I noticed it being different from all of the others.  Can you tell?  Additionally, let me know if you have a creative idea to fix it that does not involve starting over or losing my points.

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Double Check the Double Wedding Ring

It doesn’t take long to sew a mistake, but takes very long to rip it out.  When working with the 53 pieces of the Double Wedding Ring block, it is always good to compare your layout with a completed block (or picture).  This Double Wedding Ring block is part of my Underground Railroad Sampler.  With only four more blocks to go and two more classes, this sampler is winding up quickly!

Links to Previous Underground Railroad Sampler Posts: Underground Railroad Quilt Class, Underground Quilt Blocks, The Underground Railroad Sampler Continues, Same Block with Many Names

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Dragonflies, Daisies, and Diamonds

After a full weekend of quilting, I have completed another quilt top. — well almost, I still need to figure out my borders.  It is filled with dragonflies, daisies, and diamonds.  The assembly was diagonal strips and I had a hard time visualizing the finished top.  I found myself tilting my head just to see it straight.  The borders will be easy after this piecing.

Links to Previous Posts for this Quilt: The Turning Point, Fussy Fuzzy Cutting, Novice Template Attempt, and Dragonflies and Diamonds

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