Friday, February 16, 2018

Show and Tell

We had a wonderful show and tell at my miniature quilt group meeting last week - The Little Bits!

I hope I can remember now who showed what!

I like this backing fabric of the backs of postcards.

This is the one I am having a hard time remembering who brought and showed - June maybe?

I think this was also June's

Definitely Sherida's!  Love the colors!

This one and the one below were also shown by Sherida.

Eleanor's (I think the postcard fabric was on the back of this one...)

Sherida's - she is very creative and artistic!

This one and the next two are Kathy's from a project she is working on :)

Two art pieces by Susan.  She is also a painter!

Just had to take a picture of the beautiful flowers blooming at Leota's house.

This last one is a quilt Kathy is working on quilting.  I love the colors in this one too!

I have a lot of talented friends!

Thursday, February 15, 2018

Valentine's Day Continued

Major props to my hubby for making my Valentine's Day very special yesterday!  I found a red box on my desk in the morning that had a beautiful piece of Polish Pottery in it and a note that ended up leading me on a treasure hunt throughout the house where I discovered amongst other things these folded napkin roses, fat quarters, candy, flowers etc. Very fun!  Made my day and made me feel special :) Thank you, thank you!

We also received in the mail the adorable Valentine above from our granddaughter!  Can hardly wait to see her!
Stopped at Enstroms the other day and they're already decorating chocolate Easter eggs! Easter is pretty early this year though...

Thank you to all who have sent me an email requesting that pattern.  I am going to work on that right now and hopefully get it emailed out in the next day or two.  Have a great post Valentine's Day - hopefully you didn't eat too much sugar :)

Wednesday, February 14, 2018

Happy Valentine's Day!!

Happy Valentine's Day!  Look at this adorable tea towel my friend Pam made for me :). My hubby and I are shortly going out for breakfast with some neighbors - we decided not to brave the dinner crowds!

I was able to tame my embroidery threads with the Amazing Tape I mentioned in an earlier post.  Wow!  What a difference - I love this stuff.  Now my threads are nicely tucked into their zippered compartments and easy to see and find - and those loose threads aren't flying everywhere!
Thanks Doe for the tip!

Monday, February 12, 2018


I finished my hedgehog block!  I know I've said this over and over but I love these and love working on them!  I believe this is the final block, so this month I should be getting instructions on how to put it all together into a quilt!

Right now I'm working on two projects that I cannot share on my blog: the International Miniature Quilt Exchange and Sue Spargo's new block of the month Homegrown.  I'm enjoying both and someday will share some pictures, but not now!  Sue Spargo's is a private group and not a published pattern yet, therefore we can't share photos.  But I can tell you it's fun!

Have a nice quilting day :)

Sunday, February 11, 2018

Embroidery Guild Show and Tell

These items were shown at the Embroidery Guild meeting this week:

A couple of beautiful Brazilian Embroidery pieces. (They are behind plastic, so hence the shine!)

A cute little snowman mat that someone made in Laura Pedge's class.

And some fun crocheted toys that will be donated to Latimer House for the children.

Next month we will be learning how to make Temari! This is something I've been wanting to do for a long time!  Here is a little bit of information from Wikipedia:

Temari (手まり) balls are a folk art form and Japanese craft that originated in China and was introduced to Japan around the 7th century A.D.[1] "Temari" means "hand ball" in Japanese. Balls made from embroidery may be used in handball games.
Historically, temari were constructed from the remnants of old kimonos. Pieces of silk fabric would be wadded up to form a ball, and then the wad would be wrapped with strips of fabric. As time passed, traditional temari became an art, with the functional stitching becoming more decorative and detailed, until the balls displayed intricate embroidery. With the introduction of rubber to Japan, the balls went from toys to art objects, although mothers still make them for their children. Temari became an art and craft of the Japanese upper class and aristocracy, and noble women competed in creating increasingly beautiful and intricate objects.
Temari are highly valued and cherished gifts, symbolizing deep friendship and loyalty. Also, the brilliant colors and threads used are symbolic of wishing the recipient a brilliant and happy life. Traditionally, becoming a craftsman in Japan was a tedious process. Becoming a temari artist in Japan today requires specific training, and one must be tested on one's skills and technique before being acknowledged as a crafter of temari.
Traditionally, temari were often given to children from their parents on New Year's Day. Inside the tightly wrapped layers of each ball, the mother would have placed a small piece of paper with a goodwill wish for her child. The child would never be told what wish their mother had made while making the ball.
Alternately, some balls contained "noisemakers" consisting of rice grains or bells to add to the play value. It is said that traditional temari were wrapped so tightly they would bounce.
Temari are also known as "gotenmari."
Finally, just for fun, a picture of what it's like grocery shopping with a toddler!  Ah, I remember those days!

Saturday, February 10, 2018

If You Requested This Pattern

I have had several people comment on my post about this quilt, requesting the pattern.  I replicated an older quilt, so figured out dimensions etc. from looking at pictures and measuring the older quilt.  I found my notes and measurements and will be happy to share with those who were interested.
Please email me at: and send me your mailing address if you'd like it mailed, or I can scan and email the instructions to you as well, whichever works best.

Friday, February 9, 2018

More From Cheryl Phillips

Cheryl Phillips presented a wonderful trunk show and lecture at the Embroidery Guild on Tuesday.  Following are some pictures of some of her beautiful quilts.  She has written several books, designed rulers and I must say - she must be a mathematical genius :) Enjoy!!

Using crayons or colored pencils to color or paint, then quilting.

She has a very unique method for constructing a Double Wedding Ring quilt!


She also has a unique method for constructing a Mariner's Compass quilt.  She said, if there is an easier way, she'll find it!

This is a teeny tiny miniature quilt!  The quilting on it was incredible!

Detail of miniature above...

I've had a busy week!  Embroidery Guild on Tuesday, Little Bits on Wednesday, taught the second part of an embroidery/embellishment class at Hi Fashion yesterday - phew!  Today I'm hoping to sew the binding on my daughter's t-shirt quilt and organize my threads with some Amazing Tape I bought at Hi Fashion yesterday at the recommendation of Doe :).  Oh... and I need to do some laundry and cooking too!  Have a great day!