Monday, March 20, 2017

Its Quilt Quazy Queen Week

Yup, That's right.  It's Quilt Quazy Queen week, and today is my day.

Well, believe me....I am a Quazy Quilter!

I am one that everything has to be orderly and in its proper place.  The only time its messed up is when I am sewing.  At the end if each day, I put everything back till the next day.

Let me show you my room and how I keep things orderly.


My husband hung large white shelves all around my room.   I keep different items in each tote.   7 with Fat Quarters in,  one has small printed scraps, one with plain scraps, one with strips, another with squares, one with rectangles, 2 with assorted size Batiks. 

 Then I have 2 book cases, one wood and one Tuppermaid.  On the book shelves I keep my fabric assorted in stacks from 1/4 yard to 7 yards.

Also, on one shelf I have my magazines assorted by month and year.

I found 2 thread holders at a flea market last summer, for $1.00.  I couldn't believe it!  So I hung them together.

This is a corner desk we used to keep our computer on.  We no longer have our computer, we went to a lap too and our phones.  So the desk turned into my cutting table/design table/sewing table. 

In this basket I keep the fabric and designs of the project I want to do next.
Now, don't get me wrong, even though I keep things in order, I normally have 2 different projects going at once.  But keep them together.

  Such as one could be blocks, which I stack together neatly on my desk as I make them to put together. 

While another could be arranged on my design wall.  When I am working in my room I have it a mess, but I guarantee, at the end of the day all is put away till the next day.   Even my machine gets its cover on at the end if the day.

 I also will not start another project till one of these are completed.  

My partner in crime, taking a nap.  She loves being close to me, so she has a bed in almost every room of our house.  So no matter which room I am in, she goes to that bed, lol.
Now, I must say, I feel I am a very lucky quilter.  My husband purchased a long arm machine for me 3 years ago.  Not only that...Last summer he built onto our house making a room just for my machine.  He is just wonderful and supports my quilting 100%.  He is also very handy, when I say built my room, he did it ALL
 (except for some painting that I helped with)

My machine, which I love playing with!

We love going into thrift shoos and second hand stores.  (You never know what you can find.)  Last fall we stopped in this shop owned by a retired couple who bought furniture from estate sales.  He found this oak gun cabinet and said it would be perfect to display quilts.  He added some shelf's and put a board on top.  Perfect!

He even made me a quilt rack.  It will hold a quilt up to 98 inches long.  And check it out, he put my name in it!

Then he made a Spool holder to hold my larger spools of thread.
My son made me the shelf and stained it to match all the other woodwork.
Oh, and a large basket on the floor is to keep my pantographs in.

I also purchased 2 plastic drawer sets to put rulers, pins, small toppers, etc.

My toy machine collection on a shelf above French doors that lead into our Dining Room.

Another great find... This was a beat, large oval table with 3 chairs that we found for 
$ 20.00.  He cut it round, put an edge on it, sanded, stained and Wa Laa, I got the perfect table for my room.  I made chair pads and as you can see...Perfect!  (I tell you, this Quazy Quilting Queen is truly lucky to have such a wonderful man.)

Thank you Marian for all your hard work.  I must say, I am really enjoying seeing everyone's quilt rooms and am getting more ideas as to make mine better.


Marian at Seams to Be Sew  not only has been hard at work organizing the hop, she has some very sweet giveaways. She will have special giveaways each day on her blog as the host so plan on visiting, and the special giveaways change throughout the hop. Look for many more exciting companies you love already!

All giveaways are open to everyone, but before entering the drawing for these 3 giveaways--Terial Arts, Quilters Dream and Martelli, you must agree to pay your own shipping costs should you win. *Northcott FQ fabrics have free shipping.

USA Priority Mail: 6.75
Canada: 15.50
International: 23.50

Marttelli Notions

Northcott Fabrics
(This giveaway will fave FREE shipping) 

And last but not least, EQ7 is givi g a 30% discount for the length of the hop!

Use the code that follows.

Promo code: EQHOP2017
The code is good from 3/16/2017 to 3/27/2017
Exclusions: Electric Quilt 7, EQ7 Migration Kit, Upgrade from EQ Mini to EQ7, EQ Mini Migration Kit, EQ Academy classes, and EQ University classes.

(This code is also good for Upgrades from EQ6 to EQ7, and also the EQStitch.)

I now want to invite you to visit the other Quazy Quilting Queens that are showing their special rooms today. 

March 20

Below is the schedule for the rest of this
 Quazy hop!

March 21
March 22
Happy Quilting Everyone!!

Sunday, February 5, 2017

Valentine's TableTopper

Well, today is Super Bowl Sunday.  Are you watching the game?

We do not follow football so it is just another Sunday to us.  My husband spent his afternoon trimming trees in the back yard.  As for me, I spent the day sewing.

So, I have a question for you still decorate for Valentines day after you Retired?

For me, I don't know if you want to call it decorating but I enjoy changing some things up with the Holidays, yes, even Valentines day. Like silk flowers, candles, centerpieces, wall hangings and table toppers.  I had a Valentines topper for our Dining room table, but needed one for my table in my quilt room. 

I wanted something small and simple.  So I started by making hearts in assorted Batic fabrics,

Then I cut a large circle and arranged them in a circle.  

I wanted to keep this simple, so I cut another circle for backing and batting.
(Gee, I think I am boring my partner, lol)

  I sewed right sides together all around the edges. Then made a little slit in the center of the back to turn right sides out.  
I pressed, appliquéd it by machine and quilted it.

For the back, I made a small appliqué heart to cover the slit where I turned it around.

Not fancy, but it looks good to me.

It even matches the mug rug I made earlier:

It was a fun afternoon project.  I have so many things I am doing, but sometimes it is fun to be able to start and finish a project in one day.  

Hope you all had a fun day, whether sewing or watching the Super Bowl.

Till next time,


Thursday, January 19, 2017

A Fresh Snow Hop!

Today is the first day of the "A Fresh Snow Hop" and it is my day to show what I made!

I want to give a big thank you to Marian Pena, at Seams to be Sew .  She came up with a great hop here and did a lot of work organizng and getting it all together.  THANK YOU!

That being said....who don't like snow?

(Gee, maybe I should re-think that, lol)

We do not get a lot of snow down here in Tennessee.  Surly, not what we are use to.  And most of the time when it does snow, it is all melted by noon.

This year we have been having a very warm winter so far.  Why we were 74° on Christmas day.  The last 2 weeks we were averaging in the 60's!
Oh, I am not complaining, it is nice not to be so cold, just hope it don't mean a hot summer.
(I must confess though, I miss the snow.  I got a lot of memories with snow.)

OK now,  I have been working on this for quite a while.  Since I really like snowmen and blue is my favorite color. This was perfect! See, a friend of me be gave me this adorable pattern

from "Bird Brain" designs, the beginning of November.  I worked on this whenever I could.  I wanted to get it finished and hang it up to enjoy it.   With the holidays and everything else, well, that just didn't happen.  It took longer to embroider than I thought.  

My Snowmen:

(I don't know why the picture shows up yellow, believe me they are white!)

Now, the pattern shows it as a Table Topper.  But anyone who knows me, knows that I don't follow directions.  I have to do it my way.  Not only that, all the work put in the snowmen, I wasn't going to take any chances of getting anything spilled on them.

So I decided to put a boarder around them to look like a frame. 
Kinda like a ribbon perhaps?
I drew some paper piece patterns.

Now, I could have just sewed my pieces together, but I decided to do paper piecing for 2 reasons.  
1.  They will get perfect.
2.  I need the practice.   

So I cut out my triangles in an approximate size needed.

Then I started sewing them together. 
The most horrible thing happened!
Yes!   My Pfaff quit sewing!!
I don't have to tell you how upset I was!
My poor husband tried and tried to fix it.  He knows how I love that machine.  But unfortunately, it needs a new part. 
Lucky, I have a great Featherweight I could use.  So the next day I finished my boarder.

Here is where my design wall came in handy.  I put the snowmen up, then the blue ribbon around and then the snowflake printed fabric.


Decisions, Decisions!  I wanted to show off the snowmen, not the boarder.

Here it is:

After all that, I just didn't like the blue ribbon boarder.  It looked too over bearing to me.  I wanted something simple.

Total size is:   38 1/2" X 10 1/2”

Oh, I also made these snowmen for my mini stands:

You ask what I am doing today? Hmmm, not sure yet, but for now, I am going to see all the other beautiful "Snow" projects that are shown today.  I hope you join me.

Marian is offering this Great Giveaway.  
In fact, she is giving away a kit each day of the hop.  So be sure to visit each day.

Today is this adorable kit....
"The Quilted Cow"!
It is an adorable wool wall hanging.
Just leave a comment below and
enter here at:

for your chance to win.

Marian is giving away a new block patters each day!


Thursday, January 12, 2017

Making a Quilted Clock

What time is it?
That's easy......


It all started when I needed a clock in my room and couldn't find exactly what I wanted.   Sooo decided to make my own.  I purchased the inners and hands at our local Walmart. 

From there I drew different sewing items to be my numbers.

I made a tape measurer, needle and thread, 2 spools of thread,

Pin cushion, scissors, buttons, rotor cutter, and an iron.
(I did use the numbers 3, 6, 9, and 12.)

For the center, I made a Singer sewing machine.
After all the appliques were on, I did some embroidery work.  I made the thread in the needle, thread on the machine and the word Singer.

I then embrodered
"Time to Quilt"
I sewed 4 triangles (one to each corner) then added the sides.
Next I cut batting and backing and quilted in a grid pattern.
When it was completed, my husband added a backing to make it sturdy.  Then put the clock box on the back and the hands.

Wah Lah,  I got a clock!

Now that I have your attention, let me tell you about the next hop.
"A Fresh Snow"

(Here in West TN it has been in the 60's all week.  Would you believe we actually reached 74° on Christmas day?  I kinda miss the snow.)

Anyway, it is going to be a fun hop.  Lots of prizes, ideas AND snow!
Starts January 20th

Go see Marion,  
for the full schedule.
Hope to see you all there.
Till then...