Monday, February 23, 2015

Log Cabin Quilts

Did you ever take any quilting classes?  Well I never did till this last week.  I went with a friend of mine to another friends shop in Martin.

We had so much fun...the lesson was on the proper way to make the Log Cabin block.  Now, my first thought was, I made those blocks, they are easy.  But, I learned real quick, with the proper ruler, they are sooo much easier.

This ruler does all the calculating for you.   It not only will make the proper width you want but gives you the measurements for each strip.

There were only 6 of us so you know we got a lot covered .  We each got a book and ruler.  The book was "Log Cabin ABC's" by Marti Mitchell.

It is a great book with lots of ideas, patterns, and complete easy to read instructions.

Linda (our instructor) started by going over the first part of the book. Where the log Cabin block originated and how the center block is usually red (representing fire or heat inside your cabin), then picking fabrics.

Next, we all picked our fabrics and after being showed how to use the ruler, we cut the pieces out:

(Linda Deboard, our instructor/shop owner)

After we cut them out, we sewed them together.  So many ways to place them:

(We put 4 of our blocks together)

Linda Deboard has a beautiful little shop in Martin, TN called  Ellakates Quilt Shop .  You can find this ruler and book in her store.  She carries everything from fabric, rulers, patterns, threads, books, and much more.  Please, take the time to check her out.

One of her Log Cabin quilts:

Don't forget, 
Mark your calendar,
March 13th is the
"Bird Tree Hop"

You are not going to want to miss this one..

So tell me, what class did you attend?

Till next time,


Tuesday, February 10, 2015

My Mystery Quilt

Did you ever do a Mystery Quilt?   Perhaps tou joined in with a group of ladies you know, perhaps your guild, or even on a specific site?  Well I must say, they are a lot of fun.

Last year our Guild (here is West TN) did a mystery quilt together.   Snice it was our first, it was on the "easy" level.  It was called " Summer Breeze".

The first month I passed out a simple guideline to explain what we will be doing and the fabric needed.  It also explained how to cut your fabric.

Step two, we started to sew some squares together.

This was.mine:

Next, step 3...

Again mine:

Then step 4...

Again, mine:

Step 5...

And once again mine:
(The finished block)

Then for the last step, putting the blocks together.
As far as boarders, everyone was on their own.   They could go by pattern, make them wider, smaller, add 2, etc.

And here is mine, I decided to add appliqué flowers in my boarders.

Linda Arndt's:

Barbara Groeschell's:

Geneva Wright's


As you can see, we all had a lot of fun and did it in our own way.  
Why, some of the girls just gathered the pattern to make later.

Please, leave me a comment, I would love to hear about your Mystery Quilt. Would you be interested in starting a Mystery Quilt with me?

This year we are doing a block of the month.  I had drawn up a quilt that has 3 different site blocks to it.  Fun, Fun, Fun..
That is what it is all about, right?

Till next time,



Tuesday, February 3, 2015

We Support You, Today and Everyday!

Today is my day and I have to say that this is the most heart warming hop I ever seen.
We are supporting our ladies and everyone else who are dear to us that faces the challenges trying to fight this horrible disease.

I want to give Madame Samm a big thank you for this hop and supporting all those in style with her beautiful pattern.

I also want to let you know, the "We Support You" Friendship pattern is available for purchase for $ 12.00 by emailing Madame Samm directly at: 

And I want to give  Pat from Life the the Scrapatch a big thank you for all her hard work and support cheering us on.

Cancer has struck so many in our family.  My cousin was diagnosed with Breast Cancer 11 years ago, all three of her children shaved their hair off to support her.  She fought long and heard but unfortunately lost the battle a year later.

My father also was diagnosed with prostrate cancer a year after his retirement.  He was one of the lucky ones that went into remission and (knock on wood) still no sign of it returning.  The sad thing is while he was fighting, so was 2 of his brothers, they were not as lucky and we lost them both.

I feel very proud to be in this hop and to show my support.

On a lighter note.....Sally has been very busy quilting with her Aunt and they made a Friendship Quilt to show their support.

(I shrank the pattern but don't know by how much cause I drew it instead of using the printer.)

(Close up of their quilt)

Then I made this, again shrinking the pattern a little..

I appliqued the bra and heart.  The hanger and bra straps, I embroidered. 
Perfect for my coffee in my room.

Ok, I think I bored you enough, ah, but don't quit yet.   Fill your coffee cup cause here are the links to others that are showing their Support today: