Saturday, October 14, 2017

New Shop Sample for TJ's Fabrics in Destin, Florida


( photo taken inside my new sewing and quilting design room)


The photos shown above are the new shop sample that I just created for tjsfabrics.com
located in Destin, Florida.  My pattern to make the Sewing Machine Mat is  used with some of the newest fabrics in the shop.  I really like the ric-rack and the colored buttons for accents.

Sunday, July 23, 2017

Mystery Class

I recently taught a Friday night "Mystery" quilt class at QuiltedCreations.net, located in Headland, Alabama.  A mystery quilt is so much fun because you have no clue what you are making until you get started.  The pre-class instructions told everyone to bring various strips of fabrics, in various widths and colors.  Just place them in a paper bag and come to class!
The strips of fabric were sewn onto background fabric, each block was nine inches finished.  When completed, the blocks make a wonderful star quilt.  The completed quilt with borders measures 46 x 46 inches, just the right size for a lap quilt or baby quilt.



This is Betty peeking out from behind!  She used Robyn Pandolph fabrics.



This is Becky peeking out from behind!  She used brightly colored fabrics, and machine embroidery to create a wonderful baby quilt.

I will be teaching at Quilted Creations again in August.  Hope to see you there!

Monday, May 22, 2017

It is Summer and the Living is Easy, and the Quilting is easy too!

     It is Summer and the Living is easy, and the Quilting is easy too!  This table runner is simple and easy to make.  You can "flip" it over, it is reversible, and enjoy the fabrics on both sides.   This table runner is perfect to be created from those beautiful fabrics or large scale print fabrics that you just do not want to cut into smaller pieces. 

Materials needed:
1/2 yard of two gorgeous, fun, Summer fabrics
1/4 yard binding fabric
Aurifil thread for stitching and machine quilting
15 1/2" x 45" (WOF) piece of batting
Spray baste product

Finished size of runner will be 15 x 42 inches.  (WOF = width of fabric)

•One half yard x WOF fabric pieces•  The two half yard pieces of fabric each need to be cut to size 15 1/2" x WOF.  (If the original half yard of fabric was cut correctly from your favorite quilt shop, this should leave you a 2 1/2" strip cut from the fabric.  This strip can now go into your stash, as it will not be used in this project).  Sandwich/layer together the bottom fabric right side down, batting in the middle, then top side fabric right side up.   Following the directions of the spray baste product, spray baste lightly all layers together.  Using a walking foot, machine quilt on the diagonal every 2 1/2",  making a cross-hatch design.  The quilting lines can be marked before quilting using a removable pen, or with quilters (painters) tape.
If using tape, just quilt right along beside the tape and then remove the tape.  Move the tape to the next row of quilting and repeat.  When the quilting is complete, trim the project to size, 
15" x 42".  Cut the binding fabric into four  2" strips.  Join the strips with diagonal seams to make a continuous binding strip.  With the wrong sides of the binding fabric strip inside, fold the strip in half lengthwise and press with your iron. Machine stitch binding to your "favorite" top side of the table runner fabric, then finish the binding by hand stitching to the back side of the runner.  This project can easily be completed by a "confident beginner"  during a Summer afternoon. 


Fabrics I used are designed by BariJ. for Art Gallery Fabrics.

Thursday, February 23, 2017

Sharing More T-Shirt Quilts

     Working full time at my day job certainly keeps me busy, but I love to create T-shirt quilts for friends when I have time. I was asked to create these two quilts as Christmas gifts this past year.  The first one is made entirely from the child's machine embroidery created shirts. He is now four years old.  The quilt was a gift from the grandmother to the mom.  This was the first time I attempted to create from shirts this small in size, but it turned out wonderful! It will be a wonderful family heirloom that the mom and grandmother will always treasure.







This quilt was created and given from the mom to her son as a Christmas gift.  Grunge fabrics by Basic Grey, Moda fabrics, were used in the sashing and backing for this quilt.  It was machine quilted with a great geometric pattern.  Just wonderful for a quilt for a guy. They both loved the design.