Episode 73 – The Husband

Happy National Quilting Day! What did you do to celebrate? I am working on quilting this quilt:

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And I also did some hand quilting at the shop while The Girl took her sewing class. At least I did until I broke my bazillionth needle. Then I just shopped. Who can blame me, though? I was in a shop. With quilting stuff! I couldn’t resist.

This episode is special because it is The Husband’s birth year (73). He is on this show, so be warned…much straying from the subject occurs when The Husband has a say.

If you live in Northeast Ohio and are looking to enter a quilt show…might I suggest this one? Please!

Enjoy the show! Thank you for listening and have a great week. Quilt on!

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Episode 72

Here are a few pictures of the finished gift quilt top:
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Does anyone know the secret to a good hand-quilted stab stitch? I need heeeeelp!

You can click here to listen to (or download, if you right-click and choose ‘save as’) the show. Don’t forget to leave me a comment and say hi. Thank you for listening and have a great day!

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Episode 71

Here is a link to the bag that I bought for (secret!) vacation: A Day in the Park Backpack Tote

Do you have a sewing buddy? Have you ever made an artist trading card?


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Episode 70

I finished the cloverleaf quilt! Here is another teaser view:
Cloverleaf sneak peak - front

Have you heard of the show Sherlock? You can catch it on Netflix.

Also I get to hand over this quilt tomorrow:

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It is always exciting (and a little sad) to send a quilt to it’s forever home.

I talked about a great class I finished watching on Craftsy, “Hand Quilting with Andi Parejda.”  If you are new to hand-quilting this class is for you.  Andi goes over everything…thread, needles, batting, fabric, hoops, marking tools, and lots of other stuff.

I also signed up for another class – “Sew Retro Perfect Bombshell Dress.”  It was a reward for making a weight loss goal, and I wanted it to be inspiring yet not about quilting.  We’ll see how it goes!

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Episode 69 – Stitch Savvy review

Today I talked about this awesome book:

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I’ve been seeing it around the blogosphere a lot and after picking it up twice in the book store I decided it was time to take it home.

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Snow Dye pictures

Snow Dye results

Snow Dye results

Here are a few pictures of the fabric that I dyed with the Snow Dye method that I read about in Quilter’s Newsletter.  The above stack is 7 different 1 yard pieces.  You can see they range from pink to blue-green to orange.

Favorite piece

Favorite piece

A piece that looks a lot like tie-dye...not my favorite piece.

A piece that looks a lot like tie-dye…not my favorite piece.


scrap pieces

scrap pieces

This last piece has that tie-dye look, but I also see something in it.  Do you see it?

Do you see the angel?

Do you see the angel?


How about now?  Ya, it is a stretch.  I know.  :)

I used Procion dyes from the Dharma Trading Company and the colors I used were Turquise, lemon yellow, and a shade of red that was a sample so I’m not sure what it was.

It was great fun, you should give it a try if you live somewhere with snow.  The only bummer part was the amount of washing the fabric required afterwards.  Maybe I used too much dye!

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Episode 68 – Compliment Challenge

So will you take the challenge? For the rest of the year, when someone compliments a quilt you made/are making, you must accept the comment graciously with a simple ‘thank you’ and NO self-flagellating or disparaging remarks! Got it? You can read about Angela Walters using this rule here.

If you like Darla’s podcast, The Scientific Quilter…head on over here and give her some love.

Did you go to your LQS for quilt shop day?  I did!

My LQS - A Piece In Time

My LQS – A Piece In Time

I bought thread & some new machine needles.

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Episode 67 – Tracy Chevalier writes quilt stuff! Who knew?

Tracy Chevalier released a new book called The Last Runaway. Have you heard of it?

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According to this review on NPR:

For a novel exploring such explosive themes, The Last Runaway is a quiet, contemplative read, mirroring the demeanor of its Quaker heroine. It might be too quiet for some readers. Much of the narrative is devoted to lengthy descriptions of Honor quilting and performing other homely domestic tasks. These scenes can become rather ponderous.

Woot!  A novel with quilting in it.

I am still wondering how much they are asking for that quilt shop. Wouldn’t it be like an Elm Creek Quilt novel to own your own shop?  Ah.  To have all that fabric and sewing machines whirring and…wake up!

You can click here to listen to (or download, if you right-click and choose ‘save as’) the show. Don’t forget to leave me a comment and say hi. Thank you for listening and have a great day!

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Episode 66 – Angela Walters Craftsy class review

I finished quilting the Cloverleaf Quilt!  Check out some sneak peaks.

This is the back:
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And then I started playing with the camera a bit…and found I could make these neat tiled pics.  So here is another shot(s) of the back:

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And then this is a another playful shot, this time of the front:

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Sometimes I wonder about my color choices.  I happen to love bright pink and that peacock blue together.  Do you have a favorite color combination that doesn’t seem popular?

Don’t forget to visit a local quilt shop on January 24th for Quilt Shop Day!  It turns out my local quilt shop is involved.  Yay!  Check the site to see if there is a shop in your area.

This episode mostly centered around Craftsy and Angela Walters’ class, Machine Quilting Negative Space.  I recently completed her course.  The quilt that I made for my friend’s daughter was quilted with some of Angela’s designs.  There are lots of classes to take on the site including classes covering knitting, cake decorating, apparel sewing, and even cheese making.  There are a few free classes scattered around the site so if you are unsure of the format there is a try-before-you-buy opportunity.

You can click here to listen to (or download, if you right-click and choose ‘save as’) the show. Don’t forget to leave me a comment and say hi. Thank you for listening and have a great day!

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2012 Project Completions in Review

Projects I completed in 2012

Projects I completed in 2012

So here is a visual of the projects that I completed in 2012.  The charity challenge is on there multiple times to fill a blank hole.  Also I noticed there is one quilt that I never put up on the blog:

april-may2012 163This was a quilt that I made from a block exchange I did ages ago.  It was the fourth quilt completed for the five quilt charity challenge.

I used this Mosaic Maker to create the tiled image above.  Fun!

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