Tuesday, June 28, 2011

Quilting 101

 Just had a great evening with Jackie and Janna teaching a Quilting 101 class at JoAnn Fabrics.  This Mother and Daughter team made their first quilt squares.  I don't really think they were beginners - they were both just too good at this!  

They learned how to straighten up the fabric and to use rotary cutters SAFELY.

And they were both naturals with the sewing machine. 

Perfect 1/4" seams were made by all and the blocks turned out really cute - almost as cute as Jackie and Janna!!!

Saturday, June 25, 2011

MORE Wedding Ring Fabrics!

Ok, so I thought we were done.  Ha ha.  I should have know we would have late comers to the party!

Auntie Ali sent these in.  She has been making the cutest kids bibbs and the like and just had to share these fun prints!  I LOVE HER COLORS!!

And Melinda sent along these olive green sleeves.  They came a note from Melinda that said she would explain where they came from later!  That's a story I will need to hear for sure.  This red fuzzy stuff is a delight from Kathy & Ed and we even have someone give the shorts off their bottom to add to the mix.  I am not looking very deeply for a meaning here...

Auntie Jan T thought of the boys in Paducah while at the big quilt show.  She said this was the weirdest fabric she could find a Hancock's of Paducah.  I'm not sure if that is a comment about Hancock's or about Jan T but the little spiders are way too cute!!  Glad she sent a big piece cause that fabric is gonna show up in some future projects!

And then a wonderful friend of Ryan's sent 9 yards of this great stripe for the backing.  Think I'll use a bit on the front, too.

And when Betty got home from visiting me and arranging the paper pieces, she sent these fabrics to me. What a cool bunch of stuff.  This quilt is going to be so cool!

More Wedding Quilt Fabrics

Auntie Zoe cleaned out her stash and sent along a great selection of neutrals.  She has the best stuff !

And then I hit Bear Threads in Cumming, Ga and rounded out the group.  I think we have enough! I love being on a mission!  Betty did give me the evil eye every time I added another bolt to the cut pile.  She finally put her little hand on my arm and said, "There are no more neutrals left in the store.  STOP!"  So I did.  Uncle Dan cut them all up into nice little 5" x 5" squares for me!  What a sweetie!

And Uncle Dan attacked all the prints, too.  Besides all the ones we have already seen, Auntie Jan T and Auntie Holly sent a few selections. . .   I'm not sure if they were real excited about this quilt or just wanted to thin the herd a bit, but what does it matter?  Uncle Dan carefully cut 5" x 5" pieces of EACH AND EVERY fabric so we would have a nice blend and not leave anything out!

And then Auntie Betty came all the way from Michigan to sort out the paper pieces for me!  She separated each kind into it's group and clipped them all together and hung them on the design wall.
She is very cool!

Finally, we are ready to sew something!  All the hunting a gathering is done!

Thursday, June 23, 2011

Double Wedding Ring Fabric Explosion

Well, kids, this is how the fabric started to arrive!  It is like Christmas!

Auntie Jessica thought the boys needed some of her fabric from the Bear Claw baby quilt.
Auntie Diane sent some cute stuff.  Love, love, love the construction equipment.

Auntie JoAnn sent this group.  Hope it ends up in the qilt?  Are you kidding?  Bright flowers and hearts and glitter? Please, you don't have to beg for this to be included.  And, just remember, since I have very few filters, EVERYTHING is gonna make it into this puppy!

And Auntie Patsy sent candy and jello and bears!  Oh, my!  Leave it to Patsy to have GREAT stash!
Auntie Diane sent the farm. Mushrooms and eggs and Olivia the Pig!
Auntie Wendy starts off by apologizing for not having a lot to send. . .  pa-lease!!!  Look at this stuff - coral reefs, bees, dolphins, babies in scuba masks!  What a delightful collection!
Auntie Tina send this huge piece of fabric with the cool car.  I haven't figured out just how to showcase this beauty, but it will be in the quilt!
Auntie Lisa W sent a tremendous selection of her incredible batiks!  Lots of these got rubbed and handled and ahhhed over even before they made it to the cutting table.
Auntie Janet has been hiding tennis shoes, coke bottles and sushi from us!  Thanks for sharing!  These are just way cool!
And Auntie Jan J had the farm, the fruit and the spools of thread.  She even sent along a guitar and sheet music!
Ok, I have to admit it - I lost who sent this collection.  Somebody fess up so I can label it correctly!!!  the dogs in 'Uncle Sam' hats is just darling!