January 2014 Blog Posts (23)

Scan and Sew

I am not that impressed with the machine as I once was...Tried it and it's a pain in the backside......I have done 3 or 4 machine appliqué quilts with a minim of 35 squares and I would much rather lay a pice of fabric down and let my machine sew it down.....email me privately if u want more info.......

Added by Georgia E Porter on January 30, 2014 at 1:40pm — 1 Comment

Rockport Quilt Show, a review

Last weekend, I attended the quilt show in Rockport put on by the Piecemakers by the Bay quilt guild. Their quilt " A Celebration of Daisies",  fundraiser…


Added by Riana Noyes on January 30, 2014 at 10:54am — 17 Comments

Painted fabric squares

The fabric squares are the best way to make a quilt truly unique.  There are so many fabrics to choose from, but I still can't resist painting my own.  I used to paint on everything that wasn't moving, but I've settled on fabric now since I can make a quilt truly a one of a kind in more ways than one. 

Hope you all enjoy!  I'm off to the studio.  It's a snow day and I'm revved up on java, so have a great day everyone!


Added by Carol Lee Hargrave Mitchell on January 29, 2014 at 10:22am — 2 Comments

Charity Quilt

The painted fabric squares were painted by nursing home residents.  They wanted to participate in a project to help other women, so I came up with this idea.  I had plenty of fabric donated by a decorator (her discarded sample books) and we combined the painted squares with the assortment of textures and patterns to make these simple and beautiful quilts for the local battered women's shelter.  I have a long arm so after tying 2 with the yard method, I decided it was quicker and soooo much…


Added by Carol Lee Hargrave Mitchell on January 29, 2014 at 10:13am — 1 Comment

Scan N Cut

Onto another subject completely...Does anyone have the Brother Scan N Cut machine?  I just discovered it and wonder if it is as wonderful as it seems.  I'm so tempted but would like to hear what you all have to say about it. 

This is what I'm thinking.   I run a craft class at retirement facilities and the ladies would love to "quilt" but their hands don't work well, vision is awful and need lots of hands on help.  So I was thinking...If I can cut all the shapes out on fabric that is…


Added by Carol Lee Hargrave Mitchell on January 29, 2014 at 9:47am — No Comments

Gold Star Mothers

This quilt was pure joy to design, piece, and quilt.  The Gold Star Mothers raise funds to place wreaths on as many veteran's graves as the funds make possible.  These woman come together to share and heal with one another.  Please take the time to look at their site and read their stories.  We all know someone who has lost a loved one while at war. 

These women are a quiet group who gather together to stand beside one another in a dignified manner to honor the fallen soldiers.  

Added by Carol Lee Hargrave Mitchell on January 29, 2014 at 9:24am — No Comments

Scrap quilt

This quilt was made using 2" squares (I'll never do that again!).  All the pieces were left over scraps from projects and shirts.  The center was my first paper piecing project and I have to say I'm pleased with the result.  Paper piecing is a wonderful method for precision work and points. 

I am glad that quilt is finished.

Added by Carol Lee Hargrave Mitchell on January 29, 2014 at 9:16am — No Comments

Tumbling Blocks - a version

I'll say it so you all don't have to think I'm oblivious to the fact that this is a terrible quilt...but it is exactly what the customer wanted...handmade looking...not machine manufactured and perfect.  Well, I delivered.  All that aside, the best part of the entire adventure was the recorded story read by the grandmother onto the STKR.IT.com patch.  It's a wonderful method for grandparents, or anyone, who isn't close enough to read bedtime stories, etc.  The recordings can be changed every…


Added by Carol Lee Hargrave Mitchell on January 29, 2014 at 9:02am — No Comments

Despite Life Swirling Tornado Like

Hello Ladies!  I have a few photos to share to encourage those who have had a crazy year.  We can finish projects despite life swirling around us in a tornado like fashion.  I hope these photos will encourage one and all.  Now, if I can figure out how to put them up here...patience.

Added by Carol Lee Hargrave Mitchell on January 29, 2014 at 8:47am — No Comments

Ifinally organizing fabric.

I went to 99cent store bought poster board.cut in three pieces and wrapped material around it and stood material up on each row.Found material I did'nt know I had.some of my fabric is 30 years old and some I bought last summer. plus I have a trunk thats my coffee table filled with squares or 2 in strips i'd make with left over fabric when I finished a quilt. now I just need to use it. and TRY not to buy any more fabric for a while. mjh

Added by Mary J. Hayes on January 22, 2014 at 9:02pm — 8 Comments

YouTube View of Stitch of Courage

Heather Farrar, the narrator of my Civil War woman's book, Stitch of Courage, put together a video that shows photos of the quilts my great grandmother made, along with narrative of the book. Enjoy!

Stitch of Courage video

Added by Linda Hubalek on January 16, 2014 at 2:45pm — No Comments

Home again, home again, jiggity jig - My parents Gene and Marian Long and their Christmas quilt "Santas on Parade"

After 41 days in the hospital and in rehab, my Daddy-0 finally made it home on New Years Eve and both he and my mom are very glad to be there!  A week or so later, my sister Denise took this picture while visiting and sent it to me.  You can tell  by the smiles on their faces how happy they are to be in their own digs again and hopefully, how much they like the quilt.  As you…


Added by Virginia "Ginnie" Leiner on January 15, 2014 at 6:00pm — 4 Comments

Valentines block swap

Hey Ladies, we still need 6 more ladies to help us with our Valentines Block swap.  We would love for you to join us.  Check out our link.


Added by Jackie Baker on January 14, 2014 at 8:34am — No Comments

Hey Ladies,  We are still looking for 6 more ladies who would like to join our Valentines Day block swap.  Check out our link- we would love to have you.

Hey Ladies,  We are still looking for 6 more ladies who would like to join our Valentines Day block swap.  Check out our link- we would love to have you.


Added by Jackie Baker on January 14, 2014 at 8:32am — No Comments


My husband has a broken bone in his wrist and I will have a little more work to do while he recovers.  I doubt that I get much quilting done while he recovers.  Praying it does not snow as I have never ran the snow blower before.

Added by Jean Buchanan on January 14, 2014 at 7:57am — 1 Comment

Need help finishing

I am working on a quilt for a friend. She really loves the teal/gray color combo- The stars are done and was thinking of using gray as the sashing. Here is a pic of what I am thinking. Tell me what you think, be honest. The sashing isn't in so if it doesn't work I want to know…


Added by Jackie Baker on January 13, 2014 at 11:42am — 2 Comments

New Year Artsolution

Hi Ladies! Sounds like everyone is starting their new year out nicely. Last year was great, I learned and accomplished quite a lot. It was fun watching Jennie Leiner do her Christmas quilts. I have a plan for this year..not quite as ambitious as Jennie's but I think some beautiful creations will be born. I read an article in Quilt Art magazine regarding resolutions. The idea is instead of a resolution this year, choose a word in which to focus. The writers word was "printing" because she had…


Added by Karen Lightman on January 13, 2014 at 6:05am — No Comments

Back in the Saddle Again

Quilt hiatus is over but quilting will not resume full speed ahead unfortunately. I promised myself at least a month off after the Christmas quilts were finished and delivered on Thanksgiving Day and even went a bit beyond as I did not get back to my sewing machine until this week. However, I have a foot surgery scheduled for this coming Monday, January 13 - severe…


Added by Virginia "Ginnie" Leiner on January 9, 2014 at 7:30pm — 3 Comments

Giveaway of my audio book of Stitch of Courage

Win a free audio book of Stitch of Courage: A Woman's Fight for Freedom by me, Linda K. Hubalek. 

My books are now available as Audio books on Amazon's Audible and iTunes so I'm giving…


Added by Linda Hubalek on January 7, 2014 at 2:01pm — No Comments

The Mitchum Family, owners of "Christmas Chicken in the Pines"

Life is very busy when you are a young family with growing careers and a growing kid so I will give my nephew Rob and his wife, Laura, a pass right now for not providing me with a family quilt picture.  Rob and Laura are the new owners of my second favorite quilt of the 15 Christmas quilts, "Christmas Chicken in the Pines."…


Added by Virginia "Ginnie" Leiner on January 6, 2014 at 10:30pm — No Comments

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