July 2012 Blog Posts (32)

Foldy Stuff

If you have never heard of the "foldy stuff" method, google "Donna Poster". This is a technique she came up with to make pineapple and log cabin blocks. She probably has more patterns than those two, but they are the ones I purchased. It is a simple and fun method and no need for accurate 1/4 inch seams - very forgiving method. I would say especially good for beginning quilters.

Added by Ethelda Hillsman on July 31, 2012 at 7:50pm — No Comments

Summer 2012

This has truly been a summer to remember. I have enjoyed it even though the weather has put an extra burden on those who must work outside. It has caused me to stay inside and quilt just as much as a big snow woule in winter. It has simply been too hot to go outside and do anything else.

I have finished several UFOs of my own and done several customer quilts as well. I am really enjoying my HQ Avante and my new quilting studio.

I hope everyone has had a great summer and now…


Added by Nancy L. Bogard on July 29, 2012 at 8:54pm — 3 Comments

Family, Grandchildren, and Quilts

Today our son and his family left our area for their new home . He recently retired after 22 years in the Air Force. Needless to say, we are so very proud of him.  He has accepted a job with a company in another state, so this is move number 6 for his family. His eldest child commented that she has moved every 3 years of her life. I told her that hopefully this will be the last until she goes to college.It seems like it wasn't too long ago when we were getting our son ready for college. My…


Added by Ethelda Hillsman on July 29, 2012 at 5:03pm — No Comments

Mystery quilt

I have not made a mystery quilt for many years and am excited to have joined this group! Can't wait for it to start!

Added by Leslie Tidaback Hilmer on July 28, 2012 at 12:37pm — No Comments

VFW/QOF project

I have taken on a project for the VFW veterans of Marion Kansas.  I will be making and presenting 50 quilts.  I have decided to start with the WWII guys and work my way to the present.  I have a few people on board, along with the VFW Ladies Auxiliary.  I also have at least one longarmer on board.  The LQS's are also helping out.  They will be drop off sites for tops or materials.  One of the LQS is supplying bats at cost + s&h.  That will be a big help! 

I am looking for…


Added by Neva Kreutziger on July 27, 2012 at 10:57am — No Comments

AQS has employment opportunities

They keep telling me that change is a good thing and I should embrace it. So I'm working on that (smile). The change I'm working on now is that we are adding a position and filling one that will become vacant.

AQS is adding a position of Associate Show Director. This person will work hand-in-hand with our executive show director to keep our shows fresh, lively, and full of fantastic quilts. This is a great opportunity for anyone who loves quilts and quilt shows and enjoys all the…


Added by Sylvia Thomas on July 26, 2012 at 11:31am — 1 Comment

Block of the Month

Well, I have signed up for a block-of-the-month with a group in Zeeland, MI (that's really quite a drive from my house!) that includes a Bible study.  I couldn't pass up the cost - $20/month - or the Bible study, or the finished product, a quilt called Heart of the Psalms!  Here's the link:  http://livingthreadsministry.sharepoint.com/Pages/Events.aspx

I also laid out a variety of scraps for the…


Added by B. Sue Lohr on July 25, 2012 at 9:37pm — No Comments

QuiltCut 2

I've been looking into all the different cutting systems for a while now -- I am not patient enough to cut well and too cheap to buy all precuts when I have so large a fabric stash (and my mom's I can rob as well!) I am the queen of the dreaded "V" cut on long strips and just HATE it when the bulk of my fabric slips off onto the floor...  So when I saw the QuiltCut 2 system advertised in this month's McCall's Quilting magazine, I thought this looked like just the right system for me.…


Added by Susan Skuda on July 23, 2012 at 9:52am — 9 Comments

How I Get It Done

After taking four different free motion quilting classes and failing miserably, I do all my quilting using my Brother 6000D Quattro sewing machine.  It is an embroidery-capable sewing machine designed with quilters in mind.  The largest hoop is approximately 8" wide by 11" long.  Up until very recently, I placed various feather-type embroidery motifs or other single-color redwork designs as well as I could match them to the quilt design, and quilted in the ditch to make sure all was stable.…


Added by Kathryn Bates on July 20, 2012 at 12:52pm — 9 Comments

My Hoffman Challenge Quilt!

I finally finished today and am delivering it to the judges.  It's called "My Delightful Garden".  First time making mitered borders, flying geese and free-motion quilting (around roses).  I should have called it "FIRST TIME".  This is my first challenge also and was it ever a challenge!  I've had health issues since I bought the material and even though this was an easy pattern, anything that could have gone wrong did!  I think I could have made this little quilt in a day and a half…


Added by Leann Stites on July 19, 2012 at 12:59pm — 13 Comments

A finished quilt

A few years ago I purchased the Jinny Beyer kit for "Moonglow". She gave directions and patterns for template or paper piecing. The directions said if all blocks were paper pieced, then additional fabric should be purchased. HA. I didn't read that till 2 years after I bought the kit. Anyway, I proceeded and paper-pieced all of the star blocks and it did come out beautifully. To my joy I had lots of leftover fabric. I decided that I am a very thrifty paper-piecer. LOL So, I took all those…


Added by Ethelda Hillsman on July 17, 2012 at 6:38pm — 2 Comments

Not one bit about quilting...

So here's the deal.. I have been sick with CFIDS (chronic fatigue immunodeficiency syndrom) for just over three years now. Two years ago, I quit working.. I had a fantastic job that let me wear shorts to work, I didn't have to put on any makeup, and no one cared if I wore a ball cap cause I didn't get up in time to do something about my hair. It also happened to be very physically challenging, so it pretty much kept me at a nice trim size 8 with some well defined upper body muscles. Then…


Added by viki hagan on July 17, 2012 at 2:50pm — 23 Comments

Stars quilt top

Hi All,

I blogged about this quilt top recently, hopefully you will be able to see the picture of it

Added by Theresa A Nielsen on July 16, 2012 at 9:05pm — 6 Comments

2 weeks off

I now have two weeks off and I have plans for every day............swimming and sewing, oh yeah, and then sewing and swimming!!

Added by sue brigle on July 16, 2012 at 12:01am — No Comments

Tall Ships

I'm working my way through the 365 Quilt Blocks a Day calendar, come see the block for today at Meadowbrook.

I'm also sponsoring a Summer 9-Patch Quilt Along...I'd love for you to join.…


Added by Kristen King on July 14, 2012 at 8:29am — 1 Comment

What's old is new again

Nearly every Saturday and Sunday I roam along the tables at ourlocal farmers market. I buy fresh fruits and veggies, old linens an things. An old doll might catch my eye, then its home to the family. The flock is restless waiting for breakfast as usual but on this particular Sunday morning I insisted they wait for just a few minutes.

That's because mom found a treasure at the market, a beautiful quilt in a star pattern. It is unfinished, as far as quilts go it needed…


Added by Theresa A Nielsen on July 13, 2012 at 8:08pm — 4 Comments

Missing in Action


Added by Jana Anderson on July 13, 2012 at 12:32pm — No Comments

New Fabric Purchase

I went to our local quilt shop this morning. They sent an e-mail that they were having a 30% off sale on all Moda. My hubby told me that I better rush right over because it would all be gone by Saturday.  Of course, I took him up on the advice and got some beautiful fabric. I have no idea what I will make. I still haven't started the Asian Fabric quilt. One thing that is a fact  is that good fabric doesn't spoil : it will still be in my quilt room when I finally decide what to do with it.…


Added by Ethelda Hillsman on July 12, 2012 at 5:03pm — No Comments

Weekly Photo Challeng

This week's challenge is called, The Best Part of My Day. I chose to make a small quilt (11" X 8 1/4") of my hands at the sewing machine.

I first had Amy take a photo of me at the sewing…


Added by Julia Graber on July 11, 2012 at 2:42pm — 1 Comment

My other hobby

Hi Everyone. My husband and I also make and sell pvc strawberry pots. Here is our website. Check it out.


Added by Cheri Foster on July 11, 2012 at 2:07pm — 2 Comments

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