July 2013 Blog Posts (24)


I have recently decided to take my sewing/crafting/quilting public and let others know about it and share my talents.  I thought it would be a good way to make some extra money in this time and place while I stay home with my kids to help out with the grocery bill (since gas keeps going up and that drives the price of groceries up too).  As much as I think that stay at home mom's should get a tax credit for that, I know it will never happen, so this is my way to contribute to my family and…


Added by Bradlee Jennings on July 27, 2013 at 8:13am — 11 Comments

What Are The "Copycat" Rules?

Hi Ladies,

One of the four projects I am currently working on is a beautiful Garndmother's Fan pattern made entirely of DH's old wool suits. I went to Goodwill and bought two other wool skirts for color. Anyway, DH requested this quilt when he saw it at the 2012 Paducah Quilt Show on display. I took a picture of it, cut up some old wool jackets/pants, and it's now coming to life on my dining room table. So it's looking so good I was thinking of entering it in our local county fair. It…


Added by Karen Lightman on July 23, 2013 at 7:05am — 5 Comments

Home Again for a While, Hopefully

Whoa! It's been a busy summer so far! I've been gone more than I've been home, so now I'm playing catch up with everything. Have 1 quilt block to make for the last class I missed and 1 just finished for the class before that. It was Susanna and I had trouble with it for some reason. Had to redo the center. Still not terribly excited about it--it's not precise enough to suit me. May make another one later if I have enough fabric left after the rest of the blocks are finished. Will post photos…


Added by Teckla Buller on July 20, 2013 at 3:22am — 1 Comment

Rachel's Quilt: "Geo-Me"

YES!  It is done (the quilt top)!

I am absolutely in love with this quilt, even though matching those rows was the most challenging thing I have done so far in quilting.

The back will be steel grey with strips of pink, broken up with patches of these squares - hard to explain, I will just have to post a picture when I get it done.  I am sure if she doesn't like it (she will, though) her mama will be glad to have it to snuggle in this winter!

I am…


Added by B. Sue Lohr on July 19, 2013 at 4:00pm — 1 Comment

There's a Doctor in the House!

I've been consumed with my son's graduation from Life University, Marietta GA.  He's now a doctor of chiropractic!  A quick trip to GA for his graduation in June, including a pizza party for his peers, and now we will have a dinner party here in Michigan with relatives and close friends, followed by a reception for his peers he grew up with in MI.

In the meantime, I've been frantically trying to find a few minutes here and there to attach the binding to his quilt that I made in honor…


Added by B. Sue Lohr on July 19, 2013 at 3:51pm — 2 Comments

BBOM Finished!

Actually, it's been finished since May and is at Vickie's now, waiting to be quilted. Here's how the top turned out:

Well, that's sideways, but it will do.  I changed out those deeper colored filler blocks and am very, VERY, happy I did!  (See earlier posts.)

The backing is one big piece of fabric I used on the border.  I love that fabric!

It was…


Added by B. Sue Lohr on July 19, 2013 at 3:30pm — No Comments

Sale on Moda Jelly Rolls Charm packs etc

Anyone looking to plump up their stash? Green Fairy Quilts is having a clearance sale on many of their items. Follow the link. They are a nice outfit to work with. And they even have a jr jelly roll of batiks in the sale.


Added by Leann Summers on July 19, 2013 at 2:29pm — No Comments

Blossom Handbag

I finished another Handbag.

Blossom Handbag.... came out pretty nice.…


Added by Tanja on July 16, 2013 at 7:44pm — 5 Comments

Started my very first Quilt project today......

This is so exciting, I have been waiting for this day a very long time.... wooohooo.....

I'am making the Bargello Placemats by Allison Quilt Designs.

Can't wait to post pictures

Added by Tanja on July 16, 2013 at 7:30pm — 5 Comments

My Kitten Dilema

I recently got a cute, little  black kitten from my daughter. Her name is Beatrix and I just love her! But whenever I try to do some hand quilting, which is what I mostly do, she tortures me...and my threads.  What is it about cat's and quilting? My other cat, Jinx thinks she has to be sitting on whatever I'm working on, which is fine because she just sits there.  Regarding Jinx, her just "sitting there" is quite unusual. She's normally outside hunting or inside being aloof....and she takes…


Added by Karen Lightman on July 16, 2013 at 5:49am — 7 Comments

Starting an online Quilt Shop on Ebay

It is a start to an eventual brick and mortar shop. I am in the process of getting everything set-up. Even getting my quilt tops and table runners ready to go. Getting set-up with Moda fabrics for Jelly rolls, and Cozy Quilts for their strip quilt patterns. I am so excited. Have always wanted a quilt shop, and this is a way to get started. I know there is a lot of competition on Ebay, but I have healthy competition on Ebay with my Embroidery Brand as well. I am keeping the 2 seperate. So we…


Added by Leann Summers on July 12, 2013 at 4:13pm — 3 Comments


Big storm Wednesday night, but it surely cleared the air, the humidity is blessedly low finally, the temperature is perfect and the sky is blue.    What more could anyone ask for??

I look at all the new sewing machines and I drool, but I resist.   I have a perfectly good machine that does all I need It to do.   And since I'm retired now and on a fixed income I need to watch my spending.   But I certainly do drool a lot.

I thank God that I have quilting to keep me busy.   If I…


Added by sue brigle on July 12, 2013 at 12:48pm — 4 Comments

In the first quarter of the journey

I've been quilting a couple of years and am starting to get the hang of it.  I had always wanted to quilt, but until I had a room I could dedicate to quilting, it just didn't make sense.  And then there is my tendency to improvise dangerously...I was worried about accuracy.  But armed with my rotary cutter and a quarter inch foot I am not firmly on my way.  In the past two years I have made ten or twelve quilts, have acquired three machines for myself and one for my granddaughter and have…


Added by Melody Wilson on July 9, 2013 at 11:08am — 6 Comments

Bernina 440QE

I welcomed my new baby home last friday (A Bernina 440 QE).  Yes I finally have her.  The woman I bought my 180 E on ebay from knew I was wanting one.  She called me and asked if I wanted to trade the 180 e with the embroider machine she had sold me for the bernina 440qe with the stitch regulator and walking foot she just acquired.  It was no question (yes).  She sent it to me and I got it Friday.  I have played with her and love her.  The machine is newer so much quieter. Stitch regulator…


Added by Cheri Foster on July 8, 2013 at 4:02pm — 10 Comments


Woohooooo I'm back.......
No I can finally start my first quilt. My DH got me my Dream Machine last week. The Ellisimo Gold I am on such a high cloud, I don't know if I'm able to ever come down again......got a permanent grin from ear to ear lol.
The only downside to this is,
I don't wanna go to work anymore .........ha ha ha

Added by Tanja on July 8, 2013 at 12:26pm — 14 Comments

Free, Online Quilters' Book Club

If you like to both read and quilt, I invite you to join the free, online Quilters' Book Club.  Each month, we'll read a book, discuss it through the comments on my blog posts, and then make a quilt block to represent that book. …


Added by Susan Phillips on July 7, 2013 at 10:59am — 2 Comments


Why do I put off changing the blade in my rotary cutter?   I hack, I go over the same bit of fabric a dozen times, I whine and complain, and Finally change the blade in the cutter.   It's an AHHHH moment, that first cut after the blade is new.   One swish down the fabric and all cut, no unsevered threads tugging at the fabric.   And every time I tell myself I will change the blade sooner next time.   I will not put myself through that whole dull blade business again.   And every time the…


Added by sue brigle on July 7, 2013 at 10:05am — 8 Comments

Never done a blog post.  Not sure how it works.  Here goes.    Just getting over a rash from a euphorbia.  Not very nice thing, needed p*********** to get rid of it.  This plant has to be gone from m…

Never done a blog post.  Not sure how it works.  Here goes.    Just getting over a rash from a euphorbia.  Not very nice thing, needed p*********** to get rid of it.  This plant has to be gone from my yard.  Too bad, I really like the way it looks.


Added by Vickie Smith on July 5, 2013 at 9:04pm — 6 Comments

Mystery BOM

Have not received any BOM to download  since block 2. Possibly my email was one lost. Please reinstate it for me - pjwc4@att.net.   Thanks and really enjoying this pattern.


Added by Pauleta J Clawson on July 4, 2013 at 6:22pm — 1 Comment

My garden inspired me to do a wallhanging

My husband is the gardener and he has created many flower beds. His current passion is hardy geraniums while mine is daylilies and hostas. So a few years ago, when I first retired, my husband (in his infinite wisdom) decided that I should make him a wall hanging of hostas. He designed it and selected the fabrics, and I traced, cut it and forgot about it. I let it sit for about a year and a half. A year ago January, I decided to work on it

I thought I had a whole year to do it in as it…


Added by Brenda Stride on July 4, 2013 at 1:21pm — 2 Comments

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