Riana Noyes's Blog (15)

Lah di dah luncheon fundraiser


Added by Riana Noyes on February 15, 2016 at 9:41am — 1 Comment

Time travel backwards

Driving home to Canada was like a reverse trip through the season. We left Fla. on Sunday Apr.26 wherevit had been a sunny hot & sultry 90°f , punctuated w/thunder storms. We left roses and day lilies blooming.As we travelled through the heat in Georgia, the magnolia tress were in full glory. The Carolina's on Mon., it had cooled cooled a bit. In Virginia, the dogwoods were blooming. In W. Virginia, the purple buds were everywhere on the mountain slopes( l thought these whispy small…


Added by Riana Noyes on May 1, 2015 at 10:10am — 8 Comments

Fun and lessons doing the row robin with the UFO group

It was to take us 8 months for 8 participants working at a pace of 1 row/mo. Each person picked a theme, and decided on  "rules" for guidance in the making of the rows to follow. Some had color preferences , pattern choice(s), or simply an "express youself" attitude. Then the first rows ( acting as each quilt's foundation row) were sent out in Jan. The owners of these rows would not see their rows or even pictures of…


Added by Riana Noyes on October 13, 2014 at 8:00am — 7 Comments

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

Revamping the Sewing room part 2


Added by Riana Noyes on October 22, 2013 at 8:27am — No Comments

Revamping the Sewing Room Part 1 of 2

A good sewing room needs good lighting, ergonomically correct work stations, and be organized in a way that makes it easy to locate tools when needed. The sewing area in my basement laundry room was ok., but not efficient... plus l bought a midarm that needed a place.

A budget of $400. came about by selling my…


Added by Riana Noyes on October 21, 2013 at 12:30pm — 1 Comment

Prairie Points, a tutorial.

When it comes to those finishing touches that make a quilt stand out,one of my favorites is adding prairie points instead of binding. Here's how I added them to my whole cloth quilt.

     First, you DO have to plan for this in advance, because you must leave 1" of unquilted area around the perimeter of your quilt. This is because they…


Added by Riana Noyes on June 11, 2013 at 6:00pm — 3 Comments

Kickin' Quilts of Texas...my review of the show

A couple of weeks ago, The Coastal Bend Quilt & Needlework Guild put on their fabulous   bi-anual show at The Garden Room of The American Bank Center in Corpus Christie, Texas.   I look forward to this every other year, because the quality of the exhibits is outstanding. I contacted the guild secretary, and she arranged for me to have permission to publish the following pictures taken at the…


Added by Riana Noyes on March 7, 2013 at 9:00am — 6 Comments

An Excersize Mat

Snowball wrecked my old foam exercise mat. This cheap, thin, foam wasn't much to look at, but it did the job. So, I decided to measure it ( @ 20 x 74) and make myself a replacement.…


Added by Riana Noyes on January 1, 2013 at 9:30am — No Comments

Christmas Tree Skirt (tutorial)

Christmas tree skirts don't have to be round. My appliqued square one was large and lovely, but now we have smaller trees. I made one a round , smaller one recently for a bazaar, and it sold quickly.This tutorial is not about making the top, but more about how to get a nice round center/binding, and how to get the split (access) to come out perfectly even. Pick a cheater fabric like I did, or you can make a patchwork…


Added by Riana Noyes on December 7, 2012 at 10:39am — No Comments

Taming those non-uniform blocks!

We've all made frustrating attempts at creating a squared-up, smooth-enough-to- quilt top made from non-conforming quilt blocks, whether our very early U.F.O.  or a group effort.

Mine was from a church group who wanted the top assembled for a  quilting bee.…


Added by Riana Noyes on October 23, 2012 at 5:36pm — 2 Comments

Travelblog , Eastern Canada trip

     One of the nice things about retirement, is that while everyone else goes to work, we get to travel & play! In late Sept., we decided to take our motorhome eastward. We had realatives we seldom see that were docking at Quebec while on a cruise, so a rendezvous was set up.From eastern Ontario, where we reside, it was a short drive to Cornwall. Then, next day we crossed into the prov. of Quebec (which is…


Added by Riana Noyes on October 15, 2012 at 11:49am — 3 Comments

Bias Binding Grandmother's Flower Garden (and other scalloped quilts)

Binding a quilt with scallops such as wedding ring or flower garden requires the binding to stretch around curves without bunching or cupping.

Here is the quilt after it came off the quilting frame. Notice that only…


Added by Riana Noyes on September 24, 2012 at 10:00pm — 11 Comments

Retirement , Marriage & Quilting

Some of my still-working friends have asked "how's  retirement effecting your life?" They're as apprehensive as I was . I totally enjoyed my business, it's all I talked of & was absorbed by. Now it's been over 3 yr., and they ask, "don't you miss it?" The answer is a resounding "No".I don't miss the working world, I've moved on. I did miss the comraderie of those I worked with, especially since I moved, but now we…


Added by Riana Noyes on August 19, 2012 at 10:40am — 4 Comments

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