Friday, March 25, 2011


To me, this is the face of spring!

Happy Spring everyone.

Tuesday, March 22, 2011

The Bargello Quilt

The pattern is Long and Winding Road from the January 2004 The Quilter magazine. The pattern is by Patti Carey for Northcott/Monarch. The instructions were excellent; easy to follow. Were I to do it over again I would buy a tad bit more fabric because the pattern calls for 45" wide fabric and the fabric I used was 40-41" and that made a big difference.

Sunday, March 20, 2011

Design Wall Monday 3-21-11

Happy Spring! Yay!

And double Yay! for the finished bargello quilt top. I went to my cousin's house in Georgia on 3-16 and we made this entire quilt top 3-17 and 3-18 - finished at 9:30 p.m on the 18th. We had about 6 inches of the outside border fabric left and about 15 inches of the white fabric. That's cutting it very close. We have named this quilt ShoreSeaker - it's for my sister and she has named her cottage ShellSeaker, so it fits with her overall beach-y theme.

"Spring" over to Patchwork Times today for Design Wall Monday.

Monday, March 14, 2011

Design Wall Monday 3-14-11

I have my sewing stuff packed up for my trip to Georgia to sew together the bargello quilt with my cousin. So I've been working on more pillowcases and knitting sox - both are addicting. Hopefully for Design Wall Monday 3-21-11 I'll be able to show the completed or almost completed bargello quilt top. Don't forget to check out Patchwork Times today.

Monday, March 7, 2011

Design Wall Monday 3-7-11

Here are pieces for the next quilt my cousin and I will make together 3/16-3/20 - a beautiful bargello wave quilt for my sister. At that point Patricia and I will have made a bed-size quilt for each of our siblings - she's in GA and I'm in NC so it's been a bit of a challenge. For the other 3 quilts we made together we figured out how to do it via US Mail or UPS. But the bargello quilt ... I just can't come up with a good way to do it without actually being together. So, I get to take a fun road trip to her hood and we'll sew for 2.5 days - I think we'll be able to get the quilt top finished and ready to take to Lilly Lucier in Vanceboro, NC for machine quilting. I love going to Patricia's place - they have 400+ acres in the middle of GA - it's a beautiful area and should be especially pretty with spring popping out right now.

Check out Patchwork Times today for Design Wall Monday.

Other quilting news, sort of, is my "new" sewing & crafting studio. Actually, it was my son's "man cave" and I'll not show any "before" photos because it was a hideous mess that only a male teenager can make! Once I got all of my crafting and sewing stuff up here, I wondered how in the world I managed to work in my previous 12 x 12 room. This new space is 450 sq. ft.! I was a bit worried that he might resent my taking over his space, but we talked about it and he agreed that he's no longer living at the burrow, so it only makes sense that I utilize the space the best way possible.

And a final fun report ... a group called The Artrageous Quilters in eastern NC meets once a month to inspire and share their respective talents. In March 2010 they were given a challenge quilt to make and this past weekend the pieces were unveiled. The challenge was a take on the kids game of telling a secret to the first person and going around in a circle telling the same secret and then seeing what the last person heard the secret to be. Oh my! What a fun challenge it was - to see the results please visit my friend Lori's blog at Talk Is Cheap Quilts. The challenge for 2011 is "Walk Thru My Garden" and is due March 2012 - I'm going to participate in this challenge.