Friday, September 22, 2017

I WON 1st Place

I'm in shock.
I wasn't even going to enter my quilt into the fair.  
But I did because I love to look at other people's ideas and work.
And I thought I would share mine.
I was surprised to see my quilt hanging - as most are folded. There are only a few hangers. 

This quilt was years in the making - ask Sunny - she knows all about it. 
And she kept encouraging me - THANK YOU SUNNY. 
As did many others.  All those comments were so encouraging. Thank you too!

I think this was the third quilt I started - about 20 years ago.  
It took years because it took time to learn to make some of the harder blocks, and to have the confidence to try - like the feathered star.
and learn to do prairie points, how to do borders. and to learn to free motion quilt. 
You may not remember but I sewed these squares around the feathered star 4 times to get them on straight!  Making sure my measurements were correct. (Some of my early blocks were not quite as perfect - causing me troubles)
The quilt took a long time too because I designed it as I went.  That took me a lot of thinking and hesitation time. Believe me instructions are so much easier. lol

And when I was turning the quilt in to the fair personnel - I almost just took it right back home, thinking it wasn't good enough.  
I really can't believe that I won.
Maybe - Just Maybe I've gained some confidence from this.
And if not, I've learned to at least just keep my mouth shut about my mistakes!

Happy Stitching,
Happy Linda

Thursday, September 14, 2017

is having her Annual Teacup & Mug Exchange

I'm joining and want to spread the word.
I just might need a different cup to sip from as I quilt (or in my case not quilt.)  hehehe

Would you like to join us?


Saturday, September 2, 2017


I have the quilt top ready for borders. 
Of course two seconds later Marzipan was in the center of it. 

It's almost impossible to get anything done with her!

I'm working on doing a scalloped border. I did one before and have a ruler for it. But that was 10 years ago. I can't find the ruler nor do I remember the name of it. So I'm doing some paper and pen drafting. 

I hope it works. 😜

Nice to work with all of you on Friday Night. 


Wednesday, August 30, 2017

New Quilt-a-long with Melissa of Happy Quilting

There's a new Quilt-a-long starting soon with Melissa at Happy Quilting

I'm going to go see what fabrics I have.
Because we all love a Quilt-a-long Right?
And if not that, we all love new projects Right?

In the meanwhile, I have to groceries, return library books, get my watch repaired.
Then start sewing again.

Happy Stitching,

Saturday, August 19, 2017

Working Those Waves

I have all my blocks finished!

And then I sewed up some rows

And then I sewed those rows together....
and noticed that BIG GLARING ERROR.
(last wave block on the third row - right hand side.)

I could live with the little errors on the first wave block on the top and the second wave block on the second row.  But not that last wave.  So I checked on the rows and I have a total of 4 blocks to re-do.  Bummer Man - Bummer.

And to get these was a work out - Marzipan came getting in the way! As were my toes. 
As were my toes. 

At least this was a good picture of her face.
 So off to my machine I go. LOL

Thursday, August 17, 2017

The Address - Book Review (It's a Good One!)

 I have to tell you about this book I just read.
When I saw the cover I thought this will be a nice read, like maybe one of those old fashioned stories I used to read.  Simple stories with one plot and then that's the end.   

But it's a whole different story here.
This book delivers a wonderful, entertaining and "oh no that just didn't happen!" story. 

This story is about Sara coming over to America in the 1880s and Bailey just getting out of rehab in the 1980s. Of course the two stories converge - making a complete story, which Davis does very well. 

Davis' story just carried me along, alternating between the two women in two different time frames. Then there would be a twist that I would not see coming and then another and another. Very enjoyable. There were cultural/social issues that characters dealt with and Davis' did a remarkable job inserting these into the story line and having these issues move the story along. Davis is a good storyteller. 

I received an advance reader edition of this book from Penguin Publishing Group - however, this did not influence my review.  It is so nice to find a good author and I plan to buy her previous book, The Dollhouse. 


Thursday, July 27, 2017

I really have to laugh at myself

 I didn't leave fabric for my seam allowance between the blocks!
 I just cut on the line like I thought I should.

You know, I probably should have watched the last 5 mins of that tutorial video.  Or maybe I should have actually read the instructions in the magazine. 

So who's happy they have a brand spanking new seam ripper?
This girl!  Hahaha I was removing the four outer corners, (which I will replace with larger pieces thank goodness I don't have to re-do the whole blocks) I sat and watched foundation piecing tutorials.  How ironic is that?  

The first video I had watched (and didn't finish) said to crease along the fold line that way you know where to place your fabric, which really worked for me.   
With that crease I knew exactly where to place my next piece of fabric. 
Another video suggested the "Add 1/4 inch ruler" to cut the extra fabric.
I liked that idea - but I don't have that ruler 
and I have already got used to using scissors. 

I finally convinced my daughter and son-in-law to leave me with Elora.  She's almost over 5 months and this is the first time she has left her anywhere.

You know I enjoyed her!

It's rather warm hot here and one day I came home to this.
Hahaha - Silly dogs. 

Okay now it's time to go sew...
Happy Linda