Thirty-six weeks to go . . . I haven’t got a clue! Not sure what I’ll create this week.
Thirty-seven weeks to go . . . Where will my creativity and the Internet take me this week?!
I didn’t make it in time! I’m sixteen minutes late, but I did finish my project for week 16. I made another One Hour Basket; mine took much longer because I made a scrappy quilt as you go exterior (front and back). You will love this quick and easy project. 1 Hour Basket Tutorial
Forty-six more weeks to go . . . Surprise surprise!
OH WELL! This was not a good week for me. I was busy working on my quilt that I’m displaying at the Quilt and Sewing Fest of New Jersey, March 2-5. So I bombed this week because I didn’t create anything new, but I did use Susie’s Magic Binding on my quilt (picture on the right).
I’ve been an empty vessel. I couldn’t think of anything to share with anyone. Everything has been done and it didn’t make any sense in being redundant. I lost my charge! My battery was drained! But I’m back with New Beginnings . . .
I enjoyed making Jeni Baker’s lined drawstring bag. Her tutorial was easy to follow and quick to execute, so this is my Tips and Tutorials Tuesday. I’ve posted a picture of my bag. I thought about posting step by step pictures of what I did, but I don’t see any reason to reinvent the wheel; when everything’s been laid out for you. I hope you enjoy it!
Click on the picture below for the tutorial.
I read Melintheattic’s blog tonight. She was blogging about her quilting life in 2014, and her growth. I found her post to be so refreshing. It made me think about my growth, what I have learned, and how my quilting skills have improved. I thought about the people I’ve met. The friendships I’ve built over the years, and experiences I’ve encountered because of quilting. Looking back is an important part of growth. We tend to look back on the previous year to set goals, make resolutions, and think about our growth for the new year. So take a good look back; it will help you move forward. Think about what you have accomplished or gained? If you don’t see any growth. Then what changes will you make in 2015? Think about it! What will you do differently? . . . maybe nothing!
Have you ever added a flange to your quilt before you added the binding? Well, one of my quilt buddies told me about magic binding. She said, she would show me on Tuesday, but I couldn’t wait. I went home and Googled it; only to find out how GREAT this magic binding technique is. I’m the shortcut Queen, so I’m always looking for a new technique or method that would make my quilting quick and easy. And to my SURPRISE this technique is so easy to do. Poof! you have a flange and binding all in one and it’s machine sewn.
Click on the Susie’s Magic Binding Tutorial below to find written instructions, but you may want to watch the video first. Additional tutorial Quilts and a Mug.
If you’ve read any of my blog entries up to now. You know I’m always looking for shortcuts and quick techniques to make traditional blocks. I’m sure many of you may have used Eleanor Burns’ Quick Trip Quilts tutorial before, but I haven’t and I was amazed at how easy it was to follow, so I wanted to share it with all of you. Her technique is so easy that you can make it in a day; sewn from strips this quilt is simplified with unmatched seams. It’s great for all skill levels. You can find this pattern and instructions in her Quick Trip Quilts book too.
Women of Wonder . . . Retreat 2014 at Cross Roads – This is my second year, but the third year for our retreat. The Teacups are a group of women who never cease to amaze me. I’m blessed to be a member. I took some snapshots of our retreat. The quilts are awesome, and the retreat center is serene. This year we had a newcomer (Angie) with us. She’s a friend of Annette A.. Angie made a beautiful tree skirt. We look forward to seeing her at our next retreat.
Cross Roads Retreat and Camp Center-This is the third year that the Teacups have retreated to Cross Roads; not only to fellowship through quilting, but to commune with nature. Yes, our yearly retreat is a quilters dream. We have a great time quilting, sharing ideas, and of course enjoying a good meal. The God given talents amongst our group are phenomenal. These women are multi-crafters. They sew, knit, crochet, and machine and hand quilt. We quilt for charities, family, friends, and ourselves. There’s an impromptu quilt marathon; to see who can stay up the longest quilting. This year it seems as though everyone got so much completed; especially since you can quilt as late as you want, and trust me we have some all night quilters. There’s always some kind of group project; no pressure. During the year we have a quilt challenge. We reveal the end product at the retreat. It’s your choice if you want to participate or you can do your own thing. There’s nothing but love and laughter throughout.