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Projects in-the-works for PTWT

Hi everyone!  I can’t believe it’s been almost a month since my last blog post.  But I have been very busy on a special secret project I’ll share very soon.  I’m SO excited about it!

So what have I been up to?  I know that has been at the top of everyone’s mind (ya right).  😉  I finished a Villa Rosa quilt top from a kit that I picked up at the Cedar Chest Quilt Shop in El Campo, Texas (SAH-LOOT!!) — a little HeeHaw humor for you U.S. readers of a certain age 🙂 —  It was a stop on the Taste of Texas Shop Hop I did in Feb with one of my junior high besties, Lee Ann.  It’s in the queue to go on my longarm.


Have ya’ll heard of Wendi Gratz from Shiny Happy World?  She was a children’s book writer in a former life and now designs quilts.  She has a Craftsy class for Woodland Friends that I’m enrolled in and I’ve made a total of um…one block.  BUT THEN… She came out with this absolutely adorable Dinosaurs pattern and I had to have it!  I purchased the Dots fat quarters and the pattern at the same time.  Look how she includes a Thank You note in every order and she signs it!!  On top of that, you get a coupon code for a future purchase.  Sweet!  Really, how stinkin’ cute is this quilt?  It’s a quilt-as-you-go and she has a ton of videos on YouTube on how to make it all.


Unfortunately, she was out of the dinosaur skeleton sashing and the batiks for the earth and sky.  So sad…  Not really!  That means a trip to my favorite local quilt shop, The Scrappy Quilter. Seriously, I’m in there so much I should have my own parking spot (hint, hint!)   Look at my haul!  I picked up three blues, three greens and I can’t wait to stitch up that pretty grassy batik.  Wendi uses a lot of the Burlap Brights from Benartex in her quilts for the trees, leaves, and whatnot and Scrappy had a roll of 2.5″ strips with my name on it.  I really didn’t find it but one of the sweet ladies who works there did.  On my last trip to Scrappy, I had earned (another) $25 gift card for them so…why not?  I had this dark gray grunge print in my stash I’ll use for the sashing and I’m thinking the backing will be either a gray or deep blue minky.  I can’t wait to get started!


She recommends printing the applique pieces on pre-cut printable iron-on fusible web.  Well, I don’t have any that’s pre-sized for the printer however I do have a bunch of Wonder Under on the bolt.  So what’s a girl to do?  Why cut out 8.5″x11″ pieces from the bolt of course!  I got a total of 8 “pages” of printable iron-on from my bolt with 4″ leftover pieces from each cut.


So being ever-practical as I am, I took those leftover 4″ pieces and taped two of them to a piece of printer paper and ran it through the old HP.  And viola!  Four more pages!  I still need more so there’s another trip to WalMart.


On another front – I follow a blogger called GoodByeValentino.  Her name is Sarah and she used to buy very expensive RTW (ready to wear) and decided to begin buying designer fabrics to sew them herself.  Her blog says she’s saved thousands.  Ohhh kay??…Obviously, she and I don’t shop in the same locales.  ha ha  Thanks to China, and Kohls, I still can buy cheaper than I can make it most of the time.  But I love her concept.  Well Ms. Sarah put a book out called The Tunic Bible and I’ve always been intrigued because who doesn’t want to sew a top that covers the backside, amiright?  One day I was surfing on FabricMartFabrics.com and you wouldn’t believe it, but I got 4.8 yards of an amazing knit navy blue paisley print for under $5…more than FOUR yards! That stuff just screamed Tunic!  So I bought the fabric, and headed on over to Amazon to buy the book.  I have enough fabric for a muslin and the final garment.  Nice.


One of her posts was for an out of print Vogue pattern #9047.  I love this dress!  I looked on Etsy and I found it from LanetzLiving and it was just $6 with free shipping.  The pattern arrived within a week and the vendor sent along a signed invoice a free little flip flop charm!  Cute!  Don’t you love freebies!  This will go on a necklace I wear at the coast. I will definitely order from her again.


Back to quilting – Missouri Star Quilt Co had a Daily Deal (that’s how I built/build my stash for pennies on the dollar), and the other day they had a 10″ square pack of the Heritage line and while I didn’t sign up for the deal, I did pick up the coordinating panel, backing, binding, and the Placemats kit.  Two more projects are now in the queue for a patriotic wall hanging and placemats.  Perfect for The 4th of July!


So that’s it!  Actually, that’s quite enough for now.  Don’t these people know I’m away from my sewing machines for 10 hours a day while I’m at “work”?

Quilt Fest Week 2015!!

It’s been a crazy and fun week.  I took vacation from work on Monday & Tuesday to attend a meet & greet breakfast event on Tuesday morning in Port Lavaca with #JennyDoan from Missouri Star Quilt Company ( @MissouriQuiltCo ).  She is an amazing woman with such a positive and simple message for all quilters:  “Finished is better than perfect.”  AMEN SISTER!  During the two-hour presentation of demoing what can be done with pre-cuts and her husband Ron dutifully playing the role of human quilt-hanger for 20 or so quilts (he’s such a good sport!), she regaled stories of how the company began with her children giving her a long arm machine just to keep her busy, to where it is now (employing over 200 people and creating a world-wide Quilting Destination), and what’s in the works (Man Cave anyone?).  Missouri Star Quilt Co. is the largest distributor of pre-cut fabrics in the world…and I think most of them are in my stash!  Needless to say, I’m a MSQC groupie and thoroughly enjoyed her visit.  That boat quilt is in my queue.

I drug myself to work on Weds and Thursday and then boarded a bus bound for Houston on Friday.  A torrential downpour and nearby tornadoes couldn’t stop the 50 obsessed quilters that made their way eastbound on IH-10.  We got there just as the doors opened and loaded back up at 4:00pm.  I’m glad I got to visit with Jenny on Tuesday because I never even saw the MSQC booth in the show.  Holy moly that place was packed.  Biggest hen-fest ever!  I really wanted to get a photo from above to put in this post, but I never got it.  The convention center is under construction and it just wasn’t feasible.

Check out this multi-quilt panorama.  Wow.  Simply wow.
WP_20151030_10_09_51_ProI found a couple of my online heros:  Kim Jolly from Fat Quarter Shop (great booth BTW Kim!)
WP_20151030_10_39_37_ProAnd Lindee Goodall, my Craftsy embroidery instructor for 20 Things Every Embroiderer Should Know, who was so great to spend time with me to explain Embrilliance software.  I picked up the pattern and instructions for the Zuni quilt behind us.

I also ran into Angela Wolf, my favorite Craftsy instructor.  She’s an amazing talent with a down-to-earth style I can completely relate to.  I’m enrolled in 5 of her classes:  Creative Serging-Beyond the BasicsSewing Designer Jeans, Sew with Your Serger, Tailoring Ready to Wear, and Tailoring-Beyond the Basics.   Those last two are the inspiration for my dabbling in my own alterations business.  This photo is from last year’s fest.  Dang, I’ve put on a few pounds.  Maybe it was the camera lens.  Yeah, that’s it.
WP_20141101_12_09_20_ProI came home loaded down with bags of fabric, patterns, thread, stencils, fabric, rulers, stabilizers, and oh yeah, fabric!  But my two biggest finds at the show?  #1 The Sapporo Gravity Feed Iron.  This bad boy has a liter size reservoir that hangs from above for hours of steam and NEVER turns off.  Halleluiah!  While I love my current Rowenta, the nosey do-gooders of the safety world who insist on Auto-Off for irons really piss me off.  At least give me the option to turn that feature on if I want to – don’t force it on me.  When I’m in the sewing room for hours at a time, the LAST thing I want is to approach the ironing board to a cool iron.  Frustrating!  This iron gets rave reviews from Amazon and Lauren Taylor from Lladybird alike, so I was in for a cool show price of just $99.

I’m going to take a page from Lauren’s book and plug the iron into a power strip that also has the lamp above the ironing board on it.  When the light is on, the iron is on so I can know to turn the power strip off when I’m finished in the sewing room.  No small kiddos in the house except those with 3 or 4 paws, as applies, so it should the pretty safe.


And #2 – A new dress form!  Getting a good fit in my garments has been a huge issue for me and for years I’ve wanted a quality dress form with collapsible shoulders but the good ones are very cost prohibitive.  This was actually the first vendor I happened upon at the show and definitely wanted to come back to.  Enter the French European Dress Form.  This retails for $799 on the website but the show price was just $399.  SCORE!  While that sounds like a lot, the crappy ones from Dritz in local retail stores are $100.  My measurements were taken to order the right form for me and it should be here in 2-3 weeks.  The vendor Joe worked on Project Runway and NBC’s Fashion Week and he was an absolute hoot.  I can’t wait for my new dress form to arrive!  Of course, after it gets here, I’ll have find another excuse for crappy fit issues.
dressformWell, that’s it for Quilt Fest 2015.  I’m already looking forward to next year!  Time to start hidey-holing my cash again each week to replenish my Quilt Bank.  ha