Saturday, January 23, 2010

Fall Mini Quilt Swap

I sent a copy of this quilt off at the first of the month, then on Friday I received this one:

It came to me from Dorothy F. in Illinois. Isn't it sweet?! I was tickled to receive this and it will hang in my sewing room for a while. Thanks, Dorothy!

Wednesday, January 20, 2010

A Favorite Tool

is this "Quilt in a Day" ruler from Eleanor Burns. This particular ruler makes accurate work of half-square and quarter square triangles. It has a chart included (mine is needing to be found right now ;)), and you can make them up to 6" square. It makes 8 half-square triangles at a time, and the pieces are very accurately made. I have tried many other methods of making half-square triangles, and this is my favorite.

I also recommend that any beginning quilter get as big of a cutting mat as they can afford (I love my 24x36 size), and a good quality rotary cutter and ruler. I bought a 6x24" ruler as one of my first rulers, and I use it the most. I am on my 3rd ruler - I broke the first one, and the lines wore off my second.

Quilting is a great thing for me, and tools make everything even easier, more enjoyable and more accurate. What is your favorite tool?

More later! Keep Quilting!

Thursday, January 14, 2010

I couldn't sleep last night

So I thought of all the projects I could work on when I am healed up. So here is the list:

A new black bag (I love to make bags, and I already have the fabric for it)
A black skirt (I have the fabric for this one, too, just need to find the pattern).
A new mini quilt with hearts on it.
Quilt my queen-size quilt and get it on my bed
A quilt for a customer (she knows I won't get to it right away - and it's okay)
And a 24" block for a group quilt we are doing.

Then I was able to fall asleep, thinking about my new projects.

I also thought of a new idea for some upcoming posts. I am going to share some of my favorite quilting/piecing tools. This will be a fun project - and I will try to get pictures with it.

Anyway, Happy Quilting!

Wednesday, January 13, 2010

I am Recovering

from surgery on Jan. 5th. I am not sewing at this time, but I try to check my email now. I finally got caught up today. I will try to get some pictures of things I did before my surgery, but for now, this is it.