(Ok, I'm not really a witch, but I probably would have been burned at the stake in 17th century Salem.
I am a big fan of midwifery, pirates, and eating a peck of dirt before you die.)

Friday, December 17, 2010

Quilt Sale!

Jump for Joy!
My quilts are on Sale!
15% Off!
And the Four in these pix are ready to ship NOW!
You could have one these quilts in time for Christmas!!
(What a great gift that would make, yes?)
 Just visit my Etsy shop .
and use the coupon code:  XMAS2010
A little warmth in the Dark time of the Year.
Wishing you much comfort and great joy.
 (chickens not included :-) )

Tuesday, December 14, 2010

New fabric, HST's and Process


First, my new favorite fabric store!  I know, every week it seems I have a new one, but this is for Real (this time).  Alewives.  In Maine, but boy, do they deliver.  And for those of you who really know me, the shop name alone makes it special.
I mean, look at these veggies!  Peas and Pods!  I love them so.  And where else would you find onion fabric?
and look at those eggplants!  And I don't even like eggplant.  But I love these.
 Some stripes and geos for binding.  And there was even more...  And the service was so quick and lovely.

I'm still deep into the Triangle Madness inspired by Liz.  I'm even leading my daughter's Brownie troop in making quilts for Project Linus.  Each girl got 12 HST's and made their own design with them.  This is my mock up.  I can't wait to show you what those girls came up with.  Every single one is different!  Thanks Liz, for turning me onto Half Square Triangles!
I just had to take a shot of this pretty pile of Brownie trimmings (hmmm...that doesn't sound so good...)

Finally, I snapped some shots of my process in quilting a grid on my boyish blocks quilt.  I was rather proud of myself for just figuring out how to make nice straight lines with the crazy tools I happened to have lying around.  Like a few 1x2's I'm still waiting to finish the studio windows with, and some painter's tape (my new favorite can't-buy-in-a-quilting-store tool).

The lengths of wood sure are long and straight...   and it's a cinch to measure from one seam to the wood.

 It doesn't get much easier to sew a straight line than this.  Then just pull up the tape and you have a pretty terrific grid.   Now I just buy rolls of tape from Home Depot.  Cheaper than fabric markers and more precise and easier than chalk pencils.

What's your favorite can't-find-in-a-quilting-store tool?

P. S.  10 more days til Christmas.....  ooohhhh!

Monday, November 22, 2010

Current projects

I've been so lucky to have LOTS of reasons to spend every free moment in my studio!

Three (!) commissions.  One for my "it takes a village" quilt, which I've been wanting to do for a while! 
a couple of details from that...

And I've been trying to catch up to Liz's Half Square Triangle Madness madness.
That's a pretty impressive stack of HST's, no? the leaning tower of madness...

Here's my design wall back in action with another project.  I love those little squares.  Ashley over at FITF  turned me on to this design.

 I'm making this one for my brother.  My other brother got one for xmas last year.  I'm digging the darker gray in this one.

I actually have a long list of things to make for xmas, but I'm having a hard time getting to them.  But I'm not complaining....

What are you working on instead of holiday projects ?

Wednesday, November 17, 2010

Giveaway at Burgundy Buttons

I just had to do a quickie post about my new fave fabric store  and the awesome giveaway they are having!
Burgundy Buttons is giving away a $25 gift card to their shop!
This is on top of their already amazing prices, service and selection.
Last week I got these two jelly rolls...ooooh! such plans....
 I highly encourage you to check out their blog, enter their giveaway, sign up for their newsletter,  and just enjoy the fabric love!

Tuesday, November 16, 2010

catching up

Wow.  Sometimes things can really get away from you.
I've been trying to do some catching up on Liz's Half Square Triangle Madness.
Now I know why she's called it "madness".

 I even got my daughter's Brownie troop doing them.
(Which means I'm the one doing them.)
I really must be going mad.
 I haven't counted yet, but I have a pretty tall skyscraper of them.
 (My computer didn't download all my pictures because it ran out of space. 
That's how many there are.)

 I did manage to catch up on a bit of much-overdue yardwork,
and I admired the last summer rose.
 Oh, and I did a little catching up with these dis-embodied youths.
(the chickens didn't much like all the leaf shenanigans.)
Yay Autumn!

Monday, November 1, 2010

Blogger's Quilt Fest!

summer surf
 I made this quilt this summer.

I also played with my daughter.  On Cape Cod. My home turf. She helped me take the pictures.

 There is only one rule on the Cape beaches:
Ok, ok.  Since your sign is so intimidating...

This quilt is made from Elizabeth Fransson's "New Wave" pattern.  
I call it "summer surf".
But the best part of it is that it has already brought so many folks so much joy.  

It is residing at our house on the Cape, which we rent during the summer, in order to make ends meet.
(there are a lot of ends)
Several guests have commented on it. In a good way.

I like it because I picked the fabrics straight out of my stash, 
without knowing what the *beep* I was doing,
and it wasn't until I was sewing the binding on, (sitting at the Lake,
while I had some rare down-time) that I thought:  
this quilt makes me think of summer, Cape colors, waves, and ocean sunsets.

I love this quilt for more than just its quiltiness.  
I love the pictures it has given me.
The time with my daughter it has given me.
The new appreciation for orange it has given me.
The ability to love something from afar.
I love more than just the quilt.
I love....

Friday, October 15, 2010


Remember this?
I borrowed (and adjusted) it from this.
 And it started to do this.

And then this.

And now, in my shop, you can find this.

In unrelated news (although, everything is connected, right?), my show opens tonight.  That's two babies in a week. Wow.