Friday, April 18, 2014

Good Friday to ya!

I am on the lookout for Betsy.. she still has to claim her winning fat quarter from this comment!
If anyone knows Betsy... I sent her an email and haven't heard back... if unclaimed I can redraw or give away later :)

As for my title today... I just couldn't put "happy" before the title as this is a somber day in Christian history... before the celebration of Easter Sunday is "good Friday".  This is actually the day we remember the death of Jesus on the cross... so no happy there.. but I have plenty of HAPPY to share!

Yesterday I got to see Jenny Doan of MSQC (Missouri Star Quilt Company) fame!  I want to a trunk show she had at a LQS near me :)
Here she is showing off a quilt I bought her template for... making these with a charm pack... isn't it cute!

And I got her signature...
On my latest copy of Fons & Porters Love of Quilting mag... :)

I sure will have happy quilting Jenny!  Thanks for the encouragement!
Jenny's husband held her quilts.. she showed about 30 quilts in 3 hours :)
It was lovely to meet such a piecing mastress in my own little part of Florida.. it was just a 30 minute drive to see her :)  If you know me... you know piecing is what I need help on most! lol  And the best part is it was paid for as an early birthday present from my bestie Connie!  She was supposed to go with me but had to change her plans ... then another friend was gonna join me but her husband is ill... so I mustered courage and went alone and had a blast!!!

After consulting with my friend Wendy... I bought this book an it came in yesterday too!  I found it on Amazon for under $20 to include shipping!  SCORE!!!
 This is just a sample of over 500 pages of quilting design ideas and directions on how to blow this little but thick book up for printing off the pattern to make a template!  Love this :)
I have some quilts coming up that I am lacking imagination on their quilting design... I think this book is just what I needed to flip open and become inspired!!! :)

Meanwhile... I have 6 blocks, 7 feathers and 2 cornerstones left after I finish this duo...
I am loving my honey working next to me with his little oil can... it came inside Fracis' case :)  He uses it to oil machines he fixes up to sell now that I have 3 great machines to fill all my needs!
Currently he is designing a universal cabinet for all vintage japanese and american machines of the 1940's and 1950's... many machines are now sold without cases... his plan is to make new cases for the ones we have to sell and then offer just the case once he has worked out all the kinks.

I am very excited for this project of his... as I slowly stitch away on his quilt! lol

I have also been planning a quilt and started collecting fabric for a 95 x 95 New England Patriots quilt...  It will be light silver grey, navy and red, with red Patriots team fabric in it in star form!
This is just a rough idea of it and how I design many of my quilts :)  I can't afford the fancy computer program and love using a pencil and paper to see my designs come to life...

How do you design.. do you use a program, draw it out, or just go for it and have that knack???

Linking this HAPPY post to Whoop!! Whoop!! time at Sarah's Confessions of a Fabric Addict here!
And with Kim at her SEWjo Saturday post here!

Have a blessed Friday!  Thanks for visiting with me :)










3 comments:

  1. I use traditional blocks so rarely need to graph my quilts out. I would like the expensive software for resizing blocks, auditioning sashings, borders, etc. but since I hand quilt (as you know), I don't make enough quilts to justify the $$. I'm going to take a road trip to western Misssouri to visit MSQ ... and wish I could find out a way to make sure that Jenny will be there! I know some mock her quick and easy piecing methods, but I love how much energy and encouragement she brings to quilting ... and even if we piece with all her shortcuts, etc., we can still hand quilt those quilts, right? ;-)

    The Mastering Precision Machine Piecing teacher recommended Sally Collins' book Mastering Precision Piecing. It's not cheap (about $25-30 for the book, a little less for the ebook), but perhaps your library could get a copy for you to check out and review to see if it would be helpful or not before you put out the money. Just an FYI since you feel like you need/want help with piecing. ;-)

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  2. Totally hitting up Amazon for that quilting book - thanks so much for sharing that! Pencil and paper work awesome!

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  3. LUCKY you!!!! I would love to meet her in real life and I will be checking out that book for sure, I need all the help I can get ;o) Thank you for linking up tp SEWjo Saturday!

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