Saturday, January 31, 2015

Holidays and classes

Well I am back from holidays and getting back into the swing of things.
We had a great time in Hawaii, we did some sight seeing
the first time we saw Whales ...

and even took in a class ....... Hawaiian quilting :0)
my orchid block
I found out that you just take your time and enjoy the stitching while you work away on your block. We took our class at the  MAUI QUILT SHOP.  Here is a picture of my friend and I with our teacher in the middle
Thanks Elyn for a great class
Now that we are home again I have been working on my project for the blog hop ( coming soon ) as well as the classes I will be teaching in the next little while. 
one sample using t shirts in a quilt
I had a little fun making a Valentine post cards for a swap the Sheila put together .... here is just a peek.

Well that's all for now I have a little more prep to do for my class this week 
sew I bid you adieu
in stitches

Wednesday, January 28, 2015

We Support You Blog Hop Begins

We Support You Blog Hop 

Coming soon!

These lovely bloggers and I are getting ready to show our support 
for our stitching sisters around the world who are touched by cancer.

Thanks to everyone who is working with me to make this beautiful blog hop happen!

We Support You Blog Hop Full Schedule

Jan 29th 

Jan 30th 

Feb 2nd 

Feb 3rd 

Feb  4th 

Feb 5th  

Feb 6th  

Feb 9th 

Feb 10th  

Feb 11th  

Well that is the full schedule for the hop. I am still working on my project and I am looking forward to seeing what the other ladies have come up with. So let's show our support and follow along in the hop.
In stitches

Thursday, January 8, 2015

next sample ready to quilt

..... I have been busy in my sewing space this week . I now have the small t shirt quilt ready to baste and quilt. I just wanted to be able to give a idea of at least one way to make a t shirt quilt and I do plan on making a larger one to work on in class a bit using some other ideas I found on line.
For this sample I used just the sleeves off the t shirts  and added some boy scout badges to liven it up a bit. I think these were my brothers from years ago and  I only guessed at what the number of the pack ... I had a 1 and a 6/9 so I picked 61 as that is the year I was born and thought good enough for me.The next t shirt quilt will have more t shirt fabric and a lot less cotton. The cotton may only be in a border. I did have fun playing with ideas and figuring out how to put my sections together. I did like using a fabric / woven fusible interfacing to back the t shirt fabric to give it more body and reduce the stretch. Here is what I came up with ......what do you think??

in stitches

Wednesday, January 7, 2015

post cards .....

I have a few post cards to share from a couple of swaps that I took part in Sheila hosted a Christmas swap and Brandy hosted a snowflake swap.

from Maria in Australia 

from  Alice NS Canada

from Missy AB Canada
from Sandra GA USA

and one unexpected surprise
from Eglia in Brasil

Finished the dress
you can see the back in the mirror another unexpected surprise
and started the sashing on the t shirt quilt last night. :0)
I even started looking at a few ideas to do up for the blog hop.
stay in stitches

Tuesday, January 6, 2015

A New Year and

a new hop to be a part of

Sew We Quilt is hosting We Support You blog hop starting later this month. I will be a part of the last day of the hop. I am looking forward to getting at my project for the hop and hope that you will check out the other sites when the hop begins. I will post links to the sites.
 I will be away  from my blog when the hop starts but I will check in.
I do have a few classes this winter that I will be teaching. The first 2 will both be quilts, one is a learn to quilt class with a number of different techniques and the second a t shirt quilt which will have the students getting even more creative with their supplies and ideas.
It is always a busy time making up the samples for the classes Here is one finished sample

and one that is only just begun
( this is only to give some ideas and in a smaller size)
now to pick out a sashing and borders> I hope it turns out okay for a mini sample and then off the the full size sample.
Now back to a dress that I am making .... almost done buttons and hem left.

I wish you all the best for 2015 and I hope it dose not fly by as fast as last year ;0)

stay in stitches