Wednesday, November 26, 2014

Viroqua Guild Talk

Not even freezing wind chill temperatures of -12 degrees stopped the women from the Vernon County Piecemakers Quilt Guild from attending my guild talk and trunk show in Viroqua, Wisconsin, on Tuesday, November 18. We had a fun night and I enjoyed meeting each and every one of you!

I had coaxed my hubby to join me (that's code for help me) on a fun two day adventure. Viroqua, in western Wisconsin, is about five hours from our home in the southern suburbs of Chicago. We took a roundabout route so Bob could explore a few museums (that's code for casinos) along the Mississippi River. Heading due west across Illinois to Davenport, Iowa, we then headed north along the Great River Road. We wove our way through bluffs and the beautiful geological Driftless Zone of the Upper Mississippi River Basin toward Prairie Du Chien, Wisconsin. We watched as the waters of The Big Muddy became increasingly frozen..."I've never seen it frozen this early," a local retired man told my husband. The final 60 mile leg of our trip consisted of snow covered farm land with few small towns and no public restrooms.
We took a slight detour on our way to Viroqua and visited LeClaire, Iowa--Home of the American Pickers: Antique Archeology. No sign of Mike, Frank, or Danielle, but a half block away is a very nice quilt shop!
Here I am chatting up my books.
My Threads that Bind quilt.
Dresden Plate with Robyn Pandolph fabrics--Used on the cover of Book 1
This was a gutsy moves showing my Chicago Bears quilt deep in the heart of Packer Land, Wisconsin, and just a stones throw across the river from Viking Territory! The ladies were very gracious and we only joked a little about our famous football rivalry!
Monterrey Medallions a Terry Atkinson Design
My own design--Rocking Horse Quilt
Another of my designs--Quilters Spools
Quilters Spools Wall Hanging
Many thanks to the VCPQG for inviting me to speak and the warm welcome and hospitality you extended to Bob and me...I had a blast!

Saturday, November 15, 2014

Tutorials and a Recipe

I've been rather silent lately as I'm working diligently on Book 3--Marge and Beth. It's taking me longer than I thought it would (what doesn't) but I assure you it's coming along nicely. Here are a few tutorials I thought you might like and one WOW recipe.

This is the sweetest holiday mug rug I've seen and can be personalized with a name. Cute little hostess gift, too. Holiday Mug Rug Tutorial

I'm beginning to get into the modern quilt movement. Here is a link to a free PDF tutorial for this Modern Quilted Tree Skirt.

If this is true, and I believe it is, most of us must be extraordinarily cool!

I recently ran across a blog that I'm enjoying very much: Mama Love Quilts by Nicole (Link to her blog on the left). She has a great page on Tips and Tutorials.
Most of you know I'm a fanatic about teeny-tiny blocks...I simply LOVE making them. Here is a photo of a lovely little quilt that Nicole made for her daughters dollhouse.
Check out more about Nicole here:
Wow! Look at the scale...Great dollhouse quilt
I've also become visually smitten with quilts made from red/black/white fabric. If only I had as much quilting and sewing time as I have ideas it would be amazing! Take a gander at this beauty and guess what...there's a tute for it! Free Pattern & Tutorial

I adore cooking with crock pots--you've got to admit it just doesn't get any easier. This looked like an fabulous sweet to make for the holidays and it must make a bucketful! Peanuts, chocolate, and peanut butter chips...YUM!
Enjoy =)  Crockpot Christmas Crack

Thanks for looking...Gotta run and write some more.
Peace Out

Tuesday, November 4, 2014

Seam Ripper, Pin Cushion, and Fall in Chicago

Am I the only one who didn't know what that little ball was for on a seam ripper?

I just ran across this YouTube video and I haven't tried the technique so I can't vouch for it but WOW if this works ... I'll be a happy ripper!
I can't wait to try this!


I'm loving this sturdy jeans pin cushion. The instructions are in Swedish and I ran them through the Google translator and got a choppy version of directions. I'm thinking maybe a tuna can and some stuffing/batting...
Website: Jeans Pin Cushion
Translation of instructions from Swedish to English:
I do not know how long I thought that I should sew a pincushion or two. I use the little puny pad that sits on top of the can when buying needles. It is short, frayed and small. Now it was a good girl in "We Sytokiga" on facebook that inspired me to finally get started. Obviously I want to do it my way and then it's not entirely surprising that I sewed the cushion from recycled jeans. As a base, I have a tin box as it has been in the candy and the filling comes from an old mattress.

Enjoy Photos of the Beautiful City of Chicago in Fall

The Bean

Love These...

 Happy Stitching and Reading!