I should really do this more often!

2 Sep

I would learn  and understand more about it if I do…so I will try!

Not much quilting going on.  My cousin is  visiting and we drive down to visit one of her ex’s.  He happily lives in Kalama, WA in a beautiful old craftsman home.  It is decorated with antiques and lots of interesting things.  His mom has recently gone to an assisted living facility and so he is going through her things.  Guess what she has an old Pfaff 🙂  Well I had to test it out and make sure it still sewed!!  Imagine that!  What a sweet little machine.  It sewed a great stitch.  I didn’t have much time to play with it.  I didn’t manage to twist the dials to get any fancy stitches but it straight sewed and zig zagged just fine.  I think it was a 230 Pfaff, I could have the number wrong.

It was great fun and a visit to several antique shops made it interesting.  The high light was our stop at ShipWreck Beads.  I told Kathie, my cousin, that it was overwhelming!!  What a fun time!!  My friend Thelma ( Tangled Threads Quilt Shop) had gotten a beaded needle case as a present.  It was so beautiful!!  Well I found the book describing how it was constructed, and a few other patterns to.  I was hooked.  I got some things to make one, or several 🙂  How do you decide on color??  Come on…we quilters love them all…so I got several instead of just 2 or 3 to start with.  I tried to follow the pattern on what I thought was a simple one…..BEEEEP …..Wrong!!!  I had to figure out a few beading instructions from a couple of friends, thanks friends, and then had to figure out my own methods.  We all tweek crafts to fit our own style…Well I have the bottom of one, with my own pattern done!!  Yaaaaa.  Now to do the top and bottom and finish it off.  It’s not perfect but it’s mine!

I’ll post pictures as soon as I get a new camera…lost mine somewhere between Bellingham and the Florida Keys.  Another story for another time.

Happy Crafting,



fabric requirements

29 Dec

This is from Judy’s Post


Fabric 1 – This is your background.  It can be white, or ecru or it can be scrappy very light fabrics.  I am recommending that you not use a dark background fabric.

Fabrics 2 and 3 – These will be your main or predominant fabrics.  Whatever color you choose for this will be the color used to describe your quilt.  If you choose a dark blue and a medium blue, you will think of your quilt as a blue quilt.  Your Medium Main should be plenty dark enough so that it stands out against your background.  There should be no blending.  Your Dark Main should be dark enough that there’s no blending with your Medium Main fabric.

Fabrics 4 and 5 – These should work with your main fabric but not be in the same family.  If you’re using blues for your Main fabrics, for Fabric 4, you could use greens or rusts or  golds.  Your Medium/Dark Fabric 4 should not be as dark as your Fabric 2.  When deciding which fabrics to use, lay Fabric 2 next to Fabric 4 and make sure you can easily see the difference and there’s no blending.  Fabric 5 should be a bit lighter than Fabric 4.  The two should not blend but make sure that Fabric 5 does not blend with Fabric 1 (background).

Fabric 6.  This will be your highlight.  It should work with your other fabrics but be completely different.  A medium to dark value fabric would work nice.

These are the fabrics I will use:

The fabrics on both ends are the same fabric.  The lighting makes the fabric on the left look more white than it is.  It’s actually closer to the fabric on the right.

For my choices:

Fabric 1 is the background – far left and far right. Fabric 2 is the purple closest to the left. Fabric 3 is the lighter purple/lavender. Fabric 4 is the dark green. Fabric 5 is the lighter green. Fabric 6 is the tan.

Other fabric choices I considered, with the background on the far left and far right, and the fabrics numbered left to right are:

There are also fabric ideas on Vicki’s blog.

On January 1, New Year’s Day, the first clue will be posted.  Get your fabrics chosen and join us for the fun.  At the end of the year, I believe you will be thrilled with your project!

Please post your questions here and I’ll answer them here.  Thanks for participating with us!

Links to Clues & Info:

Swatch Sheet January February March April May June July August September October November December

New Mystery starting Jan 1st from Judy and Vicki

29 Dec

Back to Square One

Check out Judy’s Blog for fabric suggestions and join the fun 🙂





help!!! what color do I use???

18 Nov

help!!!  what color do I use???

I have the squares from a panel. I cut them out and put them together with some “road” fabric. I like the arrows in Tula Pinks book. She used bits of fabric to make them. I found this fabric with Motorcycle race posters, tiny, on it. I think it gives the same idea, of pieces….so now what color or colors should I use around each arrow?? Thanks for the assistance 🙂

Last night at the guild

18 Jul

Hey that went o…

6 Jul

Hey that went online faster!!  Am I getting this???  We will see.  I have a Visor pattern, from Vicki’s tutorials, for next months project.  Batik Club is fun.  If your in or near Bellingham, WA come on by this Saturday 🙂


Hey that went o…

6 Jul

Hey that went online faster!!  Am I getting this???  We will see.  I have a Visor pattern, from Vicki’s tutorials, for next months project.  Batik Club is fun.  If your in or near Bellingham, WA come on by this Saturday 🙂