Black Tie Blog Hop… Second Day = My Day!!

My Little Country HenLovin This Turkey!!Country RoosterI’ve been anticipating this blog hop since I first signed up for it.  At the time, I was at a sheer loss as to what black tie’s had to do with turkeys, chickens, hens, and roosters. Alas, I got to work looking for inspiration on what I could make. Suffice it to say, when I find the artwork, I simply couldn’t decide what I liked more, so I did 3 blocks. While all the blocks themselves are around 9-inches finished, they main design of the block is only about 6-inches square with the exception of the rooster which is a 6×9 block. Continue reading

What Do You Prefer? Basting Ideas…

Basting Tools I am hoping this will be a new spotlight in my blog at least once a month I will post a “Tool Tip” about the tools we use in our quilting. These will consist of products I’ve actually used, use, and own. Last night I was reviewing a craftsy class I signed up for by Leah Day. I was reminded that I would like to try the Pinmoors she recommends. When I went to her website and saw the price, I nearly fainted, I couldn’t believe how expensive they were. So I went to Amazon.. my best shopping friend on the net. They to my own astonishment do not carry them. This really was a shock to my system, I can’t even remember the last time I couldn’t find something on Amazon if ever. I’ve been a customer for over ten years, so that was pretty surprising. So, off to google.com, where I found a bevy of searches for the Pinmoors. The odd thing is that at the Pinmoors site, there are two things you won’t find at Leah’s site, first, the pinmoors are actually cheaper for the same amount, and you can order whichever color your heart desires. Well suffice it to say tho, I did not order any, they are just still to expensive for my cheapskate ways. I don’t consider myself a cheapskate, and I am a firm believer in the theory that you need the proper tools for the job. However, I have used safety pins for years and I like the good old fashioned safety pin type basting. In my first quilt, I used the thread type of basting, but I found it hard to deal with, because I must have used to large of a basting stitch. My first quilt was basted by hand, and quilted by hand. It was machine pieced. It wasn’t long after that I started looking for other solutions to make basting better for quilting. I took many classes for machine quilting and most of those women all used the hand basting methods as well. I then took a class where the teacher used safety pins and I was sold. I couldn’t even believe I hadn’t thought of it myself. So I purchased the proper safety pins and have never regretted it, nor had rust problems that other people seem to have. I do have the problems with the soreness after awhile, but I know when it’s time to take a break and when it’s ok to work again. Continue reading

One week from today…

Black Tie BoogieWill be my day for the Black Tie Boogie. I hope your planning to come and visit, as I have a really fun day planned for you. I’ll also be posting the rest of my Wicked 3 project as well, with a freebie or two for you. With my back out for that week, I just wasn’t able to finish it, but I have today finished my Black Tie Boogie project, and am working on my Wicked 3 project. You can see what I posted here for Wicked 3 and perhaps it will get you excited for what’s coming. I know, Halloween is over, but there is always 2014. 🙂

 

 

The day after my day for the Black Tie Boogie is..

Quilting Gallery Blog Hop PartyBlog Hop Party from the Quilting Gallery. I will not only have a treat for all who stop by, but I’m going to give away a few little tidbits that day to. You won’t want to miss out on the fun. Be sure to stop by!!

 

Want to see a sneak peek? You’ll have to click on the Continue Reading link to see a tidbit of what is coming… 🙂

 

 

 

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Club EQ October 2013

2013-10-Club EQ Diamond PatchThe Diamond Patch is the quilt I created for October 2013’s Club EQ. The idea of Club EQ this last month was to work on a quilt from a certain section known as Sashing and Cornerstones that is new to EQ7. There were some really amazing quilts created from this section. I personally had a difficult time with it, I do not know why nothing seemed to call to me. I have to be inspired to create a quilt. I can’t tell you how many times I have created a quilt, only to change it’s design, or the way it’s laid out. My favorite type of quilts to make are those in the style of log cabins. Not necessarily the log cabin itself, but where the design of the quilt gives you various layout options.

I can honestly say that I love seeing what other people come up with each month. It’s not only inspiring, but many times I’ll ask myself, how did they do that. I want to do that to. I hope you to will consider joining Club EQ, it can be challenging and it can be fun.

If you’d like to see the other entrants from October 2013, please visit them here.

Have a great day,

Marian

 

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November 19 to 29, 2013

 

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