Wednesday, June 22, 2016

New York Beauty Quilt. With ruffles!!

OK, haven't shared this for a bit!! Our guild is doing a challenge and each month we get to pick a technique to use on our quilts. I chose to do ruffles for the May meeting, and this was my interpretation for ruffles!!

It was tricky to sew on and doesn't look perfectly square, but I'm OK with it!

The name for this quilt will be Rise and Shine.

Our June meeting is this Saturday and I have not begun any of the challenges for it!! EEK!!!

What to do, what to do??

My choices are piping or yoyo's , stars or hearts. We're doing two months worth for this meeting.
I am not sure which two. For sure the stars, but I like the idea of the piping and the yoyo's. 

I will let you know what I decided when I get there!!!

Take Care, Happy Quilting and talk to you soon!!


Friday, June 3, 2016

Garment Sewing

 I used to sew most of my own clothes, but when I started quilting, it took the backseat!! Well, I finally made a new top for myself!!! Not sure if I love it, but it is cute and fits well!!! I have more fabric to make more clothing, just no time.

Our front yard with the new stupid sign!! In my flower bed of all places. Apparently a neighbor complained to the road department so much about how fast people were driving that WE ended up with the sign. SERIOUSLY!!! There is another sign that states 25 MPH just one house away!!! And no one has slowed down. UGH!

 Sweeet little hardy orchids in the front. I love these, they are so gorgeous and multiply easily!!! They are called: (from Wikpedia) Bletilla- and you can find more information here!!!
Well, that's it for today. Time to go out and water the flower pots and get ready for work. I hope to get some quilting done this weekend as it is going to be up to 99 degrees here!!
I will be finishing the vegetable garden while it is still cool out then head in and hide from the intense heat!!

Take care my friends, Happy Quilting!!! Martha

Wednesday, May 11, 2016


I have not been doing much quilting lately. What I have been doing is working on my Freedom From Smoking classes that I am currently teaching, along with designing an office "program" for our patients who are wanting to quit smoking. Their packet will be called, "Your Personal Quit Program". I am designing handouts and a 4 session counseling program. So far, a lot of work!! But fun.
I have also:

Laid these bricks off our front porch!!
Bottled and corked my plum wine. We got
23 bottles!!! Next up will be the grape wine!

And I have been making a couple sun catchers.
I had to get one made, including getting dozens
of little driftwood pieced we found drilled with
holes for stringing the beads.
This was our monthly craft project for the
Women of the Maggots!! Yes, our husbands,
boyfriends call their motorcycle group The
Road Maggots!!! I started the craft group
in January!! Lots of fun but lots of prep
work for me!!!
I will be glad when I get all my tobacco handouts done and in an easy to use format for our patients. And I will be glad when I get my Freedom From Smoking classes all in an easy to use lesson plan. I can then get back to quilting!!!

Enough for now, need to work on Session Seven for class today.

Take care and do some quilting for me!!! Martha

Monday, April 25, 2016

Quilted Postcards for mailing

Yes, more quilted postcards!! These are fun and easy to make and perfect when there are so many things taking up my time!!! At least I can get a little quilting done and actually finish the project!!!

Fabric all marked, pinned,  and ready to quilt.
One done and one to go!
Both quilted!!!
Finished and ready to mail!!
Here's the thread I used for the quilting and edge. Coats and Clark
variegated thread.
Closeup of the back
And the other postcard also with Coats and Clark thread.
The back of both cards.

I found the stamp and ink at Hobby Lobby. I did remove a little
bit of the stamp. There were parts that I didn't want on the card.
And this little gem is what I got from my swap partner this month. Isn't it just
the sweetest!!?? She did needle felting and beading with applique and quilting.
I love it!!!

Take my quilting friends. Have a lovely day!!! Martha 
Remember to keep those needles sharp and changed!!!

Sunday, April 17, 2016

Disappearing Hour Glass- A photo tutorial

Hi everyone!! Hope you are doing well and enjoying the day!! I haven't had much chance to sew and quilt these days as they have been filled with learning about Smoking Cessation and how to teach it!!

I decided that today I would take a break and get some sewing done. I still need to work on class 3 of the Freedom From Smoking class I am currently teaching.

A couple months ago our guild worked on Disappearing Hour Glass blocks. One of the gals in our group found instructions and shared them with us. So I thought I would share with you.

Two 10" squares-one light and one dark
Pin right sides together.
Sew 1/4" seam on all sides
Cut in half on the diagonals-corner to corner
You are now working with blocks on the diagonal which
can be challenging. Press gently avoiding stretching the
Press. I like my seams open. Your choice here!!
Trim to 6 1/2" square
Lay out in hour glass design and sew together.
Press seams open.
Cut 4 1/8" from the outer edge-one each side.
Turn all outer pieces 180 degrees, turn the center once.
And you get a star!!
OR- turn the outer corners 180 degrees and the center once.
You get a different design.
I chose this one as it is different from what you normally see.
Here it is pieced and pressed.
Three blocks done. I will try and get one more done today. I love the way they
look together. I may do 16 blocks for this quilt. Still undecided!!

This is fun and easy to do. Just take your time with the blocks and you should have no problems!!

I am planning on making one more today then on to another sewing/quilting project. Then I need to mow the lawn and after that work on my quit smoking class. Life has gotten a bit to busy these days!

Take care friends!!! Have a lovely day


Thursday, April 7, 2016

My New York Beauty guild challenge using polka dot fabric

I am really loving this little quilt!! The challenge was to use the polka dot fabric in any way you choose. Then each month we will pick out two techniques to use-you can choose one or both. So the first month the techniques were "add words" and "fussy cut applique". I chose the words which is the black fabric.

So for this month the two techniques are, "polka dots" and "ruffles".

I am not going to tell you what I am adding in just yet. It will be a surprise!!!

For some odd reason, I cannot get my computer to download all my new photos!! Oh well. I really wanted to show you how I did the last two New York Beauty blocks.

Hmmmmmm......... Not today

So-until next time-Happy Quilting and keep those scissors sharp!!! Martha

Wednesday, March 9, 2016

Polka Dot Guild Challenge

Our Guild, the Santiam Scrappers, is having a quilt challenge. The theme, or challenge begins with the polka dot fabric. Each month we will pick out of the bag, two techniques. You can one or both. The first two were fussy cut applique and put words in. So I chose the words with the black fabric and decided to do New York Beauty blocks because I have never done one and have always wanted to. Good enough for me!!!

They actually went together quite easily!! YAY!!

I have two more to make and will not put them together until I get more "surprise" directions. This is going to be a very bright quilt. I am looking forward to the fun!!! The challenge will go on for 6 months, so who knows what the end result will be!!

Stay tuned!! Happy Quilting!! Martha