Will I Get It Done?

August 1 is the reveal of the Four-in-Art group challenge quilts. I am down to the wire with finishing it. I am ready to begin to quilt the layers. I plan on using metallic thread and just cross my fingers for luck that it cooperates. I am going to sew straight lines and it might work without me trying to free-motion stitch with it.

I will give you a peek at what what I've been doing.

I have been working on three different projects, which hasn't helped with my organization. So I have a mess.

The Four-in-Art reveal involves some paper piecing.

And pieces cut with this 60 degree ruler:

So I end this post to go off to begin quilting.
If you have any good quilting vibes to send out to me, I would appreciate them.
I hope on August 1, you'll come see if I succeeded.
Happy quilting!


A Stop at Quilt Shop

This past Wednesday I went with a group of friends to four quilt shops. The last shop we stopped at was Luv 2 Quilt, in Rockford, Michigan.

Maryevelyn, who owns the shop, is very friendly and was happy to let me take some photos of the shop in its new location. I was delighted with the fabrics she had for quilters to purchase. There was something for everyone--primitives, batiks, solids, modern, 30's, novelties. She made good choices in her stock.

Walking into the shop we liked the spaciousness.

There are many sewing notions and patterns along one wall. 

Books were located further into the store along with rulers and templates.

She has a huge sewing/classroom area.

You can see that the lighting is great; and, there is plenty of room for shoppers to move around.

There is a large rack of fat quarters, but other fat quarters can be found around the shop.

We all agreed it was a great place to shop and we would return. 

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Quilting and Socializing with Friends

In the past 2 weeks, I have had opportunities to spend time with quilting friends. I've enjoyed having this time to socialize. I didn't work intensely on projects as chit-chatting and laughter filled much of the time.

One friend has invited me and two other friends to her house on a twice-a-month schedule to sew, chat and share lunch. The other day I took hand sewing--an apple core  project I began 2 years ago in a class at AQS Grand Rapids. It wasn't suppose to be hand sewn, but it became my traveling project. I took it with me to Florida in February and on weekend trips away from home. Sometimes I got many pieces sewn together, while other times nothing got done. When I attach the last of the apple cores I have cut, it will be done.
I am not sure what it will become, but it is colorful.

Yesterday we four took a road trip stopping first at a primitive antiques shop. I bought a "rug beater" which I always wished I had and a small decorative bees skep (never actually used for bees).

We ate lunch at Turk Lake Restaurant, where I enjoyed a very delicious house-smoked brisket sandwich. On the way home we stopped at four quilt shops. The last shop was Luv 2 Quilt. Maryevelyn had recently moved to this new and larger location. Tomorrow I will have a blog post with photos. Our trip was filled with laughs, enjoyable chats, and a few wrong turns!

Tuesday I was able to attend the once-a-month open sewing held at the church. Three other women were sewing with me; and, we shared fun and pleasant conversations about many topics, including some memories of childhood adventures, travels and, of course, quilting projects. I took my machine and worked on these items.
4 baby burp cloths for a friend

Pillow from one of hubby's shirts

Quilt-as-you-sew table runner that needs binding
I added the stars to the Wavy Banner from a pattern I designed.
I was reminded of how enjoyable it is to sew with friends, old and new. I look forward to this next month as I attend the AQS Show in Grand Rapids where I will be taking some classes--and meeting quilters from many places.

Do you sew with a group? Is it large or small? What kinds of projects do you sew? I enjoy reading your comments and try to respond to all replying here or via email.

Thanks for stopping and letting me share with you.


Storage Solution Found

I was cleaning out a closet in the guest room. I found some banners and small quilted wallhangings folded on one of the shelves. We all know that folding quilted items can cause a crease and wear and tear on the fabric threads. I have large quilts stored in a few dresser drawers and one hall closet (yes, I have many quilts).

What could I do to store these items without folding them? I may have seen this somewhere in the past, but a light bulb went on when I saw all the plastic hangers that came out of the closet! I could easily cut the bar across the bottom in half and slip the sleeve of each item on a hanger. (My husband let me use his mega-type dremel saw because he thought a small craft saw would take too long.) They could hang in the back of the closet and ready when needed.

Have you come up with a clever or easy way to store your quilted items? I'm always interested in a helpful suggestion on how to store my quilts. 


  • I visited a new quilt shop called 2nd Street Quilt Shop: Read more here.
  • My Fourth of July quilting projects can be seen HERE.

Val discussed appreciating where we are in our creative journey in life HERE. Maybe my cleaning and purging made me appreciate this post.