Saturday, March 21, 2015

National Quilting Day 2015


You may remember this quilt that I posted back in 2013. I entered it into Fon's and Porter's "My favorite Quilt" entry. I entered it and it was picked for today's quilt! Very exciting!

This is my entry. I am very humbled that they chose it for National Quilting Day. Just is a wonderful reminder of how quilting can heal, motivate, calm, and so many other things that non-quilters would not understand. It's more than a "hobby", it's a lifeline for many. It's a way to "create". Funny how some people don't understand why someone would cut up perfectly good fabric to put it all back together again! I am sure many of you have heard that one!

Happy National Quilting Day everyone! Here's my memory lane so far!




















So much more to come -- as soon as I get to it! 

Happy National Quilting Day!

Margo

Friday, March 20, 2015

The Giveaway Roundup!



The Giveaway Roundup!



You have to check this out! The Giveaway Roundup is amazing! It is a list of all those giveaways that you didn't know about! If you have a giveaway to include, let them know. If you want to sign up for a chance to win some fabulous giveaways -- check them out and make sure you bookmark them! Thanks to all for the wonderful blog and listing all!

Happy Quilting Everyone!
Margo

Thursday, March 19, 2015

WARNING -- GRAPHIC CONTENT

Went and saw the surgeon yesterday. I've had 4 injections and no long term relief. I am now booked in for surgery. WARNING -- GRAPHIC VIDEO ... skip over if you don't want to see it.



I am still doing what I can with quilting! I go to a retreat next week and will take it as easy as I can. The surgery will result in "no more pain!" which I am very happy about. I have not been able to do any hand stitching without pain. It's apparently a simple two-hour surgery, Day Surgery that is, and I'll be able to come home.

The waiting list is about 3-4 months, or they will put me in on a cancellation. I am quite excited about it and am so happy that they can do a "fix" that will result in no continued disability. I'm still quilting with my splint, but of course it is very short lived. Maybe a block or two and then I have to pack it in for a day! Forget about cutting -- thank heavens I have my Accuquilt - but you know it's not the be all end all to what I need. I have done cutting a little bit at a time so I don't over-tax my hand. I'm typing all day, so by the end of the day, I really don't do too much when it comes to my quilting -- BUT every little bit counts and may look like a LOT -- reality, it's just a bit at a time!

You'd all laugh. I brought in one of my hexagon flowers to him yesterday:

 I told him how I had to press down the edges.

Then I showed him how I had to hold them together  and whip-stitch them together.
I asked him,
 "After this surgery, will I be able to do this?" 
Chef looked at me,and then asked more questions about the surgery - God Bless him!
-- before the surgeon answered Chef the surgeon looked at me and said, "Absolutely!" 
That's all I needed to hear!

So if anyone out there has had this surgery - I would love to hear from  you! The good, the bad, the ugly. 

Happy Quilting all!
Margo

Sunday, March 15, 2015

Dreary days and treadling comfort!


A dreary day outside, makes for great treadling inside! I've broken in the new belt, so treadling is quite easy! I'm loving the scrap quilt so far. So nice to use all those pieces that were in the basket. A couple of posts back I went through the scrap basket and organized it. This quilt will be from the leftover's that could't be cut any further. Either that or I was too tired after all that cutting? The pieces I am using are strips that vary in width and length. They are perfect for this scrappy strings quilt! Chef was watching me treadle away in the living room.

"Are those the scraps that you didn't cut up?" he asked.

"These are the pieces I couldn't cut into pieces I could really use."

After a few minutes he said, "Hey that's a really great idea!"

God love him! He's such a good man! So... as I take a bit of a break to update you, I can look over at Gertie and be thankful that old machine for so many years ago is doing such a great job. There's a squeak somewhere that I'm trying to find as I treadle away! I found out that Gertie is a bit selective with thread --mostly operator error I'm sure. I am working on how to adjust tensions and the like! The little manual they have is pretty vague, so I'm open to any suggestions you have!

I found that treadling is very calming. My legs sure felt it last night - so that's a bonus! Cardio I am sure! ha ha! Meantime "Sophia" - the Babylock Symphony is taking a rest. Before you know it my retreat will be here and off to Banff I go! Take a look at the beauty of our retreat surroundings:

 


Our hotel has a beautiful rock fireplace that I sit by when I bind. It's a great little break from just sitting in front of the machine all day and all night!  Can you imagine sitting here?

 It's been a long winter and I am looking forward to a break! Even though there will be snow in the mountains, there is such a peace that surrounds you there. Sitting in front of a crackling fire with a quilt on your lap can't be beat!


Happy Quilting Everyone....hope you are enjoying your Sunday!

Margo 

Saturday, March 14, 2015

Scrap quilting for beginners!


 Grab those scrap strips! Doesn't matter how big, or how wide -- you will use it all!

Grab some newsprint. It can be old phone book pages like Bonnie Hunter uses, or you can buy foundation paper - like I did at $16.00 a package! This paper is as thin as phone book paper. You can even go to the dollar stores and buy some kids drawing paper that's thin. You need to be able to tear the paper off the back! 

I wanted to be a bit consistent with one piece on my blocks. You can see that its the center white strip. Start with that. I put a glue stick down the center of the paper and patted the white strip down. Cut the end. Doesn't have to be exact, At the end of all your sewing, you will flip it over and trim the overhanging fabric to the size of the paper. For ease, I just cut the paper in 1/2 from the original letter size. This will give me nice diamonds for the final product. 
There are loads of photo's on the internet for "scrap quilts". Check it out!


You can see I've sewn a few strips already. Very simple, line up right side to right side and sew 1/4" down the side. Press it over and open and lay your next strip. Flip it over and then sew your strips onto the left side of the white strip. Voila! you have your squares! In this case, rectangles!

It goes quick! You don't need to really measure anything other than your beginning paper. You can use any colors. No rules!  Even if you wanted to make a whole load of scrappy squares in different sizes -- go for it! You can even use triangles and put them all together. If you want to use consistent widths of scraps -- do it! If you want to use the same colors --yep you can do that too!

My goal is to use Gertie for all of my scraps on this quilt. It will be a work in progress and I'll be able to use all those scraps that have been sitting around! I think it's a great way to do something that's not really "planned". This will be my first "scrappy" quilt, so I'm happy to put Gertie to use! 

Happy Quilting Everyone!
Margo

Wednesday, March 11, 2015

Special little quilt for a special little man!


Well the project that I have been secretly working on has arrived to it's final destination! I would say that by that cheeky little grin, this little man is happy with his new quilt!

You may remember a couple of years ago this quilt:

  

Well Little Ellis is now a BIG sister to Pierce! What a great pair these two are! She's helping him unpack his surprise! They grow so fast!



I couldn't leave Ellis out, so I sent along a book for her:
This is a great little book to send along for those older siblings. They also have a companion book to this one as well as another book for you quilter's out there wanting to get into quilting!

You can check out the website for The Quilt Makers Gift for more books that you can order! I just love these story books for kids and the quilting books are terrific! Good start for anyone interested in taking the quilting plunge!

I have a feeling these two will be playing together for a long time! That is until he starts getting into her stuff! Thanks to Mom and Dad of these two adorable little one's for forwarding photo's and letting me post them on my blog! They have been incredibly busy with renovating their new home that they just moved into! I so appreciate the photos! 

The best gift for a quilter is being able to see those quilts dragged around and used! Pre-hugged them for sure as they live far away from us! Now both of them have their quilts 
with much love from the Quilting Momma!

 

These are a couple of photo's of the quilt from the Calgary photo shoot! Check out the ice on Glenmore Reservoir! Spring is coming though! I can feel it! 
PS...the quilt was washed after the photo shoot and pre-hugged!






God Bless all and have a wonderful day/night Quilting!

Margo