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It’ll Be Fun, They Said

Find out what happens when I join a quilt guild Round Robin challenge:

Let’s do a Round Robin! It’ll be fun…wait, that was ME saying that!

Now here I sit with the dreaded pizza box–which, by the way, makes me hungry for pizza every time I see it–and I have a feeling of dread.

What’s inside and why did I think this would be a good idea?

I’ve participated in a Round Robin before. You know how it goes, everyone starts with a certain size block and each block has borders added by a different quilter and at the next guild meeting the blocks with borders get passed on to the next quilter until you get a completed wall hanging quilt top made with your original block. It was lots of fun in 2008! So what’s the difference? Why am I so afraid of ruining each of my four other friend’s quilts?

Round Robin 2008 with Cindy Spaeth and Mary Lou Rutherford

Well, let’s see what’s different here? Nine years ago there were only three of us in our group. I didn’t know the other ladies too well, so maybe there was some safety in that.

I was fairly new in the guild. There it is…I was a newbie! I had no fear! I didn’t realize what could go wrong- I didn’t know all the “rules” and I certainly didn’t concern myself with design knowledge. If I liked it, I did it. That was it.  And even though I say I like to fight the establishment and throw the rules out the window, I do respect other people’s need for rules and order.

THAT’S what scares me! Can I do creative, yet disciplined work that will pass muster with these awesome quilters?

I guess that why they call it a challenge! Time will tell and you will know in about four months!

My block and fabric offerings for the Round Robin Challenge.

Stay tuned. In the meantime, I think I’ll call Dominoes.

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One Stitch at a Time

Learn about the quilt shop and yummy threads I found on my travels.

Some days it’s just a few stitches that give you pause from the tasks ahead.

I’ve logged over 3,850 miles since March 2nd. It started with a trip to see my Dash One (Paige Kiefner) as Sister Mary Robert in A Sister Act in Rochester, NY. For this sixteen hour drive, I travel during the daytime only, taking two full days to get there and, of course, I check out quilt shops along the way.

Paige Kiefner

Paige Kiefner as Sister Mary Robert in Sister Act

Quilt shops break up the trip into smaller segments and they always have a bathroom and opportunities to wander, stretch the legs, and refresh the mind. If they could just gas up my car…

It was a fun and tiring trip (not much sleep when you drive four days to spend two and the kiddo is working ’til about midnight each night). The show was great (I saw it twice) and it’s always fun to spend time with” ma Paigee”, the opera singer/Tae Kwon Do/barista.

I found some great shops along the way, but my shout-out for this trip goes to Red Rooster Quilts in Dublin, OH. I arrived to spend the night in Dublin, so I was delighted when I saw this shop was open late on Thursdays. It was a no-brainer when I had to choose between a free meal at the hotel or hit the quilt shop less than a mile from my hotel. The store was well-lit and the staff was friendly but, most importantly, the place was packed with fabric, notions, trims, threads, wool and books– it was eye/hand candy everywhere you looked!

When a certain wool project caught my eye, a gentleman quilter/worker took me aside to show me his work and introduce me to Ohio’s own, Sue Spargo, her wool and dyed to match wool thread (when he let me feel the thread between my fingers, I was sold.)

Sue Spargo

I was in wool heaven and immediately had some project ideas starting to form.  When I learned the shop was going to be open on my way back through (so many shops are closed on Mondays, but not Red Rooster Quilts), I purchased Sue’s Creative Stitching book so I could learn about her technique, check out her website for more information, and make a more informed purchase when I hit the shop on my way south. (Very responsible of me, right?)

It didn’t take much browsing through her book and website before I was committed to learning all 50 stitches and adapting Sue’s creative stitching into my own styles and designs. I purchased a small wool pack and a matching wool thread pack with a couple of necessary needles (and a couple of unrelated fabric selections) on my second visit.

While I was in New York, I learned that my dad was going to have to have surgery in Texarkana, Texas. So I made my way back to Missouri, stopped for one night to see my husband and daughter Jacquelyn, pay bills, do some laundry, and get one good night of sleep before I headed down south. While I was home, I drew out a quick sketch on freezer paper and gathered up my handwork supplies.

I stopped on my way to the hospital to pick up my dad’s Quilt of Valor.  Quilts of Valor Foundation is an organization I proudly support and I am happy to say that my local quilt guild presents registered quilts each year to veteran’s in accordance with this program.  My 90 year-old dad is a World War II veteran. I think he has enjoyed having his quilt with him.

My dad and his Quilt of Valor

I was able to spend several days at the hospital with him and every now and then, when things were quieted down, I would pull out my wool and take a few stitches while my oldest sister, Sharon, crocheted. When all my prayers were said and I just needed to trust, stitching was a peaceful calm for the many unanswered questions and unkown future for my dad and our family. I had to leave after three days, but I am here again (two weeks later) with my dad who is still in the hospital, but getting stronger each day. We have a few more answers now and one thing I am sure of is that God’s hand is everywhere.

Before this trip, the members of the Prayer Shawl Ministry at my church gave me a knitted shawl to present to him. It’s soft and warm and he loves it.  My oldest sister, Sharon, is in this picture with me and dad (my middle sister is out of town right now).

Dad with his Prayer Shawl

So every now and then, when all is quiet and dad is sleeping, I pull out my wool and make a few stitches.  There’s no real plan here, just trying different stitches, making this my  “Under the Sea Sampler” and learning as I go. If you get a chance, check out Sue’s stitching art and pull her fabulous wool and wool thread through your fingers.

This is my Under the Sea Sampler–in progress.

Considering my previous post , I brought this on myself…on my way to Rochester, I hit blizzard conditions from lake effect snow from Lake Erie. I guess I deserved that!

Blizzard conditions off of Lake Erie.

 

 

 

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A Love Note from Johnny to June

One of my favorite love stories is that of Johnny Cash and June Carter. Certainly not without it’s tragedies, their love stood the test of time. Here’s a love note Johnny wrote:

Hey June,

That’s really nice. You’ve got a way with words and a way

with me as well.

The fire and excitement may be gone now

that we don’t go out there and sing them

anymore, but the ring of fire still burns

around you and I, keeping our love hotter

than a pepper sprout.

Love John

Love Notes Mini Wool Applique features three little hearts on a soft vine music note. It hangs from small metal key.

Love Notes Mini Heart Quilt is shown here on a soft layer of snow with Love Notes Mini Punch Needle.

Share your love this Valentine’s Day and know that you are loved.

For God so loved the world, that he gave his only begotten Son, that whosoever believeth in him should not perish, but have everlasting life. John 3:16.

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Let It Snow Woolie

A little wool, a little thread… and a cozy little candle with wool applique.

Okay, so you’ll also need a needle, scissors, some fusible, a hair elastic and a button, but you get the idea. Simple, sweet and cozy for a snow flurry kind of day!

I used the snowflake Accuquilt die for this quick applique. Makes a sweet gift.

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O Holy Night

Manger Scene Wool Applique

O HOLY NIGHT

Here is a sweet wool applique manger scene for you!

And she brought forth her firstborn son, and wrapped him in swaddling clothes, and laid him in a manger; because there was no room for them in the inn. Luke 2:7

Christmas blessings to you each day of the year!

 

Sweet Pumpkin Applique

Plaid, wool, and burlap make a sweet pumpkin applique.

Sweet Pumpkin Applique

Sweet Pumpkin Applique

Sweet Pumpkin Applique

Materials:

One 11 inch x 12 inch patterned fabric for front of pillow.

One 6 ½ x 12 inch piece of burlap.

One 12 inch piece of 2 ¼ – 2 ½ inch width cotton lace.

One 12 inch x 17 inch backing fabric (can be same as front).

Polyfil

Basic Sewing Supplies

Instructions:

Baste the lace onto the long left edge of the burlap.

Pin, right sides together with the front fabric piece.

Stitch.

Prepare and stitch appliqué design in the following order, looking at picture for placement. Prepare and pin or fuse wool pieces from back to front, starting with the pumpkin. Add the stem and next the leaf. Place the center of the small sunflower and position petals 1, 2, 3, & 4 under it. Next, add the large sunflower center and the inside edges of petals 5, 6, 7, 8, & 9 under the center. Last, layer petals 10 & 11 on top of the large sunflower center.

Hand stitch with your favorite thread. My Valdani, size 8 choices are as follows:

Pumpkin: 8, Easter

Stem: PT4

Leaf: P11, Aged Black

Sunflowers: P5

When your appliqué is complete, layer top to bottom and pin edges, marking a four-inch area on the fabric side (left) of the pillow to leave open for stuffing.

Stitch around, leaving opening.

Trim corners and turn. Carefully use your finger to define the corners of the burlap (a pointy tool may poke through the loose weave).

Fill with small tufts of polyester filling.

Turn ends of opening inward, pin, and stitch closed. I like to add a decorative blanket stitch (optional) across the end with a thick thread to make a nice edge.

 

Enjoy your Sweet Pumpkin Appliqué!

 

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