Thursday, March 31, 2011

Connecting Threads

I just received my order from Connecting Threads
and couldn't be happier!
The fabric quality is excellent, has a nice soft silky feel.
And the price can't be beat! 
Just let me say, no affiliation, no paid commercial.

These fabrics are from their Firecracker line. 
A real country red and bright royal blue.
I purchased enough of the red prints for backings.
At $3.00 a yard, how could I not!
Love the blue "friendship star" print.
Going to be borders on my BOM guild quilt.

I also ordered their thread for the first time.
White in the middle, with natural on the left and antique on the right.
The antique is a perfect match for muslin fabric. 
A real bargain at $2.49 a spool.
100% Egyptian cotton #50.
I will give it a test run this weekend at retreat.
Have you tried it yet?

These 2 fabrics, are labeled as "seconds".
Seconds meaning the print is wavy.
I looked closely and was unable to see any major waves or distortion.
An affordable backing, priced at $2.28 a yard.

Don't get me wrong.
I love the major manufacturers "designer fabric" lines.
But at $9.95 a yard and up .........
I need to find a few alternatives to make my hobby affordable.

I ordered 2 spools of their Essential PRO thread.
Thought I'd give it a try.
I love to have a variety of threads available for customer quilts.
Remember my thread wall?

 Freehand roses and rosettes.
With a paisley background.

 This is the customer quilt I was working on for last 2 weeks.
King size plus.

Love the pieced back.

 Well, I'm off to gather my treasures for the weekend.
Leaving bright & early tomorrow morning.
 Shop Hopping all the way there!


Thursday, March 24, 2011

 Look at my poor cold porch rockers.

Hubby set them out 2 weekends ago, at my insistence.
And I've been waiting for the sun to shine ever since.

I hope you'll notice my new blog look. 
I added a top navigation bar and removed the links on the side.
When you get a minute take a look at the
Out & About page.
I've haven't finished adding all the sites, but it's a start.
More will be added as I find time.
It seems all I've been up to is quilting customer quilts.
I'm working on a Spring yo yo table topper. 
Need just a few more nights in front of the television yet.

 Both quilts were made by Lin from Las Vegas.
Can you tell her favorite color is blue?
 Close up of the star block.
 Hard to see the quilting on the back because of the print.

 Not much happening here this week.
I'm trying to get a huge customer quilt finished
and organize a few projects to take with me.
  Where to???
A 3 day retreat, leave next Friday.
OOO, I can't wait!
Sewing with friends.
Can it get any better than that?

Tuesday, March 22, 2011

Blogger Problems

I have tried to post for the past couple days
but BLOGGER isn't playing nice.
Anyone else having problems?
But it did let me embedded this video.
It's been floating around the web all week.

But well worth seeing again.

Wouldn't he been great at the Super Bowl?
Will try to post again tomorrow.
Keep Stitching!

Sunday, March 13, 2011

The Next Best Thing Since Sliced Bread

OOOOO, I didn't forget about you......

I've been sew-o busy,
just like the you, I'm sure.
But now with day light savings time
I have an extra hour of sunshine in my day!
Cuz let me tell ya
when it's dark by 4 in the afternoon
I'm in my jammies.

There's HOPE for Spring!
Check out my BOM from Little Miss Shabby.

Lovin the orange and teal!

January Snowman

February Love Birds

Lucky Shamrock March

Of course I'm not doing the suggested setting.
In fact, I used that setting for my Snowbound quilt.
Cute. Cute. Cute.

And here is the next best thing since sliced bread!
Erasable gel markers.
The ink disappears when ironed!

* Can be purchased at the office supply store or Walgreens.

And this sweet tea towel pattern is available

Click Here

Here is a customer wall hanging.
Love the eagle!

Keep those sewing machines humming!

Friday, March 4, 2011


Not here in WI.....thank goodness!
Just in fabric.

I completely changed directions on the setting for
my embroidered "
Snowbound" blocks.

My inspiration came from
LMS's Birdie BOM.
Hmm, I just happen to have 2 charm packs of
Mary En
gelbreit's The Caroler.

Love the bright colors with the white.
I debated whether or not to use the black prints.
I'm so gla
d I did.

I had enough fabric left to add a piano key border.
Now to get it quilted by Christmas.

Look at this
spectacular quilt my customer Sharon pieced.
You know how I love 1930's reproduction prints!

The pattern was in the Spring/Summer 2008 issue of
Quilt Sampler magazine.
A million half square triangles.

Love those wide open s
paces for quilting!

The back can be used as a whole cloth.

Wool batting really show
s the quilting details.

Well, that's my life up to the moment.
Rainy and yucky outsid
Guess I'll just have to stay inside
and play with fabric.
And work on customer quilts.
Pretty quiet here without the grandbabies.

Keep those machines humming.