Thursday, April 29, 2010

How I Spent My Summer Vacation (money)

I love spring! This winter we had a flood, a terrible snowstorm, an even worse ice/snowstorm, and another flood. This was in addition to a regular New York winter. We took some damage to a car and lost a bunch of trees. The ice storm damaged the remaining trees so badly that we'll have many more falling for the rest of the year. At the front of our property, part of a very large tree fell onto the road last month. The remaining part of the tree was split and was just waiting to fall.

We made the very exciting decision to have the tree taken down. Who needs a summer vacation anyway?

In this photo, half of the tree is already down. As we are hauling all of that wood up the mountain to our wood pile, we're playing the "guess how many cords of wood it is" game. We figured we've hauled up 2 cords already and the log pile on the street doesn't look any smaller yet!
And as you can see, tree removal is a spectator sport in my neighborhood.

Wednesday, April 28, 2010

It was an honor

It was an honor to make this quilt (the first one, specifically) with my friend Kim. She pieced it; I quilted it. Why was it an honor to quilt a quilt? It's something I do every day after all. Well, this quilt was made for Quilts of Valor to be given to a wounded serviceman/servicewoman.

When I went to MQX, I dropped off a stack of quilts to the Quilts of Valor booth and ran off to work. The next day (or the day after that?) someone from Quilts of Valor let me know that this specific quilt was given away. Patrick, a young serviceman, is being shipped home for surgery and the Governor of Rhode Island presented this quilt to his mother!

I actually got to meet mom (Debbi). We hugged and she told me about Patrick and we all ended up crying like fools.
Want to share in this honor? Check out Quilts of Valor and see how you can help.

Tuesday, April 27, 2010

We have a WINNER!

Thanks to everyone who commented for a chance to win Beyond the Lines: Quilting Designs for Hand, Machine, and Longarm Quilting.

Karen is the winner!

I used the random number generator and was going to paste a photo of it on my blog but apparently that technology is just out of my reach. Please trust that I was honest.

If you would like to purchase the book, it can be ordered online from the Quilt Basket.

Sunday, April 25, 2010

Sunday Stash Report

Fabric in this week: 4 yards (backing fabric)
Fabric in this year: 9.5 yards
Fabric used this week: 9.75 yards
Fabric used this year: 126.75 yards

STASH BUSTED: 117.25 yards

Head on over to Judy's blog to see how everyone else is doing.

Don't forget about my give-away!

Friday, April 23, 2010

Friday finish -- Michael & Jackie

My husband's baby cousin is getting married next week. This boy was about 2 years old when I came into the family, but since my own son is now 23 I suppose Michael has had some time to grow up a bit since then.

I haven't met his bride yet, so I chose neutral fabrics for the wedding quilt:

I had all of the fabrics in my stash except for the backing. The backing fabric was yummy and perfect (and on sale!). I'll make my true confession for Sunday's Stash Report.

Sorry for the oddly-lit photos. I finished the quilt last night and took the photos this morning before the sun had time to fully rise. I have to leave for work soon!

Don't forget about my give-away!

Thursday, April 22, 2010

Words to Live by...

Written on top of a radiator at the Rhode Island Convention Center:

Passers-by thought I was weird for taking a picture of a radiator. At least I wasn't the one who wrote it!


Don't forget about my give-away!

Wednesday, April 21, 2010

Time for a Give-away!

This week my blog-meter registered 50,000 hits. That feels like a milestone to be celebrated. I think it's time for a give-away!

How about a drawing for a copy of my book?

It's called Beyond the Lines: Quilting Designs for Hand, Machine, and Longarm Quilting.

The give-away rules are:

  • Leave a comment letting me know that you'd like to be entered in the drawing.
  • Open to United States residents only.
  • Comments close Monday, April 26, 2010 at noon EDT.
Good luck!

In case you wondered, that definitely is a Hello Kitty bandage on my finger in the photo. Why a Hello Kitty bandage? Because I was out of Shrek bandages, of course.

Tuesday, April 20, 2010

I've been blogged!

Bonnie and I met up at MQX, and she insisted on taking my photo. In my defense, it was after 10pm and I'd been working in the classroom since 7:30 am. I had just changed out of my work clothes and was in my casual jeans, hoodie, and pony tail.

Check out Bonnie's blog.

Monday, April 19, 2010

Design Wall Monday

I'm home from MQX and working on my new quilt along.

I am using a bunch of patriotic fabrics from my stash so I can donate this quilt to Quilts of Valor.

My first attempt didn't go so well:

I used a 4-inch triangle template, but it wasn't an equilateral triangle. I switched over to my regular ruler and used the 60-degree line. It worked like a charm!

Head on over to Judy's blog to see what everyone else is doing.

Sunday, April 18, 2010

Sunday Stash Report

Fabric in this week: 0 yards
Fabric in this year: 5.5 yards
Fabric used this week: 9.75 yards
Fabric used this year: 117.0 yards

STASH BUSTED: 111.50 yards

Head on over to Judy's blog to see how everyone else is doing.

Friday, April 16, 2010

Friday Finish -- John's quilt

My daughter is friends with triplets so I got to make three graduation quilts.

One for Katie.

One for Mikey.

And one for John:

John likes purple. A lot.

Last year my daughter asked for 10 graduation quilts, and this is number ten. I am done!!!

Wednesday, April 14, 2010

I've been blogged!

Debbie, owner of Quilting Possibilities in Forked River, NJ, posted about her Handi Quilter training in Connecticut last week.

Check it out.

Tuesday, April 13, 2010

More proof that I'm crazy...

I joined another quilt along:


It starts this week. I'll start next week after I'm home from MQX!

Monday, April 12, 2010

Where's Debby?

At MQX, of course... it's where all the cool people will be this week. Come to Rhode Island!

Sunday, April 11, 2010

Sunday Stash Report

Fabric in this week: 0 yards
Fabric in this year: 5.5 yards
Fabric used this week: 4.75 yards
Fabric used this year: 107.25 yards

STASH BUSTED: 101.75 yards

OK, I busted over 100 yards of fabric this year. I'm pretty excited, but why can't I see a difference in my sewing room? It's still full of fabric! Maybe the next 100 yards will make the difference?

Head on over to Judy's blog to see how everyone else is doing.

Saturday, April 10, 2010

Tickled pink!

And yellow. And red. And green. And purple.....

Last week I showed you pictures of a pinwheel quilt for a special little girl.

Lydia received her quilt and her grandma sent me a picture to share with all of you:

Celebrate with us! For details on Lydia's surgery and recovery, check out her grandma's blog.

Quilting is FUN!

I just had a great day with some quilters on Long Island. I hope they learned a lot; I surely learned a lot from them!

Fun fact: 18% of the women in this photo were named Debby/Debbie. I sense a trend....

Where's Debby?

On Long Island!

Friday, April 09, 2010

Spinning like crazy -- Lydia's quilt

A very special young lady is undergoing major surgery and this quilt is for her:

And the back:

The totals: 100 nickel squares, 25 10-inch squares, 1/2 yard binding

The quilt is a pinwheel quilt along from Old Red Barn Co.

I quilted some all-over cabbage roses and leaves, just to keep it fun.

Thursday, April 08, 2010

... and I got to see an emu, too!

Earlier this week I mentioned that I did a little bird watching, but I never mentioned why I was headed to Connecticut.

For more Handi Quilter love, of course!

I spent two days with ladies from New York, Ohio, Maine, Vermont, Maryland, Pennsylvania, Massachusetts, New Jersey, New Hampshire, Connecticut, Indiana, South Carolina, and one gentleman from Louisiana.

Fun fact: 16% of us were named Debby/Debbie.

Wednesday, April 07, 2010

Spinning like crazy, part 3

So, the pinwheel quilt from Old Red Barn Co. is pieced.

It's 40x40. I have a special little girl in mind for this quilt.

Tuesday, April 06, 2010


I was driving through Connecticut on my way to Sew Inspired quilt shop. I was enjoying the scenery and I noticed that some of the scenery was enjoying me:

I started screaming "An ostrich? Is that an ostrich? Maybe an emu? I should go back and take a picture." So I did.
Well dear reader, is this an ostrich? or maybe an emu?

Spinning like crazy, part 2

I couldn't stop making the pinwheels from the Old Red Barn Co. pinwheel quilt along:

Pinwheels are like potato chips... I bet you can't make just one!

I had enough white fabric to make 25 blocks so I used 25 different bright fabrics in these blocks.

Monday, April 05, 2010

Spinning like crazy

Old Red Barn Co. hosted a pinwheel quilt along. I quickly grabbed up my bucket of bright nickel squares and started piecing.

I pulled out all polka dots to start. I don't have enough spots to make this an exclusively dotty quilt, so I'm going to add some non-spotted fabrics to the quilt.

Head on over to Judy's blog to see what everyone else is doing.

Sunday, April 04, 2010

Sunday Stash Report

Fabric in this week: 0 yards
Fabric in this year: 5.5 yards
Fabric used this week: 3 yards
Fabric used this year: 102.5 yards

STASH BUSTED: 97 yards

Head on over to Judy's blog to see how everyone else is doing.

Friday, April 02, 2010

Friday finish -- potholders

I am blessed. I have many wonderful people in my life. People I love a lot. I love to give them gifts, and they love the gifts they receive. They love them so much in fact, that they beg for more.

If you give a mom* a set of Christmas potholders...

... she'll want a set of snowflake potholders for January.

If you give a mom a set of snowflake potholders...

... she'll want heart potholders for February.

If you give a mom a set of heart potholders ...

... she'll want shamrock potholders for March.

If you give a mom a set of shamrock potholders ...

... she'll want Easter potholders for April.

Well, it's April.

That's a whole lot of binding. Just sayin'.
Since I was photographing my potholder drawer, here are some other homemade potholders:

Leftover watermelon fabric from another project.
BBQ fabric for June. Mom already has these.
Leftover orange/pink fabric from another project.
Zombie potholders!!!!!!! (If you aren't a Resident Evil fan, this won't make any sense.)
*the same goes for "friend", "sister", "daughter", "daughter-in-love", "mother-in-love", etc. They all collect potholders.

Thursday, April 01, 2010

Recovery quilting

I just returned from 13 days on the road ending with the first AQS show in Lancaster PA! It was such a rush to be there, and I spent weeks preparing so my classes would be "just right".

I've done a lot of teaching and a lot of travelling and I know to plan some down time when I return. I take the first day home and spend it in my sewing room engaging in 'quilt therapy' or 'recovery quilting'.

I grabbed my bucket of 1 1/2" strips and pieced them into blocks:

It was the perfect recovery quilting project since there was no thought involved, until...
... there were leftover pieces:

What am I going to do with the leftovers?

I pulled out a barely started scrap quilt that has 2 1/2" x 6" sashings. Should I continue with that project (I'm thinking no), or should I just toss those few strips and all my leftovers into a bag for my crumb-quilting friend?

Does anyone else get paralyzed by these enormous life-and-death decisions?

I hope this recovery takes, because I'm on my way back out the door for another 14 days of teaching!