Tuesday, October 25, 2011

October Projects

I have been working on some new projects this fall.  I just spend a wonderful, relaxing, and enjoyable weekend with some of my friends.  We retreated in beautiful Lake Mills, WI.  We rented a cottage, set it up with our sewing stuff, laughed, ate and had fun.  I had plenty of things that I "needed" to do but instead, I decided to do some things that I wanted to do! 

 View from out the front window

Before all the tables, sewing machines, irons, chairs, projects and quilters.
First, I decided to make ruler bags out of my new fabric and made one for each of my retreat friends.  Sue and I designed a ruler bag for my "Fit to be" series of rulers.  It is about 15" x 11 1/2", with handles and a zipper.  Here is mine.  I used Terry Atikinson's method of putting in the zipper and if you haven't done her method yet, you need to!  It makes putting zippers in so easy! 

Also, I did get to work on a new pattern of Terry Atkinson's that I had picked up.  It is called the Lollipop bag and has the cutest little rosette on it.  At first, I wasn't sure that I wanted to put the rosette on it but when the other girls said that they did and started making them, I was sold.  They are the cutest things.  Terry is also making these hooks for handles.  I love them!  I have many things that I could use them for.  My mind is racing with possibilities!  Here is my version of the Lollipop bag:

Then, I still wanted to work on some quilting projects so at the Madison Expo, I had picked up this new book and kit from Whimsical.  It was fun to make and I didn't have to choose any fabric!  How fun is that!  I am planning on appliqueing the ornaments as I quilt it but I didn't get to that yet.  Hopefully, before Christmas!

In a few weeks, Quiltmakers 100 Block magazine will be distributing their 4th edition.  I am so excited to be included in this!  Not only that, but there will be a blog hop.  My day will be Friday, November 11th, so make sure you stop by to see who's blogging and the wonderful give-aways . So much fun!  Will keep you informed about the Blog Hop.

Take care!

Monday, October 3, 2011

Quilts, Tillie and Fall

These are three of my favorite things! 

First, Quilts.  As you know, designing quilts, fabric, and rulers is my business but after all this time, I still love to make quilts.  I love to choose the fabric and contemplate for hours (sometimes days) which fabrics to use, where they will go, how it will look.  Once the fabric is chosen, then my other favorite part, cutting.  I think it's the mathematician in me, the preciseness of the cutting, the neat shapes.  Then the piecing is both therapeutic and enjoyable.  I love to sit, listen to my music and piece.  The emergence of the blocks and the secondary designs when the blocks are put together is fabulous.  Once the quilt top is put together, borders are on (not my favorite but an important but not always necessary part), then it's time to send it to the quilter.  I must confess, by the time the borders are put on, I'm a little tired of looking at the quilt.  I think it's because you focus so hard on the quilt, putting everything into it.  But then once the quilt is back from the quilter, I am in love again and can't wait to get the binding on!  How could anyone not love to quilt?!
Here are a few projects that I have been working on:

 Spinner - New red and cream quilt - on website soon.
Stars All Around Us - new pattern using Memories of Provence

Second, Tillie!  When we first got Tillie, I was unsure if we did the right thing.  Don't get me wrong, I loved her instantly but between Maple, Bill, my busy schedule, who has time for an energetic and mischievous puppy?  I didn't but I made sure that I had time for her.  I was used to my calm, sweet Glory that ate, went for walks, slept and hung out.  We then got this totally opposite puppy, Tillie.  She never sleeps, unless I am, runs instead of walks, wants to play instead of hanging out and is not too big on food.  After having her for 11 months, I am totally in love.  She has such a great personality.  She will grab a napkin (one of her favorite things to chew), look at me and sneak away.  If I catch her, she stands there with her head down and lets me take it out of her mouth.  Of course, I scold her and right after that, she jumps on my lap and gives me kisses...how can I not love her?  Here are some new pictures of her:

Third, Fall.  It's no secret that I dislike the hot weather.  To me, fall is perfect.  It's cooler, generally sunny and it's so pretty out.  I have been taking Tillie for a walk when it doesn't rain and we have this wonderful subdivision within walking distance from our house.  It's called the Maplewood subdivision.  There are maple trees everywhere and they are just starting to turn.  Beautiful oranges, reds, and yellows are in abundance.  I'm so glad that I am walking through there and not having to rake all those leaves up!  I have often thought about living there but you should see when the leaves start to fall!  Crazy piles of leaves everywhere.  Here are some pictures of the wonderful trees:

Hope everyone enjoys their quilts, Tillie's and falls as much as I do!