Friday, April 29, 2016


                                 ............IN AN ASSORTMENT of fall and autumn hued fabrics.

I have an awful large amount of scraps and I store them by color in bins
underneath the longarm system for easy accessibility.
Every once in a while I like to mindlessly sew strips together and
make tablerunners.
I say mindlessly because there is not a lot of thinking or measuring involved in
making simple tablerunners.

There are 25 ...1" strips across the center of this tablerunner so I used
increments of five and did some ruler work.
No rhyme or reason to the design, just some V shapes and then arches in between.

A view of the back....which is a cute candy corn pattern.
This tablerunner is reversible.
Use the candy corn side for October and Halloween and then turn it over
and use the striped side for Autumn and Thanksgiving.
My big wooden crate full of dried gourds came in handy for these photos!

Being a shop owner I always have to be a few months ahead of the seasons.
My next project is a more formal autumn tablerunner.
I'm off to the happy quilter's loft to load it
on the longarm system right now!

Until next time........
Happy stitching everyone!

Thursday, April 28, 2016


.......on paper piecing.
I taught a class on paper-piecing.
Not sure but I think the pattern is called something like
Friendship Circle.
I like to practice ruler work on non-customer quilts.
Still trying to master the continuous line of quilting with
minimum starts and stops.
Its hard because I don't like to do too much backtracking
over previous stitching lines.
Close-up of the block.
I used a light teal/green thread and it blended
really well even on the mauve pink.
Love the texture of the quilting on the back.
I used the same teal/green for the backing even though
the picture is not showing any color.
I like to use my projects but am not sure what to do with this one....
Maybe a table topper or wallhanging....except these are not really colors I like.
Oh Darn!!!!

My next two projects are tablerunners and they are both fall-themed.
Plus, I have another applique project cut out and waiting to start.

Until next time...........
Happy stitching everyone!

Monday, April 11, 2016


............on and off the longarm system today.
There are 2 each of 21 different 1" fabric strips surrounded by a
blue and gray pinstripe border.

The colors a very muted and looks so old-fashioned.
The strips are assorted greens, blues, browns and tan colors.
It would look perfect in a period house.
The size is 19 x 51".

The side borders are quilted with a 3/4" beadboard pattern and
the ends are just a single row of stitching 1" apart.
I couldn't decide what to do in the center so I just did a soft, rounded zigzag
over three rows at a time.

The backing is the same pinstripe as the borders.
The quilting really shows up on the back.
Binding is a black and blue mini check.
It is all machine pieced and quilted and the binding is also machine stitched for durability.
I like to use the things I make so I make sure they are machine wash and dryable.

Well..........That was my project for today.
A good way to spend a rainy day in Northeast PA.

Happy Stitching everyone!!!