Friday, April 10, 2015

Friday Finishes

Quilters are wonderful people!  I have been offline trying to finish a quilt for a customer along with being sick with the respiratory virus that is going around.  Today I finally check email and find one of my blog followers asking if I am ok and survived the storms that went through Illinois last night.  I am so touched that you worried about us.  Yes, my family and friends are ok.  We are about an hour southwest of Rochelle, IL that was hit by the storms.  I do look at the stories on TV very differently since working in the tornado area in Washington in November 2013.  It is very hard to grasp the devastation of a tornado until you have walked through the damaged area.

The good news is I have finished all the quilts that had time deadlines.  The last quilt went home last night.
 
 
I finished the last two rows on this red, black and white beauty before the storms rolled in.
I quilted it with bright red Omni thread and the pattern was Frisky Feathers by Intelligent Quilter. 
This quilt will be going to California next week to its new home.
 
Today I loaded up the car and headed out to my church where we hold a quilt retreat twice a year.
It so good to see everyone after our long winter.  Lots of catching up to do and talk of the trip to Paducah coming up soon.  The other thing I like about retreats is the food.  There's not a bad cook in the bunch.
 
Our church's Family Life Center has carpeted walls, so every wall is a design wall.  By the end of the weekend we will fill the walls with our projects.  Tune in here Monday and I will post the pictures.
 
Have a great weekend and thanks again for worrying about us in Illinois.  We are ok but please pray for the folks around the Rochelle area that were effected by the storms.
 
 
Yours in quilting,
Terry
 

Tuesday, April 7, 2015

Tuesday Tips

I was playing around with what to write about and I came upon the first article on Bonnie Hunter's Facebook page, Quiltville Open Studio.  I think the article shares some really good information about the expenses involved in making quilts.

http://www.mooreapproved.com/2015/02/quiltonomics-the-real-cost-of-quilts/

I have trouble charging people for quilting, quiltmaking, teaching, and other costs.  We need to continue to educate the public on the costs of our trade.

This is a follow-up article to Quiltonomics and shares additional information worth the read.

http://www.mooreapproved.com/2015/02/why-i-wrote-quiltonomics/

I have been sick with a virus for about a week and a half.  This morning I had to vote for our local election for Mayor, City Council and educational committee boards.  Then I headed over to the horse barn to meet the farrier.  Hoot, my husband's horse, was a good boy while getting his feet trimmed and the shoes reset.  While holding Hoot for the farrier, I scratched his neck and head.  No doubt that Spring is here as he is shedding by the hand-fulls of hair.  I am thankful that our son could help with chores while I was sick.  This is the most have been out except to get our taxes done yesterday.

Here's a view from the couch, my two nurses-Indy and Harry, standing guard.  Funny, how the dogs know when you are not feeling well.
 
 
Have a terrific Tuesday.
 
Yours in quilting,
Terry

Monday, April 6, 2015

Design Wall Monday

On Saturday I listed several free patterns that my friends like to follow. Some friends are slightly computer challenged, so I post the links to help everyone out and make it easy to find.  I was confused on the Bitty Blocks being posted by Quiltmaker.  Late today I went to their blog to find out that they post the first Monday of each month, not the first of each month.  That explains why I could not find their April pinwheels block on the first but it was just made available today. 

http://www.quiltmaker.com/blogs/quiltypleasures/2015/04/qm-bitty-blocks-flying-geese-pinwheels/

I spent half of Sunday and several hours this morning working on our income tax preparation.  I had an 11:00am appointment with the tax man and I'm thrilled things went smoothly.  I came home to look-up some additional information and drove back uptown to drop off the paperwork requested.  Now we wait for the final answer and paperwork.

Just running up to the tax appointment and doing a few things around the house, wore me out.  I hate being sick and having no energy.  I did catch up in printing off the free patterns for April. 

I decided to reward myself for working on the taxes and cut out a simple block for the 2014 BOM by Country Threads and Farm Chick Quilts.
This block is not sewn together it is just laying on my ironing board. 
 
Today I am linking up with Judy at Patchwork Times.
 
Yours in quilting,
Terry

Saturday, April 4, 2015

Saturday Stuff - Monthly Free Pattern Links

Snuggling under this quilt this weekend while fighting off this virus or bug that I have caught.  Below are some of the free patterns I try to post each month.
 
Free pattern from Superior Threads website
http://www.superiorthreads.com/downloadableproduct/23486/

2015 Quilt Doodle Block of the Month - April's Block
http://www.quiltdoodledesigns.com/Aprils_Block_2015.pdf

McCall's Freebie Friday
 

Quiltmaker Bitty Blocks

I can't find April's Block yet.  I will post it later when it becomes available.

Row Quilt Options
 
Farm Chick Quilts ( used to be the Country Threads block of the month)
 




 
Have a blessed Easter weekend.
 
Yours in quilting,
Terry



Friday, April 3, 2015

Friday Finishes

Its been a quiet week around home compared to the last two weeks of quilts shows and preparations.  This week's goal was to complete the quilting on two quilts that have deadlines.  The first is a blue beauty.  This is a Hunter's Star quilt.  It will be a gift at a bridal shower during the Easter weekend.
 
The quilting pattern is drop of paisley and the thread is Omini Slate Blue. 
 
 
I love wide back fabrics.  Look how pretty the pattern shows on the backing. 
 
Next was the modern pink and black quilt. 
 
This quilt will be traveling to California soon. 
 
The quilting design is Frisky Feathers on Intelligent Quilter.  The thread is hot pink by YLI. 
The next quilt will be a sister quilt to this one.  The next one is red and black.
 
I burnt the candle at both ends and got run down.  So all week I have had a sore throat, achy body, and congestion.  Been living on Advil Cold & Sinus but I was running out of cough/throat drops.  Made a run to the grocery store for more green chai tea, cough drops and of course a quilting magazine. 
 
My husband has been working extremely long hours, as well as an hour commute to and from work.  It cheered both of us up to see the picture of him on Facebook.  While he was a route driver he made wonderful friends and he misses serving the public.  One of his customers posted this picture of him the last day he delivered to her.  He now is a warehouseman instead of route driver.  I am so blessed to live with the happy guy.  
 
May you all have a blessed Easter.
 
 
Yours in quilting,
Terry

Monday, March 30, 2015

Monday Design Wall-Lucy Boston Fever for Fabric

Good Monday Morning!  The sun is shining here in Illinois.  Its about 36 degrees with a promise from the weatherman to reach 67 degrees today.  The dogs have been in and out several times because there is no wind and the sun is warm on the back deck this morning.  Indy has decided to lay out on the deck and watch over the neighborhood.

I have a lovely quilt on the machine downstairs calling my name to get finished quilting.  But, blogging first is my duty.  How did your weekend go?  My Thursday, Friday and Saturday were so much fun.  Thursday and Friday, I worked at the International Quilt Show in Chicago.  Through a mutual friend, I had the great joy of working with Diane in the Sew Batiks booth.  I worked with their rayon batiks for clothing.  Its just yummy to stroke, has beautiful drape, and easy care.  Also, check out their Nuance Gradations and 112" wide backs.  Looking forward to seeing Diane again in Paducah!  Check their website for their travel schedule for a show near you. (This is not a paid ad, this is my opinion on a great product.)

I drove home Friday night and slept in my own bed.  Saturday, I hopped on the bus at 8am with my local guild and headed back to the show to shop.  The view walking into the show was breath-taking seeing the Ruby display of red and white quilts.
 
The piecing, quilting and fabric selections were fabulous. 

 
We headed over to my "Easy Street" quilt for pictures while we were fresh. 
Pictured above from left to right, Kathy Olson, myself, Maribel Kern, and Cathy Kieser.

Pinch me is this really happening? 

Cathy Kieser and I shopped for the fabrics together, texted back and forth from our sewing rooms and provided lots of moral  support while we both made Easy Street.

Cathy had the idea to put in secret messages instead of several four patches.  This is the "You can do it!" block.

I may never experience this again so I took lots of pictures.  This was living the "bucket list" dream to have a quilt in a juried show.  Thank you for all the support and kind comments I have received on Facebook.
 
Before leaving the show, I picked up a t-shirt to commemorate the occasion.
 
We shopped on Saturday and I brought home about five Civil War Repro fabrics and two 1930's fat quarters.  My dining room table became my design wall......
Since I have caught the Lucy Boston Block bug, I laid out my many fat quarters and started to pair them up for future blocks.  Now I will need a cutting day.

Two boxes of more fat quarters and that doesn't include all the dark ones downstairs in the drawer.  Kathy O, Cathy K and Maribel K, I think I am ready for the cutting day and have plenty of selection!
 
Today I am linking up with Judy at Patchwork Times, Nurdan at Hug-a-bit Quilts, and Beth with Main  Crush Monday at Cooking Up Quilts.  Have a great Monday. 
 
Yours in quilting,
Terry
 
 

Saturday, March 28, 2015

Super Saturday

I have worked at the Chicago International Quilt Show for the last two days in booth 1331, Sew Batiks from Mayville, ND.  Stop in and see Diane the owner if you are at the show, tell her Terry sent you.  I will be on a bus early tomorrow morning headed back to Chicago to enjoy shopping with my friends.  So glad to be sleeping in my own bed, Friday night, before a big day of shopping.

While in Chicago, I did get to sneak a peak at my quilt hanging in the Midwest Marvels Display.

 
 
So here we are, the quilting peeps.  Watch out Windy City, we will be blowing into town.
 
Have a great Saturday.
Yours in quilting,
Terry