Saturday, November 30, 2013

On the Fly...

My Amish mini was calling for feathers but is getting a fly stitch instead.    Was inspired by my friend Susan, a blue-ribboned embroiderer.  She said this was easier and more fun to do.   I'm using Aurifil #12 wt. similar to Perle cotton.

Which reminds mom, Pearl, turns 94 today!  I owe her big time for teaching me how to sew a whole lot more!!!

Friday, November 22, 2013


Cannot find the words to express the sadness I feel today.  My friend Liz just called to invite me over for some of her homemade soup.  We will be sad together, but the soup will be wonderful...

Thursday, November 21, 2013

Bamboo Magic

I am crazy for bamboo.  This little skewer for kabobs is a wonder.

It steers my tiny squares.

It opens all those seams for pressing.

And it makes those seam allowances behave.

Abacadabra.....another postage stamp page for my album!

Tuesday, November 19, 2013

Kitchen Kitsch

      The kitchen fabric reminds me of Seventies wallpaper.  The rickrack completes the look I wanted for this fun little piece.

        This is my first attempt at a Double Wedding Ring.  My wedding dreams did not center around the kitchen table, but it is where I have had some of the happiest times!

Saturday, November 16, 2013

Long Island Loves Quilts

Long Island is home to some beautiful antique quilts.  The Bellport-Brookhaven Historical Society has a lovely exhibit of quilts made from 1850-1965 which are now owned and loved by the locals.  This Lone Star was purchased in Pennsylvania but had no documentation.  A reminder to us... how important labels are!

This Attic Windows quilt was also purchased, or rather rescued.  It had been used as a seat cushion.  I love the plaids.  Probably made from men's shirts?

Abraham Lincoln's History is a real charmer.  This quiltmaker lived 99 years and made many handmade quilts as gifts.  What an inspiration!

I could hardly believe my eyes when I noticed this Mariner's Compass Circa:1880 was entirely appliqued.  Imagine needle-turning all those sharp points!

Hard to pick a favorite, but this Scrappy Zig Zag won my Viewer's Choice.  I feel compelled to make this now.  Only problem is I cannot figure out how it goes together.  Partial seam construction maybe?
If anyone knows, please let me in on the secret.


Another 'must make'  ~  Silk Fans 

Tuesday, November 12, 2013

Baggie from Betty

I just got this bagful of scraps from my friend Betty.  I am a HUGE fan of hers, as she has a real gift for selecting the perfect fabrics for every quilt she makes.  She just won FOUR ribbons at the Evening Star show, so I know that I'm not the only one who appreciates her work.  Hope some of her magic has been tucked in with these scraps.  Another postage stamp page is my project for today.  My new vision has given me a bonus of brighter and clearer colors.  The joy is indescribable!

Sunday, November 10, 2013

Whatta Week!

Whatta week!  I had cataract surgery on Wednesday

AND.... I now have 20/20 vision!!!!

AND... I won two ribbons at the Evening Star Quilt Show on Saturday!  

Life is very, very good!