Monday, September 17, 2012

Quilting with Machines

This week is busy with the Quilting with Machine Show in Huron Ohio. September 19th - 22nd.
Linda V Taylor will be the guest speaker on Friday night. She is considered the "Mother Of Longarm quilters, I am very excited in hearing her story.
I am teaching a class on" Applique the Modern Way" It is a technique for applique on the Statler Computerized longarm quilting machine. I have developed several patterns for this and I will be demonstrating this in class.
There will a lot vendors there so will be adding to my stash .
Maybe I will see some of you there.

Wednesday, September 12, 2012


This is the season for fairs! Locally we have one every week in the surrounding communities. We like to go and eat french fries, hot sausage and cotton candy.You get to see old friends and make new ones.
I usually enter quilts and flowers, and my knitted items to have them judged to see how I stack up to the entries entered.

Crawford County fair is the largest agriculture fair in the state of Pennsylvania and has many entries in all of the home department. I entered 11 items the first 3 pictures is a  jacket that I digitized several years ago to sew out on my Gammill Statler.
The large floral design is actually a panel  made by the Micheal Miller fabric company. Our Statler group in Ohio had a challenge to that had no rules it just had to be quilted. It sat on my work table for 4 months and I didn't know what I was going to do with it 1 week to go and this popped into my head . I think that it turned out really well, the back was all free hand , there is thread painting in the flora and Mctavishing in the background.The white dots on the curls are crystals glued on. By the way it was a big hit at the Statler meeting.
The pattern for the jacket is just a outline so you can use a allover design or freehand anything that you want in any of the pieces. If you would like to try this on your domestic machine take a jacket pattern trace onto fabric , sandwich top batting and backing and start quilting. If this intimidates you a little start with a 12 x 12 square and quilt this  it does take practice.
My little jacket won Best embellished garment at the show! It was a lot of fun to make and I won a gift Certificate at Fox's Sew and Vac one of my favorite stores.
Try it some time

Tuesday, September 4, 2012

Labor Day

Labor Day is to celebrate the workers of America. I come from a working class family that worked in the steel mills of Western Pennsylvania and  from their hard work and dedication much of a America was built.
 A salute goes out to them today
Our House has another reason to celebrate today! Our Daughter Andrea's boyfriend  Seth has returned from a deployment of a year from Afghanistan in the Infantry. They came and visited with us for the weekend and we had a very enjoyable time. In  honor of him I am posting the latest QOV quilt I did.
Bill K. from Southern Penna. pieced the top. He wrote that his Sister in law had given him the material and he didn't know how it would turn out ( Bill likes very traditional patriotic colors) He wrote me after I returned it to him he was very pleasantly surprised and pleased to send it on to the VA hospital to a wounded solider or veteran.  Here is a close up of the quilting the pattern was Cascade Stars by and the border sar and sash by
I hope you enjoyed your Holiday