Wednesday, October 24, 2012

Smoking Quilt, Part 2

As I was looking around for the smoke, for the smell was getting stronger, I happened to notice that my batting on the sides of the quilt were bunched up around my lamp.  Now my lamp is hot.  I've burned myself several times on it.  I immediately knocked the batting down away from the heat.  Oh, look, little wisps of smoke.  

It was a big round dark circle that had tiny colors running through it.  Actually kind of neat looking when suddenly it went 'poof' and I had a nice little fire started on my quilt. I'm looking around frantically trying to find something to put it out.  Wait, I've got a drink with me but I have to think about this.  What is it that I have with me?  A coke? Tea? I'm worried about staining my basically black quilt here  (Alcohol?)  No, I've got water!  I grab up my glass and pour it on.  

Who says quilting can't be exciting? 

Fortunately this did not touch the quilt itself and I was able to finish it.  For the corners I wanted a certain look: a fan.  The only way I could see to do this was to sandwich the pieces in.  My quilting group tried to dissuade me from this but I was happy with the results.  

On the back I used hand dyed fabric that I picked up in my travels but it wasn't quite big enough.  Needed to add so I did a 'brick' look and in the bricks I added the ties manufacturing label.  

 I do a lot of back art for my quilts.  The extra 'brick' fabric that I cut off from here went for the binding on another quilt.

Monday, October 15, 2012

Smoking Quilt, Part 1

I was working away on my husband's tie quilt some years back. These were ties that he had amassed from his job over the years.  Plus a few unusual ones I found at the local Salvation Army (one tie was made in Israel and another had the state of Michigan emblem on it).  I used moire fabric for the background.  I decided to machine quilt this very large quilt myself (big mistake in several ways).  

My sewing machine has been with me for years and has needed very little work done on it.  We were going along just fine, machine and I, when I smelled smoke.  Great.  I'm working my machine too much.  It can't handle all this fabric I'm pushing through.  I looked around, still sniffing, trying to find where exactly it's smoking.  Actually the machine itself doesn't appear to be the problem.  So . . . where's the smoke smell coming from?

Like to end my story?  

Tuesday, October 2, 2012

Lovina's Pressed Flower blocks

I have been absent from my blog due to a new job and having just gotten back from vacation.  I spent four days shopping 'til I dropped with my sorority sisters in Chicago.  Wonderful company, wonderful food, wonderful shopping although I did not find any quilt shops in downtown Chicago.  But I have been busy doing some hand stitching in the evenings while I sit and watch TV.  I have been making yo-yo's and attaching them to the blocks that I showed you earlier.  Thought you might want to see that I am making some progress (slowly but surely).

Monday, August 20, 2012


What quilt can you make a teenage guy?  Wanting to make a quilt for each of my children as they graduated from high school I was stumped.  Easy to make one for a girl.  I belong to a quilt group and one day someone was showing their quilt made from monster fabric.  He still had half of it left over and did not want to make another one.  What was he going to do with the leftovers?  "Sell it to me!" 

Thursday, August 16, 2012

A few years ago I spent one Saturday a month at my local library's book club discussing mysteries.  That first time we were handed a list of mystery writers to help get us started.  I looked through the list, saw an author that I'd never heard of before and read the general summary of what the entire series was about.  Found the first book and on a whim decided not to read the back cover or inside the jacket.  After all, I had to read it anyway for discussion, right?  (Everyone read whatever they wanted but they had to tell about the book they had picked).  What a surprise!  The mystery started out for 3 chapters with the one person I thought was the main character.  She got bumped off in the 4th chapter and her sister who we knew about but never 'met' came on the scene and was actually the main character after that.  When I was done I read the back cover that clearly stated who was killed.  What a let down that would have been had I known before hand.

I haven't read the back or inside jacket of a book since and I find I have enjoyed reading so much more. 

How do I determine what to read next if I don't know what the book is about?  I do read summaries and listen to people who are excited about what they are reading.  I have an on-going list of books to read that sound interesting and label them accordingly: mystery, romance, non-fiction, etc.  So after reading a mystery I may decide I now want sci-fi so I'll look at that list and grab a book.  By the time I get to said book I have forgotten what it was about.  Try it sometime!

Monday, August 6, 2012

Night Flight Quilt

Lindbergh's Night Flight is my signature quilt.  I have made several of these and given all of them away except for this one.  I hand quilted the top (probably my last one) and looking back I wonder what was I thinking?  I had it set up in the living room with four young children running around.  This is old and faded but I still love this block.  I am always searching for fabric to make another and am fortunate that I have friends who also help me with this.  I do wonder what others think when my friends and I are together and one of them hands me fabric saying, "Look what I found that you can fly over."

Tuesday, July 31, 2012

My Books

There has been some confusion over my two published books that I would like to clear up.  My first book, a romance, is entitled: Owe It To The Wind.  On the back cover it states that the sequel will be "All's Forgotten Now."  It is not.  As time went by I realized that title was not going to work and therefore I ended up with the sequel (a romance with a mystery) being called Truly, Everything. 

Although I am working on a third book it is not a continuation.  The two books above are the complete story.

Tuesday, July 17, 2012

Lovina's Pressed Flower blocks

I found this pattern in the book Lovina's Pressed Flowers.  I was thinking I did not have a lot of background fabric as I tend to stay away from plain fabric however I have been pleasantly surprised to find that I do have plain plus a lot of my background fabric has a design but is light enough to blend in (the brown looking one on the left is actually a white-and-brown check pattern).  The pattern calls for 6 yo-yo's in each block however I am liking only having four.  I put one yo-yo on the left side of the stem and later when I went to do the next block couldn't remember but thought it was to the right of the stem (in this heat I did not feel like getting up and going into the next room to check).  I may end up doing half and half or I may put my yo-yo's in various places.  Only 47 more blocks to go and several more yo-yo's to make.

Tuesday, July 10, 2012

Summer time and my thoughts always turn to classics.  When I was in high school one of our assignments was to read a classic. Wanting to be able to choose from a large selection I was one of the first in the library to pick a book from the list that the teacher had handed out.  Thomas Hardy's Far From the Madding Crowd sounded really good.  I hated it.  Hurried back to the library only to find that all the books on her list were checked out. I was stuck with Hardy.  And I am so glad.  It took me almost to the middle of the book for me to get into it but what a ride.  It was great and today I have almost the entire collection of Thomas Hardy books. 

From there I decided that every summer I would read at least one classic and except for a few summers when my children were little I have done just that.

Friday, July 6, 2012

First Day

Here is my first day as a blogger!  I'm excited to start this blog having just learned that my second book here just won it's third national award.  As I get this up and running click here for my website.