Saturday, August 30, 2014

Have a GREAT Weekend !

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Have a SAFE and HAPPY Labor Day ! ! 


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Friday, August 29, 2014

Picking Fabric for a Quilt

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This quilt is going to be 

ALL ABOUT "ME"

I'm thinking of doing a large wall hanging and stretching it on a frame to hang. 

But, of course I'm picking fabric's first, 
love this step

The basic's


A few MORE 


The POP of Color



The Fabric's 

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Thursday, August 28, 2014

Stars and Squares Quilt in Red and Tan

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Out and about for lunch today and this was in one of the shops. Simple 9-Patch block and a Star block.

This was all machine made, great idea for a quilt.Love all the reds ! 





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Wednesday, August 27, 2014

Quilt Binding Day

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Hand stitching binding down today, last step and MY least favorite. But so...worth it. 

I'll share quilt pictures 2015. It' the pattern of the month quilt.  A HUGE check off my to do list! Happy Wednesday.
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Friday, August 22, 2014

How to Painted Wooden Cabinets, My Tricks

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Here is my post about my NEW Laundry room Closet. And here are my painting tips 


white nylon paint brushes

Trick ONEI go to Michael's and get the better brush, NOT the cheap ones from Lowes.
White NYLON Brushes, about $4.00 for package.
They wash great and no hairs come out like the other ones !


brown paper sack as sand paper

Trick TWO is a BROWN paper sack, paper is the finest sand paper you can get. BUT, it must be a BROWN sack. 

The only one I had in the house was from a little quilt shop in McKinney, TX, Stitched with Love, their site.  Cut the sack open and I like to fold it in and use just as sand paper, it makes the paint and wood soft ! 

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laundry room closet

This is the "AFTER" I love it. 

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Thursday, August 21, 2014

Quilt Pattern of the Month for August from The Quilt Ladies

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August Quilt Block of the MONTH for 2014

Each block has a finished size of 8" x 8"

Crazy Man quilt pattern book
Need help piecing Triangles HERE is how I do it.

free triangle quilt block pattern

free triangle quilt block pattern


Cut 6 Red      2 7/8” x 2 7/8” triangles
Cut 4 Blue     2 7/8” x 2 7/8” triangles
Cut 2 White   2 7/8” x 2 7/8” triangles

Cut 4 White   2 1/2” x 2 1/2”
Sew as Shown
All of quilt pattern in my book


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Wednesday, August 20, 2014

Quilting Done, Binding Done

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Just finished this little quilt. Scrappy and fun, cut squares 1 1/2" x 1 1/2" machine pieced and I hand quilted. 
Quilt is 20" x 20"

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Monday, August 18, 2014

My Quilting Project, Four Patch Quilt Pattern

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Just home from my quilting group. This is my hand quilting I've been working on. Have just 8 more blocks to finish. The pattern will be here  on this site next Monday!
4 patch quilt


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Sunday, August 17, 2014

How to Start Quilting - Patterns from Freezer Paper

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"How to Quilt - Tutorials"  with pattern, how to's and lots of quilting information. So, here we go ! 

Always remember that quilting has been done for hundreds of years and all the new gadgets are great. But, you can still do things very simple and fill your sewing closet with new innovations as your talent grows.

simple tutorial how to make a 4 patch quilt block

No need to purchase a rotary cutter and mat your first time out. Take your time and enjoy.
Things needed to start a quilt project:

A sewing machine that sews a straight line, borrow one or purchase one at a large chain store. No need to spend hundreds on a machine to straight stitch. OR
Hand piecing can be done too. Everything is the same as a machine, but you hand stitch using the same ¼" seam allowance.


how to start quilting with freezer paper1)Graph Paper
2)Freezer Paper – Plastic coated paper, like the butcher’s wrap meat in. You can purchase it at your local store or if you ask they may give you some at your butcher counter
3)Glue stick
4)Iron
5)Gray thread
6)Ruler
7)Pencil
8)Basic sewing supplies, Scissors, thimble, sew riper, etc.
9)Needles – for hand piecing Sharps size 7-12, for quilting Between needles size 10-12
10)Sewing Pins
11) Fabric and Batting


Fabric The best rule of thumb is to purchase the best fabric you can afford. Always 100% cotton. Avoid loose woven fabrics. Wash cotton to check for color fast and iron if needed. If new to quilting it is always best to start with a light and dark color.


how to start quilting using freezer paperCutting – Rotary cutter, mat and ruler can be used if you have them. If you are new to quilting and are not sure you want to buy all these supplies try Freezer paper. It may be purchased at any grocery store. You will notice that one side is shiny, one not.
Draw the pattern pieces on to graph paper, the finished
size, the - - - line. The - - - - will be the sewing line


Add a ¼ inch seam allowance around the entire outside edge –the cutting line
(example – 2 inch finished size cut square 2 ½" x 2 ½") Cut pattern out


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With a glue stick. Paste the pieces to how to start quilting making the patternthe NON-shiny side of the freezer paper.

Cut the pattern out.




You can now iron the pattern to your fabric, shiny side down.
This pattern can be used over and over. It will leave no film on your how to start quilting with freezer paperfabric.











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Saturday, August 16, 2014

Are you Quilting Tonight?

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Husband is watching football. I'm tieing a Christmas gift, just about finished !! Looked good !!

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Thursday, August 14, 2014

Pattern for the Quilt Block - "Fair and Square"

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"Fair and Square"  This is one of the quilt block patterns I've share here on the site that has taken on a life of it's own. I'm going to share it again. 

All the quilt blocks for this quilt and how to make the quilt can be found HERE

How to make a quilt pattern block

A little bit of everything in this quilt pattern, squares, 
triangles and color

how to make a simple quilt pattern block
Finished Quilt Block Size   12” x 12”

Cut 1 Tan             2 7/8” x 2 7/8”
Cut 1 White        2 7/8” x 2 7/8”
Make Triangles

Cut 1 Tan             2 7/8” x 2 7/8”
Cut 2 Green        2 7/8” x 2 7/8”
Make Triangles

Cut 4 White        2 ½” x 4 ½”
Cut 4 Tan             2 ½” x 4 ½”

Cut 4 Tan             2 ½” x 2 ½”
Cut 12 Green     2 ½” x 2 ½”



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