Wednesday, April 22, 2015

Quilt cruise to Eastern Carribean

The Quilting cruise was so much fun ! We cruised the Eastern Carribean- sewed on the cruising days & had lots of fun in between. I went with a CCS friend who is a great quilter. I am not as experienced as she is, but I did learn a lot . I even kept up with the pattern which was my biggest fear- falling behind. The pattern ,kit, prizes, giveaways were from a local quilt shop - 3 Dudes.
Quilts At Sea - Michelle Jackson was the overall organizer. The highlight for me was going to a Batik factory on St Kitts for a private tour& making our own piece of Batik.
Another highlight- there were many !!! Was winning the sewing machine on board the cruise. A Florida dealer provided all sewing machines . He gives away a starter machine & I WON IT . The stipulation was it be given to a new beginning sewer. So my niece Abby Rose got a call from me when we landed in Ft Lauderdale that she would get sewing lessons from me & a new machine !!
She was thrilled & so am I !!!!!!
My almost finished top- just need to add border . A Batik kit with several choices of colors was included in our quilt package .
A view of the process of making our own piece of Batik . 
Great trip & motivation ������



Wednesday, April 8, 2015

AZ Gives & Quilting Cruise


AZ Gives was a huge success for The Christ Child Society of Phx . We raised over $2300. Now we can add diapers back to our Layettes . I have 29 onsies to drop off this morning . I didn't get my March goal of an afghan or baby quilt finished , but...
I'm heading to FL tomorrow or an eastern Caribbean quilting cruise . I'm Very excited, but nervous. The friend I'm going with is a superior quilter & I'm NOT. I'm hoping to learn  a lot & have FUN . we had to make mug rugs for an exchange with fellow quilters . Mine is machine embroidered ,after 3 tries of binding it's done .
Need to get packing & hoping to save room in suitcase for visit to Batik factory !!!!!!

Wednesday, April 1, 2015

London City Bag

First time using a slider- It ACTUALLY worked to make the handle have a double slider.  I can use the bag now as a cross body or shoulder bag.  I WILL be using this on all future bags.  I watched a
you tube video  to add this feature.  I watched it 4 times, as it worked so slick. I LOVE,LOVE,LOVE that I figured this out.  I like this pattern as well.  It was a class I took as part of Gourmet Club at Bernina Connection.  I plan to make another for an upcoming trip, but I will make a little bit smaller.  Id like to use this one for a few weeks and then decide. All batiks were from my stash. Soft & stable was used as it is a foam & gave great body to the bag.
Thanks to vacuumingthelawn.blogspot.com   Kyle sent me the link to the Etsy shop where she bought her sliders. I bought the lobster claw/ swivel hooks at my Bernina store ,but have also gotten them from picklepiedesigns.com . 

 
 




Sunday, March 22, 2015

Ist make of the year


Finally my first clothing make of the year . I started this skirt in October & finished it yesterday . It's a fully lined skirt made of quilting cotton . Very simple but glad to have finally made something !!!
I wore this skirt last night to dinner with friends . My friend said cute skirt before I even had a chance to say I had made it . I thought I had the lining a good inch shorter than the hem, but it showed when I walked in the front . So... Need to trim that off. 

Tuesday, March 10, 2015

CCS Sewing -


Lots of CCS sewing this week . We are very short of onsies for our Layette Bags for the hospitals . Also afghans are in short supply. My goal is to make an afghan or quilt a month. That's a small dent in the over 1000 we need each year for local hospitals & social service agencies . 
I always have lots of plans to sew for myself , just need to do it !!
WW is not going as quickly as I had hoped for weight loss. Keep saying I'll start something whenever lost 5-10 . But I keep plugging along .




Friday, March 6, 2015

Pima Canyon Hiking instead of dealing with sewing issues

     Had to get the loose threads in my head cleared out today . Many,many sewing problems yesterday !!!! Not all operator error . I came back from Sewing Expo sew enthused - trying to get mojo back .
Need to refigure embroidery project as I'm making recipe towels for a fundraiser basket . Due next week of course !!!

Thursday, March 5, 2015

Pendleton Posing


Picture form last weeks Sewing Expo in Puyallup WA . 
I had to get a picture next to my name !!!!!
I didn't buy any fabric there - living in AZ I don't really wear too many wools , but they had some beautiful fabric .