Block of the Month – Be There!

Block of the Month – Be There!

bethereI signed up for my LQS block of the month.  “Be There, Get Your Square”  My mother, and friend Joann are also going to do it with me.  It’s actually a pretty fantastic deal.  The class was $60.  You got a book fabric, and the class.  Now the roll of fabric in the photo is 6 yards, not to mention there are 70 – 7 inch squares of batiks called “Sparklers”.  PLUS the book.  In my opinion that’s a heck of a deal!!  Gotta love Jill and the crew over at Pine Needles Sewing Center.

I also love Aurifil thread, and will be piecing with 50 weight – #2000.  If you’ve never given it a try you should.  At a retreat I was sitting next to someone who was using another thread.  She asked me what  I thought of Aurifil and why I would pay so much for it.  I just smiled and asked her if she had ever used it.  She said no, but couldn’t imagine paying that much for it.  At the retreat they had a mini fabric shop setup, so I bought her a spool of Aurifil and told her to try it.  She couldn’t believe how much LESS lint it created and how far the spool went just in that weekend.  (She left with thread still on that spool)  So I like to think I made a believer out of her….even though she lived in Kentucky and I never saw her again.  🙂

The book is actually the one I won the other day.  By Kaye England (did I mention I just love her?)  Anyway I went home all ready to use the fabric I got with the class and choose some items from my stash, and as soon I walked in the door….BOOM….the power goes out.  We’ve been having some nasty storms, so as my luck would have it there was no sewing this afternoon.

Next Saturday I believe my mother and Joann are coming over and we will start our first 2 blocks.  I’m also going to do something really new to me, and kind of out of my comfort zone.  I’m going to MIX my fabrics….(are you done gasping in horror?)

I can hear what your saying through the monitor….you CAN’T do that!!!  He’s going to end up with some damn UGLY quilt!!!  Well I’m doing it.  I recently took a class at Craftsy called “Garden of Quilted Possibilities”  There Edyta (the instructor) explains about how she picks out her fabrics, so I’m following her formula and we’ll see how it turns out.  Her quilts are STUNNING!  Hopefully mine will turn out okay!   But at least I’m trying!!

Do most of you mix and match fabric types in your quilts?  Do you normally buy a fabric “family” or do you pick out each piece?

I’m a Winner!!!

I’m a Winner!!!

I’m not lucky, in fact is there were 10 people and 9 prizes, I would be the guy to walk away empty handed.  However this year I appear to have turned over a new leaf.  First I won a Silhouette Cameo, and now I’ve won a book!   Color be surprised and exited!

I won the book through my Local Quilt Shop.  The shop is called Pine Needles Sewing Center and it’s a GREAT place!  They gave me my first quilting class, and is where I purchased Bernice (my Aurora 430) and Bertha (My 820).  They always have something fun going on, and TONS in things to inspire you to go home and quilt.

voices_II_coverprint__43731.1357716883.1280.1280I won a copy of Kaye England’s “Voices of the Past – Volume II”  It’s a great book with wonderful patterns.  So a big thank you to Jill and the crew of at Pine Needles!  You made my day!

They are also the people who introduced me to Kaye England.  Not only is Kaye a character (go to her Quilting College if you get a chance, she is an absolute HOOT!)  But she’s a smart quilter who designed her own line of rulers.  Her rulers in my opinion are the BEST rulers!!  Easy to see your fabric and cut accurately , these gems are wonderful!  (More to come on those, as well as some tutorials, also more info on how you can take a class from Kaye right online.  It’s fantastic and the quilt is beautiful!)

 

My Quilting Studio aka The Sewing Room

In my current house I am extremely lucky to have a nice large room to devote to my quilting. Before that I had an unfinished basement, and sometimes my dining room table.

I love finding smart inexpensive ways to create something beautiful and functional. Much like quilt making, I also find a satisfaction in knowing I created it.

photoMy current sewing room is a hodge-podge of Craigslist finds, show samples (thanks to the Arrow Sewing Cabinet Facebook Page), Wal-Mart book cases I altered slightly and hand me downs from family members moving out of state. My point is, you don’t have to have all store bought, matching items to create a wonderful sewing retreat for yourself. Finding some great pieces on Craigslist, a little paint and elbow grease, and you can make a room you look forward to working in.

For instance, this cabinet was an old TV cabinet. So I painted it, used it to house some electronics, as well as some of my stash and called it good!907264_10152758339220235_1849173580_n908351_10152764292125235_1819792167_n

 

 

 

 

My next project took a little more elbow grease. I need shelves to store my stash, I purchase some inexpensive bookcases from Walmart. I believe I they were $17 apiece. I purchase 4 total. Put them together and then attached 2 of the units together using screws. Added some crown molding, painted them and the viola! Instance stash storage!!

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The white desk was a hand me down from my in-laws moving to Coupville. It was a green stained wood, so I painted it the same white color and use it as my computer station for embroidery designs, email, etc.

912003_10152835396685235_222793012_nMy sewing cabinets are from Kangaroo Cabinets (The Aussie, and The Dingo Cutting Table). I REALLY lucked into these after they were discontinuing the beech color. They were show models and I was able to purchase them over the phone and then I drove from Iowa to Wisconsin to pick them up in a friends mini-van. They BARELY fit, but we were able to get them home, and they have been amazing. My only complaint on them is, I’m 6 feet tall….so for a man they are a tab low to the ground. At some point I’m going to try and replace the casters with taller ones; however casters are a tad expensive, so I have been living with it. 🙂

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