Friday, September 15, 2017

Quilt Expo Winners Gallery

If you were not fortunate enough to attend this years Quilt Expo in Madison, you can check out the lovely quilts here at this gallery.
It is such an enjoyable show with many vendors and lovely quilts.  Enjoy the gallery!

Thursday, September 7, 2017

Quilt Trail Scenic Road Rally

If you are looking for something fun to do on Saturday October 7th, maybe you should consider doing the Oconto County Wisconsin Quilt Trail Scenic Road Rally.  It really sounds like a fun, and it's such a beautiful time of year to wind around the back roads of Oconto County to view the 50 barn quilts that are on the rally map!
All the information you will need to participate in the rally can be found here.

Sunday, August 6, 2017

Wednesday, June 14, 2017

Let's Go Visit

My Quilt Infatuation is a colorful and fun site to get ideas and links to other creative quilters.  Here is a great list of tutorials, each one cuter than the next.  She also has many link parties that she participates in and its fun to check them out.

Karin Jordan Studios has a lot of modern ideas for quilts.  I really like some examples of her "big stitch" quilting and lots and lots of tutorials.  What about the drama of these blocks!  Also, check out her shop.

I think I've mentioned Better Off Thread before but be sure to check her out again.  I just love all the designs and need to make a few...

Quilts for Seniors Going to the Military

 Coleman graduates that received a quilt.

Wabeno graduates that received a quilt.
  Thank you to all of those that made quilts for our high school seniors that were going into a branch of service.  This year we handed out a total of 19 quilts to the following schools:  Seymour, Suring, Gillett, Coleman and Wabeno. 

  The staff that I worked with at each of these schools were so grateful that we think of these kids and can  not believe the beautiful work we do.   So know that you are appreciated.    Here are 2 pictures of some of the guys that received a quilt.
The newsletter will be late this week due to power outages in the Suring area with the storms.  Peg was without power for quite a while.  Hope we don't continue with all this scary weather!

Friday, June 9, 2017

Wonderful Ideas

Simple Simon and Co. is a great place to find quilty stuff and also cute things like little boys shirts.  The Peaches and Cream quilt looks so summery and not that difficult to do and uses 10" squares.  Here are tips for making better quilts.

U Create has a tutorial for the cutest camper quilt.  This is perfect for the month of June and making your camping plans.

The Willow Market is a lovely blog with many sewing ideas and patterns and quilting world information.  This tutorial about isosceles triangles makes a lovely quilt with one simple shape.  There is a lot to check out here.

The Family Hearth has some really cute baby item ideas and links to many more.  The tutorials are cute too, especially love the little spool pincushion.

Film in the Fridge has a lot of colorful ideas and quilts. The tutorials look like wonderful ways to use up scraps and smaller lengths of fabric too.  The Intersection Block looks like a lot of fun.

Our Monday sewing session was fun and a lot of cute strippy blocks were made and Terri even had a finish on her's!  Hope everyone considers coming to our sewing sessions each month.  Next one will be fun too.

Have a great weekend and stay cool in the upcoming heat wave.

Tuesday, May 23, 2017

Memorials Day Reminder

Seams and Scissors blog offers links to sewing projects, clothing and quilting projects.  Theres a whole lot to check out here.  Many cute and quick picnic quilt ideas here.  Here is a link to many, many geometric patterns which is what piecing is all about!  Seams and Scissors is a great place to spend a morning gathering ideas for future projects.

Bonjour Quilts is just one of my favorite bloggers. Kirsty has a steady stream of tutorials and patterns on her blog.  She offers patterns for sale and also free patterns.  I have made the Scrappy Cross Block and used her tutorials for this.  It was a great way to use some scraps and make a colorful quilt.  There are more of her ideas I am going to try for sure.

Freemotion by the River is a website with tutorials and patterns for sale.  Connie has a lot of good ideas.  I spent a lot time looking at them all!

A reminder about Memorial Day.  There is the service at Mountain Cemetary on Memorial Day starting at 9:30.  This is by Tabor Lurtheran Church in Mountain.  We will set up a display in the church before the service so please bring any quilts you are finishing up to the church.  This is a very nice service so hope to see you there to honor our veterans.  Also, a huge thank you to everyone who made quilts for this worthy cause and for presenting them to our new recruits who are just graduating.

Monday, May 15, 2017

Wonderful Blogs for May

Hope everyone celebrated the beautiful weather and had a great Mother's Day.  Did you get to sew a little or find a little time for yourself?

The Amy Barickman website and blog is kinda different.  It has a lot of free content that are vintage images and also downloads of embroidery and sewing.  Most all of it looks vintage.  Here is the link to quilt label images and also some of the embroidery patterns to download.  I love the vintage stuff.

The Crafty Quilter has a lot of cute things to see and sew.  Those orange peels are really cute. Her tutorials are great and especially those Christmas ones!

Better Off Thread has a lot of big bright projects for you to see.  The colors are so inspiring.  Her free tutorials are here and please take a look at her shop patterns.  Some look like a challenge but a wonderful challenge.

Suzy Quilts has some great stories and one about barn quilts.  Here are her free patterns. Here are tutorials on how to sew with various fabrics and weights of fabrics.

Podunk Pretties is an unusual name but has pretty things to see.  She has some great flower patterns and butterflies to go with them.

Tonight is our meeting so am looking forward to seeing everyone there.

Thursday, May 4, 2017

Something to Do While We Wait for Spring

Here are a few quick links to some fun projects.  Fabric Mutt has a super cute pillow pattern.  She has lots of tutorials and a book too.

Love the Mae Daisy quilt from Fabric Relish. This pattern reminds me of spring.

If you need a pretty tote, the Fort Worth Fabric Studio has a simple one to handle all your purchases or carrying your sewing to our sewing sessions on the first Monday of each month.

I thought these embroidery hoop projects were so cute. Tinker With This used her fabric very cleverly and this would be a great hand sewing project.  Enjoy your quilting time and I hope we get some more sun!

Wednesday, May 3, 2017

AQS Show Paducah Winners

The quilt show in Paducah was just wonderful this year!  So nice to be able to go and spend time in warm temps and beautiful flowers!
The quilt show and quilt museum were most inspiring.  You will be able to view some of this years winners here.
This year, for the first time, they will also be holding a show in Paducah in the fall.
My sister particularly loved this quilt, it was called Celtic Fox made by Kathy McNeil, it was just delightful!  If you would like to check out more of Kathy McNeil's quilt gallery and tutorials check out her website,


Wednesday, April 19, 2017

Sewing Makes Me Happy

Sometimes the weather is warmer, that's a good sign.  Easter was warm and nice in the afternoon and I hope everyone had a great holiday.  The next holiday, especially for PNQ, is Memorial Day.  Our veteran quilts are very important for us and for our community and I think are much appreciated by vets and their families.  Backing for your projects are still available. Beautiful finished vet quilts just keep appearing at our show and tell and I am always amazed at all the creative ideas that come forward when we think of others.

I think you'll have fun looking at Freshly Pieced and all her wonderful ideas.  She has many quiltalongs and tutorials and patterns available for sale.  There's tips for paper piecing, many blocks and quilts and you have to love that Arkansas Traveler block and the Harlequin pillow.  Much great stuff.

Here is the link to Love All Around by May Chappell that was mentioned in Freshly Pieced blog. May has a great blog with a tip section and also sells some wonderful patterns.

Peta at She Quilts A Lot has a nice blog with great ideas.  I like the fresh clean look of her projects and patterns.   Aren't these mini houses cute?

I just love this Jennie from Clover and Violet.  She is one busy woman. Firstly, she has pages of patterns to purchase.  Then if that isn't enough, she has pages of tutorials and patterns that she's listed for us for free. So once you go down the first page, hit more patterns and you'll see.  If you love to make purses or pencil bags or clutches and all sorts of smaller cute things, this is really for you.  Plus quilt patterns too.  What fun.  You have fun today too and sew a little something to make you happy.

Wednesday, April 5, 2017

Quilters on the Road, Quilters at Home, Quilters Everywhere

Here is a very interesting article about the Vacilando Quilting Company which operates out of an airstream trailer.  Laura Preston and her husband travel the United States in their Airstream, both working out of it and somewhere along the way, Laura decided to learn to quilt.  The article tells about how the American landscapes influence her designs and how she manages to run a business and make quilts out of a 200 square foot home.  Makes me want to become a nomad.

Lily's Quilts is a company out of the UK.  She has a good deal of quilty news and information on her site and blog.  She has some very interesting and differently named patterns on her tutorials. The ET Phone Home quilt block is nice and the chubby and fat Dresdens and the Big Little George.  Actually, I liked them all.

Christa Quilts has posted a lot of pictures from the Las Vegas quilt show. She also has a group of tutorials to take a look at.

Let's hope it continues to warm up more.  I saw some green grass in my yard!

Friday, March 31, 2017

Use That Fabric!

Here are some fun places to visit this weekend while we're waiting for some nice weather.  A Quilting Life is a great blog and this lady uses a lot of scraps which is what I'm always interested in. She has a lot of cute smaller projects too and has ideas of how to organize.

Generations Quilt Patterns is one of those sites where you have to spend a lot of time.  There are so many links here that you will find interesting.  Many lovely block patterns are available and just a ton of stuff for beginners too  or anyone wanting to sharpen up some skills.

I know I've directed you to In Color Order before but it's always worth a second look.  This young lady is so nice, I really liked her "about me" page.  Her tutorials are exceptional, love that New York Beauty! Also, all the pillows and decor.  She has many patterns for sale and also a book.

Love Patchwork and Quilting magazine has a good site too.  They have many free patterns and ideas , wow is all I can say.

Have a great weekend and sew something.

Wednesday, March 22, 2017

March Meeting

All who attended the March meeting learned a lot of interesting things about thread!  Thanks to Laurie P. and Diana for putting together a great demo.  If you are interested in Superior Thread you will find a lot of information here.  Also some place you might purchase threads are Linda's Electric QuiltersSew Thankful, and for the Glide Fil-Tec thread, go to Bobbin Central.
Enjoy the Show and Tell Below!
Above are the gals that finished up their quilt as you go runners from the Saturday sewing day, and below are four quilts that will be given to veterans.

Below are two quilts to be going for newborns in Africa.

Next are a few others for gifts and a sweet little jacket for a soon to be great grand daughter!

Friday, March 17, 2017

Happy National Quilting Day!

Tomorrow is National Quilting Day.  Our baby quilts are at the hospitals for the first baby born tomorrow and also we have our wonderful get together at the Town Hall for sewing, celebrating, learning a new technique and just the realization of how lucky we are to be together in the moment! Our passion for quilting brings us together and that is something special.  Laurie and I will try and get photos tomorrow so the "snowbirds" can  be with us in spirit.

We are also very lucky this weekend in that The Quilt Show is letting us see over 220 show for free for three days, Friday, Saturday and Sunday!  So join if you haven't, you can set up a free account if you don't want a paid account and just pick out something you're interested in, get a cup of coffee and snuggle in or even better yet, set your laptop next to your sewing machine and keep sewing.

Remember, to bring your supplies for tomorrow.  A walking foot is important for the quilt as you go project and anything else, cutting supplies and pressing items and any food you signed up for and drinks.  Hopefully, the snow will stop.  

Wednesday, March 15, 2017

Wonderful Textile Artist

Amanda Richardson is a true textile artist from Cornwall.  If you love textile and flowers, you'll just love her work.  She dyes and paints her fabric and uses a collage method to achieve such lovely creations.  Here is also a video of her studio in Cornwall.  I wish I could see these up close!


This morning I am only posting one link.  I found it most interesting and hope you will take the time to read it if you wish.  Quilting is fun and fulfilling because of all the wonderful ideas and ways of looking at the world but this left me a little puzzled.

I have found a lot of creative places to visit again and will post them a little later. Try something new today, just a small project and let yourself have some fun.

Monday, March 13, 2017

Snow Day Ideas

Sew So Easy has a wonderful article about the history of the sewing machine and how it evolved into the little machine we couldn't live without.  Have you ever thought about all the work of sewing clothing by hand for your family and household let alone piecing a quilt for every bed?  Back in the 70's, I hand pieced one quilt.  All the seams at the intersections of the seams have popped apart after a few years of use and washings.  Not a pleasant sight and certainly not what you want happening.  It was a queen sized error on my part as I found out my stitches were not tiny enough.  So a machine that sews well and consistently is a wonderful thing.  The ladies of Sew So Easy also have some cute ideas for St. Patty's Day.  Most of them look quick too so you could whip them up for yourself or grandkids.   I've been eyeing up that Easter Egg too and the Bunny.  Maybe it will warm up someday so the rabbit will decide to come to northern Wisconsin.  We have snow outside this morning.

I know I've showed us Diary of a Quilter before but Amy is worth a frequent visit.  Her articles on the projects she's working on or finished are inspiring as are her tutorials.   Such good ideas here.  Her shop with patterns should be looked at, most are available as instant gratification PDFs.

Happy Quilting Melissa is a great place to visit and every Tuesday she has a giveaway!!!  So comment on her post about that and maybe win something.  Melissa has tutorials and more tutorial, (love the Star Spangled runner) and videos and patterns for sale.  So spend some time looking about.

I was going to upload some photos from our show but blogger and my computer don't like each other today so I will try another day.  It's a snow day so do some sewing!

Thursday, March 9, 2017

Familiar Places

What about that wind?  Pretty scary and many of us were without power at one time or another.  I'm grateful for my wonderful electricity and being able to power up my sewing machines and even more important, my lights.  Nothing like sitting in the dark with a needle you can't use.  Anyway, we all love Moda.  Moda Fabrics blog is probably familiar to you but worth checking out again.  They are starting a BOM called Block Heads and it looks very nice and you will recognize some of the designers of this quilt.  Actually, this is a Block of the Week so would that be a BOW, I'm just saying.  The Moda blog is always posting something so it's a fun read.  Their free and fun page is just that so check them out.  I love the Cake Mix Recipes, these are not desserts, they are quilt blocks.

McCall's Quilting blog is another familiar place but worth checking out.  Every Friday they are putting out a new pattern.  Check out those cute dresses.  Here are all their Friday freebies in one place. Have a great Thursday.

Monday, March 6, 2017

Yucky Weather? Keep Quilting!

Will it ever get warmer?  Will this sloppy snow and mud ever leave?  This is surely the worst part of the year and I'm feeling a little bit of the cabin fever.  One good thing, the sap should start to run and it's maple syrup time.  This is also close to St. Patty's Day and I found the cutest table runner.  We All Sew, the Bernina blog, is featuring a runner designed by Hummingbird Highway and it made with Scraps!  So really all the scrap hoarders, anyone who loves green and those off Irish descent could be very happy about this runner.  You still have time to get it done and use it too.

Hummingbird Highway also have a blog called Winging It! Scrap Therapy.  So check out her blog and website, she has some great things happening.

The Fort Worth Fabric Studio is another blog to take the time to read thoroughly.  The Spring Bunny tablerunner is a cute free pattern for another upcoming holiday.  The tutorials offer a lot of ideas and patterns too.

Today is sewing day at the townhall so hope to see some of you.  Here are some more show photos:

If I repeat some, ignore it as I close to 300 photos and forget what I upload sometimes.  Have a good quilty day.

Tuesday, February 28, 2017

Beauty from Carolina

Just a quick note to point you towards From My Carolina Home.   I really loved all her quilts and their many variations and her upcycled pincushions but you have to read further and see her wonderful trip to the Biltmore Estate. It's called Designed for Drama-A Biltmore House Event and features that awesome house and many many period costumes taken from books and movies that you will recognize.  The dresses are dazzling.

February Show and Tell

Here is the Show and Tell that showed up for the February meeting.  You ladies have been busy!