Wednesday, July 30, 2014

A commentary that needs to be read

I don't usually link to these type of things, but I feel strongly about this. 

It was written by my friend Lisa who blogs at A Woman A Day.

A little background...
A woman posted all about her labor of love in several facebook groups. She decided that she would make 62 dresses by her 62nd birthday, which was this week. They were for Little Dresses for Africa. There were several people who did not like the fact that she did this for people in another country and made it known (FYI those comments have been taken down). My feeling is that this woman worked so very hard and gave many hours of her time and lots of money in fabric, she did a wonderful selfless thing and shame on anyone who said something derogatory. Why anyone in  the quilting community would fault her for that is beyond me. 

Here's a link to the blog post about this. Please check it out...its something everyone in all walks of life need to hear.  

Wednesday, July 23, 2014

Doing the Twilight Tango!

Yesterday I taught my first Twilight Tango Class at Cabbage Rose in Fort Worth.

I had two of my favorite new friends as students, which was nice, it helped me get the kinks out. I taught this pattern differently that the directions. I foundation paper pieced it. That's my chosen technique with just about anything with points, with the exception of HSTs. 

Here's Susan and Pixie with the first block.

I'm very proud of these two! This was the first foundation paper piecing project ever, I think they are hooked. 

Didn't they do GREAT!

Thursday, July 17, 2014

A free app you have got to try!

Yes you heard me...something for FREE!

My friend and partner in crime (well a friend with no crime), Lisa (who blogs over at A Woman A Day) showed me a great app for us quilters who don't even know what we have in our stash.  

Its called Fabric Stash and is the bees-knees. I spent about an hour and a half going thru my batik bin yesterday. I now know what every piece of fabric I have in there looks like and how much I have of each fabric. 

Isn't that nifty?

Besides keeping track of your fabric and quantity, you can add what the fabric is made of (cotton, wool, linen etc) and what type of fabric (batik, calico, fleece etc). Also where you purchased it, the date and price, and of course the name of the line, name of the fabric and the manufacture. But the coolest feature is that you can say where it is located in your stash! And of course all the fields are searchable. 

The best thing is that you get to feel and be surrounded by all you beautiful fabric, what quilter doesn't like that? 

Here's the link

I hope you have as much fun as I have with this app.

Tuesday, July 15, 2014

More Twisting

Today some friends of mine are coming over to Twist with me! That's right I am teaching them how to use the twister ruler!

The Twister ruler is my favorite and I have all the sizes, Although I haven't used the teeny tiny one yet.

Have you used one?

I am currently working on a butterfly one and its huge! Here's the half I have done. It finished at 75" x 75", so you can imagine how big it is when I sew the 5" squares together before I Twist them. It was done at a retreat in January.

The secret I have found is to cut 1 row at a time and immediately sew them together in a row. Otherwise you will have a not so fun puzzle on your hands...believe me.

Happy Twisting!