Wednesday, January 19, 2022

Great Fabrics for Sale

Good news: attendance at my HUGE De-Stash sale was excellent the first date and  very light the next two days. SO, that means what the locals didn't take advantage of, I can now offer to you.

NOTE: shipping is extra and will run approximately $20 for a Medium Priority Box. If your selections fit in a smaller box or bag, shipping will be approximately $12-14.

 Here are 13 Bundles for your consideration. Sold as bundled, cannot be split.

1. BATIK: more than 8 yards total, top=4.33, middle=3.125, bottom=1   $50

2. MORE BATIK: 4.25  yards  $25

3. Zoey's Jacket Kit, BATIK FABRICS and pattern, almost 11 yards  $75 PENDING PAYMENT

4. Amber's Vest Kit, BATIK FABRICS and pattern: more than 4 yards, $35

5. PURPLES: more than 7 yards, $40

6. ORIENTAL, almost 9 yards, $50: SOLD

7. RED ORIENTAL BUNDLE, more than 8 yards, $50:

8. AFRICAN PRINTS, from Homeland Fabrics, 7.25 yards, cotton, washable, $45:

9. FOSSIL FERNS and BENARTEX Mottled Pink/Peach, almost 6 yards total, $30:

10. PAULA NADELSTERN PRINTS: 3 yards total, four 1/2 yard cuts, 1 yard Large Print $20: SOLD

11. BLUES: Almost 5 yards, $30: 

12. GREENS: more than 6 yards, $35: 

Sun damage from light exposure

13. MORE GREENS: more than 5.5 yards, $35: 

To purchase, comment below AND BE SURE, I can reply to your email. If you are a "no-reply" commenter, I will have to move on to the next person who wants it.  OR send me an email--Contact Me is in my complete profile. Payment by PayPal preferred. 

More coming Sunday January 23, 2022.

Let's quilt.


Sunday, January 16, 2022

Antique Quilts # 4

 Today I will be cleaning up from the big de-stash sale I held the last 3 days. If there are any great things left I will  offer them to you, here, on Wednesday January 19, 2022.

For a quick post, here is another antique quilt top in my collection. The block is called Economy or Garden of Eden, among other names. I bought it at International Quilt Festival in Houston some years back from Julia Kelly-Hodenius, owner of Pique. If I recall correctly, it came from Pennsylvania, my home state.

Here it is laid on the floor: 

This isn't a great full photo since it is pinned to the design wall on top of my Lifetime quilt under construction: 

Frugal patchwork: 
Love these Neon fabrics: 

Quite a design sense, very scrappy, not something  contemporary quiltmakers are likely to do: 

I have begun replicating this and hope to get back to it later this year:

Let's quilt.

Wednesday, January 12, 2022

Antique Quilts #3

 Currently working like crazy to get ready for my big De-Stash Sale Thursday-Saturday January 13-15, 2022. Local friends, I really  mean it when I say "Don't Miss This".  These sales only come along every few years and they are really great, if I do say so myself.

Here is one of my favorite antique tops. I plan to reproduce this one day. I bought it from Cindy Diller Rennels at AQS Paduach, 2014, to celebrate my retirement from H&R Block after 35 years. Little did I know, there would be much more to celebrate in my quilt life a little later that year.,

Little Churn Dash blocks at first glance, but NO. They are Old Italian Blocks set on-point:

A tattered Chrome Yellow border: 

A piece of 1876 Centennial fabric--a real treasure to find here:

Back to prepping for the sale. If you are within driving distance, I hope you will come by.

Let's quilt.


Sunday, January 9, 2022

Big Sale for Local Friends

 Every few years I realize I have reached SABLE status: Stash Accumulation Beyond Life Expectancy. So I de-stash a LOT and get rid of as much as I am willing to part with at this moment in time. 

That big sale is happening in my home Thursday-Saturday January 13-15, 2022, 10-4. All local quilters in both local guilds have been invited. Those who have attended my sales in the past wouldn't miss it. Lots of great stuff, cheap. If you follow my blog and live within easy driving distance, you should COME! If you don't have my address, contact me--if you're a quilter and I know you or someone you know, you are invited. Here is some of it:



Lots More

Usually something precipitates this "urge to purge stuff". This time it was the addition of a large Ring Light at the place where I do my videos and LIVE broadcasts for The Quilt Show.

When I saw the interview I did with Alex Anderson a few weeks ago, it was clear her lighting was much better than mine. Jump to about 9 minutes and you'll see what I mean: 

My sons are "in the business", one is a professional photographer, one a professional videographer. I asked for their advice and each bought me a ring light as a Christmas gift. 

The large 18" one on an extendable pole stand was great. BUT--the legs of the pole stand had to go on the floor, not my sewing machine cabinet, and that floor was FULL of boxes. I knew those boxes had to move and one little job starts an avalanche...

I spent two weeks digging through those boxes, then all the closets, and took out all I am ready to part with. The first thing I did was sell a Singer Featherweight to a guild member. Last year I sold one and now I only have one left--"Ruby" the one I bought and had painted to commemorate the 2014 Ruby Jubilee Special Exhibit at International Quilt Market and Festival. She remains mine and I plan to bequeath her to Stella some day. My husband repurposed an old Singer sewing cabinet to hold her: 

It takes a lot of work and effort to make videos/presentations that look good and look like they are easy to do.

Maybe this will show how helpful the light is. Before, without the Ring Light on: 

After, with the Ring Light on: 

So, I appreciate the Ring Light--it does make my presentations look better. I really appreciate the push it made in clearing out some of my excess stuff. I know most of this stuff will find wonderful new homes with great quilters.

If there is anything really GREAT that doesn't leave, I will offer it to the rest of you, those who can't make the trip. Watch this space a week or two from now. 

And for the shoppers--there is a HUGE amount of FREE WITH PURCHASE stuff that just needs to leave--a lot are books from my friend Janet who passed away almost two years ago. No one wants to buy books now but there are really good ones here that should go somewhere else. And other stuff. 

I hope to see YOU this week! 

Let's quilt.


Wednesday, January 5, 2022

GPDU Month 1--Part 3

The beautiful center applique vase full of flowers is surrounded by the perfect Dogtooth Border. The instructions from Irene Blanck, the designer, is for needle turn hand applique. My Optional Alternative Techniques is for a paper pieced border. There is a Video for these borders in Month 1 Videos to help you.

Let's look at both methods.


The pattern provides a template for the triangle. Cut a total of 24 colored triangles from a variety of prints, using a 3/8"seam allowance. Turn the two bias edges in. Cut 4 borders from background fabric, 18.5" x 3". Carefully place 6 triangles along the border, being sure the straight of grain edge is on along the bottom of the border. Glue in place, and hand applique down. 

NOTE: the tip of each triangle does not go all the way to the outside edge of the border. 

The excess fabric at the tip will be trimmed or folded back during the hand applique process. The pattern provided is a placement guide for the 6 triangles along the 18.5" background border. Join them where indicated and be sure your paper template measures 18.5" including seam allowances:

Make 4 corner blocks, following the pattern. Join a corner block to either end of the Top and Bottom borders. Join the Left and Right borders to the center applique block. Press toward the center block. Add the Top and Bottom borders to complete Month 1.


Some people find it difficult to get the hang of paper piecing. It seems "Upside Down and Backwards". You are sewing on a line on paper, the fabrics are UNDER the paper. Odd.  

I have written several times about the advantages of paper piecing. Here is one very detailed post about paper piecing--even though it is making a different kind of border, the principles are the same: Paper Pieced Border  If you are new to this technique or having trouble, there is a lot of info that will help.
In my Optional Alternative Techniques Instructions I explain how to DRAW this paper pieced border if you don't want to print the pattern which we are providing. It is quite easy to draw. It is also quite easy to print the paper patterns. The two pages in the Month 1 pattern section will generate 2 borders--your quilt has 4 borders so you will have to print them twice if using the PDF patterns provided. 

You need 24 colored triangles and 20 background triangles as well as 4 sets of partial background triangles for the outer edges of all four borders. I cut these oversize, from 4" strips. Then I cut 60 degree angles to make the triangles. See the VIDEO to see this process.

For paper piecing, use a small stitch, 1.5 works well for me. Be sure you are placing the triangles so the straight of grain will be on the outer edges, not the bias edge of  the triangle. Start on one end, join a colored triangle to a partial background triangle. Sew on the line, then press the colored triangle open. I like to use an Add-a-Quarter ruler to trim the colored triangle 1/4"beyond the next sewing line. This allows me to know where to line up the next background triangle.

Making 60 degree cuts to create triangles: 

Select the 6 printed triangles you want for a border: 

Place the back side of the partial background triangle to the back side of the paper pattern:

Align a bias edge of a printed triangle to the partial background triangle: 
Open and press the triangle: 

Use an Add-A-Quarter ruler to trim the triangle 1/4" from the next seam to be sewn: 
Stitch on the line: 

Before being trimmed: 

After all the sewing is done on the border strip, use an accurate ruler to trim exactly 1/4" away from the finished size line. I don't use the outer dashed line to trim by, I want to be sure I have trimmed exactly 1/4" from the seam line: 

Once trimmed, remove the paper and finish by adding corner blocks to the Top and Bottom borders. Follow the same instructions as above for the Hand Sewing method to complete your beautiful Month 1.

NEXT MONTH:   There are four vine borders with flowers and leaves, coming out of four baskets in the corners. This border will be surrounded by another Dogtooth Border, using the same size triangles as Month 1. Each outer border has 11 print triangles and will be 33" x 2.5" FINISHED. The Optional Alternative Techniques instructions provided in Month 1 has all the info you need to prepare these Month 2 Dogtooth Borders--in case you finish early and want something more to do! A paper pieced pattern for the Month 2 Dogtooth Borders will be provided in Month 2. 

Let's quilt.