Monday, December 15, 2014

Monday Afternoon Star Count 2014/46

It's finals week.  You know what that means?  I'm almost done~~  winter vacation sewing can be prepped and stitched in earnest in just a few more days!

I dumped out Travel Quilt #5's sewing box and this is what I found.. plum blossom block started in SEPTEMBER and a memory block from the 12 hexie blog hop that happened LAST JULY.  Yeahhh.. it's time I got back to this project..

Great motivation to get back to English Paper Piecing.. I'm going to be interviewed on Pat Sloan's radio show this afternoon!!
Do you want to listen?  I'll be on just after 4pm Eastern (1pm Pacific), click HERE and hear us chat about EPP and quilting in public~


And now.. if you have any EPP to link up (Anyone is welcome, join in any time!!), let's start the party!

Monday, December 8, 2014

Monday Morning (!!) Star Count 2014/45

What?  it's Monday morning and Jess actually posted on time??  I know, stranger things have happened, but let me tell you, it feels good to be in the right place at the right time today.

too bad I don't have any EPP to show you..  my star count for this week is 0.  Nothing basted, nothing pieced.  But I have my sight set on some hexies that have been missing me, hopefully once the semester is over I can give them some attention again..

(I didn't even piece this this week, so it doesn't count.  But oh, those sweet birdies are calling me!)

Quick, before you forget, link up your progress below, ok?

Monday, November 24, 2014

Monday Afternoon Star Count 2014/44

I had a great week full of so many wonderful quilters and their stories.  Lots of EPP too, which is good because I hardly did any myself this week.

On Tuesday I was at the Long Island Modern Guild for a lecture on Becoming a Modern Quilter.  It was great, I just took every quilt in my house that I could fit in the car and then talked about them.  It was so fun to share and remember all the little steps along my quilting journey.  Afterwords, everyone oogled these Lucy Boston blocks by one of the guild members.  (someone comment with her name so I can give credit!!)

 This fussy cutting is intense!!

And then on Saturday we had our second meeting of the Saturday Stitches at Rockville Centre Library.  Well attended (10 quilters!), we had a sort of basting party for Helen's hexie quilt. 

Lots and lots of other EPP was going on too-- Maureen made more stars:

Eri was appliqueing pentagons to background fabrics:
Stephanie is my newest addict:

And Christa and Carol finally sat together to sew (we've been waiting for this all semester):

If you're in the area (or can get there by train) we'd love to see you next time, Dec. 6th, 10am-12.

Maybe next time I'll get to EPP too..

Tuesday, November 18, 2014

Tuesday Morning Star Count 2014/43

No hexies were basted in the making of this apron..

 Or this skirt. 
On Sunday, I spent the day with our neighbors sewing doll clothes.  Wow.  It was awesome, and I'm glad for the opportunity to do that kind of mothering-crafting.  I don't make many things for the boys these days anymore.  There was a doll quilt for George's bear a few years back, but other than that.. I have been sewing for obligations, gifts, or myself.  I have plans for upcycled monsters for Christmas, but let's wait and see if I find time for that...
When I did find time to work on EPP this week I was often interrupted.  But oh, the cuteness!

Anybody got any links?

Sunday, November 16, 2014

Stash management anyone? (GIVEAWAY!!)

Want to see my stash?

No really, think about that carefully before answering.  It's bad.  Not a luscious "OOh, look at all her pretty fabric...!"  More like, "Dude, get that pile up off the floor!  Is that a dirty sock mixed in there?"
(Yes, I did edit out the dirty sock..)
I need some help.  Luckily, called a few weeks ago and asked me to try out their new product, Polar Notions mini bolts.

The instructions say to wrap your fabric around them and Poof!  instant clean sewing room.  Look, they worked for Mickey!

No really, it's just a great product for stash organization.   Because who likes folding, stacking, unfolding, refolding, reironing because it was left crumpled under a pile of other fabric for 2 months... well, you get the idea.
 So I watched the video and gave it a shot..

(***Having trouble editing this post today, sorry!  Check back for pics of how I made these work for me as soon as I'm done wrestling with my laptop***)

 If you'd like to be entered in a giveaway for a pack of mini-bolts, please comment and tell me approximately how much fabric you have (in yards).  I'm just curious..

And dont forget to visit the other Polar Notions Mini-Bolt testers!  They're all having giveaways this week too...

****Giveaway closes next Sunday, 11/23*******

Monday, November 10, 2014

Monday Morning Star Count 2014/42

Guys, it was awesome.  I went to the library for the first meeting of our new Saturday Stitches quilt group and.. EVERYONE was doing EPP.  I swear, it wasn't even my idea! (of course half of them were my friends or blog readers, and the other half were brand new to quilting so I started them with EPP... so, I guess maybe it was my idea..)

(Look, Christa's quilt has gotten so big!!)

Anyway, it was great.  If you're around on 11/22, why not try to stop by?

Thursday, November 6, 2014

Creating a Quilting Community-- Come Sit & Sew with me!

Hey Long Island!  Are you free this Saturday?  Want to come sit and sew with me?
I have the opportunity to start a new quilting group at the Rockville Centre Public Library and I'd like all my quilting friends from real life and blogland to join me. (10 am - noon)  Everybody's welcome, any experience level.  We are going to talk about quilting, not just focus on learning a new technique, so the more people in on the discussion, the better.
Why did I want to do this, you may ask?  Well, I've been thinking..
What I need right now as a quilter is not more images of quilts through social media, more fabric,  more patterns, over-inspiration, but time to focus on what's in front of me.  I'd like to pay more attention to actual quilts and quilters, focus on and study specific patterns, and try to figure out what appeals to me and why.  Are you interested in being part of a quilt discussion group of sorts? 
Come sit and sew with us and discuss the craft of quiltmaking.
What we'll do:
Please bring some hand sewing to work on.  If you're new to hand sewing, I can teach you how to EPP.  This is going to be mainly a discussion group.  There will be show and tell, of course, and opportunities to get to know other quilters but not just what they're making, but how they feel about what we do.
Everyone is welcome.  No experience necessary.  Quilters are always happy to teach and share.
The schedule looks like this:
November 8  --   Quilting Communities
November 22  --   Shapes and Patterns
December 6  --  Process, the steps of making a quilt
December 20  --  Dating quilts, quilt labels, gift quilts
Please come ready to share and learn.
If you have questions about techniques and what you're working on, that's great, but it's more of a sharing group than a teaching group. Please join us.  We will also spend some time each week exploring the library's quilt book collection.  You can find inspiration or give inspiration. 

For more information and directions to the library:
You can totally get there by public transportation, it's only a 3 block walk from the Rockville Centre LIRR station! (or a $4 taxi)