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Saturday Day, Sewing Day!

Kelli came home for a sewing day….or hang out day or whatever we made of it day.

Our first order of business was to trim up the quilt we are working on that Carla (of Longarm Quilting Inspirations) quilted for us.  Carla does great work and I love it!!


Above is our “keeping it real photo”.  While we were trying to trim, Carver was playing fetch with Puppycat, Kelli’s beagle.  They would run and tear across the quilt.  Kelli and I just trimmed away.

Here’s our smiling happy version.
After this we took more pictures of the quilt and got the measurements and info ready so we could submit the quilt for publication.  We never know if anyone will accept it…where or which of their publications they want it for or the price they are willing to pay.  It’s a crap shoot.  Some might make the cover some don’t and ones we think won’t make the cover do.  It’s an interesting process for sure.

Kelli did some extra work last week and submitted two other quilts so this week is a waiting game.  We have THREE quilts out for submission.  We might hear something from someone and we might not.

While Kelli was here I talked her into setting out our BOM quilt we are suppose to be working on.  We thought we were coming to the end but didn’t know…here’s how it looks.


Kelli has the center and I have the last two blocks to do before we get to the border.  I am starting to believe the end is in sight which is good as we both are running out of the little steam we had.

I’m hoping to get my blocks done this week and then onto the never ending border.


After that we switched gears and started working on this…. Continue reading

Ask Jo: Baptist Fans and Charity Fabric

Every so often questions or comments come to me that I think everyone might be interested in learning the answer to.  Then I address them here on the blog.  Today is one of those days.

Chris wrote:
I too love baptist fans. How do you quilt them on your long arm? Do you have a pattern you follow?

This comment came after I talked about this quilt and my idea to use Baptist Fans on another quilt of mine.  Read about the quilt here.

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Here’s another quilt I did Baptist Fans on.

I was a LONG a Baptist Fan lover but with a long arm I thought it wasn’t possible to do them.  I was aware of pantographs for them but I don’t use pantographs…so I figured they weren’t for me.

After reading a blog, Mary Quilts, I learned that I could do them free motion  style and I do them very regularly now.  Almost all of my quilts that are Civil War printed get Baptist Fans.  Here is a link to the PDF file that shows how to make them.  (Please remember that you need an Adobe Reader to view the file)

Once you do them over a whole quilt, you’ll have the muscle memory in place and find it very easy to do.  I recommend giving them a try.

The next comment came after I told you about this haul of fabric. Continue reading

String Challenge and More

**I’m hosting an auction on the blog.  Find that post HERE.**

If you’re a bible reader you likely have heared the verse, “To everything there is a time an season.”  Well this is my quilting season.  Hubby is gone so much of the time.  He leaves at 5am and is home about 9:30pm.  There’s not much time for me to see him.  So what do I do?  QUILT.

I was busy…I finished up my Pineapple Crazy quilt.  Find that post here if you missed it.


I am so happy to have the quilt finished.  It’s been WAITING and WAITING to be finished.

That leaves me with only one more quilt to finish from Bonnie Hunter’s String Fling book..and that’s Tulip Fields.  Then they will all have been made.  Someone asked me to do a blog post about all the quilts.  I will once I’m finished.

I did quite a bit on Tulip Fields over the last week.  I have lots sewn.  I need some ironing time now.


I started in on a few string blocks even.  I think this will go together nicely.  I can’t wait to have it finished.

I’ve also been squeezing in time here and there to work on the Double Wedding Ring quilt.  I had told you I needed to go back and make more “blocks” before I could sew anymore rows together.  I have a stack of melons completed but was to lazy to go upstairs and take a picture of it.  Instead you are getting the picture of the melons I’ve yet to complete.

They have a good start though and I’m happy about that.

Our friend Carla stopped by this week.  She brought a quilt top that we had sent to her for quilting.  We’re hoping to submit it and have it published but we’ll see.  We never really know what they want and what they don’t.

Want to see a sneak peek of the quilt??  Here it is…. Continue reading

Stash Report

**I’m hosting an auction on the blog.  Find that post HERE.**

I was thrifting and found some goodies.  Not a lot but ones I believe will get used up.

This clown fabric is the cutest.  It has a bright white background.  I’m not sure what I’ll do with it but that’s okay.  A yard of fabric for 50 cents…that’s a deal and I don’t have to worry about using it up quickly.

The blue piece has LOTS of construction vehicles on it.  I’m doing pillowcases for the kiddos for Christmas so this will for sure be a pillowcase.  There is a yard of fabric here…again only 50 cents.

For the next one I paid $2 and I need some help with this one.  Check it out…. Continue reading