Wednesday, March 27, 2013

Fun with Classes

Since I live in a small town, 75 miles away from the nearest big city, I don't have access to very many quilt classes. Being able to take Craftsy classes is wonderful for me! I can view them from home, rewind to see something I may have missed. Or even go back and watch the entire class again. Right now I am taking Judith Trager's class.
  Online Quilting Class

 And on my wish list to take next is the thread art class.


  thread art online quilting class at craftsy.com


I also would love to take the fabric dyeing class.


  Online Quilting Class


 There is a free class on making Pizza dough. I am looking forward to trying this method of dough. And watching the Pizza class has me really interested in taking the Artisan Bread class.

  Online Bread Making Class

 There are all kinds of wonderful classes for all kinds of crafts. I am sure that you will find a class that is just right for you!

Monday, March 25, 2013

Monday, still waiting for Spring!

Swap blocks

Machine quilting
I have been trying to get some swap blocks made up.  Last week I got 3 sets finished and another cut out.  So I counted and labeled the 3 finished sets and put them in a bag.  This week I sewed the cut set, went to label and put them with the other finished ones.  Hmmmm.  Where is the bag?  I am sure that it is in a very safe place.  Hopefully it will appear before I complete the last 7 sets and need to get it in the mail.

I have been trying to finish up some UFO's.  This appliqued block was a gift from a friend.  She had put the borders on it and I needed to do the quilting.  It has been pin basted for at least 2 years.  In the Autumn I started to quilt it, just did the straight lines in the borders to stabilize it.  So hopefully you will see this as my finished Friday project.

Check out what everyone else has in their design queue at Judy's blog!

Sunday, March 24, 2013

Dogs Rule




Cover

Sample pages
Dust Jacket Flap


Back cover

Previously I have blogged about making a book using Blurb. They have come out with some new Designer Book Templates that are very lovely and easy to use. A few weeks ago I was offered an early bird trial of the Designer Book Templates, and since I had so much fun making my previous book I said "sure"!  I am very pleased with the way my book turned out!  I like dust jackets, so used that feature.  I had decided to make the photo-book of our spoiled puppy dogs.  I loaded up all the dog photos I could find and then uploaded a bunch of my favorites.  It is easy to sort and rearrange the photographs into the order that looks good.  I chose to do one photo per page, but you can do multiply photos if you desire. It was very easy to add text to each page.

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Friday, March 22, 2013

Snowbird


Ruth's quilt top

Ruth's mini Hexagon project

View of the slopes

The snow was lovely!

Finished!

And another finish!
My friend Ruth has a time share at Snowbird.  Every year during her allotted week she invites the gang to come up for the day and have a sew day and potluck at the 'Bird.  And every year I had a conflict!  Not this year. Well actually after I decided to attend the Snowbird event I found out that it was my local group's meeting.  Then the day before, my former Utah Valley group, sent out an email to former members that they had David Taylor giving a lecture.  And then a sad note, a funeral here in town.  But I was committed to Snowbird and then dinner with the kids and grands.

It was fun.  I had a couple of bindings to work on and got them finished.  We had a beautiful view of the slopes.  It was snowing off and on the whole time.  We had a nice selections of salads and chocolate for lunch.  And then I had a wonderful time with my kids and the grands.


This is my Off the Wall post and also my THIFF!  Check out what everyone else is up to by clicking on the links!

Tuesday, March 19, 2013

Winner!

And the winner of the Pie Plate Patterns Summer Kit is:



crafter1953March 11, 2013 at 2:03 PM
Hi, love your giveaway and thanks for a chance to win it. I love potato salad and all kinds of cold fruit. Everyone says I make the best potato salad they have ever eaten. When we go to a party in the summer please bring potato salad please.


Thanks to everyone who stopped by my blog!  I love all of the picnic ideas! I appreciate all the wonderful comments and the new followers.

And thank you to Michelle for hosting the Blog hop giveaway!  I did some hopping, but didn't make it through all the blogs.

Friday, March 15, 2013

Pi Day at the Pie Plate Retreat!


Lisa prepping her class sample

The View from above

From my Hudson Bay class

This student reversed the placement of the light and dark
Playing with all the blocks

Lisa finished her quilt top!
Shipwreck



I spent Pi Day at the Pie Plate Super Spring Retreat!  It has been the usual fun time!  We still have another day left to play.  My good buddy Lisa got a personal project finished.  I will let her tell the story.  She is also participating in the Blog hop giveaway party.  To enter my giveaway go to this post and leave a comment.  Since I am here at the retreat I am not drawing a name until late Saturday night.  Lisa forgot to bring the foot pedal for her sewing machine so she has been sewing on mine.  I have been knitting like crazy on my Shipwreck shawl.   Lisa has to leave today so I will get some sewing done this afternoon.

My classes went over really well!  I love log cabin blocks and it is always fun to put all the student's blocks together to see the design emerge.

This is my Off the Wall post for this week.  Have a great weekend, National Quilt day on Saturday and St. Patrick's day on Sunday!


Saturday, March 9, 2013

Quilt show in Moab

I loved the large, funky floral appliques!

I have always loved these blocks.  I have 2 ufo sets of them.
Well, maybe 3 sets.  

Someone had a good sense of humor!

Reminds me of a Water Polo quilt I did years ago for my daughter. 

Sandra's Cheddar Mini.

The quilting really highlighted the print in the center of each block.

Another quilt by Sandra Starley.

Very vibrant colors.

I love that she entered this quilt even though it wasn't finished!

Love the graphic design of this one.

My favorite of the show!

Sweetie took me to Moab to attend the quilt show that the local guild is hosting.  We had gone about 5 years ago and thought it would be fun to go again.  Moab quilters do a great job of putting on a small town show.  They had more vendors than last time and quite a nice selection of quilts in the show. They were also hosting a couple of classes, but I did not sign up for them because I didn't think we could get there in time.  Which was good because the drive took longer than usual due to a snowstorm at our end of the road.

I saw several people that I knew and really had a good time. Sweetie took the puppies and went on a hike.  We stopped at the local quilt shop and then the nice yarn shop.  I bought some hand-spun yarn.  The wool is grown locally. It is going to make a wonderful cowl.

This is my off the wall post for the week.  Check out what everyone else is doing at Nina-Marie's blog.

Also check out my previous post, I am having a giveaway for the Beat the Winter Blues blog hop party!

Friday, March 8, 2013

Blog Party Giveaway-Beat the Winter Blues!

Blog Hop Party with Give-Aways


 I had so much fun with the last blog party giveaway hosted by Michele that I decided to participate again! This time I have a fun kit that includes the book "Seasons Gone Pie, Summer"! There is enough fabric included to make one of the table toppers. So you will have time to complete it before your summer picnic parties!
 
 To enter my giveaway, leave a comment on this post telling me what is your favorite picnic food and/or drink. I will draw a name on March 16th (National Quilting Day!) sometime in the evening. I will be able to ship internationally. Check out all the other giveaways at Michele's wonderful blog! Thanks for stopping by my blog, I hope you will have a look around!

Monday, March 4, 2013

On my design wall this Monday!


One Block Wonder

Swap blocks
Yesterday I put up some one block wonder blocks on the design wall.  I had wanted to work on this project at Bryce, but ran out of time.  These blocks have been tucked away in a bag for over 6 years and I thought it was time for them to get finished. I am not happy with it yet.  It isn't working right now, and I thought I would let it cure for a few days and then rearrange the orange.  That seems to be dominate right now.

In the mean time I am working on some swap blocks that I need to get in the mail this week.  I need 12 sets of 13.  I have 3 sets cut, with one set sewn.  It is a quick block so should go smoothly.

This is my Design Wall Monday post for the week, check out what everyone else is up to at Judy's blog.