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Journals Are Here!

I mentioned a while back that we were planning on making  journal covers so here they are.  I selected my favorite 2 to show off first.  I just love this stamp fabric.  
The interiors are finished with double fabric and no raw seams showing.The bookmark is sewn in so you'll never loose it.Quality lined paper in the hard back journal gives you a nice writing surface.If your not the journal type, keep track of  your favorite wines, exercise history or use as a address book. 
The journal is standard size of 5" x 8" and is easily replace when 
you have filled it with you important information. 

Earth-tone batik

The quilted journal covers with hard back journal are
$18.00 (including shipping)
A good gift idea for people who still love the feel of a pen on paper.
See all the quilted journal and paperback book covers on our Etsy site.

Nashville Quilt Expo

AQS  08 Nashville Quilt Expo

Oh my we had such a wonderful time. All those fabrics, threads, tools and the great things we learned.

If you are a quilter you know who's in the center of this photo...Eleanor Burns. I've been a big fan for years and seeing her was great. She was so sweet in person. It was the end of the last day of the show and we were dragging, but she was her sweet normal self, kidding with us and making us all laugh. 
The show was in the Opryland Hotel which is huge and the one thing I love about this show is it's all in one really big room. No stairs, no wandering around to find something, it's all so very organized. We visited half the vendor booths on Friday and then took in about half the quilts on display. There was some wonderful stuff there to see and I will be very inspired for a good while. I do regret I didn't take the time to write down the artist's names thinking I'd be able to read them in the photos, but I couldn't. I will not…

08 Quilt Expo In Nashville

Well it's that time again and boy am I excited. We've been planning for weeks. We're so very lucky that it's here in our home town. I've talked with other quilters on line that will becoming from as far as Canada for this great event. Last year was my first time to go to the Nashville show. We'd gone to the one in KY before, but I liked this one much better. The layout of the vendor area is really nice and all the quilts to see are mind numbing. Your head is reeling when you leave. I made the mistake last year of only going for one day and I learned that their is just no way to see everything in a day, so I missed seeing a lot of the quilts and had to rush threw the vendor area. I'll not make that mistake again. I guess that's the reason the show is 4 days. 
Even if you are not a quilter I'd suggest you go to this show and just look at the wonderful craftsmanship in these works of art. When you think of quilts you may just see your grandmothers in yo…

Tomato Festival

Paula found some cool retro stuff at the show.  I got several nice items for my sister who loves 50's stuff. I got it for her for Christmas, but gave her part of it already. Typical me.

There were craft booths and so much nice art to see.  The gallery was packed ceiling to floor with tomato art.  Must have been a huge job to get it all arranged.  Everything looked so nice. The art was so good.  Such a wide range of styles, some with humor but all with excellent talent. 

The craft booths were filled with beautiful items that tempted me. This jewelry booth had some very nice items. Everybody was sporting there tomato wear. Paula made our "cool" visors and big tomato button with google eyes which we got a lot of comments on and several folks stopped us and wanted to know where we got our visors cause they wanted them. Last year the weather was in the hi 90's and the humidity was a drag. This year it was 80 and we had a breeze. The day was wonderful. There are several nice shops …

Photos On Fabric

I  experimented with photos on fabric for months before I got it all figured out. I printed on cloth I'd purchased first and ironed it onto freezer paper. I ruined a printer doing that. One loose string and it was all over, making a white line on all my paper and fabric print-outs from that point on. Needed a new printer any way so that wasn't a huge drama. 
When I got the new printer thou a Espon C88 I didn't want a redo of this so I started trying commercially made fabrics for running threw the printer. I tried about 3 brands and far and above the rest is Printed Treasures by Milliken. It's not the cheapest, but I've had only a few non-perfect prints. The worst problem I did have was getting it to run threw my printer which is a vertical feed. The Printed Treasures isn't a stiff material and tended to get started off-centered or get a little fold on one corner. I called a few quilt shops and it seemed I was the only one having this problem? Well I fixed this b…

Little Sewing Helpers

It's sew easy to get all caught up in tools and gadgets for your hobbies. I try real hard to not get sidetracked into buying every new little thing that comes out, but it's not easy. One thing I had when I first started sewing was the little wrist pin cushion, you know the red plastic one that never fits your wrist comfortably. I did like the concept of it thou and used it a lot, but it just didn't fit my arm well. So I thought dudh, make one. So here is what I came up with. I have a basket of scraps, (don't we all) that has quilting experiments in it, along with small cuts that just can't be tossed. So I cut a strip from one of these and started playing around with it. I wanted it to Velcro on and be comfy and of course hold my pins.
So after a little tweaking this is what we came up with. I've been using this for several weeks and love it.