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The Mother Ship of Fabric Shops

Yesterday 2 quilting buddies and I took a little road trip to Paducah KY to the mother ship of all fabric shops, Hancock. I truly love this place. It's a little bit of a drive from Nashville but so well worth it. I mulled over the catalog several days before the trip to select fabrics I just had to have. But you do have to have nurishment to shop so on the way we stopped at Patti's  for lunch. This is a wonderful place to eat if your in the Paducah area. They are famous for their pork chops that are 2" thick. Not wanting to be too full to shop thou I had the chicken salad. I didn't want to be too good thou and followed that salad with a slice of Sawdust Pie. 



LeeAnn and Kay waiting on our good food.  They serve bread baked in a flower pot with  strawberry butter, which is too good to put into words. 

This is more than just a good restaurant and has beautiful winding paths threw gardens and many shops and other things to do. This caught me eye cause I love dragons and he w…

Best Laid Plans

After a few days of working on my next swap project I was ready for some feverish free motion, but it just wasn't to be. This is the first time I've used heat & bond on a project like this and I do think I just had too many layers. First the needle broke, then I replaced it and put in better bobbin thread and the Phaff sounded like someone's old lawn mower - not good. So I stopped before I pulled my hair out and decided to move on to plan B. One thing I find with quilting out into the unknown is don't invest time into things that continue to go wrong - move on quickly. So I just shifted gears and did some new photos and added some things to my Etsy shop. At least the day wasn't a total loss. So now I'm back to selecting fabrics again and drawing up a new idea. 


Tomorrow I'm off to Hancocks so I'm sure I'll come home pumped up and ready for something new. For today thou I'll work on patterns and do more computer junk. I have lots of blog readi…

Christmas Wall Hanging

I finished my Christmas Card holder the other day and I think it turned out so cute. I've been lucky enough to have 2 other great quilters make the pattern and all seems to be well with it. This was my first pattern I've actually written down and have ready to share. More to come on this shortly.

Got a good start on the current swap I'm working on yesterday. It's the "Fall Colors" swap on Quilt With Us. Worked on it while over at Stefanie's on our sewing day. It will be a multi layered block with a lot going on, but I can't share any photos just yet.



Need to get busy with my class prep for my Wire Workshop tomorrow at JoAnn. It's a beginner workshop on how to work with wire. We'll be hammering, bending, coiling and so much more. I also teach classes in polymer clay, beginner art classes (water color pencils & basic drawing) so if you are interested in any of my classes just drop me a line for full schedule and info. I've put class sched…

Parts of the Whole

With my inchies completed I started the design of this wall hanging. The background fabric was repurposed cotton which I painted and hand stamped. The subtle colors of the background and variegated threads blend into a rich foundation. Layers of distressed fabrics form a textured surface for the small quilted squares.

Swap Goodies

I am planning on starting a Civil War quilt around the end of the year. Actually I'm planning on making 2 of these. One for my little sister and one for us. I've been collecting civil war fabrics for months and have what I need to get started. I didn't have any blocks in mind yet and had mentioned to my buddy Paula that I wanted this book and...SURPRISE! she got it for me. It's just a wonderful book with over 100 block patterns. On each page is a block pattern and the letter that inspired it. It's so interesting to see where the block names came from. I started reading some of the letters, but had to put it down or I wouldn't have gotten an thing done.



This has been a wonderful week for getting goodies in the mail. I was lucky enough to stumble upon a group called Quilt With Us. The link is below on the right. If you have not checked it out yet you really should. I've met some wonderful on line friends here and the swaps and friendships are priceless. We jus…

New Toys and Finishing A Big Project

Went over to Stefanie's to sew yesterday, but we got a late start - had to do a little shopping - oh darn. Well we started off at JoAnn cause I needed some Peltex 70 for my post cards, ATC, and inchies. I used to put batting in them and got the suggestion from a member of Quilt With Us to use this and it's 100 times better. Ads the stiffness I need and is very easy to free motion over and the edges look wonderful when you ziz zag them. Another thing I'd heard about and wanted was this pencil from Fonts & Porter. So I am testing it on this postcard. As you can see the marks show up great and the eraser does work and takes off all the mark even on this black fabric. It's a great little tool.



Stefanie had been using these clips to hold her binding when sewing and when she ordered more for herself I said oh get me some and I got them yesterday and used them today to finish up this quilt.
They really speeded up the process of binding - not something I enjoy at all. Rank…

Santa Wall Hanging

This is a wall hanging to hold your Christmas Cards! I'll am near the end of writing up the instructions and just need to make the wall hanging. I more than likely wouldn't have made the pattern if it hadn't been for my quilty buddy Stefanie. So here it is and the pattern will be available soon. The only thing left to do is make the wall hanging and take a photo. I may make mine in civil war fabrics, but need one in bright holiday fabrics for the pattern cover. So I'll save mine for later. I hope to have the pattern available by the end of Sept at the latest. Still plenty of time to make this 12" x 36" wall hanging for the holidays.

Worked on my children's illustration today - no sewing, but tomorrow is sewing with a buddy day. I'll be starting a new table runner. I have a sketch done and just need to figure out fabrics and finalize the design.

Almost Done

Well I'm getting very close to being finished with this quilt. I was really glad I had the sewing cabinet on this one. This quilt is for the foot of the bed and it's 40" x 72". It will be a good way to keep little toes warm this winter. I'm getting some new clips to hold the binding and I'm thinking I'll hold off on sewing the binding to the back till I get these.
I have several swaps to get done and then...well who knows. Should I finish up my 2 UFO's, yes, but will I. One is so close, it's half quilted!

Pillow Talk

I've never done any sewing for garments or much home dec stuff so making a little pillow for my sister out of this cute 50's fabric seemed like it would be a quick project. This was my fist little chat with pom poms. They don't seem to like me a bit! Well I showed them I'm not going to be pushed around - yea right. Well they were a little pain in the butt, and I'm in no hurry to trim with them again. It is a cute little pillow thou. I just shrieked when I saw this fabric one day out "hunting". Had no idea what I'd do with it, but it was one of those had to have items. I have enough left over to make those cute little pillows that hang on door knobs - this small one will have no pom poms - maybe some hand sewed on bells.



To recover from all that cute I wanted to make a fiber cuff bracelet. This one had some heavy experimenting in it, but was a lot of fun to make. I really like making things when I truly have no idea how it will turn out. I started of…