Tuesday, November 30, 2010

Christmas Shopping

I went out shopping, couldn't face the 'Mall' Down town Renton has a lot to offer. Checked out Cedar River Antique Mall. Check out the hats, and the purses, oh the purses!
900 S 3rd St Renton, WA 98055

Friday, November 26, 2010

American Folk Art Museum

American Folk Art Museum Presents:
Infinite Variety: Three centuries of Red and White Quilts
American Folk Art Museum at Park Armory
643 Park Ave, New York City (between 66th & 67th Streets)
March 25-30, 2011

For six days in March, the American Folk Art Museum will dramatically transform the Park Avenue Armory's historica 55,000-square-foot Wade Thompson Drill Hall with the installation of more than 650 red and white American quilts, all of which are on loan from one private New York City collection. It will be the largest exhibition of quilts ever held in the city. As an extraordinary gift to the public, entry to this unprecedented event is free. A cafe and a book and gift shop will be open during show hours.

The American Folk Art Museum will be offeing exhibition programs and group tours. Information: 212.265.1040 ext 381, or www.folkartmuseum.org/programs

Tuesday, November 23, 2010


The weather man says "Period of snow...then becoming windy later this afternoon. New snow accumulation of 2 to 3 inches with local accumulations of up to 4 inches. Highs in the upper 20s to lower 30s. Northwest wind 10 to 15 mph increasing to north 25 to 35 mph this afternoon."
The view from my studio is beautiful! I'm sitting at my machine trying to sew

Friday, November 19, 2010

Alzheimer's Art Quilt Initiative

OK, so how well did we do? Saturday night we surpassed all previous sales records at Festival, taking in $48,500 and some time Sunday morning we broke $50,000. With quilt sales in Houston, and the November auction, we are getting very close to the $500,000 mark with money raised for Alzheimer's research since this all started back in 2006.

It's not too late to help!
Make a quilt: 9" x 12" quilts are needed year round.
Buy a quilt, they are on the web site.
Make a tax deductible donation.

Congrats to lady who purchased Orange for her donation of $250.

Tuesday, November 16, 2010

A Few of My Favorite Things, once more

"Fast Finish" Triangles - This is a great way to quickly and easily provide a fake sleeve to hang a small quilt on a single nail. Before sewing the binding, fold two squares of fabric in half diagonally, press. On the back, place them over the two top corners, all raw edges together. Sew the binding. Simply insert a pencil, small dowel, or chop stick under the triangles and balance the quilt on a nail.

Ever rub crayons on fabric? I can be a time consuming project. Try warming the fabric first with an iron, then applying the crayon. Works like a charm!

Is the eye of the needle getting smaller every year? Try the Clover needle threader. Just like having younger eyes, well almost! (They now come in pretty colors).

Friday, November 12, 2010

A Few of My Favorite Things, continued

Tie a bow that looks good every time by following these simple steps: Take a piece of ribbon and form two loops. Holding a loop in each hand (they look like bunny ears at this point), tie a single knot. Instead of trying to stick out at odd angles, your tails will both be pointed down.

Through trial and error and the occasional ‘beads dumped onto the carpet’ fiasco, I have learned that a neat way to hold your beads is in a six-inch embroidery hoop, lined with fabric and turned upside down. Thus safely corralled, the beads don’t jump around because there is no static charge to get them going. It definitely turns what should be a fun and creative process into an exercise in frustration when you have to chase down each and every bead! Another great advantage to this method is, if you happen to work in an upholstered chair or couch, you can pin the hoop directly to the arm, making it pretty close to impossible to knock over. A win-win situation if ever there was one.

I like to make and label using treated fabric in my ink jet printer. These treated-for-printing fabrics are usually white. Since I prefer colored fabrics, I paint on the white with textile paint mixed with 25 percent water and allow them to dry thoroughly before running them through the printer. Don’t worry if your painted fabric looks a bit messy – just let it dry, iron it flat and you are all set to follow the manufacturer’s directions for printing.

Tuesday, November 9, 2010

A Few of My Favorite Things

The Bottom Line by Superior Threads - This thread has a shiny appearance and is virtually lint free. It can be thin and lightweight, yet strong. Due to its smooth surface, it works well with metallic threads and heavy cotton threads. The smoothness of the filament poly thread does not snag or grab the top thread. If you've had trouble using metallics or heavy cotton threads, smooth bobbin thread may solve some problems.

Why is starch is my friend? Need to tame bias edges? Looking for the easiest stabilizer for stitching or just because you like to work with washed fabric with some stiffness. I prefer to use concentrated liquid starch, purchased at a big box store. A heavy solution of 50% water to 50% starch. Spraying the starch to warm fabric, makes the fabric firm faster. Need more body? Dip the fabric in straight starch and place in the dryer. Maximum stiffness? Dip fabric in straight starch and hang to dry!

Stenciling? Use some hairspray on the underneath side of your stencil to make it stick on the surface, and to help prevent the paint seeping in at the edge.

Sunday, November 7, 2010

Festival - Sampler

The Sampler consists of many teachers around the room offering continuous demonstrations of a particular technique. I talked about
Paint Like Monet.

Saturday, November 6, 2010

More Festival Fun

A Sampler with Eye Candy Quilts

Festival, Let's Party

Quiltapalooza - an evening of frolicking fun!
Pincushion Challenge - This one by Ricky Tims

An old fashioned Melodrama - with Melody Upper-Crust and the Evil Quilt Diva

Friday, November 5, 2010

Featival, continued

We had a great time talking about what quilting to put where in my class
A Fine Line - Designing the Quilting.

Thursday, November 4, 2010

Featival Day ?

I thought it was a good idea to put the day, but I'm having such a wonderful time, I lost count!

Fantastic Fabric Foiling

Wednesday, November 3, 2010

Festival Day 2

Paint Stick Magic

Quilt Festival Day 1

Monday night we made Super-Fast Binding and Pipings.

One student made her first successful binding!
Our Bernina educator Edna was great!

PS This class will be back next year