taking a break…

I am going to sit down a minute and blog…this is my break…I need to write about 3 patterns and all the instructions for my 6 nine patch quilts before the end of this week…I need to get this last quilt, quilted so we can get them to Jason…our photographer…I love visiting Jason…he totally understands me and what I want…a straight, creative guy with taste…hmmm, now isn’t that a new finding…my fingers are sore from all the binding I have been doing…but hey it’s part of the job and my calluses are shaping up nicely…I wanted so bad on Saturday to visit Octoberfest in downtown Appleton…boy, that was a mistake…I did by a cool rain barrel for my garden and a little stone birdhouse.. but I swear it went on for miles…I snapped a photo of the street…you cannot see the end…I didn’t want to stand in line for miles to get any of the great foods…the crowd was too hard to walk in…and  I don’t drink to excess, so it really lost all of it’s appeal real fast…

I am standing in the middle of the avenue...the people go on for miles...

Here is the quilt that I just took off the machine to put on the last nine patch…It has 1″ half square triangles and 6″ blocks…I  finished loading and quilting 2 rows of this quilt for our nine patch book 10 minutes ago that is why I need a break…I will show you the rest of the little quilts as soon as Jason shoots them…all the quilts are made from a great method using 5″ charms or 3 1/2″ charms…you use a dark and light, right sides together and when you are done sewing you get 1 positive ( 5 darks/4 lights) and 1 negative (5 lights/4 darks) nine patch from the two squares…we will have 14 little quilts in this book…the nine patches we used finish 3″ or 1 1/2″, so if you love little quilts- you will want this book!  I am sure you will be hearing more about it in the next couple of weeks…it won’t be ready until mid October…

working with wool class...

On Monday I taught 10 lovely ladies how to make a pumpkin table mat….They were very good students…except for the one who is trying to hide from my photo….lol….there is always one…

new purse pattern from Indigo Junction- our sample made with wool and our little applique

Nancy Dey made this awesome bag (from an Indigo Junction pattern called the Victory Bag) with an great plaid wool.  She couldn’t find buttons that didn’t look too contemporary so I added the wool applique flower for her…I love this bag…It feels very nice on your shoulder too!  We will have a limited number of kits for this purse as we only have so much of the plaid wool she used.  So if you want one, send us an email- or be sure to get one as soon as it hits the site…Speaking of Nancy…she is finishing up the information that is being added to “The Gathering” tab on our site.  Some of the info might be there already…if not, soon I promise…she is freaking out because there is so much information and she is trying to anticipate all of the questions that people are going to ask…I was playing with the calendar yesterday and it is going to be way too cool…you will be able to see what dates are available and see all the info before you decide when you are going to come!  Thanks for being so excited about this…they called me yesterday and the beds are ready and will be delivered on Friday!  The first 12 anyway…well my break is over time to eat some kashi with raspberries and quilt another couple of rows…

One more thing…our Menasha Bluejays are 5-0….they will play their toughest opponent on Friday-  at Kimberly, which is where  Nick went to high school…they are scared, you can tell by what they say in the paper…they call us Matrasha….very  classy kids, huh… Someone said they tried to have t-shirts printed that said taking out the trash, with a bluejay symbol on the can…don’t know if this is just a rumor or what, but it is only fuel for our boys….we will never be playing them again as the WIAA is taking the smaller(menasha) schools out of the FVA conference…so It will be sweet if we beat them….GO BLUE JAYS–WORK HARD EXPECT TO WIN!


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I live in Butte Des Morts, WI, Married to Nick, with 3 sons, Lance (forever 29) , Luke 30 and Jake 29 I am a quilter, rugger, gardener and I also love to cook when I get the chance...

2 thoughts on “taking a break…

  1. Love the quilt in the frame and the one below. I so wish I could use a sewing machine but I am a hand piecer–like everything I do is hand pieced (except for the binding, if I ever get that far). One thing I always wish is that patterns would include the actual size of pieces so when I get ready to sew, I wouldn’t have to try to figure out how to cut each piece…. That’s why I am so slow in getting anything done because I can’t figure out how to make a straight, quarter inch seam with a sewing machine! Love the bag, too. It is wonderful!

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