Thursday, February 22, 2018

Sewing at Sea

Hello Friends~
I'm back after a week in the Caribbean.....aaaahhhh that's better.  I had a little stitching time on the way to Ft. Lauderdale.
We cruised on the Nieu Amsterdam of the Holland America Line.   I met several quilters who were at Quilt Camp at Sea.  When it was too windy outside I stitched at the top of the ship with a beautiful view.
On Valentines Day Mr. Fun and I celebrated our 31st Wedding Anniversary.  I am so blessed to have such a wonderful husband and best friend.
 The ship had special flowers, treats and music it was a wonderful day.
On Key West we rented bikes and rode all around and took a tour of the Truman's Little White House.  It was fascinating. 
Somewhere Over the Rainbow....
 The ship was redecorated in December - it looked gorgeous.
 Oh, there you are....
I love this presentation at the Asian Lounge; Tamarind.
aaahhhh - Half Moon Cay
 Grand Turk - they are still recovering from the hurricanes of 2017.
Travel Tip:
When you book airline tickets online double check then triple check your dates.    Do you see the problem here???
I didn't see my error until the day before we were leaving the ship and I couldn't do anything about it until morning.  :(

Luckily we got new flights - for a change fee of course.
Unluckily our 2nd flight was CANCELLED due to weather.
Luckily we got tickets on Amtrak Washington DC - New Haven, CT.
Unluckily it takes 5 hours on that train.....
Luckily there was a club car.
What a meal - Wine and a Marshmallow Treat.

Thanks for all who left comments on our Superbowl snack.
We call them Hanky Pankys, but they are also known as:
Sh*t on a Shingle
Polish Mistakes
Barf on Bread
I think it is mainly a American midwest thing but I've had them here on the East Coast too.

Thank you Silver City Quilters for giving me such a warm welcome and for being so engaged in my Lecture and Trunk Show.  I'd love to meet more blog readers, so please share my information with your program organizer or quilt shop.  See Top Tab on this blog.

Swap News:
Mailing instructions have been sent via email.  Thank you for posting on IG, FB and in Bloglandia.  I'm excited to start seeing them here in CT.

Have a great week!

Wednesday, February 7, 2018

First Finish For 2018

It is only 12" square, but it is a finish!
I used leftover Modern Bow Tie Blocks from the 2015 Swap.  Hanna called "dibs" on it right away.
I use a single binding on these little quilts so there isn't a big bump where it joins the quilt.  Here is a post on how I do it.
 To make my life easier, I start and end with a straight corner, and miter the rest.......Naughty I know, but it's my quilt......
 I ALMOST got the backing straight. Oh well maybe I should have fused it?  any suggestions?
It looked so charming in Hanna's room with her lavender walls.  The lamp was from Target.
How are my swappers doing?  You would think I could find an hour to finish my last 4 blocks right?   ha ha ha.  Maybe today - another snow day here in CT.
Pets really seem to get the whole Hygge philosophy.  Relax Coco.
 I need to switch out Mr. Starbucks Christmas accessories, but he's always in there.

Congrats Eagles Fans!  Great Game and Big Win for Philly!

Survey:  What does your family call these?  It is beef, sausage and cheese on a mini pumpernickel bread?  I know of 4 names but wonder if there is more.
Olympics start on Friday Night! woo hoo

Wednesday, January 31, 2018

Do You Hygge?

This winter I am. A little book that I gave Hanna for Christmas.
I spent some Hygge time yesterday watching a movie and thumbing through one of my favorite quilt books under a cozy quilt.
It was like spending time with friend and mentor.
What a good example of Hygge Gratitude.
So many inspiring quilts and images!
I love this Hygge List:
and some Hygge images from my house
 Still enjoying the charm of my village...
This happened yesterday morning.  Pretty
Last week I went to NJ to visit my quilt buddies and Pauline made Tortellini Soup.  When I asked her for the recipe she just laughed and told me she found it on my blog.  

I'm sharing it again today. Get the full recipe by clicking here.  Pauline now says it is "The Forgotten Soup".
I received this photo of Sheila's finished 2016 Broken Dishes Swap quilt.  Love it!  
I had quite a few stencil sales this week.  I hope you like it and thanks!

So, do you Hygge?

Thursday, January 25, 2018

Fan-tastic Fan Quilting

Hello.  I injured my wrist last week, so I don't have a lot of new things to share. I thought I'd share some Fabulous Fan Quilting images that I've collected.
What a great small antique quilt.
 These are set like Clamshells.  How neat.
 Here the quilter played around with which blades to quilt.  I love this quilt!
 Katy did this one and I love how she switched directions.  That Irish Chain got cray cray on the left side.
Lori had this on her blog - wow good one!
 Another example by Katy.  They frame the edge and collide in the middle.
 Oooh La La so elegant on this applique quilt.   I like the alternate block - very unique.
Which is your favorite?

These quilts and other antique quilts I've studied helped me develop my Fan Stencils.
I'll let you in on a secret.  If you get the small blade fan stencil, you can skip every other line and achieve the look of the original fan.

You can find them in my Etsy Shop by clicking here.   I will give you a 20% discount if you enter the code: SPARROW when ordering.

Whether you use my stencil or another, click here for my tutorial on marking them in the traditional way or use the photos in this post to try a new way.

I hope all you Swappers doing well with your Churn Dash Blocks.  I can't wait to see them all!