Friday, February 12, 2016

SLOW STITCHING

I love the term, Slow Stitching.

When I began quilting, in 1984, we were all, Slow Stitchers.
We cut with Scissors.
We pieced by machine, but not in strips.
We hand quilted, or tied our quilts.
And our bindings were done by hand.

We were quilters.  

Then there were rotary cutters.  
And rulers.
My first set of rulers were clear acrylic. 
I believe there were 6 in a set.
Each was 1/2" larger than the next.
If you wanted to cut a 6" strip, you would use the 2 1/2" and the 4" next to one another.
They did not have any markings.
The first ruler I purchased with any markings was a Nancy Crow ruler.
It wasn't very accurate.  But, it was a start.

Then there were patterns, for sewing strips, cutting them apart, and resewing.
And books!  Lots of books.  Template Free Sewing.

Then we were making quilts faster than we could quilt them.
Enter the Longarm quilting machines.
You would never have to quilt a quilt by hand again!
And finally, lets figure out how to stitch the binding down by machine.

Now, there is a New Movement.
SLOW STITCHING.

I feel like I am back to my roots. 


Hand basted, dresden plate blocks, that I started in the 90's.


I have taken them out before, but they have been put aside.  
Usually, I needed to get something done in a hurry.
I really can't do that right now.  
So, I am enjoying the process.
Slow Stitching to my hearts content.
xo j

Tuesday, January 26, 2016

2016



The start of 2016 has been busy, busy,  for me.

I have worked in the Shop, a lot.
I have spent a lot of time with new employees. (Yay!)
I seem to spend a lot of time on Face Time, with my grand baby, (Hip Hip Hoorah!!)
Physical Therapy twice a week, takes a lot of time, and a lot of recovery.

It is hard to believe we are nearly 1 month into the new year!

I am still not sewing.
I had a big fall in September.

But, I love to look at quilts, and search for new projects and ideas online.

Today, I was looking at a little quilt I bought in July.

There is a great 'Tail Gate Sale' in Country Village each year.  I love to dig 
around, and find a vintage treasure or 2.




This child's quilt is so sweet.  Lots of love in those patches.
It is stained, and some of the fabrics are frayed.  I like to think it was well loved.



Most of the fabrics on the front look like late 1800's era cloth.
But the back looks a bit more like the '20's or '30's.  


It is tied with yellow yarn.


The inside batting is very lumpy.

I always try to imagine the life of the Quilt.  Where it started, what it did along the way, 
and how it ended up at a parking lot sale, on a beautiful summer's day.

I've missed you.  I will be back soon!

xo j

Tuesday, December 9, 2014

CHRISTMAS IS AROUND THE CORNER!!

I've seen other people's blogs,
Facebook and Instagram posts.
I know that I am far behind the rest of you.

I made a few Christmas samples for the shop.

This is a tried and true table runner from Atkinson's Designs.
Terry's instructions are the absolute best in the business.  



I love the Vintage Postcards from Olde American Antiques.
They are beautifully printed on quality fabric.
You can put a wall hanging together in a couple of hours.
Love.


This was a quilt top I made several years ago.  I love sock monkeys, 
and just had to make a baby quilt for 'someday'. 
It has been quilted for a couple of years, but I added the binding 
and mailed it off to the Love of our lives!!



Sweet Baby Aiyana.
This is who I think about, and sew for.
Our 1st grandchild.
She is the perfect model.

xo J

Tuesday, October 21, 2014

SPELL IT WITH MODA

Some of you know that my husband (boyfriend) had
a Cardiac Arrest last February.

It was a terrifying time for our family.
He is much better, hard wired with a Pacemaker/Defibrillator. 


This was taken in August, while on a trip to Mt. Hood.

During his long recovery,
I wanted a fun, easy project to work on.
Something, that I could do if he was napping.

My choice was the Spell It With Fabric booklet,
by Moda.

Using as many Pam Kitty Morning fabrics as possible!




 

Always a rule follower, I started with the letter A.


I believe the B was taking far too much time to think about,
so I must have skipped it for a while.


Looks like I got back on track!


You needed to make a few filler blocks.  
My boyfriend loves to sail, so this one was for him.


Finished, quilted and bound.
I love this quilt, and it helped heal my heart.


We have these little booklets in the shop,
and I will hang the quilt next week, when I am home from Quilt Market.

I will be there, visiting with Miss Pam Kitty, 
and buying all of her newest fabric.  Having a happy heart is very important!
Check back, I will be blogging and on instagram, while I am in Houston.
xo
Pam Kitty Morning

Monday, October 20, 2014

A LITTLE SUNDAY SEWING



Having a new grand baby has me looking a fabric differently.

She is 6 weeks old, and right now they dress her in a diaper and a blanket.
Unless they are taking her out of the house.


The Beautiful Aiyana.

Yesterday, I made 2 little receiving blankets.
A Christmas flannel one.
Just 2 pieces of flannel, I use 1 1/4 yards each.  So they are square.
Sewn, right sides together, with a little space left open to turn.
I rounded the corners, using a plate as a template.
Then, I top stitched two rows of stitching 1/4" apart.

Easy Peasy.



For this one, I used the tutorial from Missouri Star Quilt Company.
I have used this many times, and love the results.

For this little receiving blanket I used cotton on one side and flannel on the other.
This is a pretty wrinkly picture, but you get the idea.



This is the sweetest fabric, EVER!  It is from Lecien's Old New collection.
What precious baby wouldn't love 'Little Honey Baby Story' on their blanket?


Or the wolf saying 'little girl'


And Cherries, and Strawberries on pink gingham.  
Simply my favorite fabric of the day!


Today, a customer brought in this precious, tiny treadle sewing machine to be serviced.
It stands 24" tall, the wooden table is 18" x 10".
My heart skipped a beat!


It was made by Ideal.
I wonder if my sweet Aiyana, would like to sew on one like this?

xo j

Thursday, October 16, 2014

BEAUTIFUL WOOL!


Today has been one of those days,
when I feel lucky to be a quilt shop owner!

I had a great meeting with my Westminster/Freespirit sales gal.
Jane started,  just about the same time I did.  
We have been through a lot of changes in 25 years.
It is always fun to see what she has in her sample bag.
New things for Spring!  Tula Pink, Heather Bailey and new to their
company April Cornell!

After I was finished visiting with her, 
I met with a woman that I have been trying to 
see, for months.

She owns Olympic Wool Works.
And if you like to work with wool, you are
going to love her hand dyed wool.
Beautiful, rich colors.



A beautiful range of colors, dyed on high quality wool.




Fall.



Green.




Neutrals.




Blues.




She also has some very nice patterns.  
I really love the embroidery on this.  The grass really comes alive!

These will be in the shop within the next couple of days.

You will find me, pulling thread through wool...xo j

Monday, October 6, 2014

SEWING FOR MONDAY NIGHT FOOTBALL



A a mother of 3 boys, sports have been a part of my life, for 35 years.

My oldest was about 4, when he went to his first Sonic's game.
There were many Mariner games, in the King Dome, and Safeco Field.

I made M.C. Hammer pants for my middle guy, when he was in the first grade, out of
Seahawk fabric.  Old School Seahawk's colors.

I have been lucky enough to get my hands on current Seahawk fabric, so you 
can do a little sewing for your the 12th Man in your family!




Skittles should always be a part of your sewing!  




You may know that I have a sweet new granddaughter.  She is 4 weeks old, and I made this 
little fleece and flannel blanket, for her to snuggle in during the games!
(yes, I have fleece!)



So, now I need to settle down, drink my coffee, and be ready to leave here before 5.

Because it is Monday Night Football!!

GO HAWKS! xo j