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Sunday, May 11, 2008

New fabric and new "toy!"

Newest fabric line that I have fallen love with is Prairie Paisley and so I just had to have some and will make a star quilt from it. It's beautiful country blues and reds and tans. Can't wait to get started on it-- great friend, Debi was nice enough to get me a charms pack of them, too--they will be the centers of the stars.

I picked them up yesterday at our DFW Gang Guild Sit and Sew held at Quilter's Connections quilt shop in Dallas. We had 6 people that joined together for a day of fun, sewing and lots of laughter. We played games and laughed some more. One gal had found a bargain at a closeout store and brought many (I lost count) wonderful, handmade quilts for Project Linus--some just need labels and others need to be quited --so dear friend Debi and I divided those up to take home and finish and add to the growing pile for East Texas Project Linus group! Love to see those piles and stacks growing. We also got in a trip to The Golden D'or fabric shop where quilting fabric is $2.99 a yard! We (I) did some serious shopping there, getting lots of fabric for Project Linus tops and some 60" backings! What fun the whole day was and thanks to everyone for making it such a grand day!

On another note--I purchased a new toy that I am very enthusiastic about---a Q-Snap floor model quilting frame. It is small as far as quilt frames go--29"x36", but just right for me and the room that I have. I have my Heirloom Romance purses quilt on it right now and am hand quilting it--it's coming along very nicely, too! I had tried tying it off, but that just didn't seem like enough and I don't think I did it right because a couple of the ties popped off when I lifted the heavy quilt up to put it on the frame (I was originally going to tie it off and then just quilt around the purses---great plans go astray, don't they???!!) But I am liking the quilting on it very much!

I hope you all had a very nice Mother's Day! I had calls from my 2 lovely daughters and my dear husband gave me a lovely card and some quilting items--what could be better than calls from kids and quilting stuff??!!

Let quilting help you make someone smile!



Bren said...

Happy Mother's Day Jan!! Your Q snap frame looks intriging. I think hand quilting on the purses quilt is very fitting!! Cna't wait to see the stars!

julieQ said...

Happy Mother's day! I tried to make a q-snap frame out of PVC pipe, it was pretty much a disaster! I bet yours works much better.

Debi said...

You really did some serious shopping. I also love the PP fabric line. Your quilt frame looks wonderful and I know you will use it a lot.

Rhonda said...

Love the new fabrics and the new quilting toy.