Thursday, October 20, 2016

October Quilty Box Give-Away!


I’ve got a Quilty Box full of Goodness for one lucky blog reader and it could be you!

This month’s box is all about things you can do with large hexagon pre-cuts!

What is a Quilty Box ?
  • Quilty Box is a monthly subscription box of fun quilting supplies. We offer plans from $44-48/mo.
  • 5% of the profits of multi-month subscriptions are donated to Quilts for Kids - a non-profit which donates quilts for children in need
  • Each month we have 4 or more products (Fabric, patterns, thread, or notions)
  • Our retail value of the products in the box is always more than $50
  • We will be using the hashtags #QuiltyBox and #GetQuilty
Your support is appreciated. If you have any questions or comments don't hesitate to contact me.
Get Quilty!
Patrick Claytor, CEO
Quilty Box
Subscribe today at Quiltybox.com I LOVE the fact that 5% of the profits go to Quilts for Kids!  It’s a win win all the way around!

Wednesday, October 19, 2016

Another Day in Quiltville!

And guess who had control of the remote last night?  On TUESDAY!?

It turns out that I ended up Home Alone for a while due to tennis.  BONUS!

It used to be that on tennis nights I’d allow myself to putter longer in the studio downstairs, cutting, pressing, sewing at the machine.  But I stuck to my “handwork only after dinner” goal, threw on my target sewing PJs [a girl has got to do what she has got to do to be in the mood!] and settled in to finish the last episode in the last season of Call the Midwife on Netflix.

I so love this show!  I love how they tackle the “changing of the times” issues of where they are in the series now, 1961, and it gives me a clue into what things were like just the year before I was born.

The hair styles!  The clothes.  Those marvelous cats eye glasses!

In this season we dealt with doctors and nurses that smoked like chimneys only for the warnings to “FINALLY” come out that smoking indeed causes cancer.  Before this period in time we just did not know.  In fact, in my early years I remember BOTH sets of grandparents smoking like wildfire, and my parents too.  It was the cool thing to do and the ads even said it was "healthy" before this period in time.  We HAVE come a long way, baby.

When I think of all the things that were discovered just during my life time…that previously we “just did not know” I am blown away.

I did some searching to learn more about thalidomide, and how it was prescribed in Europe and in Asia during this time period because it was brought up in season 5 of Call the Midwife.  And I found this clip I hadn’t seen before:

Tuesday, October 18, 2016

Keeping Life Quilty!

I had a finish last night!

A binding finish that is.

And a new policy at home that I’ve been reluctant to bring up, but for my own happiness it has to happen.

And I decided all of this while having evening sewing time while Jeff was gone, and The Hubster was off to work in Boston.

The men in my house have had run of the front room TV for as long as I can remember.  And I always acquiesced, letting them watch whatever inane sitcoms they wanted to.  I would heave a sigh and head off to the basement to do what I do away from my family, but not fully happy with my decision on many levels.

There has been no compromise.  Except for when it comes from my end.  And our compromise on what to watch has always been “If you are going to watch that, then I am going downstairs.”  And it wasn’t the best solution, really.  Not if we want to be a family.

There are just too many different tastes going on under this one roof!  And it is time to start to SHARE.  I don’t always want to be solo in the basement.  It’s not a good enough solution.

Monday, October 17, 2016

Pumpkins in my Patch!

Sunday night was for pumpkin stitchin’!

There was time to spend a couple of hours after dinner just cutting up some greys, stitching some backgrounds and stems onto these beauties.

They make me smile so much!  I think I’m completely addicted!

I first started these YEARS ago.  The poor few assembled pumpkins with black background have lived in the orange string bins as a forgotten UFO for I don’t know how long.

But when following an Instagram challenge to sew with a “color of the week”  in an effort to annihilate some scraps, they were uncovered, resurfaced and pulled front and center.

First things first:  I had to re-measure everything because I had forgotten what I was doing.

And then I had to think on settings because I remembered why these stalled out.  There had to be space around them for the pumpkins to float, and I didn’t like the sashing that was my original first thought.

And then an idea hit me:

Sunday, October 16, 2016

Quilt-Cam the NEXT Generation! 10/16/2016

Are you ready for this?

Big desk top in the background.

Laptop and new tablet in the foreground.

External camera on top of laptop.

When I record, I actually see in real time what happens on the tablet, but what I see on the laptop has about a 5 second delay.

I have to tell myself to “talk to the blue light!  talk to the blue light!” and NOT watch the tablet because when the camera is running the light on the external camera is blue around the edges and looking at the blue light means I am looking at YOU.  If you see me watching off to the side, well --we will figure it out.

 I know you can’t see it in this photo, but here we go.

To tune into Quilt-Cam on Facebook Live, visit my Quiltville Facebook Page!  Quilt-cam is starting at 2pm Eastern.

If you get to my page BEFORE 2pm remember to refresh the page so you get the feed when it IS posted and running.

If you don't have a Facebook account, you can watch on YouTube or here on the blog after we are done.

There is no video being embedded in this post until AFTER quilt-cam is over.  Then I will save the video from Facebook, upload it to my YouTube channel and then come back here and embed it to place it in our archives.  It’s a new dance! But this should be fun.


I’ve done some trimming and de-papering.


I’m adding some corners and stems for the pumpkins in my patch!

I’m sewing on my 1957 301 short bed in a cabinet.  And it feels SO GOOD to be sewing, even just for a little bit.

If you want me to read your comments on air, you still have to email me.  Comments fly too quickly up the screen on Facebook for me to read them. Plus you can see the location of my laptop in regards to where I am sitting.  I can’t read that far, and I doubt you could either.

If you want to email me your photos so I can share them so they become part of our YouTube archive version, that would be great.  For those of you watching in Facebook, NONE of the comments, floating hearts, thumbs up, or smileys will SHOW on the YouTube version once I’ve uploaded it.  Those are strictly a Facebook feature.

Are you ready to give this a try?  Remember we are still learning here and there may be some bumbles along the way, but what is better than bumbling along with a bunch of quilty friends?

Let’s do this!

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Quiltville, We Have A Quilt-Cam Solution!!

Do you see this shirt?

Can you read what it says, frontwards NOT backwards?!

YAHOOOOO!!!  We did it and we are ready for Quilt-Cam on Facebook Live!

I purposely wore a shirt with words during a test broadcast to make sure that I was NOT in mirror image for those watching.  It would be too difficult for those watching to see me sitting at a backwards sewing machine, working on things that were also backwards.  I don’t want to live in a backwards world, and neither should you.

There are a couple of differences with Quilt-Cam that I’m still wrapping my brain around for the best way to do things.

Saturday, October 15, 2016

What I Thought Was a Solution…

Sometimes our “great ideas” just do not end up as we thought they would.

Dead end street?

Or maybe it’s a cul-de-sac with ample room to turn around and find a different way?

We haven’t done Quilt-Cam in a long while.  And my schedule hasn’t been the only reason. 

Google+ hangouts was AWESOME.  It streamed live into YouTube, I could embed it in the blog post so you had words and photos all around the embedded screen so you knew what was happening in this episode, which machine I was using, what quilt I was making, where to find the pattern if there was one…all of that was so important to the success of Quilt-Cam.

Friday, October 14, 2016

That Quiltmaker Drawing!!

Friday! Friday! Friday!!  It’s so great to be home on a FRIDAY!

After today’s Post Office drop-off I even got to do a bit of shopping and dinner out!  Hooray! 

So this is what it’s like for “normal” people who don’t travel for a living?  They get to DO THINGS after work?  NICE!

And I’ll give you more of a heads up on that later, because we have some exciting things happening.  Like tomorrow.  I’ll be spilling all the details TOMORROW.

But for right now, I’ve got this Quiltmaker bundle that needs to go home to someone, so who is it going to be?

If you missed just what is in the Nov/Dec 2016 issue of Quiltmaker, check out the original post HERE.

But then, if you HAVE entered, you already KNOW what is in it, so let’s get down to business.

Essential Triangle Tool & Wanderlust!

Wanderlust 450x300
Happy FRIDAY everyone!

I have been super scrambled busy as you know, and I want to thank you all for being so patient with me.  I’ll have help this weekend.  The Hubster returns from Boston today and I have Jeff off of work today to help me get more out faster.  It’s ALL GOOD!

I’ve been asked if I have a video for how to use the Essential Triangle Tool and I can tell you that videos from C&T are being filmed while I’m in Houston in just a couple weeks.  Those will air on youtube and on their website and on mine.  SO those are coming.

If you want IN-DEPTH ins and outs of working with the tool, why not take my
Wanderlust Quilt with Bonnie Hunter (Scrap Quilting Basics from Beginning to Binding!) course with Craft U??

Since we will be using this tool for this year’s mystery, having the workshop in your CraftU library for easy access would be just the ticket for watching when you want, refreshing techniques when you need them and honing up some skills.  Craft U has now gone ALL STREAMING so wherever you have an internet connection you can access my courses.  They are yours forever, and you get interaction through the message boards, sharing with other students for one year from purchase!


Not only will you learn to use the ruler and various techniques, you’ll also have the instruction for making Wanderlust from my new Addicted to Scraps Book.

Many of these same techniques and more MAY be used in one way or another during our mystery – you’ll be ready!

Course Description:
In this online course, world class scrap quilter Bonnie Hunter takes you step-by-step through the process of creating her Wanderlust quilt. Scrappy Stars explode with color and come together easily in a variety of methods for simple unit construction.
Learn a variety of techniques and applications for making flying geese and half square triangles in multiple sizes and watch them come together in the stunning Wanderlust Quilt, all from your scrap stash!
Bonnie will share her new Essential Triangle Tool and Bonus Buddy ruler. She will share her techniques for using these rulers and show you how these tools can help make your scrap quilting a complete joy!
The Wanderlust Quilt digital pattern (Quiltmaker Magazine Edition) will be included in the course a $7.99 value.
Also with enrollment!  Free Wanderlust Table Runner Pattern PDF.
On the set in Golden, Colorado, Essential Triangle Tool in hand!
Filming this course was so much fun!
And we used the Essential Triangle Tool for all of these units!
Here’s the gist of why I think this course is important:  Camera angles, close ups, repetition!  These are things you can’t get during Quilt-Cam
Who Should Take this Course:
  • A beginning quilter who wants to learn tips and techniques that will make your quilting experience successful
  • Intermediate to advanced students who wish to refresh or supplement their skills.
  • Advanced Students who want to discover how quick it is to work with specialty rulers
Lesson 1: Wanderlust Overview
  • Wanderlust Quilt introduction and break down of units.
  • Making flying geese with stitch & flip corners.
  • Making flying geese with the Essential Triangle Tool.
  • Assembling Small Inner Star & Half inner star.
  • Making half square triangles with the Essential Triangle Tool.
  • Sewing large flying geese (two types) with Stitch & Flip method or Essential Triangle Tool.
  • Block Layout and Assembly with connecting corner demo. Full block & Half block.
  • Half Square Triangles, small and large joined to border units.
  • Joining border units and adding inner border.
  • Quilt finishing and Quilter Showcase.

Lesson 2: Half Square Triangles & Block Assembly.
  • Making half square triangles with the Essential Triangle Tool.
  • Sewing large flying geese (two types) with Stitch & Flip method or Essential Triangle Tool.
  • Block Layout and Assembly with connecting corner demo. Full block & Half block.

Lesson 3: Border blocks, quilt assembly and Binding
  • Half Square Triangles, small and large joined to border units.
  • Joining border units and adding inner border.
  • Machine & Hand stitched binding
  • Making a hanging sleeve
Lesson 4: Quilter Showcase
  • I share the quilts from the Addicted to Scraps book, focusing on those that ALSO benefit from the use of the Essential Triangle Tool! 
I hope you’ll join me in this course. 
I’ve got a coupon code for you!
Save 15% by using the code WANDER15
Click the link below to register today!

Wanderlust Quilt with Bonnie Hunter (Scrap Quilting Basics from Beginning to Binding!)

In the mean time, if you haven’t entered our Quiltmaker Bundle Giveaway, that drawing is TONIGHT.  Enter ON THAT POST by following the instructions!  I’ll also post at give-away time what the coupon code for this course is as well as updating the information here.

Around here!

My yesterday in a nutshell. Or a crockpot. Chicken soup for dinner, totally yummy. And I am happy to say that invoice box number 3 is now empty! If your invoice number is 5509 or lower, your bundle is on its way to you! And we keep on trucking on!

On Quilt-Cam:  I am going to try a little demo cam to see what things are like when running it strictly from You-Tube.  I don't know what the format yet is yet, and I haven't had time, but if I can get it working, I'd love to do a Quilt-Cam on Sunday afternoon.  Let's see how that goes. Stay tuned for more info there.


Quiltville Quote of the Day!

This is especially true during this heated political time in our country. Why is it that some folks feel the need build themselves up by publicly raking others over the coals. Pointing fingers at others doesn't lift any one any higher.

Vintage baskets quilts found in North Carolina.

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