Friday, April 30, 2010

Quilting Goodies

Can you shop
in the Spring
and not buy some

These are pre-cut shapes
already fused
from Lancaster Traditional Quilts booth at the Int Quilt Fest
Photo above was from
their display ....

Flower Purse
Pieceful Designs
I hope I can sew this simple purse!
I really liked the shop models.

In the background, you can see the fabric
I bought from the Vogue Fabric booth
the 18" Hobbs samples
I picked out

We had such a good
time strolling the
aisles & viewing
EVERYTHING at the vendor

Tuesday, April 27, 2010


This dog makes me laugh
It is sunny, windy & 40 some degrees

so, he sits down in the wet grass & looks at me : )

Saturday, April 24, 2010


These are some purchases
I made at the Int Quilt Fest

We saw some lovely tatting made
from Valdani pc#12

I looked at every booth and
found these two colors

M63 and M20

I will have to give this brand a tatting try -
and if it isn't a good fiber to tat with,
I already know it is a dream
for punchneedle!

Thursday, April 22, 2010

Mixed Media Needlecase

International Quilt Festival/Chicago

April 16-18, 2010
Donald E. Stephens Center, Rosemont, IL

Karol and I arrived & were greeted
by a friendly lady
giving away wrist bands
for FREE entry into the Festival


Among the quilts, lectures, shopping, shopping, shopping ...

were workshops scheduled each day.

Called Make it University!™ Chicago 2010

We tried our hand at
One-of-a Kind Needlecase
taught by
Kristen Rodriguez
Fiber on a Whim

post from her blog

My kit theme was PLAY

Inside our kits were a cloth for texture, bits of scrapbook papers, bits of paper to embellish (ie ticket, map, music, dictionary page), button, and fiber (+needle)

We received instructions for placing our paper pieces
on the needlebook cover

having the paper pieces stick on the fabric using a product called
Misty Fuse

lastly, we embellished with perle cotton

Final touches: sewing on the button, a tie, and the pages inside

Whole Needlecase (outside)

Marjorie took a different class,
Kelli Perkins - cartoon fabric paper collage pins
see her post:
Quilt Show; Oh we had fun!

Tuesday, April 20, 2010

Hair Pin Lace Tool

Thx Ann

(who blogs at Nifty Needle)

for finding this video!!!

Did you notice that 'wave' look
in the picture? That is what
I'd like to end up with : )

Hair Pin Lace Tool

I purchased the Clover Hair Pin Lace Tool
and am struggling with the instructions

Anybody else own one?

I've been trying to lace inbetween the posts
and the crochet part is baffling to me --
maybe I have the wrong size hook or something,
tho, crochet skills -- I don't have ...

I sent an e-mail to Clover
and got a quick response,
including a name & phone number to call

Isn't that great?

I've been hunting for video on line
& hope to get this figured out!
or, I'll phone this kind woman
and maybe she can talk me thru it

Wednesday, April 14, 2010

Lace Day

For all our lace lovers,
Lace Day 2010
will be held April 17th
from 10am - 4:00pm
at the Hendricks County Senior Center
in Danville, Indiana.

The address is 1201 Sycamore Lane, Danville IN 46122.
Don't miss it!

Click here for more information and registration form

Tuesday, April 13, 2010

"easy" round tatting

Edited to add:
Yes, this is my tatting bag
purchased from the
String-a-Long Quilt Show boutique

The round motifs are from
Easy Tatting
using size 20 Lizbeth & size 20 DMC Cebelia

I've got to get some different colors
out : ) So pretty when finished

The butterflies are made with
size 10, size 20, size 30, and size 80 fibers.

Did I tell you my Mom took all my
practice motifs? She loved them when
she saw them on Easter & took
all of them home with her.

So, I made some more butterflies.
I found some purple size 80 DMC tatting
thread & will attempt some purple
butterflies next.

And, don't ask me what I'm going to do with them ...
I am giving them all away.
If you want one or two --- let me know!!!!

I've been reading The Aloha Quilt and Noah's Compass .... two entirely different kinds of books!!!

Tuesday, April 06, 2010

International Quilt Festival

International Quilt Festival
Donald E. Stephens Convention Center
Rosemont, IL

Preview Night: Thurs, April 15, 2010
April 16-18, 2010

Daily Admission: $10.00

More information on web site:

Monday, April 05, 2010


Are these too cute or what?

This Cottontail Pincushion pattern
hopped into my shopping basket
during a recent shopping spree

I found some nice week's dye work wool
and hope to get started on the
surface embroidery soon

Thursday, April 01, 2010

International Tatting Day

Information from Holiday Insights web site:

Tatting Day has been celebrated internationally for over 4 years now. April 1st is the International Tatting Day.

Tatting is a needlepoint skill of making delicate, elegant tatted lace. It is enjoyed by thousands of people.

On this day, "tatters" around the world have different activities, mostly educational, to celebrate their hobby, and introduce it to others. Often, they celebrate by eating chocolates and making tatted lace

I made this motif with size 20 LizBeth crochet cotton:(motif out of the book Easy Tatting by Rozella F. Linden)

Pulled out Flora , size 50, and am attempting the same motif with finer cotton. btw, am using my size 14 crochet hook for the joins --- my GF, Beth, calls it the stick with invisible hook!

Look at the difference in sizes ... For me, it is a bit of a challenge.

Close up

So, what are YOU tatting today?