Monthly Archives: September 2012

MOVING!

Hi readers.

I’ve moved!  My blog can now be found here .  The “facelift” I mentioned a week or so again became a move instead due to some technical glitches.  I hope you make your way over to the new blog.  Unfortunately, you will have to type your name in on the right hand column in order to receive notification of new posts from the new blog.  I hope you will do that.  I don’t want to lose any of you!!!

 

See you over at Quilter in Motion now located at http://quilterinmotion.net

 

Marsha

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Friday Finds

Are you ready for another wonderful day of fabulous finds?

I’ve found some unusual and some lovely tutorials for you.  Today I’m featuring

Bottlecap Trivet by Jos Country Junction

Woven Jelly Roll Rug by Jen at Quilting in the Rain

Freezer Paper piceing by dquilts

Sending candy in the mail by sometimescreative

One-seam Flying Geeese Block by thecraftyquilter

1.  Bottle Cap Trivet –  It’s simple, it’s lovely and oh, so useful.  The tutorial for this trivet using fabric and bottlecaps can be found here.

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2. Woven Jelly Roll Rug

Just seven steps and a Moda Jelly Roll pack (or cut your own) and you will have a rug.  You will find the tutorial here.

3. Freezer Paper Piecing Technique – Maybe this technique will make paper piecers out of some of you hold outs!  Check it out here.

4.  Sending Candy in the Mail – So maybe this is a little off-beat, but who wouldn’t like to receive “Hot Tamales” or “Black Crows” (for me) in the mail?  You can find out more about this here.

5.  One-seam Flying Geese Technique – I’ve seen a video of this before but these photo/writing instructions are so clear.  It might make a Flying Geese lover out of you!  You can find Julie’s tutorial here.

I hope you’ll check out the blogs that I feature here and also look around their blogs beyond that tutorial.  There’s some amazing stuff out there in Blogland and it never ceases to amaze me how creative we all can be…and maybe even a bit wild and wacky too.  Enjoy your travels to the blogs, leave them a comment and tell them you heard about the at http://quilterinmotion.com.  All bloggers like feedback so don’t be afraid to comment.  Just be nice–it’s not the place for nasty.

Happy Stitching

Marsha

Tidal Tote Bag

I was busy last week working on several projects but one that was prominent was the Tidal Tote Bag.  I had decided last month to make this tote for my daughter-in-law’s birthday.  Her birthday was in August but she and our son were out in California at a family reunion with her family.  They enjoyed their time in the Napa Valley –who wouldn’t?  Anyway, we didn’t see them until this past weekend while we were in Maine and I got to give her her gift.

I knew the Tidal Tote would be a hit with her because I’ve noticed she likes bags…she has all sizes.  I knew she like the ocean as much as I do…which  makes her the perfect daughter-in-law (along with how happy she has made our son).  I found the pattern when I went to visit Cotton Cupboard Quilt Shop in Bangor.  I bought one for a giveaway as well, and Sara from weddingdressblue was the winner and happy to receive her pattern and the Maine fabrics.

I couldn’t wait to use the gorgeous fabric I had purchased at Marden’s in Bangor.  It is lovely blues with sea horses anemones, fish and sea grasses.  It is a batik.

I had no trouble following the pattern by Poorhouse Quilt Designs.  I also enjoyed quilting the fabrics with my “Amenomes On the Loose”  free motion quilting design, made up as I went along.  This is the FMQ as it shows up on the batting.

The pattern comes with three choices of applique:  lobster, crab and sand dollar.  I decided to use the sand dollar and did an echo quilting on the front around the sand dollar.

Here’s the front side of the bag with the sand dollar.

Two fabrics are cut into squares and stitched together to make the font and then the sand dollar is appliqued on.  The the front is quilted.  The back is pieced the same way but no applique, and then is quilted.

There are two side pockets that are perfect for cell phones, etc.

 

There are two inner pockets the width of the fabric front with velcro closing.  I decided to use a lighthouse fabric remnant my cousin had given me.  This is Portland Headlight, a very familiar place to my family as we lived in Portland and the surrounds.

The handles and the bottom of the bag are made using Peltex for stiffener.  I love the way the handles feel “solid”, not flimsy, and will use this for more bag handles I’m sure.

A look inside the finished bag.

 

Really a nice tote, I would recommend this pattern for a smallish tote.  Here’s the web address for Poorhouse Quilt Design.  In fact, if you here, there’s even a free pattern available.

That’s it for today except I’m wondering if any of you are following the Dots to Dots Blog Hop?   I’m not participating as I have enough other projects right now and I’m getting ready (soon) for the “Leafs” Me Happy Blog Hop coming up October 1st.  Be sure to go over the check out what’s being done with fabric with dots.  There’s some lovely things out there.  You can find the listings here.

Until next time, happy stitching.

Marsha

 

 

 

A Visit to Dorr Mill Store

Not many miles from where we are located this summer is the Dorr Mill Store.  It’s an amazing collection of USA produced woolens, patterns for rug-hooking, needle-felting, punch needle embroidery, kits and ready-to-wear woolen clothing.  It is a amazing shop in Guild, New Hampshire and a wonderful place to visit.

Take a stroll with me through the aisles and just look at the variety of wonderful items they have for sale.

Just look at those colors!!!

So many aisles of bolts of wool.

Gorgeous samples

Projects, small and large

Some of my favorites – Matroyshka dolls.  I bought the wool to make one, knowing I had seen a pattern online and it was here.  It’s not exactly like the above one but close enough.

I bought some packs of smaller pieces of wool in a variety of colors like these.  These are all “washed wool” which means it has shrunk all it will, and won’t ravel according to the lady.  I had asked if she had wool felt and she looked horrified, then asked if I was going to use it for things like the dolls and the penny rugs and directed me to the washed wool.

What do I know?  I work in cotton mainly!

I chose these colors below

and these colors.

Those two bundles each hold eight pieces approximately 7″ x 8″.

I also bought a small package of some hand-dyed wool – expensive!!!  My friend, Brigitte, once told me that yellow wool is hard to find so I grabbed this packet with the yellow in it.

That package holds five colors, pink, yellow, green, blue and a lighter blue each about 11″ x 10″.

This next package was from a barrel of remnants.  $3.00 for all you could fit in the bag.  Needless to say, there were limited colors in the barrel, but I did try to get colors I thought might be useful.  I’m expecting to share these with my quilting friend, and Row Robin buddy, Brigitte as she does a LOT of wool applique.  She was kind enough to provide with all the pieces I need to do a Christmas wall-hanging of birds, berries and brances which I will be starting in the next few weeks.  I hope you’ll find something in my remnant bag that you can use, Brigitte!

 

 

I probably spent more money than I should have on the wool but I really do love the penny rugs and small wool projects I see here and there.  Look at this darling chickadee design.

 

 

 

So now I can add some wool projects to my list of things I want to make.  At least I have some materials to use when I get ready to do it and being this close to Dorr Mill Store made it seem like the right time to get it.

I hope you enjoyed this tour of Dorr Mill Store.  They do have the website I indicated at the beginning and they do mail-order.

Happy Stitching!

Marsha

Random Act of Kindness

I love making people happy!  I have to tell you a story about myself; kind of like “telling” on myself.  Several months ago I was involved in 2-3 swaps that all involved Cupcakes, and sewing blocks for the Red,White and Blue Blog Hop.  I had several cupcake ATC swaps going and a Cupcake Block swap all coming due around the same dates.  I completed all swaps on time-thanks to one lovely lady.

KBK, or Kimberly as I’ve come to know her, sent me a sweet message telling me she had received a cupcake ATC that she thought was very clever.

Well, I liked that praise — and then she went on to say she had then received a Red, White and Blue  Cupcake Block several days later.  Well, obviously I got a little concerned and went to check my spreadsheet.  Thank Goodness I had sense enough to keep a spreadsheet!!!!   Sure enough, I had sent the Red, White and Blue Cupcake Block to the wrong person!

Kimberly went on to say she’d really love to keep the block as she loved it but didn’t want me to “flake” on my Swap without realizing what had happened so she would send it back to me.   I replied that she deserved to keep it for saving me from disappointing someone else as I had time to make another one before the swap deadline.   I then asked her if she’d like to send it back to me so I could finishe it off for her as a small wallhanging since she’s not a quilter or sewist.

She was thrilled and sent it back to me.  Last week I put a border on the block and quilted it, then finished it off to send her.   Today I got a message from her saying she had received it and was so happy to own it.   I did admit to her I had thoughts , only for a second, of keeping it myself!  -;)

That’s Kimberly’s Cupcake Wallhanging.  I put a hanger on the back as I didn’t know exactly how she planned to use it.  I’m so happy that Kimberly’s happy!  It really was just a Random Act of Kindness; asking nothing in return, expecting nothing in return, just wanting to make someone’s day.  It’s a good feeling and I encourage everyone to try RAKs–they make the world go round.

 

I’m glad to be back and have all those errands done.  We did get a tiny bit of family time in and enjoyed seeing my brother’s new house.  It’s a beauty.  It’s waiting time to hear if all the tests, etc. went well but I’m expecting normal results.  I even snuck in a little Christmas shopping while waiting between errands.  It never hurts to get a headstart on that!

Tomorrow I think it will be time to share my trip to Dorr Woolen Store with you.  Come on by and see what I got!

Hugs, Marsha

 

Friday Finds AND a Recipe

I lost a day this week.  Did that ever happen to you?  I’ve got a “cold in my head” and just been going through each day only to find out it’s Thursday already.  It’s been a unique week here so that didn’t help me keep days straight.

We worked Tuesday which we usually don’t but 7 more cords of wood were delivered and needed to be stacked.  All hands on deck!  You’ve heard that saying, “Many hands make light work”.  Let me tell you wood is still heavy no matter how many hands are moving it but at least we had fewer pieces per person to move.  We had two Park workers from another State Park arrive to help, Ranger Eric and Assistant Ranger Nicole plus Jim, DH and me.   Seven people moved that wood a LOT faster!

Wednesday we traveled to state-wide end-0f-the-year event for the day.  It was nice and though we weren’t singled out for “Park of the Year”, we still feel like our park visitors enjoyed their time with us and in our heads we are Park of the Year.

Today is Thursday which means we are getting ready for the weekend, right?   Friday on this blog means “Friday Finds” which I will get right into, then I want to share a new family favorite recipe that is SO simple and SO delicious you might find yourself running right out to the grocery store!

My first “find” this week is these adorable crochet booties.  I know we’re a quilter’s blog but really we’re a people blog and people like to do various crafting things.  I’m busy this week knitting a sweater for the dear Grandson and I bet some of you are doing something similar.  I know a few of you have new additions to your family, or are waiting for them eagerly.  Maybe you’d like to be busy crocheting or knitting too.

1.  Crochet Mary Jane Booties

 

2.  Quilting Charts & Formulas

This site gives you charts for such wonderful things as the number of squares you can get from a fat quarter, how to figure how much fabric you need to make the backing for a quilt, or how to figure out the number of scallops needed for a quilt top.  It’s amazing and available free to download to your computer so you always have it with you!

3.  Amy Butler, who designs the most delicious fabric and delightful patterns, is giving away her “Love and Peace” Pattern.  She has other patterns too that she gives us for free. Be sure to check her site out.

4.  I know you like small projects to fill in those time you just don’t want to work on something big.  I get it.  I have those days too–lots of them!

Check out this lovely Framed Friendship Star block.  It’s beautiful and would make a lovely mini-quilt all by itself or could be done many times  quiltt.

to make an awesome quilt.  About.com has the most incredible tutorials on making various blocks.  Their instructional drawings and photos make it a snap.

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5.  Sun Printing – The Basics by The Quilted Rat blog.  You have to go here even if you think you never want to dye or print fabric.  Her work is incredible!!!  Sun-printing looks quite easy and when you add thread painting, as The Quilt Rat does, it’s amazing.

I can’t show you a photo of one of her images because she specifically asks that people don’t but trust me when I tell you to go over there and browse for a bit.  She is one talented Canadian, and I’d love to get my hands on the Autumn issue of Canadian Quilter magazine for her Pumpkin pattern.  It is the most artistic rendition of a pumpkin, all in thread-painting, I’ve ever seen.  She does so many things so well!

That’s it for my Friday Finds.  Now to the fantastic recipe I promised.

Last weekend, Labor Day Weekend, we were given some fresh veggies, including some fresh basil.  I immediately thought about a lovely shrimp appetizer my brother had made for us back in the Spring.

Bacon Wrapped Shrimp

You will need large shrimp, fresh or frozen; fresh basil leaves, bacon and skewers.

Soak the skewers in water before using them.  This keeps the skewers from burning while the shrimp and bacon cook.

Defrost your shrimp if you bought a package of frozen as I did.  I bought a package that  said 16-20 pieces.  There were actually 19 pieces in the package which for 5 people was just perfect.  The shrimp I bought had the heads of but I had to twist off the tails, then peel off the think shell.  This is done quite easily.

Once washed and ready, skewer one shrimp on the wooden skewer, lengthwise.

Wrap one basil leaf around the shrimp.

Wrap a half-slice of bacon around the entire shrimp/basil “package”.

Then place on a heated grill, on the lower temperature area.

Cook approximately 4 minutes on each side, turning frequently after that.  You want the bacon to be cooked brown and slightly crisply, about 2 more minutes or until bacon looks cooked.

Don’t overcook as the shrimp will be cooked before the shrimp.

Incredibly Good Eats!!!

 

That’s it for a few days, friends.  We are off to Maine for various necessary tasks, like dr. visits, new licenses before we head South, absentee ballot, etc. and I’ll won’t be blogging for that time.  Hopefully I’ll be seeing you all on Wednesday!

Keep yourselves busy!  Marsha