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Irish Crochet Wedding Bolero

Irish Crochet Wedding Bolero

I am taking a break from my Jacob’s Ladder blocks today to enjoy some crochet. I was poking around on Ravelry and found a beautiful crocheted shrug.  Instead of a pattern, the link came to a tutorial site. The site offers several layout designs but requires you to find your...

Great Views in Guttenberg, Iowa

Great Views in Guttenberg, Iowa

I had a fantastic weekend visiting friends and family. First, I went to the wedding of my high school and family friend, Hannah.  The wedding was special and the reception was fun!  Hannah’s unique personality shined throughout the event.  I did not previously know her groom but am now convinced...

Happy Weekend!

Happy Weekend!

Quilting is a bad hobby for perfectionists. Although I enjoy the creative process of quilting, my real love is the geometry and calculating.  I enjoy precision through the whole process, even stacking the blocks. These chain-pieced units need to be pressed before I can assemble them into Jacob’s Ladder blocks....

Scrap Sorting

Scrap Sorting

I am working on a new quilt and pattern.  The quilt is based on the traditional Jacob’s Ladder quilt and is layer cake friendly. I prefer to work with thrifted and found fabrics but I like pre-cuts for their efficiency and stash-building properties. My vintage sheets are stored in their...

Completed Projects 2011: Vintage Triangles

Completed Projects 2011: Vintage Triangles

Goals I was very impressed with Red Pepper Quilt’s HST Overload quilt.  The scrappy look was very pleasing and I liked the chopped-off corners.  I decided to try something similar with my vintage sheet collection. Steps I went into my vintage sheet collection and ripped off strips of each.  I...

Completed Projects 2011: Baby Blue Daisy Quilt

Completed Projects 2011: Baby Blue Daisy Quilt

Goals My mom was making way for more Civil War reproduction prints and offered me her collection of vintage sheets.  I happily gobbled them up! The large-scale bright prints were new to me.  I decided to try my hand at fussy-cutting with no particular goal in mind.  I am one...

Slow and Steady Straight-Line Quilting

Slow and Steady Straight-Line Quilting

I am enjoying some slow and steady straight-line quilting today.  It is nice to relax a bit and enjoy sewing again. Joann’s had a sale on packaged batting this week.  I purchased a king size which should be enough to complete several baby quilt tops. I am in a finish-it...

Mission: Nearly Accomplished!

Mission: Nearly Accomplished!

Mom is featuring my T-shirt quilt over at her blog, Jo’s Country Junction.  She did a fantastic job quilting the finished top.  I was happy to say “Good Riddance” to the thing and spent time knitting some washcloths. I am headed home today to add binding and will share a...

Avoidance tactics in action.

Avoidance tactics in action.

I would love to write a post about the T-shirt quilt that I am making, but the profanity that would ensue would be highly inappropriate. Writing a post at all is clearly an avoidance tactic from the hell that is stretch fabric and interfacing. I need experiences like these to...

I need some Dresscue-ing.

I need some Dresscue-ing.

I am a little in love with Planet Green’s new show, Dresscue Me.  It is about a vintage shop that refurbishes vintage and thrifted clothing.  The show is a bit too dramatic and over-important, but the premise is enlightening.  It is influencing me to make bad choices at Goodwill. I...