Thursday, September 29, 2016

More of Wanda

Isn't this a beauty......

such variety......

plaids and homespuns

a 16 patch.....

This is a photo of grand champion quilt at the DeKalb County fair in Illinois made and quilted by Sarah Duvick Stevens, a friend of both Wanda and myself. Congratulations!
I hope you enjoyed the eye candy, Martha.

Saturday, September 24, 2016

Wanda's Quilts

I was so excited and mesmerized at looking at Wanda's quilts that I did not take pics of every one of them. But I did get some beauties!

Just loved the paper mache zebra head!

I will show some more in my next post. Martha.

Sunday, September 18, 2016

A Trip Home

I recently  made a trip home to visit my kids and grandkids. Which I throughly enjoyed of course! But I also went to visit with my first quilt teacher and the woman who inspired me to even start blogging. Wanda Hanson taught me all about a 1/4" seam allowance. This was back when we used cereal boxes for cardboard templates and Ginger scissors to cut out our pieces.  The rotary cutter was just beginning to come on the horizon. Little did I know the knowledge she gave me then would serve me for the next 40 years. She gave me a tour of her home and her sewing studios, which I am going to share with you.  Meet Wanda....

Here are some of her creations......

The computer never does the colors justice , now onto the sewing rooms. Yes rooms! She has two exquisite sewing spaces! The upstairs first....

See how neatly  she stores her batiks!

There's more downstairs just as neatly displayed, very organized!

I so many pics to share with you , so I will save some for the next post. Eye candy galore, you will gain so much inspiration not weight , looking at them. Stay tuned, Martha.  In case you would like to check out her blog you will find it at , enjoy!

Thursday, September 1, 2016

Labor Day

With Labor Day and Veteran's Day both ahead of us, I thought I would give my group something patriotic for our last class day next week .  Since our "Little Gatherings " project contains half square triangles so this must , but in a larger form.

So from the 1/2" finished hst's , I went to 2" finished hst's. And of course since it is patriotic, the colors were red, white and blue.  

For every one blue hst I made 2 red hst's. I then sewed them into rows. Once the rows were all joined I decided it needed at least 3 wool stars for added glitz.

Top is finished and quilted , just need to finish the  cream colored binding.  It is a table centerpiece , measures  26 1/2" x 12 1/2". Summer is coming to a close with school opening soon, chatter later, Martha.

Wednesday, August 24, 2016

The Last Mini

I finally finished the last mini we will be discussing for our "Little Gatherings" class in September. And I even managed to to a little hand quilting on it too! Now I just have to blow up block and make something with it.

I also have my first block of the "Raven" ready to be appliqued down. I hate having pins in the way so I baste pieces down useing Roxanne's  glue (which washes out) ,  so I can pick up the block and go anywhere without fear the pieces will stay put.

As you can see I still need to make three berries for my one stem. I am saving that for a demo I'll be doing later.  Chatter with you later, Martha.

Thursday, August 18, 2016

Six More To Go

I only have six more rows to go. I have made the individual HST's made as you can see below. There are 108 of them.

I used my triangulation's program and printed off the papers to make these. Now that they are cut apart , all I need to do is carefully tear off the papers.  So that's what I'll be occupied with this evening.  Martha.

Thursday, August 11, 2016

A Couple of Finishes

I finished one runner top in red,white and blue batiks.

Finished a small lap quilt also of batiks!

I have also started my last mini from "Little Gatherings " book. Lisa suggested making it a two color quilt and I decided to make it red and cream. 

That is a quarter sitting on it.  It is only six rows of twenty needed for the center.

I will check back later with my progress, Martha.