Thursday, July 17, 2014

A Special Day


  1. Cute Friendship Quotes Wall Decals Stickers for Nursery Bedroom Wall Decorating Art

Today started out as a normal day of teaching my scheduled students.  Around noon I received a call from one of my students asking if she could drop by this afternoon and bring a friend also a student.  I said sure, excited for their visit.
One of these ladies writes poetry and stated when she came in that she had written me a poem,  She started to hand it to me and I asked her to read it to us and this is what she read:

“Sewing ‘N More”

Who is she? This lady of the day,
Her name is Sherry and I must say.
What a feeling of comfort she gives,
I know in her heart the Lord lives.

When you walk in the room she smiles,
Always confident after many miles.
The many talents of a true teacher,
Flows easily, you can always reach her.

Just give her a call, she is always there,
To answer each question I can fare.
No problem is too much for me to ask,
Whether something in the future or in the past.

If you need encouragement or whatever,
Just let her know, she’ll help you be better.
Expressing an inquiry or not.
Choice between alternatives at the top.



What is she? This lady of the day,
And when I say lady to always play.
She can work rings around the most,
Even though she will never boast.

From her background, she arose,
A great woman from her head to her toe.
Welcome in her home, door always open,
Such kind, sweet words are always spoken.

So many talents that can’t be hidden,
She has confidence and patience not forbidden.
If ask about a problem of sewing or life,
You can bet your bottom dollar she is right.

Where is she?  This lady of the day,
She is always there for you always.
Wherever she is she will always come,
Into her home to have some fun.



Her husband is equally great,
Whatever need you have for your sake?
Just call his name and he will be there,
Whether cutting, repairing, he is so fair.

You can wonder how some people meet,
And become the kind of couple you seek.
To be together and have no strife,
They hope to be together for the rest of their life.

                  By: Barbara Blubaugh
                  July 16, 2014

                                                 To my good friends, Sherry and Mike

This was so touching not a dry eye in the house, not even hubby who is also mentioned.  Sometimes I wonder if what I do makes a difference.  I think I received my answer.

Not only does Barbara do a nice job quilting but she is also a wonderful poet.  Just had to share.
Hope you had a touching moment in your journey today.

Monday, April 21, 2014

Row Along "Row 4"

The fourth row is the Friendship Star and similar to the Ribbon Star.  The completed row looks like this:


Half Square triangles and squares create the block for Row 4 of the Row Along,  If you need to refer to the HQT tutorial you can find it here.

The fabric requirements for Row 4 as as follows:

Color A  1 strip 4 7/8" x WOF      Subcut into 8  4 7/8" squares

Color B  1 strip 4 7/8" x WOF      Subcut into 8  4 7/8" squares

              2 strips 4 1/2 x WOF     Subcut into 16 4 1/2" squares

Color C  1 strip  4 1/2" x WOF     Subcut into 4  4 1/2" squares

For each individual block you will need:

Color A  2  4 7/8" squares

Color B  2   4 7/8" squares
              4   4 1/2" squares

Color C  1    4 1/2" square

Construct the HST's and arrange the squares in the following order:

Now construct into the row.
The last row will be posted next month with border requirements.....have a great month!

Sunday, April 20, 2014

Happy Easter

I thought this piece was an excellent example to use in my Easter Greeting this year.

A student of mine shared with me that her sister had purchased a new embroidery machine and was wondering if I would show her some tips and projects, which included quilting of course and I said I would be happy to do it.

These motifs from Embroidery Library and a little piecing resulted in this breathtaking wall quilt.  It was a gift to her husband on his birthday and her first quilting project.  Didn't she do a magnificent job?

I provided the machine quilting and I will admit I was a bit intimidated by not only the lovely project, but also this being my first work around embroidery motifs.

Great Job Jan!

And Happy Easter to all as we celebrate our Risen Savior!

Thursday, March 20, 2014

Row Along "Row 3"

It is time for another row of my Row Along, this is a Shoo Fly block and here is a photo of the completed row.

Once again HST's (half square triangles) along with squares creates the block.  And again if you need to a refresher on creating your HST's refer to the Row 1 post, you can find it here.

The fabric requirements for Row 3 are as follows:

Color A  1 strip   4 7/8" x WOF         subcut into  8   4 7/8" squares

Color B  1 strip  4 7/8" x WOF          subcut into  8   4 7/8" squares

             2 strips    4 1/2" x WOF       subcut into 16   4 1/2" squares

Color C  1 strip    4 1/2" x WOF        subcut into 4     4 1/2" squares

For each individual block you will need:

Color A  2   4 7/8" squares

Color B  2   4 7/8" squares
             4   4 1/2" squares

 Color C  1  4 1/2" square

After constructing your 4 HST's arrange the 9 squares in this order:


Sew the 4 blocks together like this:

and sew the 4 together to create Row 3.


Only 2 more rows to go.

Hope you are enjoying this Row Along journey.


Thursday, February 20, 2014

Row Along "Row 2"

It is difficult to believe it's time for Row 2 of my Row Along, but once again I will start with a photo of the completed row.

This row continues the use of HST's (half square triangles).  Please refer to Row 1 for a refresher on making the HST's.  You can find the post here.

The name that EQ applies to this block is Ribbon Quilt.

The fabric requirements for Row 2 are as follows:

Color A    2 strips 4 7/8" x WOF                            subcut into 16    4 7/8" squares

Color B    2 strips 4 7/8" x WOF                            subcut into 16    4 7/8" squares

Color C    1 strip  4 1/2" x WOF                             subcut into  4     4 1/2 " squares
Note:  You should have enough leftover fabric from Row 1 of Color C to generate these 4 squares.  I suggest you check that out before cutting another strip.  

You will have 32 individual HST's to complete the row.

For each individual block you will need:

Color A    4     4 7/8" squares

Color B    4     4 7/8" squares

Color C    1     4 1/2" square

After constructing your HST's arrange them in this order:

The completed block will naturally look like this:
I suggest you wait until all rows are complete before sewing them together in case you would like to play with the arrangement of the rows.  

Hope your journey this last month has been a fun one.  See you March 20th with Row 3.

Thursday, January 30, 2014

January Goal for ALYoF

It has been a productive month for me and I was pleased to reach my goal for ALYoF this month.  You can read about my goal here.

The blocks are completed

And along with completing the four BOM blocks I wanted to start the setting blocks and I was able to finish all 12 of them.

I was doing so well I was hoping to get the top together, but alas it is still on the design wall. 

Sorry the photo is not very good.  There is not much space for taking photos where my design wall is located and it is the only free wall in the house.  So I deal with it.  Actually it works well except for photos.
I am not too disappointed I didn't get it together as  I did get other things accomplished and soon my design wall will be empty and ready for another project.

So I feel my year is off to a good start and now I need to figure out my goal for next month.  

Many thanks to Fiber of All Sorts and Sew Bitter Sweet Designs for hosting.  You can find their button on my sidebar. 

Sunday, January 26, 2014

Stitchin a Little Binding on Slow Stitch Sunday

It's hard to believe it is Sunday again.  but I have had a busy and productive week.  Lots of time spent with students, but also some me time for stitching.

The prediction for today is warm and sunny so after lunch with son at a local restaurant, hubby and I will be off to the city, about 30 miles from home to do a little shopping.

So what better opportunity for me to slow stitch than on our little drive.

Earlier this week I was able to put together this little piece for a friend.



It is Bloomin Minds  "My Snowman"  It is only  6" x 12.5"  so it went very quickly and was a fun reprieve from all the piecing I have been doing, but more about that later.

So I am linking up with Kathy over at Slow Sunday Stitching.  Her button is on my sidebar, be sure to check it out.
Slow Sunday Stitching