I have rarely come to visit my daughter here in Wisconsin without running over to Waunakee (about 10 miles from her ) to visit Millhouse Quilts. A fantastic quilt shop – I would almost refer to it as my local quilt shop LOL except I have to travel 14 hours to get here!! go to the link above and you will see the inside of the shop – an old mill converted into a store. (on their web site if you go to the about us – you can see the inside of the shop through a series of clicks.
I stuck with not getting any fabric unless it was on sale and I found this little bundle of fat quarters that will go with my Japanese Taupe’s for Love Entwined – needles, and batting that I needed to restock as I only have a partial batting left and would have to order on line to get the Quilters Dream that I like. I did noticed that the store had not marked their batiks up to $15 a yard yet like some stores that I have seen the past 6 months or so – most of theirs are still in the 11-12 dollar range. I have two quilt tops at home – Carousel and a 9 patch that are closer to a double size than twin size so I got two double size batting’s. I think I will try to machine quilt the 9 patch but I am not sure on the Carousel yet –
the other side of the bundle
The cheese sign is in the distance from the campground but nearby – but what I wanted to show was this monster custom RV that someone has here at the campground! can you believe this thing – the size of a semi truck!! 3 or 4 slide outs – must be the same size as some very small homes that you see!! Wonder what kind of gas mileage this one gets? They sure can’t get into most state park camping sites I bet! They would have a hard time negotiating some of the roads inside the state parks for sure and to get in the campsite – no way! I have never seen one so large before. (I do wonder how it looks inside – some of the big ones are very, very nice) but I wouldn’t want it – we wouldn’t be able to go to the parks we like.
Today (the 21st) is cold, cloudy and windy – 56 degrees and wind chill in the 40’s I would say.
Several years ago I won a piece of hand dyed red fabric from Vicki at Field Trips in Fiber. I hate to admit it but I lost track of that piece of fabric – it got tucked down in between several pieces of fabric among the short stacks – I forgot I had it. I found it recently and I immediately once again wondered what should I make out of it. I love the large tote bag that I made last month and the pattern came in three sizes. I decided to make the medium size bag. I have been busy today making this bag and I got some work done on Joseph’s Coat too – more on that one tomorrow.
First I pieced together a charm package of squares to use for the inside lining.
I had enough of that patchwork for two sides and one pocket. I used some of the red for the center piece and one more pocket on the inside.
I am pleased with the look! The front.
Two inside pockets, one outside pocket and I put a loop inside to hook my keys on. Now tomorrow I need to shop for a new wallet – this one is going to be a large purse – I can fit my kindle in it for times I want it with me. I can fit brochures in it when at museums and such – I can never fit them in the purses I normally use (smaller than this), my camera can be tossed in, I’m going to get a couple small flat cosmetic types bags for organizing and it will be set!
Thank you Vicki for the win – sorry it took me so long to make something out of it!!
Nothing new going on here just the same old stuff– I continue to work on Joseph’s Coat and Star Crazy so I thought today I’d let you know of some sales going on.
Head on over to “the twiddletails store” Anina is having a sale – a clean up sale as she calls it. I have ordered from her in the past – nice reliable service!
Also the Fabric Depot is having a sale – I have ordered only a time or two from them but remember them being reliable also.
For those of you who have the Go Baby, or the AccuQuilt full size – do you really think they are worth the money you spent on them? Are you constantly spending more money on them buying new dies and trays. If you are a hand quilter and often a hand piecer are you pleased that you bought it or does it mainly make sense to get one if you are constantly cranking out one quilt after another.
I have heard so much of these things but the other day I went into the site to look at them and start to add up prices – my goodness – talk expensive!!! If you go to the AccuQuilt website and write down which machine you want, then start to tally up all the pieces you need – trays, mats, dies WOW it gets pretty darn expensive! Those dies – well you can’t just get one , I think I got up to $1,000 and said ok I don’t think this is for me – now if I won one that would be something else – but to buy – give me your opinions –if you have one why did you buy it? Do you just not like to cut with a rotary cutter, scissors – Now I totally understand if you are putting kits together, have a handicap with your hands like severe arthritis or whatever – but I think I will stick with my rotary cutter and scissors for now.
I normally do not do mystery quilts. I like to see a photo of the final product first so that I select the right kind of fabric. I hate wasting fabric at the price it is and I can not pick out the proper colors without knowing what it will look like. That is the great thing of a free mystery quilt on line – you can print out everything – patterns and instructions and make it when you get it all!!
Pearl P. Pereira has a new free BOM out this year. If you sign up for her newsletter and web site you can have access to it. I haven’t a clue when I will make this and I don’t know if I will make the quilt or use the flower appliques in something totally different – but in the meantime I’m printing!
Here is a link to Pearl’s web site – P3Designs. If you go to Forums and then to Mystery BOM you can download the patterns. Another one for maybe next year – or the following
Is anyone out there making the quilt called “Sedona Star”? It is a BOM from the Quilt Show. The pattern is by Sarah Vedeler and finishes at 88” x 88” – here is a clip of it:
I think it is a beautiful quilt. I had joined the Quilt Show a couple years ago when I made the Star Crazy quilt which was a BOM at that time. I let my membership lapse and then I saw someplace last week – I can’t remember where now – but someone posted that the Quilt Show was having a temporary “gift” of a month membership free – you just had to put in a code for the gift. Once you have membership you can access the patterns. It is listed under the BOM – you can look at it without a membership but you can not print out the pattern unless you have it.
My one month free membership let me access the first 5 months of the BOM – how about that! I immediately printed out all that I can and I will go back to it in December and print out the rest of the instructions by purchasing another month ($6.95) It does involve a lot of paper and I know I could just download to my computer instead. I have found though that if I do that I forget about! This way I print it all out – like printing out a book! and put it in sleeve savers and put in a ring binder – then I will have it all ready when I am ready for it.
With the membership you can watch any of the classes and get other patterns and downloads. I believe some you have to pay for and some you do not.
I most likely will do this quilt in a different color scheme – something scrappy of course to use my stash! Maybe next year? This will be a challenging quilt to make. I’m not sure which quilt will be my new quilt to make – I have the two new patterns by Edyta Star and one of those will most likely be next when I finish Joseph’s Coat. That is after I finish the applique on the Red and Green Applique – that is the one that I will finish first as soon as I get done with Joseph’s Coat.
As I make this purple row of Joseph’s Coat I can so tell how much shorter the rows are getting from the stack of pinned pieces of pieces stacked up in the box. This is what I have put together so far. I don’t remember what setting I used yesterday to try to get the purple at it’s true color so I selected this setting it might turn out different every time I do it.
I have been working on the tote bag I should you all the pattern for yesterday. I have all the pieces machine quilted – I am using Soft and Stable for the “batting” it is a firmer product that is great for bags. I also have the lining with the pockets on the inside sewed together.
Today I need to put all the pieces together. Just some of the pieces. I’ll show the whole bag when I get it done.
I think with some of the rest of the fabric from that bundle I will make a new cover for my Kindle as well.