Decking the Halls with Quilts

I’ve been swept along by the busy, busy, busy-ness of the year, and here it is almost Christmas already! I’ve been decorating, shopping and cooking in addition to all the normal stuff that’s been on my schedule this fall, which was already more than I was used to. I still have one more food shopping trip before Christmas–though I’ve yet to finish a list–and a few more errands to run, but I decided it was time to finish up the decorating with a couple of Christmas quilts that I’ve made over the years. I have a few, and they end up on the backs of the sofas or on the arms of chairs, or even on cabinet tops on display stands if they’re small enough. Continue reading

Memory Lane Monday: Color Play

There’s absolutely no really cool story to go along with today’s jaunt down memory lane, I just love this little quilt! I made it back in 2002 just for fun, and I still have some other trimmed away bits stuffed in the UFO cabinet for another small project that will get done someday. The Jinny Beyer Palette fabrics are loads of fun to work with, though I do remember having quite the time figuring out what to use as a border for this quilt! The batik in the border was a fat quarter, so there was some sneaky piecing required to make it work. Continue reading

Social Media Bits & City Life

Random, short(ish) thoughts from the week in no particular order of importance (though if you’re new ’round here, be warned that I don’t do “short” very well):

What’s in a name: I’ve been tossing around the idea of changing the name of my website for a while. DreamWeaver’s Quilts isn’t really significant in any way, or related to or descriptive of what I do and have done for years. Oh, okay yeah, the “Quilts” bit is, but the rest? Honestly, it was the one thing I thought of that I liked years ago when I purchased the domain name, and was actually inspired by one of my favorite songs ever, Dream Weaver by Gary… um… whatshisface… brb Googling that… Gary Wright, that was it. And lookie, I even found a YouTube video of it live: Continue reading

Memory Lane Monday: The Beginning

Memory Lane Monday @ DreamWeaver's QuiltsFor this inaugural Memory Lane Monday, I wondered where to begin. I’ve taken a BUNCH of photos of older quilts, and I still have more to do so there were lots of choices! Well, how about at the beginning? There isn’t really a more logical place, though I will note that I won’t be doing this in chronological order going forward. Even if I could sit down and put them in order by when they were made (and I doubt I could anyway–remember a lot of these aren’t dated, shame on me), I’d rather mix it up a bit and toss a seasonal quilt in where appropriate, or even an older quilt that’s related to something that’s currently on the design wall. Onward!

Shortly after ITMan and I married, we decided that I’d be much happier working at a fabric shop despite the cut in pay I’d take if I left my job in retail (and isn’t he the most awesome guy ever to be okay with that?). I went to work for Fabric Boutique in 1990 in Las Vegas, and at the time, the shop was more of a fabric store for dressmaking, with about one third of the shop devoted to a small selection of quilting cottons. I was hired for the dressmaking side obviously, as I didn’t even know what a rotary cutter was. :-) Continue reading

Sunday Stash and InchieSee Playtime

Last week I made a quick trip to my LQS to pick up my Pfaff 1475 with its brand new motherboard. Ouch on that. The machine is probably nearing 20 years old and it’s been packed up in the original box for about five years. When I took it out a few weeks back hoping to use it when my Bernina needed repairs, the Pfaff was DoA on the sewing table. It was NOT a great week to try to sew anything! :-(

Despite being essentially a backup machine these days, I decided I should go ahead and repair it now since it’s a really wonderful machine (one of the older Pfaff machines that was made in Germany before Husqvarna Viking bought Pfaff out and moved production to cheaper areas), and if I didn’t have it repaired now it wasn’t likely to get done at all as the parts for it are no longer manufactured. And who knows? One of my girls might eventually decide to sew and need a machine… maybe… okay I’m reaching here I know!

While I was at the LQS, I did the mad dash through the fabric in hopes to pick up some more of that yummy Kate Spain fabric that I ran short on, and maybe a couple of bluesy aquas to go with it. Continue reading