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

Work in Progress: From the Depths of the UFO Cabinet

I had an idea the other day that sent me digging through my UFO stash. Years ago, and I mean a LOT of years, I made a bunch of Jacket Jazz jackets. Remember those from the books by Judy Murrah?? I started making those in 1993 I think! I still have the jackets I made, except maybe one or two that I sold instead of keeping for myself. I LOVED making them, and I even taught a bunch of other folks to make them when we were stationed in Stuttgart, Germany. Heck, these jackets were my transition from sewing clothing and evening wear like this: Continue reading

A Love-ly Finish for Valentine’s Day

Have you ever had a quilt that went together so well that you were left wondering how you managed it? I mean, I have the ones that refuse to be friendly and fight with me from beginning to end quite frequently, so when I get one that’s extra cooperative it’s definitely a pleasure and a bonus!

I had a set of Inchies that didn’t work out for another project quite some time ago, and they’ve been sitting around in a bag waiting for a home ever since. They weren’t really “Valentine” colors, but I thought I could work them in to a small project for the season anyway. This was another one of those projects without a plan, so I was doubly rewarded that I like it so well now that it’s finished! Continue reading

Work in Progress Wednesday–Coloring Outside the Lines Update

Work In Progress Wednesday at Freshly Pieced

Edit2: I linked this WIP Wednesday post up at Freshly Pieced today. If you found your way here from over there, welcome! For regular readers, if you’d like to see lots more inspiring WIP Wednesday projects, visit Freshly Pieced!

EDIT: Yep, you can tell it’s been a bit of a crazy day around here, since I posted this on Tuesday… instead of Wednesday! /sigh

Waaaay back in September, I wanted to make a simple quilt, something I could just make, and get lost in the process. I don’t think I actually said it out loud or in the post, but I probably also wanted something quick. Unfortunately, this project wasn’t any of those things! If it had been, it probably would already be done and gracing the chair in the bedroom instead of still lolling about in my studio. :-P Continue reading