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Tuesday, 24 February 2009 22:44

The purple quilt is finally finished!  I named this beauty CRAZY COINS, simply because it is off set and wonky.  Sometimes life just seems a little off and when I look at this quilt I feel "better" about my crazy day!  All those beautiful purple fabrics just make me smile and want to laugh out loud!  I love the way a quilt will make me feel a certain way and change my mood with a simple glance of it.  Try stepping outside your box and make a quilt or quilted project with something wild, crazy or just plain different from anything you might have made before.  Call it your "FUN" project and see if you don't smile just a little more!  I love what I do!


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Sunday, 22 February 2009 23:18

The purple blocks in this quilt project are not your normal "square" type of quilt blocks...one more way I am stepping outside the box! My sisters are saying, "Kathleen has her "own" kind of scary box"!  Oh, my favorite sisters have such a fond way of showing how much they want to be "ME" when they grow up.  It's ok girls...say it out loud!  

I needed 42 blocks to make the quilt I am planning, and each block only took 15 minutes each...it flew by.  I couldn't believe all these little units were stacking up so fast!  That container I organized to hold this project is going to be emptied out quick...stop by soon to see the outcome of this fun quilt!


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Sunday, 22 February 2009 14:15

Isn't she a beauty?  I bought this wonderful little singer featherweight about 5 years ago, but I wish I could tell everyone that it belonged to my grandmother and she sewed on it regularly.  But...NOT SO MUCH!  If either one of my grandmothers sewed on a Singer Featherweight it is unknown by me.  So, instead of telling people about the wonderful family link of my Singer Featherweight, I just say I got her on E-bay from a nice lady in NJ.  My husband, being the "attention to the detail" kind of guy that he is, buffed and shined this little gem to it's original grandeur.  If you click on the picture to enlarge it, you will see how great the detail is of  the gold work on the bed of the machine.  She sews like a dream, and weighs only 11 pounds.  I got the black case and the tray for the interior of the case also...all of it was in great shape, including the handle on the case.  Do you have one of these little beauties?

Once again, not a question for my sisters, who no doubt have no idea what a Singer Featherweight is!



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Tuesday, 17 February 2009 19:32

Do you name your quilts or quilted projects?  I think this is one of most fun parts of making a quilt.  I give a title or name to everything I make, it just makes it more real to me.  A little more compulsive behavior you say?  Maybe!

The picture shown here is a quilt I made several years ago, and it's a class I've taught.  Even though it is a Fall quilt I wanted to use this one as an example as to how I name my quilts and quilted projects.  This quilt is called "Fall Whimsy"  and it goes in a full store display that has like colorings and similar fabrics across the many projects that are in that particular display.  When I make a store display, I try to pull fabrics that not only go well together for the theme I am planning, but I try to make sure that I have at least one to two yards of each of those fabrics, so I can use as many of the fabrics in every project in the display.  While I am in store display "mode" for any particular theme I jot down words that come to mind when I think of that theme.  This helps me come up with the titles and names for all of the projects.  It's just a FUN way to bring the whole project together and it puts a memory to the quilt so it will easily become a small part of THE QUILTED STORY!


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Tuesday, 17 February 2009 13:59

I would have never guessed in a million years that I would love Purple as much as I do now.  I purchase purple fabrics alot and my stash can prove it!  It's clear where the obsession comes from.  My daughter attends a college where the colors are purple and orange, my son graduated from the same college.  For the past 10 years my fabric stash has become overflowing with both purple and orange.  One might think those two colors are really not all that attractive when you think of them in a quilt...but let's step outside the box here for a moment and see what comes of it!  Here's the latest in the Purple Quilt...once again that wonderful plastic container has shown up to fulfill it's duties!


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