Monday, March 26, 2012


Good morning, everyone!

It's been a busy time and I wanted to show you one of the several things that came across my machine this weekend!

This is going to be a quilt for P&B Textile's "Felicity" line.  I think it came out great!  I'm just waiting on the fabric for the back and then I'll pull it all together.

 My twin sister is in town for spring break and we enjoyed sewing with our mom this weekend.  We're working on a really neat project that I'll display once we all have our parts of it completed.  It's going to be a really neat family project!

The Tudor gals enjoying some family sewing time!

Hope everyone is having a great Monday!

-- Alison


Friday, March 23, 2012

Chalk Board project

Lenora has wanted to paint a section of wall with chalk board paint for a long time. So with her birthday coming up next month I decided to use some of my free time, before more fabric and quilt jobs arrive, to make her a chalk board. A long time ago I bought this horrible painting at a garage sale and it's been sitting on our garage ever since.

  I took the painting out, refinished the wood frame and bought a nice piece of birch 1/4" board. I cut the board to size and painted it with the chalk board paint. I love the way it turned out... Couldn't wait for her birthday!  On this door in the kitchen we used to have a dart board so I repurposed the dart board hanger to hold the frame.  I'm gonna run to Hobby Lobby today to look for something to hold the chalk.

Thursday, March 22, 2012

Opt Art wall hanging finished... Again

I didn't like the way the quilting looked after I had finished so this morning I decided to put some more thread in it. I think it looks a lot better now.

Monday, March 19, 2012

Happy Monday!

Hello, everybody!!!

I've been working on the starts of my next quilt for The Quilter Magazine.  I've been trying to streamline the method of construction as I go along so I can provide an easy to follow pattern along with the quilt. 

These little pinwheels will go in the sashing at the corners of the blocks.  I just love the colors in this fabric line!

Hope everyone has a great day!!!

-- Alison

Friday, March 16, 2012

Wonky Houses

Wonky Houses I Spy Baby Quilt

I finished this little quilt yesterday, I think it came out cute.  I shipped the quilt to McCalls for the magazine and now I have a few days to breathe before more fabric arrives from P&B Textiles for two more quilts for a couple of their new collections.


 I love my BL Symphony it is super easy to use, light, quiet, powerful, fast, one of the fastest machines out there. It comes with tons of accessories, 17 feet and something like 460 stitches.    It has a 8-5/16" harp which is smaller than I wanted but I can live with it. I love the huge quilting table that comes with it. For $2000 it seems far better and easier to use than the $7000 Bernina. I HAD to have a thread cutting function and a nice table and I wanted at least a 10" harp. To have those things your only choice of Bernina (which I really thought I wanted) was the expensive and complicated 820. I hated it. I wanted to sit down and sew without a huge learning curve and it is very intuitive and easy to use.  I'm very pleased!
Ruby and Jodie in the bluebonnets.  I'm so proud of them, I asked them to sit and stay and they DID!

Happy spring everyone... until our corners meet again.

Tuesday, March 13, 2012

Traded in my Bernina 820

I traded in the new Bernina B820 for a Baby Lock Symphony yesterday. I was not impressed with the Bernina in any way. The BL is light, smooth, powerful and very user friendly for half the cost.

Monday, March 12, 2012

A New Design

Good Monday morning, everyone.

Seems we had a time change...  Is anyone awake yet? 

What I'm working on is a new design for the October issue of McCall's magazine.  The fabric is from P&B Textiles from their line called earthtones.

Here's all that new fabric that I was sooo anxious to cut into!

And here is a sneak peak at the new quilt...

While working on this my Janome started acting up and I decided to take the plunge and look at getting a new machine.  My mom and I were both dreaming of a Bernina.  My mom wound up with a 440 Quilter's Edition and she is IN LOVE!

I really got brave and decided on the B820 QE.  But I am not as in love with it as I really want to be, especially for the price.  So far I just wish I could sew on it.  There's hardly any machine on it - it's all computer.  This is really awesome and all that, but I really just want to sew!  I'm not sure this is going to work out for me and it really makes me miss my Janome.  I was thinking seriously about getting a Janome 7700 before this.  Anyone out there have any words of wisdom???

B 820 QE

I hope everyone has a great Monday!  Grab another cup of coffee and be glad for that extra sunshine this afternoon!

Until our corners meet again,

-- Alison

Monday, March 5, 2012

What's Brewing Monday

Hello everyone!

My twin sister and my mother have been waiting on me to complete my portion of a family quilt we are making.  The idea was for all of us to make enough blocks for a quilt, and then switch them so that there is a third of our blocks in each quilt making them all three all of ours.  Now it even looks like we'll be able to make enough blocks to complete a fourth quilt for my sister who does not quilt.  I have completed 64 "T" blocks and have to go to 130.  I have still a lot to do, but hopefully I can knock it out pretty quickly now that I'm between projects for a few days.

Here is a link to the pattern to see what the finished quilts will look like:

Hope everyone is enjoying a good start to the week!

-- Alison