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My name is Sally Johnson and I adore quilting... I have lived on Cape Cod since 1974 and I am married and have two sons...

Thursday, September 14, 2017

Back to School with Dick and Jane.

Back and I mean way back in the day of grammar school in the 60's I recall my parents making sure we had all we needed to start the Back to School Blog Hop is just that back to school.

So with that said I as a child was given every year the usual new shoes and new outfits or at least new to me. Though we didn't have a ton of money one thing my grandmother always managed to do is to give us a new blanket or quilt every year. See my grandmother and mother taught me to sew and quilt when I was 5years old on an old fashion treadle machine. That machine now long gone from a fire I have kept sewing on various machines. 

The line of fabric I was given this year was Rise and Shine! I love this fabric. Very simple but with a sense of country tied into it.
I love the fun primary colors that we learn about in kindergarten. Luscious yellows, bright blues, Watermelon Reds and earth blowing greens that just tied the whole quilt together.

 Here is the full view of the finished quilt minus binding. Yes I am bad I didn't have time for binding which will be in red. The yellow I used Sweet Nectar fabric because I needed a piece large enough for border. I love how it fit right in.

 Very fitting for back to school is to have the American made pencil (Ticonderoga Pencil) along side of the ever loving composition notebook and text book.

 When I was in Kindergarten I was especially loving the fact that I was part of the classic Dick & Jane book series. One of my favorite books as a child.

When I was having issue with my sweet Jazzy Janome and she finally met her maker after some 800 quilts I was forced to obtain a new machine. So I looked into something newer. 

 Meet my new baby!!! I am still looking for a name for her so if you have suggestions please feel free to make a comment here.

 She makes super feathers

And what's better is I mastered how to do ribbon candy quilt design by watching a video by Debby Brown. Love me Ribbon Candy 

 I also love making swirls.

I used a great variegated thread by Sulky of America. Thank you Kelly Nagel for all my pretty Thread. This quilt sparked a new journey in this business for me to take an online class offered by Sulky to become a certified teacher. So Beginning in October I will be going back to school with Sulky!!!!!! Woot Woot!!!

So here we go, Who loves give-a-ways?  
Here's how to enter:
Follow my blog, Leave a comment here, and tell me what you like about this project. Your name will be entered into a drawing for a package of Island Batik Fabrics. 
Doesn't it look yummy!

Monday, August 7, 2017

Island Batik Box Reveal #2


How great it was to open this box. The amount of fabric that we get from Island Batik is amazing. I hope you all like what I got. 

Monday, July 31, 2017

Oh Baby!!!

Oh Baby!!!! Ooh lala!!!!!
I have to say when this theme came out I was torn as I never thought I would be making a baby quilt. But with the collection Rise and Shine I was able to implement colors and simplicity to create something. As I contemplated what to do I enjoyed some time with my baby boy who isn't a baby any longer who surprised me with the day he was arriving for a visit. He took leave from the Air Force to come enjoy some of the beautiful Cape Cod weather, see friends, family and squeeze in some mommy son time which I savor because it is far and few between the amount I can see him. Then I was torn in leaving because I had already signed up to take classes and attend the 40th Anniversary celebration of the Maine Quilt Show. I took classes with Pat Delaney, saw the oh so popular Debby Brown from Debby Brown Quilts, and share a room with a very good friend of mine Linda Pearl. We certainly enjoyed ourselves with the conversation of hotel sewing.  

We first began by setting up shop with our sewing machines and other tools of the trade.  Then of course we needed to set up a cutting table which meant the TV had to be moved. After all of that we had to go and relax which meant dinner at Margarita's which consisted of som yummolicious mexican food followed by a coconut martini. So scrumptious that having two would be a devilish act. Then nothing would be accomplished. Both Linda and I completed projects and felt awesome with what we had done.

 After dinner dessert was definitely a very needed item since we had a suite I just had to have gelato. My friend Teri Lucas from Generation Q Magazine Suggested this brand for which I had already known about it. It is so lethal that just a scoop or two is so not enough. Let's just say that it took only a day or so for me to finish this jar of lusciousness.

So then on day three the Oh Baby quilt had to be created. I used leftover fabric from this bundle, as well as my fabric from Rise and Shine. Island Batik definitely out did themselves with the accepting the creation of this line... 

Simple piecing for a simple yet snuggly baby quilt.


 Simplicity at it's best

 What better way to quilt this quilt that is simple in design, then to add simple large scale stipples to it.

I started with a simple blog using my Accuquilt Go Big! 

        And then choosing a block to make using the Accquilt Go! Cube. Talk about how easy it was to cut this quilt out. It took me about an hour to cut everything I needed to make this nine block quilt.  

And above is the piece de resistance' A baby quilt made for a future snuggly baby. But, until then it will be in my stash to use for trunk shows... Onward and upward to start my next quilt. Truth be told I don't care for Quilt As You Go technique but that's the theme and I am sticking to it.  Until next time stay happy and keep quilting!!!

Friday, July 7, 2017

When Life Throws You Lemons You Create Curves

Life for this project threw me many curves, that suddenly turned into lemons. Some of my fellow Ambassadors knew my Jazzy Janome had to get repaired and it took much longer than I ever thought. But low and behold Jazzy is up running and working just Marvelous!!!! 

My fabric choice for this project was from Rise and Shine

And I had a blast to finally make this wall hanging.

 What in the world would come of all this fabric that has been fused.

 I used Sue Peland's Leaves Galore Ruler to make my curvy strips

It makes the best curvy strips...

 So then I wanted to make a center piece for my project, so I fused a sun on top of those curvy strips.

 Then came quilting... This was the most tedious because This was when Jazy broke down and needed the timing fixed. Ugh!!! I hate when that happens... However you can see I got this quilted and this bad boy up!!!

 I tried to quilt many designs. And wanted to mimic the curved strips around the sun of my curvy raise. 

Made a few feathers and ribbons. 

 I love how the red binding looks on this.

 But most of all I love how this spool of Wonder Fill from my friend Debby Brown from Debby Brown Quilts makes this quilt pop. I got this thread from her last November when I went to the Pinwheels Quilt show in western Mass. Debby is a Handi Quilter educator and is loaded with great ideas. Thank you Debby for my thread. It worked perfectly for this project...

Wednesday, May 31, 2017

Modern Batik Challenge

So better late than never. I was able to get this far on this project before my machine decided to bite the proverbial dust. 

So I at least this project got this far and my machine will be up and running soon
Rise n' Shine is the fabric I chose for this piece that is my second modern piece I have ever done. 

Diamonds Gone Wrong

I hope all all of you like the simplicity of this project. I took a 10 inch block, and a two and one half inch strip and wanted to make a diamond shape. As you can see this blonde chick went and did something WRONG!!!!

Now onto June's Challenge dealing with curves...

Wednesday, May 17, 2017

Spring Clean Your Studio

When I read on Facebook about a Spring Cleaning Studio Bog Hop I was more than thrilled to participate. I can't thank Cheryl Sleboda enough for the proverbial kick the in cyber pants for doing this task that honestly I have put off for far too long.  Here are some before pics that look like my studio looks like. You would think a tornado went through the room. Honestly speaking I have been quite busy working on projects for Island Batik, and hosting a retreat all while working three jobs. 

So here are the before pictures of what looks like a tornado came through and destroyed this poor sewing studio. Wait til you see the after pics. And to think it only took a few days that turned in to a few weeks

Life couldn't be better now that things are more organized. Here are the after photos:

Couldn't resist to show pics of my mom grammy, and my sister. Plus my sons baby hat.

Reorganized some of my fabric stash. More pics to come of all my fabric.

Now that you have seen what I have done take that hop over to the other peeps involved in this blog hop:

May 1st: Teri Lucas:
May 2nd: Tammy Silvers:
May 3rd: Emily Breclaw:
May 4th: Amalia Moursiewicz
May 5th: John Kubiniec:
May 6th: Debby Brown:
May 7th: Melissa Marie Collins:
May 10th: Sam Hunter:
May 11th: Dale Ashera-Davis:
May 12th: Sara Mika:
May 14th: Carma Halterman
May 17th: Sally Johnson:
May 19th: Shruti Dandekar:
May 20th: Jane Davila
May 21st: Ebony Love:
May 22nd: Cheryl

I cannot thank Cheryl enough for giving me and all of us the push to organize and clean my studio.