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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...

Monday, September 26, 2011

Welcome My Blogger Guest

Hi everyone! I am so excited to be over here at Sally's place to share a little organizational tip I got from my friend Gail who is a quilt teacher at The Berry Patch in Fort Worth.
Sally has been doing an organizational series and when she asked for ideas I said I have a way of folding and storing my yardage that works real well.




If your fabric is wrinkled I suggest pressing it first, you'll see why at the end.
Fold your fabric selvage to selvage. You will have a 22" x Length of Fabric (LOF) piece.
Fold the fabric in half again. You will have a 11" x LOF.
Get a ruler, any size will do. I like to use my 8" x 14" ruler. Place the fabric on a table and put the ruler on top of it. Start rolling the fabric around the ruler. Once you get to the end you can slip the ruler out. See next post for give aways, and how you can win.

Sunday, September 25, 2011

Join me on Twitter

Every Tuesday night there are a group of quilters that are connnected with twitter and follow Cara Wilson at http://www.caraquilts.com/ and join a group called http://www.talkintuesdays.blogspot.com/  The group of people that join this quilting and sewng forum chat for two hours about a variety of thing relating to threads used, fabric choices, techniques and fabric styles... Cara Wilson is the host of this wonderful chat, so I asked if I could sponsor this weeks chat. I am pleased to say I will be sponsoring this Tuesday's September 27th at 9pm EST.  The best way to connect is though http://www.tweetchat.com/ 


I would like to take this opportunity to introduce a very talented designer and quilter by the name of Sharon Pernes. She has graced me with the pleasure of giving me a great organizational tip on how to fold fabric to help keep you fabric clean, neat and organized... Sharon is from Texas, where we all know it has been "Super Hot!" I can't imagine how she has the energy to design and quilt such beautiful quilts in the heat she has experienced in Texas. Go visit her blog http://www.craizeecorner.blogspot.com/  She has fabulous items, and hosts many other people on her blog... Sharon Rocks!!! Thanks Sharon for coming over and visiting my blog.


Join in on the two give aways... All you have to do is follow my blog, leave a comment and that gets you entered in the drawing for the give away... I look forward to seeing many of you on Tuesday night. Oh and trust me when I say we have a great time...








The first picture is of the 2 1/2 " strips from Connecting Threads called "Whirldwind Romance Whisper Strips" and the second prize is of of the Thread Holder from Connecting threads...  So I do hope you join us for a night of fun...

Friday, September 23, 2011

A Finished Background of Pat Sloan's Quilt

This quilt backgound is complete and ready for me to start putting applique pieces on... However I am baffled and stuck. I love how my background very much but I feel that it can stand alone...  Her quilt titled "Ma -Ma's Garden" is an absolutley gorgeous I am displaying the handout Pat gave us in class... this quilt has so much going on but I just can't move forward with my background... Share your thoughts through comments, and follow my blog... You can also find me on facebook and twitter...


So with this photo of Pat's Quilt
you can see how much is going on... I love all of the applique she has done, it is spectacular... I just can't
see myself putting this much on my quilt. What is your thoughts, please share... I invite you to see Pat Sloans blog at http://www.patsloan.com/ to see some her wonderful creations.

Wednesday, September 21, 2011

A Workshop with Pat Sloan

First I would like to say that todays post has nothing to do with organization. I am sharing with all of you my trip up to Bevery, MA to the Beverly Quilt Guild...I am so stunned at how relaxed and how much fun I had at this class... It was based on auditioning color and applique... We had a demonstration of applique but my piece didn't get that far. I created the main body of the quilt and it shows a lot of autum colors... The many pictures I am going to show you are of Pat Sloan's gorgeous quilts and our interpretation of her design and to audition our colors...


This is the one Pat Sloan made and brought to show us...The applique on this is so neat looking... I love how country it is...


The rest of these are from the group of women who created their version of the main section of the background of the quilt... I hope you enjoy... It was a fun day for everyone...






Friday, September 16, 2011

Picnic Fun

Last weekend my husband went fishing with our neighbor and friends and Stripe Bass was caught... Our neighbor gave us this beautiful piece and I topped it with chopped lobster meat, seasoning, bread crumbs, and lemon and butter... We grilled it up and it was sooo yummy...



I also started making this table runner that was made with fabric from Keepsake Quilting and it has all kinds of fruit in it, something I always bring with me on a picnic... I do hope you like this. I know I need to make a bindng for this but I ran out of fabric, so this is a great excuse to go shopping...

Wednesday, September 14, 2011

Weekly Organizational Tip #5

Welcome Quilters and Crafters:

I would like to share with you once again my ideas that I get from a group of people on Talkin' Tuesday Tweetchat. I found these people on Twitter and they are so fun to chat with... The ideas I get are fantastic...

I am sharing with you the idea of what to do with left over thread... One of the women I chat with is Kitty Pearl from (RoadHome Quilting) and her thought of the week is when you have finished piecing a quilt take the bobbin and save it to create a paper piecing quilt. Her thought was that you could use the English paper piecing technique and make a Hexy Quilt. Thank you Kitty for this tip. This tip is fanastic...   Not only can you use thread that you otherwise would place in a draw for another rainy day, or maybe forget about it, but to use it to creat a quilt is awesome. Waste Not Want Not!

I use my left over bobbin to blind stitch my binding for my quilts. Most times my thread matches and it makes it easier for me to bring a small bobbin of thread with me as I usually buy spools of thread in bulk and they are very large and take up too much space. 

Though this is not an organizational tip it is a great way not to waste thread that otherwise could be quite costly...

Being organized is not for everyone. We always make suggestions to organize our lives. New Years Resolutions, and Goals for the month are great but lets face it not everything we do for ourselves is good for anyone else. The idea and goal must be good for you and only you. I love to share my ideas and tips with all of you and if there is something here that  you don't see and want information on please leave a comment, with email so I can respond back to you. I would love to do the leg work of getting information for you and to share with others... I also invite you to follow me on Facebook, Twitter and to follow my blog. You comments, advice and ideas are all welcome. I look forward to hearing from all my fellow quilters...
If you are piecing a Hexy Quilt, this make for easy travel as well for those times you go away and need extra space in your luggage for those purchases from the quilt store (hint, hint)...

Monday, September 12, 2011

Getting Back to Basics

Now that summer is coming to an end and Fall is on its way, what can be easier than being as basic as Apples and Oranges... These two potholders I made today is one way to get back to the basics of those one pot dishes, hot cocoa, football games and snuggling by the fire... I thought I would share with all of you the simplicity of these two items I hope you like them... 

Trapunto Quilting

On last weeks tweet chat some one asked about Trapunto Quilting. I found this video on you tube so I thought I would share with all of you what I learned. I do hope you like this video, and that you all learn from this video. I know I learned something new...  http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=uZracYi4ooI

Got a Yummy Package in the Mail Today

I received the best package in the mail this morning so  it is only right to share this with all of you.

I received this wonderful fabric from Pat Sloan's shop. I can hardly wait to create something very fun with it... Her selection was great and so easy to order. And talk about fast, I ordered this last week and it arrived in less than a week. Thanks Pat for showing such great stuff...

Wednesday, September 7, 2011

Weekly Organizational Tip #4

I must say that on Tuesday night twitter has a wonderful group of people that sign up for Talkin' Tuesday. This is a website sponsored by Carasquilts, by Cara Wilson. She is a wonderful person to talk to on line, and I am privledged to be part of a great group of very talented quilters and crafters. These people men and women come together on the internet and join in on an open discussion on various topics. I just so happens that last night the discussion circled around the topic of organization. How special for me... I ask for topics from these people so that I may continue to share with all of you on a weekly basis.


The response I got was very good. I got six ideas and so for the next six weeks I will share with all of you an idea given by one of the people, giving them credit for the tip, and put my twist on it. I do hope you enjoy.




Ok so here it goes. The first idea is from Sharon Pernes a twitter friend. She was talking about how to store your fabrics. She said there is a way you can fold fabrics so you can be organized , and keep like colors together I feel that if you store fabrics in a clear container or a zippered bag so that you can see what you have, and lable the outside of the bag with the color or die lot # from the bolt and the yardage, you will then know at a glance if you have the right color and the correct amount for the project you want to start.

If you wish to share your ideas on how to store fabric or organize your fabric, please feel free to share in the comments section below I would love to hear your ideas...