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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...

Saturday, February 23, 2013

My Class at JoAnn's

Last night I had the pleasure of teaching a group of women at Jo Ann Fabric's how to make a piece a quilt block. Not sure what this block is called some call it Churn Dash and I thought it was more of a Shoo Fly block with strips added. Nonetheless, we had a great time loads of laughs and there blocks came out great. Here are the pics.

This block is what I was teaching the girls to piece.
Here is the block student #1 did. I love her happy Easter fabric and color choices were great.
Student # 2 chose some very bright fun colors and the floral fabric made everything in the block pop.
No matter how good a block turns out, I have to say this is my favorite block of the bunch because I think her color choices are so me ...
Student #3 made this block with sweet soft pastel purples and
it fits her personality. She is a sweet quiet girl who has a definite hidden talent.
Student #4 made this block and I love this fabric choice. Totally fits my personality and style.
think her block came out wonderful. She was great to work with just as the others were.
The entire group made this experience a whole lot of fun.
Student # 5 was the laugh of the party. She was smart funny and had the spunk
any teacher would want in her class.
Her block had the great fabric with geometric shape and bold colors that made
everything here pop.
So with that said I have to say for my first class I couldn't have ask for a better bunch of people to teach. I sure hope I get the opportunity to meet this group of people again. Thank you gang for making this experience one of the best I could ever have.

Sunday, February 17, 2013

My Red Cross Charity quilt for Silent Auction

Well gang the quilt top is done and all ready to be sandwiched and quilted. It will be done in plenty of time for Red Cross event in April. This quilt is going to be one of the items offered in a silent auction early in April to help raise money for the Cape and Islands Chapter of the American Red Cross.  Remember Red Cross operates on the donated dollar and every penny helps out especially when we open shelters, assist families with fires or natural disasters occur Red Cross is there with open arms to help you out. During our latest blizzard here in the northeast we serviced more than 500 clients over 5 days in one of three of our shelters opened on the Cape... That was a lot of time we all volunteered and I am proud to be part of a great group of people...

I sure hope we get some great bids in this. Leave me
your thoughts and tell me what you like about it. I soon will have this and other patterns for sale in my blog shop beginning at the end of March...

My next task is to quilt this and how to quilt it... I like to add feathers and swirls and stippling. And on, and on and on I go... If you have ideas share I would love to hear from all of you...

Tuesday, February 5, 2013

A Table Topper for Valentines Day

It being the month for love and today being "National Pancake Day" I love Pancakes "YUMMO"!!!  I thought I would share with all of you the love I have for sewing and quilting. I began this adventure many many years ago. I started sewing as a young girl back in Connecticut and have always wanted to do more. but as time carried on I grew up doing all of the normal everyday stuff kids do. I played sports a little bit. When I say that, I say I was on the track team in middle school. I played the flute and tried my hand at playing the piano. I hung out with my friends and went to the movies, and did the stuff girls do; listen to the radio, watch television, and chatted about boys. And Boy! did we do that. Had the allotted sleepovers, makeup parties and of course we all had our chance of getting in that we bit of trouble. some of us more than others...

So with that said I decided kind of late in the game that I would make a complete lifestyle change. Three years ago in April, I left my full-time job in corporate healthcare and chose to take a bit of time time myself. My husband who was not totally on board with this managed to come to terms with my choice, especially when I when had racked up a ton of vacation and sick time and was able to collect all of it.  He then was a bit on board. Especially since I got paid for all that time off. So I took a total of nine weeks off from work. The best nine weeks of my life. That is when I began to become serious about sewing and quilting. I made my first quilt seen here you would think I would have done something easy, YA! not so easy I always jump into complex and difficult projects. check this out:

Does this even come close to being easy or simple. I'd say NO WAY BABY!!! My very first quilt. looks great from far away but trust me it has so many erros I would have gotten a grade of "F" on this for sure. Stitches are not regulated, there are many, many,many puckers in this and the applique'. Let's not go there.

So as time went on I became much better at my art of sewing and quilting. I came to terms with the fact that this life style change was totally for the best and now in such a short period of time, I've been published twice working on the 3rd and 4th publication of another quilt in April and an essay in June for a well known quilt magazine. Who would have figured I would be published after just three years. Not thinking this is something that happens that quick...

Enough of my gabbing, I am here to share the project I made for this Valentines Day. I do hope all of you like it and I really want to hear from all of you. I am luck to have so many followers. So share your thoughts.

Have a Wonderful Day All!!!


Friday, February 1, 2013

I Finally Finished MaMa's Garden from Pat Sloan

Hello Gang I am thrilled to say I finally finished my quilt
from the two classes in two years from Pat Sloan . Her class was color auditioning and then how to applique'.
This quilt called Mamma's Garden was a ton of fun and I am thrilled I finished this quilt. I have gotten a lot of positive reactions to it... I hope you like it too...