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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, December 25, 2014

Merry Christmas

Wishing all of my quilting friends a very Merry Christmas to you and your family this holiday season:

Wednesday, December 10, 2014

Who wouldn't want to do this!!!!

Hey there quilters, my quilt friend Charisma Horton shared this with me today so I told her I would make a blog post on it.  In Ephrata, WA there is a place called the Fabric Patches Retreat House. She shared with me this information: 

To my Quilty friends, I'm looking to see who would be interested in a 2015 retreat? With me? I've been able to lock in a great rate for my local quilt shops retreat sleeps 10 and I can book 4 days for 900$. If I can get enough interest I will schedule dates and take deposits. That means if we get 10 of us it would only be 90 for the four days. What deal!!!

Please let Charisma know if your interested, she is thinking sometime in April or end of March and then again maybe in October... Message Charisma and let her know if you are interested in joining in on the fun.

Tuesday, December 2, 2014

Bloc Builder for March/April GenQ Magazine

New Block for Block Builder
For Generation Q Magazine March/April 2015 issue the above diagram is the starter block that Scott has created for the Block Builder. Share your unpublished block sketched with Scott ( using jpeg format with a 300dpi) and you might win a prize if they print your sketch in their January/February 2015 issue, you'll win something special from Gen Q Stash closet. Entries are due to by December 10, 2014. Don't forget to include your name and full contact information, plus name of your design. Tell us a little bit about you and how you came up with the idea.... Good Luck and Happy Holidays Quilters!!!

Tuesday, September 23, 2014

Canning my Homemade Sauce

I decided to make my life very simple and easy. So as I usually do I decided to make homemade tomato sauce but with a twist. I wanted to relearn canning sauce. I did this one time probably about 40+ years ago. So I called my very good friend Cathy Hatch who is my true partner in crime when we work with the Red Cross. Anyway I got all the stuff and she brought her kit with her and this morning I did just that, Canned home made tomato sauce. I am thrilled to pieces. I shared on Facebook and got many responses as to what my recipe was. So not only will I share, but stay tuned for more recipes to come along with quilty stuff I will be sharing... Such a country girl I've become...

I am so thrilled after all was said and done I got 7 quarts of tomato sauce... The I found more ingredients to make even more... I think I won't have to buy any for a good long while..

Sally's Simple Tomato Sauce:

I want to first say that if you are using fresh Tomatoes remember that you need to prepare your tomatoes first, by blanching and peeling then seeding. Something I choose not to want to do and if I have to I will do it one time and one time only... I just don't want to have to deal with any of that work... Remember people I am a busy lady and I have a tone of stuff to do in life...

What I use for Ingredients:

3 large cans 29 oz. Stewed Tomatoes ( Any Brand will do)
4 cans 15oz. Tomato Sauce, not seasoned with and herbs
2 cans 6 oz. each Tomato Paste
2 Tablespoons of Olive Oil
2 Fresh Green Peppers
1 large Sweet Onion
3 teaspoons of minced Garlic
1 Tablespoon each of: Oregano, Basil,  and Parsley
1 cup of fresh grated Romano Cheese
2 cups of wine ( White or Red) divided ( One for the sauce and one for you as when making sauce one must stay hydrated and remain relaxed.

Chop up the Onions and Peppers coarsely and Sautee' in the Olive Oil. after onions become translucent and peppers are soft add remaining ingredients and simmer on low for 4 hours... Make adjustments to taste if you feel it may need a little more of one of the herbs... Remember the sauce is to your taste. You may even need more wine for both you and the sauce...
Next take the pot of sauce and let cool. This make take as long as 5 hours or more... Refrigerate overnight and then the next day heat the sauce up one more time. After the sauce is hot then you can follow the canning direction as stated on the "Ball" Mason Jar box or any Better Homes and Garden Cook Book has a section for canning sauces...

Feel free to find me on Facebook if you have any questions I would be glad to help out...

Wednesday, August 13, 2014

My Little Touch of Modern for the Table

     Hello there my quilty peeps. I sure hope the summer has treated you very well I have been very busy at work designing another treat for all of you with hopes to have it for sale very soon. I took a Layer Cake of Pat Sloan's Bobbins and Bits Batiks and Kona White and used  Aurifil Thread Mako Cotton No. 2024, Aurifil No.2810, and Aurifil  No. 4150 and created a table topper for my Pub Table. The pattern is quite easy to achieve, and is very versatile. This table topper functions in two ways.

     First the center block is removable and can be used as a hot pad for hot items. See pics below. Second the topper can be used as a table cover  and pace mat so maybe it has three functions to it.

   So lets check things out here it is as a table cover with and without the center:

With the center hot pad

Without the center hot pad

Now if you like that you may like this: Here it is with a full set up to make the table
look finished:
When I said this table topper had multiple functions I really meant it.  The center being removed makes it possible to place a glass on the table without the cup or glass sitting on bulk from the seams. The center can be used as a hot pad on an island of buffet:
You can even dress up the table very nicely with a simple candle:

So as you can see even the simplest of projects can be made into a sense of modern style. Thank you Pat for creating such beautiful fabric.

As always keep smiling and stay sewing!!!



Tuesday, July 15, 2014

A Look at Some Modern Flare

Every once in a while I like to feature a quilter I have followed whether it be Facebook, Twitter, Instagram, Pinterest or Flickr. Maybe all five... I started following this one designer/quilter about 4 1/2 yrs. ago, on twitter a social media site where you chat with one another using only 140 characters. Who in the heck can only type 140 characters while chatting with someone. I tell you it is plum crazy...Well I'm talking about Jane Davidson.
Jane has a style like no other.  She lives in Australia and writes, designs, and is a fantastic long arm quilter. She designs with modern flare, however she has made some contemporary & traditional looking quilts. I the opportunity of a lifetime last year when I went to Quilt Market and finally met Jane in person. She is lovely and we try very hard with both of our busy schedules to Skype as often as we can. Jane truly is a talent that needs to be shared. A person who has been willing to offer help and still keep up with teaching and quilting for customers.  

Here we are with other friends we met through twitter at the convention center in Houston in between the Moda School House Series classes. Again a opportunity of a life time...

I can always seek advice from many people who are willing to guide me in any task I truly want to achieve, but Jane really has helped me from day one. She is one smart cookie. Whether it is a computer program I am working on for a design or just seeking advice on how I should handle something Jane is usually there.

She is a continual contributor with her designs and support for Aurifil Thread and Moda Fabrics

Jane even has her own online shop where you can rulers, tools, notions, books, patterns and thread. Her shop is called Want It Need It Quilt It
She is even wrapping up her first publication is due out September 2014. I must say I am looking forward to seeing this, as I have had the pleasure of hearing about it...
This creative genius has been featured ten times on Moda Bake Shop click here to see her gorgeous works of art.


As well as all of the quilting projects Jane has done, she was recently featured in Quilters Companion:
Just gorgeous projects she has.

I even had the pleasure of receiving one of Jane's creations. About two years I was looking on twitter at a few things and noticed Jane posting a picture of one her delightful creations. I was so taken aback of the cuteness of this I had to share my comments. Not too long after that I got a wonderful surprise in the mail all the way from Australia. You tell me isn't this the cutest:
Jane is my featured quilter for July. Stay tuned for my next featured quilter. I hope you all enjoyed this post. I sure did...

Saturday, July 5, 2014

Playing with Fall Colors

Just because spring is in the air doesn't mean you cannot play with fall colors. I had these blocks in my stash of thing to make from a few years ago. I was going to put these blocks in a quilt and use it as surrounding blocks for a family tree quilt I ended up making a few years ago for my Mother in Law. So when I had a student over yesterday I decided to make a new table runner for my dining room. This is a Foundation Paper Piecing project and I used the design of the Massachusetts State Star. I hope you like it.

Friday, July 4, 2014

A Completed Project

How very kool is this. Back in April I was given a fabulous opportunity to teach a group of wonderful ladies from the Franklin County Arts Council.
The ladies working very hard on there project.
What would a class be without me getting into the mix of things
Me & Miss Lou, she is the sweetest lady ever... Can hardly wait to go visit her again...

Here is another picture of one of the ladies who attended the Woven Quilt Class. Her project she finished looks from here as a finished table runner. How beautiful can you get... No this isn't quilted. This student decided to modify her project to make a table runner using the same technique.

If you or your group want to learn this technique hop on over to my other web page at Sally's Quilting Corner and check out the page for lectures and workshops... I enjoyed this group of ladies so much and they made me feel so welcome... I hope to go visit them again sometime soon...

Thursday, July 3, 2014

A Blast from the Past

Good Morning Quilters, I have a blast from the past to share with you all. Way back in April of last year I hosted a Mystery Quilt Along. I had many friends from Facebook join in the fun... I was very luck to have a student message me on Facebook to share with me that she has finally gotten to the point of quilting her project. Jennifer Schifano Thomas from over at Curlicue Creations has created a beautiful version of a quilt I designed. This photo is of the main portion of the quilt I can hardly wait to see the finished quilt...

 She also wrote a blog post about it and posted it today. So hop on over to Curlicue Creations and check out the wonderful blog Jenn shares with us. She is a very talented lady who has been featured in Quiltmaker's 100 Block series magazine. I am thrilled and honored to be featured on her blog today. Thank you Jenn I am honored and thrilled... If you would like to host a class or lecture with your group jump on over to my web page at Sallys Quilting Corner and check out the Workshop & Lectures page. I would love to come visit you...

Thursday, June 26, 2014

My New Business Card

A new look for a new beginning. I now have completed my website with all the bells and whistles for what I offer.  I want to share with you all I am available for your guilds to lecture and do workshops. Come visit my website at Sallys Quilting Corner to see what I have to offer to your group.  So I also had new business cards created as part of the journey of new beginnings. So leave me a comment here and let me know what you think of this new look... I am here to be your creative coach with the art of quilting...

Check out what I have to offer and if there is something you want to learn contact me I am sure I can show you and your group how to do whatever it is you want to learn... Techniques, theme building, color coaching or lectures on organizing your space, I can guide you in the right direction to make your project go more smoothly...

Friday, June 20, 2014

Who Doesn't Love Mini's

Good Afternoon my quilty peeps! I am happy to share with all of you that I have entered a new phase in my quilting career... I have been following may pages and groups on Facebook and one of them is the MQX Page... One of my favorite people to follow is a gentleman by the name of Scott Murkin. A permanent judge for MQX (Machine Quilters Expo). He is one of the nicest people I have met. The first quilt I entered into the show was called Crossflower Boxes. A quilt I designed and wrote the pattern for. I have seen Scott create some beautiful blocks over the past few months and most recently he has been posting quilting blocks using the FPP method. For those who don't know FPP means Foundation Paper Piecing. Piecing using a foundation (in this case, paper) for stabilization and accuracy. Foundation piecing is also done with muslin or stabilizer foundation.

There are many videos on how to master FPP, so check out YouTube...

Here is a photo of the original Crossflower Boxes which is 43" x43":

 Tomorrow the FPP begins and I can only imagine how hard those tiny little yellow and white & green and white HST's will be to sew... We must remember that the needle size and stitch size is key here...
I have decided to take this quilt and created it as a mini and shrinking it to a 17" x 17" a challenge yes. However if Scott Murkin can do this I guess I can sure give it the ole' college try... I did alter it a wee bit, however it basically the same...  I have some photo's of Scott's marvelous creation to share with you... He is uber talented and I hope I can come close to the perfection that he has accomplished..

How freaking crazy is this! Holy crapoid!!!!
Tiny isn't the word I would use for this!
Tiny winy is exactly what this is!!!
 And check out this magnificent work of art... I can only hope I can make my quilt as good as this... Fingers crossed my friends. I will need a miracle to pull this off..
 And if that isn't enough, here is another project he is working on. The only thing I can say is "INTERVENTION"!!!!!!!!!!!!!

This is the back of the block. Look how little the stitches are...  I sure hope you enjoyed this post and the original quilt pattern is available for sale all you have to do is comment here and let me know if you are interested in wanting my Crossflower Boxes...

Friday, June 6, 2014

My Trip to Bar Harbor

How could I go away to Bar Harbor and not share photos. I decided a few months back that my husband and I both needed desperately to get away... The work load for both of us has gotten total ridiculous. So with that said I sought some help and then the trip to Bar Harbor was booked. I gave my husband a trip away to the Acadia Birding Festival and this was a trip that wasn't going to be successful unless we found fabric/quilt shops.. So last week we took off for Maine... Such a beautiful state.. So here is where you will see the photos... Hope you all like. And I must confess I did act a bit crazy while I was there... So let us begin the journey I had in Maine with my husband who took all the photos and didn't pose for one of them even when asked...

Our Hotel very nice pretty and just very relaxing...

 Outside the balcony of our room, I named this deer Fred! He was kinda shy but stood still long enough for me to take his picture.

 I just couldn't resist taking a photo of this Moose down the road from our hotel.

 So what's a trip to Maine if you as a quilter didn't go to a few quilt shops.. I just totally couldn't resist. The ladies in this quilt shop were such a hoot.. They were helpful and made me laugh...

 And this quilt shop the ladies were right on top of their A game when it came to finding what I needed...
Here are some photos of the Azalea Garden we visited. Some of  the most beautiful flower bushes I have seen.

 The boat pier outside our room where you could take boat tours of the harbor.

Downtown Bar Harbor:


 Who the hell put that moose on top of that building? The Moose lights up at night time... Very kool indeed!!!
 I think I had better get off the cannon before they set it off, just joking...
Love the little shops that they have here. They are quaint and the people are also quaint...

Kookiest thing ever and they really do let you ride this dragon OMG!!! Funnest part of the day...

 Who would of thunk it a Rexall Pharmacy and it was closed however I peaked in the window and yep it was set up in the same way they did way back in the day... Of course this was way before my time. Wink Wink!!

 And last but not least what a fitting way to support those Gold Star Families by putting a sign up on the highway, wish they did that here in Massachusetts...