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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, 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. 

Thursday, March 30, 2017

March Mini Madness

This month's challenge is to create a project 24" x 24". We were told to create a project that is paper pieced. Whether English Paper Pieced or Foundation Paper Pieced as long it was paper pieced.  

So I decided on foundation Paper Pieced project and chose to use the fabric line Sweet Nectar 

See the quilt down here with the light background next to the daisy, that's mine with the purple flowers...

I used the Westalee Template Sampler Set by Westalee Designs.

And used Superiors Fantastico Multi-colored  Thread that goes with this fabric line