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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, 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...