Sunday, September 21, 2014

Blue Ridging to Beat the Band!

Chain those 4 patches in the same direction only!  Spin those seams in the same direction!  Trim those dog ears – ALWAYS!

Quilt nazi?  NO—just some helpful “makes sense!” stream-lining for great results and less stress and much more quilty-pleasure!

Our last day of seminar in Amherst, NY with a great group of wonderful ladies ---many who had been with me all week long.  I have the powers-that-be to thank for putting our most relaxing class as last in the line up.  Many of us who were energinzed and raring to go on day 1 were dragging our tails by day 4---there was SO MUCH SEWING going on all through the week!

Saturday, September 20, 2014

Galaxy-Gram! Blue Ridge Beauty Buffalo Style!

It's our last workshop day in Amherst, New York!

These ladies are troopers, and many have taken up to as much as three workshops with me in the past 3 days!

Yesterday was a tough one with many segments rapid fire over the course of the day, today we are working at a slower more relaxed pace spending the morning four-patches, and this afternoon triangles using the Easy Angle ruler.

Deep in Crumbville, NY!

Crumbs Crumbs Crumbs class is a fast paced, switch-it-up-every-45-minutes scrappy packed bundle of excitement!

Within the time frame given, quilters work on one unit until it’s time to switch gears, receive another demo, and move off into free form piecing the next unit!

We go from basic crumb block construction to Maverick Stars, to Wonky Hearts and an introduction to pieced letters ---and the  laughter and chatter is infectious as “Whoops! That didn’t quite work!” and “Hey, you got that backwards!” and “Wow, I really like that one!” are heard through out the room.

Friday, September 19, 2014

Evening Edition: Free Kindle Book! Quilting Related!

I got a message from Dayle giving me the heads up that Thimble of Soil by Linda Hubalek is running free in the Amazon Kindle Store right now!

I just downloaded it, so it was free for me – but please check before purchasing that it is still free for you!

Book Description:

Thimble of Soil: A Woman's Quest for Land, Historical Letters 1854-1860
Trail of Thread Series, Book 2
Experience the terror of the fighting and the determination to endure as you stake a claim alongside the women caught in the bloody conflicts of Kansas in the 1850's.

Galaxy-Gram! Lunch Break & Crumbs Class!


Our lunches have been catered by a local restaurant and has  been yummy from  the salads, to the main dish, to the homemade soups to the fruit trays and desserts!

We are so spoiled!

Crumb blocks are in the making and it is hilarious to see the boxes and bins and bags of "stuff" that have come out for our play day today!

Oh this wonderful old fabric---the stories it could tell!

One Pineapple, Two Pineapple, Three Pineapple, Four!

We were in a pineapple kind of mood yesterday!

I am so impressed with the whole venue here in Amherst, NY.

This seminar has been going on for 40 years strong, and it is so well organized.  If you get a chance to come this direction in September – if you are close enough to make a road trip ---believe me, it’s worth it!

Being this far north in New York, my classes have been nearly equally Canadian as they are American ---fun!

Thursday, September 18, 2014

Galaxy-Gram! Pineapple Blossoms in Amherst!

Scrappy sewing and making new friends!

Lunch break time at the Buffalo Niagara Heritage Village in Amherst NY - We've been piecing away all morning and so much is coming together in just the 3 hours we have put in so far!

Thanks to the wifi code I fanagled,  we also have been singing and bopping to Pandora One and the Frankie Valli channel--fun fun fun, quilting to the oldies!

Doesn't it look like we are having a grand Ole time!

Boxy Stars in Amherst, NY!

Happy, Happy Happy Stars!

This is my first time in Amherst, NY – the home of the Buffalo Niagra Heritage Museum, and the Amherst Quilters Guild!

Apparently this September event has been going on for nearly 40 years with quilters gathering from all over the area, and crossing the border from Canada, to come for 4 days of workshops and instruction and quilting, sewing/chatting, laughing, talking, eating, quilter-shipping good times.

The ladies came as soon as the doors were opened to start setting up machines, hauling in boxes and crates of prepared fabrics, greeting friends they hadn’t seen since last year’s event and bringing all the excited energy with them ---it’s a good thing!  At times during the day I felt like I myself was running on fumes alone, but they carried me along!

Wednesday, September 17, 2014

Galaxy-Gram! Boxy Stars in Amherst NY,

Back on the quilt train after yesterday's arrival and day of catch up rest!

My gals are busy with their 2.5" strips and are well on their way with block quarters and should have full blocks to show shortly.

We are just breaking for a yummy catered lunch, some show and tell, some door prizes and will be back to our classes at the Buffalo Niagara Heritage Village where this week's events are taking place.