Thursday, November 11, 2010

I'm back!!!!!!!!!!

Do you every have those down days, you are not motivated to do anything, and you never get going.....well guess what I've been that way for a few weeks.  Not sure why but yesterday..... I helped Mama Spark make some pillowcases. From the cutting to the final press we completed 8 pillow cases .... 4 pairs for Christmas gifts in 2 1/2 hours. It made me feel I accomplished something.....Check out her website as I'm sure her blog will have pictures posted, and today, just a compliment from LTW and a new follower has put a smile on my face. OH yes and DH is back from England....that surely put a smile on my face. It is always a relief when his flight has landed safely..... It is nice to have him back home. Always miss him when he is away!!!

And now ..... my newest follower is Madamme Samm. It was like winning a blog giveaway. I am thrilled......Madamme Samm you made my day!!!! THANK YOU....I'm going to try to post more often. I've not been commenting on many of the wonderful blogs I've been reading in the past few weeks either sooo today I changed that....I left a lot of comments. That must have been how Madamme Samm found leaving comments. I read Aunt Polly's Porch blog. Love the owl mug rug. Check out her blog. I did leave a comment on Polly's blog.   I also read Stash Manicure and loved Madamme Samm's guest blogger Holly Mabutas. Holly's blog 'Sprinkles of Thought' is WONDERFUL!!.....I commented and then I had 103 followers!!!!  I wish I was as confident at blogging as I am about doing binding. I've decided to blog more often and say less in each blog.

And now for the compliment.......I love to do the bindings on quilts and I've never thought my bindings were anything special. I've been called the Quilt Police by some and those very same have asked me how I do my binding. I've shown many many quilters.... how I do my binding. They are so appreciative and now love their results. They have even tracked me down at the gym. I've offered to bind quilts for a number of my friends...some with hand issues and some with time issues and guess what....they keep coming back with more quilts..... so they must like my nice crisp mitered corners.

JRQAL binding  02

I recently did a binding for my friend, LTW who is a very busy full time, has a farm with all the farm chores to go along with having animals. She is a long arm quilter (and a good one at that) and she tells me every time I bind a quilt for her "when I grow up I want to be able to do binding like you". She is soooo sweet. She recently quilted a "beast of a quilt" (king size) for a customer. I bound the quilt and this is what her customer emailed her.... "I'll also say your binding work is perfect. I've done a lot of sewing in my life and I can certainly appreciate all the work that went into that hand work." LTW emailed her customer with this "I am so glad you like the way the project came out. I have to confess that a friend of mine did your binding and her work is exquisite! Some day when I grow up, I want to be able to do binding as well as she does!"

Pretty soon I'll be saying to LTW "some day when I grow up, I want to be able to do long arm quilting as well as you do!" Yes, I bought LTW's old .... but new to me.... Gammill.  She's upgraded to the computer guided and I'll be hand guiding.  I'm about to learn long arm quilting and I'm getting pumped.....hope I like it as well as I like doing the binding.

The 'Yellow Brick Road' pattern by Terry Atkinson is a favorite of mine and I've added the 9-1/2" embroidered blocks from Bird Brain Design's 'Snowmen & Reindeer Blue Work Quilt' pattern to the lap size and voila!!!!!!! I've stitched not 1, not 2, not 3 but 4 sets of the applique blocks. Only one set has been sewn into a quilt top.  Maybe I should have a give away......what do you think?  Keep following me and there might be a giveaway soon.

yellow brick road 2

Here are some up close blocks......

Sman Reindeer Bird Buddies

and this one......

Feathered Friends

and last but not least.....

Mitten Clothesline

Happy quilting and thanks for visiting.....



  1. I told you your binding was amazing. How come you never believe what I say? I am sooo appreciative of your help with that. I love your snow men blocks and that blue and white quilt? Over the moon! Don't worry, besty, those dry spells happen to all of us. You never know what little birdie of inspiration will be winging it's way to you now do you?

  2. I will have to agree. Your binding does look stunning. Such beautiful work!
    I love the work you have done with the embroidered blocks and the blue quilt top. Is this going to be one of the first you try out on the new long arm machine? I hope you enjoy the new machine and look forward to seeing some of your quilting.
    And please keep blogging. I do enjoy reading your posts!

  3. It's so lovely to see a post from you this morning. Your corners are beautiful...maybe a tutorial on how you make it happen would be a good thing :0) Sweet quilt too!!


  4. Your binding is beautiful. I really like the yellow brick road pattern with the blue work included!

  5. I love your snowmen blocks. They make the ybr quilt much more interesting. Your binding is very beautiful. Good luck with the long arm. How exciting for you!

  6. Your snowment blocks really make the quilt!

  7. The Quilt Police indeed!!
    BUT as you say....if you are going to put in all that time and money, you'd better do it right and that includes a perfect binding.

  8. This looks lovely Maria! I love blue, and I love stitcheries too! You are very neat with your stitching. Thanks for visiting my blog too, and good luck with my Christmas Giveaway too! Hugs n Blessings from Sue of in South Australia

  9. Can we talk about your binding..oh goodness me Pauline..just sew perfect it is...and your blocks..over the top excited by those...Sew queen of binding...should be your new name....blessings

  10. Hi Pauline, I came over from Madame Samm's (isn't she a doll!) and enjoyed your post very much. I love, love, love embroidery but do more redwork than bluework. I've never thought of using a Turning Twenty pattern to showcase my embroidery but I love that idea. I enjoy doing binding too but I can't say mine looks quite as good as yours. I am learning to get those corners looking good though - it comes much easier with practice. :) I'll be posting at Stash Manicure tomorrow - a really quick table runner tutorial that makes great gifts. And I'll be having a giveaway at my personal blog so come over and visit! blessings, marlene

  11. I came by way of Minnick and Simpson. I also lost 60 pounds last year so trying not to be tempted by baking. However my daughters and grandkids are coming over to bake on Saturday so I'll just have to send it all home with them! It's a fun Christmas tradition. I really like the quilt and blue work! Plus would love to see a tutorial on how you do your binding!
    Laura T

  12. Your snowmen blocks are fantastic. It is a bautiful quilt.

  13. fun fun quilt, I might have to learn how to do that sort of stitching. I know how to do counted crossstitch, but without hte grid I am lost! I love the look though. Add it to my list.

    And those bindings are wonderful. Mine are not great but getting better and better each quilt I do, and about four ago I started stitchign the back down. Not nearly as intimidating as I made it out to be! I wish I could come and spend the afternoon with you learning how to do it your way with little mini (doll?) quilts...that would be nice!