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Friday, September 30, 2011

Working on Chomfort Quilts

I have been working on Comfort Quilts these past few weeks.  I was unable to attend the past get together.  I did take these quilts to my special Friend Diane's for her to sew the bindings on. 

Since I will be unable to attend the Guild meeting (I will be at the coast on retreat) Diane kindly offered to deliver them to the guild meeting.  

There are really some cute quilts here and I am thankful I was able to quilt them for the guild.

These quilts go to many different places.  Womens shelters, Vetrans hospitals, Child protection Services, Dialisis center etc. etc. etc.

Thanks for dropping by.
Happy Quilting, Paula

Thursday, September 29, 2011

Strip Club at Thimble Towne

Strip Club Tuesday at Thimbletowne

Love the Lime Green Shoes. 
I was not able to attend Saturdays Strip Club class as I was at the Quilt Show in Reedley.  So had to go on Tuesday. 

Blogger and I seem to be fighting today.  It won't let me put the photos where I want them. 

This first wall hanging is Diane's.  The next photo is Diane happy at work on her Spin Cycle quilt.   

Cheryl working on her Spin Cycle.

Cheryl's Harvest made in Brights.

Here is my Harvest. Ha, Ha, you can't see me working at my sewing machine because I am behind the camera. LOL!

Here is Faye busy working on her Spin Cycle and below is Faye's Harvest Quilt.
Thanks for dropping by.  Happy Quilting, Paula

Wednesday, September 28, 2011

Tangled Threads

Our Tangled Threads group got together on Monday to do a bit of quilting.

Up first you will see Brenda working on a T-shirt quilt for a wedding gift.    
Carolyn is busy showing you the wonderful cookies we had for our snack.  Of course lunch was unbelievable again.  A wonderful Cobb Salad, garlic bread and Cream Puffs for desert.  I hurt after eating so much.

Diane contemplating want to work on next.

Jennie working on a strip club project. 

Kay working on her City Scapes which you will see a photo of later in this post.

Brenda's Harvest quilt.  Isn't it beautiful!

Kay's City Scapes quilt for her son.
Thanks for stopping by.  Happy Quilting.  

Sunday, September 25, 2011

One of My Helpers

I know that a lot of you in Quilt land have helpers.  Here is one of mine.

This is JJ.  If you look close you will notice that he is laying on my cutting table.  I had already moved him three times.  I finally gave up and got out my other cutting mat.  Sometimes it is just easier.  Earlier he was helping me quilt.  My sewing table will never be the same.  He loves to tangle thread while on the sewing machine.  Some days I have to throw him out and close the door.

This is my Medium, Dark and Light fabrics
I purchased this material about a year or so ago and was going to use it to do an on line Mystery Quilt.  I changed my mind at the last minute and went with a juvenile print. 
Well.... I finally dug it back out and have decided to use it on another project. This photo also shows the border material.  I was getting ready to cut when JJ decided to help.  So..... Hopefully I can get it all cut out tomorrow. 

Thanks for dropping by.  Happy Quilting, Paula 

Friday, September 23, 2011

What are you working on?

This is the project I am working on now.  It is called Spin Cycle.

The dark fabric is my borders.  The light green is my bakground and I have tons of yellows, oranges and  greens for my strips.  I can't wait to get this one finished as it is in fall colors and I want to use it.  Hum...maybe it will be completed for next year.  I am so backed up on my quilting.  For some reason it just takes me 15 times as long to quilt something as I think it should.  Oh Well.  I will kep trudging along.

Thanks for stopping by.  Happy Quilting, Paula

Thursday, September 22, 2011

Block of the Month

Hanford Guild will be coming up soon and I needed get my Block of The months completed so I could take them to Diane to turn in.  There will be 5 of the Hanford Guild members plus six others traveling to Los Osos for the "Los Osos Quilting Diva Retreat.  We go twice a year to get away from it all a sew up a storm.  This is were I try to get some of my Christmas sewing done.  So far I don't even have any idea what I will be sewing on.  Yikes!
So....back to the blocks.  I love the Maple Leaves.  I am going to have to tell Diane that I want to win these.  I can already picture the quilt. 

Thanks for dropping by.  Happy Quilting, Paula 

Wednesday, September 21, 2011


I finished it.  It seems like this quilt top has taken me forever to do.  Maybe because I started it before I went into the hospital and then could not sew for 10 days.  I finally got the last border on it yesterday.  Yea!  Now to get it ready for quilting. 

Thanks for stopping by.  Happy quilting, Paula

Tuesday, September 20, 2011


Can you find the mistake?  I had the privilege of trying this new pinwheel pattern at Country Manor on Monday. You sew all of your blocks together then you use this ruler tool and cut them all apart.  You have to stack them just perfect to get the pin wheel.  Needless to say I turned one of my blocks so have to take that section apart and redo.  But.....I got the concept and am ready to do one for real now. 
Thanks for dropping by.  Happy Quilting, Paula

Wednesday, September 14, 2011


I just cut out my quilt for Halloween.  This is a strip club quilt and we had homework for.  So....all my strips are sewn together and cut into the proper sizes.  Now....hopefully I can get it completed for Halloween this year and now next year. 

Thanks for dropping by.  Happy Quilting, Paula

Tuesday, September 13, 2011

Mini Sewing Tote

I was trying this pattern out for this mini sewing tote.  I wanted something easy to carry back and forth to classes without needing to take my huge sewing tote (that weighs a ton)

It is only about 6 x 6 in size.  It holds a ton of things.  I was really surprised ow much it holds.  The little zipper on the front of this side opens up to secure storage.  I have cutting blades in this side in their plastic holder.   

All the ladies in my sewing group liked this so when we go to retreat in October guess what we will all be making?  Yep, mini sewing totes.
Now.....all you ladies that quilt your own pieces I need your help.  I have never quilted a panel before and really struggled with this.  I quilted around all the main parts and here and there.  I have not done anything else to it yet.  The batting I used was really fluffy and I had never used it before.  Now my question is....
How do I block it to make it lay a bit flatter.  I have not bound it yet and will do that first.  I want the end to lay flat and not curl as they look like they are doing now.  HELP! 

Thanks for dropping by.  Happy Quilting, Paula

Monday, September 12, 2011

Love those Comfort quilts

I have been working on Comfort Quilts for our Hanford Guild.  Ladies in our guild piece tops then turn them in and usually it is Mary Ann Loya that sandwiches them.  They then come to me to be quilted.  I wish I knew who make some of the tops so they could get credit but......On this top the little flowers are appliqued on.  Aren't they too cute!

This next quilt was little flag blogs I won at the Orange Blossom Guild for the block of the month.  I put them all together then added borders for a cute red, white and blue quilt. 

This baby quilt is too darn cute for words.  Whoever made this top did a great job.  All the little animals are a white fluffy soft material and are appliqued on.  I love this little quilt and wish I had a little boy to share it with.  Thanks to whoever turned it in.

Another Block of the month quilt.  I had enough blocks to make a second top.  I had to scrounge for material to make the borders.  It turned out really cute and bright.  This should cheer up someones day.

This quilt was another top turned in.  The yellow and white flowers are daisy's and really bright.  The photo does not do it justice.  Really a nice quit. 

I hope you enjoy seeing all the different quilts as much as I enjoy showing them to you.  This little bit of quilting makes me feel that I am able to give something back to my community.  Believe me over the years I have had many wonderful people help me.

Thanks for dropping by.  Happy Quilting.

Saturday, September 10, 2011


Today was Stonehenge day at Thimble Towne. I signed up for this lecture quite some time ago. When I found out the representative for Stonehenge (Northcott fabrics) was coming I could not resist.

When I first saw Stonehenge fabrics in a quilting magazine (can't remember which one now). I asked Jeremy if he was going to carry that line. He said it was already ordered. Was I ever excited to even do a strip club quilt out of it. It has become one of my top favorite fabrics. If you have not felt it you need to. It is so silky (for a cotton).

O.K. I will shut up and get back to the day.

As we came through the door we were checked off the list, given a goodie bag with an embroidered name tag done on Stonehenge fabric for all of us to wear. We were then ushered to an area to have our photos taken. This photo on the left was a whole wall done in the labels of Stonehenge and Thimble Towne. We stood in front of this wall to have our photos taken.

This is VIC. He was our Guest Speaker for the day. What a fun person. We learned lots about the fabric and that it is made in Korea. They run 3000 yards of just one fabric at a time. That is 200 bolts. That is of each fabric. So......Stonehenge has over 110 different bolts. You do the math. I don't have that many fingers and toes to count it.

Everyone that attended had a fat quarter in their bags, plus another on their chair with a ticket. (Each ticket was a winner).

The quilt behind Vic is called Smokey River and is made using Stonehenge fabrics. Mine is sitting in the closet just waiting for me to take it out and put it together.

This is one of the quilts made with Stonehenge fabrics
I think it was called Christmas Tree but don't quote me.
Love the bright fabrics.

All of these quilts come in kits and you can get them through Thimble Towne

Sorry I don't remember the name of this one but it comes in a kit also.

Here is another

And another.

I wish I could do them all. But........I don't have that much sewing time.

Now Vic showed us some of the new items for either later this year or next year. These are some of the things being introduced at Quilt market in Houston in October.

You will get to see a few panels.

Doesn't this look like stained glass.

Here is another panel

Same panel, different color way

This was one I fell in love with. Vic showed a photo of this panel in the center of a quilt and the companion fabrics around it to make up the quilt. Just beautiful.

We were able to see about 20 different lines of fabrics and vote on them. Some of these lines have up to three different color ways. They were all beautiful. Oh to have that much money to just buy fabrics.....My Wish!!!

Just some random shots.

Brenda on the left, Denise in the middle, Jeannie on the right. Notice the name tags. This was what Jeremy made for everyone. There were over 60 people there.

Notice the banner over the top of the door. The doorway had black curtains (like a theater) We all had to stay on this side of the curtains until the big event started.

Becky and her daughter (so sorry, can't remember her daughters name. Look at those smiles. By the end of the day those smiles were still there. A little more tired but still smiling.

Victoria -

Decisions, Decisions.....what material do I want to take home today?

This was shot from across the room and I was bumped right as I tried to take a photo of Carolyn. Sorry Carolyn.

Part of the crowd before we got to go in.

Hi Vicki

Greg was the photographer for the day. Had to get his photo so he would not be left out.

In the classroom there was 60 some odd chairs set up. I quit counting at 60. Here are some of the ladies in attendance.

Here are some of the prizes. Everyone went home with a prize.

Carol, our last prize winner received a big bundle of Stonehenge fat quarters.

All in all it was a wonderful day. I got to visit was ladies I had not seen in awhile (Both Linda B and Linda M, Faye, Kristen from Bakersfield, and too many others.)

After shopping we left to go to lunch at Alahandros. The five of us had a great lunch and it finished of the day very nicely.

Thanks for stopping by. Happy Quilting, Paula