Another Quilt Top Finished Waiting to be Quilted

I’ve had a very lovely Brother Innov-IS NX-800 at Windy Moon Quilts waiting for me to pay her off and take her home. With the help of my dearest friend, APRIL, and me penny-pinching since February, I should be able to bring her home next week!

Brother's Laura Ashley's Innov-IS NX-800

Brother’s Laura Ashley’s Innov-IS NX-800

Which is a good thing as I have FOUR quilt tops that I’ve pieced on my wonderful work-horse, the Singer 301 Long Bed. While I love piecing quilts with the 301, I don’t like quilting with it.

Singer 301 - Mocha Long Bed

Singer 301 – Mocha Long Bed

I finished my latest quilt top last night. I had a lot of 1930 reproduction feed sack fabric squares leftover from the WONKY STAR quilt along so I decided to make them into HST’s (half square triangles).

Diamond/Square Dance

Diamond/Square Dance

I’m just calling it a diamond pattern, but I’ve seen it called Square Dance too. Fun and easy to make. I’ve lots more HST’s left to make another quilt top, been looking at my PINTEREST quilt board trying to decide which design to use next.

Just one more picture to throw at you ~ my quilting partner, Lucy, plumb tuckered out from helping me arrange the HST on the design board.



IT’S FRIDAY! ~ 28 January 2011

OMGosh…It’s been a really bad month here at work, super busy, neverending, lots of WTF?!, lots of needy people. 🙂 Good thing there is Sierra Nevada IPA at home in the frig. Actually…after hearing what April & Chris are having for dinner tonight, a margarita sorta sounds really good at the moment….hmmmmmm.

Pinwheel Quilt Update:

~ Pinwheel Check List: 121 pinwheels made and sewn into a quilt top. 2.5″ border sewn around pinwheels. Purple binding made and ready. Backing sewn to right size. Work table in basement cleared to commence sandwiching!

Quilting Tools ~ What I use…What do You use?

My friend Donna has been shying away from quilt making because she is terrified of using the rotary cutter…see her post HERE. She also has pictures of everything she’s collected to make quilts, wanting to know what else she may need.

So I decided to list my favorite tools, books, and sites. For all you quilters out there…what are your favorites?

We’ll start with the mats, rulers, and cutters.

~ I’ve always had the OLFA 18×24 Self-Healing Rotary Mat, but Hancock Fabrics had the 24×36 size 40% off a couple of weeks ago…so guess what I bought?! 🙂

~ My favorite cutter? The ergonomic 45mm Olfa Deluxe Rotary Cutter with the safety lock.

~ I have lots of different rulers but these are my favorites:
O’Lipfa Lip Edge 5×24
O’Lipfa 12.5″ Square
Omnigrid 9.5″ Square
O’Lipfa 6.5″ Square
O’Lipfa 60° Angle
EZ Quilting 6.5″ Easy Angle
EZ Quilting Companion Angle
Dear Jane 4.5″ Square


Didn’t think I’d use this bobbin winder, but I just love it to death. I always buy two of the same thread, one is for winding bobbins. I wind up at least 3-4 bobbins before starting a project. Was $15 at my local Hancock Fabric store in Sparks.

Speaking of thread…I love the satin or silk-finished mercerized 100% cotton thread. I like Connecting Threads’ thread, Sulky Cotton Thread, and Mettler Silk-Finished Cotton Thread.


Thimbles…LOVE LOVE LOVE a simple Sterling Silver Tailor’s thimble for hand quilting. I don’t like regular thimbles. I use either this tailor or a Fons & Porter ring thimble.


Books…I’ve lots of books, here are some of them.

BUT…I really only use these six!

The Art of Classic Quiltmaking
Stars by Magic
The Crazy Quilt Handbook
Friendship Triangles (I’m a triangle and pinwheel fiend…great book for me, maybe not for you)
Scrap Quilts ~ The Art of Making Do
Basic Applique


For inspiration, ideas, supplies and patterns ~ I love these online sites:

Supplies & Fabric ~

Hancock’s of Paducah
Connecting Threads
Wish Upon A Quilt
Fat Quarter Shop

For Patterns and Ideas ~

Moda Bake Shop
Quilters’ Cache

My Favorite Quilting Blogs for inspiration and tutorials ~

p.s. I Quilt
Tula Pink
Quilt Obsession
Sew Katie Did
Red Pepper Quilts
Oh, Fransson!
Quilts Your Way

My friend April and I bounce lots of ideas off each other throughout the day…we are each other’s enabler! 🙂 Ohhh! Did you see this? This fabric is sooooo cute! Blah Blah Blah. BUY THIS! LOL!

There are a lot MORE…but me thinks I’m running out of room. 🙂 All you’d have to do is click on the above and check out their favorite blogs!


Sewing Machines…well, that’s a personal preference and mine is JANOME! I had a Janome 6500P, but it was destroyed last year. Yes…I still tear up. Until I can afford to buy myself another, I am sewing on a Janome Threadbanger and a Singer 301.

1951 Singer 301 ~ My Newest Sewing Machine

Last week my newest sewing machine came…the one to replace my beloved Janome 6500, RIP.

My dear friend, April, was able to negotiate the deal for me with an eBay seller, niftythriftgirl, over the weekend the Genoa Candy Dance was on (I don’t have internet access at home…nor when I’m out and about 🙂 ) She bought it and I paid for it…a week or so later my pretty little mocha Singer was at my door step.

She’s a Singer 301 Sewing Machine ~ Mocha ~ Long Bed ~ Feed Dog Drop ~ Slant Shank for improved needle visibility ~ Light Weight (about 5 pounds more than the Feather Weight) ~ Comes with a great carrying case ~ Gear Driven…no belts ~ Built-in Fold down Handle ~ Front Mounted light ~ Great for Quilters with the free-motion capability.

I’m really happy with this machine! Extremely happy with the seller and the awesome packaging job they did.




I have a 1951 Singer 99-13 for sale should anyone want it! $75 if you’re in the Reno-Sparks area. Works great, comes with original wooden dome carrying case & key, foot pedal, and some of it’s attachments, bobbins, and footsies.