Saturday, October 29, 2011

1 more quilted

I just finished this quilt for a customer. She has 2 - one with blue backing and one with red. Hopefully I will get the red one put in the frame today.

Here is a picture of the back. You can see more detail of how I quilted it.

Friday, October 28, 2011

Fall 2011 Bloggers' Quilt Festival

I came across the Fall 2011 Bloggers' Quilt Festival and thought I'd jump in and share one of my quilts. 

My Blue Feathers

 I think out of all the quilts I have ever made this is the one I am most proud of. I started it for the $100,000 Quilt Challange which was put on hold before I finished this.

I wanted something simple that I could do alot of hand work to.

I remember when I was putting it together and decided to use prairie points for the border I ran out of fabric - my husband ran me all over town trying to find one more yard.
I pride myself in my hand work. My stitches are really small and uniform.

I worked on this quilt almost constantly for a year and a half. My fingers stayed tore up. I didn't start out with any particular design in mind. I made my templates as I went along not knowing what I would think of for the next one until I finished each one.

One of the hardest things about a new quilt for me is naming it.  As I was working on this I would refer to it as 'My Blue Feathers', so when I finished it I felt it only fitting to keep the name.

Linking to all the other beautiful quilts on display at Amy's Creative Side.

Wednesday, October 26, 2011

I finally won

I can't believe it I finally won a giveaway. I'm still pinching myself.
I won Layer Cake, Jelly Roll & Charm Quilts by Pam Lintott from Jen at

Go by and check out her site. I can't thank her enough, it sure made me feel good at a bad time. And I almost missed it by not checking my emails as good as I should - I need to watch that better in the future.

People Fact
Children born in the month of May are on the average 200 grams heavier at birth than children born in any other month

Tuesday, October 25, 2011


I signed up to be part of the Ghastlies Blog Hop and stupid me didn't respond to the invite. I was so busy that when I saw it I just looked at it in passing and didn't really read it - like I said stupid me. I ordered the fabric and made the lamp shade and was in the process of making the clock. Maybe next time I will pay more attention.

Monday, October 24, 2011

Dresden Plate Clock Winner

What happened to last week??
I stayed busy all week and didn't get anything accomplished and the week just disappeared. Hopefully I'l be able to get a few things finished this week.  

I did get some pictures of some frames my husband made for some more clocks. I have a few ideas for these ---

And now for the winner of the Dresden Plate Clock
I used the random number generator
and  it picked
#14 JO
Congratulations Jo

Tuesday, October 18, 2011

Dresden Plate Clock Giveaway

When I 1st got my embroidery machine I made this Dresden Plate thinking I would do a quilt as you go. Well needless to say I've been side tracked with a variety of other projects and the quilt as you go never went. I have always wanted to make a quilt type clock and here it is. My brother came over this past weekend and made the frame for me and I took a picture in the sun and one in the shade. The block measures 7 x 7.

So here's my thought - I will give this clock to one of my followers on Monday October 24. All you need to do is leave a comment letting me know you follow my blog.

Here is a People Fact:

During the casting of the film Gone with the Wind, more than 1,400 candidates were interviewed for the part of Scarlett O'Hara, and more than $92,000 was spent in the search

Thursday, October 13, 2011

Block Swap

I recieved my block from Jennifer Saturday and forgot to post it. This will go good with the rest of my blocks.

Wednesday, October 12, 2011

Baltimore Sampler Top Complete

I finally finished my Baltimore Sampler quilt top. I would have never believed I would do one of these. My husband helped with the blue embroidered border.
I'm getting a good collection of tops - now I need to do some quilting.

Tuesday, October 11, 2011

6 more Hoots

I've been busy with a bunch of other things but I have managed to squeeze in a few Hoots. I have 6 more to go then I will need to figure out how I want to put them together. I have an idea forming - just need to cultivate it a little more.

Monday, October 10, 2011

Magnetic Wrist Band

I've been wanting a pin cushion to put on my wrist so I could put my quilts in better. It's such a pain trying to balance one on the bars. I've had all intentions of making one but never got around to it. My husband and I went to Harbor Freight Saturday and I found this magnetic wrist band. Perfect - just what I was needing and it only cost 2 something.

Hop on over to Stray Stitches for a Giveaway

Sunday, October 9, 2011

Dresden Plate Top complete

I finally finished my Dresden Plate quilt top. A good friend of mine put the border pieces together for me. I think it turned out really nice. Now it can go in the stack of tops waiting to be quilted.

Saturday, October 8, 2011

Thread holder

I ordered a bunch of thread for my embroidery machine and needed a place to put them where I could see what I had. So I asked my husband to make something. This is the second thread holder he came up with. The 1st one was a big wooded box that took up alot of room and didn't work very well. This one is perfect. I can sit at my machine and when I need another color I just roll over and pick one - don't even have to get out of my chair. Now how lazy is that.

Friday, October 7, 2011

What a mess

Like most of us I too have a big pile of scraps. I've been collecting for years not knowing what I'd do with them but not being able to throw them away either. Now that I have my embroidery machine I've been using them for the appliques.
Yesterday I dumped out part of them and started sorting them into different piles according to sizes. I'll put the smaller ones back to use for future appliques and I think I'll send the bigger pieces to my daughter. She has a GO and can cut me a bunch of half square triangles. I've been wanting to make a scrap quilt for awhile but don't want to have to cut out all those triangles by hand. Hopefully she won't mind

Thursday, October 6, 2011

Diaper Bag

I got this in the mail yesterday - My sister Beverly from Quilter's Corner made me this diaper bag for my newest grandson. Isn't it cute. I bet my daughter takes it away from me.

Wednesday, October 5, 2011

Hoot and a Half

I take off work early on Tuesdays and Thursdays to help out with my grandson. Yesterday he was crabby and just wanted to be held. So I layed him across my lap and played with my embroidery machine. I was able to get 5 more Hoots done.

If anyone would like these Hoots they are from Designs by JuJu

I was visiting As Sweet as Cinnamon and she put a question out there to find out why people name their blogs the names they have.

So I thought I would join in on the fun and tell why I named my blog The Average Quilter.

It took me awhile to think of a good name that I could live with. I have a small problem with my self esteem. I know I do good work in my sewing and quilting and I can do just about anything I put my mind to. But that's it. I feel that my work is just average - hence The Average Quilter.
I would love to be exceptional and I'm always striving for perfection (that should count for something).
There you have it -

Now I'm going to read why and how others came up with the names they have.

Tuesday, October 4, 2011

New Neighbor

I put together another Home Tweet Home by McKenna Ryan. It's called New Neighbor. I guess when I get them all put together I'll figure out how I want to finish it

Monday, October 3, 2011

Hoot - Hoot - Hoot

'Look at me' -I sound like my 3 year old granddaughter. She loves to dance around saying 'Look at me'. Anyway I started another project. I haven't made a quilt for my youngest granddaughter yet so I thought I would make an owl quilt. I made the 1st block and thought it needed something so I added a piece of fleece behind the eyes of the second. You can't really see the effect but it looks better in person. The only thing was I trimmed the fabric too close and it frayed in one area. So on the 3rd on I didn't trim it as close and it worked better. This is going to be such a cute quilt.