Thursday, April 24, 2014

We have a winner!

We have a winner!  Number 37:
Love your pincushion and the meaning behind it. I'm a new follower via email.

I have emailed you also.  Please send me your address so I can send off the prize...

Thanks everyone for participating.  I hope all of you enjoy my posts.  I try to post when I have something new and / or thoughtful to add.  


Monday, April 14, 2014

Superpower Revealed and a Giveaway!!!!

Today is my day to reveal my SuperPower, in the USA, it is also Tax Day, but my Superpower has nothing to do with taxes...  bear with me for a moment while I tell the story about the SuperPower.
 First of all, this is a SuperPower Reveal, and also a stitching hop, and so the first thing I need to do is reveal my newest stitching that reveals a bit of my superpower:
Yes, I stitched a pin cushion which is a crow holding a star.

Now, crows are all about mystery and stars are about a bit of light in the darkness, and so a crow holding a star is about bringing a bit of light into the mystery of life and the world.  So, I see my SuperPower as bringing a bit of light into the world through my colors (black in the crow has all the colors within it), my quilts, my fabric dyeing, and my jewelry making which I have not done for a while, but it is time to get back into it, and my love...

It is also time to reveal my giveaway, to show I am bringing a bit of Love and Light...
Notice the "Tree of Life" growing in the heart in this panel.
Quilt labels or possible block components on the bottom of the panel.
Layer Cake of 42 10" Squares in the "Love is in the Air" fabric line.  
A beautiful "Love" 22" panel with several love "notes" that can be used in quilt squares as well as for labels on your quilts, and a Layer Cake of 42 10" squares.  The fabric line is called "Love is in the Air" by Deb Strain for Moda.  You will have enough fabric to make a wall hanging or small lap size quilt with the 22" by 42" panel and the Layer Cake.

To Win this Giveaway, all I ask is that you follow me by email, or bloglovin, or Google + so that I can continue to reveal my SuperPower to you over the next weeks, and leave me a comment telling me that you are now a follower.  If you already follow me, just leave me a comment telling me that and I will enter you also.  Easy peasy, just comment on this Super Power blog that you are a follower, and you are entered, and while you are at it, see what my SuperPower is being revealed on my fellow bloggers during this blog hop by following the links below, that is, after midnight eastern time on April 15:


I plan to check them out...  Love always, k

Monday, April 7, 2014

The Saga of the Design Wall

 So, what is a design wall?  Well, first of all, you know that a quilter needs his/her space, right?  I have taken over all of what once was a dining room and a big room in the basement.  Why?  Because a quilter has a bunch of stuff.  This stuff is not all fabric.  It is sewing machines, cutting boards, big tables to hold quilts as they are being quilted, other big tables to provide space for making quilt sandwiches (not a food group), and for me, an area by the laundry room downstairs for my dyeing studio (yes, we call them all our studios).
My dining room sewing table, design wall behind.
So, in my dining room where I have my sewing machine and big quilting table, I decided I needed a design wall.  A design wall is a place where you can put up blocks you have made and easily move them around to make the quilt design, hence design wall.  The blocks have to stick and be easily moved around, so I went on a quest to find out what people made design walls of.  What I found out was that blocks stick magically to batting, so the outside of my wall I made of batting.  For the inside, I went to Menards and bought two one-inch sheets of insulation.  So, since my wall was a standard height, I took the insulation and covered it, only to find out that "standard" is not standard, you have floors and rugs and ceiling treatments that make when you cover the "standard", you get a bit of a tight fit, as below:
About a six inch gap!

Curved away from the wall!

Should be flat against the wall!

So, down to the cutting board, remove the spray-basted batting and do what I should have done in the first place, measure and cut the board to the proper height.   Well, I almost got it right; styrofoam is hard to cut with a kitchen knife so what you can't see is that there is a gap and the board is a bit wonky, but I am happy!

I now have my design wall in my design studio and am as happy as punch!

Thursday, April 3, 2014

What is my Super Power? And, what am I going to give away?

I haven't been around much lately.  I have had camera and time issues, but I am back and commit to you I will post as often as I have something interesting to say.  Frankly, I have several posts I want to do stored up in my brain.  I will get them down on electronic media in the very near future.  I almost said down on paper, but we don't use paper much anymore, do we???

I am also participating in the SuperPower Blog Hop.  I really am happy to share my superpower, but you will have to wait to let me expose it!!!  Here is the schedule and my day (Sew Golden a Chance) is Tuesday April 15.... OH NO, that is TAX DAY!!!!  Well, I hope everyone is done with their taxes so that they can be seeing what superpower is in the stitching hop.  Hope to see you then!








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