Monday, February 4, 2013

Design Wall / BOM's Away Monday

A day to play! well kind of....wanting to get a few quilty things done and needing my husband at this stage of the renovation (level floor joists) for anything we're doing...during the day I get to work on some personal goals.

I find meeting fellow quilters generally very easy and a receptive process. However, I'm moving to a new community (Grand Coulee, WA) and I'd love to make new friends. This coincides with a new book being released. I hope you'll consider purchasing it on Tues. Feb. 5 (and if you're reading this subsequent to that date, just buy it now!). Author Shasta Nelson, writes how we must intentionally find those friends in "Friendships Don't Just Happen". I happen to know the author and am excited to help her promote the book. I encourage you to purchase this, maybe buy a couple and share one with a friend, or get your fellow quilters to buy it and then discuss it at the end of the month.

I'm going to!

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So, on my design wall is an almost finished for a special friend for Valentine's Day. I've used two different fabrics on the front. A fussy cut rose w/leaf and the 'Love' background fabric printed from designs used by the PostOffice years ago. The Pellon 'stiff, double faced' product works great. I used steam-a-seam lite (2) to affix the rose, then iron it and the background fabric onto the postcard all at the same time (no muslin on the back though). Then stitch it down. Special stitches from my sewing machine were used to do the leaf and squigly. Now add muslin on the back (iron it on) and stitch the outer edges. Choosing thread in my bobbin to match the muslin and top thread to work with the fabrics used on top. Personalize the muslin to make it look like a real postcard. I still need to use my .01 or .05 micron pen to finish writing on the postcard. The .08 that I have used so far is too fat to write super small. Up the center I'll put my 'Designed by...." information and then will write on the card to the recipient, along with their address, etc. Add a stamp and it will go in the mail.

And progress on my BOM's is another Alaska Block! This one is called "Spinning Star" and was issued in Eagle River, AK at Dina's Cozy Cabin Quilts.

Come back tomorrow to see my 2nd finish of the year.


  1. Hey! Nice to see the Alaska project peeking out again. :). Hope the floor is going well.

  2. Love the bright color in your block. XX Kathleen