New Class added

Beginning next week is a class featuring the Dancing Stars Cotton Theory quilt.

IMG_1971This is a beginner Cotton Theory quilt and uses both of the two main joining methods – the Highway and the One Way.  It’s 52″ x 52″ so it would make a nice baby quilt, lap, or throw.  If you live locally, and would like to join us, please email me (lanarussel@gmail.com) for current openings and project materials list. Classes are on the first Monday and Wednesday of every month in my home studio. I have room for 6 in each session.  Dates for this project are June 1 and 6, July 6 and 11, August 1 and 3, and September 7 and 12.  Mondays are 1:00 pm – 4 pm, Wednesdays are either 9:00 am – noon or 1:30 pm- 4:30 pm.  Cost is $10 per 3 hour session.  Pattern is $12.

This is an easy one to cut out; I was able to get all pieces cut out, labeled, sandwiched, and pressed in one day.  Lots of same sized pieces makes it super easy.  I’m ready to sew!

 If you come in June with all pieces cut and labeled, we can get right to the quilting because you piece and quilt at the same time!!  If you are unable to get it cut out before then, please bring a mat and rotary cutter, so you won’t have to wait for the cutting table.
Hope you can join us to learn this fun way to quilt!

Time for TWIST

{Sorry to keep you waiting, but I’ve had some major technical difficulties which required a full backup, restore, and reload.  Hopefully, I’m back up and running again.  This post is from the week of August 14.  I’ll get you caught up asap.  Thanks, Lana.}

TWIST ~ This Week In Studio Time

I completed Step 2 of my current Cotton Theory project, the piecing.

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Piecing for Bossa Nova completed

TWIST ~ This Week In Studio Time

This week was a short one for me in my studio, but I did manage to meet my goal of getting my next Cotton Theory project cut out and labeled.

Can’t wait to get quilting it next week!!

Healthy Families

When I retired, I decided 20% of my sewing time would be spent on charity quilting.  I just needed to decide on the organization or cause I wanted to support.  I have a heavy heart for those who suffer from domestic violence, even though I don’t know anyone personally.  I guess I’ve just experienced enough of the male dominated society I’ve grown up in that it touches me in that way.  We don’t have a women’s shelter in our county, but there are plans for a 30 bed unit to open in 3 years.  I thought I could make 10 simple twin size quilts a year and have 30 ready in 3 years.  I knew it was a lofty goal, but I set forth.  However, retiring allowed me the freedom to travel quite a bit and I fell farther and farther behind in that goal.  But, I retired, so we could travel.  I needed to reassess.

I had a friend who had mentioned she had organized a sewing group that supports Healthy Families and invited me to sew with them.  They make items that support members can take with them on home visits and leave them at the home as a gift.  I researched Healthy Families and liked what I found.

“Healthy Families Indiana is a voluntary home visitation program designed to promote healthy families and healthy children through a variety of services, including child development, access to health care and parent education.

By working closely with hospital maternity wards, prenatal clinics and other local agencies, Healthy Families Indiana systematically identifies families that could benefit from education and support services either before or immediately after birth. The program is designed to strengthen families by reducing child abuse and neglect, childhood health problems and juvenile delinquency.”

I ran it by my friend, who is in social worker, to give me a personal account of Healthy Families and she gave it a two thumbs up.

Mary Alice’s group is very well organized (they’ve been at this for 12 years!) and each person has their station, be it, cutting out, ironing, sewing, quilting, sandwiching batting, etc.

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Bev at cutting station

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cutting out and sewing

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Quilts, receiving blankets, and burp cloths ready for pick up

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cuddle bunnies

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receiving blankets, burp cloths, and bibs

TWIST Time!

TWIST ~ This Week In Studio Time

I finished my Beatle Bag from Abby Quilts –

I absolutely love the finished project, but I had the darndest time trying to locate a 2″ metal ring for the front of the bag.  I ended up at the hardware store searching and searching.  I ended up with a conduit locknut washer from the electrical department, but it works!!  Crazy!

I also finished Caleb’s quilt this week.  It enjoyed the process…

and then the finish this week.  I made scrappy binding – one strip of each of the fabrics in the quilt and that was kinda fun to do!  I hope he enjoys it so much as he grows up that it gets worn out.  I love to think that the quilts I give will be enjoyed.  IMG_1440Looking forward to beginning a new project next week.  Stay tuned!  Have a great week!

Lana

 

Eleanor’s sister, Pat Knoechel

A couple of weeks ago, Eleanor Burn’s sister, Pat Knoechel, spoke to our quilt guild.  I was simply amazed at how similar their voice and manerisms are.  It’s really uncanny.  She is just as funny, too. They are not similar in appearance, however. I would never have guessed from just seeing her that they are sisters.

We enjoyed the many beautiful quilts she shared with us.

She graciously autographed patterns and books afterwards.  A delightful presentation!

TWIST ~ This Week In Studio Time

Last weekend I spent a lovely time with my bestie since age 8, Cheryl.  Every summer we meet up at The Cornerstone Inn, a B&B in Nashville, IN, bring our sewing machines, projects, and wine, and have a wonderful time catching up with each other!  The Cornerstone Inn is not your typical Bed and Breakfast.  The hot breakfasts are buffet style with several choices every morning.  Delicious fresh fruit is always in abundance.  Homemade goodies are available starting at 4 pm and desserts in the evening from 7:30 – 10:00 pm.  With all this available we find we only need to eat a late lunch /early dinner out each day.  They are so accommodating that they have let us peek in each room to see which ones work best for us to set up our machines and sew.  And if the chapel isn’t being used the weekend we are there, they let us set up in there and give us the key! The chapel is about 15 x 20 with it’s own bathroom.  Couldn’t ask for more.

I decided to spend some time sewing a couple projects for myself for a change:

We spent A LOT of our weekend perusing the 430 classes being offered at the Houston Quilt Festival because that’s our next trip together!!  We are SO excited!  Cheryl is retiring at the end of August and I’ve just been retired for a year, so this is our retirement trip together.  Neither of us has ever been so we want to make the most of it.  We wanted to take some classes together, but not be tied to feeling like we had to do that because of our different interests.  We registered on Wednesday, the first day registration was open, and are both thrilled with our choices.  Can’t wait!

I did make good progress on my projects over the weekend.  I finished the Trapezoid Tote and made headway on my Beatle Bag.

In order to finish the Beatle Bag, I need to find a 2″ metal ring for the front of the bag.  I wish they would have included this with the pattern, as they did the plastic zippered compartments.  I have had a terrible time trying to find one.  I have been to JoAnns, Michaels, Hobby Lobby, Menards, and my local quilt shops.  One of the quilt shops had a dark wooden one, but I think this bag is begging for a silver one.

It was a fabulous week with much chatting, planning, and sewing!

Take Care til next week and thanks for following me!

Lana

TWIST ~ This Week In Studio Time

Comfort quilt finished!  I was able to complete Megan’s gift and present it to her before her third chemo treatment.  My heart is in every stitch.  I gave a lot of thought as I was piecing and quilting for just the right thing to say on the label.

Megan's Label

Megan’s Label

The bits and pieces that represent life’s ebb and flow, ups and downs, joys and sorrows are on the front.

Tumbler Scrap Quilt

Tumbler Scrap Quilt

I echo quilted the tumbler shape after I stitched in the ditch.  I decided to name the quilt, Lemonade for Megan because we all know what we are supposed to do when life gives us scraps.

The label side was made of a wide single paisley printed fabric in case she preferred it over the scrappy side.

Back side

Back side

My wish is that it brings her much comfort.

TWIST

TWIST ~ This Week In Studio Time

I hope all mothers out there enjoyed the weekend as I did.  I know some don’t care for the “Hallmark” Holidays, but I think they do make you pause and remember, which is their purpose.

My studio time last week was spent making these cute party favors on my embroidery machine.

Flamingo tealights!

Flamingo tealights!

I also began the HoopSisters Mystery Quilt.  I am such a sucker for mystery quilts!  Don’t know what it is, but it’s so hard to resist.  I don’t know how many mystery quilt classes I’ve taken from Charlotte Angotti and I’ve loved every one of them!  Anyway, I can only show you the fabric for this one as I’m sworn to double secret probation not to disclose until June 15 since it’s a mystery, so here’s my fabric selection.

Hoopsisters  2015 Mystery Quilt fabric selection

Hoopsisters 2015 Mystery Quilt fabric selection

Meet you back here at the end of this week..

It’s Friday! Time to TWIST!

TWIST – This Week In Studio Time

It was a slow week in my studio.  I was unpacking from one vacation and getting packed for an upcoming weekend trip.  I did have a good time playing with my fabric stash and auditioning fabrics for upcoming projects, though.

fabric stash

fabric stash

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fabric stash

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

I also sewed two of my newest patches on my Airstream sweatshirt.  I collect jacket patches instead of bumper stickers when we visit places while Airstreaming.  Getting ready for a new season of adventures and friendships!

Airstream sweatshirt

Airstream sweatshirt

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Airstream sweatshirt

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

My happy place!

My happy place!