Wednesday Giveaway

Adrienne is this week’s winner and she will receive a really nice Pocket Color Wheel! it’s compact and has a whole lot of information at a truly affordable price. If you are not the lucky winner, I think you should definitely buy one :-).

If you are not the winner and you’d like a Pocket Color Wheel, you can find them and all sorts of sewing notions, books, and other fun stuff at pieceocake.com!

Shipping at pieceocake.com is free on orders over $75 every day.

Wednesday Giveaway

Susan Spiers is this week’s lucky winner! She will receive two different needle threaders that are compact, portable, and that really work! (Of course you do have to see well enough to put the wire through the eye of the needle :-).)

If you are not Susan and you’d like one or more needle threaders, you can find them and all sorts of sewing notions, books, and other fun stuff at pieceocake.com!

Shipping is free on orders over $75 every day.

Wednesday Giveaway

Debra Reber is this week’s winner. She will receive Magic Mirror. It is made from two 6″ x 6″ plexiglass mirrors, joined together on one side.  Place the mirror on different motifs on printed fabric to see what your block can look like with motif repeated. It is easy to use and has complete instructions.

Watch the video below to see how it works.

If you are not Debra and you’d like a Magic Mirror, you can find it and all sorts of sewing notions, books, and other fun stuff at pieceocake.com!

Shipping is free on orders over $75 every day.

Wednesday Giveaway

Darlene Slocum is this week’s winner… congrats, Darlene! She will receive a beautiful hemostat from Tula Pink. It is a tool that grabs well all the way to the tip without having to squeeze it hard. The inside of the ‘blades’ are smooth so that they grip without damaging the fabric. Use it for pushing, pulling, turning or stuffing.

If you are not the winner and you’d like a Tula Pink hemostat, you can find it and all sorts of sewing notions, books, and other fun stuff at pieceocake.com!

Shipping is free on orders over $75 every day.

When has quilt reached the end?

My friend, Pete’s, mother, Sue, has moved and downsized and Pete is going through the POD with the last items that she couldn’t decide what to do with. He asked me to look at some of the quilts.

Pete explained that a lot of them were not family quilts. Many were salvaged from a moving crew who had used them to pad furniture during one of his parents’ moves long ago. they weren’t in good shape then and time had not made them better. Pete laid them out just before I got there. Seeing quilts on a driveway… that doesn’t happen often, does it? But the drive was clean and it did make it easy to see them all quickly.

These quilts would have been wonderful in their younger years but that was then. In the here and now, these quilts are falling apart.

It’s as if the fabric itself is giving up.

These have all been washed a lot and the cotton batting was in clumps in most of them. It makes me very happy that we have good batting today. I will be more grateful when I open my next bag of batting.

This one looked good from a distance, but up close, it too is in bad shape.

This one was worth saving, and Pete spotted a woven ‘Made by Sue Schulze’ label on the back with the date 1970. We think she did what was common in her family and finished up old blocks that had been left to her.

The outer edge isn’t bound—it has inset with big rickrack. Part of one edge is kind of chewed up and if it was me, I would just cut off the dangly parts and leave it alone. I told Pete how to wash it gently and I’ll give him some Retro Clean that might take out some of the stains.

The rest of the quilts will most likely be thrown away. I feel like I should feel worse about that than I do, but I don’t. These quilts lived productive lives and were cuddled along the way and like most things in this world, quilts will not last forever.

It’s like the universe is sending me a message…

Organic Applique Blog Tour!

(FYI: Melissa Gerber was chosen by the random number generator to be the winner of the ebook.)

Welcome to you who are visiting today as part of the tour celebrating Kathy Doughty’s new book, Organic Appliqué! Kathy is my friend who just also happens to be a wonderful quilter with excellent quilting and design skills. You can also find this post on Instagram @beckygoldsmith.

Organic Applique is packed with good information about color and design. I was struck as I read the book by the ways Kathy’s take on color is similar to, but different from, my own. In fact, I think that my book, The Quilter’s Practical Guide to Color, and Kathy’s Organic Applique are a perfect pair.

Kathy asked us to interpret a pattern from her book as if we were making it. I chose the pattern “Stolen Moments”. The video walks you through the way I would color this quilt. I hope you enjoy it!

For a chance to win an Organic Applique e-book, leave a comment on this post or on the Instagram post. A winner will be chosen tomorrow.

Be sure to visit the next tour host, Rachael Daisy, on Instagram @bluemountaindaisy tomorrow.

Here are the other tour stops:

  • Monday August 26 Wendy Williams @flyingfishkits 
  • Tuesday August 27 Natalie Barnes @beyondthereefpatterns
  • Wednesday August 28 Becky Goldsmith @beckygoldsmith
  • Thursday August 29 Rachael Daisy @bluemountaindaisy
  • Friday August 30 Scott Hansen @bluenickelstudios
  • Saturday August 31 Maria Shell @talesofastitcher
  • Sunday September 1 Anna Maria Horner @annamariahorner