Quilty happenings in Tipton and Iowa City Feb 13-16, 2020

February 12, 2020

On Thursday Feb 13 from 5-7 p.m. and on the 14th-15th during regular hours, the Fabric Stasher in Tipton will be having an open house for their expansion.  They’ve added the next door storefront, moved all the long arm machines, backings, battings, and clearance items into it.  They also have expanded space for classes and to bring in your own items to work on.  I’d love to go on the 13th (hors d’oeuvres will be served), but it will be stinkin’ cold and it seems I’ve gone full “old people” mode for not wanting to be out and about in bad/cold weather especially at night since I retired.

On Feb. 15-16, the I-80 Quilt Shopper’s One-Stop Shopping Spree will be in Iowa City, IA at the Clarion Highlander Hotel.  I’m not sure if I’ll go or not, we’ll see how the weather and my mood about the current state of the stash is by then.  The photos below have location, hours and vendor information.

I did make a note on the flyer to take a light.  Vendor-wise, this is a nice show of 14 vendors from Iowa. 

However – the lighting stinks, especially for those in the center of the room!  The hotel really needs to upgrade the lighting in the room.  Vendors around the outside of the room have better access to electrical outlets, but even then it seemed a bit dark in some booths.  I hope more vendors remember to bring lights and looooong extension cords.  It’s very hard, no – impossible, to tell the difference between black and other dark colors.  Last time I went, I ended up taking fabrics I was interested in to a spot that had better lighting before deciding on whether to purchase.

The Bird Quilt – IT IS DONE!!!!

February 8, 2020

WOOHOOO!!  It’s donedonedone!  Finished!  Completed!

I finished the binding and embroidering my name and year earlier today, and just photographed it hoping for a bit better light in the room. Read the rest of this entry »

Iowa Political stuff – move on if not interested!

February 4, 2020

Please note – I live in Iowa.  While not registered with any party, I do have a few observations.

I didn’t plan to ever put political things here, but Really Iowa?!  Heads should roll, and not just with the state Democrat committee, I mean with the app developer also.   Read the rest of this entry »

Feb. 2 Check In

February 2, 2020

Sewing & Needlework:

On 1/25/2020, the hand quilting on the borders was DONE!  Finis!  Completed.  WooHoo!!   The following day, stitching around the whole thing and trimming was done.  And about that binding fabric…  it was the wrong one.  As it turns out, I only have pieces of the matching green.  I have a big chunk of the red, but it was a different dye lot and is a lot brighter.  I have pieces of the original red. The quilt will finish at about 78×88 inches, if my maths are correct, I need 9.3 yards of binding.  I’d like to do bias binding, but will have to do straight grain since the bits left won’t lend to bias cutting.  I really don’t want to go trying to figure out another fabric, whether from stash or store.  On further measuring and thought, if I go with 2 1/4 inch binding, I have enough of either green or red bits.  After looking at both with the quilt, I went with the red.  It’s cut 2 1/4 inches wide, sewn together, and ready to be pressed.  Not only did I like it better, but I know all are cut on lengthwise grain.  I’m not sure if all the green bits were, or if I’d end up with a mix of lengthwise and crosswise grains. All the bits and pieces are folded and back in the stash in the correct places.
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Late January Check In

January 21, 2020

I thought I’d post before this gets too long and rambly.  Although, it looks like I should have posted sooner for that.

Sewing & Needlework:

I’ve turned the last corner on the bird quilt and am 2/3 of the way done with the last Read the rest of this entry »

Goodbye 2019, Hello 2020.

January 9, 2020

Hellooooo 2020.

Yay?  I’m not sure I’m ready for it, but here it is.  I hope all your holidays went well and the new year is off to a good start.

No resolutions or word of the year post from me.  It’s enough pressure to remember to write the new year on checks.  Why not do those whenever Read the rest of this entry »

Happy Holidays 2019

December 23, 2019

I hope all had a good Winter Solstice, are having a good Hanukkah, and will have a good Christmas, New Year, Kwanza, and whatever else is happening this time of year.

In other words – Happy Holidays!


Sewing & Needlework:

I started quilting the borders of the bird quilt.  I’ve finished with one narrow end.  I wondered if it’s a good idea to have the same design in both borders for a bit after I cut the stencils.  I decided to reverse Read the rest of this entry »

Early December Check-In

December 7, 2019

I’m so not ready to be writing December!  Sorry for the length of this post, maybe I should consider posting more often?

Sewing & Needlework:

WooHooooooo!   The bird quilt blocks and sashing are DONE!  I finished that part after we got home Read the rest of this entry »

Late November Check-in (already?!?!)

November 26, 2019

I hope all have a good Thanksgiving, and not too much travel woes due to the weather.  We’re keeping it pretty quiet here.

Sewing & Needlework:

The butterfly quilt has a couple more blocks done with stitch in the ditch-ish part.  I add the “-ish” due to the learning curve Read the rest of this entry »

Mid-ish November Check-in

November 13, 2019

Sewing and Needlework :

The Bird Quilt – Oh My!  While reading Humble Quilts blog, the November 8 2019 entry about the Broderie Perse exhibit, I’m scrolling along drooling over the lovelies.  Nothing new about that!  I get down to the quilt Bird Song Read the rest of this entry »