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Good afternoon,

I finally have the computer problem fixed and I was able to create a smile box this morning using the pictures from the AQS show. The smile box starts with a red and white exhibit and then goes into the exhibit from the tentmakers of Cairo.

The AQS quilts are featured next, of course it wasn’t possible to take pictures of every quilt but I certainly tried to get pictures of all the winners and larger quilts. Before each quilt  there is usually a close-up and the name card so you can see who made the quilt. I hope you enjoy the slideshow, sit down with a nice cup of coffee or tea and be inspired.

Happy quilting, Rosemary

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Catching up

Dear friends,
Last week the big AQS show was in Grand Rapids, my hometown. I took plenty of pictures but I’m having computer troubles with the smile box so I’m hoping that by the end of the week I we’ll figure that out and be up to send you a smile box. It is so wonderful to have such an awesome show in our backyard.

There were 156 vendors, it’s so easy to come home with so many wonderful things and so many new ideas. Here are some of the things I purchased .  

It also made me gather all the quilts from the ironing board and around the house that needed binding and they are currently in the dining room and that is my project for the week. 12 large quilts that need binding, I’m bout to determine to get them finished before I start something new. Once I get the binding on my machine, it will be a long process turning it back by hand but that’s OK the hard part will be accomplished. It is so much easier to put the binding on in the dining room on a  bigger table.

  
Last week I did finish my Temecula block of the month, it was great to work on the project with friends.  

 I also finished putting together all my tumblers, over 1200 tumblers I cut out of my scrap bag a couple of weeks ago. 

   
The only block of the month or block of the week I am working on yet this year is the Barbara Brackman stars. Right now I’m doing two of every star, just fun to use a different fabric she picks every week.

   
   
I also am comprising a list still of other things I need to do next, I definitely have some kits and some other projects started that I want to finish.

Have a wonderful day and I hope that I will be able to post a smile box soon. Happy quilting, Rosemary

Dear friends,

It is hard to know when you are going on vacation with family whether to bring your sewing machine or not. This time I decided yes I would bring my sewing machine along. There wasn’t a lot of time because we were having so much fun doing different activities but I did manage to start on my tumblers.   The tumblers were a great project to work on when you don’t have to think and you can just put things together. I loved it. When it is finished it will measure around 110 in.² and use up all the tumblers that I cut from the scrap bag. Well maybe there will be a couple left.

I found a great quilt shop that I love going to when I go up north, it is called Hearts to Holly quilt shop and is located in Charlevoix, Michigan. Posting pictures of some of the beautiful fabrics that they have. Will post more information about the project I’m working on after I catch up from vacation

Happy quilting,
Rosemary

   
    
    
    
    
    
 

Dear friends, sorry the post went off before it was finished.
 I am amazed at how many scraps you can fit in a box and my friend in New York will have so much fun with them. Fun to share especially since I have so many scraps   So I decided to separate the rest of the scraps, I kept one box full of just strips, just so much ironing again.😃😃😃 I saved strips of various lengths and widths, I have so many strips, I would imagine there is enough for a couple of good size quilts.  I cut approximately 1500 squares that are 2 1/2 inches. 

 My guess is there are about 5000  1 1/2 inch squares.   

 There also 2000  3 1/2 inch tumblers, I for one cannot wait to put those together 

 Plus there are so many triangles, squares and others odd shaped scraps , My guess is the box holds at least over 10,000. 😊

 

So now all of my scraps are organized and they’re going to be all kept in these little drawers in this little storage unit I bought at Joann fabrics. Not sure what project I will start with them but even though it was a lot of work it was worth it and I will realize that more when I begin my next project using them.   

 Enjoy your weekend.

Happy quilting, 

Rosemary

Dear friends,
I wrote at the beginning of the week about the bag of scraps, at the time I had no idea how much of a task and how much ironing would be involved. Well the bag is empty so where did all the scraps go. 
I picked up one pile no more rhyme or reason to what is in that pile and shipped it off to New York to a friend that loves scraps 

Good morning dear friends,
Some of you might be wondering if I’m finished with my bag of scraps, that certainly is a much harder job than I ever assumed it would be. What a tangled mess I am running into, the ironing is what takes so long.  We have a fabric store near our home that is called Fields fabrics, they carry a variety of fabrics along with 100% cotton fabrics for quilting. Once a year they have this large tent sale and fabric is 2.00 to 2.99 a yard. It is the perfect time to look for fabrics for backings for quilts or even children’s pillowcase fabrics.
   
    
    
    
    
 Definitely a lot of awesome deals, just takes a little while to look through the mounds of fabric and did I buy any? Of course. I usually buy 9 yards or 5 yards for backing. Here are the fabric that I bought, you might be wondering why I chose some of them but someday will see them on back of the quilt or made into pillowcases. As far as the McDonald’s fabrics goes,  I was a manager at McDonald’s when I was only 18 years old, my children loved it and now my grandchildren do, not 100% sure what I will do with it but I couldn’t leave it there either. 

  Back to the cutting of the scraps, Rosemary

Dear friends,

I’m sure that most of us have a scrap bag, I was looking at mine and I thought I need to do something. I have been saving scraps and some of my scraps are really large into a large garbage bag for quite a while. I don’t even want to guess how much the bag actually weighs.    

  I could not even believe the assortment of fabrics in the bag, so many past projects came to mind as I went through the bag . I’m not sure what I will end up doing with the scraps but I have a feeling that I will not be storing them like this and I will try to be more organized. Right now I’m cutting the scraps up into various sizes and then I will decide what quilts to make. I have no idea how many squares or tumblers or strips I will get from the bag but I have a feeling it is going to take a while to get through the entire bag.

I decided I’m going to cut 3 inch tumblers  2 inch squares 

  2 1/2 inch squares  

 Ironing all my strips which I think will help in the long run. 

  Saving smaller triangles and little pieces that I don’t feel fit into these categories  

  
I will post more pictures when I get through the bag. I think this is going to be an adventure I’m going to enjoy.

Happy quilting, Rosemary
 

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