Saturday, October 17, 2009

Park City Girl: Blogger's Quilt Festival - FAQ

Park City Girl: Blogger's Quilt Festival - FAQ

Quilt Festival

My friend and I exchanged Christmas cacti one year so we would each have the other ones color with our own. Two weeks later, my friend was diagnosed with breast cancer and had to have a mastectomy that was followed with chemotherapy.

A friend and client brought in a top for me to quilt and said it was a Christmas cactus pattern. I loved the pattern! I used breast cancer material, the Christmas cactus pattern (which I turned to make a cross) and added scripture in the small squares for encouragement and gave it to my friend.

When my friend went through the chemo she took her quilt, it kept her body and heart warm, and her spirit focused on getting better.

Sunday, September 20, 2009

Doorway to China Pattern

I am working on my third Doorway to China quilt. I have completed two of them
This one that I posted previously

And then this one. I call this one Doorway to Koi Pond.

My 3rd one is almost done. They are so fun.

If you use a panel you can fussy cut it to all match and it would look really cool. Since I made a challenge to myself to use my stash this entire year and not buy for any new project, sigh, I didn't have a complete panel. So I cheated a little on all three of mine, but I do like the way they turned out. I got the pattern free from one of my sites that I visit. I cant remember which one so I could post them there, but if you want it, I can let you know where to get it- Best of all, it is FREE!

I can't stop making them, they are more addicting than pistacios! (as Abby on NCIS would say) Well, have you only eaten just one pistacio?!?

Friday, September 18, 2009

End of Summer

I cannot believe it is the end of summer. Here in the Kern River Valley it is still in the high 90's low 100's, but the nights are cooler, and our two or three days of fall are coming.
I also have some more finished tops! I haven't really been finishing up my previous projects as planned, but started and finished several new tops this summer. Here are my two latest.

Frogs in a Thimble

Gateway to China Gardens

Now to catch up my longarming with my clients so I can quilt some of my many, many, tops! Happy Fall Y'all!!!

Monday, September 7, 2009

Without leaves :(

As promised, here is a picture of the quilt without the leaves. It left me a little blah.
Of course neither pictures actually does the quilt justice! I took them with my phone, lol.

Saturday, September 5, 2009

Math, it is not for everyone!

Okay, I admit it, I really suck at math. I dont understand it, it doesnt make any sense to me what-so-ever but it is a necessary evil, that I have to live with.
In school, I memorized to pass tests. As a banker for 30 years, I used a calculator, the last 5 years as a bookkeeper, the calculator works.

But as a quilter- whats a girl to do?

I do a lot of art quilts, e-quilter is not an interest to me- yet :) And on my other quilts, I muddle through.

When making my quilt for Kona Coffee Quilt contest held in my favorite town- Kona! I took a pattern from a magazine and re-designed it. Not to hard, right? I redesigned the center, and the borders and the entire size of the quilt to fit the requirements.

I drew up the flower, and the leaves and berries, all to the redesigned size requirement.

And I started sewing, and laying out, and sewing. When I got to my 6" borders I realized two things.
My leaves were cut for 6 inch borders, and my borders totaled 6 inches......
Yes, you are right- each border could only be 3 inches!
I really hate this math thing!
Now, I have a finished quilt top, within the requirements and need to put on 3" borders all around, but what to do with the 30 6" leaves?!?
I tried every layout I could think of, and came up with this...

Whatcha think? Even someone who messes up math gets lucky once in a while!

I am sew happy!

Saturday, August 8, 2009

Zig-Zag Quilt along

Well I did it. I finished my zig-zag quilt border and all. No, I didnt get it quilted, that will have to wait until I get caught up with my clients quilts. :)

I think I will be doing more of these. It was fun, and now that I know what I am doing, it will be a lot easier to choose the fabrics that will show off the pattern better.

I am pleased the way it turned out. So pleased that I am using my Ricky Tims convergence fabric for the backing! I have been saving it for something special, well this is it!

My pics arent the best quality and the colors are way brighter in person, but I do like the way it turned out.

I had to add the border so I could use every little bit of what I cut from my fat quarters.
Thanks Amy for your hard work in this quilt along.

Now to get busy on my Kona Coffee Quilt for the contest in November!

Sunday, August 2, 2009

Quilt Along 2- Zig Zag Quilt

I have to admit, I totally over thought this project. I had my 15 fat quarters- all different - and could not figure out how this would work. I am a visual person and really need to "see" something in order to figure it out.

So I just followed the instructions and tried to understand what we were doing. I just didnt get it tho- Until I started sewing and laying it out. Then I got it! This is where I am so far. Not sure I like it yet, but will continue. :)

Enjoying the journey!

Saturday, August 1, 2009

Park City Girls new handbag!

31 : : Boxy Tote Pattern & a Giveaway!

I can't believe I've finally pulled this pattern together! I am so excited to tell you that it is in my shop right now for sale! And, I went to get interfacing at my LQS earlier - they want to sale it too! And maybe make a class out of it! I wasn't even trying to market it there yet, I had the kids with me, and thought I would come back when I had my act together :)

The giveaway - I will giveaway two copies on Monday, August 3rd. Leave a comment, and let me know what fabrics you would like to make it up with. Also, I would love to have your help spreading the word, so grab my picture and post on your blog. Let me know you posted in another comment for an extra chance.

Thanks for your help and have a great weekend!


Sunday, July 26, 2009

Quilt Along 2- Zig Zag Quilt

I am doing the quilt along with Old Red Barn and Park City Girl. Dana and Amy are in this one together, With Amy leading the quilt along.
I have my fabric all picked out (still stash-busting and sticking to my goal), all ironed and ready to cut in the above pic.

Now to cut out- my favorite part! Since I am doing a lap quilt, I cut out 5" squares. Laid them out in the order I want the rows to go, and am waiting for the next step. It should be posted tomorrow.

If you want to quilt along, check out Old Red Barn Co on Flicker. While there check me out on Flicker too! Lots of fun! I am under Rose of Sharon Studio.
Happy Quilting

Thursday, July 16, 2009

Fab Shop Hop

Have you tried to shop hop online? It can be fun! You see so many new fabrics, ideas, notions, books, and well everything! You are ultimately searching for the bunny though. First go to FabShop Hop and sign up.
Then go to Shops not visited, click on the shop and look for the bunny. When you find the bunny, click on him, and he will take you to a prize verification page, put in your email addy and enter. Then go back to shops not visited and click on the next shop.
After you have visited 138 shops and found the bunny, you are registered for the grand prizes!
Go here to register.
Then as Elmer Fudd would say, "SSHHhh! Beee vewwwy qwwiiet, I am hunting Wabbit!"
Enjoy the shops and join in the fun.

Sunday, July 12, 2009

Quilting Quote

"Do you have a quilt in progress?" "Yes, indeed. That's a question you never
have to ask a quilter. There are quilts in our heads, quilts in the way we pile
our fabric on our shelves, quilts on our design walls, under the needles on our
sewing machines. Quilts waiting to be bound. Always quilts.Some of us will die
planning the next one. We won't even notice that final breath."
~from Emilie Richards' novel Sister's Choice

Friday, July 10, 2009

Quilts and their Story

"A quilt hung on a clothes line in the dooryard and idly flapping in the
wind receives twice the appreciation given one which is sedately folded
across a wire with many others in a crowded, jealous row."

"Quilts Their Story and How to Make Them, Marie D. Webster, copyright
> 1915 by Doubleday, Page & Company

New Quilt Along

One of my finger labyrinths.

New Quilt Along!
There is a new quilt along being started on Flicker by Old Red Barn Co. The last one we did had prizes every week, ending with a grand prize of a Janome. No, I didn't win the machine, but I did finish a quilt using my black and whites. :)
I am going to quilt along with Dana (Park City Girl) again and use up more of my stash, and continue fulfilling my New Years resolution of using up what I have before buying more. No, it has not been easy! But it has been rewarding. Come join us on Flicker. Look up Old Red Barn Co. new quilt along, and join in the fun!

Thursday, July 2, 2009

My Hero

We cannot all do great things but we can do small things with
great love.|

-- Mother Theresa

We are off on a long weekend mini-vacation. Celebrating our 20th anniversary.

Happy 4th of July!

Saturday, June 27, 2009

Traveling Backpack

My hubby has a backpack he got at Old Navy years ago and takes with him everywhere. I have searched and searched for something similar with no luck. So I asked all of Mark Lipinskis Pickles if they knew of a pattern. One, Jan from UK, suggested a rucksack. That was what I was looking for! But still couldn't find a pattern. So I copied my sweethearts backpack. I wanted something special, as I was using my vintage barkcloth that I had been saving.

So I cut out all the pieces and started sewing them together to make me a backpack.

I doubled the fabric to add stability and 5 hours and 6 jeans needles later this is what I came up with. Not to bad for a few hours, needles and an old curtain! lol
I originally bought a set of these curtains from an antique shop because they reminded me of the fabric on the couches at my Grandma and Nonas house. The fabric just speaks to my heart of childhood visits and the welcome and love of Grandmas house. And besides, it is very cool!

Friday, June 26, 2009

Migraine Sewing

I get two studio days. These are the days I do my studio business. Long arm Quilting. I have several quilts in line to be quilted (I am blessed). So these days are very precious to me.
Now what happens when you have a migraine on studio day? You dont dare touch a clients' quilt for fear of what it would look like. :) And you cant waste a day either. So you sew, for yourself. I sorta remembered a quilt I saw in a magazine - cant remember which one. And I sorta remember who did it Kaffe Fasset and someone else. (See what happens with a migraine) So I sorta made it.
Of course my memory was wrong- but the quilt came out okay any ways.

I started with a rectangle of 5 1/2 x 13 1/2. (It should have been 5 1/2 x 17 1/2) then added 3 1/2" strips around it (those should have been 3"). Until I got my desired size (and used up the material I wanted in it :) ). Then I added a border print because I wanted to (not in the directions.)

I call this my head ache quilt. One because I had a head ache. And two those mitered corners would have given me a head ache if I didnt have one already.

This is a quick fun quilt- read stash buster - and it only takes and afternoon.
One that was not wasted!

Friday, June 19, 2009

Quilt Along

Well my top is done. I added some borders to mine, just because I didnt want to make a smaller version, and I wanted to use up every smidge of material I cut. The only additions to the strips I cut is a 2 1/2" strip of black. This separates the borders and will be used to bind it.
All done and ready to send to my longarmer! Oh, Wait, Thats me!

Saturday, June 13, 2009

Old Red Barn Co Quilt Along

Old Red Barn Co Quilt Along

I have pieced it all together now and am adding borders. Not wasting an inch of fabric!
I have added a 2" Black border and the 2" block strips left over from cutting 11 1/2" blocks.
Now another 2"black strip and the 7 1/2" strips left over and I will be ready to quilt. Should I quilt it with red thread, black thread or white? mmmm?

Friday, June 12, 2009

This is what I was talking about Yesterday!

We Christians must simplify our lives or lose untold treasures
on earth and in eternity. Modern civilization is so complex as
to make the devotional life all but impossible. The need for
solitude and quietness was never greater than it is today.

-- A. W. Tozer

Old Red Barn Co

3 weeks ago I posted about a Quilt Along at the Red Barn Co. I decided to Quilt Along!
I bought black and white fat quarters a few years ago at Asilomar and saved them for something special. This is special!
First you pick out the fabric, then cut it into strips, then sew the strips together in blocks of six. Then cut the strips three times, to make a square, rectangle and strip.
Then arrange blocks and sew together. Simple enough huh?

Thursday, June 11, 2009

Catching Up

Do we ever really get caught up?
I keep trying, then I could have a day off.
But if I take a day off then I will be behind again.
It is the vicious circle we call life. We have put so much pressure on ourselves that we cannot or will not stop and rest and just be.
But we have so much to do.

I will go to work today and try to get caught up. But I promise to take a moment here and there to smell my roses, pet my cats, play with my dogs, and commune with my God.

Oh, and water the garden, and the lawn and flowers, vacuum and tidy up my studio. Do the dishes and take out the trash, and finish the laundry, and cook dinner. Oh, and finish the quilt on the rack and add a new one.

Wow, gotta go. I need to catch up! Maybe then I could have a day off.... :)

Monday, June 8, 2009

Monday, Monday, cant trust that day!

Back to my bookkeeping job! sigh... Oh well, in this economy I shouldnt complain about a paying job. Looking forward to the day when every day is a create day! Have a wonderful week.

Saturday, June 6, 2009

New Challenge

se of Sharon Studio Bead Creative with Nancy Eha: Fostering creativity with beads and quilts.
Artist/Teacher Nancy Eha creative beading and art quilt gallery,workshops, exhibits,links, and on-line catalog of beading supplies. Nancy challenges you to
Bead Creative with Nancy Eha: Fostering creativity with beads and quilts.
Artist/Teacher Nancy Eha creative beading and art quilt gallery,workshops, exhibits,links, and on-line catalog of beading supplies. Nancy challenges you to: Dare to be creative!
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Bead Creative with Nancy Eha: Fostering creativity with beads and quilts.
Artist/Teacher Nancy Eha creative beading and art quilt gallery,workshops, exhibits,links, and on-line catalog of beading supplies. Nancy challenges you to: Dare to be creative!

Friday, June 5, 2009

Quilt Qua Give away!

Here is info on the latest giveaway: Win: 1 Frosted Memories Fat Quarter Bundle by Holly Taylor for Moda Fabrics ! To enter simply "tell a friend" to spread the word about Quilt Qua. You can send an e-mail to people, post on your blog, comment on someone else's blog, put info in your guild newsletter, etc. Then send an e-mail to: and let me know what you did. Enter as often as you wish. Random drawing for the winner will be at 10 pm July 31st. (Feel free to post giveaway info on your site)

Quilt Qua Check out this site!

Sunday, May 31, 2009

From Mark

This is pieces from author Meg Cox's, QUILTING NOW blog:


I'm sure I'm not the only fan of Mark Lipinski's Quilter's Home magazine
who's been eagerly awaiting the day when Mark puts his act on the tube. His
larger-than-life personality begs for another showcase and he's got the
producing chops, considering his previous career working on such popular network
shows as Oprah and the View.
Well, that day has finally come. The new show, fittingly titled Quilt Out
Loud! will be as unlike other quilting shows as Mark's irreverent magazine is
unlike the rest on the racks. Mark and his co-host, Jodie Davis, head of QNNtv
and author of 30 quilt books, say the format will be fast, funny and full of
surprises. And I mean that literally: they are going to show up, camers rolling,
at the homes of unsuspecting quilters across the country. Yes, they will show
quilts and demonstrate new tools on Quilt Out Loud! but they'll also get into
the lifestyle aspects of quilting just as the magazine does.
Like The Quilt Show, this new show will run only online, and like the show
co-hosted by Ricky Tims and Alex Anderson, you'll have to pay to watch. Some may
flinch at the notion of subscribing to a tv show, but in case you haven't
noticed, most tv stopped being free awhile back. I'm afraid that's the world we
live in right now and personally, I think Mark and Jodie will be worth the
price... Quilt Out Loud! will premiere in late summer but you can watch a
preview teaser now at the new website, To subscribe to the
show you can either join for $24 (which also gives you access to a
bunch of other quilt shows and a vast how-to video library) or, for a higher
fee, you can join Quilters Club of America and get a bunch of extra goodies. (If
they want me to list the goodies, they can buy an ad.) Anyway, here's a special
discount deal: if you decide to join Quilters Club of America you can get 20%
off by using this promotional code in the online application: QH-75VEH

Thanks, cupcakes! See you there! xoxom

Quilt Along

Saturday, May 30, 2009

Quilt Out Loud!

Check this out! If you love Quilters Home Magazine, I think you will love this!

Wednesday, May 20, 2009

Welcome to my Studio

This is Rose of Sharon Studio where I create. I do Longarm Quilting as a business on an APQS Liberty longarm stitch regulated machine. All my quilting is done freehand. I do have a few pantographs to choose from, but I really like letting your quilt inspire my design.
My prices are fair. Not cheap, but not extreme. Somewhere in the middle range depending on size and design.
I offer Quilters Dream batting to my quilters and have 120" backing in bleached and unbleached muslin.
Please stay with me as I create this blogsite and share some of my work with you.