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I Found A New Local Quilt Shop

Rhubarb Pie is once again on the menu.  I have a nice chain of green patches to snip apart and I managed to start on the pink & green patches as well.

Rhubarb Pie Quilt green patches in a pile

The serpentine quilting was going along nicely, but as usual I got busy and it’s sitting there taunting me. Pink Paws has claimed it as her spot while I either sew or type.

Pink Paws

Driving in a neighboring city, I happened to pass a quilt shop that I had heard about.  So of course I turned around and visited The Scrappy Quilter. What a nice surprise! It’s not a big shop, but they have carefully selected fabrics in the newest and trendiest lines. They have an almost complete selection of 50wt Aurifil (orange spool) and carry other machine quilting brands as well.

Rarely do I walk into a quilt shop and purchase several items without a list in hand. Impulse shopping is fun! Haha.

The Scrappy Quilter just happened to carry the small and medium sized See Your Stuff clear storage bags. I purchased the large one in lime green last summer and absolutely LOVE the thing. I love it so much I bought each of my sewing sisters one in different colors.  I digress. I bought the small one (6″x8″) as it’s perfect for carrying small sewing tools like my thimble, thread, needle case, etc.

One of the displays was of a quilt made with 1930’s fabrics. As y’all know, ‘30’s are my thing. Naturally I purchased the pattern. And the Tri-recs rulers to get the shapes used in the pattern.

The pattern is from the Gingham Girls and is called Diamond Lane. You can purchase it from Diamond LaneCreate For Less  on clearance for 1/3 what I paid for it. (No affiliation, they just happened to have the cheapest price I could find.)

My final purchase was a product that I stumbled across in March, but hadn’t yet ordered from Amazon. I had seen Bosal’s In-R-Form Plus, a unique fusible foam stabilizer over at Crafty Gemini and it intrigued me.

Before I purchased the foam, I wanted real reviews and first-hand experience from quilters who had actually used the stuff so I put it out there to the Quilting group administrated by Carol Ann Ferrari-Rogers. Here are some of the responses I received:

“Love it! Used it in purses, some only on bottoms, but it makes them stand up!” – Connie G.

“I’ve used it for a tote bag. It’s awesome! Runs through the machine real nice and holds its shape very well.” – Monica E.

“I love it!! I use it on the chubby charmer pattern and the sides of my bag stand up on their own instead of just flopping over.” – Victoria L.

As soon as I make a project with it, you can bet I’ll write a post with photos.

I will be heading in that direction more often, so The Scrappy Quilter will definitely become my LQS (local quilt shop).

Do you have a local quilt shop that you would like to share? Or have you used the In-R-Form Pluse? If so, what was your experience with it?

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Rhubarb Pie, Serpentine Stitch & a Drawing

In mid-February I walked away from the job I held in the fabric department at Hobby Lobby in order to fulfill my role as housewife. Before y’all go feminist on me, it was MY decision, not my husband’s.  While working I didn’t have time for anything. Housekeeping, cooking, mothering, “wife-ing”, and quilting all took a backseat and my life became endless days of constantly running.

I was fulfilling the part of me that needed adult interaction, and the parts that needed to teach and to learn.

What I was losing, though, was precious time with my family. And I was losing my creativity. Weeks would go by without me touching my machine. For a Creative, that generates discontent, frustration, and angst.

It seems like forever since I have had a finish. I don’t have one this week, but I am making Pile of Rhubarb Pie Quilt Patchesprogress. Sunday I managed to stitch four neat little stacks of 2-patches for the beginnings of my Rhubarb Pie quilt. One of the Facebook groups that I used to Admin had a swap for the pinks and greens needed. You can purchase the pattern here at Bella Rose Quilts (I have zero affiliation, they were the first one that popped up with the pattern).

Last Saturday was our monthly Sit & Sew at my friend Jan’s house. She graciously allowed me to use her long arm frame to baste some quilts. I’m really terrible about getting pictures. However, I did manage to get three smallish (larger than crib, smaller than twin) quilts basted in about six hours. Go me!

Jan discovered this wonderful thread from Superior called Vanish Extra. You can purchase it directly from Superior or through Amazon Prime.  Vanish Extra is a water soluble thread that stitches up just like regular thread. Toss your quilt in the wash, and voilà, no more basting stitches. A word to the wise: Don’t lick your fingers to moisten the end of the Vanish Extra when trying to re-thread your needle. Haha.

Wednesday ended up being a sick day for Junior. She’s been fighting allergies and a nasty cold, and it finally settled in her ears. Poor tyke. So while she lounged around in her jammies reading on her Kindle, I had some unexpected free time to quilt. Wooohoooo!

19030s 4 patch with a little helper for Nakeytoes QuiltingAt some point this winter, I did have some free time to whip up this top. It was fast AND easy. A wonderful combination for someone who was missing their sewing time.

Detail of Serpentine Stitch in Variegated Thread by Nakeytoes Quilting 2016It’s just a simple 4-patch made with some 1930’s nickels that I had purchased online. It measures roughly 63”x81”. I had seen a picture on Pinterest and knew that I had to make it. Check out Mama Spark’s blog to see the original. I love the simplicity. And serpentine stitch is my new favorite quilting stitch. Throw in some pastel variegated thread, and you have quilting bliss.

As I said, it’s not done. By a long shot. I still have endless rows to achieve the look of the one in the photo. But I’m working on it. And I’m quilting. Finally.

As a side note, I am trying to grow my Facebook page Nakey Toes Quilting. Like, Share, and Comment on the pinned post to be entered in a drawing to win Fabulously Fast Quilts by Amy Smart.

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