Life in the Swirly World

Quilt Cruise 2014 – Cruise Goodies!

Here’s a look at some of the gifts our cruisers received. Also, a big thank you to our sponsors!

Kelly Ann and I got together before the Stars at Sea quilting cruise and made some goodies for our cruisers.  Here are the beginning of the name tags for their machines (I failed to get a finished tag pic…):

supplies  machine tags

Kelly Ann made a thread catcher for every quilter:

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I made pincushions that tie around the bed of the machine:

Pincushion  Again, pic fail on the item in action…

We got things started with these fun “Let’s Dig In” shovels:

lets dig in

We created hand embroidery kits as a cruise memento. …

Quilt Cruise 2014!

Hello! I have just returned from an amazing quilting cruise with some of the most wonderful women!!!  If you have never been on a quilting cruise you should definitely check it out – what a great sewing vacation.

Here I am clowning around with Kelly Ann from Kelly Ann’s Quilting.


The cruise was hosted by Quilt Retreat at Sea and sponsored by Kelly Ann’s Quilting.  We sailed from New Orleans on Royal Caribbean’s Serenade of the Seas. Our ports of call were Falmouth, Jamaica; Grand Cayman and Cozumel, Mexico.  Machines were provided by Janome.

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This is one fun group of talented ladies!…

February Achievements

I’m the first to admit that I can be a total workaholic!  I’ve decided that each month I will celebrate my efforts to work on my personal projects and finish up some UFO’s by sharing them with you here. I also think I’ll be more accountable if you’re checking up on me!

I joined the PHD Program at Kelly Ann’s Quilting. Kelly Ann asked us to make a list of 6 PHD’s (Project Half Done) and each month she will draw a number from the list which we need to complete that month. It’s a great idea and six projects didn’t seem too daunting…  Here is my list:


Don’t miss the Sassy Quilter’s Triangle Quilt ALong!

I’m proud to be a sponsor of The Sassy Quilter’s Triangle Quilt Along. Check out her blog for details!

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sew sweet spotlight: side effects

We started featuring individual patterns from our book “Sew Sweet” last month. Today we’re showing “Side Effects” – a quick quilt to make in both the baby and lap sizes. It’s made from fat quarters and a background – easy to shop for, either at a store or from your stash!

Here’s the lap size, using Cotton Couture solids from Michael Miller Fabrics:

Side Effects Lap

And look at the quilting in this close-up:

Side Effects Lap Close Up

We used Patty Sloniger’s “Les Amis” collection with a gray background for our baby version:

Side Effects Baby

You can tell in this close-up that the pattern works well with directional prints:

Side effects Close Up 1

I’d say this is the most “modern” pattern in “Sew Sweet”, and you can see where you can really feature your quilting in all the negative space in the quilt.…

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