Thursday, July 25, 2013

My New Toy

I've seen this iron on the Internet and just knew that I had to have one.  Jenny from "The Missouri Star Quilt Company" uses one in her tutorials.  Here is a link to them. 

I just love this iron.
It is an Oliso Pro and I bought it from
You do not stand this iron up, as soon as you take your hand
off of it, it rises off the ironing board;
then when you go to pick it up, the iron becomes flat.

I finished two more small quilts this past week,also.  The tops were made a long time ago but they needed to be quilted and the binding put on them.

This little quilt was made from a charm pack
that I won from Morning Glory Designs.
 I couldn't decide if I wanted to make it bigger or not so I finally decided to leave it the size it was and to use it as a table topper.  It is very fresh looking for the summer on the table.

I used a Hexagon Ruler from Fons and Porter to make this small quilt.  When you use this ruler to make a braid quilt there is no waste because there is no trimming after the strips are made.
I got the pattern also from Fons and Porter but I only made 4 strips instead of 5 that the pattern called for.  This will be a donation comfort quilt for the local Quilters Guild.

Monday, July 22, 2013

Quilt Therapy Retreat

This past week the Quilt Therapy Group went on retreat to Hawkeye Lake.  It is a quiet setting with the nearest place behind a bank of trees and we only saw 2 boats on the lake.  

A view from the main house down to the Lake and sauna.

We had one day of rain but otherwise we had time for walks and some exercise as well as lots of quilting.  It is great to get away with no husbands, children or grandchildren around and just sit and quilt and get caught up on what has been going on in our lives. We didn't let anything interfere with the task at hand.

We had a large piece of plywood placed on the table which gave us a lot of space to spread out.

Maria quilted the Star Wars Quilt for her grandson.

Joyce finished the quilt top for "Cabin by the Lake"
and started to quilt it.

Pierina finished the ABC quilt for her granddaughter
and started the quilting on it.

Maria and I were making small quilts for teddy bears
for Christmas Cheer Fund.

The group

We are all looking forward to next year when we will do it all again.