Tuesday, September 30, 2014

Craft Taffy Retreat 2014 - Part 2

Our 1st Session
Retreat Gals
got to sewing dolls, quilts...

they were laughing, knitting,
crocheting, reading...
And cooking.
Lots of cooking by Des.
She had her "work" music
up loud for all
to "enjoy".


As you complete
 a quilt top, 
you hang it on the bannister.


After all that sewing,
we needed to relax.
Eva came and gave
us chair massages.  
Here's Kathy H and I letting the tension go.  
Thank you Eva!
More to come.


Friday, September 26, 2014

Craft Taffy 2014 Retreat - Part 1

We're back...
our Craft Taffy retreat
held last week in
beautiful McCall, Idaho.

This year we had two
 back to back sessions.

Our Supergirl Theme
led to all kinds of fun 
and pink.

LeAnn did a tasty demo
for us on shapes in
cakes and breads.

Kathy O demoed how to make 
Super Sliding Fleece Socks.
Here are the Session One

The weather was fantastic.
Had a great picnic on the patio.

To be continued.... 
there's more,
much more.

Wednesday, September 24, 2014

The Pigeon Needs a Book Bag

A friend is having a baby boy!
I've only known this for
months and
nothing like having a deadline
 to get things done.
She's kind of having a book shower.
And these are definitely 2
of our family favorites.
My daughter's favorite page.
The Pigeons need a book bag, right?
That seemed like a great idea
at midnight last night.
I've never made a larger tote before,
so I just kind of made this up as I cut.
(another great midnight idea)
I used some of my hoarded
The bag was supposed to be
 the size of the books.
It's just a little bigger. :)
It'll be great for the library.
There's soft Velcro inside,
it just rips open easy.
Oh, here's my favorite page.
(although I don't like mustard.)

I hope the little boy
comes to Love the Pigeon.

Saturday, September 13, 2014

Friday, September 5, 2014

Quick Column Quilts Blog TOUR

We're excited to participate in
a blog tour
featuring Nancy Zieman's newest book -
Quick Column Quilts.
Make 12+ Bold and Beautiful Designs in
Half the Time
Who doesn't want to do that?
I chose to make the
Carefree Column Quilt.
 You take 6 fat quarters and
1 1/2 yards of fabric
and start cutting! 
Love that.
With this design it can be modern,
whimsical or traditional.
The design
highlights the fabric.
Another thing I like about this pattern
is that it would be easy to
add columns to customize the size.
The columns go together quickly.
Sometimes I like to be told
exactly where things go,
Nancy's diagrams did just that.
After I cut my pieces,
I noticed some were directional,
so I made my column quilt go horizontal
 so the whales and fish 
are swimming right side up.
This fun Beach fabric
is a 6 fat quarter pack. 
It's on sale,
see here.
It was perfect.
I paired it with Kona's Windsor Blue.
This quilt measures 45"x60".
A nice lap size, wall size or
mine is great for a toddler.

The quilting was done by Baywater Quilts.
Ingrid has been machine quilting for many years,
and does such a great job.
We went with a
splashing water vibe.
Just added some yummy flannel
on the back.

To see other quilts in the book,
check out the blog tour.

Date                  Link

09/04/14         Nancy Zieman
09/05/14         Quilt Taffy and Simple Simon & Co.
09/06/14         Diary of a Quilter  and Stitchin Jenny
09/07/14         A Woman a Day  and Craizee Corner                
09/08/14         Jina Barney DesignzLilac Lane Patterns, and Totally Stitchin’ 
09/09/14         Esch House Quilts and The Cottage Mama
09/10/14         Designs in Machine Embroidery and Pat Sloan
09/12/14         Happy Valley PrimitivesDoohikey Designs, and Quilt in a Day
09/13/14         Quilt Dad and Just Arting Around
09/14/14         Lazy Girl Designs and  Marie-Madeline Studio
09/15/14         Always Expect Moore  and Polka Dot Chair
09/16/14         Amy Lou Who Sews and Riley Blake Designs
09/17/14         Indygo Junction and Amy’s Creative Side

  We are giving away a copy of the book!
Giveaway is sponsored by F and W Media. 
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