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Squash House Quilts

It has never been my goal of writing this blog, to write about myself, as I simply wanted to use this blogging opportunity to learn more about the world of quilting, embroidery and sewing. This includes learning new designs, meeting others, trying new products, and sharing with others what I find.

But I recently entered a give-away contest, on the basis some of the patterns in the giveaway looked like they were different from what I’ve done and I thought it would be fun to try. It just seemed fun to think about what I would do if I won. And then I found out I actually won.

While I wanted to share this experience with everyone and thank Candace formally thru this post, I realized this experience had also met with my original goals. I had been given another opportunity to meet a very generous person (Candace), plus the prize will take me down another path of learning new quilt designs!

Candace, from Squash House Quilts, sent me my prize and also included a really cute handmade card.

It is going to be difficult for me to pick which one of these lovely designs I start first. Will it be the Lighthouse quilt, Snowman Quilt, papier pieced quilt, jackets, or ? Hymm.

Thank you Candace!

I enjoy reading Candace’s blog (http://www.squashhousequilts.com/ ), as she is an excellent quilter and has many great ideas to share. She blends interesting stories and quilting insights, as well as hosts many fun give-aways. It is a fun site that I enjoy visiting frequently. And I hope you’ll stop by her site and enjoy it as much as I do!

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Happy Birthday Sam – One of the youngest Southern California Quilters

I love birthdays and am a big believer that quilters need to celebrate birthdays with quilting friends, old and new. After all, we are stitched together in a family that keeps us warm with a special bonding where ever we go. And a birthday lunch, trip or sew-cial, with quilting friends always makes for a wonderful birthday for me!

As such, I want to wish a Happy Birthday to Sam Marion who will be celebrating her 9th birthday on May 16th. Sam comes from a long line of sewing enthusiasts. Jan Harmon, Sam’s grandmother is a quilter and long-arm quilter. Sam’s great grandmother was a pattern designer and dress maker.

I think Sam may be the only 9 year old that may actually enjoy receiving birthday gifts of fabric, quilt patterns, and various related quilting items. You see, Sam has been raised in a quilting environment and I believe she’ll soon be teaching quilting & long arm quilting classes. She has such a wonderful smile, cheerful attitude, loves new experiences, and the ability to chat with people of all ages. While she has life ahead of her to make choices of what she’ll want to become, I believe she’ll be a delightful as a quilt teacher, but I also believe she’ll be great at whatever she wants to do in life.

Sam may be one of our youngest quilters and I believe she is the most talented quilter for her age (and for those much older). Samantha has been quilting since she was 6 years old. She also learned to do long arm quilting, on an HQ 16 long arm quilting machine, almost two years ago.

As a baby, Sam began attending a quilting group called “Hens & Chickens Quilt Fellowship” , which meets in Huntington Beach, CA, when she was 11 months old. At the meetings when she was a toddler and would get tired, she would lay down on a pile of fabric or a freshly finished quilt top and take her nap. Members fell in love with Sam and enjoyed showing her various types of needlework and embellishment techniques.

Sam officially started her quilting career in earnest when she was 6 years old by designing her own small quilts, cutting the fabric shapes and Jan would sew them on the machine. Sam quickly started sewing herself, focusing on what many would consider “art quilts” — cutting shapes and fusing them to background fabric and then stitching over the shapes. More recently, Sam is reading quilt magazines for ideas and continuing to design her own quilts.

The first two quilts she finished on the long arm were entered in the 2008 Glendale Quilt show in the youth category. Now those two quilts proudly wear a big red ribbon. On one of these two quilts, My Colorful Collage, she used a groovy board and the machine’s stylus to quilt a large spiral in the middle of the quilt. Then she added fabric pieces and quilted freehand over them to hold them down. For the other of the two quilts, Clarisse the Reindeer used fusible appliqué and quilted freehand over the whole quilt. To finish it off, she added Swarovski crystals for sparkle. She heat sets the crystals herself.
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Last summer, Sam collaborated with Jan, on a quilt for Sam’s babysitter who was going away to college. Sam decided on what should be on the quilt and she cut the shapes for the fish, the jellyfish, the seaweed, the submarine and the other features on the quilt. Jan printed the photos of the babysitter and her friends and did the hand appliqué. Sam and Jan took turns quilting it on the longarm, using the very expensive thread that Sam picked at one of the quilt shows. Sam copied the yellow submarine from the design on logo of her summer camp shirt. The quilt was a very special gift for a special person.

Sam has a wonderful eye for color and design. She shows talent in making creative and artistic quilts, as well as having a unique long arm quilting style. Sam is definitely a delightful young quilter to watch, as I’m sure we’ll be seeing more of Sam at future quilting events.

Happy Birthday Sam. I hope you have a wonderful birthday!

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Stash Control

Once again, my fabric stash has grown out of control like weeds in an unkept garden! How could this happen? I love gardening and I love my fabric collection, just like I love quilting, embroidery and sewing. I know I have too many projects going on, have been having fun at sew-cials with friends, attending workshops, etc..
Was it the recent week long shopping experience with friends, during the San Diego Quilt Run, that did me in?

Hymm.

I’m going to try a new theory, that I’m going to call the “Fabric Diet”. Like counting calories, I’m going to count my yards of fabric. Well, count the yards of fabric going in vs out of my sewing room. For each completed project I know my stash gets reduced, so I simply need to monitor my fabric and focus on more yards going out than in. Sounds like a good diet to me. But can I stick to it?

This week I only need to buy 1 yard of fabric, to finish my Bella Bella Quilt. And I haven’t been able to finish any project this week. So I must confess my stash will grow by one yard of fabric!

Starting stash = {nightmare on Fabric Street that needs to be measured as a starting point}

Fabric in = 1 yard

Fabric out = in my dreams

Ending stash = Nightmare + 1 yard

Oh my. I really need to work on my Fabric Diet this next week! Wish me luck. I’ll report back soon on how my new diet works out! I’m just not sure I’m up to confessing my starting point (I hate to admit how much I weigh, as well as how much fabric I have in my stash).

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Missing Fabrics – A Success Story

Have you ever found the need to search for a particular fabric and had difficulties finding it? I have!

I recently switched two fabrics that I had purchased for a quilt, and my switch resulted in me being short yardage of one fabric that I needed to finish all my blocks. I went hunting thru all my local quilt and yardage stores, sent email inquiries to the fabric manufacturer, various quilt stores, and searched eBay and many online fabric stores. I was spending a lot of time on my search and truly fearful I was going to have to rip out many completed blocks, and start over with a new fabric.

A friend recommended I try MissingFabrics.com. While I had heard of this website previously, it is not something I had ever used. To my my delight I found it quite easy to post a notice about the fabric I was searching for, and within a few days I had heard back from the Winnipesaukee Quilt Company, that they had my fabric. I believe within a week of my notice being posted on MissingFabrics.com I actually had enough yardage in my possession to finish my quilt, as originally planned.

While I hope you never have the problem where you are short fabric, or searching for a fabric you can’t find in stock, but if you are I want to encourage you to give MissingFabrics.com a try as I had such a wonderful experience with them.

As I’m also very happy with the company that was able to sell me my missing fabric, at a very reasonable price, I also want to let you know more about Winnepesaukee Quilt Company. They have a store on eBay with a large selection, plus they have many more fabrics that are not always posted on eBay. So, if you are in need of a certain fabric, I recommend you consider contacting Winnepesaukee Quilt Company. There is a good chance they may have what you need, plus their prices are quite reasonable.

http://www.missingfabrics.com/

http://stores.shop.ebay.com/WINNIPESAUKEE-QUILT-COMPANY

Click here to email Winnipesaukee Quilt Company.

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Why start a blog?

I have many interests and enjoy meeting people. While I don’t view I’m NOT an expert at anything, I enjoy sharing insights with others what I do know, as well as learning from others.

My favorite interests fall into the category of sewing. I love to quilt and I also enjoy machine embroidery. As such, I’m very happy to see these two mediums merging. I love seeing quilts that show the beauty of machine embroidery.

Again, while not an expert, I find that I’m continually asked by friends for advice on these interests. And, I’m continually trying to learn more. With my love of blogging, I concluded that it was time for me to start a blog where I could share my interests with others and hopefully meet more people, where I could also learn from their expertise. Creating a blog about sewing, just seemed to be the logical next step for me. I hope to keep the topics of interest to others, and ensure that valuable insights are shared.

You can always contact me via email at SewCalGal at(@) live.com

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