Thursday, December 28, 2017

Double Pinwheel

  The end of the year is counting down.  One of the things that I have always tried to do is to complete the lingering projects from the year.  That does not mean that I finish all my quilt projects.  These are the ones that I am making for the shop or was commissioned to make for a customer.  This gives me a good feeling to begin my year anew.  Since Christmas has pasted, I have been able to concentrate on them.  Tomorrow, I have one quilt left to bind.  Yeah!! Next, on to the projects that came in this month that have 2018 deadlines.
  For now, it is block time.  Double Pinwheel is one of my favorites and a great one for any skill level.
Double Pinwheel


  Cutting
    Light fabric
      one  4 1/4" sq.  cut diagonally twice

    Medium fabric
      two  3 7/8" sq.  cut diagonally once

    Dark fabric
      one  4 1/4" sq.  cut diagonally twice

  Well, there is still time to finished one more before the new year begins.  Have fun.
  Terry

Wednesday, December 27, 2017

Jacob's Ladder

  Winter has really arrived.  We had a white Christmas, just a dusting.  Three of my children and their families made it for Christmas Eve.  It was wonderful to have them here.  My youngest, Nicholas is in school in New York.  He and his wife could not make it back so hubby and I will go visit him in a couple of weeks.  
  The cold has hit us hard.  We have been 20 to 30 degrees colder then normal.  Hopefully, it will warm up at least a little.
  Jacob's Ladder is the block of the day.  It is very simple with the HST and four-patches.
Jacob's Ladder


  Cutting
    Light fabric
      two  2 7/8" sq.  cut diagonally once
      ten  1 1/2" sq.

    Medium fabric
      two  2 7/8" sq.  cut diagonally once

    Dark fabric
      ten  1 1/2" sq.

Keep warm,
  Terry

Friday, December 22, 2017

Crosses & Losses

   Talen stopped by to help me make salads for Christmas eve.  His favorite thing to make is the pinwheels made from jello and marshmallows.  He is going skiing tomorrow so I am on my own baking pies.  Before he left, he made his request for an apple pie.
  Today's block is-- Crosses & Losses.
Crosses & Losses


Cutting
  Light fabric
    two  2 3/8" sq. for HST
    four  2" sq.
    one  3 7/8" sq. for HST

  Medium or Dark fabric
    two  2 3/8" sq. for HST
    one  3 7/8" sq. for HST

Enjoy your weekend,
  Terry

Thursday, December 21, 2017

Weathervane

  Our customers have picked up their quilts in time for Christmas.  So the next couple of days will be slow with the exception of a husband or friend purchasing a gift certificate.  This gives us the time to get some of those odd and ends done before the new year starts.
  On New Year Day, check out our online only fat quarter sale at junctionfabric.com.  
  Moving on to today's block-- Weathervane.  It is made of an array of HST, flying geese, squares and rectangles.  You have done all of these before.
Weathervane


Cutting
  Light fabric
    four  1 7/8" sq.  cut diagonally once for HST
    twelve  1 1/2" sq.  use 8 for the flying geese

  Medium fabric
    eight  1 1/2" x 2 1/2" rectangles  use 4 for the flying geese

  Dark fabric
    one  2 1/2" sq. for center
    four  1 7/8" sq. cut diagonally once for HST
    four  1 1/2" sq.

Have safe trip if you are traveling for the holidays.
  Terry  

Wednesday, December 20, 2017

Soup Night

  It was soup night with my grandchildren.  It was an enjoyable evening.  Some of them are starting Christmas vacation tomorrow and some had homework to get done.  Their vacation starts Saturday.  We will all be together again on Sunday.
  Even though things are busy, here is today's block--Aunt Sukey's Choice.  You will make it in sections of 2 squares and rectangle,  2 flying geese and a center square.
Aunt Sukey's Choice


Cutting
  Light fabric
    eight  1 1/2" x 2 1/2" four rectangles for flying geese
    twelve 1 1/2" sq.  eight squares for flying geese

  Medium fabric
    four  1 1/2" x 2 1/2" rectangles for flying geese
    twelve 1 1/2" sq.  eight squares for flying geese

  Dark fabric
    one  2 1/2" sq.  for center

Don't stress out, relax,
  Terry


Tuesday, December 19, 2017

Babies

  Friends and family are adding to their grandchild numbers.  This is wonderful.  I currently have 10 grandchildren.   I feel very fortunate.  Please, add these new babies to your prayers.  One of the babies came a month early, so far everything is alright.  Another one, the mother is having problem and they think the baby may come early.  We pray that baby and mother will be fine.  Last, but most important is my nephew and his wife.  They just found out that the baby will be born with heart problems.  Pray that mother makes it close to term and that the doctors know how to help the baby.  Thank you for your prayers.
  Today's block is--Peace & Plenty.  More HST and a few flying geese.  I know that it is not new but look at all the different ways in which they are used.
Peace & Plenty


  Cutting
    Light fabic
      four  2 3/8" sq.  for HST
      eight  1 3/4" sq. for flying geese

    Medium or Dark fabric
      four  2 3/8" sq. for HST
      four  1 3/4" x 3 1/2" rectangles for flying geese

Thank you,
  Terry  

Monday, December 18, 2017

Countdown

  The week is counting down until Christmas.  Are you ready?  I am one of those last minute people.  I have almost finished my gift making.  Talen said that he will help me making the dinner fixin's.  He is such good help.  He wants to make sure that we make apple pie (his favorite).
  Until then, here is today's block--Jefferson City.  There is not anything new in this block just squares and triangles.
Jefferson City


Cutting
  Light fabric
    one  3 1/4" sq.  cut diagonally twice
    four  1 7/8" sq.
    one  2 1/2" sq.

  Medium fabric
    one  3 1/4" sq.  cut diagonally twice
    four  1 7/8" sq.

  Dark fabric
    two  3 1/4" sq.  cut diagonally twice

  Relax and enjoy a hot chocolate,
    Terry
    

Friday, December 15, 2017

Album

  The good thing is I work from home but the bad thing is I work from home.  Most of my married life, I have been very fortunate to be a stay at home mom.  I started doing craft shows and clothing alterations when my children were very young.  This became my work but it gave me the freedom to be at home with my children.  Eventually, I open the shop which Christopher has taken over.  I quilt and design in my sewing area at home for the shop.  The point is that I don't get out much so sometimes it feels like nothing ever happens.  My days are full with sewing which I really enjoy.  Again, today I spend my time designing a couple of quilts that I will be making after the holidays.  I wished that I could write the patterns as quickly as I can design them.
  Today's block is called--Album.  There is one odd piece in the corner section.  I used 2 triangles of equal size.  I sewed one triangle to the small block. The triangle was bigger then needed but after I sewed the second triangle to the other side, I could trim off the extra.  Hope this helps you.
Album


Cutting
  Light fabric
    one  2 1/2" sq.
    four  2 1/8" sq.  cut diagonally once

  Medium fabric
    four  2 1/2" sq.

  Dark fabric
    two  2 7/8" sq. cut diagonally once
    four  1 1/4" sq.

Enjoy,
  Terry    

Thursday, December 14, 2017

Snowball

  Wind, wind and more wind, with all the wind I don't know if we will have a white Christmas or just wind.  Either way I am a little closer to being ready.  Just about have all my gifts made and wrapped.  
  This weekend my oldest son, Ryan will be receiving his doctorate in engineering.  A must to attend.  We are very proud of him.  Also, another Christmas program with Christopher's children.  Looking forward to see them perform.
  Snowball is today's block.  Use the stitch n flip method when sewing the squares in each corner.  Stitch n flip is when you place the smaller square in the corner and sew diagonally across the small square.  Cut off the corner and press.
Snowball


Cutting
  Light fabric
    four  2 1/2" sq.

  Medium or Dark fabric
    one  6 1/2" sq.

Let it snow, let it snow, let it snow.
  Terry

Wednesday, December 13, 2017

Fancy

  Almost forgot to blog but as you see I did remember.  I spent the day making candy for Christmas.  This is something that I enjoy doing each year.  It is not good for the waistline but it is the holidays.
  Gentleman's Fancy is today's block.  It looks much like a square in a square.
Gentleman's Fancy


Cutting
  Light fabric
    three  3 1/4" sq.  cut diagonally twice for 12 triangles

  Medium or Dark fabric
    one  3 1/4" sq.  cut diagonally twice for 4 triangles
    four  2 7/8" sq.  cut diagonally once for 8 triangles
    one  2 1/2" sq. for center

Take time to make something fun.
  Terry

Tuesday, December 12, 2017

Maple Leaf

  The snow has melted or maybe the wind has blown it away.  I forget how windy the fall can be.  The leaves have all moved to the next state.  So how appropriate that today's block is Ozark Maple Leaf.  Once again a great block of squares and HST.
Ozark Maple Leaf

Cutting
  Light fabric
    two  2 1/2" sq.
    four  1 7/8" sq. cut diagonally once for HST
    six  1 1/2" sq.

  Medium fabric
    one  2 12" sq.
    two  1 7/8" sq. cut diagonally once for HST
    three  1 1/2" sq. 

  Dark fabric
    one  2 1/2" sq.
    two  1 7/8" sq. cut diagonally once for HST
    three  1 1/2" sq.

Enjoy the block,
  Terry 

Friday, December 8, 2017

Triplet

   Well, I didn't get my tree decorated.  I spend the day sewing Christmas gift for my family, that was more important.
If I keep up the work, I may have everyone taken care of by Christmas.  I hope that you are getting your holiday ready to enjoy with family and friends.
  Today's block is--Triplet.
Triplet


Cutting
  Medium fabric
    two  3 1/4" sq.  cut diagonally twice creating 8 triangles, you will use 6 of them
      two  2 1/2" sq.

  Dark fabric
    two  3 1/4" sq. cut diagonally twice creating 8 triangles, you will use 6 of them
    four  2 1/2" sq.

  Terry


Wednesday, December 6, 2017

It's Time

  My sister dropped off a beautiful poinsettia for me.  This tells me that it is time for me to get my decorating done.  I did change the quilt on my bed to my Christmas quilt.  Maybe tomorrow, it is Christmas tree decorating time.  We will see.  Until then, let's go to today's block--Steps to the Altar.
Steps to the Altar

Cutting
  Light fabric
    two  2 1/2" x 3 1/2" rect.
    eight  1 1/2" sq.
    one  1 7/8" sq.  cut diagonally once
  
  Light Medium fabric
    three  1 1/2" sq.
  
  Medium fabric
    one  1 1/2" sq.

  Dark Medium fabric
    five  1 1/2" sq.

  Dark fabric
    one  2 1/2" sq.
    one  2 7/8" sq.  cut diagonally once & use 1

Terry

    

Tuesday, December 5, 2017

Busy Time

  December is the month that gets busy with the grandchildren's programs.  Saturday, we watch two of the girls, Maeve and Brooklyn, in the Nutcracker and Sunday was Anya's choir concert.  Next is church Christmas programs.  No matter what it is, it is wonderful to watch them all.
  So if your schedule isn't full yet, here is today's block--Tulip Lady Fingers.  Just a few squares and HSTs.  I did this one as a tablerunner a couple of years ago.  The runner is also on our youtube channel, Fabric Junction.  Click HERE to go to it.
Tulip Lady Fingers


Cutting
  Light fabric
    four  2 1/2" sq.
    four  1 7/8" sq.  for HST
    four  1 1/2" sq.

  Medium fabric
    four  1 7/8" sq. for HST
    four  1 1/2" sq.

  Dark fabric
    one  2 1/2" sq.

Just a reminder that HST is for Half Square Triangle.
  Terry

Monday, December 4, 2017

WOW

  Wow, what a difference a day makes or weekend.  Friday was the Parade of Lights.  We were outside enjoy the nice evening, no snow or wind.  Today, wake up to snow and ice with lots of wind.  School is called off because of the ice on the road and the wind is so hard that it would blow you over.  This is to be the worst day this week.  By Saturday, the snow will have melted and the sun will be shining.  We will have forgotten how nasty today had been.
  Moving on to today's block--Sawtooth Patchwork made with 4 HST and 5 square in a square.
Sawtooth Patchwork


  Cutting
    Light fabric
      two  2 7/8" sq. for HST
      ten  1 7/8" sq.  cut diagonally once

    Medium or Dark fabric
      two  2 7/8" sq. for HST
      five  1 7/8" sq. for sq. in a sq.

Stay warm,
  Terry

Thursday, November 30, 2017

Quilting

  Our quilters are busy, busy, busy like Santa's elves getting everything ready for Christmas.  Today was their day off so Christopher and I stepped in.  We spent the day long arm quilting to make sure that everyone's quilt is finished on time.  It is always fun to see what others have made.  The variety that our customers create is great.  We are not to the bottom of the list but just a little closer.
  Today's block is Windblown Square.
Windblown Square



Cutting

  Light fabric
    one  4 1/4" sq. cut diagonally twice
    two   2 3/8" sq.  cut diagonally once
    one  2 7/8" sq. for center

  Medium fabric
    one  4 1/4" sq.  cut diagonally twice, use 2
    two  2 3/8" sq.  cut one diagonally once, other one use in HST

  Dark fabric
    one  4 1/4" sq. cut diagonally twice, use 2
    two  2 3/8" sq. cut one diagonally once, other one use in HST

Have fun.
  Terry
     

Wednesday, November 29, 2017

Post Thanksgiving

  It is after Thanksgiving and I need to get back into a routine.  I have been very busy this week finishing other people's projects for Christmas.  This has caused me to neglect the things that I want to get done such as blogging and my own Christmas.  It is time to get organized.
  To the more important thing--another block.  To ease back into it, the block is Contrary Wife, a simple block with squares and HST.
Contrary Wife


Cutting

  Light and Dark fabric
    two  2 7/8" sq.  use to make HST

  Medium fabric
    five  2 1/2" sq.

  Hope you had a great Thanksgiving.
  Terry

Thursday, November 16, 2017

One More

  I can't believe that November is half over.  Thanksgiving and Christmas are coming fast.  My Grandmother always told me that as you get older, the years seem to go faster so enjoy every moment.  I feel that she may be right.  
  Buckwheat is the next block.  To sew this one, I did the four-patch in the center first.  Then, cut the large squares twice to make the HST.  Lastly, matching the triangle in the corners.  I sewed this block in 3 sections at an angle.  Normally, we sew in horizontal rows.
Buckwheat
  

Cutting
  Light fabric
    two  3 1/4" sq. cut diagonally twice for HST
    two  1 7/8" sq. for center 4-patch

  Medium fabric
    three  3 1/4" sq. cut diagonally twice for HST

  Dark fabric
    two  3 1/4" sq.  cut diagonally twice for HST
    two  1 7/8" sq. for center 4-patch

Terry       

Wednesday, November 8, 2017

Country Music

  Yes, I like country music.  Just watched the CMA awards, in which I enjoyed all the performers.  I do enjoy all types of music but country is my favorite.  I like the old twangy sound of the old singers that I listen to with my dad.  The country singers of the 60's and 70's that my mom like and everything since then.  Maybe my enjoyment is related to the memories with my parents, a little two stepping or foxtrot with my mother in the kitchen to Eddie Arnold or Charlie Pride.  My parents were avid square dancers, sometime I got to tag along.
  This block is in their honor--Square Dance.  Make the sides using the same method as making flying geese.  You will have extra fabric on the sides of the geese.  After the geese are made, check to make sure they measure 4 1/2" to match the center square.  Trim a little if necessary.
Square Dance


Cutting
  Light fabric
    four  1 1/2" sq.

  Medium fabric
    four  1 1/2" x 2 1/2" rect.
    one 4 1/2" sq.

  Dark Fabric
    eight  1 1/2" x 2 1/2" rect.     

  I hope that you take time to dance even if it is by yourself while doing the dishes.
 Terry

Tuesday, November 7, 2017

Another Day

  Sometimes, it is hard to think of what to write.  I spend most days quilting.  That is not very exciting for some but that is my job and I enjoy it.  I sew samples for the shop, create for Fabric Junction's youtube channel and make quilts that I have been commissioned to do.  Today was not any different.  I was hoping to have my 6" block quilt finished by now to show you what could be done.  No, I am still working on it.  The good thing is that the blocks are all picked and my fabric is cut.
  Today's block is At the Square.  Use your favorite method in making the hourglass units that are in the corners.  Either cut the squares diagonally twice then sew or mark them diagonally, sew and cut, repeat twice.


Cutting
Light fabric
  one  2 1/2" sq.

Medium fabric
  two  3 1/4" sq. for the hourglass
  four  1 1/8" x 2 1/2" rect.
  two  1 1/4" x 2 1/2" rect.

Dark fabric
  two  3 1/4" sq. for the hourglass
  four  1 1/8" x 2 1/2" rect.
  two 1 1/4" x 2 1/2" rect. 

Hope that you get to spend your time doing what you enjoy.
  Terry

  

Monday, November 6, 2017

Quilting

  Have you picked your fabric, yet?  I am making my blocks from Northcott's Toscana line of blues and purples.  Also, using white solid as my light.
  Here is today's block.  It is Album Star.  The star points are made from flying geese.  I used the stitch and flip method.  You place the square in the corner of the rectangle and sew it diagonally.  Trim the extra off the corner and press.  You can check out the technique on youtube.com at Fabric Junction under making flying geese--3 different methods.


Cutting
  Light fabric
    one  1 1/2" x 3 1/2" rectangle
    four  2" x 3 1/2" rectangles
    four  2" sq.

  Medium or Dark fabric
    two  1 1/2" x 3 1/2" rectangles
    eight  2" sq.

Enjoy the block,
  Terry

Thursday, November 2, 2017

November Days

  As the days get colder, the more I enjoy sewing.  I can sit at my sewing machine and look out the window watching as winter comes this way.  The leaves have fallen, the nights are colder and frost is on the windshield of my car but I am warm and safe at my sewing machine.  Have you ever noticed how time goes quickly when you are busy working on that new project or finishing an old one?  I lose track of time all of the time.  
  Time for the next block--Card Basket.  I don't understand why it is called Card Basket for it doesn't look like cards or a basket.  There are 3 great types of squares in Card Basket.  HST are in the corners, hour glass units on the sides and a square in a square in the center.


Cutting

Light fabric
  two  3 1/4" sq.  cut diagonally twice then sew or sew then cut (pick you favorite method for making the hour glass)
  one  1 7/8" sq. for the center

Light Medium fabric
  two  2 7/8" sq. for HST

Dark Medium fabric
  one  3 1/4" sq. for hour glass
  two  1 7/8" sq. for sq. in a sq.

Dark fabric
  one 3 1/4" sq. for hour glass
  two  2 7/8" sq. for HST

Stay warm,
  Terry  

Thursday, October 26, 2017

Project Runway

  Just watch another episode of Project Runway.  I am not sure why I like the show unless it reminds me of when I sewed prom and wedding dresses.  I think it is more the awe that I feel to think of what they can design in a short amount of time.
  Today was another day of finishing old projects.  One more quilt ready to be quilted and another sewn together but not quite done.  I am not sure how many more projects are hidden in my sewing area.  It does feel good to clean a spot & get something finished.
  Let us proceed to today's block.  I picked London Roads for it's different look.  It looks like houses going in a circle or is it arrows going in a circle the other direction.  You decide.


Cutting

  Light fabric
    one  3 1/4" sq. cut diagonally twice
    two  2 7/8" sq. cut diagonally once
    one 2 1/2" sq.
    four  1" x 2 1/2" rectangles

  Dark fabric
    one  3 1/3" sq. cut diagonally twice
    eight  1 1/4" x 2 1/2" rectangles

That's all for now.
  Terry






    
    

Wednesday, October 25, 2017

MOVING ONWARD

  For me, if it is Wednesday, it is soup night with the grandkids.  Tonight, it was turkey noodle soup, crackers and monster cookies. With Grandma's help, we did homework.  Thank goodness, they are in elementary school.
  We have had a busy week following the grandkids activities.  Attending football games, cheerleading competition, and black belt testing has been tiring but lots of fun.  
  Now to the second most important topic.  Today's block--Arkansas Crossroads.  This is a simple block with 12 squares and 4 HST.


Cutting
  Medium Light #1, Medium Dark & Dark
    four  2" squares of each fabric
  Light & Medium Light #2
    two  2 3/8" squares  cut diagonally once to make HST or use your favorite method
  
  I have been working on some ideas to use the blocks besides the lap quilt that I am working on.  I hope to have them finalized shortly.
Until the next time,
  Terry

Wednesday, October 18, 2017

Safely Home

  It is nice to be home after a great weekend in Pierre.  The ladies were wonderful and lots of quilts and food.  I enjoyed myself and met some great quilters.
  Today was soup night with the grandkids.  They came and went.  The mess is picked up.  I thought this would be a great time to share another block.
  Cat's Cradle was picked so that you can do half square triangles that will be sewn into larger triangles.  They are then sewn to another triangle to make the square used in the block.


Cutting
  Light fabric
    two  2 1/2" sq.
    three  2 7/8" sq. cut diagonally once
    three 1 7/8" sq. use with the dark fabric   1 7/8" to make HST

  Dark fabric
    one  2 1/2" sq.
    nine  1 7/8" sq.  use 3 of them with the light fabric 1 7/8" sq.
    cut the other 6 diagonally once to make the larger triangle

I think that this is a fun two color block.  Enjoy
    Terry


Thursday, October 12, 2017

More Blocks

  Well, I spent the day getting ready to leave town for the weekend.  My husband will be going with me to help vend at a quilt retreat.  I will be spending my time teaching.  Hopefully, I can remember everything for the project to go together easily.  So Pierre here I come.
  Before I leave, here is today's block.  It look like Card Trick but there are some slight differences.  The block is called Color Wheel.


Cutting
  Light fabric
    two  2 7/8" sq. cut diagonally once for the HST
    one  3 1/4" sq. cut diagonally twice for HST variation

  Four different Medium fabrics
    one  2 7/8" sq. cut diagonally once for HST & HST variation
    one  3 1/4" sq. cut diagonally twice for HST variation (you will only use one triangle from each fabric)

  Dark fabric
    one  2 1/2" sq. for the center

  I will return next week to post the next block.  Enjoy your block and the weekend.
   Terry

Wednesday, October 11, 2017

Another Soup Night

  Another soup night is over.  The grandbabies were over for chili and chocolate cookies. Fun and games was played by all until the parents came to pick them up.  It is wonderful to have them so close.
  Tomorrow I need to get everything ready to go to Pierre.  I will be teaching at a retreat this weekend.  I have to make sure that I am prepare for the class and truck show.  
  Today's block is made of half square triangles and 4-patches.
Here is Prairie Queen.


Cutting
  Light fabric
    two  2 7/8" sq. for the HST
    eight  1 1/2" sq. for the 4-patch
    one  2 1/2" sq. for the center

  Medium fabric
    two  2 7/8" sq. for the HST
    eight  1 1/2" sq. for the 4-patch
  Reminder  HST--half square triangle

  Prairie Queen is a block that I used in a lap quilt.  The size of blocks that I made were 9 1/2".  The light fabric was the same throughout the quilt.  The medium fabric was different in each block.
  Have fun.
    Terry

Tuesday, October 10, 2017

New Block

  For those of us that know the cold is coming, enjoyed the nice weekend.  It was ideal weather to watch the grandsons play football.  One won his game, the other lost his.  From a grandmother's point of view, they were both the MVP.
   Today I was busy trying to get some quilting finished.  My day will be done as soon as you get your next block.
  Stellie is the block.  I hope you like it.


Cutting

Light fabric
  one  3 1/4" sq.  cut diagonally twice for the hour glass
  four  2 1/2" sq. for the corners
Medium fabric
  two  3 1/4" sq. cut diagonally twice for the hour glass
  one  2 1/2" sq. for the center
Dark fabric
  one  3 1/4" sq cut diagonally twice for the hour glass 
  If you do not want to cut the hour glass pieces first then sew, you can sew first then cut & mix them & sew again.  Your choice.

Terry


Friday, October 6, 2017

Busy Week

Greetings,
  It is late.  I was going to post earlier but I was busy long arm quilting.
  Here is today's block--Greek Cross.


Cutting
  Dark fabric  
    two  2 7/8" sq. for half sq. triangles
  Medium fabric
    one  2 1/2" sq. 
    four  1 1/2" x 2 1/2" rect.
  Light fabric
    two  2 7/8" sq. for half sq. triangles
    four  1 1/2" x 2 1/2" rect.
Use your favorite method to make your HST.
  Check out our tutorials on youtube at Fabric Junction.

Enjoy,
   Terry
   

Thursday, October 5, 2017

Block 3

Good Day Quilters,
  Survived another soup night with the grandkids.  We played cards and legos until they all left.  This afternoon Owen has a football game that we will attend.  Thus the life of a grandmother.

  Today's block is Twin Star.
Cutting
  Light fabric
     five  2 1/2" sq.
     one  3 1/4" sq.  cut diagonally twice  

  Medium fabric
     two  2 7/8" sq. cut diagonally once
  Dark
     one  3 1/4" sq. cut diagonally twice

  If you are planning on making a lap quilt, you may want to make two of each block.  In future post I will add some pictures for quilt or project options.

   Have fun,
       Terry

Wednesday, October 4, 2017

Soup Night


                                   
Hello,
Image result for bowl of soup  Today is Soup Night with Grandma.  This is the day of the week that my grandchildren stop by and have soup with me.  There will be anywhere from 3 to 9.  It all depend on their schedule.  No parents.  The kids pick the soup and tonight is potatoes with milk but not potato soup.  Yes, that is what they wanted so it will be Corn Chowder. 
                                                  Today's block is Patience Corner.  
   Cutting                                                               Light fabric                                                   four 1 1/2" x  2 1/2" rect.                   four  1 1/2" x 3 1/2" rect.         Medium fabric  four 2 1/2" sq.
Enjoy the block and have some soup tonight. 
Terry 

Tuesday, October 3, 2017

6 1/2" Blocks

Greeting,
  Have you ever tried to do something and time keeps moving on? My answer is "I will take care of it tomorrow". The next day, things get in the way and other things get put off until tomorrow.  I intended to write the blog once a week but it keeps getting but off until tomorrow.  The next thing I know, a month has passed.  I need something to keep me on track.
Image result for picture of shapes for kindergarten  As an avid quilter, I like quilt blocks.  My favorite books are those that just show quilt blocks.  I like looking at how others arranged the different shapes.  How the squares play with triangles or a rectangle with a hexagon.
With that thought in mind, I was looking at some blocks and decided to create them for the blog.  Each writing I will add a 6 1/2" block that you can make. The goal is to give enough blocks to make a quilt or any other projects that you might enjoy.
  Many blocks can have different names but I will refer to them as the name that I have.  The first block is Calico Puzzle, a simple design of squares and half square triangles.
Cutting
  Dark  one  2 1/2" sq. for center
           two  2 7/8" sq. for half sq. triangles
  Medium  four  2 1/2" sq. for sides
  Light  two 2 7/8" sq. for half sq. triangles
Use your favorite method for making the HST.

  Now, go through your stash and start sewing.  If your stash is low check out our website by clicking HERE.
  Thank you for stopping by.  Let's doing some beautiful quilting.
Terry


 







Friday, September 15, 2017

Rainy Day or Quilt Day

  You get up in the morning and it is raining.  Now is it a great day for reading a book or quilting?  For me the answer is quilting but today I wanted to take the time off.  Not that I don't enjoy quilting, it is just that I sewed 7 quilt tops in the last 16 days.  That is not my usual pace but hubby was gone for a few days.  That means sew, sew and sew until he gets back.  I think I need a break.
  As I am fixing my breakfast, I remind myself that there is still things that need made.  The quilt tops are with the store quilters. The girls finished one of them yesterday so today is the day to bind it.  I also have to get a tote bag made for a gal.
  Well, today is the time to sew for tomorrow will be the time off.  I have 2 grandsons playing football tomorrow and will attend them.  It is fun to watch the grandsons play.  Talen is a 2nd grader (not sure they know what they are doing).  Owen is a 7th grader and the game is a little more serious but still fun to watch. Not to forget that Tenlee (granddaughter) is a 1st grader and a cheerleader, so cute.
  No matter what your day is like, do enjoy it for tomorrow it is gone.
Terry  

Tuesday, August 15, 2017

Survived the Rally

Christopher busy sewing patches.

  Hello, we have survived the rally.   It was not as big as in the past years but we were busy.
 Christopher was sewing patches on jackets for the first time.  I also helped with the patch sewing. We made a contest of it to see who would sew the most patches.  It was close but I won by 2 patches.  We will be doing patches all year.  Bring on the lettermen's jackets.      

Jeanne working the counter.








  Now that the rally is over, it is time for school thoughts.  Two of my grandsons have started football practice and the rest are school shopping.  It is hard to accept that the summer is almost over.  My youngest son, Nicholas, just finished law school and will be heading to New York University to study tax law.  Looking forward to seeing the grandkid's school activities and maybe a trip to New York. 
  For those of you who like panels, check out the new one that just arrived at the shop.  Click HERE to see what is new.
  Enjoy the rest of your summer and if you get close by, stop in.
  Terry
    

Friday, August 4, 2017

August is Motorcycle Rally Time

  In Sturgis, if it is August, it is time for the Black Hills Motorcycle Classic aka Sturgis Rally.  For those who are not aware of what I mean.  Short version:  Sturgis, a town of 6,600 people, plays host to 350,000 to 400,000 motorcyclists.  No, I did not get to many zeros.
Sturgis Motorcycle Rally


Photo:  City of Sturgis  It is a very busy week for us in the shop.  Among all those bikers are quilter, who knew. 
  Just a snapshot of Main Street.





  The best part of the rally for me is that some of my grandchildren stay with me so that their parents can work.  Christopher, my son, runs the shop and his wife, Shawn works for the school district, is working at one of the bars for extra money.  I get Owen and Talen for the week and I enjoy having them.
  Because of the rally, Fabric Junction has it's own fabric printed.  Many stop in to get some because it is not found anywhere else.  Here is a sample of one of the current fabrics.  

     RK 2016 Sturgis Motorcycle Print-Charcoal

  To check out the whole line click HERE.
  If you are in the area, do stop in, we would enjoy visiting with you.
  Terry
  
  

Monday, May 22, 2017

Graduation!

Our May is going so fast.  Graduations, end of school, dance recitals, softball, track and soccer are all going on at the same time.  It is all so exciting.  We love seeing the kids doing their thing.  
(Yes, that is a coat under her uniform.  It was 48 degrees.)


A very popular attraction in our area is Bear Country.  We were able to go last week and see all sorts of animals, but the bears are our favorites.  Once you drive through the park and see the adults, you can park and walk in a separate area to see the babies.  I highly recommend it if you're ever in the area.  This guy was just hanging out. leaning on his favorite rock.

Now that school is ending, we are planning some fun projects during the summer.  This weekend, if you visit the store, we will be having a Memorial Day Weekend Fabric Sale.  May 25-27th, we will be offering a free yard of fabric when you buy 4 yards.  Or 3 yards of free fabric if you buy 8 yards.

In June, we will be hosting the Fabric Junction Juniors Sewing Camp.  From June 12-15, we will be working with kids 8 and over to create multiple projects during the week.  Beginner's classes are 9:00-12:00.  Intermediate classes are 1:00-4:00.  Project kits, machines, snacks and drinks will be provided.  We would love to have your kiddo learn to sew at our shop this summer!  Call to reserve their spot.  605-347-2235.

Later this summer, we will be hosting a Sewing Retreat for adults.  We can't wait to give you more details as they become available.

Have we mentioned that we do quilting?  One of our customers recently brought in a T-shirt topper for us to quilt.  Her granddaughter is a softball player and the quilt used many of her uniforms and t-shirts in it.  Lynette used our quilting software to create a softball stitch that is fantastic.  Take a look:



We love the creativity that our customers have and we love finishing their projects.  If you ever need someone to quilt for you, please call or go to our website to fill out the order form.  We ship anywhere!

Have a great week!