Kept In Stitches

Confessions of a fabric hoarder

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Sew-In Saturday

This past Saturday several members of the Ventura Modern Quilt Guild got together for a group sew at Superbuzzy in Ventura, California.  I really loved seeing the amazing projects the members are working on…so much talent within this creative group of people.  I even managed to get a huge amount of work accomplished for my current project.  Georganna Hawley, an amazing long arm quilter (and, she makes some pretty incredible quilts, too) finished the quilting on Ventura Modern Quilt Guild’s first opportunity quilt.  I need to put a hanging sleeve on the back and add the binding.  The quilting on this quilt is so wonderful…..I will be buying my share of the tickets in hopes of it finding a new home with me.  I will add more photos of the quilt later.


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Coastal Quilter’s Quilt Show of Santa Barbara


This last weekend while on our way home from Cambria, California, we stopped by the Coastal Quilters Quilt Show.  It was a smaller local show that did a wonderful job of illustrating the different styles of quilting. There was some incredible work at this show!  They had around 30 venders as well as a guild boutique.  I was able to find a pattern I had been looking for and who doesn’t enjoy a quilt show with shopping opportunities.



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A Penny For Your Thoughts

People often ask me if I do only  quilting or if I’m into any other crafts?  All I have to say is, “my creative juices kind of go with the flow”.  I can be working on a quilting project in the morning and by nighttime I’ve got a needlepoint project on my lap.  I constantly see things on other peoples’ blogs and say “I need to make one of those”. With so much inspiration out there on the web, I really don’t see myself getting bored anytime soon!

Several years ago I visited a quilt shop in the San Diego area and they had lots of cute wool items on display and beautiful pieces of hand-dyed wool.  The simplicity and graphic quality of some of the projects really got me interested.  At the time not many shops I was familiar with carried wool, so I bought a few pieces and started scouring the thrift shops for wool suits, coats, and skirts.  I took them home, washed them in hot water and dried the heck out of them. Then started taking them apart, and it wasn’t long before I started building my wool stash.  I didn’t have a particular project in mind because I liked them all. Eventually,  I settled on making a penny rug for Greg, for Christmas.  I scaled down the size and actually used coins as my templates to cut my circles.  Then, I spent many hours sewing the layers of wool circles to each other with black embroidery floss…I was happy with the results and Greg was so impressed, he made a larger version for me!  The historical significance made the project even more fun.

I can’t imagine limiting myself to one particular craft.  I love learning, trying new things and making messes.  And every now and then the finished product is something to be proud of.


In the 1800s, starting around the time of the Civil War, thrifty homemakers would use scraps of wool or felted wool from old clothing, blankets and hats to create designs for mats or rugs. Using coins as templates, they created circles and each piece was then stitched in blanket stitch fashion. (Thus, the name “penny” rug). Sometimes, the mats or rugs were backed with old burlap bags or feed sacks. Sometimes a penny was stitched inside the mat to make it lie flat.



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Cheesy Bacon Tater Wheels


“Potatoes, cheese and bacon–a great combination! These make a terrific appetizer or side dish. Serve with sour cream, if desired.”
4 baking potatoes, cut into 1/2 inch slices
1/4 cup melted butter
8 slices bacon – cooked and crumbled
8 ounces shredded Cheddar cheese
1/2 cup chopped green onions
1. Preheat oven to 400 degrees F (200 degrees C).
2. Brush both side of potato slices with butter; place them on an ungreased cookie sheet. Bake in the preheated 400 degrees F (200 degrees C) oven for 30 to 40 minutes or until lightly browned on both sides, turning once.
3. When potatoes are ready, top with bacon, cheese, and green onion; continue baking until the cheese has melted

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Another Reason To Get Sewing

sewing month

It has been too long since I’ve posted. I know, shame on me. I’m getting back on the horse and there’s many exciting projects and a couple of fun trips in the near future. In the meantime lets celebrate National Sewing month. I of course will celebrate it by purchasing some fabric and starting yet another sewing project. I’d love to see what everyone is working on. Send me some pictures…