Adventures of a Novelty Fabric and Selvage Obsessed Quilter

Glad you stopped by!

I am a busy wife and the mom of 19 year old twins, a boy and a girl who are Sophomores at Syracuse University.

I have been quilting since the spring of 2008. I love novelty fabrics, colorful and unique.

Selvage quilting is addictive! Who knew the "junk" we cut off and threw out would be what I now save! I started a new tradition when I travel--visiting quilt stores! I particularly enjoy going to stores that have been named in the Quilt Sampler Featured Shop Lists-

Saturday, October 30, 2010

Setting sail later today...

on the amazing Oasis of the Seas!

This will be one of my views this week.
While I'm away
grab a cup of coffee,
and view some of the amazing quilts on display for the
I look forward to checking them out when I return!!

Friday, October 29, 2010

Welcome Blogger's Quilt Festival participants!

The first quilt I made was a Strips N Curves quilt by Louisa Smith.

This quilt was along time in the making. The book was published at the end of 2001, so I assume I got it sometime the next year. I signed up to take a class for it, but that never happened for whatever reason. It didn't stop me from gathering fabrics, however.

My husband has an Aunt who sews, so while she was visiting us from Las Vegas, I showed her the book She ordered the book, and made her quilt. We went to Las Vegas to visit, and saw her beautiful quilt. Still, nothing finished on my end. Life got in the way.

I then proceeded to lose my copy of the book. I ordered another copy. This was the summer of 2006.

Fast forward to 2008. I was determined to make this quilt! I really began getting fabrics together, and to my delight, a quilt store opened up 5 minutes from my house! With Claire's help, I was ready to start making my strata! The rest is history, and my first quilt top was completed in June of 2008. Off it went to the longarm, and returned in September 2008 to be bound and hung above our mantle in the family room! I love how it came out!

Tuesday, October 26, 2010


Edited 10/29/10
The winner is:

I noticed my visitor count has crossed the 25,000
mark, so it is time for a giveaway!
I love the Quilt Sampler magazines,
and look forward to each new issue!

I find myself with 2 copies of the Fall/Winter2010
issue, one that is new and unread.
If you don't have a copy yet,
leave a comment,
and I will randomly draw a winner at 10 PM Thursday 10/28.
I'm sure I will find some other goody to include with the magazine.
Make sure I can contact you for a mailing address-
If you have a no-reply account,
please be sure to leave your email address in your comment!
Good luck, and thanks for stopping by!

Monday, October 25, 2010

No time to sew!

Busy getting ready for our cruise,
leaving Fort Lauderdale this Saturday on
Oasis of the Seas!!
I can't wait, and know I will see lots of inspiring things while on board!

Saturday, October 23, 2010

Beards and brains!

This was featured the onther day on the Selvage blog:

When I showed it to my sister in law Becky, who knits,
she showed me this-
I sent it along to Karen of the Selvage blog-
the creativity out there is

Karen wrote:
When my buddy Jill Bunis in New Jersey saw the
Beard Hat post here a few days ago,
she said "I see your beard hat, and raise it..."
Is this hilarious, or what! :)
Does anybody else think it should be gray?
Or maybe I'm being too literal.

This hat was designed by Flint Knits.
The pattern appears in the Sept/Oct issue of Crochet Today magazine.
(This link goes to a pattern preview. The actual pattern appears only in the magazine.)

Friday, October 22, 2010

Thursday, October 21, 2010

Wednesday, October 20, 2010

Will work for shoes.........

show me a woman who wouldn't??

Monday, October 18, 2010


Not a great photo,
but really shows how this works.
You keep adding fabric
until the block becomes the size it needs to be.

Sunday, October 17, 2010


This block holds special meaning.
The T shirt was purchased during
our family trip to Israel in 2005,
when our children were Bar/Bat Mitzvahed
and the fabric is significant because my
daughter and her friends all wore
awesome patterned rain boots
during their summers at Camp Ramah.
When I purchased this fabric, I knew I
would find a special use for it!!
Love, love, love this one,
and all the "rainboot" Ramah girls!

Saturday, October 16, 2010

Friday, October 15, 2010

T shirt quilt continued

Sorry it is so blurry,
I kept forgetting to stop and take puctures
as the blocks progressed.

Thursday, October 14, 2010

Next block/row!

I realized I already showed this block
 so I am editing in the completed row.
The row was too narrow, so the solution was
to add more gray to the block on the left!
(Not shown)
love it!

Wednesday, October 13, 2010

Favorite so far........

I just love this fabric, and the
combination it makes with this T shirt!

Tuesday, October 12, 2010

T Shirt Quilt!

Today, I made lots of progress!
I decided that I am going to get blocks ready for
tomorrow nights class,
but not sew the rows together at this point.
Love this keyboard fabric!!

Sunday, October 10, 2010

Quilter's Home October November 2010

Looking forward to reading about the
50 Best Quilty Websites!!

Friday, October 8, 2010

Fabric Trends magazine

I picked up the latest issue today.
I am looking forward to reading it;
I am curious to see the changes now that
Mark Lipinski is involved.
Have you read it yet?
What do you think?

Thursday, October 7, 2010

Tuesday, October 5, 2010

Next block for the T shirt quilt...

will be made from this
I hope to get to it tonight!

I've been busy cleaning closets lately,
sorry I haven't been updating daily.

Sunday, October 3, 2010

No time for sewing today...

but I spent a wonderful afternoon
shopping with my daughter
for a dress for her homecoming dance
on Thursday.
We found the perfect dress,
and another for our cruise
at the end of the month!!

Saturday, October 2, 2010

Mentioned on the selvage blog today!

but for nothing I did!!
Here is what I wrote to Karen Griska,
of the Selvage Blog:

I feel it is my duty to show you
what I found when I searched selvages on Etsy.
I have no words :)

There is a second one also available for sale: