Monday, December 30, 2013

Guess where I am headed!!

FINALLY!!  I'm going to Japan!!  Stay tuned!

Wednesday, September 18, 2013

From this to this!!

This coming Sunday marks the new season for the Muscat Quilt Guild!  We are to make a new name tag no larger than 4x6".  I thought this would be the perfect time to try out one of those techniques on my long list.  It frees me up from dreaming of making a larger quilt!

So, I love it when it goes from here:

I wanted to use my coveted last printing of Flea Market Fancy.  I wanted to use the entire line.  So I DID!  I started with a sketch.

Then cut into these beauties.  I positioned them where I wanted and tried not to cut too much more off.

Then I freehand quilted my name and the year.  I had white thread in the bobbin and black on top.  It came out mixed, which I like the look.

I used the rest of the line on the back.  I also used a stiffener as that is what I wanted.

All the glorious threads!!

All quilted and cleaned up!!

I did not want to cut further into any of the fabrics so I used a scrap piece for the binding in my scrap box.  I liked the yellow and as the white background has polka dots; I chose this one for the same reason and it matched!

I tried to sew the finished seam on the bias.  It was really, really hard.  I persevered and did it!  Perfection!!!

I am sewing on the binding.



Proper little Ticker Tape quilt!  Thank you Amanda Jean for the inspiration!

This is the backing.  I can't wait to show the ladies and see what they made!!

Thanks for stopping by.

Monday, July 15, 2013



What should I buy?  I leave one city to go to another one on Tuesday and then I get to shop!  So far, it's been all for the kids.  I want to pick up some crafting supplies!  I bought a cute little Halloween panel and all the trimmings.  I bought some rainbow materials so that I can finally make a rainbow zig zag quilt following Angela's quilt along at Cut to Pieces.  Hey, maybe I can show you..

I hadn't picked out the lighter blue out yet.  Now it's packed as we are leaving soon.  I'm so excited.  I really wanted to use polka dots.  It will be fun!

Hey, I can show you the Halloween project...

Isn't it cute!!??  I am now doing a recap research of so many tutorials on how to make my own fabric labels and bought the stuff.  I want to buy more...

Funny enough; I'm enjoying food but not like before.  It could be that I should be fasting as Ramadan started.  I don't need to for one week, er hm....

My passion for food is not there.  Like before.  I just want three good meals.  I gave up soda.  Too easily, actually.  My friend that I am staying with and her hubby have lost almost 100 pounds.  That could be it.  Ali has lost 3 on their new plan!  Yay!!!!

Ok.  I better go.  I don't have much down time.

It's good to touch base.  You can find me on instagram if you would like at alia666.

Saturday, June 1, 2013

Sorting Out My Fabric! Finally!!

Hi!  It's been a while since I have posted anything.  I have been busy working on several projects and I finally snapped with the disorganization of my fabric!  So....let the pictures tell the story!


This is just where I store the bulk of my fabric.  I have bins with scraps and after I attacked this bunch; I pulled a lot out to put into a new scrap bin made up of larger pieces.

I started with Pinks.  I folded the fabric selvage to selvage.  Apparently they come off the bolt like this.  You should get about 20"- 22" wide.

Then I started wrapping the fabric around my 6x24" ruler.

I folded or wrapped all the way.  I tucked in the raw edges if it was too short or overlapped a little.
Then I folded in half.

I decided to put the fabrics in Rainbow order.

Here are the purples.  Yeah, I realize that the Robert Kaufman is upside down!

I tackled the greens.  I had a LOT of greens so I had to make two cubby's worth of greens.  It's interesting this new way.  I can see every single piece of fabric I have and I can also see what I tend to buy more of!!!

Uki got up to pose with her favorite color!  Pink!  Love her little Lion Cut!!

TA DAAAAA.......
Honestly; I cropped the other half of the shelf out.  I have drawers and books and papers all over.  I still have a ton of work to do but the main stash of fabric is organized and finished and I'm so excited!  I enjoyed this process but also got very bored.  I enjoyed seeing what fabrics I have and remembering why I bought it and wondered why I bought some of them!!  Hahahahaha....

Stay tuned as I have some projects to finish.  I have deadlines and can not get to them until I finish my room.  It took me one week to get these mofo's in this shape!!!

Green (2)
Blue (2)
Brown/Beige (2)
White (2)

Who knew??

Thanks for stopping by!!!

Saturday, May 18, 2013

Baby Charity Quilt

My friend Maggie asked me to quilt and bind and prepare this quilt for the end of May for delivery to some children in Muscat. I ended up stippling this quilt as it's my go-to quilting; but I honestly thought it would suit the top best. Plus, it's practice for my own skill level! I'm very pleased how it turned out and Maggie did a wonderful job putting the top and backing together and also preparing the binding for me. Do you know which pattern this is? Finished quilt measures 38" x 50"

The quilt posing with my dessert roses.

A close up of the quilting and piecing.  Ok.  Just a close up!!

The backing.  I like how Maggie incorporated the purple strip in the quilt.  It is the same as the binding.

All folded up.

Thanks for stopping by!

Snippets Technique

A few of us finally got together to learn the Snippets technique. I had to end it rather quickly but here are some shots!

So far; it's been a good way to learn using landscapes.  This scene is purple flowers on a forest bed.  It's very interesting indeed.  

Here we put a frame around the image to see that it is clear.

This one is Jo's.  I really like the shimmery water and all that color.  She was innovative enough to do that.  I'm still way inside the box!!

I found some photos!  Here we are getting our workspace ready and cutting, cutting and cutting!

Jo was like a demon!  She was so fast and so was Corinne! I was very slow...

Here Paramjeet is helping the ladies with their vision.

Jo's house was packed and shipped so I lent her my Janome.  It was fun to sew on her again!  We put a piece of black net over the picture.  Then we just did little circles all around with monofilament thread.

 There you have it.  A very busy afternoon with the guild meeting for us quilters held in the morning.