Friday, June 19, 2015

Reviving the Blog/ Local Quilt Show Visit

Hi Everyone!!

Mercy.  It's been two years since I posted.  Well, I am reviving my blogging and can't wait to interact with you.  It has been a long time so if you have blogger experience please leave tips and tricks in the comments.  Be nice tho, I want to stay positive.

So, today was the first day of the Birmingham Quilters Guild Quilt Fest.  They do their show every other year so we really anticipate it as it gets near.  This year seemed a little pricey for admission ($7) but that could be my frugal ways talking.  If you filled out a survey card you got a try at a free fat quarter.  I chose this one which reminds me of a pierrot outfit.

They had fabulous basket for raffle as well as a cute "opportunity" quilt.  These pictures were things I noticed specifically.

This one had two shapes in tessellation which is very cool to me.  Can you see the arrowheads as well as the diamonds?

This picture doesn't show it well enough but the background fabric is a very tiny print that from far away gave this quilt the look of being appliqued onto burlap.  I don't know if the quilter did that intentionally but it gave it a very trendy look.

This quilt is all hand and feet prints, even the turtles at the bottom.  I took a close shot of the butterfly so you could see the technique.  I am sure a lot of teachers and grandparents would love some version of this.

 Here is a rescued quilt top from 1937.  My friend Bec just bought two 30's tops she is going
to have quilted and use.  I dearly love salvaging old quilt tops or forgotten blocks.

And last was this great paper pieced cat on a pile of quilts.  It is only about four inches high in a mini quilt that was maybe a 10" square.  I was not only impressed with the subject but also the tiny piecing.  It is just like cats too.

Well, I hope you will follow me here.  Dizzy Needle is going to become my outlet for made items, quilt repair and here is where I hope you get inspired about all things fiber.  

Wednesday, October 23, 2013


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Monday, July 1, 2013

Rag Quilt

My son's rag quilt is finished.  Six foot square done in homespun fabric reminiscent of men's shirts.  It will become very soft and has a great medium weight with cotton batting.  I am working on projects for sale and show in the fall during the day.  In the evening, I am working on home decor projects.  More info in the coming days.  I am trying to find the charger for my camera.  In the meantime, here are pix of the front and back of the homespun rag quilt.

Saturday, May 18, 2013

Beginning to Finish!

Well, what do I mean?  I am finally finishing projects that have been lingering.  I cleaned the sewing studio and found I now have aprox. four laundry baskets of unfinished ideas.  Some are really unstarted but the intention means it doesn't fit in supplies as much as in projects.  

I finally made these pins from a free pattern at Jenny Allsorts.  They are only about two and a half inches wide but very cute.  The white is fabric from the bottom of a slipper that had been made and scraps were left.  The gray is wool felt.

I have a plan to enlarge it into an applique on kitchen towels but haven't finished.

I made this box of folded fabric squares and a breeze hanger too.  My friend, Jill, and I were showing folded fabric possibilities to our quilting group in Moody, AL.  I also made 15 tissue holders, demo-ed the pattern and gave them away to the Bib 'N' Tucker Sew-Op in Woodlawn, AL.  So no pix of those.

Lastly, I made myself a new ironing board cover from fabric the Moody quilters didn't want because it was too heavy.  I used It's Sew Chic website for advice on the under layers and Momtastic for the cover pattern. Thank you to those posts.

I am now finishing up blocks with ladies at my library; show those in June.  Also, here are my piles for two rag quilts in process for my son and my brother.  

So that catches you up and I hope to blog at least every other day.  Thanks for your interest.


Saturday, May 4, 2013

New Blog for New Adventures

I am Rachel Bates.  This will become my new blog for quilting and needle art endeavors.  Opening a Threadbias  studio today to develop and sell patterns and updating my Dizzyneedle at Etsy with my handmade items.  My other blog Dizzy Daze will be more personal and also promoting My Memories Studio, a great digital scrapbooking program with lots of freebies and discounts.  Follow both and have fun with me.