Saturday, March 19, 2011

FNSI Report

Yesterday was the end of spring break week.   My boys had Tball and baseball through the YMCA.  It is fun to watch.

When we got home I got busy sewing.  I sewed up 13 siggy blocks.  I think I am caught up now and have extras yeah!  Of course I got interrupted as I was signing pen is now dried out.  So next Wednesday I'll be buying a couple at Hobby Lobby.  Then I can finish marking them and slip some in the mail.

 Yeah I know that says October, but I am being lazy and not taking pictures. ;)

Thursday, March 10, 2011

Terrific Tip Thursday

I learned to hand quilt in 1995, I was 15 and the quilt store in Memphis (don't remember it's name)  sold pens to mark my quilt. 

I would think everybody would know the secret but it seems to be a close kept secret.

So here it is.  I'll be illustrating with twin pillows.  One is still a UFO and will serve as before and one is finished and will serve as after.



Doesn't that clean up nice! 

So flash forward to now 2011, does this still work?

I tested blue,red, and green for you. I purchased them last  fall from Staples.

As you can see you don't want to use blue....
 No, not red either...

What where did Green go?  It washes out with cold water a little soap and agitation.

So I know you want the dirt.  Which pens am I talking about.


Paper Mate Flair Pens!  You only want the GREEN ones.  You can get them in a pack with the other colors or you can order just the green ones in a case. Most office supply stores have them but I can't seem to find them at Walmart these days...

As with any method test it first yourself on your own fabric. I will not be held responsible for any errors.  I didn't iron them prior to washing them out so I don't know about that.

Have fun marking your quilts. This was the quilt I made when I was 15.  And yes it was covered in green ink while quilted.

Love ya,

Tuesday, March 8, 2011


It is nice and sunny at my house.  My garden is planted and I am ready for spring!  Now to get sewing. 

I do need to share this cute quilt.  I made it the begining of January for a little girl I know who was born 1/11/11. 

Here is a link to the pattern.