Broad Ripple Music Fest – Oct 15th

If you are in the Indy area you should consider coming out to the BRMF this year.  I remember when this event started 5 years ago and some bands took over some of my favorite bar spots.  Can’t wait to see how it has grown and will feature 150+ music acts.

Quilty will be there as part of the Handmade Promenade.  A new quilt project will debut and a great time to stock up on Indy potholders.  Custom orders always welcome.

Mark your calendars to come out and support local music and artists.


I need your feedback – contest

Designs and new ideas are constantly being thrown around in the sewing room.  For a while now I wanted to create something that had a local flare.  I have made two designs that I am equally partial to, airport codes and city nicknames. Each set is hand embroidered then machine quilted.

So readers, I need your help.  Please comment below on your favorite design.  I will pick two winners and send them a custom local set of potholders.  Winners will be chosen at random on Saturday July 30th.

Airport Code
City Nickname

Frugal & Fancy

The Indianapolis Modern Quilt Guild met late last month at the Indiana State Museum to see the Frugal & Fancy quilt exhibit.  Exciting to see what previous Indiana quilters did many years ago.  Little did we know that a Yo-Yo contest was going to be taking place.  Not fabric yo-yos that sewists create, but real Yo-Yos.  Did you know they had competitions?  We were shocked.  Here is some of the action from the day.

in action!
lots of colors for just string.

Rachael was tempted to buy the string to see what she could create.

Off to the exhibit we went.  The best part of the exhibit was that they were not perfect.  Triangles were not lined up and corners were off.  It was refreshing to see quilts from 100 years ago that could still be considered modern.  Solids and wonky log cabins were pointed out by all of us.

log cabin
solids. this was one of my favs!
just impressive work.

This was a great exhibit.  We had a really nice time having lunch after out on the deck.  We were watching people run on the canal, saw a quinceanera, and don’t forget the Yo-Yos.

Gearing Up

I spent my half day off yesterday sewing.  It was MARVELOUS.  Overall, I got a quilt pressed, pinned and 3/4 of the way quilted.  Now I just need about an hour to finish the quilting, trim, and get the binding on.  Woohoo.  New Etsy listing for me.

This week and I have been drooling over new fabrics.  No really, I spend time at my grown up job looking at manufacturer’s Web sites.  My coworkers say I should just sell fabric.  I would LOVE to, no clue how to do that though.  Any advice would be awesome.

Back on topic…next week is Fat Quarter Frenzy at Quilts Plus.  I have been waiting for this for a month.  I stopped in this week to pick up the backing to a quilt and was asking about it.  Turns out they have TUBS of fabric ready for next week.  I’m so excited that I’m taking a long lunch next Friday to enjoy.  Never know…maybe some of those fat quarters will end up as a give away on here. 

I have tried to be good and not purchase any new fabric so I can shop this sale.  I don’t normally like fat quarters, but they do come in handy.  Plus they’re going to be much cheaper than normal. 

So if you’re in the area, join me. 

This made me smile.

News Threads 5.27

May has come and gone for the most part.  We have partially recovered from moving, getting married and both starting new jobs.  Whew, that was a lot in just a few months. 

Back in the real world we are adjusting to our new schedules and fitting the rest of life in.  There is biking, running, sewing, cooking, yard work, etc that all needs to be done.  Don’t forget time with our two very needy dogs.  Luckily, there isn’t much on TV that I like during the summer and I feel I can run on less sleep than normal. 

While I haven’t been posting much over the last week, I have been in my room sewing quite a bit.  I even woke up early this morning.  My creative juices are flowing!

Things I’m working on:

  • Completing the Quilts for Kids kit that I received quite a while back.  I’d like to thank them for sending me a reminder email.  Kicked myself into high gear.
  • A few more items went up on Etsy this week.  I will hopefully continue to put new ones every couple of days.
  • Birdie applique top is complete.  Last night I worked on the pieced backing.  Just putting strips together randomly.  I think it will add a nice touch to the back. 

On a side note, I have LOST my seam ripper.  Really, I had two of them and now I can’t find one of them.  GRRR!!! 

This is one of biggest weekends for the city of Indianapolis, make sure to check out the race on Sunday.  Even if you’re not a fan, you’ve got to respect people that are willing to drive at over 200 mph for my entertainment.  Bring on the sunblock and beers. 

The roar of the engines give my goosebumps every time!!!

What is your favorite fabric?

I love how each quilt shop carries different amounts of fabrics.  The shop near me in Florida carried a wide variety of Batiks.  One of the shops near me in Indy carries an array of modern prints.  A shop we visited in Charleston has mostly civil war era fabrics. 

So readers, what is your favorite fabric?

  • Batiks
  • Modern
  • Floral
  • Reproductions
  • Novelty
  • Something else???

I’d love to know what you look for when you’re adding to your stash. 

Have a creative Thursday!!!