Sunday, May 31, 2009


Last weekend, I decided it would be a good weekend to sew, sew, and sew some more.  So, I started another strippy baby quilt and flower pots from Freddy and Gwen's new book.  The flowers are going to be yo-yos and I needed a hand project because I have a road trip coming up, a cousin getting married.  So I sewed merrily along until Monday.
On Monday my son called me from Philadelphia and said he was coming home 4th of July weekend and he and his fiance wanted to get married.  At my house, in my yard.  My first thought was yeah!  they're getting married!  My second thought was we shouldn't have skipped weeding and gardening for the last three years.  My next thought was I needed to change the
outfit on my dress form to something more appropriate.  This is what she was wearing.

A little too heavy looking for a summer wedding.  So she changed to this.
My next thought was to continue sewing so I can clear my design wall.  I really have to start thinking about the rest of the house and pulling some weeds.  Wish me luck!!


Thursday, May 28, 2009

More to see

Janet Igoe was in today and I loved her jacket and purse that she made.  The top of her purse
has the metal retractable rulers in them so it snaps open and closed.  Carol showed her how to
do it.  Very cool!!
Here's Willie and her lucky daughter Kate showing off another purse her Mom made her.  I wish my Mom made me lots of purses.  My daughter probably wishes her Mom made her lots of purses too.  
Willie made this baby quilt for her new niece.  I don't know where she finds the time.  
Sunny made this Christmasy hexagon quilt.  She told us it's the 11th one she's made. 
 ( Hexagons
sewn by hand.)  Yet again, I wonder where she finds the time.

Wednesday, May 27, 2009

What's new?

Here's some fabric that came in recently.  Click on it to make it larger so you can see the second one down.  It has cute little birds on it.  I want to make a pillowcase out of that one and the bottom one.  It's on my list.
Here's a sampling of some of the new books that came in.  I like them all.  Come in and browse and see what you think.
It's supposed to be another gloomy day weather wise tomorrow.  What I call quilting weather.  Thursday afternoon is a free open sew day in the classroom,  so come in and hang out if you'd like company while you sew!

Tuesday, May 26, 2009

One week left!

What a busy weekend!  I hope everyone had a good one.  Only one week left to come see the
previously ugly boxes on display.  Don't forget to vote on your favorite!
Look at this log cabin quilt with log cabins in it.  I love the border.  Dot Mitchell made this
Barbara LeBlanc made this springy quilt.  Dianne made one a number of years ago and it has
become a Monday Morning Class favorite.

Friday, May 22, 2009

What's Willie been doing?

Look at our Willie!  She and Kelly went to the Manchester Machine Quilting Show a few weeks
ago.  I think they had a good time.  Here they are with Mark Lipenski.  They took a Mystery
Class that he taught.
Here's the finished quilt.  It's dimensional.  When you see it in person, lots of the pieces stick out.  It's really cool.
Willie is ready for the beach with this fun bag.  It's M'Liss's Fat Quarter Bag with a Willie Twist.
Here's the front view.
Here's the back.
I'll keep you posted on what Willie does next!

Wednesday, May 20, 2009

Debbie's class

The class schedule is finally out.  It is on the Tumbleweed website
and also at the store.  We're doing a lot of "Open Sews"  this summer to make it easy for
people to come at their convenience.  
Debbie Z's son is getting married soon.  This is a quilt Debbie is making for the lucky couple.
They are going to love it!  It's all pictures of them in the heart shapes.
The pillowcase madness continues.  
These pillowcases were done by Kelly, Marsha, and Marlene.

Tuesday, May 19, 2009

Crazy quilt

Have you ever made a crazy quilt?  I've always been fascinated by them.  I love all the embroidery on them.
I've done some small ones,
but nothing like this!  One of our customers, Pat, brought this quilt and the Pineapple quilt
below in  to show us.  
Look at all the strips in this Pineapple Quilt!  Both of these quilts were done entirely by hand.

These quilts are very old, Pat thinks from 1880-1890, but are in great condition.
Thank you , Pat, for showing us these treasures!

Monday, May 18, 2009


 Diane showed us a tote bag she had made for daughter for Mothers Day.  One side has a 
picture Mom will love.
Here's the other side.  Pockets are always good.  
Sheryl had this bag over her shoulder, fully loaded and being used.  It's amazing the number of
customers coming in with bags they have made themselves.
Terry made this version of the Bow Tucks Bag.  What a cool bag for summer on Cape Cod!
The red button (from Tumbleweed) is a perfect accent!
Do you have your summer bag ready for the season?

Friday, May 15, 2009

Baby Quilts

This month in addition to the Box Display, we have baby quilts hanging.
This one I made after seeing the quilt on the blog a quilt is nice: tagged .  It's fast and easy.   
Here's one for a little girl using Kaffe fabric.
Another one with Kaffe fabric.  Machine appliqued.
Susan Branch fabric made a nice log cabin quilt.  I have a cute play tea set to give with this quilt
when the occasion arises. 
This is a fun baby quilt with birds.
This quilt is from the book "Baby Wraps".
So, come in and see the quilts and also the boxes.  I'll take pictures of the boxes at some point,
but come in if you can and see the detail on some of them.  Don't forget to vote on your favorite!
test test2 a quilt is nice: tagged
this page

Thursday, May 14, 2009


The wisteria is blooming! 
 Tuesday there was a BUNNY in the store!! 

I wasn't there, but I received a phone call about it and from the description I was given, I think
the BUNNY looked like this:

Apparently it was very frightening  and very fast!  BUNNY barriers were built, plans were made,and finally BUNNY was cornered in one of the batting cubbies.

At that point it was decided to call in trained professionals.  Animal Control came and escorted 
the BUNNY from the store, at which time BUNNY ran around the back of the store to the door
to see if he could reenter!  Thankfully, the door was shut and Tumbleweed is again a BUNNY FREE ZONE!!
Doesn't the wisteria look nice?

Wednesday, May 13, 2009


I love scissors!  You can never have enough scissors.  All different kinds for all kinds of uses.
We have new scissors at the store.  Some unusual designs. Click on the picture to make it bigger. 
The top row on the right has really big holes for your fingers.  Next to it is my personal favorite, the seahorse scissor.  I've never seen scissors with a seahorse on it!  I had to have it for my scissor collection.  On the bottom row, the third from the right, is another one I like.  It has a little swan on it.  Very cute!
We received some new fabric.
And some more new fabric.
Of course we made some bundles!  It makes me want to start something new!

Tuesday, May 12, 2009

Baby Quilts

I have made a lot of baby quilts over the years.  It seems to go in phases.  I'm currently in a 
baby quilt phase.  It seems like a lot of family and friends are having babies lately.  My
daughter seems to need a lot of quilts for her expecting friends.  She calls and says she needs
a baby quilt and what the nursery "theme" is, as in "She's doing the room in dachshunds with
brown and a little blue."
I couldn't resist making this yo-yo dog to go with it.
"She's doing her room in classic Winnie The Pooh.""She's doing her room in green and yellow."
Personally, I think that babies do leave the nursery and need a lot of different quilts. They don't
all have to match the crib.  

Monday, May 11, 2009

Customers' Quilts

Kathleen Andreoli is making this 12 Days of Christmas Quilt for her brother and his wife.  On Christmas Eve they get together and her brother plays piano and they all sing Christmas carols
and the 12 Days of Christmas is sung in a way special to them.  So, he and his wife are really
going to love this meaningful quilt!
Jane Buie made this pink and brown baby quilt.
This is Willie's latest bag, done from an Anna Marie Horner pattern with home dec. fabric that
we recently got in.  
Patty was working on this quilt in last Wednesday's class.  
The same Wednesday, Lynn  was making this wallhanging.