Tuesday, September 8, 2015

Alaska 2015 Birthday Bash

We are almost there! Counting down to our Alaska Cruise with Quilt Camp at Sea.

Kits Made, check
Boxes Packed, check
Games, check
Door Prizes, check
Passport, check  

Guess I’m ready to have a Blast—Hope you are too! 
See you on on the Westerdam on September 19th

Packing it all –look how organized I am!

Prizes donated by Riley Blake Fabrics WOO HOO!

Ready to PARTY— BIRTHDAY BASH- Here we Come!

Thursday, August 27, 2015

Gearing up for Fall Football!

Gearing Up for Fall Football  -- How to make  Kids team Shirts for less

Having 8 grandchildren means that getting the kids outfitted for our favorite Seattle Sport—Football- would be very EXPENSIVE.  This year I decided to make my own shirts using the NFL fabrics available at most local fabric stores. Here is how to do it -

·         Purchase approximately 1/8 yard of desired fabrics
·         Purchase 1 cotton  T- shirt

·         Purchase a double sided fusible interfacing -
 I use my favorite lightweight fusible-Soft Fuse

·         Choose logos from fabric or make your favorite numbers and logos
. Follow directions on how to apply fusible to fabric.

·         Cut out shapes and get ready to applique

·         Place a piece of lightweight stabilizer on the back side of shirt to be appliqued slightly larger than the number/logo to be appliqued

Place shapes on T-shirt and fuse into place; applique using your favorite stitch.

Cut away the inside interfacing of the shape and trim the outer edges to close to stitching

And now you have shirts ready to wear for cheering on your favorite team!

Thursday, August 20, 2015

Organization of the fabric closet or ONE HOT MESS!

Ever wonder how you got so much fabric? Me too!
  How does one little fat quarter turn into so many little pieces??

This Spring I decided to clean out the FABRIC CLOSET. It hurts to even say the words. I would cringe every time I thought about doing it and put it off for years. Enough was enough.

Here is what it looked like when I pulled it all off the shelves:

One Hot MESS—and there were over 20 large buckets!

What to do with it?  I decided to separate it into piles—oh goody piles and piles of fabric to trip over for the next week. I sorted all the fabrics into these groups:

·         Keep
·         Give away
·         Sell
·         Fat Quarters
·         Large pieces
·         Over  2 yard pieces
·         Small pieces
·         Throw away -- What in the heck was I saving these for anyway?


I organized the large 2+ yard pieces by clipping them onto skirt hangers. Brilliant! My neighbor thought of this and I copied her.  Look how easy it is to find backings now and larger pieces that I might want to use.  It is Wonderful!


Fat quarters and those pieces that were close to that size were sorted, folded and put in to storage bin and LABELED by color. I can grab the color I want/need and find it instantly. Imagine that?  

Large yardages that didn’t fit on the hanging wall went into bins well as FQ bundles, selvedges, scraps and small/medium pieces of fabrics. I leave the scrap bin open and every time I sew and have extra it goes into that bin.

I keep all my scraps that are 2” or larger. The scraps go into a bag like this and when I have a bunch I make a scrap quilt—   Like this one!!

So get yourself organized. You will find you can work more efficiently and with confidence since you know where everything is …until it gets messed up again. But keep it up and you will a happy sewer! I promise.

Monday, July 13, 2015

Come Sail with me!

Thinking of doing a Quilting Cruise? Don’t miss your chance to travel with me while I teach on board these amazing ships while cruising. Quilt Camp at Sea is a seasoned veteran to making your trip a cruise of a lifetime. Join myself and other great instructors! 

NEW ZEALAND/AUSTRALIA – February 13 – 27, 2016

Upon arrival in Auckland, New Zealand, we will enjoy a pre-cruise welcome hosted by our fantastic cruise escorts: Alex Trettin, the President of Travel Leaders in Tacoma, Washington; and Len Tobin on Friday, February 12, 2016.

On Saturday, February 13, we will set sail at 4:00 p.m., followed shortly after by our welcome aboard party in the Culinary Arts Center aboard Holland America Line’s beautiful ms Noordam.  There are quite a few ports to visit on this 14 day cruise including: Tauranga; Rotorua, known for its geysers and mud pools; Napier, known as the center for gourmet food and wines; Wellington, the capitol of New Zealand, with its beautiful countryside where the epic “Lord of the Rings” trilogy was filmed; Akaroa, known as the gateway to Christchurch; and Dunedin, known as the “Edinburgh of New Zealand” with its similarities to Scotland. And many more!

16-day Cruise from ROME to AMERICA - (Fort Lauderdale, Florida)
October 22 - November 9, 2016

Join Quilt Camp at Sea and me! Riley Blake Fabric Designer, Dodi Poulsen, on an 18 day once in a lifetime quilting cruise experience –  beginning with a 2 night stay in Rome, Italy before embarking on a 16 day Voyage to America on board Holland America Line’s beautiful new Koningsdam!!  

Southern Caribbean - March 1 - 12, 2017

On board the NEW Koningsdam Holland America Ship, Dodi Poulsen, Keri Duke and Kathy Afflerbaugh will be on deck for fun in the sun over this 12 day cruise.

Please send an email to Len Tobin at QuiltersAlaskanCruises@comcast.net if you would like to be contacted for a registration packet for any of these cruises.
Come join the FUN!