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Linda's quilting adventures

This Week (34) I… August 21, 2014

Filed under: Uncategorized — inspiredlayerslinda @ 7:45 pm

…went to Sew Creative quilt shop in Beverly, MA and met Phyllis and Janet. 

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This quilt shop is easy to find.  I drove route 128 North to route 62 to Beverly. It was on the right hand side.  Inside is a classroom area, Pfaff sewing machines, fabric and more!  I brought some doodle quilts to “show and tell”. I left Doodle Dog there.  If you live close to Sew Creative in Beverly, MA stop in to see Doodle Dog, then sign up for a seat in the class.  It will be offered in two parts, Sundays, October 5th and 26th. Kits are available for $20.00.  Just bring a notebook to doodle in, pencil and a smile. Sewing machines with a sharp needle and black thread are needed for the second class

This class is fun and freeing.  We will free motion quilt creative doodles and share our results. If you have tried free motion quilting before and something hasn’t click, all I can say is, try it again.  Every day is a new day.  Every class is a new class.  You may unlock whatever is preventing you from the results you desire.

I will be drawing and then demonstrating with my sewing machine. Get lots of sleep and come relaxed and ready to have fun!





This Week (33) I… August 18, 2014

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…made a duvet cover and 2 pillowcases for my daughter to take to college.  She wanted “camo” but not pink and realistic looking.  I was fortunate to find just the right fabric.  I bought the entire bolt, 10 1/2 yards.  It was just enough for this project.  I made the binding out of a modern green fabric.  The buttons are 1 1/2″ in diameter.  I used 8 to make the closure.

camo quilt

I realize now that the print is upside down.  I will have to remake the bed now…..


It was a fun, quick and easy project.  I love not having to read directions.  I just sewed it as it made sense.


Until next week…







This Week (32) I… August 12, 2014

Filed under: Uncategorized — inspiredlayerslinda @ 2:57 pm

…enjoyed a few days away in Maine.  I gained some more fortitude as I faced my fear of kayaks and went out in one on Moose Pond three days in a row!  The weather was picture perfect!  No capsizing! 



I also worked on a 1000 piece puzzle with my sister-in-law, Debbie.  We finished it in 2 days!  Thanks to my niece and her boyfriend who started it!V__5B20[1]

I also saw a “Super Moon” while at the dock on Sunday night. It was so bright!



Everyone enjoyed a boat ride with brother-in-law Joe at the helm.  Even the two little dogs enjoyed the ride.WP_20140809_18_48_29_Pro[1]

We camped in our motorhome, just outside Joe’s beautiful Log Home.  It was so nice to relax and enjoy family.



I hope you had a wonderful week!  Back to quilting….



This Week (31) I… August 4, 2014

Filed under: finished project,free motion quilting,quilt shows — inspiredlayerslinda @ 11:42 pm

…traveled to Cape Cod to visit with friends, Jack and Marie, who moved there in January 2014 and vend at the Bayberry Quilt Show.

I had dinner, the absolute best clam chowder appetizer I have ever tasted, at the Barnstable Tavern and Restaurant with my friends, Marie and Rhonda.


Marie shared an antique quilt with us.  Her father in law passed away in his 90’s and left this block by block quilt to her.  It is in need of repair. I asked Valorie Sayer how to repair an antique quilt.  I learned so much.  I will not rip out a section and replace it.  I will keep the original and overlay silk and slip stitch/or tack it in place over the original.  Now I’m on the hunt for gold and blue silk for the repair.


The Bayberry quilt show was amazing!  Here is my booth…


My parents stopped by….

IMG_1862[1]Here are some of my treasures that I purchased from Faye Labanaris’ booth…



I’m ready to start another crazy quilt!  

Here are some goodies from Cape Cod Shibori…


I did find time to sew some doodles, some flying geese for a new pattern using the Sew Easy guide, and a clothesline tote bag….




It was a fun three days, four counting the set up day.  I was tired and punchy on Sat. afternoon.  Here’s me with Ro, a fantastic organizer and artist herself!  She inspires me!


A wonderful week!


Linda Ramrath