Tuesday, January 2, 2018

Hope everyone is keeping warm! We are in the midwest in Iowa and it has been below zero during the day the last few days with a wind chill of 15 - 25 below

I'm looking forward to the January thaw so we can get some warmer temps going on!! Our house is warm and thankfully so far we haven't had any power outages.
I'm so looking forward to spring!! LOL

I've been  really lagging in doing much sewing. I need to find my mojo! There are a lot of thing quilty I'd like to do and get done.

About a month ago a neighbor asked if would like his late wife's quilt stuff. I said of course I would! They have been bringing me boxes and bins of quilt stuff every few days since then. I have sorted and shared a lot of it but I am still sending stuff out to share with friends. My living room will breathe a sigh of relief when I finally get it all gone LOL  I've spent a lot of time moving and sorting all of her stash. They  tell me there is lots more to come!!  THey have brought me at least 150 quilt books so far. I am down to around 35 books yet to get rid of.
  If you are interested you can check out my group on FB where I share pics and comments about what i have to share. It is free you only have to pay the shipping.

Rhonda's Fabric Swap and Shop for FREE group
https://www.facebook.com/groups/464205137300173/

If you have any fabric or quilt books or any needlecraft related items you want to trade or pay the shipping you are welcome to join the group and post your items. if you trade you don't pay the shipping.

Wishing you all Warm Thoughts and Laughter!!







   



Wednesday, December 27, 2017

Now that Christmas is over it's time to get back to quilting LOL or in my case designing. I have so many quilt designs I want to share. so you can see some of them on my Unique Techniques blog. This is the last one I posted recently.


So now on to other things. I always have a list of what I intend to work on but I'm really bad about procrastinating. I really need to get a checkbook cover made for a friend of mine. I also want to make some hotpads to send to a few friends and hopefully to get started selling again. Just have to find my mojo to get back into gear again!! If and when I get started I'll have some pics to show!




Friday, December 15, 2017

Unique Techniques by Rhonda

Thought I'd jump in and touch base with you all. I decided to start a new blog showcasing my quilt tutorials. These quilts are made using my shortcut blocks of course LOL

https://uniquetechniquesbyrhonda.blogspot.com/

My very first website in 2006 was called Unique Techniques by Rhonda so I decided to use that for this blog as a nod to my first attempt to share my work.

I have lots of quilts I've developed over time and I decided it was time to offer them to you so they can be seen and appreciated. As always my work is open for you to use any way you like. The only thing I ask is not to sell the patterns. You are welcome to sell anything you make and I hope you enjoy the journey.

This is the first quilt I posted on Unique Techniques. Check out the blog to see the directions.

            Triple Tango
      The next quilt I will be posting......Rocket Rendezvous
      So make sure you check it out!                                       Rhonda  






Saturday, December 9, 2017

Merry Christmas to everyone!

Here is how I decided to use my candy cane dresden kaleidoscopes.
             I am making them into tree ornaments.
                   
  

You can find the directions for making a dresden kaleidoscope in my previous posts.  You will need a smaller template however. I will be happy to send you one if you send me an email @  patchesbyr@yahoo.com

after you make the dresden k then add a hanger (ribbon) and just back it like a quilt and then sew around the raw edge with the stitch of your choice. I like the herringbone stitch or a buttonhole stitch. the tighter your stitch the better it covers the edge. I didn't use any batting. tho you could if you like the look.

Then I spray it with sizing really well on both sides and iron it flat. let it dry and it will hang well.