Thursday, April 24, 2014

Sew and Tell

After getting my heart quilt finished (yay!), I decided to turn my attention to this little quilt.  Since it isn't very big ( 46" x 56"), I thought I would try basting it on a large section of my kitchen counter.  I used tape and some large clamps to secure the backing, and pin-basted 1/2 at a time.  It worked pretty well!  

So, last night I started in on quilting it.  I decided to quilt curvy lines in the squares, and am doing all the white areas first. 

I really like how it's looking, and am wondering if I'll even need to quilt in the colored squares.  We'll have to see.  I plan on echo-quilting around the applique, and doing some quilting inside the flowers and leaves.

In between the heart quilt and the Posie Patch, I had a little sew-in one afternoon with some quilt-y friends (you'll remember them from the quilt show).  Pam brought us some mini quilts she had just finished up:


Aren't they the cutest!  Now I'm thinking of making one (or some).  She was finishing up the binding on this one:

Sorry, it's hard to see the colors in the photo, but it I would call it a low volume 16-patch quilt.  She made it to fit her picnic table.  Don't know if I'd want to eat on it.  : )   Pam is leaving us next month to spend the summer in Wisconsin, but she'll be back in the fall.  Hopefully she'll come back with more show-n-tell.

Linda made us the cutest little closeable fabric baskets, just perfect as thread catchers.  You can see it at my Instagram (sorry, I couldn't get the pic to show up here). 

I worked on my Happy Pinwheels quilt, and finished it up that evening. I'll start quilting on it after I'm done working on my Posie Patch quilt.

Hope you all had a happy Easter.  We had lots of family over, including these little cuties who are waiting for the egg hunt:

Despite her size, the little one in the middle gathered the most eggs; no head start for her next year.  : )

Tuesday, April 8, 2014

Desert Quilters Annual Quilt Show

On Saturday, I attended the my local quilt guild's annual show with two of my sewing pals, Pam and Linda.  There was a good showing, along with fun vendors and good food.  I took lots of photos, as you'll see.  

But first, I wanted to share the basket that Linda made for me.  Isn't it (and she) sweet?  She shared about making it on her blog.

OK, on to the quilt show photos (click on any to enlarge):

 red & white quilt love

back art
fun diamonds

awesome color (with Linda)

love the jumbo chevrons

nice Baptist fan quilting

pretty hand embroidery

look at the tiny piecing on this one (with Pam)
makes me want to go on a picnic
gorgeous quilting

The next three were made by my friend Christa, who won ribbons on all of them. Way to go Christa!  Read more about them here.

String of Pearls

Modern X

Spiraling Out of Control

Maybe I'll put a few in next year's show, might be fun!

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                 Quilt Story: Fabric Tuesday 

Tuesday, April 1, 2014

Heart Quilt Finish

Cross a work-in-progress off the list.  Yay!  I started this little heart quilt (50" x 60") about 6 years ago (I know!). At that time, I was meeting with a wonderful group of quilt-y ladies.  Each month, one of us would choose a block for next month's raffle.  For every block you made, you received an entry into the raffle.  When it was my turn, I chose this 8" 4-patch heart block, made a couple, and then was thrilled to win them all.

I put them together, then put it away, got it out, put it away, you know how it goes.  I finally decided in January of this year, I was going to get it done.  I wasn't very good at machine quilting at the time I started it, and some of it makes me cringe now (inside the hearts).  But, I love the finished quilt.  One little problem though, some of the washable blue marker, applied a long time ago, didn't come out.  Does anyone know how to remove it? 

 I free-motion quilted a rose design in the border after drawing it out and practicing on a sample.  I've discovered I'd much rather free-style quilt than have to follow lines.  I applied and finished the binding by machine, and love how it turned out and how fast it went.  If you want to see better pictures of the border quilting and binding, check out my Instagram

Next, I'm going to get this little Posie Patch top quilted.  I think I'll do diagonal straight-line stitching across the 9-patches and outline quilt the flowers.  Should be fun!

Linking to:  Quilt Story Fabric Tuesday
                  Freshly Pieced WIP Wednesday 
                  My Quilt Infatuation NTT 
                  Crazy Mom Quilts Friday Finish

Monday, March 17, 2014

Things That Are Green

Happy St. Patrick's Day!  In honor of this special day, I'd like to share a few favorite green things: 

My new letter "S" that my friend Pam made for me.  She's been following along with Moda's Spell It With Fabric blog hop.  Pam, our friend Linda and I get together once a month to sew and chat, and she surprised us with our own letters.  It's now hanging in my sewing area.  

Not having very many St. Patrick's Day decorations, I started this embroidery project.  When it's done, I'll put it in a little pillow to decorate with {next year}.  

A green pinwheel from a current project.

Lovely green pine trees at our cabin, which we visited this weekend.  We could only get there by 4-wheeler because of the snow and mud, which we didn't mind so much. 

Hopefully I can get some time in tonight sewing on that pinwheel project I mentioned earlier.  I only have a few blocks to go and then I can start sewing them together.  Can't wait to share that!

                     Quilt Story Fabric Tuesday

Monday, March 3, 2014

Birthday Gift

I love making pillowcases.  They're instant gratification.  Over the weekend, I made this one for my little granddaughter who just turned 3.  She's crazy about pink, so of course that's what color it had to be.  I stuffed it with an inexpensive pillow from the discount store and she loved it.  A girl can't have too many pillows.  : )

There's a great tutorial here (choose the AllPeopleQuilt link for a PDF).  Fabrics used available here and here

Linking to:  Sew Darn Crafty
             My Quilt Infatuation

Thursday, February 20, 2014

Hello Again

Good to be back!  Here's what I've been up to:

I started a new quilt using Bonnie and Camille's Happy Go Lucky fabrics.  I'm calling it "Happy Pinwheels".  I have almost all of the 63 blocks done.  

Still tweaking my new sewing space -

Found some treasures at the thrift store -

some coveted turquoise Pyrex, and hex-y juice glasses

vintage pillowcases

And made some little needle books using this panel -

What have you been up to? 

Sharing at:  NTT at My Quilt Infatuation

Tuesday, December 10, 2013

Almost Done (the quilting that is)

Still quilting those wavy lines on my 12 Days of Christmas quilt.  You can't tell by these photos, but I'm about 90% done.  I had to take a break to finish my (online) gift shopping, but I'll be back at it asap.   I'm determined to have it finished by Christmas.  

I'm really liking the texture those wavy lines give.  They're about (for the most part) 1 1/4" apart.  So so easy!

 Snickers doesn't care when it gets done.  : )

Linking to:  Quilt Story - Fabric Tuesday #166 
                  Freshly Pieced Modern Quilts - WIP Wednesday 
                  My Quilt Infatuation - Needle & Thread Thursday

Tuesday, December 3, 2013

Quilt Finish!

Just pulled my American Jane scrappy trips out of the dryer and am enjoying all its crinkly goodness.  That's the moment that makes it all worthwhile, isn't it?  This one was done in record time - 11 months (less than a year is a record for me - not counting baby quilts).  There are (36) 12" blocks, set 6 x 6, for a finished size of 72" square.  (For free instructions, go here.)  I quilted it with free-motion wavy lines; my newest favorite method. Can't wait to snuggle under it while watching my favorite Christmas movies.  

note: photo added 12/5

Next up - quilting my 12 Days of Christmas quilt, which is all pin-basted and ready to go.  I'm going to quilt it with wavy lines going from top to bottom.  Be back soon with pictures.    

Linking to: Quilt Story Fabric Tuesday
                 Freemotion By The River Linky Tuesday   
                 Lily's Quilts Fresh Sewing Day
                 Pretty Bobbins I Quilt Linky Party #10
                 Have a Daily Cup of Mrs. Olson Share Your Cup Thursday #84 
                 My Quilt Infatuation Needle and Thread Thursday 
                 Crazy Mom Quilts Finish It Up Friday 
                 Quokka Quilts TGIFF December 

Wednesday, November 27, 2013


Hi everyone!  We have a winner of the Quilter's Blog Hop & Giveaway.....nicolesender!  She is lucky number 103 (chosen by the True Random Number Generator).  I have emailed her and hope to hear back soon so I can get the goodies in the mail.

Turkey #1 is thawing in the sink and almost ready for the oven, and everyone's been assigned their side-dishes.  Happy Thanksgiving to you and yours!  I hope to be able to take some time this weekend and get my first-ever Christmas quilt (for me) basted.  Be back next week with pictures if I'm successful.    

Thursday, November 21, 2013

Blog Hop Giveaway!

Hi!  I'm happy to be participating in the Quilters' Blog Hop & Giveaway today.  I'm giving away a few goodies I got when I attended the Fall Quilt Market in Houston - four of the latest quilt magazines and a lovely little bundle of QT's Matrix greens.  I'm also adding a package of my favorite sewing pins by Little House.

All you need to do to enter is become a follower of this blog, either by email or bloglovin' (and leave me a comment telling me you did).  Happy hopping!  (Sorry, this giveaway open to US bloggers only).  Ed note:  winner will be drawn on Nov. 27, thanks!