"Be the kind of woman that when your feet hit the floor each morning, the devil says...."Oh crap! She's up!" Unknown

Friday, July 21, 2017

More Red and White

The quilt group I belong to does not meet the month of June,
so we had a month off from making the Bible book blocks.
This is a year long project for the group,
each month making 5 blocks that represent books of the Old Testament.

I hadn't made the blocks for May 
until last week.

I didn't like the blocks for Ecclesiastes or Song of Solomon,
so I made different blocks.
These blocks represent Ecclesaistes to Lamentations.

These are all of the blocks I have made so far
I am loving the reds and white/red background.


Onto the next five blocks. :)

Happy Quilting!

Sunday, July 16, 2017

A Dilema...

First of all,
I have been away...
on a mini quilt retreat!
My SIL in upstate NY invited me to join her and three others
at a little quilt cottage in upstate NY
to sew.
I hopped in the car with all of my stuff and headed north.

It was so much fun,
but I don't have any photos to share!

It was 2 1/2 days of sewing to our hearts content and I did.
I'll show what I worked on soon,
but the best thing is,
they invited me back next year!

Now, onto my dilema....
I have been working on these applique blocks for far too long.
They are finished (Woohoo!),
but not trimmed.

Where I am struggling is what to use for sashing.
Normally I know exactly what I want to use,
but this time I can't see what the blocks need.

Option #1:

Red plaid..
I'd use either blue or polka dot for the corner stones.
(I don't have any more of the background fabric.)

Option #2:

Blue Polka Dots...
(the blocks REALLY need to be trimmed!)

I would use either the red plaid or another polka dot for the sashing.

Option #3:

 It's a bit hard to imagine,
but I thought of using this blue and red polka dot along with two strips
of the blue for the sashing.

These are the fabrics I found that work well with the blocks.

Option #4:

Keep looking!

What do you think?
I don't know why this is difficult for me,
but nothing is jumping out and saying
"Pick me! Pick me!"

I don't want to put these blocks away...Again!
Any comments would be greatly appreciated!

Linking to Design Wall Monday at
Small Quilts and Doll Quilts today.

Happy Quilting!

Sunday, July 9, 2017

30's Dresden Quilt

A while ago I mentioned a kit my mom had purchased for me
on one of her trips.
It's a mini Dresden plate made from 30's prints.
I am not a fan of 30's prints,
but my mom is.

Let me tell you....
this is one of the cutest little quilts I've made!

The Dresden plates are machine stitched and
hand appliqued to the backround fabric. 
 I saw the border fabric the other day
while shopping for something else and
knew it was perfect for this little quilt.


The sashing pieces were randomly chosen,
but I should have moved the green strips that are
next to each other.

Oh well....


This is pin basted and ready for quilting!

I'm not a convert to the 30's prints, but I really do like this quilt.

Happy Quilting!

Thursday, July 6, 2017

Annual Patriotic Quilt

My dad died in July, 2002 and was one of the most
Patriotic people I know.
He served his country in the Navy
and always had a flag flying outside of his home.

Five years ago my mom, my siblings and families
had a little vacation together and I decided to make
red, white and blue table runners for the six of us.
(I am the oldest of five, plus my mom.)

These were made in memory of Dad.

that tradition has continued.
This year I made the fifth table runner/wall hanging
in reds, whites and blues.

A while ago I taught my friends how to make
the Cathedral Window
using an easy, all sewn on the machine, method.
My friend, Mary, made
some GORGEOUS table runners
using 5" squares.
For this years runners,
I used her idea.


There is an extra runner here for a friend.
All of the fabrics for these came from my stash.


These went together pretty quickly,
once all of the squares were cut.


I guess I should ask my siblings if they are tired of
receiving these runners.

The binding was made from a large piece of star fabric from my stash
and this is what I had left after finishing all seven runners!

Here are the other little quilts I've made.
It's fun to think of the "next pattern" and begin planning for next year.

Let Freedom Ring!

Happy Quilting!

Sunday, July 2, 2017

Tote Bag

My sister has a new granddaughter.
The little one was actually born in May six weeks early
and has been in the NICU since her birth.
Recently she was diagnosed with cystic fibrosis.
The poor little thing has had three operations on her intestines
with more in her future.
She is finally gaining weight and has passed her birth weight,
but feeding continues to be a struggle.

If you are one to pray,
prayers would be appreciated.

Last week my sister asked if I could make a tote bag
for them to use to take the little one's clothes and things
back and forth to the hospital.

Tote bags I can do!

Out came some cute fabrics and my Go! Cutter
and the fun began.

She wanted the bag to be about the size of a plastic grocery bag.
No pockets or zippers...
Just a tote bag.

I couldn't just sew fabric into a tote bag...
it needed to be quilted!

This bug is checking out my quilting!

The bag has been delivered to my sister and has been put into use
carrying things back and forth to the hospital.

Hopefully the little one will be able to come home soon.

I'm linking to Small Quilts and Doll Quilts today.

Happy Quilting!

Friday, June 30, 2017

LAQ Session #3

Last week I went and played with the Longarm machine again
and finished another quilt.
I had wanted to work on a larger quilt,
but had another commitment that afternoon and was afraid
I wouldn't have enough time.

This little quilt only took me an hour and 45 minutes to quilt,
start to finish.
It seems like it takes longer to get the quilt loaded onto the longarm
than it does to quilt it.
Of course, my quilting is basic at this point!

This pattern is super easy and quick,
especially since I had a layer cake to use.

The quilting started off a bit wonky,
but got better as I went along.
I might need to make an extra long backing
and put a piece of fabric at the top on which to practice,
before getting to the actual quilt.

 This will go in my
"waiting to see where it belongs"

I love the backing fabric.
It doesn't match the top at all,
but it's pretty.

Speaking of pretty...

I was able to snap a photo of this moth on my Lantana this morning.

Happy Quilting!
Happy Friday!

Monday, June 26, 2017

Another Found Treasure

I'm almost embarrassed to tell you about my latest find from the
 cabinets in my Hidey Hole,
but confession is good for the soul, right??

Six years ago, yes... SIX!.... my goddaughter
(the one who was married in May)
asked me to help her with a school project.
She is very artistic and had to make a project for a class
her Senior year of high school.
I can't remember what the theme was or what the project was supposed
to represent,
but she asked if I would help her make a quilt.

Of Course I would!

She came over and went through my fabric stash and found
fabrics she wanted to use
and away we went.

My goddaughter had sewn some,
so she did a great job putting this quilt top together.
She received an "A" for her project
and was really happy with the results.

Then it came back to me to quilt.
And there it sat....
hidden in a cabinet.
OH, I'd find it every once in a while
and remember that I needed to get it quilted,
but back into the cabinet it went.

My goddaughter never said anything about it,
but her mom asked about it recently.

Wow! How could I have NOT quilted it in all of these years?

Last week I pulled it out, 
found some backing fabric,
pin basted it,
quilted it,
bound it,

It's finished!

It didn't take long to quilt once I sat down to do it.

Maybe it was waiting until I could quilt feathers into it?
Six years ago it would have been straight line quilting all the way.


I don't know why we do this....
start something and not finish it for years.
How often, when we do finish it, do we say
"Why did I wait so long?"

It is finished and will be delivered to her this week.
She doesn't know I've finished it,
so, hopefully, will have nice surprise.
Hopefully she remembers making it!

I picked these from my garden last night.
They are the biggest zinnia's I have ever seen!

I'm linking to Judy's Design Wall Monday at
Small Quilts and Doll Quilts.

Happy Quilting!

Thursday, June 22, 2017

Triangles by the Sea

Do you ever find a fabric and want to buy bolts and bolts of it?
This is how I feel about Kaffe Fassett's Spiral Shell fabric. 
I love this fabric and have used it in several quilts already.

I've also made a couple of quilts with triangles and really like this design.
They are quick, easy and look so nice.

Polka dots are some of my favorite prints.
This color palate makes me smile! 


This baby quilt will be put away for a future baby.
It was nice to do some mindless sewing and quilting.

Happy Quilting!

Monday, June 19, 2017

Natalie's Tree Skirt

A dear friend has a daughter who is getting married on Saturday
and her gift is finished,
just in time.

My Traditional Wedding Gift....
when appropriate, of course.

I love the glitz and sparkle in the fabrics used for this
Christmas Tree skirt.
It would have been fun to quilt it with silver thread,
but I didn't have any and needed to get it quilted.


It will be wrapped and delivered this week.

This pattern is can be found here
and uses one layer cake with some yardage for the setting triangles.
Easy pattern, but I love the design.

I am linking to Judy's Small Quilts and Doll Quilts

Happy Quilting!

Saturday, June 17, 2017

Seeing Wonderful Sights...

Late Thursday night,
my husband and I returned home from a wonderful vacation.
We took a Rhine River cruise with our dear friends
and saw some beautiful sights.
Cruising up river, even though we were going south,
was so relaxing and fun.
The scenery along the Rhine is amazing and the history we saw
and learned about was wonderful.

Here are just a few of the photos I took on our trip.

We started the trip by spending a couple of days in Amsterdam.
It rained and rained while we were there,
but we slogged and trudged through the storms
and saw some wonderful things.

It was too late for the tulips,
but we found these at the flower market.


A few of the many houseboats along the canals.


You can't go to the Netherlands without seeing the windmills.
There were 19 of these historic windmills in this one area.
They are on the historical registry and have to be maintained
by the owners.

The cathedral in Cologne, Germany was just beautiful.
Amazingly, very little damage was done to this cathedral during WWII.

Below is the cathedral at night from across the Rhine.

One afternoon we cruised up the Middle Rhine
and saw castle after castle after castle.


Some have been restored and are now hotels,
restaurants or youth hostels.

Marksburg Castle is the only castle that had never been destroyed.

Some look over quaint little towns with vineyards growing up the hills.
These vines are planted in vertical rows on these hills.
Some of the hills are very steep and we were amazed that they could grow like that
and be harvested!


Some castles looked over other castles.
This white one in the river was built to collect tolls from the boats traveling on the Rhine.
The Rhine River has the most boat traffic of any river in the world.

There were more beautiful, big churches than I could count along the way.
I love the little chapel on the hill, looking down on the town and river.

 When in Germany, do what the Germans do....
drink beer.
We went on a Pub crawl and this is what you do when you don't 
want another glass of beer.

In Heidelberg we toured a castle that had been added onto several 
different times and was then destroyed by Louis XIV.
Three different centuries are represented here.

 And then there was the architecture of the homes.
Half timber homes, old plaster homes...
all with gorgeous flowers in window boxes and pots.

 I loved this building.
It held a pottery shop in the first floor space
and hung the examples on the outside of the building.

This is one of HUNDREDS of wineries in Alsace, France.
They grow seven different varieties of grapes and have to follow rigid guidelines
when making the wine.
These barrels are 90 to 200 years old!

The world's largest cuckoo clock can be found in the Black Forest of Germany
where cuckoo clocks are made.
There were some fancy clocks in this shop!


This is a stork!
Annabelle is her name and she lives in her nest on top
of the remnants of a church that was bombed in WWII.
Storks mate for life, migrate to South Africa and other places
and come back to the same nest year after year.
She put on quite a show for us this day!


On our last day we visited Colmar.
My husband is a bit of a WWII history buff and was pleased to be able to see this memorial
to Audie Murphy.
We went on a tour of the battle in Colmar and had an excellent guide.
It was a sobering afternoon.

We are adjusting back to east coast time, while remembering the 
wonderful time we had on the river cruise.

Happy Weekend!