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

Sunday, May 20, 2018

Hands2Help Quilts Finished

This year I participated in the
for the first time.

My plans were to make two quilts and donate one to
Little Lambs and one to Quilty Hugs.
With my mother being in an accident and other unexpected
occurrences, I was able to make one new quilt
and pulled a baby quilt from my stack of 
"waiting for babies" quilts that I've made.


Quilty Hugs will receive
"Deep in the Forest"
made from the Canyon Dance pattern.



I made this one thinking it would be great for a male or female.



All of the greens just sparkle.



This was such a fun quilt to make!



Little Lambs will receive this baby quilt
that I made earlier this year.




I really like the fabric that says "baby" all across it.



This was a very quick quilt to make.
I even pieced a backing!
Something I really dislike doing. :)



These will be mailed to their recipients and will, hopefully,
give some comfort to those who receive them.

Thank you, Sarah, for organizing this wonderful event.
Please visit her blog to see the beautiful quilts being donated.


Happy Quilting!

Saturday, May 19, 2018

I've Been Exploring!

In 2010, I went on my first quilt trip
with a company that specialized in such trips.
On this trip, I met two women and we became fast friends.
You'd have thought we'd known each other for years.
Just about every year since then
we have gotten together,
either on another quilt trip tour
or we've met somewhere on our own.

On Tuesday we met in Kansas City, MO
and spent all day Wednesday at
Missouri Star Quilt Company
in Hamilton, MO.



Hamilton is about an hour away from Kansas City,
so we left after breakfast and meandered our way up the road.

 

Missouri Star has taken this little town over
and really has brought life back to it, from what I read.



This is a map of the main street in Hamilton.
The quilt shops are the buildings in orange.
Each shop was so well laid out,
so well lit
and the people are so friendly!
We were asked so many times where we were from
and if we came for just the quilt company.
 
 

These little banners lined the streets and said different things.







These three murals were on ends of the rows of buildings
and added so much charm and color to the street.

Of course, I found some treasures to bring home,
but did keep things under control.
(I really am trying to use what I have!)
One day was plenty of time for us to spend here.
We enjoyed a nice lunch
and wandered up and down the street for the day,
going in and out and back in and back out
of the various shops.

At the end of the trip,
we started thinking about where our next adventure
will take us.
Any suggestions?


Happy Quilting!!

Sunday, May 13, 2018

Deep in the Forest Finish

I haven't enjoyed making a quilt as much as I enjoyed
making "Deep in the Forest" in a long time.
I don't know if it was the relaxed sewing in making the curved pieces,
or the abundance of green batiks,
or that I had nothing else that I had to be making
at the same time,
or all of the above.
This was such a fun quilt to make.




This is finished and ready to mail to the
Hands 2 Help recipient.



This quilt was made completely from my stash.
I had to give myself a pep talk about using all of these
gorgeous green batiks,
but they were purchased to use in quilts,
not gather dust in the cabinet!



My blocks ended up being 9" squares finished,
so this quilt is 54"x63".



 There will definitely be another quilt with this design
in my future...maybe using some bright batiks!




Flowers from my garden.
Peonies are my fave!


I'm linking to Design Wall Monday.
Please visit to see what others are creating.

Happy Quilting!

Friday, May 11, 2018

Deep in the Forest Progress

When I posted about one of the
Hands 2 Help quilts I'm making the other day,
Sara at My Sewing Room commented that
she thought of "Deep in the Forest" when she looked at the blocks.

The name was found!
Thank you, Sara!

I've worked on the quilt on and off all week,
in between other life adventures.
The blocks were all made within a couple of days.




(I had to stand on a stool to take the photo.)
These blocks went together so quickly
once I got into a sewing groove.





The quilting was done over a couple of days.
Since the name is
"Deep in the Forest"
I decided to quilt leaves onto the quilt with a little
meander in between.


The binding is being sewn on now and will, hopefully,
be finished tonight.

This has been one fun quilt to make!
I see another in my future with some of my bright batiks.


A friend traveled to Africa to visit her son
and brought back some fabric for each of us in our quilt group
to make a Becca Bag.



This is mine and I love it!
I didn't add the flange to this one and love the patterns together.
 She also brought back earrings to use as zipper pulls.
What a great idea!


Thank you,  Laura!

Happy Quilting!

Tuesday, May 8, 2018

Christmas Tree Skirt Finish

We have been invited to a wedding over
Memorial Day weekend
and some of you know what that means...

it's Christmas Tree Skirt time!!
This has become the traditional wedding gift
for me to give, when it's appropriate, of course!




I saw this tree skirt last year on Diary of a Quilter's blog 
and liked it so much that I knew I would make it one day.




The pattern is called
"The Quilted Tree Skirt" on Craftsy and was easy to make.
I did not use the quilt as you go method,
but sewed the entire top together,
basted it to the batting and backing,
did a little stitch in the ditch quilting,
and bound it.
 

 


The ties are already sewn on,
so this is ready to wrap.

Now I just need to find something to wear!
Too bad this won't be as easy as quilting the tree skirt was.
:)

Happy Quilting!

Sunday, May 6, 2018

Hands 2 Help

This year for the first time,
I am participating in 

 I have agreed to donate quilts to
Little Lambs and Quilty Hugs.

The quilt for Quilty Hugs has been started
and I am really enjoying sewing these blocks together.





A while ago Julie at Idaho Quilter's Adventures
made a quilt that looked like it would be so much fun to make.
Julie sent me the contact information for the pattern
designer and I ordered the pattern and templates below.

 


I knew as soon as I received the items that I wanted to make this quilt using
a variety of green batiks.
This would be a great quilt for a man or woman.



I began cutting the pieces and the sewing fun began.



These six blocks were the first ones I finished.
As of this afternoon,
all the blocks are finished and trimmed.
My blocks ended up being 9 1/2" square.
Thank goodness for allowing room to trim the blocks evenly!
Now I can put the puzzle together and finish the quilt top.

I sure have gotten proficient at sewing curved pieces!

to see what other quilts are being made for donation.

Happy Quilting!

Thursday, May 3, 2018

Blooming Burst of Color

This week summer has hit Virginia
with temperatures in the high 80's and 90,
so it's appropriate that my 
Blooming Nine Patch is finished this week.
I look at this quilt and I think about the bright,
vibrant colors of summer
and the flowers that just burst forth after the cold winter months.



These are all Kaffe prints... my favorites!
The most difficult part of making these quilts
is picking the fabrics.

 


This started as a kit, but I changed it up a bit.

 


I'm trying not to let the unevenness of the ends get me down,
but you can see the wave a bit here.
When it was quilted,
I think the biased ends were pulled too much and there is an
obvious difference in the width of the quilt at both ends.
Lesson learned....
stay stitch each and every quilt before taking it to the LAQ!

 


The edges don't show here...
just the beautiful fabrics and quilting design shine through.
This quilt will get washed and dried and I'll see if I can't
make the wave less obvious doing this.

Anyway,
it's finished and I'm happy.


Happy Quilting!

Friday, April 27, 2018

Thirty Three Years!

Today is my wedding anniversary!
Thirty three years ago today I said "I do"
to a man who has changed my world.
He has loved me through laughter and tears, shouts and silence,
good times and bad, (but more good, thankfully)
 and we are still waking up together
and walking this path that God set us on....together.
I am Blessed.




This week I worked on some little blocks in my Hidey Hole.
The Temperature quilt is actually coming along now.
Three rows are finished and sewn together!


This is January through the 15th of February.

 

 This is all of January and February, but the beginning
of the 4th row is not sewn together yet.

Mary at Needled Mom and her sister started this
Temperature Quilt  QAL and it's fun to see how different our quilts will be.
Mary lives in Southern California, her sister is in Alaska
and I am in central Virginia.

I am slowly getting caught up with my daily blocks for this project
and am enjoying seeing the different colors used.
It sure is nice to be out of the blue colors since they represent the cold temperatures.



A few years ago I purchased a kit to make a
Christmas table runner.
The kit came out of the cabinet the other day and 
will finally be made.

 
 These are the finished blocks.
There are four of each pattern and are 3 1/2" square.
Hopefully I will soon have a completed runner!

Have a wonderful weekend everyone!

Happy Quilting!

Wednesday, April 25, 2018

Disappointment...

I got the call from my longarm quilter
that my Blooming Nine Patch was finished.
Woohoo!!
I had errands to run,
so while I was out I stopped and bought the fabric for binding
and picked up my quilt.

Last night I laid the quilt on the floor before trimming it.
Something looked off, but I figured trimming it would
make all things right with the world.




I trimmed the edges evenly,
laid it back on the floor and almost cried.




You can't really see it in this photo,
but the sides flare at the top and bottom.



 You can see how uneven the side is in this photo.
I know my stitching was pretty accurate,
so the only thing I can think happened
is when they put it on the frame to quilt it,
the top and bottom were pulled more than the middle.
I didn't stay stitch the edge because I was having a difficult time
trimming just the top evenly and figured I'd even everything up
after it was quilted.




This is how much the quilt is off side to side.
There is nothing that can be done about it now.
I'll use it as a table cloth or something,
but it won't be given as a gift.

I do like the quilting pattern I chose for it, though.

Happy Quilting!
Even when things don't go as planned.





Friday, April 20, 2018

Metro Rings Finish

This quilt has been waiting for quite some time to be finished
and it finally is.
It went to my LAQ a couple of weeks ago
and came back earlier in the week.

I was able to get the binding sewn on yesterday and
am thrilled with this finish.




This quilt was a challenge for the
History of Quilting group I belong to.
"Do something you have wanted to do, but haven't."
My challenge to myself was making something with
Curves.


The pattern is called Metro Rings
and it uses the Quick Curve Ruler.
Once I figured the ruler out, this was a pretty easy
pattern to make.
This quilting design is perfect for this quilt.
It's quilted with a light gray thread.
 



I just love the turquoise, aqua and grays together.
It's the first time I've really used gray in a quilt
and it won't be the last.
 
 


This quilt is going to live at my house,
at least for a while.

 


I don't know why I waited so long to get this quilt finished,
but it is now and I love it.

Happy Quilting!

Wednesday, April 18, 2018

Little Progress...

Little progress has been made with my mom after her
car accident last week.
My mom is having a lot of pain,
probably from bone bruising,
since nothing is broken.
The pain is a bit less,
but not where she would like it to be.
We are all impatient at times like this,
aren't we?

Since I have been with her so much,
(and took a quick trip to California to see my daughter and son-in-law)
(thank God for siblings who are ready and willing to help!) 
little has been done in my Hidey Hole.

I did get a quilt back from my LAQ today
and
I LOVE IT!!



This one has been waiting patiently to be quilted.

 


I saw this quilting design on line and love it on this quilt.
It gives it just enough pizazz, but doens't take away from the quilt.

 

The backing is just plain turquoise fabric.
Love it.
Now I need to make the binding and get it sewn on and finished.



In the few minutes that I've had to sit and sew,
I'm working on my Temperature Quilt blocks.
I am so far behind with this quilt
and hope to catch up in the next month or so.




It took me a while to collect all of the fabrics
and by then January was half over already.
These blocks above are for January.
The blocks below are ready to be sewn
for February.



I need to get the rest of March's blocks cut and then
start on April's.

Mary at Needled Mom and her sister
started this quilt along back in January.
Their quilts look so cool already
and are so different.
Hopefully I will have something to show soon.
 

Be well
and
Happy Quilting!