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

Friday, June 22, 2018

99% Finished Tree Skirt

This week has been rather busy for me,
but I was able to sneak in some quilting time
and have the latest Christmas tree skirt almost finished.



The ties need to be added to the back and the label sewn on and then
it will be finished.

 


I made this with 60 degree triangles cut 8" tall.
Using larger triangles made it a quick project
and I like how it really shows off the designs in the fabrics.

 

This is the back.
Several years ago I found a good sale on this fabric and bought
a lot of it. I just love the poinsetta print. The colors are so
vibrant, too.

This one will be finished for the July wedding!


One of my friends, who is also a quilter, has started making Christmas tree skirts
as wedding gifts, too.
She was here yesterday and brought the skirt she is making
for an upcoming wedding.



 Christmas tree skirt made by Lynn.

 
Isn't this beautiful?!?
I never would have thought to use the yellowy/orange fabric
with the burgundy and green, 
but it brings in so much light to the design.
The ties need to be added and then she will be finished.
I need to find this pattern!

Happy Quilting!

Tuesday, June 19, 2018

New Christmas Tree Skirt

We are invited to a wedding in July
and it dawned on me the other day that
July will be here in just a couple of weeks!
I need to get moving on the Christmas Tree Skirt! 

Fabrics came out and cutting began.
I saw a tree skirt made with triangles here
and decided that would be the design I would use this time.
(It seems I have a "thing" for triangles lately!)





 I cut 60 degree triangles from a stack of Christmas fabrics
and began playing on my design wall.





 This came together so quickly and was so easy to make.
It really shows off the Christmas fabrics.





The colors are more vibrant than the photo shows.
Quilting has begun and will hopefully be finished soon.


It will be Christmas in July!


Happy Quilting!

Saturday, June 16, 2018

Patriotic Finish 2018

As I posted before,
I've been making quilted Patriotic items for my 4 siblings and mom
for a number of years.
The table runners for 2018 are now finished and ready for gifting.




I got a little carried away this year with the cutting of the parts!

To make these,
I cut 3" strips of the red and blue fabrics and 2 1/2" strips of the white.
I sewed them into strip sets and then used a 60 degree triangle ruler to 
cut the strip sets into triangles.
Then the fun began...
arranging and rearranging them into the various designs.





These table runners are about 40" long.



This is my husband's favorite,
so it now is on our kitchen table.



The little toppers are about 25" long
and went together so quickly.




After I'd made 8  of the smaller toppers
(I told you I got carried away cutting them!)
I decided to make some larger ones to use up more triangles.
I like these better and wish I had made them all like this.
Oh well....



Here are all of the toppers I've made so far, starting in 2011, but 
skipping 2012 for some reason.
Wouldn't this make a fun collage on the wall?
I already have an idea for next years item. :)

I'm linking to Design Wall Monday.

Happy Quilting!!


Monday, June 11, 2018

Patriotic Table Toppers 2018

I mentioned in a post last week that I had started making my
annual Patriotic Table Toppers for my family.
A different one is made each year in memory of my dad.

Two weeks ago I cut strips and sewed them together
for this years design.

Well...
Let me just say that I overestimated how many strip sets
I would need by a lot!
So, what is one to do?
Make larger toppers and runners!





This is the original design plan for these runners.
They went together very quickly and are ready for quilting.

After making nine of these... yes nine.... I still had a pile of
60 degree triangles left.
That pile turned into a larger table topper and three longer runners.




This one is my favorite!
And my sister's favorite, too.

 


There are three of these longer table runners, too.

I think I have enough for the family this year.... and a few friends!




Hopefully I'll begin quilting these this week and have
finishes soon.

I'm linking to Design Wall Monday today.

Happy Quilting!

Friday, June 8, 2018

Knitting Something Other Than Socks!

As those who follow my blog know,
I am a sock knitter.
Lately I've been knitting socks for children from
yarn left over from knitting adult socks.

A friend gave me a skein of yarn a while ago that is 100% wool.
It couldn't be used for socks because 100% wool doesn't wear well,
so I was looking for something else to make with it.

Finally,
a few weeks ago I found the perfect pattern,
Workday Scarf at Ravelry. 





This was a quick and easy knit
and traveled so well!

 

It's one that can be worn in warmer weather,
but will be nice in the colder temperatures, too.

 


It worked really well with this beautiful blue wool yarn.

 


The subtle variation in color shines in this pattern.

Now I'm itching to make another one!

Happy Friday!

Wednesday, June 6, 2018

Two New Projects

Each year for the past six or so I've made my siblings
a red, white and blue table topper or runner for July 4th.
Our father died in July and he was one of the most
Patriotic people I know.
They are made in memory of him.

Before going to Missouri Star last month
I had decided on this years design and
found the fabric to make them at Missouri Star.

 One has been put together to make sure
the fabrics work and that I like the result.




I've wanted to make this table runner for a long time
and thought it would be fun in the patriotic fabrics.
I sewed 2 1/2" strips together instead of using a border fabric.



The remaining strips are pieced and ready for cutting with
the 60 degree ruler. 
These should go together very quickly.


Something else that came home with me from Missouri Star
were charm packs of the "Painted Garden" line.
I found tiny polka dot fabric to go with the charm packs
and have been working on these 
Disappearing Four Patch blocks.




Disappearing Four Patch is one of my favorite blocks to make.
This may be the 6th or 7th quilt I've made using this design.

 

This will make a sweet baby girl quilt when it's finished.
Mindless sewing at it's best!

Happy Quilting!

Friday, June 1, 2018

Bible Book Block Quilts

Back in April I posted photos of my finished
Bible Book Block quilt.
It was the year long project for the History Club I belong to.
The quilts were in a quilt show at the quilt shop
where the History club meets,
and it was so neat to see them displayed all together.

I took these photos at the show at the beginning of May,
but am just now sharing them.

It's so fun to see others interpretations of the same patterns
and the colors and fabrics used.
Unfortunately, I don't have names of the creators of each quilt,
but they are all beautiful.

Let the quilt show begin!

 





















This quilt is the one I made.

Aren't they all so different and beautiful?
I so enjoy seeing and being with these woman each month.
It's a great group and very inspirational.

Happy Quilting!

Tuesday, May 29, 2018

Little Time for Sewing

It's been a crazy couple of weeks here,
but I am here.
Not much sewing is going on in my Hidey Hole,
but my yard looks good!
Now if we could just get outside and enjoy it.
The rain storms have been unbelievable.

I don't have a lot to show, but wanted to
hop in and say all is well.

Here are some more socks I've made!




These are all children's socks,
made from leftover yarn I had.
They knit up so quickly!



This quilt was started a couple of weeks ago
and is still hanging on my design wall.





It is not an attractive quilt by any means,
but is made with denim and  pieces from colored jeans.
My brother and SIL sent me two boxes of colored jeans
a couple of years ago to use in quilts.
This quilt will go back to them to use outside with their grands.
They won't have to worry about being gentle with this one at all.
What did they call these?
Utilitarian quilts?

I hope you all are doing well and getting into the summer mode.

Happy Quilting!

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!