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

Thursday, May 25, 2017

I'm Doing It....

It's time.
They are vexing my spirit!
And I hope I don't get kicked out of the
Quiltering Club
for this
but....


I'm getting rid of my scraps!



They have been sitting on the big black bag (or on the floor!)
 in the corner of  my Hidey Hole,
taunting me...
making me feel guilty for not using them.
No more!!

My goddaughter would like to start quilting,
so I asked if she would like my scraps.

She said Yes!!
(I don't think she realized just what she was saying Yes to!)
No more guilt, no more shame.
I don't enjoy using scraps,
and I'm not going to feel bad about it anymore.
They are going to a new home.
Phew!!



In the meantime,
I am making another Boy baby quilt.


 The top few rows have been sewn together already.
I've had to pull the seam ripper out once.
Somehow the first triangle of the row was turned
and the whole row was off.

These triangles have been sitting for some time,
waiting for their turn to play.
I needed one more fabric to add to the fun
and found the aqua solid.

 

The Go! Cutter makes such quilt work of cutting these triangles.
Plus, there are notches to line up,
so they fit together so easily.

Happy Quilting!

Monday, May 22, 2017

Camper Sew Together Bag

My best girfriend and her husband really enjoy camping.
A few months ago I saw this fabric with vintage campers
and flowers and such.
It's right up her alley!

At first I was going to make a little quilt for their camper,
but then she mentioned loving the
Sew Together Bags.

Done!!



I've had this cut out and ready to sew for a while
and finally got to it a few days ago.

 


These bags are so addictive!
I'm already thinking of making a couple more.
  
 

These vintage campers are so cute!



I don't know what she will pack in her little bag,
but it won't take up much room in her camper.

 

Ready for a road trip!


My goddaughter was married over the weekend.
(She is the recipient of the Wedding quilt.)
My younger daughter was her Maid of Honor
and carried these gorgeous flowers.



 My daughter lives out of state,
so left the bouquet here for me to enjoy....




And enjoying it I am!

Today I am linking to the new home for Design Wall Monday


Happy Monday!!
Happy Quilting!

Friday, May 19, 2017

Every Which Way But Loose...

The Flying Geese quilt is finished!
Let me just say that I love, love love this quilt.
It has to be one of my all time favorites.

I picked it up from being quilted last week
and finished the binding the other day.

Then I was waiting for a nice day to take photos.






It might have been too sunny for the photos,
but the sunshine really brings out the oranges.

 


There is something about the orange, black and yellow
that just makes my hear sing.




I decided to add some fun to the binding and added the black flange.
 It really pulls the black out to the edge
and adds a nice frame to the quilt.




The quilting design is perfect for the boxy geese.
It really softens the look.

 



This is going to hang on the wall in my guest room above the bed.
Since it will be above the bed,
guests won't see it while they are trying to sleep.
It shouldn't keep anyone awake.

:D
 

More Kaffe on the back.

I had so much fun making this quilt.
It might be made again in the future in a baby quilt size.

Happy Friday!

Wednesday, May 17, 2017

May Bible Book Blocks

My History of Quilting group
has been making
Bible Book Blocks.
The blocks for May represent 
Nehemiah, Esther, Job, Psalms and Proverbs.



I still really like the reds and the white background fabrics in these blocks.  
They aren't in the order of the books of the Bible in this photo.






Here are the first 20 blocks.
Our session will go until November
and the books of the Old Testament will be represented.
 


I've begun thinking of sashing and corner stone colors
and will play around with some ideas as it gets closer to the end.

 

Happy Quilting!

Sunday, May 14, 2017

Quilted on the Longarm...

A few weeks ago, two friends and I took the class to
begin learning to longarm quilt at a shop in our area.
You can take this introductory class and then rent their
longarms by the hour.

Last week I quilted my first quilt on the longarm.
The instructor said to not bring an heirloom or a treasure.
And she said "dogs need quilts, too."

I have been saving the perfect quilt for this adventure.
This one was made a couple of years ago
and is probably the ugliest quilt I've made.
It could not get any uglier,
so using it for my first longarm adventure was a no-brainer.

So the fun began....



They start us out on the hand-guided longarm,
so I was trying to make swirly flowers.
Some turned out really well and others... not so much.
I learned that I'm going to have to think about where I am
and where I need to travel next as I am quilting.
A few times I got stuck in a corner and had to travel over already quilted
areas to get out of it.
 




The good news was that the thread I chose blended in so well with the 
fabric, my mistakes don't show up very much.
The bad news was, I had a difficult time seeing where I had been.
It didn't matter too much, though, since you can't really see the quilting.
:)



The thread even blended well on the back. 




This quilt was a major blunder as far as fabric selections go.
I should not have used the gold as a background fabric,
but my friends dog will get a quilt from my mistake.


 

I had a BLAST using the longarm and have my second session
scheduled already.

Happy Quilting!

Thursday, May 11, 2017

Circle of Geese Finish

Recently I was looking for something in a cabinet
and found two projects that I had totally forgotten about starting.
One was this Circle of Geese paper pieced little quilt.

I guess at one point I thought about making a whole quilt with these blocks
and then I remembered....
I really do not enjoy paper piecing.

One Circle of Geese block was made,
put in the cabinet
and forgotten.

It is now a finished little mini quilt.


This little quilt was a fun one to quilt
and took no time at all.

I couldn't decide on the binding fabric
and then remembered I had a black fabric with a little white 
that I had used in another quilt.




It's unfortunate that I dislike paper piecing so much....
I really like this design!

 

The back looks so cool!

Another little thing is finished and out of my Hidey Hole.


While working with the tumblers
I found a pile of 2 1/2" squares I had cut from Kaffe fabrics.
I also found some scraps of the polka dots.
The Go! Cutter came back out and more 2 1/2" squares were cut.
This is what came of it, but more are needed.
I have a lot more of the color squares, but need to cut more polka dots.

 

I'm not sure where this is headed,
but another pile will be used!

 

Oh, I just love these fabrics and colors!

Happy Quilting!

Tuesday, May 9, 2017

Tumbler Top Finished

Yesterday I had a "Free" day.
The plans I had changed,
so I ended up having nothing planned.
What is one to do with a free day?

Sew!


My Tumbler Top is now finished!



The tumblers were cut with my GO! Cutter
using my collections of Kaffe and Text fabrics.
  



The top needed to be longer
and I was out of the text tumblers,
so I added two rows of just Kaffe Tumblers
to the top and bottom.

 


The variety of fabrics we have today just amazes me sometimes.

 

Here is the whole quilt...
I'm not tall enough to get it off of the floor.
At this point I'm leaving the side edges as they are.
They may be straightened out after it's quilted
or I may bind them like that.
We will see how energetic I am!

 


I considered any fabric with words to be a text print.
This one is one of my favorites.

 

No matter how hard I try,
like fabrics end up together.
Oh well....
keeps me on my toes!

We have a good friend of the family graduating
from high school this year.
This quilt is going to her.

Happy Quilting!

Saturday, May 6, 2017

Latest Pile...

How did I end up with so many projects
that have been placed in
Limbo Land?

This latest pile was a Leader/Ender project
that stalled out somewhere along the way.
It is time to get this one finished.




I used my Go! Cutter to cut tumblers from Kaffe fabrics
and my collection of Text fabrics.

 


These rows are sewn together, for the most part.
There are a few pieces on ends of rows that need to be attached.

 


I see some like fabrics together, but I'm not sure that I even care at this point.
This isn't one of my favorites,
but maybe it will grow on me.




I found a lot of unusual text fabrics when I was searching for them.
Most of them have been used up in various quilts.

 

This is what is left.
They will be sewn into additional rows and used in this quilt.

Hopefully I will have another pile finished and out of my Hidey Hole very soon.

Happy Quilting!

Wednesday, May 3, 2017

Found Blocks Finished

A little over a week ago I found some left-over blocks
in a cabinet in my Hidey Hole.
They had been left over from a larger quilt I made several years ago.

These found blocks are now a little quilt,
ready for a tiny little one soon to be born.


This is smaller than my usual baby quilts,
but it will make a nice play mat
or snuggle blanket.

 

As those who read my blog know,
this is one of my favorite blocks.
I've made many quilts with the
Disappearing Four Patch.

 

I lucked out at Joann's.
There was a minky remnant, half price
and the perfect size piece!




Another finish!
Small, but a finish none the less.

Happy Quilting!

Monday, May 1, 2017

Hand Work and Dresdens

Happy May Day!

Hopefully the month of May will be as successful in the
finishing department as April was for me.
I was able to finish a number of projects that had been sitting in piles
on my counter for way too long.

One pile I pulled out of my cabinet was this applique project I started
long ago.
I only needed to make two more blocks,
but it ended up in the cabinet instead.

This past week I was able to finish one block,
so only one more block needs to be made.


This pattern has 12 blocks, but I am only making nine.

The last block is prepped and ready to stitch.
Once the last block is finished,
I will decide on sashing fabric
and put it all together.


A while back my mother went on a trip and brought me back
a pattern and a roll of 30's prints to make a mini quilt.
My mom and I have different tastes in most things,
including quilts.
I'm not a huge fan of 30's prints,
but it's been fun working with these on this little quilt.




The Dresdens are finished, except for the circle in the middle.


 The 30's prints do make a happy pile of blocks.



These will be stitched to a white square and then sewn
together with sashing made from the 30's prints.


Happy Quilting!