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

Friday, September 30, 2022

Whale Baby Quilt Finish

 My grandson was born in April
and before he was born,
my daughter and son in law asked for a
Whale quilt.
I ordered this pattern and pulled some fabrics
to make the whale, but immediately knew
it was not what I wanted.
The fabric pull was going to be way to busy.
After some looking and pondering,
I found a pattern of a Sunset at Sea

Now I knew what I wanted to use.
To make this quilt even more exciting,
I had won a selection of water colored hand dyed fabrics
and had purchased a few other fabrics packs from her 
to make another quilt that never happened.

I had my plan!

The whale pattern was scaled down to 75% and the
fun began.

I could not be happier with how this quilt came together.

The only fabric that is not from Vicki in the body of the quilt
is the lightest water blue. 
The sky, the sun and the whale are all made from her fabrics, too.
The borders are batiks that I purchased for the quilt.

The quilt has been delivered and
my daughter and son in law are very happy with it.
The little man is only 5 1/2 months old, so he isn't thrilled yet!
(I did make him a quilt when he was born.... an outer space quilt.)
As a side note,
for some reason none of your comments are
coming through to my email.
For the longest time I was getting most of them
to my email, but now none are.
I have looked to see if I can change a setting,
but have had no luck.
Does anyone have a suggestion on what to try?
I do appreciate all of your comments and feel badly
that I can't reply.
Happy Quilting!

Wednesday, September 28, 2022

Travel and Busy Month

 As so many of us say these days....
How did we get to the end of September already??

I have been gone a lot this month,
traveling and doing fun things with family and friends.
Therefore, my hidey hole has been pretty quiet.

I did start a new quilt last week and it is
pure mindless sewing!

These fabrics have been hanging in the cabinet for
    quite a while and it was time for them
to come out and play.

The sunflower and lattice fabrics are Robin Pickens
and I just had to have them when I saw them.
The HST's are 5" square and were fun to play with,
trying to decide on a design.
I think this will be a picnic blanket or a table cloth.

Hopefully, it will be sewn together soon. 

The September Gridster bee blocks were made
and are on their way to the Queen Bee.
I had not made this block before and really enjoyed it!
I'm looking forward to getting a couple of things quilted
and on the finished side soon.
Happy Quilting!

Sunday, September 4, 2022

Luna Top Finished

 I think I am at the end of making this round of
Baby quilts and the Luna quilt finished it off. 

For this one I pulled out my stack of primary colored fabrics
with a lot of black.
I've used this stack to make several other quilts over the years
and pretty much finished up the pile.

The background fabric has black (or maybe navy blue??) dots
and worked really well with all of the bright fabrics. 

This quilt went together so quickly!
I think I'm just going to use straight line quilting
on this one to finish it.
Something new is being worked on in my hidey hole now
that the baby quilts are finished.
(For the moment anyway!)
I'm linking to Design Wall Monday today.
Happy Quilting!

Monday, August 29, 2022

Sew Together Bags

 A while back I had a pile of HST's left over from my
Lucky Stars quilt and could not throw them away.
They were too small for me to make into squares,
so they sat for a bit.
Then an idea came to me...
sew them onto a piece of fabric and use them for
the outside of a Sew Together Bag.
I had enough HST's to make the "fabric" for two bags!

I kept sewing organic straight lines with different colors of thread
and was so excited with the finish.
I sandwiched batting and fabric before sewing them together,
so the outer fabric was good and sturdy.

Bright batiks were used for the pockets and linings.

This batik plaid was fun for the end pieces.

I had not made one of these in a while
and it was fun to create them again.
They will be given as gifts,
although I would like to keep one for myself.  :)
I'm linking to Design Wall Monday today.
Happy Quilting!


Wednesday, August 24, 2022

Oriana is Finished

 Back in April I took a class at one of my
local quilt shops to learn to make
I had wanted to make this quilt for some time
and could not figure out the pattern, for some reason.

I signed up for the class and then began
looking for fabric.
This part was challenging!
I finally decided on a rainbow color scheme
and began cutting strips.

During the first class I was able to figure out the pattern
and went to town after that.
My quilt top was finished before the second class.

After I finished it, I sent to to
and asked her to work her magic on the quilting.
She returned it to me a couple of weeks ago
and it is finished!!
The biggest challenge for me in making this quilt
was deciding where the different colors would go. 

It lived on my design wall for a couple of days
and I kept going in and moving strips
until it was pleasing to my eye. 

The next biggest challenge was getting the seams to match to make
the circle.
My seam ripper was called into action several times.

I could not be happier with Rebecca Grace's quilting!
She does such a phenomenal job in every aspect of her quilting.
With all of the different colors in this quilt, 
I decided to bind it in black.
I'm excited to finally have made Oriana!
Happy Quilting!


Friday, August 19, 2022

Lucky Stars is Finished

 "Lucky Stars" has been on my list of quilts to make
for a long time.
The group I go to "quilt camp" with every year
decided to each make this quilt for this years camp
to put on our beds while we are there.
We aren't supposed to show our quilts to anyone else
until the big reveal at quilt camp.
No one reads my blog, so I can post the photos here.

This quilt was made with my three most favorite fabric elements...
Kaffe, Batiks and polka dots!

This pattern went together so quickly
and was an easy one to make.

This is the twin size, which seems big to me,
but it will work on my bed at camp.

I thank my lucky stars that Rebecca Grace
quilted this for me.
She chose the design and I love it!

It will be fun to see all of our Lucky Stars quilts
at camp in November.
Hopefully I'll remember to take photos.

Isn't the backing fun??!!

Happy Quilting!

Monday, August 15, 2022

Red, White and Blue Finish

 In the beginning of 2022 I told myself that I was
going to work through as many kits and projects 
that had not been started or finished on my
"Shelf of Shame" in my hidey hole.

One of the first things I worked on was a red, white and blue kit
that I had purchased a number of years ago.
The quilt top was finished pretty quickly and then it sat.
And sat and sat.

Now I can say it is finished!

Flying Geese are one of my favorite quilting designs,
so this design was a fun one for me.

I quilted it with straight lines and stitching in the ditch...
fast and easy.

This photo looks like the geese are taking off in flight! 

This morning my daughter told me of an Air Force
officer who, at the age of 46, didn't wake up one morning,
leaving a wife and four small children.
She asked if I would like to donate this quilt to them.
What a great idea.
This will be on it's way soon.
Hug your loved ones tightly today.
Happy Quilting!

Thursday, August 11, 2022

Kassie's Tree Skirt

 As some of you know,
my traditional wedding gift is a
quilted Christmas Tree skirt.
Two of my nieces were married before I
 began this tradtion,
so I needed to make them each a tree skirt.
One was made and gifted back in the spring
and the second one is now finished
and ready for gifting.
As I was looking through my Christmas fabrics
I found this pile of triangles
I had cut to make another tree skirt. 
A few more prints were cut
and laying them out began.

I don't know what it is about quilts made with triangles,
but I just love them. 

There are some tradional fabrics and a few more
whimsical fabrics in this skirt. 

The thing my niece may appreciate the most
is the backing fabric.
It's from my mom's stash of Christmas fabrics
and probably dates to the 90's.
My mom didn't sew much,
but enjoyed making Christmas things.
Kassie will like having part of "Gram"
in the tree skirt.
Happy Quilting!


Sunday, August 7, 2022

Solid Bold Baby Quilt Finished

 I have to say...
This baby quilt did not end up anywhere near
where I had envisioned it and

This was started by using a pattern in a recent
American Patchwork and Quilting magazine
and I immediately changed the pattern a bit.

In the magazine the blocks were set like this,
so a plus sign was in the middle of each block. 

I just love these bold solid colors paired with the black and white. 

I was playing around with taking photos of the quilt top
after the blocks were sewn together and turned my camera on an angle.
I loved the blocks set on point!
That's the way it was finished.
I quilted it with primary colored variegated thread and just followed
the straight lines of the quilt.

This wee one hasn't arrived yet,
but the quilt is done and waiting.
I'm linking to Design Wall Monday.

Happy Quilting!

Thursday, August 4, 2022

Ribbon Baby Quilt Finished

 This quilt top has been finished for some time
and has been patiently waiting to be quilted.
It's turn came the other day and it's now a finished baby quilt!

I just love these ombre prints and wish I had purchased them in
every color.
They make such fun quilts!

The pattern for this baby quilt was in a recent issue of
American Patchwork and Quilting.
I didn't make it nearly as big as the quilt in the magazine.
 Deciding how to quilt this one had me stumped
for a while.
Then I decided to just do something simple and get it finished.

This is labeled and ready for delivery.

It feels so good to be getting some of these
quilts finished and out the door!!

Happy Quilting!

Saturday, July 30, 2022

The Iris Quilt Finished

 This past week was an emotional one for my family.
We all gathered in Michigan...
my family,
my siblings and their families,
my one remaining aunt and her husband
and lots of cousins...
and had the interment of my mom's ashes.

She would have been so pleased that so many gathered
to say their final good-byes.
It was a beautiful day in Algonac... a little town
on the St. Clair river.
It was in the 70's with a soft breeze and blue skies.
We shared a delicious meal after the interment
and had time to visit and catch up with each other.

Rest in Peace, Mom.

Upon my return home,
I picked up my sewing machine from it's
yearly clean and service
and put it right to work yesterday.

The Iris quilt is now finished.

This was a quick quilt to make and jelly roll friendly.

The most daunting part of the construction was trimming it.
I marked it with a frixion pen first to make sure it was square
and then trimmed the sides.

I quilted it with a grid and used a color of the Ombre
that I had not used in the quilt for the binding.

It's labeled and ready to deliver to the sweet little one.

Happy Quilting!

Monday, July 18, 2022

Kelly's Baby Quilt Blocks

 There are a number of quilts that I need to get quilted
and have not had the mojo to do this.
So, instead, I keep making quilt tops.

One of my daughters' college roommates is expecting
her first child in September,
so a quilt was started for this new one.
I saw this pattern in the American Quilters magazine and 
thought it would be perfect for a boy.

 As I was cutting the pieces, I decided to make
a small change to the pattern.
Instead of using all one color and making a ring,
I added another color and made it a bit different.

These are the blocks I ended up with for this quilt.
I made 20 for a baby quilt size,
shown below.
They are not in any kind of order yet,
just added to the wall as I finished them.

Then, as I often do, I turned my camera and took
a photo on an angle.


I really like this layout!

Here are most of the blocks turned on point.
I am going to remove two of the vertical rows
to make it a bit smaller and cut those
blocks in half for the setting triangles.
Again, the blocks are not in their final order.
It will percolate on the wall for a bit,
so I can be sure this is the design I want.
I will play with them to get them arranged
in a pleasing way and get them sewn together.
Now, I REALLY need to get a couple of tops quilted!
Happy Quilting!

Thursday, July 14, 2022

The Iris Quilt

 Once again, we are having a baby explosion here.
The latest aren't family babies,
but friends grandchildren.
I love giving each little new person a quilt.
I have followed Kitchen Table Quilting  
for some time and really like a lot of her 
quilting designs.
I had not purchased any of her patterns until recently.

The Iris Quilt pattern arrived and I knew I
wanted to make this from my Ombre fabrics.

It turned out nicely, I think.

This went together so quickly,
but it did help that I had already cut
2 1/2" strips from the ombre fabrics. 
This is a baby quilt size, which will be 39"x39".

All I need to do now is get up the nerve to trim it!
Do I have any volunteers??
Happy Quilting!

Monday, July 11, 2022

By The Sea Finish

 This is the fourth and final addition to the
seasonal wall hangings I'm making for a dear friend.

For a recap,
here is the spring wall hanging.

Then last week I posted about the fall wall hanging.

And now I have finished the summer wall hanging.
(She already had a winter one from several years ago.)
My friend has a beach house and LOVES
going there with her grandchildren.

I found two applique patterns and combined them
into one wall hanging and made a few changes.

It is ready to gift.

I had not done any applique in quite some time
and loved getting back into it.

The patterns for these can be found here and here.
I have another applique project I'd like to start,
but need to get a few other things done first.
Today I'm posting to Design Wall Monday.
Happy Quilting!