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

Sunday, January 31, 2016

One more January Finish

Boy, January has flown by, hasn't it?
I had high hopes of getting a couple more quilts finished,
but two it is for the month.

This finish is the second
Friendship Star block wall hanging.
I appliqued 12 wool baskets and had planned
on making one large quilt,
but decided to make three smaller quilts instead.

Wall hanging #2:

The sashing and borders are the same as the first quilt...
The only difference is the wool baskets and flowers.
I've been practicing my fmq feathers.
The red border print is perfect because the feathers are quite hidden!
Hopefully soon I'll be able to bust them out into the open. 

This will be given to a friend soon.

This year I decided to do something that is a bit
out of my norm.
I'm going to participate in the

Once a month she will have a block to make, 
along with a history lesson of the women who traveled west,
walking, in the 19th century.

The blocks will be released at the end of each month.

And, YES...
I am using reproduction fabrics!
It's a line by Barbara Brackman that I've had for a while...
"Ladies Album"
"Independence Square"
The block for January is finished!

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Onto February!
Happy Quilting!

Thursday, January 28, 2016

It's Amazing....

... that this quilt top is finished.
This quilt top has been the
aggravation to me!
So many times I almost just threw it out.
My seam ripper has not seen as much action
on a quilt EVER!

here it is....
finished and ready for quilting.

I am not a huge fan of making pieced borders.
The look is wonderful,
but I don't like making them.
Even though the pieces for this border came from
cutting the pinwheels,
it still took way too long to make.
 I do like how the border looks in the end.

The pattern came from the
"Block" magazine from Missouri Star Quilt Co.

Hopefully this one won't give the quilter a fit.
It might have a wave or two in it.
Nice to have this one finished!

Happy Quilting!

Wednesday, January 27, 2016

Pants to Quilts

After cutting up two boxes of colored jeans that
didn't sell at my brother and sister-in-laws store,
I began to play with the circles and a charm pack of
"Poems from Pebbles" fabric 
someone had given to me.

I wondered what I would use this bright, bright charm pack for
and think they play pretty nicely with these colored jean circles.

I did not add any batting under the charm packs and wish I had now.
This will make a nice picnic blanket or play mat,
but it could use a bit more weight.

The next two rows are started.
As I said the other day....
this won't be a "pretty" quilt, but it will be functional.

Happy Quilting!

Monday, January 25, 2016

More "Snowed In" work...

We are still snowed in at my house,
but the man who plows our driveway is on his way here.
In addition to being snowed in,
our internet was out yesterday!
Thankfully it's working again.

Thankfully I have LOTS to keep me busy!

A while ago, my brother and sister-in-law,
who own several Plato's Closet stores,
gave me two boxes of colored jeans that did not sell.
They asked if I could do something with them.
Of course!! I'm a quilter!

I sat and cut the zippers and waistbands out of the pants
the night before last.
Yesterday morning,
I pulled out my Accuquilt Go! cutter,
three dies and went to town.

The pile of trimmed pants ready to cut.

Large circles were cut from each pair.
The parts that were left were cut into bars and HST's.

I have a plan for the circle and am pondering what to do with the 
other two shapes.
These will not be "pretty" quilts, but utility quilts.
They will be great to keep in the car for picnics, ball games and the like.

 On a prettier note,
I decided to pull out another Bucilla kit and get going on the February finish.

These little cuties are ornaments.
There are three sets of different ornaments in this kit.
It's kind of appropriate to be working on these while I am 
snowed in, right?
I tell you... these are addictive!

Happy Quilting!!

Saturday, January 23, 2016

Snowy Finish

We are in the middle of a big snowstorm here in Virginia,
along with the rest of the East Coast,
so I am home... sewing!

And I have my first quilty finish for 2016!

I have been working on the quilting for several days.
These pictures were taken with the quilt on my ironing board.

These blocks were made with the
Friendship Star design
and a wool applique block in the center.

The wool applique patterns are from
Primitive Gatherings.

Twelve blocks were made in all and I decided to
divide them into three quilts....
One for me... two for friends.

January has been an odd month,
but I finally have a finish!

Happy  Quilting
Stay warm!!

Wednesday, January 20, 2016

Bucilla Kit for January

I met one goal for this month!
There are a lot of Bucilla felt kits in my cabinet,
just waiting to be finished.
So I decided one goal for this year would be to finish
one kit per month.

January's is finished!

The Advent Calendar Tree

This kit went together very quickly and would be a great kit to try 
for the first time. 

It will be ready to be pulled out on 
December 1st to mark the 
coming season!

Happy Quilting!

Friday, January 15, 2016

Finished Quilt Top

Don't you hate it when you are
soooo close to finishing something
and you have to leave or put it aside with just
that little bit to go?

Yesterday I was sewing the borders onto this
quilt and had the last two ready to go,
but I ran out of time!
Off I went.
So this morning I finished sewing the last two seams,
pressed it and it's finished!

This was made entirely from 8 shirts of a dear friend at church
who died last year. I'm making this for his wife, who is also
a dear friend.
I have more of the solid red inner border shirt to use as the binding.
I also have the shirt backs to use on the backing.

This top goes together so easily.
Nine patches and Snowball blocks.

It's funny how the three plaids are the same fabric
but in different colors.

Piecing the back is my least favorite part of quilting,
but it will be nice to use the rest of the shirts to finish this quilt.

The pattern for this quilt can be found here.

Happy Friday!

Wednesday, January 13, 2016

Shirt Quilt Blocks

Progress is being made on the
Shirt quilt for the widow of a dear friend.
Working with shirts that have been worn and laundered
over and over is so peaceful and calming to me.
The fabric is so soft and cuddly.
Using these shirts has brought back memories I have
of the wonderful man who wore them.

 I am using this pattern to make this quilt.  
I've made it once before and love how it looks with the recycled shirts.

His wife gave me 8 shirts... just the right number for this design.
I'll use the 8th shirt for the inner border and binding.
It's solid red!

Snowballs ready for stitching.

I've added a few more ornaments to the 
Advent Calendar Tree.
These things are addictive!

Happy Quilting!

Monday, January 11, 2016

New project

Last year a dear friend from church died somewhat unexpectedly.
After things calmed down a bit with his wife,
I offered to make her a quilt from some of his shirts.
After some time, I was able to collect the shirts from her
and yesterday I began cutting them apart.

This man was a wonderful person....
he would literally have given anyone the shirt off of his back.
To be able to create something for his loving wife from his shirts
means a lot to me.

The shirt pieces are pressed and ready to cut into strips and blocks
and will make a great quilt.

Hopefully I will have some blocks to show in a day or two!

The little ornaments for my Advent Calendar tree are
slowly coming together.

For some reason the little snowflake stars are washed out in the photo.

I just love these little hearts and can see a string of them on my big tree.
What do you think?

Happy Quilting!!

Friday, January 8, 2016


One of my goals for 2016 is to
make some of the Bucilla kits
I have collected over the past couple of years.
If I can make one a month, I'll go through what I have....
I think!

The first one I chose is the
Nordic Christmas Tree Advent Calendar.

The ornaments stitch up pretty quickly and are so cute!
Instead of using polyfil to stuff each ornament as the directions suggest,
I use batting. I have a lot of batting scraps and I like the look of the
batting padding better. If the piece needs more padding,
I use two pieces of batting.
This makes the project a little more portable, too.
It's easier to take a piece of batting along then a bag of polyfil.

It took me several evenings to stitch all of the sequins around the tree.
They sure sparkle!

The pattern suggests sewing sequins on the tree to hold
the ornaments, but I'm going to find little buttons to use instead.
I think they will be sturdier.
The buttons will be stitched on the white dots on the tree.

The star hasn't been sewn to the tree yet,
and the hangers for the ornaments will be added
once they are all finished.

The tree is has not had the backing or padding added yet,
but will soon.
Six ornaments done... only 18 more to go!

The only bad thing about stitching these kits is it 
takes away from my knitting.
I do still knit in the car or while waiting at appointments, etc,.
so I have a little progress to show on my next pair of socks.
This yarn is so reasonably priced and knits up nicely.

Happy Friday!
Happy Creating!

Wednesday, January 6, 2016

Gravity Top

The Gravity top is completed!
I've been sewing and ironing and sewing and ironing
and have more sewing and ironing to do!

The top still needs a good starching,
but it's together.

Section #5.

Section #6.


The completed top!
I do have to say...
I'm liking it a lot more now that it's all together.
 It's still way out of my wheel house, 
but it's fun.

There are A LOT of colors in this quilt!

The backing fabric sections are cut and ready for ironing and

Hopefully this quilt will be at the LAQ at the end of the week.

Happy Quilting!

Monday, January 4, 2016

Gravity Sections

One goal this week is to get the
Gravity quilt sewn together
and ready to be quilted.

I have four of the six sections sewn together.
The angled seams have given me fits at times,
but I've only had to use my seam ripper twice.
(I know... I just jinxed myself!)

This quilt design is way out of my wheel house,
but something drew me to making it.
I have no idea where it will go once it's finished,
but it's been a fun quilt to make.

This quilt seems huge to me since
I haven't made a queen size quilt is quite some time.

Hopefully I will be showing you a completed top
at the end of the week.

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Happy Quilting!