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

Wednesday, April 26, 2017

Hidden Treasures...

Or maybe I should say
"Forgotten Treasures."

This morning I was looking in a cabinet for
some applique blocks I had made quite a while ago.
While I was pulling things out of the cabinet,
I found a stack of blocks that were totally forgotten...



Another Disappearing Four Patch!
Who knew these were hiding deep in my cabinet??



These were left over from a larger quilt I made
several years ago!

They will soon be sewn and made into a little quilt
and out of my cabinet.
A forgotten pile will be gone.


And then I found this....

 
Why I never finished this is beyond me!
It could easily be made into a pillow or a little table topper.
It is out and on the wall and will NOT be put back into my cabinet.
Another forgotten project will be finished.


 

I did find the blocks I was looking for when I found these forgotten treasures.




Why these have lingered for so long is beyond me as well.

 


Two more blocks will be made and then they will be sewn into a
small quilt.

 
 
 
I think I'm done looking in cabinets for the day.
:)

Happy Quilting!
 


Monday, April 24, 2017

Starburst Finish

A few months ago I watched the Youtube video
from Missouri Star for this
Starburst quilt and have wanted to make it since.
I love Half Square Triangles and love to play with them...
forming them into different patterns and designs.

This one was done for me,
so I just had to cut, sew and quilt.



It is a dreary, rain soaked
day today,
so the house is dark.
The colors on this quilt pop more than they do in the photo.



I practiced my feathers in the white areas of this quilt.
 

Some look good and some...
not so much.
Practice makes perfect,
or at least makes prettier feathers!




These colors are so summery to me.
This would be a fun beach quilt.

 

I'll mark this one off of my goal list 
and move on to the next thing.

Linking up to Patchwork Times today.

Happy Quilting!

Sunday, April 16, 2017

The Wedding Quilt

The last week has been quiet here on the blog
because I was finishing
The Wedding Quilt.

I started working on this in January
and I'm very glad I did.
It took many days to cut all of the various size strips
for the blocks.
Then it took many more days to sew all of the blocks together.
A LOT of starch was used!

Then it took a few days to sew the top together
into this:




The pattern is called
There are only four blocks in this quilt,
going from a lot of green and a little white
to a lot of white and  a little green.
 
 

This design is modern, but I love it.
I thought it would be a great wedding quilt because
it isn't too feminine.

My problem was I needed to make a California King.
Do you know how big that is??
This top is queen size and I couldn't add more diamonds
without making it too big.

Borders were necessary.


I wanted to do something different with the borders,
but the bias edges and the size of the quilt made it too difficult. 



It is now a California King size.


I love the backing I found for it.
The way it is quilted and bound,
it could be reversible.

 

This quilting design is called "Clockworks" and I love it with this quilt.
When I picked it up from the longarm quilter,
she called it a monster!
 



The quilt was wrapped,
using some flowers I dried from the bouquet
I had made for her Bridal shower.

 


I wanted to get some good photos of the quilt straight on,
but this quilt is so big,
there wasn't a good place to hold it up in order to see the entire thing.
Plus, it was very windy and there is pollen everywhere!



This is the best we could do.
My goddaughter and her fiance love the quilt
and can't wait to use it.

I am very happy to have this finished and delivered!

Happy quilting!

Saturday, April 15, 2017

Sunday, April 9, 2017

Another Pile Gone

Three or four years ago I made all of the blocks for a
Reproduction Quilt called "Second Hand Clothes."
I was kind of in a reproduction fabric phase at the time that was short lived.

After the blocks were made, I needed a quilt to donate
for a silent auction benefiting the ARC for my county.
Since the blocks were finished,
I used some of them to make a small wall-hanging size quilt.

The rest of the blocks just sat here...
until the other day.

Out they came and up on the design wall they went.



This is finished according to the pattern,
but I'm going to add borders.

 


This is going to be for my aunt who turns 80 next month!
I want it large enough to fit her bed, so borders are needed.

 


It was nice to have the blocks cut and finished.
Putting this quilt together was quick and easy.

 


I have gotten away from using reproduction fabrics
because I like the bright and bold fabrics.
These are pretty, though.

 

I was told not to point out my mistakes.
BUT....
Somehow the two purple fabrics ended up next to each other.
Oh well...

Another pile is now out of my Hidey Hole.
 WooHoo!!


Happy Quilting!

Friday, April 7, 2017

A Small Disappearing Four Patch and Socks

The other day I mentioned in my post showing
all of my Disappearing Four Patch quilts
that I had the blocks made for one more.

Well, I also had a small remnant piece of
Joann's version of Minky.

I sewed the blocks together and they fit perfectly with the minky for a backing.




I was determined to use all of the charms in this charm pack,
so some of the background fabrics are different.
These blocks are not my favorites,
but the quilt will make a nice play mat for a little one.



It finished up at around 33" square.



The Joann version of minky didn't fray or shed at all.
That was a nice surprise!

Another pile cleared off of my counter.
I have a few more things to finish and then I can start something new.

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I have a knitting finish today, too.

The wild and crazy socks are finished and ready to give to my niece.




I really do like the colors in this yarn.
She is going to love them.
And the fact that they don't match will be a bonus for her.


Another pair of socks was started
and I was shocked when the blue started coming out of the skein.

I don't see blue here at all,
but I like it!

Linking to Patchwork Times and Whoop Whoop today.

Happy Friday!

Thursday, April 6, 2017

Borders and Blocks

The borders have been added to the
Orange Flying Geese Quilt.
YAY!!

I added another narrow scrappy black and white border
and then a wider yellow border.



I cannot tell you how happy I am with this quilt.
It began as a completely different design, 
but flew off in another direction.
:D

 

I'm trying to decide if I am going to quilt this one myself.
It's larger than I normally feel comfortable with,
but it doesn't need anything fancy.

 

The colors just pop when they are all together.
 

For those who are good with names,
I need some suggestions for this quilt, please.



Last night and this morning I finished the next set of
Books of the Bible blocks
for my History of Quilting group.



I am really liking these blocks.

 

Each month we show the blocks we've made at our meeting.
The various color combinations and fabrics are so much fun to see.

Be safe today... lots of bad storms around the country.

Happy Quilting!

Sunday, April 2, 2017

Disappearing Four Patch...6th Edition

Do you have a "go to" quilt pattern that you seem
to make over and over again?
Or am I the only one who does this?

There is something so soothing and comforting for me
in making Disappearing Four Patch quilts.

I think the pattern makes a great baby quilt,
it's so easy to put together
and it highlights the fabrics.

Here is my latest edition.
(And another pile cleared from my Hidey Hole!)



I had a charm pack of the color fabrics and purchased
yardage for the white blocks and the border.




To quilt the borders, I followed the aqua zigzags throughout the fabric,
all the way around the quilt.



For those who know me,
you know how much I dislike piecing backings.
This is a rookie job compared to what some of you do,
but I didn't have to purchase fabric for the backing.


This one is ready to give to the sweet little one who is due the end of May.


Just for fun, I've gone back and looked at all of the
Disappearing Four Patch quilts I've made.


I attended a "Control your Scraps" session
and ended up with a tub full of 5" batik squares.
These two quilts came from those squares and solid white.


I love the striped binding on these quilts.


These fabrics were left over from another quilt I had made.
Again, I paired them with solid white.


Another D4P made with batiks.
These, too, were left over from another quilt I had made.


These fabrics were a prize at a quilt retreat.
I purchased the border fabric to go with the 5" squares.

Believe it or not, I have blocks made for another D4P.
They are the sister blocks of the quilt I just finished,
so there will be a 7th edition at some point!

I'm linking to Patchwork Times. Visit and see what others are creating.

Enjoy your day
and
Happy Quilting!

Saturday, April 1, 2017

Spinning Birds Finish

My mom's birthday is tomorrow
and this little quilt will be her gift.
She downsized to a smaller dining room table
and this should fit it nicely.



The pinwheels in this quilt were made from
scraps I had left over from another quilt.
The bird toile is something I have had for quite some time...
just waiting for the right project.

 


I didn't do much quilting in the blocks themselves,
because I didn't want to take away from the birds.

 


This border fabrics is one of my favorites.
I've used it in several quilts
and this is it....there is no more.
I just had enough for this quilt!

 

The backing and binding were from my stash, too.

This will be wrapped up and ready to give to my mom
tomorrow at her birthday dinner.

Another quilt finished and out of my Hidey Hole!
Woohoo!!

Happy Quilting!