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

Monday, February 24, 2020

Baby Quilt #4!

The year 2020 has been the year of the baby quilts for me!
I have finished three and delivered two of the three.
The fourth one won't be needed until April,
I think!
After this one is finished,
I don't think any will be needed for a while.

This one is for my nephew and his wife who are having
their third child.... their first daughter.
His wife loves orange.

This obviously needs are really good pressing!
Once it's pressed, it will be squared
and quilted.


This pattern was really fun and pretty easy to make.
It's called "Jelly Weave" and can be found here.

I'm looking forward to this one being finished!

Happy Quilting!

Friday, February 21, 2020

Christmas Tree Skirt

Next month we are invited to the wedding of a 
dear friends' son.
As some of you know,
my traditional wedding gift, when appropriate,
is a Christmas Tree Skirt.

The wedding will be here before we know it,
so the Christmas tree skirt needs to be made.

I saw a tree skirt on line and knew it would be an easy one to make.
The fabrics in the picture were dull and kind of boring.
Thankfully, I had a fat quarter bundle just waiting to be used.

The fabric line is "Splendid" by Robin Pickens.
I just love the colors and designs in this line.

Cardinals were fussy cut for the middles of these blocks.

Nice patches were made from some of the other fabrics.

This is the tree skirt so far.  I need to add some borders to make
it a bit larger and yardage needed to be ordered for these.
Hopefully it will arrive quickly and this can be finished.

Happy Quilting!

Monday, February 17, 2020

Baby Quilt for Ethan is Finished!

The third baby quilt for the month of February
is finished except for the label.

This one went together more quickly
because the parts were cut already.
Last summer I had cut the parts to make a
big quilt using the Simply Woven pattern
and decided to make two small quilts instead.
The first baby quilt was gifted last summer.

The second quilt is done and will be gifted
at a baby shower at the end of the month.

This pattern works so well with all of my bright colored fabrics.
I found a white with black pindots for the background
that worked perfectly.


As much as I dislike pressing the seams open when
quilting, it was so important to do with these blocks.
Very few seams would have nested otherwise,
making for a bumpy quilt!


The label will be added and this quilt will be ready for
delivery on the 29th.

One more baby quilt to go and I'll be done with baby quilts for a while....
I think!!

I'm linking to Design Wall Monday today.

Happy Quilting!

Saturday, February 15, 2020

Margot's Baby Quilt

This Sunday I am invited to a baby shower for a 
dear friend's daughter.
Not only is her daughter expecting,
but her daughter-in-law is due a few weeks after her daughter.
Her DIL will be at this shower, too, so I had to 
have her baby quilt finished to deliver as well.
They live out of state and I don't like to mail quilts.

Lilly's quilt was finished a couple of weeks ago.

This week Margot's quilt was finished.

Margot's mom loves the Lilly Pulitzer fabrics,
so I thought this fabric combo resembled those fabrics.


This daisy print is one of my favorties!


Making triangle quilts is so much fun to me.
 And they really show off the different fabrics.

I found this gorgeous blue minky for the backing.
The only problem with using minky is the quilts
are difficult to quilt. There is so much drag on them
that I have a difficult time moving them around for FMQ.
 Swirls it is!


This one is washed, labeled and ready for delivery.

Happy Quilting!

Tuesday, February 11, 2020

MORE Baby Quilts!

At the end of last year, I knew that the first couple of months
would be filled with making baby quilts.
We have four friends and family having babies in April!
What I didn't know was that three of the showers would be in February!

You know what that means....
pedal to the metal!

Quilts number 2 and 3 are well on their way to being finished.
(Quilt #1 was finished last week. )

This is actually quilt #3.
Last year I made this same quilt and had cut the parts
to make a much larger quilt, but made a baby size instead.
Out came the bag of parts and the blocks were made.
The bonus is I cleared out another pile from my Hidey Hole
by using these parts for another quilt!

This is my kind of baby quilt!
This design is so fun and super easy to make.

The quilting will begin after quilt #2 is finished.

Here is the middle of quilt #2...

Triangle quilts are one of my favorites to make.
The middle is done, but I needed to order fabric for the border.
That arrived yesterday, so this one will be finished by the shower
on Sunday!

The fourth baby quilt has been planned and will be started
after these three are done.
That one isn't needed until April.
I do have a wedding in March,
so a Christmas Tree skirt will need to be made for the
bride and groom.

Happy Quilting!

Friday, February 7, 2020

Sunrise, Sunset

In September 2018 I was able to visit a wonderful quilt shop in
Rapid City, SD.
I didn't spend nearly enough time at this quilt shop,
but in the short time I was there,
I found a wonderful kit that came home with me.
Actually, I found a kit and my SIL found a different kit,
both by the same designer,
I made my SIL's kit last year
and mine was pulled out last month.

The kit is called "Moonshine"
but mine looks more like a sunrise or sunset.


The directions and pattern were very easy to follow
and this little wall hanging was fun to make.


I'm not sure where this will hang in my house,
but it will find a special place.
I don't think this will be my last JoAnn Hoffman design.

You can see the wall hanging I made for my SIL here.

Happy Quilting! 

Monday, February 3, 2020

Lilly's Baby Quilt

There is another population explosion in my world
this spring and the first baby quilt needed is for 
Lilly, who will be born in April.
A shower for Lilly's mom is in less than two weeks
and the baby quilt is finished!

When I went shopping for the binding fabric,
I figured I'd get something pink
and continue with the soft, feminine theme.

Instead, I found this bright green gingham and love it!


I had fun quilting this baby quilt,
even though my seam ripper was needed
a fair amount. 


 Below are two photos taken in a hotel
that are as close to the true colors as I could get.

While these are not my typical colors for quilts,
I am really pleased with the finish.


A label needs to be made and stitched in place
and then this little quilt is finished.

I'm linking to Design Wall Monday today.

Happy Quilting!

Monday, January 27, 2020

Baby Quilt Progress

This morning I finished marking the rest of the border
so I can finish quilting this
Pastel Baby Quilt.
(This quilt needs a name!)

I worked on this for quite a while on Saturday and ended up 
having to use my seam ripper A LOT!!

Hopefully, this last part will go smoothly and I will
be able to get the binding sewn on and finish it.

I don't know what I'm going to have to do
to get a photo with the true colors in this quilt.
They are very pale and soft, 
so maybe that's the problem.


The quilting in the blocks went quickly and smoothly.


This backing fabric is so much fun!
I love flamingos.

This quilt will have a scalloped edge and I used
this ruler to mark it.
It worked really well!

I'm very late to the Amaryllis show this year,
but this beautiful bloom gets to shine all by itself.
The poinsettia's are long gone from my house.

I'm linking to Design Wall Monday today.

Happy Quilting!

Friday, January 24, 2020

Pastel Baby Quilt Progress

This week I've been able to sew in fits and spurts
and was able to get the inside of the latest baby quilt done.

The colors just do not photograph correctly on my design wall
and it's too dreary a day outside to take the quilt outside.
Hopefully when I finish it I can get some more accurate photos.

I really enjoyed making these Granny Square blocks.
The colors scheme is not my usual,
but I have to say...
I love this combination.

The pink squares in this middle block are not nearly that color.

Next I'll be adding wider borders and may even scallop them!
I'm hoping to get it to the quilting phase this weekend.

Fabric pull for the next baby quilt on the list.
Now, this is what I love!

Happy Quilting!

Monday, January 20, 2020

A Pastel Baby Quilt

This week I've had to take a break from getting
rid of piles in my Hidey Hole.
A baby quilt is needed for a shower in February, 
which will be here before I know it.

I had to go fabric shopping for this quilt.
The mom-to-be is doing the nursery in
soft pinks and mint greens
and, as you can imagine if you've followed me for long,
I don't have many of those colors in my stash.
The mom is not a bright and bold color person,
so I decided to not shock her with my usual color palette.

It was fun wandering through the quilt shop pulling
fabrics that would be in the color palette.
Mint green is difficult to find right now.
Lime green.... not problem, but the mint greens were
few and far between.

I found a stack of fabrics,
started cutting the 2 1/2" squares
and began putting
Granny Squares together.

This is going to be a soft, quiet baby quilt
and I'm liking it!
 (My Design Wall needs some work!)

The colors are difficult to photograph,
but are in between these two photos.

I am using the little flower on white print
in between the blocks and will probably
use it for a border, too.

Two blocks are sewn together,
but not trimmed.
I don't think I've made a Granny Square quilt before
and am enjoying the simplicity of the design.

I'm not sure how many blocks I'll need
at this point. Enough 2 1/2" squares
have been cut to make a bunch!

Today I'm linking to Design Wall Monday.

Happy Quilting!

Friday, January 17, 2020

Irish Chain QAL

I have wanted to make an Irish Chain quilt for some time now.
Years ago I helped my god daughter make a small one
for a school project,
but I've never made one for myself.

Amber at Gigi's Thimble is hosting a two color
Irish Chain quilt along and I jumped on board.
I had a box of red fabrics from a quilt I started years
ago and didn't finish, because I wasn't liking it.
The reds were used for another sampler quilt
I made with a quilt group I used to belong to.
There were still A LOT of red left in this box.

The first two steps have been released...
Press your fabrics
Cut them into the various sizes given on Amber's blog and Instagram.

 My fabrics were washed and pressed.
2 1/2" strips were cut of the reds and I was ready to go.
(The true colors are somewhere between these two photos.)

Since mine is going to be scrappy,
I knew I didn't want to use the strip method of sewing
and then cutting the parts.
I cut my strips into 2 1/2" squares and have them ready to go.

One of my problems with QAL's or leader/ender quilts
is that I get too impatient.
I want to make the quilt now.


Therefore, two of each block has been made and I LOVE
 how this quilt is going to look.
I will slowly make more blocks since it will take me
longer to make it this way.
This QAL has inspired me to use my red scraps
and empty another box in my Hidey Hole.

I have started the 2020 off with a red scrappy theme!

Happy Quilting!

Monday, January 13, 2020

Flying Geese Have Flown

Several years ago I decided to cut most of my
reproduction fabrics in usable pieces and get them
out of my stash.
Reproduction fabrics are not my favorites
and I wanted to use them and move them along.
Several quilts were made from the different pieces,
but I still have a bag of pieces left.
In this bag were a bunch of Flying Geese that I had made.
Why I made them, I have no idea.
I don't know if I had something in mind
or was just making Flying Geese because I like to make them.

out came the pile
and this quilt top was made.

I realized as I was sewing all of these geese together
that I was making a scrappy quilt!


It's a monochromatic scrappy quilt,
but scrappy, none the less.
(Scrappy Quilts are not my favorite to make.)

All of these geese look so nice all 
lined up in formation.


They haven't told me where they are going yet.


A backing will be found and this one will be finished to donate.


Even the outer border is scrappy!


These pieces were in this bag of parts, too,
and will soon be sewn into a top.
I'm not sure how large this one will be,
but piles are disappearing from my Hidey Hole!


Just so you know, I haven't abandoned my bright
and bold fabrics.
This is going to be something fun!

I'm linking to Design Wall Monday today.

Happy Quilting!