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

Wednesday, November 30, 2022

Pumpkins, Pumpkins!!

 This year I was invited to join the 
Gridsters Quilting Bee.
There are 12 members from around the country,
but most being in California.
Each month the queen bee for that month
asks the rest of us to make blocks that they have
chosen and given certain specifications to use when making the block.

November is my month and I have asked for pumpkin blocks to be made!
For once, I am so excited for the mail to come,
because I have received THE BEST
pumpkin blocks for my pumpkin patch.
I altered a pattern by Dodi Lee Poulson for Landauer Publishing
(used with permission)
called "Punkin Quilt".
I would link the pattern here, but the pattern doesn't seem
to be available any longer.
So, here are the four blocks I made as an example for my bee mates.


Each bee mate received the pattern traced onto pellon and 
I asked them to just have fun with the block.
By sending the traced pellon,
I was able to give them the altered pattern
and made sure the interfacing was all the same weight.
Here are the pumpkins I've received so far!!

Aren't they fun?!?!?!
I am going to have the best pumpkin patch in town!
Once the last couple arrive,
I'll start trimming and planning how it will go together.
It's so much fun being Queen Bee!!
Happy Quilting!

Thursday, November 17, 2022

I'm Here!

 Okay... where did the month of October go?
And while we are at it, where has the first part of
November gone?
I've been gone here and there during the last month,
but a little has been done in my Hidey Hole.
My son-in-law asked for new pillows for their couch.
I made them 24" pillows a few years ago
and they have changed their color scheme,
so he would like new pillows.
 These will be a Christmas gift for him. 

I was trying to decide on a pattern to use
on fabric weaving.

How fun will this be??

The most frustrating part was trying to get the
bias tape makers to work.
I finally gave up and made the bias ribbon pieces by hand
and then began to weave.

It took a few tries to get the fabric placement to my liking
and once I did that, the weaving went fairly quickly.

This Wefty tool is a life saver with the weaving.

A LOT of pins are used to hold everything in place.
It got to be a bit cumbersome, since I am making
a 24" pillow,
but the weaving was done.

These colors are pretty true.
Now I need to get this quilted and made into a pillow.
I think  I will quilt it with a spiral.
Hopefully this will be done soon!
Happy Quilting!

Monday, October 17, 2022

Blue Sunflowers

 A few weeks ago I posted some photos of a
The fabric is from a line by Robin Pickens.

There is another colorway for this line in blues
and yellows and I like this one just as much.
I had purchased both colorways, not knowing
what I was going to do with them and have had
them for a while.

The blue colorway came out to play after I finished the
top from the yellow and green colorway.

If I had only one block I could make quilting,
it would be the HST.
This block can be used to make
so many different designs.
I loved the black with the yellow and green fabrics,
and it looks just as nice with these.

I'll start sewing all of these blocks together soon
and have another top to quilt.

Happy Quilting!

Saturday, October 15, 2022

Stockings for Miles

 This Christmas will be my grandson's first one
and I needed to get his stockings made!
I've made two for my daughter and son-in-law's family...
one for their home and one for mine.

Last week I put the finishing touches on Miles' stockings,
so he is ready for Christmas!

This is the stocking for my house.

These Bucilla kits are so full of cute details!

Santa sure is jolly here. 

Once again, I made a quilted stocking and stitched
the felt to the front of the stocking.

This is Miles' stocking for his home.
His dad LOVES outer space and requested
this space ship stocking.

It turned out so cute and sure was fun to make.
This stocking has the same quilted stocking
as the one for my house.

Santa will be able to stuff these stockings to the top now!

Happy Quilting

Saturday, October 8, 2022

Sunflower Table Quilt

 I just love Robin Pickens fabrics and have used a number
of them over the years.

I'm not sure when these came out, but I've had them
in my stash for a while.
The sunflowers and the lattice are just so pretty together.
The blocks are all sewn together and it's about
54" square.
Once it's quilted, I think I will use it
for a tablecloth. 

These are all 5" HST's... mindless sewing to me.

I have to look in my stash to see if I have a fabric for
the backing, then I can get it quilted.
I might have purchased these same fabrics in the
turquoise colorway, too!  :)
Happy Quilting!

Wednesday, October 5, 2022

Luna Quilt Finished

 Luna has been waiting to be quilted for a little while
and I finally got to it this week.
This quilt is for my latest grand-nephew,
my sister's grandson and her 6th grandchild,
and went together so quickly.
I had wanted to do something with the stack of primary
colored fabrics I've had for a while
and this worked well.
I think this is the third quilt I've made from these fabrics
and there may be enough for one more small one.

This pattern has several different sized quilts to make,
but this one is in between the baby quilt size
and the lap quilt size.  

It was quilted with some straight lines
and that's all it needed.

I even pieced the backing.
All of the fabric for this came from my stash,
which I'm pretty pleased about.  
It will be washed and given to the little man soon.
Happy Quilting!

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!