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

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!

Friday, July 8, 2022

Finished Fall Wall Hanging

 This year I was so excited to be invited to be a part of the 
Gridster Quilting Bee.
Each month one of us is "Queen Bee"
and asks the 11 other bee mates to make a 
block the Queen has chosen.

Back in February the Queen Bee asked us to 
make two Riley Blake Autumn Leaf blocks.

Well, for some reason I made four of them.
Two of them I sent to her
and two have been hanging out on my design wall since then.

A couple of months ago one of my dearest friends
asked if I could make her another wall hanging to replace
the snowman that had been hanging in her family room.
(I told her she was the reason cold weather lasted so long this year!)

I got to thinking and decided to make three more seasonal wall hangings.

Here is the one I just finished for fall,
using the two leaf blocks I had made earlier.

Golds and reds had been the color choice of my bee mate,
so I continued with that color scheme for the other two blocks.
It needed to be a little larger and I knew I was going to add a small border.
Then I remember this fabric I've had in my stash for a while.

I quilted little leaves all over the wall hanging,
but am not skilled enough to quilt maple leaves.
These little ones added some cuteness, I think.

After finishing this wall hanging,
I may have to make myself a quilt using
this pattern and these colors.
I just love the border fabric.

My friend's birthday is in August,
so one more to finish before then.

Here is the spring wall hanging I posted earlier.

Happy Quilting!

Sunday, July 3, 2022

2022 Patriotic Table Runners

 Happy July 4th
one day early!

Each year, since a few years after my dad died,
I've made a patriotic table runner or topper for
my siblings and my mom.
 Well, my mom died last fall,
so her sister will get the runner she would have
received this year.
For this years runner I used this pattern.

 The instructions were easy to follow
and it went together quickly.

Over the years I've accumulated a nice stash of
red, white and blue fabrics,
so all of these runners were made from my stash.



I thought this years runner speaks of my mom and my dad.
My dad was one of the most patriotic people I know
and my mom loved her family fiercely.

I have depleted a lot of my fabrics making these runners this year,
so I will need to be on the lookout for more fabrics to beef up my stash.

For several years I've asked my siblings if
they want me to stop making these
and they have all said "NO!". 

These will be delivered at the end of the month
when we will all be in Michigan for the interment
of my mom's ashes.

Happy Birthday, America!

Happy Quilting!