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

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!

Monday, August 15, 2022

Red, White and Blue Finish

 In the beginning of 2022 I told myself that I was
going to work through as many kits and projects 
that had not been started or finished on my
"Shelf of Shame" in my hidey hole.

One of the first things I worked on was a red, white and blue kit
that I had purchased a number of years ago.
The quilt top was finished pretty quickly and then it sat.
And sat and sat.

Now I can say it is finished!

Flying Geese are one of my favorite quilting designs,
so this design was a fun one for me.

I quilted it with straight lines and stitching in the ditch...
fast and easy.

This photo looks like the geese are taking off in flight! 

This morning my daughter told me of an Air Force
officer who, at the age of 46, didn't wake up one morning,
leaving a wife and four small children.
She asked if I would like to donate this quilt to them.
What a great idea.
This will be on it's way soon.
Hug your loved ones tightly today.
Happy Quilting!

Thursday, August 11, 2022

Kassie's Tree Skirt

 As some of you know,
my traditional wedding gift is a
quilted Christmas Tree skirt.
Two of my nieces were married before I
 began this tradtion,
so I needed to make them each a tree skirt.
One was made and gifted back in the spring
and the second one is now finished
and ready for gifting.
As I was looking through my Christmas fabrics
I found this pile of triangles
I had cut to make another tree skirt. 
A few more prints were cut
and laying them out began.

I don't know what it is about quilts made with triangles,
but I just love them. 

There are some tradional fabrics and a few more
whimsical fabrics in this skirt. 

The thing my niece may appreciate the most
is the backing fabric.
It's from my mom's stash of Christmas fabrics
and probably dates to the 90's.
My mom didn't sew much,
but enjoyed making Christmas things.
Kassie will like having part of "Gram"
in the tree skirt.
Happy Quilting!


Sunday, August 7, 2022

Solid Bold Baby Quilt Finished

 I have to say...
This baby quilt did not end up anywhere near
where I had envisioned it and

This was started by using a pattern in a recent
American Patchwork and Quilting magazine
and I immediately changed the pattern a bit.

In the magazine the blocks were set like this,
so a plus sign was in the middle of each block. 

I just love these bold solid colors paired with the black and white. 

I was playing around with taking photos of the quilt top
after the blocks were sewn together and turned my camera on an angle.
I loved the blocks set on point!
That's the way it was finished.
I quilted it with primary colored variegated thread and just followed
the straight lines of the quilt.

This wee one hasn't arrived yet,
but the quilt is done and waiting.
I'm linking to Design Wall Monday.

Happy Quilting!

Thursday, August 4, 2022

Ribbon Baby Quilt Finished

 This quilt top has been finished for some time
and has been patiently waiting to be quilted.
It's turn came the other day and it's now a finished baby quilt!

I just love these ombre prints and wish I had purchased them in
every color.
They make such fun quilts!

The pattern for this baby quilt was in a recent issue of
American Patchwork and Quilting.
I didn't make it nearly as big as the quilt in the magazine.
 Deciding how to quilt this one had me stumped
for a while.
Then I decided to just do something simple and get it finished.

This is labeled and ready for delivery.

It feels so good to be getting some of these
quilts finished and out the door!!

Happy Quilting!