Saturday, December 31, 2022

Good-bye 2022

 Here we are at the end of another year.
This year was full of many wonderful things....
the birth of our grandson,
being able to watch our granddaughter grow
into a spunky 2 year old,
being able to see our younger daughter and son-in-law much more frequently, 
going on adventures with Doodlebug and my husband,
the return of travel, 
doing some projects around the house
and quilting.

There hasn't been as much quilting as there has been in the past,
but some nice things came out of my hidey hole.
While I am thinking of what will get done in 2023,
I've looked back at 2022 and am pleased with what I have
been able to accomplish.

May 2023 bring you many joys, much peace, good health, fun adventures
and many hours working with cloth and thread.

Happy New Year!

Pineapple Quilt Top is Finished

 I did not expect to finish this quilt top before the end of 2022,
but here we are!!
I spent a good part of yesterday in my Hidey Hole and came out with this
finished top and I love it.
Two years ago I made a few blocks and thought I would
make a wall hanging or small throw.
My husband saw it and said it would look great on our bed.
From then on I've said this is the quilt he is making me make.

Half of the rows had been sewn together a while ago
and the other half were hanging out on my design wall.
Yesterday I just sewed and listened to my book and got it finished.

I was going to add a border to the quilt,
but it doesn't need one.
It's large enough without it and, visually,
the quilt is good without one.

This quilt was a couple of years in the making,
with it not seeing any action for large chunks of time.
I finished the rest of the blocks at quilt camp in November.

This will be sent off to Rebecca Grace to quilt
and will then grace the bed.
The fabric on the pillows will be used for binding
and I may make some pillows with it.
In addition to this fabric, I'd add some lighter blue or aqua pillows.

Not a bad way to finish 2022!!
I'm linking to Design Wall Monday.

Happy Quilting!

Wednesday, December 21, 2022

The Stockings Were Hung....

 ....and the rest of the house was decorated, too.
We moved into our current home in the spring of 2021,
but with my mom's death in late October last year,
I didn't decorate for Christmas at all.
I put a tiny tree up and that was it.
Our old house was very big and I had a LOT
of decorations for that house.
I moved a lot of them, but wasn't sure how they would all
fit into this house.
This year I was excited to decorate and am
happy to see that a lot of my Christmas treasures
fit into this house nicely.
We had a mantle added to our fireplace this year and it looks
great with all of our Bucilla stockings hanging from it.

This little nook is in my kitchen.

My quilt cabinet is quite festive with some
of my vintage treasures decorating it.

Years ago I found a woman who makes Santas from old quilts
and chenille blankets.  I've collected a number of them
over the years and love getting them out each year.


My parents started buying me a Frykman Santa for Christmas years ago,
so I have a nice collection of these.
They look great on the dining room table with a vintage tablecloth.

This skinny tree has a lot of the handmade ornaments on it
and is in the family room.
The grandchildren can't hurt the ornaments on this tree,
so it's where we spend most of our time.

I was thrilled that the big tree fits into the sun room
and looks nice in there.
There are colored lights on this tree,
which don't show up very well in the photo.
If you couldn't tell... I have a "thing" for ornaments!
I hope you all have a  Merry Christmas
filled with peace and joy.

Merry Christmas!!


Monday, December 12, 2022

This and That

 The past week or so I've been working on
bits and pieces as I get ready for Christmas.
The house is decorated,
we are going to bake this weekend
and I'm working on Christmas cards.
In between all of this,
I steal a few minutes here and there
in my Hidey Hole.

The second pillow for my son-in-law is finished.
Is it bad of me if I hope he doesn't like it??

This pattern is called Diamond in Diamond and is
foundation paper pieced.
These are big pillows... 24" square.
I am really pleased with how this one came together.

One thing I am determined to finish by the end of January 
is the bed quilt I've been working on for almost 2 years.
I started it, thinking I would make a wall hanging,
but my husband really likes it and said it would
be a beautiful quilt for our bed.
I tease him now and say this is the quilt he's making me make.

This is half way finished.
All of the blocks are made, so now it's just a matter
of sewing them into rows with the sashing.
I used the pineapple ruler by Creative Grids
to make the blocks.
The one downside is all of the seams are pressed in the same direction.
If I sewed the blocks together without sashing,
there would have been a lot of bulk at each intersection
and where the blocks meet.
I do think the sashing helps calm the blocks down a bit
and am happy with how it looks.
 Small borders will be added once all of the blocks are sewn together.
I have a Cricut machine, but am not that proficient at using it, yet.
My daughters, granddaughter and I are having our baking
weekend this coming weekend, so I made us all shirts.
I do have to say... I am REALLY happy with how these turned out!

And last, but not least....
the December blocks for the Gridster Queen Bee
are done and in the mail.

This is a Block Lotto block and is free!
These birds are so stinking cute!
There may be some already made for my own quilt.

That's it for now... back to writing out Christmas cards
and then I need to wrap some gifts.

Happy Quilting!

Tuesday, December 6, 2022

Second Pillow

 As I've mentioned in the previous post,
I'm making pillows for my son in law for Christmas,
per his request.

The first one was made with fabric weaving,
but for this second pillow I used
paper piecing.

I do not enjoy paper piecing at all.
It isn't the sewing part that I don't like.
I hate removing the paper after the blocks are sewn.

However, you can't beat the precision one gets
with paper piecing.
Since I'm making a pillow,
there aren't that many blocks to be made.
Here is what I have so far:

These blocks aren't sewn together yet,
but are laid out as they will be in the pillow.
This piece will measure roughly 16x22",
so I will need to add borders to make it 24" square.

This is such a striking pattern and was pretty easy to make.
(Assuming one likes paper piecing.)
The pattern is called Diamond in Diamond  by Saija Elina.

I might have to keep this pillow for myself!
Happy Quilting!

Sunday, December 4, 2022

Fabric Weaving Pillow

 A couple of posts back I showed some fabric weaving
I had tried.
It was for a pillow for my son in law.
Well, I learned a valuable lesson in my first attempt at
fabric weaving.

When pressing the woven piece to the interfacing under it,
do not iron it.... press it!

Once it was all ironed, the piece was distorted.
As I was ironing, I didn't realize that I was pushing
the strips and causing distortion.

The end result was off square by almost 2" in spots...
unacceptable to use for a pillow.

But Wait!

I looked at the piece and realized that the middle was
not distorted.  I could cut the middle out of the piece
and add borders and salvage some of the weaving.

Here is the result:

I had quilted the piece with a big spiral already,
so I quilted borders with some grid quilting
and added them with a "quilt as you go" technique.
The backing was added and then I bound the pillow.

These colors are more true and you can see the weaving better
in this photo.
It's a big pillow...24" square.  They like big pillows
at my daughter's house.
This one is finished and I've started the second one.
It is not being made with fabric weaving!
 That one will be shown soon.
Happy Quilting!