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Thursday, April 11, 2024

Bars and Dots

A population explosion is happening again in my world,
so I have been busy making baby quilts.
 
I had mentioned in my last post that my box of 2 1/2" squares
is rather full and that is after I made this scrappy quilt.
 
This jelly roll of black and white fabrics had been in my cabinet
for quite some time and needed to be used.
 
I saw a similar quilt on Pinterest and decided to make one
with the jelly roll and scrappy squares.


 
 
This went together in no time,
especially since all of the 2 1/2" squares were
already cut.
 

 
 
Half of the jelly roll was used,
so I may make another quilt similar to this one.
 

 
 
This one is ready for a label once the new little one is born.
 
 
Happy Quilting!


Sunday, April 7, 2024

Forgotten Quilt

 I am not one to start a quilt and not finish it
in a timely manner.
Sometimes they wait a while to be quilted,
but I usually get them finished sooner rather than later.
 
Well, I was reorganizing some things in my Hidey Hole
a couple of weeks ago and pulled this box
out of one of my cabinets.
Inside was a completed quilt top AND the backing!
I had totally forgotten about it.
It had been in this box since I had moved THREE years ago!!
 
What a nice surprise!
I pulled it out, gave it a good press and had it quilted
in a weeks time.
 
 
 
 
I remember making these blocks and having fun
pulling the 2 1/2" squares from my jug.
 

 
 
My 2 1/2" square box has gotten rather full,
so there may be another quilt like this in my future.
 
 It will be added to the baby quilt pile.
 
Happy Quilting!

 

Tuesday, March 26, 2024

New Stocking for Baby Girl

 I have a new granddaughter on the way!
She will be joining us in 6-ish weeks
and we cannot wait.

Each member of the family has a stocking
made from a Bucilla kit hanging on our mantel
at Christmas.
My daughter and son-in-law have stockings at their home
that I've made for each of them too.

I knew I needed to start Baby Girl's stockings so they 
would be finished in time for Christmas.



This will be the stocking for my house.
I just love the detail on Santa's coat.



 I will quilt the stocking itself and stitch this to the front.
It will make a sturdy stocking that can be stuffed to the top!


Now, onto the stocking for her home.

Happy Creating!

Tuesday, March 19, 2024

Bars and Squares

 I love college basketball and will watch just about anyone play
on tv.... except for my favorite team.
For some reason, I get so nervous when VCU plays
and have to listen to the radio broadcast and
play in my Hidey Hole at the same time.

VCU played in the A10 tournament this past week
and ended up playing 4 games, making it to the
Championship round.
Unfortunately, we lost, but it was fun.


While I was listening to the games,
I started a new quilt.
My 2 1/2" square box was getting very full,
so I came up with a design to use some squares,
along with a black and white jelly roll I've had for years.
 
 
 
 
I was able to get most of this done while listening to the 
four games.
The last few rows were sewn together today to finish the top.



 
 
The bricks are 2 1/2 x 6 1/2" and the squares are 2 1/2" square.
It did make a dent in my scrap box!
 
VCU is playing again on Wednesday,
so I'll have to start another project to work on for that game!
It would be awesome if we played four more games. :)
 
Happy Quilting!

 

Wednesday, March 13, 2024

Veterans Quilts

 It's taken a while,
but these two quilts for
my local Veterans Hospital are
finished and ready for delivery.
 
 
 
 
  The pattern is from one of the 
three one yard cuts book
and went together so quickly.
 
 
 
 
I love the moth fabric!
You can't see it in the photos,
but I quilted around each moth and
then did meandering and arches
in the other areas.




 
 
This pattern was in a recent quilt magazine.
I had been given a pile of scraps of blue fabrics
that worked perfectly for this design. 
The background fabric had been in my stash
for a long time and I was so happy to find a use for it.




This was a quick and easy pattern, too.

 
 
Happy Quilting!

Sunday, February 25, 2024

Bubbles and Dots

 Bubbles and Dots is a finished top!
These fabrics have been so fun!
I'm glad I finally took them out of the cabinet.


 
 
I don't know how this one will be quilted,
but I hope to have it finished soon.
 
 

 
 
The baby quilt pile is growing!
 
 
Happy Quilting!


Thursday, February 22, 2024

Radiant Delivered

 Last week I picked up two quilts from my LAQ
and both are finished!
"Radiant" has been delivered to the new baby girl, too.
 
 
 
 
The nursery colors for this baby girl are
Navy and hot Pink.
I'm usually not so matchy-matchy
but had to make this quilt in Navy and hot Pink. 


 
 
This quilt pattern was well written and went together
so quickly.
I see another one of these in my future!
 
 

 
 
did a beautiful job quilting it.
I just couldn't come up with a plan.
 
 


 This backing fabric was perfect for this quilt.
AND it was on clearance!!


Happy Quilting!

Monday, February 12, 2024

Bubbles and Dots

 This must be the year for pulling out fabrics
from my stash and finally using them.
I have had this piece of "Effervescence" in my cabinet
for several years and just didn't know what to make with it.
 
 
 
 
 
I wanted something that would show all of the fun colors
in the piece and not be overwhelming.
 
 
 Then I thought of this design.
 

 
 
The Effervescence fabric paired with Tula Pinks gray Hexies and solids
is so fun!
I just had to purchase a few of the solid fabrics to make these blocks.
There will be two more rows of blocks added to the top and bottom
and it will be finished.
Once the other blocks are made, things will be rearranged a bit.

Bubbles and Dots and bright colors make my heart sing.

Happy Quilting!



Saturday, February 10, 2024

Elf Ornaments

 Over the years I have made a number of 
mmmcrafts felt ornaments and have loved the process.
Larissa's patterns are so well written and easy to follow.
Some of them are not for beginners, but her detailed patterns
makes them so much easier to make. 

Larissa has a few series of ornaments
and one is "Twas the Night".
A few years ago I had made Mr. and Mrs. Claus,
but that was all I had done.
This year is the year to catch up... I hope!

Things were prepped for the Boy Elf and Girl Elf ornaments.
I'm making two sets... one for me and one for my littles.
 
 


 
The littles ornaments are finished!!
 
 

 
 
 
  
 
 
The most difficult thing for me is painting the faces and hair
on the beads.  These aren't too bad for my abilities!
These will be put away for Christmas,
 
The second set is prepped and construction has begun.
 
 

 
 
There are two more ornaments in this series,
so more playing with felt will be in my future.
 
 
Happy Creating!

Tuesday, February 6, 2024

Ocean Path Finished

 This quilt came back from
and has been bound.
All it needs now is the label.



 
 
 
I really enjoy sewing curved blocks
and making this design.


 



These fabrics have been in my stash for quite some time.
It's good to have them made into a quilt.


Happy Quilting!

Thursday, January 25, 2024

Swimming Upstream

 I rarely purchase quilting magazines.
The price has gotten ridiculous
and a lot of the quilts just don't appeal to me.
 
This months issue of
however, had several quilts I liked. 

One quilt really drew my eye,
especially since I was given a stack of blue fabrics
left-over from a quilt a friend was making.
Before I looked at the name of the quilt
I thought this design looked like fish.


 
 
My version of "Swimming Upstream" is different from the magazines.
My borders aren't wide enough to add another fish block to them. 



 
 
This top came together in no time and was so relaxing to make.
I love making HST's. 
 
 

 
 
 
This was made as a donation quilt for the Veterans' Hospital
and will soon be taken to the ladies who quilt these.

Thank you, Holly, for your blue fabric pieces!


Happy Quilting!

Monday, January 22, 2024

Blue and White Twinkle Star

 Two years ago I was invited to join the
Gridster Bee, which is an on-line quilting bee.
Each month one of us is queen bee and we choose
a quilt block for the others to make for us.

It is one of the most fun things I've done as a quilter.
Each month is a new adventure and I have really 
been challenged by some of the blocks.

Last year my month was September
and I asked for blue and white
Twinkle Star blocks using
this tutorial.
 
 
 
 
 
 My bee mates came through with flying blue and white blocks!
I asked them to make two blocks each and I made the rest.
The photo below is a truer to the actual colors.
 

 
 
Some were so generous and made three blocks.
The amazing thing is there are no duplicates of fabrics
except from the same quilter.
 

 
 
These are all of the quilters who participated.
I could not love this quilt any more than I do.
 
My quilt was beautifully quilted by Jennifer at
 

 
 
This year my month is May and I need to start thinking of my block.
It will be hard to top this one!
 
 
I'm linking to Design Wall Monday today.
 
Happy Quilting!

 
 
 


Wednesday, January 17, 2024

Shell Bouquet Quilt

 For years this Philip Jacobs fabric, Shell Bouquet, has sat in my stash.
I love it and just couldn't make myself cut into it.
Finally, it was time.
 
 
  
 
 

I need a few baby quilts for girls and thought this would make a sweet one.
Well, I started making blocks and cutting blocks
and got a little carried away.



 
 
 
This ended up being about  48"x64".
It's a little large for a baby quilt,
but would grow with the child.



 
 
At first I had white sashing and the pink cornerstones,
but that was just blah.
After consulting with my sister and sister in law,
we decided on the Tula Pink hexagon print.
 



The fabric has been used and I am pretty pleased with the outcome.
Now I just need to decide if it will be given to a baby or someone else.

Happy Quilting!

Tuesday, January 16, 2024

Baby Sewing

 In between making blocks for my latest
baby quilt,
I've been making hooded bath towels
for my littles.
With a new one on the way,
new towels were needed.
 
from Naturesfabrics.com.
This fabric is really absorbent and so soft.
My daughter and son-in-law said they will
take as many towels as I want to make.
 
Do you think ten are enough??
 
 
 
 
I started to pull fabric to cut the binding,
but instead pulled out my bin of binding scraps.
Some of the bindings don't match the hood fabric,
but I don't think the littles will care.
My binding bin isn't nearly as full now.
:)
 
 


 
While shopping the other day,
I found this "Cars" fabric.
My two littles love the movie "Cars 3",
so I had to make pillowcases!

Now back to making quilt blocks.

Happy Quilting!

Thursday, January 11, 2024

Moths

 Last week I was in one of my local quilt shops
and saw this moth fabric.
I just had to have some.
They also had a quilt book with designs
for quilts using one yard each of three fabrics.
Usually I'm not a fan of these quilts,
but a couple of designs caught my eye.

I bought the moth print and the gray filler
and used one of the patterns in the book to make this.
The orange fabric was in my stash.


 
 
This design really shows off the moth fabric,
which I like.
 

 
 
This may become a donation for the Veterans hospital,
if they don't think it's too wild.
 
One of my nieces HATES moths, so it
definitely won't be for her.  :)
 
 
Happy Quilting!


Tuesday, January 9, 2024

First Baby Quilt

 The beginning of 2024 will be the known as the
Baby Quilt Era for me.

Between now and the middle of May,
I have 6 baby quilts to make.
One will be for my newest granddaughter,
who will arrive in May.
:)
 
The first baby is due at the beginning of February.
The nursery for this one will be navy, hot pink and gray.
While searching the internet for new ideas,
I came across this pattern called Radiant
by Bonjour Quilts. 

Several years ago I made two quilts
from the pattern Diamonds in the Deep
by Bonjour quilts
and loved making them.
They are very well written patterns.


I knew this one was going to be fun, too.


 
 
The top is completed!
The navy blue isn't quite as dark as it is  in the photos.
 

 
 
You can just see that it's a bit marbled, too.
 

 
 
This will be the backing fabric for this quilt.
Now to get it quilted!
 
One down, five to go!
 
Happy Quilting!




Monday, January 1, 2024

A New Year

 The year 2023 came to and end and it's difficult to believe.
Looking back, the year is just a blur.
I didn't do an end of year blog post this year,
but I am happy with what I was able to accomplish.

For the first time ever, I kept track of the books
I read and listened to in 2023.
The vast majority of these books were audio books...
my new found love.
I can multi-task!  Listening to a book while
sewing, driving, cooking, walking, etc.
is awesome!
 
 
 
I didn't start using Goodreads until I was into the year,
so I actually read 102 books in 2023!
My favorites were "Demon Copperhead" and "The Rose Code". 


I ended 2023 with making some special garments for my
grandchildren.  They are being baptized this coming Sunday
and my daughter asked if I would make them their outfits for the big day.




This is my daughter's wedding gown, 
fresh out of the storage box.
I took it apart and made a dress for Olivia.


 
 
This dress is a combination of two patterns and a little of my own creation.
 I was thrilled to be able to use part of the zipper and buttons from the wedding gown.



 
 
(I'm terrible at tying bows!)
 
 

 
 
For Miles, I made a little Johnny
and smocked crosses for it.
The most difficult part of making this was putting
the snaps on it! 
I bought a light blue shirt to go under this for him.


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As I had a few minutes here and there,
I have been making Drunkard Path blocks
from a bundle of fabrics I've had for years.



 
 
This morning I was able to finish sewing the top together.
 
 

 
 
My first flimsy of 2024!
 
 
May 2024 bring you many blessings
and lots of time for creating!
 
Happy Quilting!