Tuesday, August 16, 2016

My Granddaughters Quilt

The next project I would like to share is my 4 1/2 year old Granddaughters quilt.
My daughter redid her room and it is pink!!

So I had my daughter come to the house to pick fabrics and this is what she chose.

All but the red/aqua floral are Bloom and Bliss from Riley Blake Designs.

I still piece and quilt by hand. So here in pictures is the progression from start to finish.

 Sets of two become blocks.

 Blocks get laid out in a pleasing pattern.

 Basting, worst job on the planet!!

The part I love the best, Hand Quilting!!

A finish!

She also chose Bloom and Bliss for the backing.

And I am going to leave you with this...

My father was a newspaper man. He printed and sold TV guides to newspapers. When they were at the end of a run he would frequently print coloring books for us to take to school. The nuns would be thrilled and as a little girl I was so proud. They would ask him to stay and read a book. He would always read Green Eggs and Ham.
When a picture of this mug was posted on Instagram I knew I wanted to own it. Thank you sweet IG friend for helping me find the mug and giving me these memories.

You can get the mug HERE

Tuesday, August 9, 2016

Summer Project Update

I am not sure about you but I do not do a lot of quilting over the summer.
Family and fun come to the forefront.
I have a project list I made in the Spring for myself and I thought I would post the projects one at a time to show you what I have been up to over the last few months.

Here is the list....
Red working on
Red crossed off, completed.

1. Niece's graduation quilt.
2.Granddaughter's Quilt
3. Halloween quilt , basted.
4. Sailboat quilt top pieced from my sweet bee sisters.
5. Farm girl vintage. Put blocks into top. Sashing and cornerstones cut.
6. Picnic quilt -Done
7. Continue on my diamond EPP project. Starting to make stars
8. Boy baby quilt.
9. Feed company quilt. Working on Blocks.
10. Make Harry Potter quilt with my 7 year old grandson.  He laid out his pattern and we have started!
11. Redwork snowman embroidery .
12. my double gauze flower sugar quilt. 
13.  Two pillowcase made for my grandson.
14 Sweet Bee Blocks Done
15. Plus blocks sent.
16. Flag Quilt Top Done and basted.
17. Pattern Tested a Tote Bag. 

My Nieces High School Graduation Quilt

She choose the fabrics.
I laid them out to see which layout I liked best, then made a Rail Fence Quilt.

Some sad news on Memorial Day we lost our Bulldog Sophie. She was 7 years old and it happened in a 12 hour period. She did not suffer. She was having a hard time breathing. We took her in and her soft pallet was swollen, one lung collapsed, and her esophagus was no longer attached. There was nothing they could do, it was very hard on our college daughter as that was her dog.

It took our girl Charley a while to realize Sophie was not coming back, but now getting bigger and fills our home with joy. 

She loves to swim, even in the kiddie pool!

I am going to leave you with this as I know it applies to so many of us!

I will be back with more show and tell projects.
Happy Sewing!

Monday, April 4, 2016

Diamonds Anyone?

I love to English Paper Piece. I have done a lot of hexies. I even have a tutorial on my blog if you would like to take a peek.
So, now I want to try something different.
College Softball season has started and EPP is the perfect take along project!  Four hours in the car, a hotel, four hours back, you can get a lot done!
So while I watch my daughter pitch on the softball diamond, I can work on EPP diamonds!  Get It!!  I know, not funny!
Anyway here are some pictures of what I am doing.

Only a few hundred to go!!
Happy Sewing!

Wednesday, March 30, 2016

Sailing, Sailing!!!!

I am so blessed, I was asked to be part of a quilting bee.  We are called the The Sew Sweet Bees and the queen bee is Donna from Donna's Lavender Nest.
I was lucky to get January! 

 I asked the members if they would make me a sailboat block using fat quarter shop snapshot sailboat in daysail fabric  Look at the wonderful blocks I received!

I cannot wait to make this quilt! 

Do you see the little label on member made for me! 

I need to make two more boats and I thought it would be fun to have a big anchor in the middle. (even though I do not applique!)

Other members blocks

February queen bee asked for hearts in flower sugar fabrics.

March queen bee asked for Surround Star in 1930's Fabrics.

Both of these blocks are from tutorials that are from Allison of Cluck Cluck Sew.  Amazing tutorials!!

I cannot wait to see what our April queen bee will want!

Happy Sewing 

Monday, March 28, 2016

Wall-Hanging Flimsy Finished

 I took the cover off my Juki and put borders on this pinwheel quilt I started last spring. Now I do not know if this is just me or if others do this too, but this is just the top! She is so far down in the queue to be basted and quilted I thought I would hang her and enjoy her for the spring. 
Pattern Gracie's Garden by Karen Bennett. Fabrics from my stash except the green dots as I wanted a nice bright green.

Happy sewing

Friday, March 25, 2016

How do you sort scraps?

I have seen so many tips on saving and sorting scraps that I thought I would show you how I do mine. 

Top left, I have a strip left over so, lower left, I place it on top of the corespondent fabric and then, right picture I fold and store them together. If I only have a smidge left I store them by color in shoe box size containers. I slip marked index cards in the storage box with the color written on them so if I need to change it, I just change the card.

I have always been afraid to cut the fabric into sizes as I know if i cut one inch I will need it two inches!!

I have six more but these tend to be the ones I use the most.

Happy Sewing!

Wednesday, March 23, 2016

Do You Have a Favorite?

Do you have a favorite fabric line?  Mine is Katie Jump Rope by Denyse Schmidt.  I now have to say I fell head over heels for Daysail by Bonnie and Camille.  I have been collecting it for a while and have planes to use it in a few projects later in the year.  This is what i have so far.  
Yes, you read that right, so far! I am always on the look out for scraps or sales!
 looks like I need some navy!