Wednesday, February 25, 2015

Fun times with family and friends even during the bad weather....See what's happening with my friendship group the Sew What's

Last Friday, I took off work to go to the doctor. After the doctor, I went and picked up a friend and we went for a small shop hop. We drove up to McKinney, TX, which is about 35 miles north of us and went to three quilt shops that my friend had never been to. She had bought from the shops at the quilt show but never had been to two of the three shops. The third shop she had been to but it had been years ago and they had moved locations. This was her first time for the new location.  She was looking for some fabric for a project. It didn't have to be the same fabric just in the same family.  She found something at the last shop we went to....We also stopped by to see my sister and took her to lunch.  Saturday was her birthday and I wasn't going to be back up there for that so Suzette got to meet my sweet sister and shop too.  It was a great day.  On the way back home, we stopped at the Antique Mall in Allen, TX and walked around there.  We found a few items that we liked but only a few things went home with me.  It was a fun day with a sweet friend and family too.

We went to Happiness is Quilting, the Quilt Asylum and Stitched with Love. All three shops are excellent shops and the staff are all wonderful.  If you get a chance to go to McKinney, try to visit these shops...

Friday night, I was going to go sew at the church but my kids scheduled a last minute birthday party.  I went to watch my granddaughter and 12 other kids celebrate her 10th birthday.  They had her birthday party at Urban Air.  It is an indoor trampoline place.  Great place for parties for kids.  It was a lot of fun....I might have to go back and try that place out when my foot gets better.

I went and sewed with friends on Saturday and had a great time there as well. My husband and son went to a car swap meet up in Decatur, TX so I had to go somewhere!  Anyway, they had fun and so did I...

I also got to stay home Monday and Tuesday due to icy weather in my area. It was too scary to drive. I stayed in and stayed warm and sewed both days.  I was not bored at all!  Kind of like a retreat but I had to do my own cooking.....anyway, I got my 48 blocks ready for swapping with one group, my 30 blocks ready for another group and one quilt top ready in strips. Now I just have to sew the strips together.  When the top is together, I'll take a pic and show you what I did.

I don't know if you know it but I also do another blog. This one is for my friendship group.  I publish it once a month after our meeting.  We are called the Sew What's.  There's a button on the right side of my blog or here's a link.
Check out the heart pillows we did for breast cancer last Thursday night.  I brought them all home to package up and get ready to take to the two places.  (There is a sheet underneath them but you can't see it. ) We did 130 pillows!

Gotta go for now and get busy, have a great week and stay safe and warm. 
Happy stitching!

Sunday, February 22, 2015

Blocks, pillows, table runners, two little quilts and some tatting.

I have been working on my sewing room today trying to get it reorganized.  I finally gave up and decided to sew a little too.  I made some 4 patches and some half square triangles for a swap I'm doing and worked on some other blocks too. It is so hard to concentrate on my sewing when I feel so disorganized....Hopefully, this week I can get my room a little more like I want it....

I went and sewed with friends yesterday.  I got three blocks put together from my first swap on Thursday.  Here's what the blocks look like so far.

My friendship group is doing the Sunny Lanes quilt out of Pat Speth's book, Nickel Quilts.  I love this book and all of her books.  There are 20 of us in this exchange.  We are making 4 patches and half square triangles to exchange.  Then we put them together ourselves to make the blocks...We exchange 24 4 patches and 24 half square triangles each month and that is enough to make three blocks.  Lots of fun.
I also finished 5 heart pillows today. My friendship group always make heart pillows every February for breast cancer patients.  Thursday night we got together and finished  stuffing the pillows at our meeting. I brought them home to package them up, count them and get them ready to give to the hospital and the American Cancer society.  Here's how many we did. There are 130 pillows altogether! 

They are now packaged up and ready to go. 
I have a few other things to show too.  Some of my finishes that I haven't shown you yet....
I finished this table runner yesterday. This is a pattern from Jenny Doan's site, Missouri Star Quilts.  I used 5 inch charms to make this.  I bought the charm pack from Missouri Star too.  I used all but three of the charms.  This was quick and fun to do.  Jenny has a video on YouTube you can look at to make this easy table runner.
I made two of these table runners too. These are 60 degree table runners.  Lots of fun to do too. 

This was a quick and easy small quilt to make. I used 6 1/2" squares to make this.  It is a charity quilt. I just wanted to make something easy and quick without having to think about it. I just pulled some squares out of my stash  and started sewing them together into big 4 patches.

Here's a close-up of the quilting I did on it...

I made this cute Minnie Mouse quilt for a friend of mine that had her first baby.  Quick and easy to do from a panel.  She loved it.
Last but not least, here's some of my finished tatting.  I still have to put the closure on the bottom one to make into a necklace. 

I did these three crosses too.  The middle one is from a Mary Konoir book, the outer two are from Gina Butler's tatting pattern available online. 
Well guys, that's all I have for now. Our weather is getting bad here and I hope I get to stay home tomorrow. Maybe I'll get some more sewing time in.  Until next time, stay safe and warm and happy stitching.

Monday, January 5, 2015

Class with Bonnie

I am working on the Grand Illusion mystery by Bonnie Hunter. I am way behind due to being slow and the holidays too.  The reveal has already happened and I really like the quilt so I'm glad I'm doing it.  But, I am also working on another Bonnie quilt too. I had the pleasure yesterday along with 30 other friends from my quilt guild of having a class with Bonnie.  She's here in Dallas and has had  a class every day over the holiday since she's come into town.  I participated in her class yesterday, Sunday as that was the only day I had available.  She was teaching Orca Bay.  It was a fun day but where I was sitting there was a breeze coming in through the back door and I froze all day. I was miserable but there was no way I was leaving. There were so many people in the class there was no where to move so I just froze and sewed the best I could.  I didn't get a lot done but we learned about the quilt and how to put it together easier. It was a lot of fun to be around Bonnie and learn first hand from her. I'll be working on this quilt for a long time as there are lots of pieces but I'll use it as a leader/ender project and it won't be so bad.  I was hoping to get inspired and get out of my slump that I've been in and I think maybe it worked. I can't wait to get home and work on my projects. I'm going to lock myself in and sew away...I hope to have some things to show later this week, until then, happy stitching!

Sunday, December 28, 2014

A little holiday update.

I hope everyone had a wonderful Christmas.  Our Christmas was great. My kids and grandkids all came over and everyone was well and healthy.  We had a good lunch and then the craziness of opening gifts started happening.  The grandkids liked all of their gifts except for my youngest granddaughter Carmen.  I gave her the Minnie Mouse quilt and she liked that but I also gave her a Cabbage Patch doll and she wouldn't open it because it scared her...She took off the wrapping and screamed...Her Mom said her other toy that she was playing with earlier did the same thing to her for awhile so I'm sure she'll eventually like the doll I got her.  She's 3 and things scare her easily right now but everything else went over really good.  I gave her Mom the Marilyn Monroe wall-hanging and she loved it.  I gave my youngest grandson a quilt for his bed and he liked that too.  I already showed all of these quilts in the past so I won't bore you with pics of them now.  I've got to get off now and cut up some fabric for a class I'll be taking in January with Bonnie Hunter...I'm going to be doing Orca Bay with her. I bought the book awhile back but I just printed off the supply list so now I can start preparations.  I'm also doing her mystery but I'm behind on it with all the Christmas stuff I had to finish. So, for now, take care and happy stitching.

Monday, December 22, 2014

A few Christmas quilts

I've been trying to finish some Christmas gifts and haven't had time to post anything. Here are two little quilts I've done for family members.  The first one is just a panel of Minnie Mouse. I didn't add to it or anything. I just quilted it like it was.  Very simple and easy for my youngest granddaughter. She loves Minnie Mouse and this will just be a little snuggle quilt for her. 
This next one is for her sweet mother.  She is a Marilyn Monroe big time fan. I found a panel earlier in September when I went on the Quilt Across Texas shop hop.  The panel was horizontal and I wanted it to hang vertical. So, I cut the panel apart and used some black and white fabric to sash it with and I am very pleased with the results.  I hope she likes it and if she doesn't my husband said we can keep it because he loves it just like it is....

Well, that's it for now.  Gotta get off and bind another quilt.  Christmas is almost here and I'm still a long way from finishing some projects.  I hope you all have a wonderful Christmas and I'll try to post again soon. Merry Christmas to all and happy stitching.

Tuesday, November 25, 2014

A Quilt for a child.

Hello, I am still learning my new computer and it is not easy for me.  I have Windows 8 now and it is not easy or user friendly for me.  I have a lot of trouble adding pictures, I was going to show you this last week and I couldn't get it uploaded....Anyway, I finally did and here it is.   I finished this one last
 week to give to the quilts for kids charity.   This was made with 2 1/2" strips.  There were 22 strips, 11 light and 11 dark.  Anyway, it was an easy quilt to do. This was not my fabric, it was a kit made up by my guild.  I didn't like all of the fabric but I think it came together with the border.  I hope a child likes it. 
I hope each of you have a wonderful Thanksgiving holiday and get to spend some great quality time with your families.  Have a great turkey day. Til next time, happy stitching.

Monday, November 17, 2014

Good times with friends and some finishes to show.

Hello, I hope you had a great weekend.  My weekend was wonderful. I got to sew with friends on Saturday all day with my small group and we had a wonderful day.  This was our last sew day this year since we are going into the holidays so we had a pot luck lunch too.  It's so much fun to get together with friends and share good times, sewing and good food too.  Can't beat that!

 I worked on a new project while I was there. I have a lot of projects going on that need to be finished but I have to work on easy things when I go to a sit and sew. I just can't concentrate when I'm with all my friends.   I like to visit and chat too much to concentrate on hard things!  Anyway, I got a few blocks sewn together for the new project and had fun chatting too. I'll show you those pics later when I get more of the quilt done.... 

This past week I worked on an easy strip quilt for one of our groups charities.  I quilted it yesterday and I'll bind it this week. I was going to bind it tonight but I have to go to a visitation tonight.  I'll show you the charity quilts later when I finish this last one. 

So, I wanted to show you some of the things I have finished since I haven't been blogging.  I have more things to show but here are a few quilts that I recently finished. Three of these are old projects or UFO's but the last one is fairly new.  This one I'm calling Green Brick Road. I used Thimbleberries fabric and the Yellow Brick Road pattern for this one.  These three have been hanging in my closet to be quilted for many years and they just got finished....this one is probably 10 years old or older.

This one I'm calling Happy 14 because the top was a shop challenge done in 2000. It has a white backing fabric on it from the year 2000 also.  I put that fabric with it then to quilt and just never followed through. That's how I know I did it in the year 2000.

This one was a class for beginners I used to teach and this one was for  a teenage class I taught back then probably in 2000 or 2001...I haven't named this one, I just called it a Teen Sampler.

This last one is my One Block Wonder quilt and I named it "The Empress". I worked on this one last year and I just quilted it so it's not very old and hasn't aged like the others!  This was a lot of fun to do and I really liked putting the blocks together on this  and how differently they turned out too. I love the fabric on this one too.  The picture does not do it justice. It is a beautiful quilt and is one of my all time favorites.

I am working on UFO's and still trying to finish as much as I can. I am really enjoying pulling out old projects and finishing them up.  I hope you have a good week and get some sewing time in this week.  Until next time, happy stitching.

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Civil War Quilts by Barbara Brackman

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Disappearing 9 Patch QAL

Christmas with Lesley

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Free Motion Quilting Project-2011

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2011 UFO Challenge List

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  • 3. Scrappy BOM - Flimsy completed 01-28-11, ready for quilting!
  • 4. Purple Stack and Whack- flimsy is together, ready for quilting
  • 5. Blue 9 Patches - flimsy is together, ready for quilting
  • 6. The Moose Quilt-still in pieces.
  • 7. Row By Row Quilt, quilted-binding is on but needs to be sewn down.
  • 8. Hexagon Magic- flimsy completed 02-01-11, ready for quilting!
  • 9. Santa Claus Quilt-ready for quilting.
  • 10. Hand Pieced Stars

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  • Nov 21-Oh, My Stars!
  • Oct 18- Boo Quilt
  • Oct 10 - Christmas Tree Quilt
  • Oct 10 -Turning Twenty (30's Repro) Quilt
  • Sept 25- Baked Alaska-quilt top for LQS
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  • Sept 20 - Dear Blanche
  • Sept 15 -Funny Flowers
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A Tisket A Tasket BOM 2009

2009 Christmas Quilt for Patchalot Patterns

Christmas Sparkler 2008

Christmas Sparkler 2008
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