Monday, June 22, 2015

More Beatle Bags, Black Sewing Machine Mats, butterfly blocks and Happy Pinwheels Quilts

Well, here's two more Beatle bags. I made these for the quilt shop and have one more to make now too. 
I made ten sewing machine mats for the shop. They are going to use them in their classroom.  So when you go take a class, you can use them and stay organized. 
I made these two butterfly blocks to give to my friend. These are for a donation quilt for On Butterfly Wings, a breast cancer survivor's group.  The quilt will be put together and when it is, I'll take a picture and show you. This block was fun and easy to make.  My quilt group made these last year and a few people won the blocks.  I think I'll make me a quilt out of these this year sometime.  I think all different colors would be lovely. 

Here are the three pinwheel quilts my small group made for our friend's family.  They really look all alike but the backings were all different.  Two were queen size and one was a full size quilt.  These were all 30's fabrics.  Fun quilts to make and our friend really liked them. She is giving them to her Mom, sister and niece this week.  We had a great time making these. 

Well, that's it for now. Im working on another Beatle bag and a tablerunner now and will show you those when I have them finished.  I hope you are getting some sewing time in too. Until next time, happy stitching. 

Sunday, June 7, 2015

Shop Samples and a quilt for a friend

I'm working on a lot of things now.  Here are some things I've worked on for a local quilt shop. These are samples for the shop...These are called Beatle Bags and they are very nice bags to carry your sewing and quilting tools in. 

The inside of the bags have plastic inserts that you put your supplies in.

They have two pockets and a detachable pin cushion with walnut shells in them.  These were a lot of fun to make.  Now I have two more to make for the shop and one for me.....

This is a sample for the shop also, It is a Deb Tucker pattern,
 and is called Southern Hospitality. It was also fun to make.  The border is called migrating geese and she has a great video on how to do this on her website.  She also has a lot of videos on her website and her rulers are great to use.  I used her square ruler for this quilt.  The ruler is a rectangle and I thought it was funny that she called it a square ruler...Anyway, go check out her website and see all the great patterns she has plus good videos too. 

I quilted a quilt this week for a friend.  This was one of the pinwheel quilts my group made.  We made three quilts to give to our friend's Mom, sister and niece.  Their homes burnt down and we made them each a pinwheel quilt.   The quilts will be given to her to give to them in about two weeks.  I quilted this one and another friend  quilted the other two.  I don't have to bind it as another friend is doing that.  We are calling these quilts, Happy Pinwheels.. This is a big quilt.  They told me it was a queen size but it's almost a king size.  These are all 30's fabrics.  All the quilts are pinwheels and they are a little different only because of the different color of pinwheel blocks used.  I hope they like the quilts.  They look really pretty close up. 

Well, that's it for now. I hope you are enjoying the beautiful weather and until next time, happy stitching.

Wednesday, May 6, 2015

Some things I've been working on

Here are some things I've worked on.  My son and daughter-in-law moved into a house and decided they did not want these bar stools (there are two of them) so they gave them to me.  They were pretty bad. The seats were an ugly tan color and looked pretty dirty so I reupholstered the seats and I really like them now. Here's one of them, I was working on the other one when I took this picture.
I made this small quilt for our polka dot challenge.  All the fabrics are polka dots even the background fabric.  I saw this on Pinterest and loved it.  There was no pattern given so I just looked and decided what sizes everything needed to be.  Very easy.  I used 4 1/2 inch squares, 2 1/2 inch by 4 1/2 inch strips and  2 1/2 inch by 6 1/2 inch strips. The outer border is 6 inches wide.  We had to make a project out of the fabrics we received in our exchange.  We exchanged fat eights so there wasn't a lot of fabric to play with but enough for this quilt.

I made this one after seeing a video by Jennie at Missouri Star quilts. I also saw this on Pinterest too.  This is called the falling charms quilt.  I used two charm packs and some yardage from the Eleanor Burns fabric line.  The charm pack was one of Jennie's daily deals but I had to buy more than one!
Now to get these quilted.  I have more to show too so come back and see me soon.

Thursday, April 23, 2015

Projects from our retreat

 Here's two of the quilt tops I finished on my quilt retreat.  The first one is a Marti Michell pattern that was a block of the month a few years ago. I was going through all of my projects to get ready for retreat and I found this one in my closet.  I didn't realize until I looked at it that I had never put the outer borders on it.  I have always had a thing about borders. I just don't like putting borders on. I have no idea why but I really have to make myself do them.  Anyway, this one is now ready to be quilted....
I made this plus quilt from Marti Michell charm squares.  I saw this pattern on Pinterest and just knew I had to make a plus quilt.  I don't plan on putting a border on this one. I like it just like it is so it is also ready for quilting....

Here are the pinwheel blocks I did wrong. I put 4 little pinwheels together to make the blocks but that was not what we were supposed to be doing. I made 12 of these and I now have more fabric since I had to buy more to make the correct I will be doing more of these to make a nice little pinwheel quilt for myself.
Here are the blocks like they are supposed to be. These are 12 inch pinwheels. There are 10 blocks in all but these are the colors I used.  The group chose to do 30's fabrics for these quilts and I didn't have a lot of 30's fabrics so I had to go buy more when I messed up....I will show you the quilts that our group made once they are finished...

I did finish another quilt top but didn't take a picture of it yet. I will get one and post it soon..
Now, to show you some of the projects that my friends worked on this weekend.  Lots of eye candy and we all had a lot of fun....
This picture does not do justice to this pinwheel quilt.  It is really beautiful and I want to make one.
A disappearing 9 patch from polka dot scraps.

 My friend Jackie working on her Grand Illusion quilt...

Here's Bevs half square triangle scrap quilt...

I think this one is called Fabric Fusion and it was in a magazine a few years ago. It's also on my list of quilts to make with scraps.

Here's Deanna's Halloween quilt.

Karen was working on her Trip Around the World quilt.

This was on the wall in the workroom and I have a panel to make out of it. I've had the panel for a few years and haven't done anything with it but this is what I plan on doing too.

Sue's embroidery quilt.

Diane's pinwheel quilt

Jessica's blocks

Sharon's Trash to Treasure Pineapple blocks

Not sure what this one's called but it's a form of pinwheels too.

Sue put this together with just fabric.  It's quilter's on the fabric. So cute, got to find me some.

Here's a close-up of the fabric.

There was a lot more done but I didn't get pics of everything.  We had a great time and I plan on doing another retreat in November....I hope you enjoyed seeing these great projects.

Talking about retreat time with my friends.

I went last weekend to a wonderful quilt retreat with my friends.  I had a great time and enjoyed every minute of my time with them.  I did get 3 quilt tops finished and got a lot of blocks done that needed doing.  10 of the blocks were for a quilt that my friendship group is making.  I should say we are making three quilts and not just one.  Everybody in the group was asked to make 10 blocks.  I made 12 blocks a few weeks ago to turn into my group and I was told I did the blocks wrong.  Uh oh, I had to buy more fabric and do more blocks.  I misunderstood the directions so now I have 12 blocks to make into a quilt for me or maybe a donation quilt.  Anyway, I got the right size blocks done along with the other things I got done.  I took pictures but I can't upload them to this computer. I will upload them and show them to you tonight.  I love this retreat.  The retreat house is right behind the quilt shop that owns it.  It is one of the best quilt shops in Texas and the owners are super too.  The food was great and the beds too.  They even brought in a massage therapist for the ladies that wanted a massage.  I was one of them too.  The massage therapist was wonderful too.  Ah, a very restful and productive weekend. I wish I had gotten more done but I'm glad to have gotten some of my projects as far along as I did.  In case you're wondering. I went to a retreat called the Quiltatious Quarters in Celeste, Tx.  If you ever get a chance to go, take the chance. It's great.  Ok, that's all for now, I'll post pics later. Have a great day and I hope you get some sewing time in too.

Sunday, April 12, 2015

I won a drawing of a Traveling Stash Box and I'll be having a drawing to send it on it's way again too.

Hey, I won a stash box.  I entered the drawing over at Swooze's  blog  ( )  and  I won.  Woo hoo!!!  I had no idea what it was as I had never seen one of these before. I got it a few weeks ago but I have been too busy to blog about it.  Not that I wasn't excited , I just didn't have time to sit in front of the computer to post.... I think it's great.   As it turns out, it is a box full of items from other bloggers and it gets mailed out and goes all over the country.  It has a little bit of everything in it.  You can pick out what you want and replace it with items you no longer want or need worth about  the same and have a drawing on your blog for it too. That's why it's called a traveling stash box.  That's exactly what I will be doing. I've picked out the stuff I wanted and I have replaced them with items that are good but I don't need anymore. So, if you are interested in winning some surprise items, like fabric, scissors, rotary cutters, or other notions, patterns, etc.  Please leave me a comment and tell me you would be interested in participating in the traveling stash box... I will be going on a retreat this coming weekend and I have a lot of things going on this month, so I will not have time to put it in the mail any time soon. So, I have decided to give you until the end of April to comment on this post. I will draw the winner on April 30th. I will be contacting you when you win so please make sure you are not a no comment blogger.  Good luck.

Thursday, March 5, 2015

Garland Quilt Guild 10th Year Anniversary Celebration

Tuesday night was my quilt guild's 10th anniversary as a guild.  It was a great guild meeting.  We are on our 6th President now and the previous 5 Presidents were thanked for their part in our guild.  Here are some pictures of the happenings Tuesday night with some show and tell too.  I can post these as I am the historian for our guild and I take all the pictures!  You can also follow us on Facebook, we are the Garland Quilt Guild.  Here's a link to our Facebook page.

This is a plaque that was given to each of the past presidents.

There were four President's Challenge Quilts made to celebrate the 10 years. This one won Best of the 4.

1st Place

2nd Place - it has pictures of some of our group's happenings.

3rd Place-this little quilt was a result of the first workshop that was ever done by the guild.

Founder's Award Winners.  The middle lady, Barbara,  is the founder of our guild. She got the guild started 10 years ago.

This woman won the Founders Award but her husband won an award too. He has helped the guild with so many things over the years. He has been an inspiration to all of us. 
Outstanding Volunteers for 2014

Me and some of my friends staying warm under a beautiful quilt.

Here are 4 of our 5 past Presidents.  The 5th one was ill and wasn't able to come.

Now for some great show and tell from our members.

We have some truly talented and lovely women and men in our guild and I'm so happy to be a part of this great group.  If you aren't a member of a guild, you can be missing out on friendships and lots of good times too.  Go join a guild and learn more and get inspired too.  Take time to quilt and be an inspiration to others.

Civil War BOW

Civil War BOW
Barbara Brackmen does it again! A weekly Block of the week. Comes out every Saturday!

May for Me!


Tell It To The Stars

Tell It To The Stars

Judy's Scrap Challenge 2014

To Recall The Fight For Women's Rights

Civil War Quilts by Barbara Brackman

Getting It Done Challenge

Getting It Done Challenge
2013 is the year I want to get it done! How about you? Are you up for a challenge?

Rainbow Scrap Challenge 2013

Rainbow Scrap Challenge 2012

Rainbow Scrap Challenge 2012
Angela's Doing It Again This Year!

Friday Night Sew In

Handmade by Heidi


Disappearing 9 Patch QAL

Christmas with Lesley

April Get It Done Challenge List

  • Make 30 floating four patch blocks
  • Bind the scrappy half square triangle quilt-Done.
  • Quilt and Bind the Purple/Gold tablerunner
  • Put the Civil War blocks together-Top is Done!

Free Motion Quilting Challenge for 2012

A Few Scraps Quilt Along

Christmas Through the Year

Thimbleberries Sew Day!


Bingo during May For Me

Getting It Done Challenge List

  • March Challenge List
  • Bind my Thimbleberries Garden Quilt-done 03-05-13
  • Quilt & Bind the Brown Bow Tie Quilt - done- 03-11-13
  • Quilt & Bind the Red Scrap Quilt
  • Quilt & Bind the 2nd D4P Quilt
  • .
  • February Challenge List
  • Bind my Thimbleberries Garden Quilt
  • Quilt & Bind the Brown Bow Tie Quilt
  • Quilt & Bind the Red Scrap Quilt
  • Quilt & Bind the Red & White Christmas tablerunner-done

Autumn Block Party by the Quilting Gallery

Glorious Autumn Block Party and Super Deals for Quilters

Christmas QAL


Year of the Pig Wednesdays

Pat Sloan

Patchwork & Quilting Radio - Hosted by Pat Sloan.

Breast Cancer Site

Breast Cancer Site
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Sew Cal Gal's AccuQuilt GO! Ahead and Show Some Love Blog Hop

Christmas Quilt Show by SewCalGal

Verse of the Day

Moose on the Porch Star QAL

Little feet calendar

Scrappy Challenge-Scrappy Saturdays

Positive Thoughts to Brighten our Journey

Little Miss Shabby blog

Free Motion Quilting Project-2011

Free Motion Quilting Project

Mystery Monday Button


Free BOMs over at Ellies Quilt Place

Amy's BOM Website

2010 BOM from Amy

UFO Challenge 2011

2011 UFO Challenge List

  • 1. 30's Sampler..I'm still working on this one!
  • 2. English Paper Piecing Baby Quilt-A Little of This A Little of That-flimsy completed 02-04-11, ready for quilting!
  • 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

2010 Finishes!!!

  • 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
  • Sept 25 -Table Manners
  • Sept 20 - Dear Blanche
  • Sept 15 -Funny Flowers
  • Sept 7- Pink Toile Nursery Rhyme Quilt top for Carolyn
  • August 16- Plaid Teddy Bear
  • August 16-Red Heart Tablerunner
  • August 9 - Mother Goose
  • July 27-Autumn Braid Tablerunner
  • February 27- I Love to Fly-donation quilt
  • Feb 20 - Warm Fuzzies-Donation Quilt
  • Feb 7 - My Sewing Friends Quilt
  • Feb 1 - Nostalgic Garden Quilt
  • January 25 - Love Pillowcase for Alayna
  • January 12 - Pillowcases for Thomas Quilt

Quilting Bloggers

Whoop-Whoop Friday

Moda Bake Shop

Moda Bake Shop

Lynette Anderson's BOM


Photobucket-Dallas Quilt Show 2011

Free Quilt Patterns

I'm a slow poke too!

The Dear Jane Quilt

Great site for Crazy Quilt Patchwork


First Friday Freebie

Quilts For Kids Website


Linda-Quiltville block

Linda-Quiltville block

Fat Cat Patterns


Great tips of all kinds!

The Kind Hearted Pledge

Bargello Bowl

A Quiltville Mystery Quilt

Carolina Crossroads

Orange Crush

Double Delight - I want to make this one too...soon.

Carolina Christmas-I want to make one soon

A Tisket A Tasket BOM 2009

2009 Christmas Quilt for Patchalot Patterns

Christmas Sparkler 2008

Christmas Sparkler 2008
Free Pattern from Patchalot

My Word Cloud

Wordle: Untitled

My Rainbow

Your rainbow is intensely shaded green, white, and blue.


What is says about you: You are a contemplative person. You appreciate friends who get along with one another. You share hobbies with friends and like trying to fit into their routines. Those around you admire your fresh outlook and vitality.

Find the colors of your rainbow at

Charity Quilter

Charity Quilter

Jennifer Chiaverini Book Giveaway

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