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.
 

Sunday, November 9, 2014

I'm back and have a few things to show.

Well hello everyone. I haven't fallen off the face of the earth.  My computer died. I had to buy a new one and I have not had any fun learning it!  It is totally different and not user friendly and it has taken me forever to figure out what to do....But, hopefully, I can get back to blogging and share some things I've been busy with.  I have so much to say and show you and I can't do it all at once so I'll spread it out over the new couple of days...please bare with me...

I made this cute mitten block this week. It is for my small group's Christmas block raffle.  Each year at Christmas, we make blocks and some lucky person or persons  win the blocks for a complete quilt.  This will be a really cute quilt I think. 
 
I also finished this block for the church quilt.  Each year my small group make a quilt and give it to the church we meet at as a thank you for letting us meet there.  The church uses the quilt to raise funds for things they need. We are grateful to have a lovely place to meet and they enjoy the quilts too.

 
Here's a top I finished putting together Monday.   I bought this kit when I was on vacation in September. My husband and I went to Fredericksburg, Texas for a few days and then we went and visited 19 quilt shops for the Quilt Across Texas shop hop.  We had a good time and met some lovely people along the way. I'll tell you more about that later.  I got this kit from a shop in Savoy, Tx.  called the Savvy Quilter.  Great shop and great people.  I don't usually make square quilts but this one spoke to me when I was in the shop and I just had to get it...My husband loves it. I hope to get it quilted soon. The pattern is called Samsara and is a free pattern from Blank quilting.  
 
 
I finished this charity quilt this week too. It was just a real quick strip quilt and we are having a guest speaker come to our group on Thursday, it will be going to her then.  I'm doing another strip quilt today to give to her too so I need to get off and get busy.
 
 
I have a lot more to share and will try to post more in a few days.  Please come back and visit and I hope to catch up with all my blog buddies now that I'm back online.  Have a great day and happy stitching.

Sunday, July 13, 2014

TAQG Rally Day yesterday with Pat Speth

Ok, I know I haven't posted in a while.  I have been busy but haven't taken the time to post. I will be posting more now so please come back and see me when you can. 

I went to the annual TAQG Rally Day yesterday and it was wonderful.  For those of you not from Texas, TAQG stands for Texas Association of Quilt Guilds. Each year they have a rally day, usually in July, and the guilds come together for one day and have a great speaker.  There were over 500 quilters at Rally Day yesterday.  I know there were more than 500 because the guilds make something each year to donate for goodie bags and we have to make 500 of whatever we do.  The chairman of the TAQG announced that they had run out of goodie bags around 10:00 and people were still coming in.  It was an amazing day and fun to be with fellow quilters too.

 This year the speaker was my favorite, Pat Speth. She is the author of Nickel Quilts, More Nickel Quilts, Amazing Nickel Quilts, and Nickel Quilts and Borders.  I have had Nickel Quilts and More Nickel Quilts since the 90's and I guess she was one of the first people to write about using 5" squares to make quilts.  I have made several quilts from her books in the past but I now plan to make all of them.  I now have all 4 of her books, the last one was a border book and it's great.  I also bought a new pattern from her too.  I've got to get busy and start sewing my 5" squares now....Anyway, she was funny and very informative too.  I had a wonderful day with my quilt buddies listening to her and seeing her great quilts made from 5" squares.  If you don't have any of her books, I definitely recommend you buy them or borrow them from your guild and see what she has to say....She's great and her patterns are alot of fun. 
Here's just three of her quilts she showed yesterday. I lost count of how many she showed but these were onstage the first part of her lecture. 



 
I have finished a few quilts since I last posted but I haven't taken any pictures. I will take some and post to show you what I've been working on.  I hope you've had a good weekend and have gotten to get some sewing time in too.  Til next time, happy stitching.


Tuesday, June 24, 2014

I lost my sweet sister in May.


  The month of May ended up being a sad month for me.  I lost my best friend, my sister, the end of the month. . She had been ill for over a year. She could not walk and had been doing rehab of all kinds.  She wasn't getting any better. She had fallen over a year ago and had to have surgery on her foot. I guess that's what really started it.  Well, to make a very long story short.  She ended up being diagnosed with ALS or Lou Gehrig's disease. She had been misdiagnosed all year and they finally decided this was what was wrong.    This disease is horrible.  She was put on hospice early in the month of May and she went down very quickly..  She lost the fight with this terrible disease on May 27th.  All I can say is that she is not suffering anymore and will be sorely missed by her family, friends and anyone that had the privilege to know her.

While she was still able to talk, she told her husband and her kids, that she wanted me to have all of her sewing stuff. .She and I always sewed together, quilted together and did all kinds of crafts too. She was like me, she liked quilting the most. She has 3 girls and none of them sew so she had always told me she wanted me to have her sewing stuff.   I got all of her sewing room, machines and all.  I told the family I would be making quilts for them out of her fabric. I'm going to be really busy for the next couple of months/years making these but I know I will be thinking of her the whole time. She had 4 children, 11 grandchildren and 16 great grandchildren.  I plan on making quilts for the children and grandchildren but not sure about the great grandchildren....

It was a  sad month but on the last weekend it ended up on a brighter note. It was so hard to go ahead with this but we all knew she would have wanted it to go forward. One of her granddaughters got married and it was a beautiful wedding. She wore  a blue sapphire necklace that belonged to my sister in her honor. Judy would have loved this wedding. She wanted to be up and walking for this but it just wasn't meant to be. 

RIP, my sweet sister. I miss you and love you.

Thursday, May 1, 2014

May For Me

May Day, May Day!  It's May 1st and it's a beautiful day.  I wish I was off work today so I could just sit on my back porch and enjoy the sunshine and birds.  I hope it's a great day wherever you are and you take some time for yourself today and the rest of the month and all year too!

Last year, I was lucky enough to find Marcia from http://marciascraftysewing.blogspot.com/
and she is one of the hostesses of the May for Me celebration.  On the sidebar to the right, you can click on the May for Me button and it will take you to her site and you can enjoy seeing her great blog too.  She is having a giveaway to celebrate starting off May for Me. 

Now, take some time today and do something for yourself.  We have to take care of ourselves so we can stay healthy and happy.  I plan on working on another UFO when I get home. I'm looking at different quilting designs on line to see if I can find something I like.  I've already got in mind what I want but I'm still looking to see if I can find something I like better. So, I'll show you some projects tomorrow of some things I've worked on this week and I'll try to show you what I'm currently working on too.  Now, go to Marcia's site and visit with her and have a wonderful relaxing day....Happy stitching!

Wednesday, April 23, 2014

Easy Projects and some more finishes!

I hope everyone had a wonderful Easter holiday.  Mine was great. I got to see my kids and grandkids,  color and hunt for Easter eggs, eat and sew  too.  It was a very fun weekend.  We went to church on Saturday night and this allowed us more time on Sunday to be with the family.  This is the first time I've ever gone on a Saturday night for Easter services.  It was strange but good too. 
I went and sewed with friends on Friday night at the church and on Saturday at one of the girl's homes.  I had some quality sewing time this weekend. I didn't take a machine with me Friday night, I just took the cupcake quilt and Lighthouse quilt to sew down the bindings.  I only worked on one but got it almost finished before I left.  I did finish it up Saturday after church and the other one I finished up Sunday night after everyone went home from the Easter egg hunt...

Saturday at my small group, we worked on two things.  We worked on a project board to safely carry our projects with us and a machine skirt to hold our tools.  I don't have a picture of the project board but I will have one later  this week  and I will also share how to make your own.  It is very simple but will come in vey handy too.  Here's a picture of the tool machine skirt we made.  This one isn't mine. It was someone else's and I just took a picture. I will also share with you later about how to make one of these for yourself. These are easy to put together too. I finished mine but I'm going to make another for my MIL and I'll share the instructions at that time.



I was able to quilt 3 quilts over the long weekend.  I finished up a quilt for my MIL and two quilts for me.  I finished binding the last one last night while watching TV and listening to the rain.  It was storming so badly I did not want to turn on any of my machines....We needed the rain but my dogs sure didn't like the storm!  This is the butterfly quilt I finished for my MIL.   I didn't have anyone around to hold it up for me so I just laid it over the rocking chair....


 
Here's a close-up of some of the butterflies.  This took me quite a while to quilt. I just did a simple meander stitch on these blocks  and swirls on the sashings and borders...This was a fun quilt to work on and my MIL loves it.


I finished my little cupcake quilt. This was a block exchange last year with 11 other ladies.  We each did our own cupcake blocks and then traded them. These were easy to do as they are all ragged edge blocks.  Sorry, I can't think of the proper term but they were not traditional applique, we just sewed them down and didn't turn under the fabrics.  Easy, quick and fun, my three favorite words....

 
I won this kit several years ago at a quilt show and put it together  but I never quilted it. It's been hanging in the closet forever and I just decided it was time to make it not be a UFO.  Very simple quilting on this one.  I have wavy fabric on the back of the quilt (like water)  so I decided to do wavy line quilting on the blocks.  Another quick and easy quilt to finish. 

 


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