Saturday, May 9, 2015

May 8th and this is really only my second finish of 2015! is hard to believe this is only my second finish of the year, but I'm happy to say my brother's quilt is done.  I plan to send it to him when the weather starts cooling off in Texas next fall, so it will be awhile.  He is the only member of my family who has yet to receive a quilt from yours truly, but in my defense, he lived in Key West for years, where it is really a bit warm for quilts.

This quilt was backed using a tan fabric with a small navy floral print, quilted in a meander pattern with a neutral tan thread, and bound with the navy blue used in the quilt top.

I'm glad to have this finished, so it will be ready to send.

Finally, I want to wish everyone a Happy Mother's Day.  My Mom and I had a wonderful breakfast and visit this morning.  I'm so lucky to have her as my Mom.  She is an amazing woman!

Sunday, April 5, 2015

Happy Easter

My favorite cattleya orchid bloomed just a couple days ago, right in time for Easter.  I sat out on the porch with my coffee this morning enjoying a nice breeze and the heavenly fragrance of the orchid.  So much many reasons to be thankful :)

The rest of the day was spent with family - I hope you all had a wonderful Easter as well.

Monday, March 2, 2015

A little progress

emphasis on little...

I got all the strips sewn into tubes and managed to cut and lay out one half of one of the quilts.  I'll get there eventually.

I am so excited to learn that Anna Maria Horner has re-released her Folk Song fabric line.  I just ordered a half yard bundle from Fabricworm.  They are also having a drawing for a free fat quarter bundle over on their blog - I want to make a larger version of this quilt - isn't is just gorgeous?

Saturday, February 7, 2015


Today is Quilts of Valor Foundation's National Sew Day.  Here are my strips for two Quick Trip Around the World quilts.

What project(s) do you have under way?

Sunday, February 1, 2015

New Project Fabric Stack

Now that I finished my brother's quilt top, made the backing cut with a wavy blade in my rotary cutter to avoid the mess of raveled edges,

and made the binding (look at that raveling - I even zig zag stitched the raw edges together),

I'm SO excited to start a new project!  I have been sticking to my vow of finishing the project I'm working on before starting another.  This keeps me from having a bunch of UFOs around that I generally wind up never finishing (or dread having to finish).  

I've been wanting to make a couple of Quilts of Valor and bought a pile of red, white, and blue fabrics about a year ago.  Since February 7th is the Quilts of Valor Foundation's National Sew Day, today is a good day to get these  fabrics pressed and to start cutting the strips so I'm ready for next weekend.  I'm going to do 2 lap sized (54" x 77") quilts with this fabric stack using Eleanor Burns' Quick Trip Quilt pattern.  

These quilts are easy peasy and go together in a jiffy.  I haven't made one since I finished this quilt in 2012 as a gift for one of my mother's friends.

Hope you're having a great weekend!

Thursday, January 22, 2015

First Quilt Top Finish for 2015

I finished my brother's quilt top - so glad.  I found a few aspects of piecing this quilt top to be a little stressful.

First, all those points coming together...I did my best not to cut off the tips when putting the blocks together and was satisfied with the overall results.

Second, four borders - I don't mind two, but four is a bit much especially managing all that quilt bulk and trying not to let the weight of the top stretch the border fabric while sewing.

Finally, the fabric raveling all over the place.  It is Haversack (RJR Fabrics) - big letdown in my opinion - I'm not a fan of constantly snipping threads and then having to zig zag the final border edges so I don't wind up with a huge mess on my hands after the quilting is done.

Now that is is completed, I'm happy with the way it turned out and I think my brother will like it as well.

Next step is to buy backing fabric, put it together and get this bad boy off to the quilter.

The quilt pattern is Arcadia Lane by Legacy Patterns.  I made a couple of modifications for this top: 1 added cornerstones and added a little extra width to the brick red inner border and the striped outer border, so the quilt finished at 71.5" x 83.5" (the pattern's finished size is 66" x 78").

Sunday, January 11, 2015

A little encouragement goes a long way

My brother's quilt has been languishing in the sewing room. I sort of lost interest in it and was also a little daunted by all the points coming together in the seams of the blocks.  Anyway, I didn't make any more blocks after I finished the first two.  I kept walking past the piles of flying geese and rectangles waiting to be sewn into 1/4 blocks and tried to ignore them so maybe the quilt fairies would come finish them for me.

Well, I received the nicest comment from Allie and she mentioned that she really liked the quilt I was making for my brother.  That was all the motivation I needed to get cracking.  My poor brother is freezing out in TX and I know he could really use this quilt.  So I put my nose to the grindstone and got sewing.  I finished all the blocks and got them sewn into rows.

Now I will say these fabrics ravel like crazy - I hate working with fabrics that do that.  Even though I like the look of homespuns, you'll never see me make a quilt with them.  All the threads sticking out and pulling through make me crazy (and some days it's a short trip to crazy).

In any case, once I sew the rows together, I will need to add 4 borders to finish the quilt off.  I'm hoping I will be able to send it out to TX for him to use next winter.

A big thank you to Allie for giving me the motivation I needed to get this quilt going :)

Saturday, January 10, 2015

Leftover Fabric Project

After finishing the baby quilt and diaper bag, I had some small pieces of fabric left over.  So, what better use for them than to make some ultra soft small baby washcloths.  I used the tutorial over on Blueberry Moon Blog for Face Fluffs.  These little washcloths are ultra soft and perfect for use on that sensitive newborn skin.  I figure washcloths are some of those things you can never have too many of with a new baby in the house.

Hope you're having a great weekend.  Now I need to get these gifts into the mail first thing next week!