Tuesday, July 17, 2018

Finishing the baby's I-Spy quilt

I made the 64 block, stitched the rows together then finished the top but Jenn and I decided to make the quilt a bit bigger. It's 48" square...4 foot. She thinks 5 ft square will be a more useful size into the future. I agree...for playing on, picnics, cuddles. So now the question becomes, do we add more blocks and make it 10 blocks x 10...or 100 total? Or do I make it a border. Any opinions?

Sunday, July 8, 2018

I've been slowly pushing myself back to quilting. My back pain gets terrible in the mid day so early morning is the best time to sew. 
The last of the 64 I-Spy blocks are done...I found the cutest little camping and Christmas fabric this week.

 Don't you just love the little bear with a marshmallow on a stick?!
Three rows are stitched together. There won't be any sashing but I'm not sure about borders. I may add one if Jenn wants Charlie's quilt larger than 48" sq.

And here's the new scrappy bow tie quilt getting a little Cherry Festival use. We took it downtown for the final night fireworks. The festival is over until next year. 

Monday, July 2, 2018

Baby's I-Spy quilt blocks

My back has been giving me problems lately...hard to sit. So I haven't done much quilting.
Today though, the weather was a bit cooler and less humid and I started to feel a little better. I stitched up a few blocks that I had cut out for Charlie's I-Spy quilt. Im using all shirtings to surround the little object squares. These are 6" blocks, 2" centers. I'll be making at least 2 more rows. Then either a border or more blocks. Maybe I'll leave that decision to Jenn.

Tuesday, June 5, 2018

The first finish of June

 I HAVE a finish! Yay! This is a leader and ender project I did to use up scraps. My scrap bin looks the same so I probably need to start another one.
 This scrappy bow tie quilt used all stash fabrics...even the backing. Linking back to 2nd quarter Finish Along starter blog post:2nd quarter-finish-along
UPDATE: I WON!! I was one of the winners in the 2nd quarter. Join in next time! Get your projects finished and maybe win a prize. Win, win!!
Let me end with a picture of my sweetie pies... These two make getting older THE BEST! 

Thursday, May 3, 2018

Collage class, quilting and sewing surprises for daughters

Last Saturday I taught a Collage Class. We really had a great time. This class used Laura Heine patterns like the one I made... Emerson Dog. The ladies all had different Laura Heine patterns.... a moose, the cat, the dress, a flamingo, the elephant, the pigs and two of my favorites: Henrietta the hen  and the Rooster (not sure his name). 
I cant wait to see all of these become quilts.  This class will be repeated in June. I may make another collage myself. Im thinking about that rooster...he's really beautiful.
So after class I decided to start quilting a quilt ....this top was finished in April and I'd love to have the FMQ done this month so that I have a large finish. It's been a while. This is the bow tie scrap quilt and I really do love it. It's probably going to become a picnic/beach quilt. 

So in between quilting and cleaning my sewing room (it really needed it!) I started a small sewing project. When my younger daughter was up visiting, she showed me environmentally friendly pads for periods. You stitch a cotton layer, 2 flannel layers and a water repellent bottom layer together ....add snaps to attach to panties and you're done. She bought hers at a store but I figured we could make them easy enough. So I purchased the fabrics and snap... 

This is a finished one below:

It snaps around the panties...pretty fabric faces up....snap down. That white fabric is the water repellent stuff. It's the same fabric that is used with baby diapers which should be my next project. Since the other daughter just delivered a son and she's going through diaper after diaper, I think this would be a good money saver. These pads were Super easy. These sell for about $15 dollars each at the health food store... I think I can make her about 6 for about the same money. Im sure the diapers cant be all that much harder.

Monday, April 30, 2018

Pillow finish

My latest finish is another collage project...it's a Laura Heine flower. I decided to make it small instead of wall size. And then i added assorted HSTs on one side. It ended up being a fun summer pillow for my entry seat. I just may make another....

Wednesday, April 25, 2018

Finished up my collage quilt & working on another

My Laura Heine collage quilt is finished and I'm ready for class.
I'll be teaching this collage technique in an all day class. It should be fun👍

The hardest part was quilting him. Going through multiple layers of steam a seam while FMQ wasn't easy. I had to stop quite often to wipe off my needle. But overall, I'm very happy with how he turned out.
Linking to

  • ...this wasnt the UFO I was supposed to finish but it IS a finish and that makes me happy!

So now that he was done, I started on another project that's been ignored for a while.. My American Jane quilt.

Border added...now to decide what I want to add next. Maybe a couple of plain little borders then a border of stars. It's about 56" right now. I would like it to be at least 72" square when I'm done.

Monday, April 23, 2018

A busy month

 On my way to finishing up a quilt... Yay! This was a leader/ender project using scraps and fabric from my stash.
I found the backing buried in a box...its old, really old...maybe 1990s or earlier 😱
It's all pin basted.... It'll be free motion quilted after i finish my Laura Heine wallhanging. 

What else has been going on? Well, Jenn added to her family. This is Charlie Jay😀

Lisa and Dustin came up for a visit...played with Henry and welcomed Charlie to the family.

Friday, April 13, 2018

2nd Quarter Finish-Along

I've decided I need to finish up quite a few projects and so im joining in the Finish-Along at marcigirldesigns.
I'll be linking up the following projects:
The first is my sweet little Henry dog
This is a collage quilt pattern from Laura Heine called Emerson. He will be made into a wall hanging but right now its just flowers on pattern ease. Lots of work ahead but he is #1 on my ToDo list. Im teaching this class in 2 weeks! Got to get him done!

This quilt just needs the binding stitched on and then hand sewn down. Sounds easy enough and yet there it sits on my sewing table...

This guy was a scrap project designed to use up my purple scraps. It's from 2017 so I'd like it done. Needs quilting and binding.

This is another quilt using scraps. It needs to be quilted and bound.
 This blue Kaffe log cabin needs a border then quilting and binding.
Then theres the pink red kaffe quilt...bear paw blocks. I need to finish the top and piece the backing with leftover blocks. Finally it needs FMQ and binding.
This is a leader and ender scrap quilt that needs a few more blocks and maybe a border or two? 

Here's one that should be second on my list. This is the April ufo from patchworktimes ufo challenge. So theres a double reason to finish it. There are still blocks to make to get it up to a bed size then the same as all...fmq and binding.

I started to do Forest Fancy then decided i like the quilts with just one animal better so the 2 or 3 bunny blocks that are done will have more bunnies added (and maybe some carrot blocks) then it'll be an adorable Easter or baby quilt.

Im really, really hoping that in the next few months these projects will get finished. It's been a while since I had a finish😞 I realize not all these will get finished but if I really PUSH maybe half will be done. So I'm off to start working on them today...we're having an April snow storm here and there's no way we can leave the house. SEW DAY!!

Tuesday, April 3, 2018

April color and UFO of the month

The color for APRIL is yellow. The UFO is number 5.
I'll TRY to finish up this quilt. I didn't get anything done on my March UFO but I was on vacation part of the time, had my sister staying with us and had a class to prepare for...just too busy to do much extra sewing.
This month the new baby will be here so that might cut into sewing time a bit and I have another class to teach along with a sample to make.

Sunday, March 4, 2018

Color and UFO for March

The UFO for March (according to www.patchworktimes.com) is number 8 which for me is this improv quilt in mostly blue solids.
I'm really looking forward to working on this...its my favorite color and modern...FUN!

The color of the month for the Rainbow Scrap Challenge is GREEN...light, bright green. I'll have to dig out my limes when i get home.
Al and I are packing up tonight...leaving this beautiful Florida weather and heading back to Michigan snow.

Finishing the baby's I-Spy quilt

I made the 64 block, stitched the rows together then finished the top but Jenn and I decided to make the quilt a bit bigger. It's 48&q...