Wednesday, August 24, 2016

Saving Chunks of Quilts

Sometimes there are chunks of a quilt that aren't used in the quilt and with this one, I put them into a baggie with all the extra fabric that came in the kit.  I was able to utilize all the pieces and some fabric I had that was just too cute to cut.  That fabric made a perfect border for this quilt.  Hubby saw it and wanted it as his, so I took it to the quilter with Minkee fabric for the backing.

About April, I made this quilt for a friend and her new baby.

And then I had lots of fabric left so I made this four patch quilt.  After it was all finished, I noticed the one set of four patches going the wrong way.  My sis liked it, so I sent it to her.  She put it in her yoga room.

I played around on my quilting machine for this one.

Then I had a stack of HST's from the first one that I didn't use, cause I was mindlessly making half square triangles.

I had enough to make this quilt.
Diamonds in the Rough

The process of making the rows of 3 inch squares.

I thought I'd go crazy then I came up with the idea of marking with a washable pen each row and sometimes numbers going across.  there were 21 across and 23 down.  I used lime green minkee on the back and had it professionally quilted.  I thought I'd give it away, but now I think I'll put it on the spare bed at the foot of the bed.  When I get the pillow shams done, I take a photo of it all.

I'm not through with lime green and navy for awhile!

Linking over to Whoop Whoop for A Whole Lot of Starts

and Off the Wall Fridays

Thursday, August 11, 2016

Quilts for Quilts Beyond Borders

 Sometimes the mindless sewing that we do comes together in a quilt.  This quilt is now finished and ready to go into a box to Quilts Beyond Borders.  There are many places around the world these go.  I think this will go to Syria.

This is the backing:

I got some tops from the Sunshine Yahoo Group.  Each month those that want to participate send in 12 inch blocks.  These were sewn together by a member Tammy and then sent to me for finishing.  I was able to use up many smaller pieces for the backings.  These will go into the box also.

Linking over to Whoop Whoop!

Wednesday, August 10, 2016

I Quilt--What's Your super Power!

 This morning I opened a thank you card from a woman I've never met.  The tenderness in that card made me weep a bit. 

Let me tell you the story.  I have a sister in Atlanta that loves my quilts and I send some to her often through the year.  She hangs them around her house changing them often as the mood strikes.  She lives in an older house that really needs a remodel, but the quilts soften the starkness of her house and gives her comfort.

In 2011 I sent her this quilt.

It had this on the back.

That fabric was some of my favorites and I tried making up a design for the front and I was a little disappointed in it, but she loved it.  And she love the horses on the back.  I wanted it to be a Southwestern design. 

Anyhow, recently a client came in, that Pam had known for 30 years, but the years had slipped away and this was a renewal of friendship.  The client brought her grandson with her.  He is five.  Barbara, the grandmother teaches yoga and takes her grandson with her to all her classes.  Pam felt he needed a yoga mat so to speak that was his own, so she let him pick which quilt he wanted.  He picked this one.

This is what Barbara said in her note: "When I was folding it up to take out to the car he said, "I still get to take my quilt home...right?"

"Thank you for your thoughtfulness to allow my grandson to have this gift that he treasures because it is HIS"

As I was looking through the photos I've kept through the years, I realize how many quilts I've made.  Many I don't even know where they are.  They may be with a child somewhere that can only claim a quilt as his/her own.  I know I can't do any more in this world right now than have hope for the future and continue making children's quilts to send to someone somewhere that may need a hug and something to touch when they go to sleep at night because their plight is so tenuous that they don't even have a bed to call their own.

It's funny.  I have some of that horse fabric left.  I just couldn't make it into another quilt.  Now I know I can make Pam a replacement of some kind for this one that she gave away!

Saturday, August 6, 2016

Okay! I'm Biting the Bullet!

I promised a post about Phillipa Naylor awhile back.  I had so much fun in the class  on making curves that I signed up for another on finishing techniques. 

This is the book I've had for maybe 8 years and have loved her style, so when she came to St George, of course I wanted to take classes--there was just that little deal in the way--$100 per class.  Hubby pitched in and bought two of them for me for my birthday!

She is just a delightful person!  So relaxed and unassuming!

These are the samples she brought for the 4 day teaching sessions.  Her classes became so full that they added another set and that's how I got in for the second one.  Ladies came from all over the US to this class.  I sat by a woman from New York!
Some casual photos of Phillipa.

and the wall board covered with felt that I'd love to have for a design wall!

My project photo of how to do a hanging sleeve.
My curved piecing isn't finished yet as I've been so busy going through my stash and sending of boxes to women who will use it in donation quilts.  I'll post another post of some of my quilting and piecing from the last two weeks.

Friday, July 15, 2016

Back into Quilting Full Speed Ahead

For a couple of weeks on my list has been to make a blog post. 

Today I'm at it!

I'll not bore you with everything that's been going on since the last post, but I'll show just a couple of completions to date.

First, I'd had two quilts at a quilter for months!  I couldn't get a response from her and I thought I'd lost them forever.  I was sick.  She finally responded and I GOT THEM BACK.

This one went to a friend from Canada, that I've known for years.  He came here recently to visit his mother, and I was able to present this quilt to him in person!

I had searched the internet for a pattern using principles of the Golden Mean, which had lots of meaning to him.  I found a kit on Jinny Beyer Studio and bought the kit.  Thank goodness I got it back because the kit is no longer available.  The pattern still is available though and it is called Da Vinci.

This next quilt is one I've blogged about and it was a long time in the making.  I would have had it quilted differently, but the quilter just because of her guilt at having the quilts so long, just chose a pattern for the quilting and finished it.  I'm so glad to have it back that it doesn't matter.  I still need to bind it, but I put it on my bed to see what it looks like.  I'm thrilled.  It was to be for my granddaughter, but I made her another when this one was "lost."
 Tula Pink City Sample Quilt

This is the quilt I finished for granddaughter.  She's a fan of Minkee fabric on the back, so that's what I did. She loves it.

                                                             Kylie's Quilt about 60 x 80

Yesterday I spent the day in a class with Phillipa Naylor.  It was without a doubt the best class I've been to.  I'll blog more about it later...

Good it be back into full swing!

Thursday, April 7, 2016

A Few Days in Salt Lake City

I spent a few days in Salt Lake City last week.

Came home and promptly got the stomach flu.  I think I'm over it now and can hopefully get a few things done.

I sandwiched this quilt top and need to go buy thread to quilt it. 
It's just like the pink and grey one I did earlier this year.  The receiver requested blue and green.  I love this combo!

I also got to visit my second son and his wife and the kids for lunch!
 He's not so sure about this Grammy thing!
When did she turn into a teenager?
I visited my dear friend and got my hair colored!  Whoopee!


Thursday, March 24, 2016

Living life now without my Design wall

As I stated in my last post I am living without a design wall.  I just sent off a package of blocks made from scraps of green.  The went to Sunshine to be used by other quilters as quilts for other projects.  I have always posted pictures of those blocks I've sent off, but this month I didn't.
As I sorted through scraps I found some small scraps and then tried to extend it into a quilt.  I used analogous colors and it turned out fairly well.  It's bright and fun.  I did think I had the sides measured correctly for the fitting of the border--wrong!  I was off a bit, but after having cut and shifted twice I just went with it and added one half a block to each side and it worked.  Now for the quilting--but there's lots going on this week and I am recovering from a bad cold/sore throat.

This piece was going to be bigger, but I still have lots of pieces left that I can work into a quilt for myself.  As I got three rows done, I realized it could be a smaller quilt as well.  I think I will try this one on my quilting mid-arm machine.
So no pictures of my blocks--I'll try to figure out how best to show works in progress.  I thought I could make this pattern scrappy, and I did, but as I looked at the pattern again, I noticed there were places that showed a light off white that I ignored, which would have made for a visually better quilt, but as this turned out, for now it's great and I'll adjust for my new one from this pattern. 

For now I'm still easing back into some sort of routine!  ...and I'm smiling!!!

Saturday, March 12, 2016

Mindless Sewing and Such

I've noticed that I've been doing lots and lots of cutting and sewing in preparation for quilts.  HST's are time consuming for me and it's okay as that's when I ground myself and think a lot.  I cut them 1/2 inch bigger than needed and then press the seam open and then trim them.  Sometimes not much comes off, but the repetitive motion seems to calm down my brain from over stimulation.

I have a housemate now, so my sewing room is gone, and with that my wall.  I've made my dining room into my cutting and trimming room.  It works.  I don't have much company, but I can get up and any hour and quietly cut and measure and press.

My latest collections are for another baby quilt:

Slowly but surely I'm tackling the various fabrics I've collected and have lost affinity for.  I'm making them into a pattern I found from  It's called Milky way.  I think I'll adjust it for donation quilts.  It's a free pattern and a little different from the Jacob's Ladder I use often, using the same basic pieces, just a different configuration.  You can see the  tessellating stars if you look closely.  I'm finding I do better by just adding one third of the block at a time.

I think I'll do one more strip and then add four patch units around the edge.  I have enough fabric to last a long time for this at the speed I'm going, but I find I no longer feel a need to race through things towards a finish, just meandering through the process.


Monday, February 15, 2016

Baby Quilt for my Niece 

The mail is funny!  I sent this quilt to my niece in northern Utah.  I live in the far south of Utah but sent it Priority.  Well, I finally found the receipt with the tracking when she hadn't received it by Saturday.  It had gone to Provo, UT and then back to St George.  Today I got notice it's now on its way.  I hope she receives it tomorrow since today is a holiday.

I tried my hand at swirls after practicing and watching Jamie Wallen videos on you tube.  The pattern comes from Jo's Country Junction and is called "A Star is Born."  I'll never be as good as Jamie, but I did enjoy trying to practice on a piece of quilt rather than drawing the swirls.

HST's aren't my favorite, but I've found them to be very good for just mindless sewing when I need something to return to in order to fill some time.

I sat in the sun the other day and enjoyed the 60 degree weather here. 
A funny coincidence happened when I saw the picture of her nursery, I had found some fabric with elephants in it and used some for some of the HST's.
Here is the nursery, all ready for its star to be born.