Saturday, July 31, 2010

The Quiet Before the Storm!

In a few hours this house will be bustling with family.  DH's mom turned 93 last May and this is the first weekend all of our 4 children could get together.  I'm sitting here hoping that my knee will hold out throughout the day and if it doesn't someone will have to take over the kitchen and cleaning up activities. 

Before we begin, let me just post some before and after shots of our yard.  We moved here 3 years ago and it was a yard full of weeds--now thanks to DH's work, our son's work with a BOBCAT and some TLC our yard is under control!

2010 Front yard

West Side of house 2007





May 2010

Tuesday, July 27, 2010

Bear Hugs and Fishing Line

Binding by machine is what I chose to do for this heavy quilt.

Fishing line quilting done by Judy seemed to really define the feeling of this quilt.
Bear Hugs--couldn't life always feel that simple and encompassing??

Bear Hugs and Fishing Line for Grandson, Grey!

Friday, July 23, 2010

Roses in the Garden

Somewhere in the garden of life, one finds roses who stand out. 

For me in my quilting experiences there have been a few who stand out as mentors for me as I've begun quilting. 

First there was Tommye, a friend in Moab, who through the quilt guild there was an inspiration to many and then as she got a long arm quilting machine, I wanted one done by her, and I have one on my bed and sent my sister another one completed by Tommye.

As I moved from Moab, I started looking through the web and found some inspiration there.  One was Bev in Alaska as she was known to the Sunshine Yahoo Group.  She was a major inspiration to that group.  She would take tops, turn them into quilts and then donate them in either of two places: Wrap Them in Love or Wrap a Smile.  She could encourage the beginner quilter, as I was back in 2007 with warmth and encouragement.  I could hardly wait until she would post pictures of the tops made into quilts.  She lived alone, and made her time that of doing what she loved: quilting.  I received word this morning that she has possibly passed on.  If it is so, and I think it is as I've watched her slow down considerably in the past year, then one of my most prolific mentors has passed from this world.

Another mentor, has been Carol E. of Giraffe's Blogspot, listed at the right among blogs.  Carol is another prolific quilter and one of encouragement to many.  I love to watch as Carol comes up with some very unique quilts and always makes them great.

Another mentor that has touched my quilting in a big way is Mary of Mary quilts; also listed at the right on my bloglist.  Her tenacity at making patterns to share for free has influenced many quilters worldwide.  She founded Heartstrings quilt group and that's where I learned to love string quilts.  String quilts are a staple within my quilting.  When I don't know quite what to do with my fabrics, a string quilt always works.  I've made two wedding quilts from strings and am starting on a third, soon.

So, a rose to those who have been mentors to me.  Quilty hugs to my followers and those who have also inspired me in many ways, (Sue and Helen in the UK) for your daily emails and encouragement.  The list goes on and on, and those listed today were just the first in my world, but by no means the only influences in my quilting world!

Thursday, July 22, 2010

At the end of a quilting spree for WTIL

This little strippie quilt uses up some stash that I just was saving and had no purpose in mind, so I combined with the black strip I'd used previously--like 3 years ago--in a quilt.  So, now it's into a quilt and soon into the box for WTIL.

The back had some bright pink in it that had the same tone as the pink top part of the strippie that you can't see in the photo above.  It is a fabric piece that didn't seem to go with any thing I had and I sort of "forced" it to use it as the back of this quilt.  I hope that it isn't too ugly of a quilt.  After I selected the binding and sewed it to the quilt, I really liked it with the floral and probably could have made it work somehow, but, I'm at the end of my MOJO for this project and just want to ship it and clear up the space for company next week.

From a cheater panel and some warm snuggly flannel as a backing.
New report:  the box is full.  9 quilts to WTIL

Wednesday, July 21, 2010

In Memory of Helen

With the leftovers from a previous quilt last week I made 2.5 inch squares and then thought of the ABC fabric panel I had and a new quilt was born.

It's a rather nostalgic quilt.  Reminds me of simpler times.  It is from the fabrics of Helen, who left a stash of fabric for Wrap Them in Love.

                                                                                  Previous Quilt

Monday, July 19, 2010

Bento Box Quilt

Over the weekend I finished hand sewing the binding down.  I only had to do that because I forgot to sew the binding onto the back rather than the front.  This is from some Amy Butler pieces I had from one of her Midwest collections.  I thought I'd like it better in the bento box pattern than I did.  I did enough to make a small quilt and then stopped.  Used the other strips in an earlier quilt. 

Two totally different looks from the strips of Amy Bulter.  This one used more solids to make it go farther.

Quilting by Judy.  Champagne Bubbles I think was the design, but I really like the pattern, and had her use it on the wedding quilt I finished earlier this month.

Saturday, July 17, 2010

Just Pulled This One From the Dryer

These two fabrics were by each other in the box that Ellen sent from her deceased mother's stash.  The fabrics are to be used for WTIL and when I saw them together, a strippy pattern came to mind.  I use 4 - 9.5" strips and then 3 - 5.5" strips bordered by two 2" strips and when putting them together, without an extreme amount of sewing a quilt can be made that is 40 x 60. 

So this is the 2nd of a "Quilt in a Day."

Friday, July 16, 2010

Dinosaur Quilt is Finished

Happy blocks now into a quilt.

Back in a bright green flannel makes it more snuggly.

A Quilt in a Day

Some fabric from Ellen's mom, Helen came to me to use for WTIL quilts.  The fabric is a pique and is very soft.  I added some strippies for some variety and "fast results".  I completed this yesterday and even got my hair colored too!

A close up of some meandering free form quilting I used on this quilt.

I'm Frustrated!

I'm still having viewers not able to view my blog.  I've gone to the help page and it seems there are problems with people leaving comments.  Mine has been that people with Firefox can't view the blog. 

I've changed back to an old "classic" format--maybe that will help.  Please, could you please email me if you're having problems with my blog.

A huge thanks!

Saturday, July 10, 2010

Bears for Grandson!

With the help of a couple of cheater panels and the big log cabin blocks this quilt is about ready for the quilter and we'll have it done for DGS's birthday at the end of this month.  I fell in love with the bears and with a very outdoors family, this will be perfect for him.  (Moda panel called Buddies and the other bears are from another line, but they were close enough to work with the whole top)  He's moving into a room of his own, and this will help decorate it, I hope.
The bottom part of the quilt top.  Just need a border to add some length and a bit for balance on the sides.  I have some brown that I think will work really well.  I overbought on the greens, so I'm sure I'll find a use for it.  Have some cute "no girls allowed" fabric that I was going to use in the quilt, but I'm going to make a pillow case from it instead. 

This picture is for Helen in UK:The squares are 2 inches and the HST's were from another project that I thought I'd start someday.  I think they were 10 inches and then I made HST's from them.  The squares were from another project and I used up all my 30's fabric for this.  YEA!!!   I wish I had a picture of the other project, but I gave it away before I snagged a picture.  Anyhow it's a lap quilt and still in the flimsy stage.  I got the idea on stashbusters yahoo group from a quilt that Listmom Sandra made and I thought "b/w would work for that"  so I took the leap and I liked the outcome.

Thursday, July 8, 2010

Wedding Gift Ready for Delivery!

It's large enough that it's hard to photograph, but I think you can still see how this quilt turned out.  I really like it and am sure that Christine will.  She requested turquoise and lime green and that's what makes up most of it. 

Off to the wedding!!!

Tuesday, July 6, 2010

Lotto Winnings!

I was one of three winners for the June baskets.  The Mail Lady was kind to me today and brought lots of blocks.  I took my new blocks to the sewing room and they shouted that they wanted to be joined with some bright blocks I'd been sewing yesterday. I added a border to make the 6.5 inch blocks to 6.5 x 8.5. This is how some of them look! I'm saving some of the more subdued ones for the other idea I had, but this is going to work. I'm thinking some kind of black/white sashing and little red squares inbetween that--dunno for sure, but these brights are working together, I think! There's going to be 2 quilts from these blocks--and they will be so-o-o different! The "holes" are where I still need to make some crumb blocks

Sunday, July 4, 2010

You Can Quilt That Out!!

There's a cute video making the rounds on some of my online quilting groups.  It's called "You Can Quilt That Out" see: v=XzoL7ddTEnA

I chuckled when I saw it, but that was before I took some scraps from some other quilting projects and thought that I could quickly make them into a quilt for Wrap Them in Love.  The pattern made a 45 x 45 quilt and I needed closer to a 40 x 60 so I added some borders.  When I laid it out to pin for quilting, I found that the star (on the bias and stretched a bit) was hard to work with.  So to my machine--now a few hours later, it is done.  I started in the center and worked out--something that string quilts hasn't been necessary.  But, I simply did a meandering stitich and quilted the heck out of it.  I still need to wash it, but most of the "buckle" is gone and it worked out to be a cute (in my humble opinion) quilt--mostly from donated fabrics!  It'll go to the stack of WTIL quilts awaiting a label (ugh), but will see that it gets done and to them sometime before fall!  I still need to get to that quilt for grandson!!!  :)

Thursday, July 1, 2010

Lost my MOJO!

Losing my ability to focus---got fabric for a quilt for a grandson, but I just can't seem to decide on a I sandwiched a couple of quilt tops and yesterday I finished this one that will go to Wrap Them in Love Foundation, which is one that Sunshine Quilters donate to.   It's a string quilt 9.5 inch blocks placed 4 by 6 with a small border.  I quilted it using a sort of freestyle loops.  I tried some fancy stitching along the borders rather than plan old stitch in the ditch and I liked how it worked.  I'll probably do that again.

This one added July 2:  This is the second one made from the similar strings.  I decided to make 2 youth quilts rather than one bigger one so that I could quilt them easier.