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.