Wednesday, February 13, 2013

Life Is Busy!

Here it is, mid-February. Mimi and Trey have their wedding scheduled for May 4.  I just today started working on Mimi's dress. Today's work went fairly well....getting close on the bodice pattern.  Lots to do in the next 2.5 months, as I will need to find or make dresses for myself, RoseE, and Gigi too.

I found a cute baby quilt pattern to make for Patrick....thinking "easy pattern, I should be able to get it done by February 27, when he is due".  But then came a phone call just after I went to bed February 2nd...Katy's water broke. Patrick Braden Jay was born at 8:58am, February 3, 2013....24 days early...he weighed in at 5 lbs. 14 oz. and 18.5" long. He is sweet and mother and baby are both doing well.  So now my plan is to get his quilt done by his due date anyway!

Tomorrow is valentine's day...I have to get up early to go pick up a car for my brother, and then go to a funeral.  After that I plan to do a bit on Mimi's pattern and then finish cutting and start sewing Patrick's quilt. I guess I ought to head to bed soon.

Since Christmas, I have quilted a few quilts, but I guess I don't know how to access the pictures on my iPad and get them on here....maybe next time. Too late tonight with a 6:00 alarm in the morning

Wednesday, December 26, 2012

Boxing Day 2012

Merry Boxing Day! The kids all liked there presents and Katy outdid herself on all the gifts she made:dresses for the girls, hats for Johnny, and an ornament for us with Patricks ultrasound picture and the saying "The best parents become Grandparents". I was floored to get an iPad from Joshua.  Now I need to figure out how to make the most of it.  Time to clean up all the mess from Christmas Day, make soup, do laundry and pack for a 5 day trip to Kentucky, go to the mall and get new notepads on my glasses and get RoseE's ears pierced,  and go to Stitching Post and exchange the quilting template Denny bought for my Christmas gift ( I already have the one he bought so now I can pick out one I want).  I wonder if I will find some time to quilt...I have 2 I need to get done ASAP for the latest Habitat For Humanity house recipients. After we get home, niece Claire and  one or two kids will be coming for a weekend visit.  I have to get Remi's quilt quilted and bound. Mid-January I head to Florida for a week to babysit the grandsons while Kristi goes to Georgia to find a house to move to at the end of March. Victor started working in GA just before Thanksgiving.  Hoping they get to stay there a long time! After Florida we start to focus on Mimi's May 4, 2013 wedding to Trey Trammell, and the arrival of Patrick Liam Jay (Chris and Katy's baby) in late February.  Life does stay busy!

Friday, July 6, 2012

It's been too long since I posted!

       Oh my!  where does the time go?  Since my last post a lot has happened.  Katy and Chris are married (May 25) and are expecting a honeymoon baby!  Mimi is engaged and trying to get a date set at church.  Her fiance, Trey, is in the US Army and is now in Okinawa for a 2 year assignment.  His sgt. suggested they have the wedding before the halfway point of his tour rather than later if he wants Mimi to move over there.  So their originally planned July 6 date is out and Mimi needs to okay a date with Fr.Boyer.  Too much to go into here...
    I need to get back into quilting, so I brought 4 tops home from Community Project workday at the end of June.  An unexpected trip to Kentucky last weekend kept me from getting going on them.  Denny bought me Red Sappers for the quilting machine and I have done 2 quilts since the wedding and I do like them.  No time for anymore here today.  The washer is beeping at me.  It's grocery shopping day.  And CL is now meeting on Friday evenings.  Having both Gabe and JoeE gone at camp has the house awfully quiet!  Annie and Jamie are there too.  When Jamie goes back to work later this month he will be going to Cameroon and next to The Congo.  Jim has an office job starting in OKC on Monday, and will be staying in the guest house guest room weekdays until they can get relocated.

Monday, February 27, 2012

Design Wall Monday

I brought home a bread bag full of fabric samples from Ladies' Auxiliary quilting a few weeks ago. On my design wall today are rectangles to make a third quilt top.

The first top I made from the small (5x6) rectangles in the bag. Kind of busy, but enough order to make a passable quilt.

Next I used large rectangles and made this diagonal rows design.

There are lots of rectangles left, but the busyness and colors just aren't playing well, so I may call it quits at 3 tops. I have a wedding dress to be getting started on!

Monday, February 6, 2012

Wrap Them In Love

I mailed a box today to Wrap Them In Love. 7 quilts sent to me by other Sunshine Guild members for quilting, 2 from Mom, 1 of my own and a NAQG Community projects reject. Pictured below are one of Mom's, mine, and 3 by Sarah L. Not sure if I've had pictures of all of the others on the blog....

Friday, January 13, 2012

Advent friends "Scrappy Trips"

The scrappy trips blocks have become quilts and been  given to our Advent Friends.  They were well received!
If you look carefully you will notice that I had to trim blocks down.  One of the hazards of swaps and lottos is that with so many different makers , not all the blocks are always the same size.  If the sizes are close enough I can fudge them together with slightly narrower of larger seam allowances, but if there is a 1/2"  difference that would leave no seam allowances at all, which was the case with one of two of these blocks.  So I decided to trim all of the blocks down to the smallest size and to use sashing strips so I wouldn't be bothered by the seams not lining up.  I added the black cornerstones to continue the diagonal dark line formed by the blocks.

The Smaller quilt is for a 5 year old girl.  I chose the blocks with the brighter colors and novelty fabrics and used bright red paisley for the sashing and binding.  The border fabric is butterflies on a bright blue background and all of  the butterflies are edged in red.

 I quilted both quilts with the same all-over edge-to-edge design, which I am calling Tumbling hearts. On this one I used Cream colored thread.
 The larger quilt is for the mom of the family.  It has the remaining lotto blocks.  On of the blocks failed to mead fabric selection guidelines but I liked it anyway  and it helped me decide sashing color. Blocks were not supposed to be monochromatic in addition to the dark/black diagonal fabric.  But one block that came is done with all blue fabrics.  It is a beautiful block but does stand out somewhat due to its lack of other colors.  We (Denny usually collaborates with me on block placement) decided to make sure all the blocks adjoining the blue block had blue in them to  kind of bleed the color out across the quilt top.  Actually there were only a few blocks that did not contain some blue! I chose a teal blue floral print for the sashings and binding.  There was enough of the large floral I used for the border to make a back for the quilt as well.

   Again the tumbling hearts quilting ,  but on this one I used a color of thread called "Blue Moon."                                                                  

Scrappy Trips Around The World is a great way to use up 2.5"strips longer than 16 inches.   The  pattern for Scrappy Trips Blocks  a'la Bonnie K. Hunter, can be found at

Tuesday, December 27, 2011

Design Wall Monday...but it's Tuesday today!

Here's what's on my design wall.  These will be the final gifts to  our advent friends, so I need to get them done by January 8th.  Mother and daughter scrappy trips quilts from November block lotto winnings!

I've been busy!

I've been very busy.  My quilts quilted on the Tin Lizzie now number sixty-one! 11 of those were included in my Christmas gifting!
1st gift quilt is and ABC quilt for granddaughter Serenity.  I quilted the letters of the alphabet in the blocks adjoining pictures depicting things that start with each letter.

The backing is a pretty floral from the stash.

Next up is a quilt for my sister, Mary.
This is made from winning of the September 2011 block lotto. Batik Curvy Rail blocks.  Quilted in an all-over freehand design I'm calling "Sun Swirl Meander "

Back of Mary's quilt also from the stash.

Next a quillow for Mimi.
I used liberated astar block which I also won in the block lotto.  These have been aging for over a year.   Bright green sashings of different sizes horizontally and vertically and rectangular red cornerstones finished by a fun border fabric and red binding.

The quilting shows really well on the dark green corduroy backing.  I quilted a freehand ribbon-flower meander.  the pillow panel is made fro a cotton velour.  A very comfy-cozy quillow. Mimi loves it!

A quillow for Katy.  WHen she told me she wanted a new quillow  I decided I could find blocks in the UFO stash that would work.  First I found 15 Swapper's Star blocks that I swapped several years ago.  Not enough for a quilt top, but if I made 2 more and did alternate blocks..hmmm...could work.  Then I found a bag of forgotten swapped 9-patch blocks in the same size as the stars.  Surely from the 100 or so 9-patches I could find 18 that would work with the stars.  I think I did! Floral border (aqnd backing) from the extensive floral stash at the guest house.  This quilt came together in just a few days.  I quilted with a funky feather meander allover design.

Here it is folded into a pillow.  I used another 9 patch and border fabric to make the pillow panel.

Next I quilted six quilt tops Mom had made to be donated to a veteran's center. I only took picture of 5 of them.  This one is outline quilted on the appliqued picture, meandered in the background and a simply feather type border.

This one has star centered fan quilting.

Outlined the Eagles and ribbon candy in the border.

Outlined the flag and the rest is allover paisley echo freehand.

Back of the above.

Back of the following.  The quilting really shows up well on this.  I did a fairly detailed outlining of the center panel, a swirl centered fan freehand, and a simple feather border.
Front of  the above.
I also quilted one more for Mom,  but failed to take  a picture.

Last quilt is Johnny's.  I asked him his favorite color: green.    Found a large piece of green I thought he would like in the stash and used it for backing, binding, and the main diagonal of Scrappy Trips Blocks from Bonnie Hunter's website.

I quilted with a freehand swirl centered fan design.  i love the texture fan quilting gives to a quilt.
In addition to the quilts I made 4 scarves, 3 skirts, 2 aprons (cooking and woodworking) , a fabric journal cover, a pair of pajamas and an apple crumb pie...No pictures of any of those...

Sunday, October 2, 2011

5 more quilted in 3 days time...

Mom brought me 4 quilts Monday that needed quilting. Three of them had been
pillowcased and turned and I said I could try to put them on the longarm to quilt rather than tying them. The first one i just did a quick meander, and it turned out okay,

so the next 2 I did "in the ditch" quilting....but not really a ditch as they were cheater panels not pieced tops
They turned out pretty nice, and will be going to the KC Ladies auxilary for their charities. The 4th was a panel and I had to piece together the batting.
I quilted and bound it... Note to self and anyone else who might care...printed checks should not be cut WOF for binding strips if you want the checks to line up right. note the twisted look because the checks are crooked.
Then I decided to quilt one of mine for Community projects.

The fun thing is the binding...Mom brought me a baggie with some bindings in it and one was the leftover binding from when I made Katy's hearts and chains quilt (appliqued hearts set in an Irish Chain)with a scalloped edge 13 years ago...narrow bias binding , but the colors worked. I usually like darker binding but the pink and purple theme was a bit dark and the binding was pink and purple as well. I quilted a freehand flowers and ribbons design.

I think the binding looks better with the back of the quilt than the top..

I think I have 5 left to quilt for community projects and another 5 or so for Sunshine. Guess I'll be busy. But I have NAQG board meeting Monday, KC Ladies Auxillary meeting Tuesday, girls to the dentist Tuesday, and boys to the dentist Thursday (different dentists). And Denny is working days for the next couple of months so he won't be doing school with the kids....but maybe I can have him take them to R.E Wednesday evening so I can just stay home!

Thursday, September 29, 2011

A quilt for Kayla

I thought I would work on the Block Lotto October sneak peek blocks, but on Sunday my husband mentioned a girl who works with  Katy,  whom he had been visiting with a while back and discovered that she had no memories of birthday gifts growing up, except one time she was given a comb.  She has had a hard life.  Anyway he thought it would be nice to give her a gift for her birthday, which is tomorrow.  My thoughts immediately went to a quilt as a gift.  I remembered I still had some of the Sept. 2007 lotto blocks I had purple Ohio Stars.  Katy  said Kayla would like pink.  I also had border fabric in mind with pink flowers and birds on it and Katy said Kayla like animals, so I decided I would do it.  From the start this quilt has just been meant to be. I pulled out the blocks and the border fabric and decided a green sashing would be best.  Right on top of my greens was the perfect green with white dots...enough for sashings and binding.  Then I found a scrap of a pink that was great for the cornerstones.  By bedtime Sunday it was all cut and up on the design wall.  Monday was community quilting day for guild so I was gone most of the day, but I sewed after I came home in the evening and had it all sewn together but the top and bottom borders.  The border fabric is a standard 44" width.  Being a very directional print and fairly large at that, and the quilt being 62" wide I needed to piece the fabric for those borders. I wanted to match the designs in the fabric.  Amazingly it went together perfectly on the first try.....the seam runs right down the center in each of these pictures of the border.

Tuesday morning I attached the borders and found fabric and pieced the backing.  I mounted it on the longarm and started quilting.  I could have done a simple allover meander, but decided the the large simple blocks and sashings really needed a bock by block quilting.  I meandered the border, did a heart chain in the sashings, heart in the cornerstones, and hearts in the start parts with straight line quilting in the background.  It turned out quite nicely!