Wednesday, March 12, 2014

WHAT WAS I THINKING!!!!!!

Okay, I started out the year with a definite quilt making plan - finish UFOs, a couple of baby quilts and nothing else. I knew I was going to do ONE BOM - Barbara Brackman's "Threads of Memory" - it was ALL pieced stars - so of course I was going to do it!!! I even knew how I was going to set it!



I'm going to use a different border, but just loved this!! I even used fabrics from my stash, though I did add some neutrals from Connecting Threads in Indigo, Gold and Cream to tone down the busy prints from Judie Rothermel's "Indigo, Pewter and Honey" collection.

So, I was doing good until I saw the Benjamin Biggs quilt blocks roaming around in blog land. I loved the green and red and really wanted to make it in that - but didn't have any red and green in my stash that I thought would work. Then one night in mid January just before I fell asleep (don't all of you think about quilts just before you go to sleep??!!! LOL) Ah Hah! I will use some white on navy prints that I was gifted and use cheddar as the complement. Well, I'm caught all the way up with the first three blocks and have really enjoyed hand appliqueing these! I can say I'm getting better! And I'm thoroughly enjoying the process!





But I didn't stop there. Pickle Dish is hosting another BOM called "Remembering Almo" in honor of WWI Veterans. My paternal grandfather was in the army at the end of WWI and though he didn't see action, as a child I remember the stories that he told about that time. He was honored and proud to serve his country. So, of course I'm doing this one too!!



And here are my first two blocks!



These are fun as they are pieced and appliqued. I'm also hand appliqueing the laurel wreaths for these blocks.

Well, hope this finds all well with each and every one of you.

Remember: PERSEVERE!


Monday, February 24, 2014

2014 Finish #2

A baby quilt for a friend's fourth grandson! He will be born this Friday by scheduled C-section, so I'm excited to get this sent before the birth!! yeah for me - about the only quilt I've made on time! LOL




Blessings and remember:     PERSEVERE!!




Tuesday, February 18, 2014

Guild Quilt


I'm not usually one to "pedal" things to my blogger friends, and I pray that no one is offended. But I think this is just an absolutely lovely quilt, and want to offer the opportunity for any of you to win it. I do want to tell you that the moneys generated from the sale of raffle tickets for this quilt go primarily to our programs, but we do support several great benevolence ministries: Monetary Support of the local Pregnancy Care Center, Wee Care Quilts (baby/child quilts distributed at the local hospital for needy/ill children), and CPS Bags (cloth bags the size of pillow cases that are used to carry a child's belongings if they are removed from an unhealthy or dangerous home environment).

QUILT SPECS

94" X 102"

The pattern is from "The Tales of the First Ladies" by Eleanor Burns.

The piecing and appliqueing was done by several guild members. Long arm quilted by Doris Rice (guild member) 

Ticket Prices:

$1 per ticket
6 tickets for $5

If you buy 6 Tickets, I will add another - so will will get 7 chances for $5.

If you are interested, please email (enabled on my profile) me with your address and phone number. I will snail mail the tickets with a SAS envelope so you can return the payment. The drawing will be on Saturday April  26, 2014. 


Be Blessed and...


Wednesday, February 12, 2014

Midwinter Blues

Midwinter Blues is my first "official" finish of 2014. I had purposed this year to focus on UFOs, and I have done admirably - but I just couldn't resist doing Lori's SAL, and I am happy I did!



It went straight to my kitchen area work table and it coordinates well with my Marcrest Dot and Daisy and Polish pottery pitcher.



I love the secondary pattern that emerged around the center block (notice I did "good" about keeping this quilt humble - oops - the points don't match and the freehand Baptist fans are "squiggly"!  But I'm happy with the overall look



Thanks, Lori, for another fabulous SAL - I'm excited for the "linky party"!

Be blessed and persevere!!


Tuesday, February 11, 2014

Mug Rug & Stash Winner!

Wonderful Morning to ya'll!! We're freezing again here in Central Texas, so it's another good day to be inside snuggling with Gracen, baking cookies and sewing/quilting/knitting! Yes, the knitting bug has bitten me and I recently finished my first project. But I also have "several" sewing/quilting projects going, about which I will post later.

I've been remiss on two counts:
1) One of my Christmas gifts from Mandie was a super cute and very special "mug rug". She machine pieced the block and then hand quilted it. I LOVE it!! And I'm just now posting about it!! Bad LLama!




2) And Stephanie was the winner of the Traveling Stash Box 1. Congrats to her. I contacted her on Friday, and the box was off that afternoon.

For most of you in the U.S. - Stay warm and enjoy some great stitching time!!!! AND..




Monday, February 3, 2014

Traveling Stash Box 1

I know that many of you have seen the traveling stash boxes that have circulated in blogland. I've participated a couple of times, but have never won...until the other day. Denise won two boxes fairly close to each other, so I entered and won the second. So without further ado, here are the contents:

THE FABRIC: Isn't this a nice selection - something here to please almost everyone!



THE BOOKS AND PATTERNS: Some good choices.



THE NOTIONS AND TOOLS: Plus a small quilt kit in a can from Thimbleberries and 7 little hexie paper piecing kits for all you that do them!!


WHAT I ADDED: A duck panel, four 1/2 yard cuts, 5 FQ, baby quilt labels, and a CD with 5 small quilt patterns.



WHAT I GARNERED: You'll have to go here to see what I chose!!

Now, do you want a chance to pilfer through this wonderful stash?!!!  I'd like to expedite getting this box on the road, so I'll leave it open until Friday, February 6, 2014 midnight CST. Just leave a comment on this post and tell me why you'd enjoy it coming your way. Before you do, note: you must be an active blogger, you must be in the U.S. (it's got to ship priority), and must be willing to abide by the rest of the rules and guidelines found HERE.


On another note:
    My WORD for this year is:

             "PERSEVERANCE"


Friday, January 10, 2014

Christmas Gifts

I think I mentioned in a previous post (or two) that I spent from mid November until just last week, furiously stitching away on Christmas gifts!!

So here they are!!! I made lap quilts for all four "boys" (that would really be men). Last year I had made all the "girls" lap quilts (they were my guinea pigs for FMQ). Well, the boys loved using their quilts, so I made them their own!

This one is Tylers' made from four of his old Cinch shirts! He calls it The Cinch Quilt - but it was my first Bonnie Hunter pattern called Mountain Majesties.



Here's Rygh"s. It also had three of his old shirts, plus some brown shirts that my friend Janet O. found for me. I added a couple of other plaid fabrics for color variation. This one was Mike's favorite. He just went on and on about how pretty it was. It is a Bonnie Sullivan pattern called "Fireside".



Next is Bobby's. He loves RWB quilts, so of course I did one for him. It only has one of his old shirts, but this quilt was totally from my stash/scrap basket. Even the backing!! Bobby told me that of all his Christmas gifts, the quilt was his favorite! Not pattern - just hour glass blocks put together in a pinwheel pattern - just because that's how it looked best to me.



Now for Mike's. I didn't have it completely finished by Christmas. In fact, I only the the top and the backing pieced, and I put them in a box and wrapped them up so he would have a gift under the tree!! He was so surprised that I had that much done on it!! He had no idea that in all my stitching, I had included him!! But I finished quilting and binding it before our last cold spell (12 degrees F for our low on two mornings!), so he was glad to cuddle up under it and read or watch TV. Unlike Bobby's, I bought all the fabric for Mikes'. I found the backing on ebay for $3/yard! and then bought Connecting Threads Home Mirage Fat Quarter Bundle and pulled the pieces that coordinated with the backing.



Of course, I knew he would love another brand quilt, so I machine quilting the brands and bordered the brand blocks with scrappy FG - simple and quick!


For the FMQ, I outlined the brands and then crosshatched the backgrounds with diamonds. I then stitched in the ditch around the FG. For the borders I quilted a repeating star/scroll pattern that I designed. I trimmed the quilt and then bound it with the scraps from the backing. I may enter this one in our quilt show in April - if I can get it away from Mike! Should be warm enough by then!! LOL



For the girls I made quilted three pocket clutch purses. The pattern came from the Better Homes and Gardens Quilt Sampler Spring/Summer 2013 issue. I only have photos of two of them, sorry. I think they turned our so cute, I'm making one for myself!!