Monday, June 15, 2015

Gift Quilts

My oh My!!! Where does the time go!! A friend told me the other day, "Tomorrow isn't even here yet, and it's already gone!!!!" I never believed my grandmother when she said that time flew the older you get!! My oh My!!!!

Again (I think I've said that way toooooo much!) I've sure been hit and miss on blogger! I do try to drop by a couple times a week and read up - but my oh my where's does the time go!!!

I have been stitching a bit and I've finished up 3 gift quilts (all lap size) in the past few weeks. The first is a Friendship Star (of course!!! LOL) for a friend who moved. This was a spur of the moment gift, but it went very quickly and must say that ALL the fabrics came from the scrap box or my stash!!!

I think if you click on the photos it enlarges and you can see some more of my "practice" designs. I FMQ a new design (for me) in the sashing and did an enlarged sparkling star in the border.

The second quilt was one that I had originally pieced for myself. A couple of years ago I bought a bag of scraps (for $3) at our guild stash sale. I saw a quilt in a magazine and loved it, so used that block pattern - it is a Sister's Choice Variation. I added the neutral background fabrics and bought the border fabric to coordinate. Then it got stuck in a box to quilt later. In January when my high school friend visited me, I decided that she needed this quilt. I had no biological sisters and we always considered ourselves sisters, so thought the pattern was appropriate. I will deliver it to her when we next visit (hopefully this summer or early fall).

Simple FMQ with my favorite go to free form flower. I did try a new border design - bunting inspired by Lori of The Inbox Jaunt.

The third is a high school graduation gift for a daughter of dear friends. She will be attending Texas A&M this fall, so I chose school colors - Maroon & White - I used the gray to add a little flare. I also did the straight line quilting with silver metallic thread to add a little "bling"! Simple swirls in the maroon rectangles finished off the simple quilting. This was a Disappearing Nine Patch block - so quick and easy! And another that I made completely from my scraps and stash!! Yeah!!

I leave you with a photo of Gracen, our granddaughter. Our computer sits under our stairs and she stopped to visit with me while I was typing up this post!



Janet O. said...

I am always impressed with your FMQ skills. Hard to believe you are self taught. The quilts all look great. Some really nice designs! I need to follow your example and "Just Do It"!
Gracen looks like a real sweetheart! How cute to see her peeking down on you. : )

Cathy said...

I love the quilts and your quilting. Great post. Hugs

Maureen said...

Good to see what you've been up to in the sewing room! I'm sure the recipients of these quilts will be overwhelmed with gratitude. Beautiful! I especially love the sisters quilt. It's good to have a "sister". Gracen is a cutie!

Raewyn said...

I can just imagine Gracen on those stairs looking down on you (unless of course you've moved the furniture around!!) Wonderful to see your quilts, the designs and your quilting are all lovely. I particularly love The Sisters Choice block, one I've admired for a while, very inspiring!! xx

Aunt 'Reen said...

All 3 of those quilts are wonderful!
I'm always so impressed how easily you pair up all these terrific fabric combinations from your Stash! Gracen has really grown up already, such a beautiful Angel!

Dawn said...

Braden is a doll!! How sweet to have a little one around the house. Your quilt look great, and are very generous gifts. I'm sitting in admiration of your machine quilting skills - Impressive!! Have a great week.

Teresa in Music City said...

You have been busy, haven't you? Sometimes the best sisters are the ones we choose ourselves :) I can't believe how much Gracen has grown!!! I remember when she was born - you are right, time DOES fly!!!


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