Wednesday, May 24, 2017

Flowers on My Walk

Have not done quilting lately as travel has been taking a lot of time. RV Rallies in Louisana and several in Texas have kept us on the road. A lot of fun for sure. So upon returning home it was out to walk in the neighborhood to get those miles logged. It is spring and flowers are showing up in the yards.  Pics of just nice walking views.

OK not a flower but all the man holes have been painted blue??

This too not a flower but...

Monday, May 1, 2017

Expressions of Bandanas

It seems bandanas have been expressions of all sorts of things in this world: cowboys, workers with overalls, dog collars, gangs, placemats, sew together for all sorts of things. The nice thing about them is they are cheap, colorful and easy to sew...the not so good, they are not all the exact same size. In the bags of material I was gifted were a lot of these, enough to sew 3 #lwrquilts .
3 across 4 down makes the 60x80

Thursday, April 27, 2017

Snowy Days Final 2 Blocks 8 and 9

It is done, well at least the blocks are done for the NQC  this link will give info on all the blocks I will now begin to think about the final size I need for this quilt and if more blocks are needed or if sashing and borders will make it grow enough. I definitely had fun with these blocks.

Friday, April 14, 2017

Easy Project Day

Easy project day and a bit of cleanup to get threads off the floor. The vacuum did a great job and the magnetic strip I put on it got the pins before they could get sucked up. The project was to continue the making of quilt tops for Lutheran World Relief for our women's group at church. (Calvary Lutheran, Richland Hills, Texas). Finished two tops today.

Darker colors pulled randomly from a bag. Not having to be mindful of a pattern is OK and just using stash.

Lots of pinks in the materials. Fun to just pull and not have to worry about what goes where. More stash gone to a good cause.

Wednesday, April 12, 2017

Snowy Day Blocks 6 and 7

The weeks are flying by on this Snowy Day Blocks challenge and I like them a lot. I was not sure I would enjoy the large blocks 16" finished but they have been a nice change from the small pieces of say the Bonnie Hunter mystery that I am still working on. (can't seem to get it done but getting close). The Snowy Day blocks are also working with some fabric I adore so makes it more fun to look at. The link here will give you all the info on this challenge.Link to the Snowy Day Sampler original post

Monday, April 10, 2017

Bunny Runner

Easter is around the corner and a new table runner was in the mind. I have the pattern and made a small one for a friend a few years back. It is a fun happy bunny jumping out of the flower pot.  Digging into my stash came up with some great fabrics so it was just hop in and get it it done. Finished!

Friday, March 31, 2017

Snowy Day Blocks 4 and 5

Snowy Day Blocks 4 and 5 of the 9 blocks continue  (info here on the NQC "challenge")

Block 4

Block 5

Backing on the Board

Making a new Easter/Spring table runner (post on the final runner later). We all know the backing is important too, so it is time to get her ironed and ready to lay it down...hold on everyone, the backing is going under the iron today.

Monday, March 27, 2017

May Chappell QuiltCon Color Class

Loved my class at 2017 (Modern Quilt Guild) QuiltCon with May Chappell on color and creating a "color" wheel. Her lecture was fabulous and the joy of learning was great. I learned a lot. The hard part was putting together from all the fabric choices a color wheel. With limited time one just has to go for it and even if there were some doubtful moments I just went for it. After it is all done, I love it, not because it is "perfect" but because it is not perfect. It reminds me that all there is in making things and creating is not about someone else's perfect, but my joyful perfect. It was a really fun project and a great class.
May Chappel  click here for web site. 

Echo quilting is like ripples of color in the variegated rainbow thread
Expressions of Color

Rainbow back. Lots of color here

The binding is fun green with rainbow sugar dots. Love it

right by my iron, I will see it often here

Thursday, March 16, 2017

Snowy Day Block 3

On to block three of nine in the NQC weekly block sew along. See my previous post for all the details on this sew along.  Snowy Day Blocks

click here for Pattern

Tuesday, March 7, 2017

UFO Challenge

I am working on my list of UFOs I made to follow along with the monthly

2017 UFO Challenge

This year, we're challenging ourselves and our readers to finish some UFOs (unfinished projects)!   WEBSITE: click for more info on this

My number 12 is a Baltimore Album applique block I started a year ago. Now it is finished and it can reside with other finished blocks. I have to do quite a few more blocks, but this makes me understand why I started them. I love needleturn applique. I really enjoy the process and the way I am so relaxed when doing needleturn.  The small circles were fun and I once again remembered how much I enjoy even the smallest of turns with the needle. I do know how to do circles for applique by preturning with glue to hold them or to make small "yoyos" or to use a foundation paper to turn and glue them on before stitching, but well...I like to just needleturn them the best. I have another block on the UFO list and will share it later.

Monday, March 6, 2017

March Green

March is the month of Irish Whiskey, Shamrocks, Irish Tunes and Everything Green. A few new coasters for the house and a new table runner puts the green on the scene...

Made these with my tried and true easy pattern and I do love how my wine glass slips into the folds. 

Made the table runner by the easy pattern from the internet for the ten minute or some call it the half hour table runner. I can say it took me longer to pick out the material from my stash (1/3 yard clover and 1/2 yard stripe) about 15 minutes to make because I did some hand stitching to tack down the ends.

Bring on the leprechauns and pots of gold!  Happy March 💚

Saturday, March 4, 2017

Quiltcon East - My Favorite Quilt

 Quiltcon East found me in Savannah with a quilting friend to enjoy all it had to offer. The above  quilt detail of a nine patch was my favorite quilt and I was drawn to it for the simplicity yet the imagination of the use of nine patch.  The quilting was simple but appropriate in every way to enhance the quilt.  #quiltconeast  #quiltcon2017

I think this quilt fits my word for the year with Expressions of a nine patch that is unexpected.

Friday, March 3, 2017

Snowy Day Quilt Sampler

To break up my other projects that are taking a bit longer, I started to participate in the NQC block challenge of 9 blocks with patterns put out once a week on Thursday. The blocks are large 16.5 so the pieces are not fiddley and go together really fast.

Snowy Day Quilt Sampler:   Instuctions and fabric needed click here
Finished Quilt coloring page

Fabric...  Love the colors and the print fabric is in French                                                            

Block one  Click here to get pattern

Click this to get pattern for Block 2  

I so love the umbrella fabric. The small squares are cute too.