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.


Saturday, February 4, 2017

School Bags in the Making

Donated fabric cut ready to be School Bags for Lutheran World Relief

Thursday, February 2, 2017

En Provence Bonnie Hunter mystery

I am working to get the Bonnie Hunter mystery  En Provence  a put together top.    (Quiltville)
The pattern is now not on the site, but it was a super fun mystery and I like how mine is progressing. I know many have finished and etc, but I learned long ago it is not a race, it is for pleasure and joy. The fabric is all from stash and while scrappy is not my go to, I always love how it works through others great patterns. I am however very happy with the way it is looking.

Monday, January 16, 2017

Sewing in The Rectangle.

Looking back on our RV (The Rectangle) trip this year and my plans to quilt, it was not as quick and simple as I had thought. The machine is in a bay under the The Rectangle with all the other sewing items in a rolling tool box. It was much easier to pull our the knitting or the applique that was in The Rectangle. But I did do one project that was not hard and did not take a lot of space or storage. I made for the Women of the Evangelical Lutheran Church of America (WELCA) some finger labyrinths that will be put into each registration bag for our nation gathering in July 2017.
Find out about the Triennial Gathering-- click here
To see the Lessons Learned Living in a Rectangle -- click here

Wednesday, January 11, 2017

Mystery Moving Forward

My Expressions this evening is one of "really?"...working on the Bonnie Hunter Mystery and making quarter square triangles like I have done a million times but this time well it seems I cut them backwards then recut them then sewed them on the long end instead of the short side then sewed half down the wrong short side...whew the seam ripper got a work out and my Expressions? Head thumbing for one and disbelief for another. Finally got a few done of the 80 I need but decided to walk away and begin again tomorrow. But I got four patches all done and tri recs done (no pics of those) so I am moving forward

Friday, January 6, 2017

Word of the Year 2017

Last year's word was Behold so Behold I made it through 2016 with a lot of fun, fellowship and travel. (see my My RV travel blog)
Now 2017 has come to move us forward and I can say being ready for a new year has caught me a bit under prepared. I have not thought of a word for the year until the last few days which did not come easy. I looked at how much I beheld last year and the work Behold was fulfilled for sure. So
 good- bye Behold it was fun getting to know you.
Now for the 2017 word: 


Taos Quilts

 Traveling this year in The Rectangle took us to Taos, New Mexico where we had so much fun looking at the fabulous art among other things. The knit shop there was great and I now have a new project for next year's trip. Then there was the Quilt Show at the City Hall. So many wonderful local made quilts. I was intrigued by the Cirque De Cercles using the pieclique technique. Circles danced off the quilt and brought a lot of life to the quilt. 

But alas I did not get a pic of the whole quilt, just a few of the circles. This technique certainly will be in my future.  Then there were the two trucks that made me smile and I love the colors.

I wish I had gotten the names of the quilts and the details, but I was not thinking too well I quess? I loved the whole show. Thanks to all those that put their work in the public place for all to enjoy.

So found this on the internet

BJ Designs and Patterns

BJ Designs & Patterns Papa's Pickup Applique Quilt Pattern

Truck pattern

Tuesday, January 3, 2017

Lobster Dinner New Year's Eve Favors

It has really been a long road back to the blog. (5 months on the road will do that) Travel put me off on blogging, yet I did do a lot of stitching in The Rectangle (RV name). Here is one of the things I completed while on the road

The kitchen towels for New Year's Eve. Martha Stewart kits I bought at least 4 years ago when then were on sale. So, 16 of them all done by hand embroidery with machine embroidery wording "Crack Open a New Year 2017" and on the back my tag: @sewmdtx
This whiled away a lot of hours as I co piloted The Rectangle (did not work on them when I drove The Rectangle) and evening hours too were kept busy with the project. I love how they came out, so fun.
Our family and friends New Year's Eve dinner (we have lobster and Dom) was really great with a photo corner w/the nifty instant camera pics. OK so all that is old is new again. I so remember my Polaroid from back in the day when they were "new" and this brought back to be "new" again is just as much fun. A few pics from the evening:


Sunday, August 14, 2016

RV play

It has been about a month and we have been on the road in our RV. A great trip so far, but no quilting even through I brought some to work on. It is not as easy as it might be. I can see it in my mind, but then we get busy with site seeing and then it is wine time and then it is play Petanque time and then it is dinner time and then it is well, to late to quilt. A little knitting but very little on a hat. We have seen a lot of beautiful country from Texas to Montana. Fun and travel with my honey, does not get more wonderful. A few pics of various things...just fun stuff. I hope to quilt on this trip, will let time and place make its own way.

Wednesday, July 20, 2016

Destashing Goes to LWR and Now On The Road

 Lutheran World Relief gets some more of my stash. Calvary Lutheran Church \Women of the ELCA (Richland Hills. Texas)  have set a goal of 500 quilts and kits for the year to celebrate the 500th anniversary of the Reformation. This will be almost double what we did last year but it is doable.  Here are two I completed before leaving on extended  Motor Coach trip
This is the end of the material used to cover some cushions many moons ago and some really dark green. Check it off the stash list.

I have had these floral fat quarters in my stash for ever. I really don't like to sew with floral so getting to move this on brings me a lot of pleasure. The pattern is a Villa Rosa Design, Cloud Nine. I got the pattern free during a shop hop a few years ago. It was the perfect fit for the floral and muslin I had. This is an easy, fast pattern and all the floral is now going to find a new home and make someone very cozy.

Charity sewing fills out nicely the need to move fabric I know is not in my future. If you have any 10"or10.5" squares of fabric you want to move on let me know, maybe we can help you with that.

Blessings as summer is in full swing and we are on the road for the next few months. I post fun facts about this at  I did bring my machine and a couple of projects, will see how that goes in the Motor Coach (RV). I always bring lots of handwork/applique but the first time for the machine. Hmmm we will see.

Monday, July 4, 2016

Behold, cube laid flat

Looking around to reduce stuff and the cube made so long ago for a challenge is just that, a challenge to do something with it.
Group with challenge and my cube
Seam ripper and a few minutes later it is laid flat. The blocks are quilted so something simple to reuse them is on the agenda. Yep, those nap mats for MQG is always a go to for blocks needing a new purpose. Stash diving for material to get the top done and voila a nap mat top.
Lots of color and just the right size.
Not too exciting however it will b used for good. I love when I can have double the fun with blocks. I also like that there will be a little less stash.
Happy Fourth of July, may you celebrate all we have and hold dear.  I am off to make a peach cobbler to add to our celebration. God Bless America and each of you.

Monday, June 13, 2016

Nap Time Quilts

Nap time at the Center for Transforming Lives daycare centers is a focus for our Modern Quilt Guild. I took some time to give thought as to what was in my stash to make a couple of nap mats. The fun panel and boy helicopter fabric was just waiting for a child to lay their head down for a nice rest.
 Echo quilting was the quick and easy way to get it done. I love the fanciful characters on this panel.

detail of fabric, a fun helicopter pattern. Blue camo was a perfect companion.
Front or Back?
Back or Front?

 It is great to use stash to do a quick and easy project especially when the projects will go for a great organization doing serious work in the community to lift up women and children.