Friday, April 17, 2015

A Friday finish

Hello All,

I finally got a picture of my Torque quilt. This was a mystery pattern last Sept. I finally finished the top last week. It's a Jessica J.E. Smith pattern, of course :) You can find the pattern at Quiltwoman.

It's a log cabin style quilt, so if you like log cabin blocks, this one is for you.

Another great pattern Jess, thank you!

I'm linking up with finishes Friday's over at Crazy mom Quilts this week.

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Thursday, April 2, 2015

Catching up on some mysteries/ALYOF goal

Hello Everyone,

Well here it is the beginning of April, and we are FINALLY going to see some snow this weekend. LOL, I know many of you in the states have seen enough of it, but in my little corner, we haven't had any since last Nov, and that was just a sprinkling. We really need the moisture, so it will be nice :)

But in the sewing room, I'm working with these bright, beautiful Summery fabrics.

The rows just need to be sewn together, and the top will be done. It's one of Jess's mystery, you can find the pattern here, you'll have to ask Jess for her Torque pattern, as I dont' see it listed. Or you can buy it here.

Then I get to finish putting this one together. This top is going to be my April ALYOF goal over at Shanna's and Melissa's. To get this top pieced.

It's also one of Jess's mysteries, this one is called Frolic and you can find it at Jess's site or at the QuiltWoman's site.

I don't like a lot of print on black back ground fabrics, but I just love that one in the picture above. It's sooo pretty!! Can't wait to have this one pieced.

Both the mysteries are from last year. If you don't want to see what the quilt looks like before you put it together, contact Jess here and ask her for the mystery patterns from last year.  The previous links will take you to the pattern with a full disclosure of what it looks like :)

Sunny days are better days for sewing at my house, as the munchkins are all outside playing. So not sure how much I'll be getting done this weekend.

Have a great day all!

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Tuesday, March 17, 2015

Beautiful Birds blog hop

Hello All,

It's my day today, to show you what I made with this Beautiful Bird fabric by Elizabeth's studio's.
Thank you to Lana, for being such a great hostess and keeping us going while our wonderful Samm is concentrating on personal matters.

My sweet friend Pat sent me a panel of the Birds and one of the tree, and as soon as I received it, I thought it would look great on a bag or two. Here's the fabrics I choose to go with the bird panel. Which I fussy cut.

My family of 6 are big readers, especially my daughter and I. And when we go to the library, we have to have BIG bags to bring home books for everyone (Even my 3yo loves getting books.)

So I decided to update our library bags. I used my original pattern, but didn't put in the zippered pocket and I used patchwork on the front and back. I also quilted it this time, where as in my original pattern, I just used interface. (It's fun to look at one of my first patterns. It's about time I updated it I think. lol)

After cutting up the tree panel, I decided it wouldn't work right in my pattern. I just used the light green instead. I got the pink bag. I love pink and green together. Each side has different bird prints.

My dd is partial to blue, so I looked thru my fabrics to see what I can use for hers. These bright sunflowers look nice with the Birds too.

These bags are BIG, they are 15" square and 10" wide. So they hold a lot of books.

The straps are sewn all along where they touch the bag, to add strength.

 The pattern is free. If you make one, I would love to see it.

 Thanks for stopping by today. And don't forget to visit the other Ladies and see what beautiful projects they made today.


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Wednesday, March 11, 2015

A fun finish

Hello All,

Spring is in the air here in N. California. The Redbuds are in bloom

As are some of my Iris's.

The oak trees are leafing out and we have some fruit on our plum tree!

And here's whats blooming inside...

My first attempt at raw edge applique. Not the greatest work.

But I had a lot of fun, especially with quilting it.

Here's the back, so bright and cheerful.

I'm also working on my Birds blog hop projects. I have one completed, and am hoping to get another one done before my day, next Wed.

I hope you all are getting a bit of sunshine too.

Linking up with Lorna today and Quilt Story, thanks Ladies!

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Saturday, February 28, 2015

Making progress

Hello Everyone,

I've gotten in some sewing this week :) Making a bit of progress on some things.

This is the fabric I am using for the Bird blog hop next month ( my day is March 18th) hosted by Samm on Sew We Quilt.

I've got all my pieces cut and have started to sew.

And here is some progress on one of the Round Robins I am doing over on the Q&N forum.

I'm waiting on some fabrics to come in, so I can finish it up and get it sent off to the next person.

I even managed to get some charity blocks and some blocks for 2 Quilt of Valor quilts made!

Speaking of the Q&N forum, it's that time again, time for a Mystery.

You can get your pattern for this mystery quilt here. And kits. I will not be sewing it this time around, too much else I need to sew. But Jess's mystery weekends are always great.

Have a great day!

Linking up with Lorna today. Thank you Lorna!

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Friday, February 13, 2015

What I'm working on

Hello Everyone!

I hope you all in the snowy states are staying warm. You sure are getting walloped this year. We've had some unusual rain/wind for February here. But it's good, we sure do need it. I hope we get some nice snow in a month or so :) And now more sunshine.

I have this pretty Fall quilt to work on. It's for our Round Robin on the Q&N forum. This one is Dawn's.

I have my fabric picked out and cut. So need to get to sewing more.

My good friend Pat sent me some Beautiful Bird fabric panels(thank you sweetie). So I have to get going and figure out what I want to make with it. It's for the Bird blog hop next month.

I have some backing and batting, so I am ready to sand which my dd's quilt together too.

That should keep me busy in the sewing room for awhile, yes?! lol

What are you up to?

Have  a great day!

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Thursday, January 29, 2015

January goal...finished!

Hello All,

Whew, I just made it. I got my dd's quilt top finished, which was my goal for January for ALYOF (which you can read about here).

As you can see, the wind was being a big problem today. So my pictures aren't all that great. But you get the idea.

My DD has a single bed, so this is plenty big enough. Just slightly longer than wider, thanks to the extra border top and bottom.

I'll try to get better pictures later in the day, when the wind has died down.. if it dies down.

For now, I'm calling it Fort Firefly, as that's the name of this cute fabric.

Thank you Melissa and Shanna!

Have a great day all.

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Wednesday, January 14, 2015

WIP wednesday

Hello Everyone,

I've been working on my dd's quilt. I have all the quilt blocks sewn together, so now I just need to add a border.

Funny story... I designed this quilt in EQ, on my older computer. When we bought a new computer I saved some of the quilt designs so I can transfer them into my new computer and wouldn't lose them.

Well, for some reason, I never saved the design for this particular quilt. So I wasn't sure if I had designed it in a 5 x 5 grid, or a 4 x 6.

So I got out some paper real quick and made me a pattern up in the 5 x 5 grid. Just a quick sketch so I can put the blocks in the right spot. Then I sewed it up.

The funny part is... before I got out that paper to make my quick sketch.. I had decided on doing a 4 x 6 grid... lol, so I don't know why a 5 x 5 grid was sketched up.

But thats' ok, I really like it this way.

Especially the middle part here. With the girls surrounding the middle windmill.

I'm going to put a wide border on the top and bottom to make the quilt longer, and just a slim border on the sides to have it all come together.

Today I'm linking up with Lee. And with Lorna at SewFreshQuilts and her Bee Social Wednesdays. Thanks Ladies!

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Thursday, January 1, 2015

Happy New Year!!!! and goal setting

 A very Happy New Year to you all! I hope it's a wonderful year for you. Full of all manners of good stuff, and lots of creativity.

Shanna and Melissa are at it again. In for another Lovely Year of Finishes.

A Lovely Year of Finishes

For my first finish, I want to get my dd's quilt top completed.

I just need to iron and trim, then I can put these all together.

So I think I can get that much done!

Do you make New Year's resolutions? I don't really. But I would like to see about getting more time to sew and blog this year. My little guy is going to be 3 soon, so he is enjoying playing with the big kids a lot more. But that also means he is deciding he doesn't need a nap! He will nap maybe 3 or 4 days out of the week. He sleeps good at night though :)

So, we shall see what the new year brings.

Have a wonderful day! Thanks for sticking around thru my quiet times.

Linking up with Melissa and Shanna.

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Saturday, December 27, 2014

A few quilting books

Good morning All,

Did you get some fun, quilty things for Christmas?  I did!

Not only did I get a bit of fabric to add to my stash :) But I also got a few quilt related books.

The first one I've been wanting for a little while now. My regular readers know I am trying to improve my free motion quilting, so any free motion quilting books I want to read and absorb.

My Sweetie got this one for me:


Molly seems to be a down to earth Gal. She says in her book " I would rather be fishing than shopping." My kind of gal :) Her book is rather like two books in one. You get some great tips and tricks, plus a few free motion quilting designs. And then you get projects.

She practices on small pieces, 12 x 15, 16 x 18 and such, and then turns those pieces into bags, runners, mats, etc.

A great book to add to your collection.

I enjoy reading stories about homesteading, opening up the West, prairie living, mountain living, etc. (As well as other genre's.)

This is the second book my sweetie got me:

 A book about her life on the prairie in the late 1800's.... she becomes a very proficient quilter :)
 Here's part of what it says on Amazon:

No Time on My Hands is a remarkable chronicle of the sod house era and of Grace Snyder’s married life on a ranch in Nebraska’s sandhills. From there she finally flies above the clouds to exhibits where her quilts contribute to a worldwide revival of quiltmaking. Mrs. Snyder lived twenty years after the publication of these memoirs in 1963, to the age of one hundred. Her daughter, Nellie Snyder Yost, who helped to write No Time on My Hands, has added an epilogue to this Bison edition.

So far, it's a nice read.

Hope you got some nice things too.

Have a great day!

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