Tuesday, May 22, 2018

Wish Upon a Star blog hop, my day

Hello All, and welcome to the Wish Upon a Star blog hop!! So glad that you could drop by. Thank you Carol for another great blog hop!

I had a bunch of triangles left over from this mystery quilt. (You can read more about it here.)

I really like these colors and so at the beginning of this year I pulled them out and started thinking about how I wanted to put them together. I knew I wanted to pair the colored triangles with the background triangles (especially as they were already together from when I cut them out!) and make some half square triangle blocks.

My sweet big Sis sent me a subscription to QuiltMaker magazine for Christmas last year. In the Jan/Feb 2018 issue was a pattern with a star block similar to this one in it.

 I thought it was a great pattern and decided to use the star, alternating it just a little,  and figure out an alternative block to go with it. I played with my EQ7 and came up with this block.

I was running out of the original fabrics. They are older lines and I couldn't find the black with flowers fabric that is the center of the stars. So I used these butterflies and flowers instead, along with a similar background fabric.

Put them together, added a few borders...

And I ended up with a 60x60 nice lap sized quilt.

I love the look of chain quilts, this would be great as a larger quilt too. It would show off the chain better.

Here's the back. You can really see the quilting I did.

Big loopy flowers in each of the blocks, and some swirly vines in between.

I am keeping it for myself :) I love the roses on the backing, and the colors on the front. Nice and girly...living in a house full of boys/men, my girl and I need some girly stuff ;)

Thanks so much for stopping by! Don't forget to see the rest of the great projects for today's blog hoppers. To find a full list of blog hoppers, go see Carol.

May 22
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Sunday, May 6, 2018

Knee control and some quilting

Hello Everyone,

Recently, I asked my oldest son if he would change my foot petal on the sewing machine, to a knee control. My feet have issues and I often need to stretch my legs out and rest the feet more. So with a knee control, I can still sew and rest my feet. It's just a bar that you attach to the foot petal on the side of your sewing table. You push on one side of the bar, and it pushes on the foot petal with the other side.

Which means I've been getting some quilting done, yah!

I'm working on my hst quilt, I'm only going to show you a sneak peak, you'll have to come back on May 22nd to see the rest.

On May 22nd is my day on the Wish upon a star blog hop, hosted by Carol over at Just let me quilt.

Have a great day!

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Wednesday, April 4, 2018

Lets bee Social

Hello Everyone,
I'm joining Lorna today, on Lets Bee Social. 

My youngest son just turned 6. About a month ago, I was getting him into bed, and he said "Mom, you haven't made me any quilts."

I laughed and said, "What are all these on your bed then? I see at least 3 quilts I made you."

His reply, " No, I mean the kind you hang on the wall and look at."

I had no idea he wanted a wall hanging. But I immediatelly thought of Lorna and her darling puppy pattern. 

Because Isaiah has a stuffed puppy that he plays with all the time, he can't go to sleep if Heart puppy isn't with him. He's had this puppy since he was 2, and he still loves it to pieces. 

So I bought some heart fabric and made a wall hanging to put above his bed.

I quilted bones in the blue part (sorry for the fuzzy photos).


Isaiah loves his wall hanging. Thank you Lorna, for so many cute patterns! And for having a linky party.
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Thursday, March 8, 2018

Small, smaller, smallest Blog hop

Hello All,

Welcome to the small, smaller, smallest blog hop, put on by Carol on Just Let Me Quilt.
 Thanks Carol, for another fun blog hop!

I took the words to heart and made three items, progressively smaller. I enjoy making new bags, and this blog post is devoted to a few of them.

This is my original purse pattern. I love this pattern, it has just enough pockets for me. It's not too small, but not large at all.

Here is the inside, a place for my wallet (in the first few purses' I've made like this, I put a zipper on the middle pocket for my wallet, but left it off this time), a few small pockets for a phone/cards/etc. and plenty of larger pockets for what-have-you.

I don't carry a lot around with me in my purse, so this is just perfect for me. I quilted the outside of it this time too :)

My next project is a sew together bag. This is such a great project bag!

I've made several of them, for friends and family. This time I finally made one for me. Isn't it colorful and fun!

I've stuffed mine full of embroidery stuff. I don't embroider a whole lot, but I do enjoy having a project around to sew on. Especially to Drs appt./etc.

And since I had a new purse, I certainly needed a new wallet :) My big Sis had this wallet, and I admired it, so she bought me a pattern. This is the Grommet Wallet, by Amy Barickman.

The original pattern has a strap to hold it together, but I don't like it, so I left it off.
Its very roomy, with plenty of space for cards. A place for bills, one for recipts and one for coins.

I hope you like my projects :) Thanks so much for stopping by and seeing what I made. Make sure to visit the other Ladies sharing this day with me.

March 8

Thanks again for stopping by, have a great day!

Saturday, February 17, 2018

A New Year already...

Hello Everyone,

Wow, I can't believe it's been almost 4 months since I've posted here.  I hope there is someone out there reading my blog still :) I've been trying to be a better blogging since my youngest has been born, and that was almost 6 yrs ago already!! Just where has the time gone? It seems like it goes slow on a day to day basis, but then you look back and WHAM years have past....so, again, I am hoping to be a better blogger this year.

Well, lets get to the quilting huh?!

I have joined a blog hop, hoping to keep it going and get more blogging done.

My day is March 8th. This is what I am working with:

Isn't it pretty! I love those roses.

I'm also working with these HST's, left over from a mystery quilt of Jess's, that I did a few years ago.

I added the two fabrics at the top of the picture above, plus had to find some more background fabric that was close to the one in the HSTs. And this is where I am at right now.

I'm calling it Starburst. I just love it :)

I had fun making Christmas gifts this last year. Although I don't have pictures of any of it! I made some big reading pillows, a backpack to carry a stuffed puppy around in :) plus a sleeping bag for said puppy, and a sew together bag filled with felt and embroidery stuff. In January I made a fun little bag for a friend. And started on StarBurst. So not a lot of sewing, but some, and that's ok :)

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Monday, October 30, 2017

The Wedding quilt

Hello Everyone,

It's done! Yah!! Now don't look Jason and Nicole, as this is for you :)

My stepson Jason got married last month. So I looked thru my many quilt tops and picked this one for him and his lovely bride.

This pattern is called Unexpected Twist, designed by Jessica J.E. Smith. You can find this pattern and many others at The Quilt and Needle shop.

(Isn't my helper a cutie?!)

Here is the backing. I found it at Thousands of Bolt, on sale, so bought enough for backing.

It's hard to see the twist the patterns makes, unless I make the picture small, so here it is again... kind of looks like a spiders web, teeheheehe...

Can you see the twist? Like those windmill on a stick things that twirl in the wind...

Here you can see the quilting pretty good. Just organic straight line, spiral triangles.

Now, onto some Christmas things... maybe.. we'll see. Stay tuned :)

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Tuesday, October 24, 2017

It's been awhile...

Hello all,

How have you all been? Fall is here in N Cal. We got a good rain storm the other day which helped put out fires. The air is smelling almost fresh and clean again. The leaves on the black oak are changing colors, everything is so pretty.

These are photos my dd has taken.

The colors are so rich and beautiful against the pure blue sky.

I've been meaning to take pictures of the 2 pillows I made to go with my dd's kitty quilt. But I still haven't done it. So I wanted to at least show you the finished Kitty quilt, hanging on the outside of her room. She has a porch here with a couch.

I choose a deep red for the binding, it matches the insides of the flowers perfectly.

Lately I've been quilting on my stepson's wedding quilt. He was married at the end of Sept, so I am not too very late. I made the binding yesterday, so now I just have to attach it, and then I can get it sent off to them. I'll make sure to snap a picture to share here, before I send it off.

I'm starting to think about Christmas, it's going to be here before we know it. Does anyone have some fun, interesting projects you are making for Christmas gifts? If so, please share links, I would love to see them... and maybe get a few ideas from you :)

Take care.

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Tuesday, June 27, 2017

What I've been up to

Hello Everyone,

 "What I've been up to..." Can't say I've been doing very much. My Bear Paw quilt I've set aside for now. I want to make the borders, just haven't wanted to do the math. lol

So then I thought I had better start work on my dd's Kitty quilt, as her birthday was a week or so ago and I really want her to have it. I've just finished the quilting on it.

  I've just layed it out on my bed, so it's the not best pictures. But when I get the binding on, I'll take full photos.

 The kitty is a panel, so for quilting I wanted to do some really cool stuff to make it look like fur... but alas, I am not that talented. lol. So I just followed (or tried to follow) the lines between the colors.

And then on the background, I did some flowery things.

And the border is this neat print that is partially colored in, and the part that isn't, my dd can color in with some fabric markers.

 Meow or Never - Check Meow Milk Pastel Yardage  

 So, now to get that binding made and put on. And then onto other things. I think I want to do some more FMQing, so I will pick out a top and buy some batting and backing.

This is my birthday month too. When dh asked me what I wanted, I told him a subscription to the FQ Sew sampler box. My box arrived yest, right on my birthday :D so that was fun.

 The weather is finally out of the awful heat wave we had last week. It's definately summertime here in N. California. Brown fields, green trees and lots of heat.

Hope you're having a wonderful Summer... or Winter...
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Wednesday, April 5, 2017

Bear Paw QAL, finally together

Hello All,

Yah! My bear and paws are put together! I was so happy with myself this afternoon when I finished... he looks SO much better!!....

...And then I looked a little closer at the bear, and realized I put a little section of him backwards...sigh~ it's just one little strip, but it has to be turned around, or it will drive me nuts.

After I fix my little mistake, I plan on putting a brown border on it, then a border of the cute little bear paw prints that Lorna came up with. I can't leave those out!

Linking up with Lorna.

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Monday, April 3, 2017

Sewing machine woes

Hello All,

Well I certainly didn't mean to be gone all month. I am trying harder to do more sewing and blogging this year, so far I haven't succeed. But my fruit trees are starting to bloom!! This is the peach.

 March was a wet, cold month and that stops me from sewing as much as my sewing room isn't quite as warm as the living room. And as my arthritis acts up in the cold... I was in front of the fire! (Another picture of the peach)

But, the times when I would go to sew, this is what happened:

I would try to sew, but my machine was all bound up, I couldn't get the needle to go up and down at all. The motor was fine, it was in the inner works. So I had my oldest son, Jed, get it all oiled real well for me.

It worked fine for a few days... then it stopped.

So I had to wait for the weekend to ask my honey to see if he could fix it. He took it apart and got it all oiled.

It worked for a few days.... then it stopped.

The next weekend both the guys worked on it, and fixed it, or so they thought.

Yup, it worked for a few days, then wouldn't turn at all again.

SO, this morning my honey sat down and looked at it, and he saw RUST!! yes, rust where we had been oiling, in all the oiling spots!!! Apparently something was wrong with the oil we had been using. What and how it got that way, I have no idea. My poor machine :(

But, I have a handy honey... and sons... and dh and Jed got my beautiful machine back to purring :) They used different oil this time. I need to order another bottle of it, it's Singer sewing machine oil. I wont use anything else again!!

On those few days here and there that I was able to sew (both my machine and I were working ;) ) I was able to get my Bear redone.

He looks much better now! I have to get him all together now, then I can sew him onto the rest the quilt top...and then make a border. Hopefully April will continue to be a warmer month, and I can sew more often.

Here's the almond blooming.

Don't you love it when you teach your child something, and they surpass you in that field! I taught my dd to use a camera, and she has just taken off and is so much better at photography than I am :)

LOL, a disjointed post... should of just made two...

Have a great night all.


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