Thursday, July 22, 2021

I'm not sure what this block is called

 Hello all,

It's quite smoky here this morning, there is a large fire burning to the East of us. Far enough away to not worry about it, but the wind is blowing right toward us. Our logging site is up there... I hope the fire doesn't turn towards it. 

I've been working on these blocks on and off all year. I'm not sure what they are called, and I can't seem to find the site I saw them on. I do recall noticing them on more than one blog, but I guess I didn't save a link to one, like I thought I did.



I had a stack of the white with gray fabric squares that had been cut 1/8" too small. And I had a pile of the bigger, yellow squares, that had been cut 1/4" too small. 

I was happy that when I put 2 of the whitish blocks together (with 2 colored squares I cut), into a 4 patch, that 4 patch is the same size as the yellow squares :)

So I got out my square scrap box. It has lots of 2" squares, plus some 1 1/2", 3" and 3 1/2" squares in it, all ready to be used in  a scrappy quilt. I took some colorful 2" squares and cut 1/8" off two sides, put them together with the whitish squares. Got some 3 1/2" squares and cut them down a 1/4", along with the yellow squares. I ran out of the whitish/gray squares and went thru my scraps finding white to cut up. And I had myself some fun :)


I mixed some floral prints in there and cut some more yellows, and now I'm laying the blocks out, figuring how I want it to look.


If anyone knows what this block is called, give a shout out in the comments please.

I'm going to set these aside now though, as I have to finish my youngest son's quilt. I don't have much more to do.

I'm linking up with Pat in the scrapatch again. Thank you Pat for your weekly link up. Have a great day everyone.

And thanks for stopping by,

Dorian

Wednesday, July 7, 2021

I've gotten a few small quilts finished

 Hello Everyone,

Hope you all are enjoying your summer (winter). It's been going from hot to too hot here in California. When I was younger it didn't bother me so much.

But, I've gotten some smaller quilts finished, so that's a good thing. The first one is another baby quilt for a homeschooling friend of mine.


Here's a closeup, lots of little fishes and aquatic life.


So bright and colorful :) It's 40" square.

This next quilt is 40" square as well. A month ago some friends and I on my quilting forum each chose a 1/2 yrd of fabric out of our stash that we considered ugly. The hostess had drawn names for each of us and that is who we sent our 1/2 yrd of fabric too.

The fabric we recieved we had to make a quilt with, turning an ugly piece of fabric into something pretty. 

This is the fabric I was sent.


The colors in the picture are fairly accurate, maybe just a touch more purplish than pinkish though.

I dug thru my fabrics and came up with some to go with it. I decided on the Lone star pattern, it's a good pattern to use as the pieces are small.


I was happy to find coordinating fabrics in my stash. Here's a closeup.


I did have a few issues with the corners on that first border, but if you don't look too closely, you wont see them ;) 

I'm thinking my big Sis would like this quilt...it might look nice on her wall... what do you think Sis?

Thanks for dropping by and have a great day everyone.

I'm linking up with Pat today, on the scrapatch. Thank you Pat!

Dorian






Monday, May 17, 2021

Two finished quilts

 Hello Everyone,

I have two finished quilts to show you. The first one is my Southwestern quilt that I started here. I made this for my son Jed. He's 6'3", so it had to be a big quilt. The quilt is 82" x 79", so just big enough.


Jed and I talked about the design and colors he wanted. And so I scanned the web looking for Southwestern designs to incorporate in his quilt. 




He requested a soft, snuggly flannel for the back. Its hard to see this design, but it's a pine tree with a line going around it, makes it look a little Southwestern ;)



I had a good time designing this. And he says he really likes it, colors and all :) So I did a good job.



The next quilt is this pretty little baby quilt for my best friends newest Granddaughter. Who is due to arrive sometime in July.



I had some of these cute prints of the girl, animals and tree fort left over from  my Daughters quilt, so I went thru my stash and found some colors to go with it. 



I just love this mint and pink together, isn't is sweet? This one also has a soft, snuggly flannel backing. These koala's are cute too! (the colors are not really true to form in any of the pictures, but come closest in the below picture.)



It's a small baby sized, just under 40" square. But one I hope she'll drag around with her and play with dollies with :)


Thanks for stopping by, and thank you Pat for your weekly link up.

Have a great evening,

Dorian

Monday, May 3, 2021

More books from my Daughter

 Hello All,

I wanted to talk about my daughters books today. Rachael self-publishes her books that are written for youths , although anyone who enjoys an adventure with some sci-fi and fantasy in it, might enjoy them. 

Rachael has four books out now, two of them I have previously talked about. The next two are the first two books in a new series.

The first one is Sailing for Shadow City:



"Four steps down, turn to the left.

Beware the dark prince in the city of shadow.

The castle's base holds a prize beyond measure."

These words, spoken by a dying man on a wrecked ship, are what starts Sarkin on the longest and most daring adventure in his life. To a young pirate who dreams of a bigger ship and plenty of treasure to go around, it's the best promise that could be given. But after fighting his way through a mystic cult, a sea serpent and a fierce storm, facing the Dark Prince may be more than he asked for.

The second in the series is A Lonely Wind:




After having been betrayed by his best friend and imprisoned at Skon Yew's command in the Shadow City, Sarkin needs to find a way out for himself and the rest of his pirate crew. But all the time his memories are slipping away, stolen by one of Skon Yew's dark servants. When he frees himself and his crew by escaping in a hot air balloon, Sarkin vows to get revenge on his enemies and regain his lost memories. But when the last pieces of his memories are taken from his mind he runs away from the pirate crew to wander by himself in the strange country of Grackland.

I have links to Rachael's books on the side bar. You can order them in an ebook format or you can order a hardback or softback book. 

If you have children who enjoy sci-fi adventure (or know of an adult of course), I hope you'll have him/her look into my Daughter's books. I'm very proud of Rachael and hope that her chosen profession will take off one day soon, and be all that she hopes for. Thank you for reading.

Have a great day! I'll have a quilty finish to show you soon :)

Dorian

Saturday, March 27, 2021

Quilts for 2 of my boys

 Hello All,


Spring is here for N. Cal. We are still expecting some wet weather next month, but for now the roses have new leaves, the oaks are starting to bud, the almond has been in bloom, the grass is green... it's very lovely here this time of year. We do need more snow pack, so I hope our April is going to be a very wet one.

I have got Jeds' quilt top all put together.


And while I am waiting for another yard of backing fabric, I have started on Isaiah's quilt.

Isaiah is going to be 9 on Monday and he is 4'7" tall now, he's going to be another tall child for this house (they all take after Dad that way). He only has his baby/toddler quilts, so it's time for a bigger one.

Isaiah loves puppies, especially black labs. I'm glad I was able to find this panel. I'm pairing it with some bright, colorful geese....




These puppies want to be stars....




I have 6 different puppy pictures, two of each colored star. I am pairing them with some red pinwheels. There will be 2 more puppies that wont fit in the quilt, so I'll make some pillow cases with them.


These are large blocks, finishing at 18". So I hope this quilt will be big enough for him for a few years, at least....they grow so fast, don't they?!

I hope to have Jed's quilt finished by the end of April, wish me luck! And have a great day.

I'm linking up again with my good friend Pat from the scrapatch. Thanks for the link up Pat!

Thanks for stopping by,

Dorian

Monday, March 1, 2021

Morewood mystery quilt top

 Hello All,

I finished putting together my Morewood mystery quilt. Thank you Cheryl for another great mystery quilt. I really like this block.



I can see myself using it in other projects. It makes a great chain block. I love four blocks together like this...



My quilty muse had me wanting to make a different layout than Cheryl's. So I made 8 of these blocks and sewed them together in pairs like this..



And when I put everything together, here is what it looks like. (That's my quilty inspector, Ms Red.)



I seem to gravitate towards square quilts. As long as I make them big enough to fit on my queen bed, that's ok :) This is going in the 'to be' quilted pile, as I have to get my older son's quilt done.


I hope those of you who have been having a harsh winter, get some lovely Spring soon. As you can see, we are getting some green grass and things are starting to bloom.

Have a great day and thanks for stopping by.

Dorian





Thursday, February 4, 2021

What I'm working on

Hello Everyone,

My good friend Pat, over at the scrapatch, has been doing a weekly linky party lately and I decided to join in this week.

I'm making a Southwestern style/colors quilt for my oldest. He and I were talking about quilts awhile back and he was saying he would like one in this color scheme and design, with a flannel back on it. So, what's a quilter Mom to do ;) tehehehe..

This is block A..I am making it in two different color ways.


And this is block B, it also will be in 2 different color ways.



I have 3 more blocks, but these are the only 2 I have photos of right now. I'm waiting for some more fabrics, and then I can finish these up and put them into a top.

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Cheryl at Morewood designs has come out with the last clue for the latest mystery.

Here is my block A.


See those orange corners.... I realized when I was getting the last installment printed, that I have them turned the wrong way. SIGH~ so I've been spending some time frogging this morning. The block is supposed to look like this:


After I finish these blocks, I can get block B's together. And then my quilty muse is telling me that the final layout might be a bit different than the directions... not that it isn't nice, but...I just like fiddling, that's the way I roll.

Thanks for the great mystery Cheryl!

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And, a baby quilt, for my first Grandson :) due to my stepson and his lovely wife at the end of the month.


If that isn't enough to keep me busy, I still have a mystery quilt from Dec that I need to take apart and switch a few blocks around, that I put in wrong....

Hope you all are having a great day. And have plenty to keep you busy too.

Thanks Ms Pat for your linky party.

And thanks for stopping by,

Dorian

Thursday, January 21, 2021

Hearts on fire, my day

 Hello Everyone,

Happy New Year! Lets hope it's a better year. To start things off right, we've got a blog hop.  Carol (hostess for this blog hop) and Carla (hostess for an up coming blog hop) are keeping us hopping, and that is always good :) Thank you both!

I had a lot of fun with this little heart pattern last year. It uses up my tiniest scraps, these are 1.5" squares.



For this blog hop, we are supposed to use NO red in our project. This pretty little heart turned into a handy little tote bag. The heart pattern is called Patchy heart and you can get it on quilters cache.



This are easy bags to make and have lots of different uses. You can put a few books and some pieces of candy in it, and send it off to a friend, which is just what I did (although with different books and candy then what is shown, tehehehe). Use it for library books or whatever else you can think of.



This is such a pretty pattern line, it's called "English Countryside" by Maywood. Here is the back.


And a plain inside, with no pocket.



Thank you for stopping by today and seeing my little project. Please drop by the other bloggers too, and have a great day.

January 21

Quilt Fabrication

Ms P Designs USA

Beaquilter

Becky’s Adventures in Quilting and Travel

Ridge Top Quilt

For The Love Of Geese

Sew Many Yarns

Quilting Gail


Thanks for stopping by,

Dorian











Thursday, December 24, 2020

Merry Christmas

 Wishing you all a very Blessed and Merry Christmas and Happy New Year! Thank you for sticking around and reading my posts.






Thanks for stopping by,

Dorian

Monday, November 23, 2020

Country Irish chain and Thanksgiving

Hello Everyone,

I hope you are all enjoying this time before the holidays rush in at us. I love this time of year. The weather has cooled, we've had some rain, the fires are out and the smoke is gone.

In Oct, I received a 5 yrd package of fabric goodness from a friend. It was a surprise gift on my quilting board, QATW, for making the first post in Oct of a finish. We have lots of fun on that quilting board :)

The fabric is Secret Garden by Meags and Me for Clothworks. Here's what the whole line looks like.


I love this line, the colors are so lovely. I instantly thought that my bundle had to be made into an Irish chain quilt, one of my favorites.


The yellow I had in my stash and the binding I had to buy, as I HAD to have a light teal binding and I didn't have any ;) I love prairie points and haven't used them in a quilt in quite a long while, so I had to put some in.


I had some soft gray flannel in my stash, so used that for the backing. Here you can see that I did some feathers in a circle and some flowers along the 'chains'.


First time doing feathers!! In over 20 years of quilting, and I've never quilted them before. It went better than I thought, but obviously I still need practice. Once this quilt is washed, it will hopefully take a few of those 'rough' spots out ;) 



And with that, I will leave you with wishing you a very Happy and Blessed Thanksgiving. Things aren't all that great in many places, but we still have a lot to be thankful for. Wishing you the best.

Thanks for stopping by,

Dorian


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