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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Monday, October 26, 2020

From the Heart blog hop, my day

Hello All,

Welcome to my day on the From the Heart blog hop. And a big thank you to Carol, of Just let me quilt, for another great blog hop.

People who craft and create always put a lot of thought and love into their work. Whether they are creating for their work or as a hobby. If you don't love what you do, then it's hard to do it. So everything I make is 'from the heart' and I had to think for  awhile before I figured out what I wanted to show today.

This year has been very hard on so many people. Besides the whole covid issue, a lot of people are having more health issues, there is too many huge fires burning the West, lots more storms wrecking havoc in the middle and Eastern states, just to name a few. So this year I am trying to spread a bit more love to my friends. I'm sending out hugs.

Mug rugs make great little gifts. You can personnalize them to the reciever, which is always fun.



This is another one I sent out. And it has a funny story. I grabbed the pink squares to go with the black and white because I thought that would be pretty, I really liked it. Then I found the awesome rainbow print, perfect, and decided, what the heck, I'll use pink on the back too. But the whole time I was making this with a particular person in mind, I kept thinking "I hope she likes pink"..... turns out, it's her favorite color :) Must be serendipity ;)



The next two are a little bigger, you can still use them for a mug and a plate of goodies, or put it on the wall or whatnot. This one was for my best quilting buddy, Pat at the scrapatch, she blogged about it here.




This one was for an old friend 'in memory of..', her Mom had passed, and her Mom loved birds.




All these projects are great for using up your scraps. The top hearts one was made with my 1.5" squares, and this one was made with 1.5" strips. I just can't seem to throw these little bits out.

No matter the size of your project, or even if it's just a few words on a sheet of paper. Sending out heartfelt gifts and words are so important. Everyone likes to feel they are special to someone, everyone likes to know that people like and respect them, everyone enjoys having friends and receiving something special.

 As the Beatles say, "Love is all we need.." :) so we just need to "Let the love flow...".

Have a lovely day, and don't forget to stop and see all the other beautiful things people are making. Here are the other bloggers sharing my day, you can find the full list at Carol's.






Tuesday, October 6, 2020

Disappearing 9 patch, and a finish

Hello Everyone,

It's crazy how fast this year is going. The older I get, the faster it seems to go.

I've been working a lot with my scraps this year. It feels good to get them used up.

Yesterday I pulled out my 2 1/2" squares to play with. Sorting them by color, dark and light.


I am making a disappearing 9 patch. You take a simple 9 patch. And cut it in the middle on both sides.


Then you have 4 blocks that look like this. That you can switch around..


Turning this way and that...


Until you have a design you like...


You can mix and match them too...


I still have a lot of 9 patches to make, so am not sure how I am going to make the final layout. Stay tuned :)

Here is another finish I did in Sept. This one was finished right at the end of the month. I'm calling it mosaic tiles.


I was fascinated by this triangle, made by using a square and 2 triangles.


You put four of them together and you get this block.


I'm sure this has a name, but I don't know what it is. I just that it was a fun block to make. Now that the quilt is finished, I wished I would of made it bigger. This one is 44 x 50. I think the two borders really set it off. I'm sure a little girl somewhere will love it, it's going in my donate pile.

It's a good thing I have lots of scraps to play with, as there are lots of great scrappy quilts to make!




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Tuesday, September 1, 2020

Summer Quilts

 Hello All,

I've been working on a lot of scrappy quilts and UFO's this summer. I have 3 or 4 small quilts tops all put together from UFO blocks that have been sitting around, some for quite a few years. 

Like this cute quilt. I'm calling it Butterfly lane. Because of these butterflies on the background fabrics.


This top was put together a long time ago, maybe 9? something like that. The four big squares were mini-round robins a few of my friends and I did together. Then I came up with a design to put them all together in this quilt. It's 66" square.


Earlier this year I worked on this scrappy quilt. Using 2.5" squares from my scrap box.

I just finished it this morning. It has a nice, flannel backing. It's 56" x 70". It's called Film at Five and it's a free pattern from Wedding Dress Blues.


I also made this sweet table mat for a swap my quilting friends and I did. It's a pattern from my best quilting buddy, Pat at the Scrapatch. You unsnap the petals and have individual mug rugs :)




I'm doing really good this year getting some things at least put into tops, if not completely finished. And I've been using up a lot of scraps :) 

Now.... what am I going to work on next?!

Have a fantastic day!

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Monday, August 3, 2020

Magic Stars

Hello All,

Hope you are all having a terrific summer (winter). We've been enjoying going to the lake a lot this year. The lake is about a 45 min drive from the house, so not too bad, especially since it's a lovely drive thru the mtns and forests.

Have you all seen the magic stars pattern? I just love playing with it. You take two pieces of fabric, cut them a few times, mix up the colors and resew them. Too fun! 



I didn't have 10" squares to work with, but I did have a big pile of 6.5" squares. So I guessed my cuts would be at 2.5" and thats what I did. 

I only did a few this way, then I decided that the middle triangle was too small, I wanted to see if I can make the three triangles all roughly the same size. So I experimented with cutting sizes.

Here you can see I cut one set at 2", one at  2 1/4 ", one at 2 1/2" and one at 2 3/4".




I found the 2 1/4" works out best for the triangles. So my original squares are 6 1/2" and I made the cuts at 2 1/4". 

I made a pile of them, having fun picking out what fabrics to go together.



I'm not sure what I'm going to do with this yet, maybe make them into a table runner? or make more and put them in a lap sized quilt? 


I haven't decided on a layout yet, but I I think I am leaning towards this last one.


Then again.... maybe the first one??

We'll see... stay tuned :)

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