Monday, February 13, 2017

Mother's Birthday Present-Completed Project No. 1

If you follow my blog, you know that I'm always in a quandary as what to give mother for a birthday present. My "go to" item in the past has been pillows with a photo on them. This year is going to be a little different.
My inspiration is a granddaughter in the band at the University of Alabama and I was thinking that something pertaining to "Roll Tide" would be appropriate. (Not to be confused with the grandson who is at Auburn University, "War Eagle." Yes, we are a family divided.)
So, here is mom's birthday present and for once, I finished ahead of schedule. (Sis, be looking for it in the mail.)

New Years Resolution: 17 completed projects in 2017. This is no. 1, 16 left to go.)

Sunday, July 24, 2016

Getting Ready for the Fair

This weekend I completed another project for the county fair which is in September. My plan is to enter 10 items, (the max), if I can get them all completed.  Every year I tell myself, I'm not entering, but then the brochure comes in the mail and my competitive side comes out.

No Marcus, you can not have it now.

Monday, June 27, 2016

Days Gone By

Many, many, many years ago, too numerous to count, I created a project for a local quilt shop. The quilt was compose mainly of showmen, where we personalized them to be our family or friends. There was a postman, a construction worker, a nurse, a businessman and many others.
Over the years, I often hear from someone either finishing the project or wanting to start a new one and see what the original quilt looked like. Finding the photo and sending it to them has always been a pain, so I decided to post it on my blog. Easy fix and I hope you enjoy the snowmen.
Quilt currently resides on the gulf coast (of all places) with my mother.

Tuesday, May 3, 2016

Spreading the Joy!

When I spoke with my sister earlier today, I told her that my spare bedroom is covered up with too many quilts and some of them needed a new home. As usual, she wanted them, but knowing how many are already at her house, I said no, however, if she needed a graduation gift or something I'd be willing to send one. Wouldn't you know it, she needed one.......A co-worker is going to be having her 1st grandchild. Oh joy! (You know I can't pass that one up.)

Since the new addition is going to be a boy, I'm sending the one with the most blue in it. (Here's a close up.)
Sis, it's in the mail and I hope grandma Margaret likes it. (Quilt no. 76)

Monday, February 29, 2016

Gift for a Friend

Last year, someone did something very nice for me. I told her that I would make her a quilt and jokingly she replied, "yeah." A couple of weeks ago, I asked what was her favorite color and she replied, "PINK!" Have I got the quilt for her.

Using one of my favorite patterns and a "Watermelon" bali pop, here is the quilt I am sending to Wendy. Enjoy girlfriend and once again, thanks.

Tuesday, February 23, 2016

Birthday Present In The Mail

As the norm, I am making mother's birthday present . . . a pillow with a photo. Trying to select which picture was a tough choice. There was a picture of the group who went to see "Star Wars," pictures of the grandchildren, and a couple of miscellaneous group shots from different events. None of those struck me with any bright ideas. Then my sister sent me a picture and I decided that was the one.

This year the picture I am using is that of mother's darling baby boy as a four year old. (My little brother is now over 6 ft. tall and 50-something.) The black and white photo would work well with black and white fabrics, so the decision was made and I went to work.

Happy Birthday mom.

Monday, December 28, 2015

Christmas Presents & New Years Resolutions

Look at what Santa brought me. It's Frivol #1 and #2. I can't wait to open these up. However....

half-way thru December I made a New Year's Resolution that I can not start a new project until (2) UFO's, PhD's or PIG's are completed, and I mean COMPLETED. There are way to-o-o-o-o many unfinished projects laying around that I'm scared to count. There are (4) that just need binding and labels, should probably start there. Then I've got Bertie's Winter and Spring BOM's started. (Bertie's Winter didn't get finished before December but I'm determined that Bertie's Spring will get finished before April.) There are several stacks of different type blocks (Christmas swap, disappearing stars, churn dash blocks and some applique) which need to be sorted and assembled. The list could go on for a while, and I haven't mentioned all the containers in the upstairs closet, much less all those in the sewing room armoire.

New Years Resolutions:
1. Must finish at least (2) projects before a new one can be started.
2. Can not purchase any new fabric except for backing.
3. Can not purchase any "sewing" thread until all the existing spools fit on the spool rack which holds (96). I should also not purchase any embroidery thread. Make do with the hundred or so I have.
4. Enter at least (1) quilt in the local fair and (1) in the state fair.
5. Round up all the machine sewing needles, and hand sewing needles in one place.

Doable? I think so. Wish me luck.

Sunday, December 6, 2015

My 1, 2, 3 Quilt

Here is my 1, 2, 3 quilt. What makes it one, two, three you ask? To piece this top, it takes one jelly roll, two yards of background fabric and three weekends to complete. Not much time, however, I do have a few tricks.
Most of the commercial patterns for similar designs call for drawing a line across a square, sewing on the line and then cutting, thus wasting a portion of fabric. I have devised a way which does not waste any fabric and I do not use any paper guides. (Time spent ripping off paper is also not productive.)

Fabric has gotten so expensive and sewing time is often fleeting. The next time you start a new project, take a look at the pattern and the directions. See if you can find a way to save both.
Happy sewing.

Thursday, November 19, 2015

4 Blue Ribbons, 1 NQR

This year at the local fair, I entered 4 items and won 4 blue ribbons. Yea!

In the "Large Quilt Category," my designer BOM (from an on-line quilt shop,) received 1st place,
(ok family and friends, this one needs a home)

In the "Holiday House-Other Category," (all Christmas items are placed in "Holiday House,") my Santa Quilt placed 1st, (I'm keeping this one, don't even ask)

1st place in the "Quilted Kitchen Item Category," was my poppy table runner,

and the NQR item which won a blue ribbon in the "Crochet-Work-Fine Category," was a cream colored doily.

If you've never entered your work in a competition, consider entering your local or state fair. Who knows, you might win!

Monday, May 4, 2015

On the design wall.....

Long before this guy was spotted in my back yard,
one of my favorite quilt blocks was bear paws. Another favorite of mine when it comes to quilts is the color electric green, or as I call it,  "slime". Throw in one of my favorite designs of fabric, "dots" and you would have the trifecta of my favorite things to be in a quilt.

You can imagine my delight when I found a kit that incorporate all of these three things. My color choice was gold/brown or blue/green. You know which one I chose. Now this is on my design wall
along with this
 If thinking about making this kit, "Eldorado Canyon" by Chris Hoover/Whirligig Designs, let me offer a few suggestions.
First, cut the HST's just a skoosh bigger than called for. That way after the sections are sewn together, the pieces can be trimmed to exactly the correct size. As hard as I try, my HST's come out a little crooked and trimming them fixes that problem.
Second, pay careful attention to fabric placement in the bar block. There is a right direction and a wrong direction. After the block is sewn together, trust me, it will slap you in the face. Time to do a little un-sewing.
And third, pay close attention to the pressing direction. Another one of those things that will jump up and bite you.
I made how many HST's?

Saturday, February 21, 2015

Happy Birthday Mom

As February approaches, I am always in a quandary as what to give my mother for a birthday present and this year was no exception. She's one of those people who is very hard to buy for. I called my sister and asked what she was doing. Wouldn't you know it, she has already been shopping.

Several years back, I made a pillow from a family photo and I decided to do the same thing again, only this time I used the photo of an adorable two year old who is now "forty-something." (That's right sis, you've only got a few more years where you can truthfully use that "forty-something" line.) I hope mom likes it.

Remember: Life is like a roll of toilet paper. The closer you get to the end, the faster it goes.

Wednesday, November 26, 2014

Recycling a few Patterns

The other day, gal pal Linda sent me an email. (Yes, she is the same Linda who is in my book and she does exist.) Anyway, she suggested that I should start referring to the over-stuffed sewing closet which I am trying to clean out as the "The Resource Center." (Check out the previous post.)

In the resource center, I have quite a selection of used patterns. These are all patterns which I have purchased, either as BOM's or complete project kits and I no longer want or need them. These are patterns only; no fabric, no buttons, no panels. Just patterns which could use a new home.
Top: 6 issues of Quilts with Style. Issues Feb, April, June, Jul/Aug, Sept/Oct, Nov/Dec from 2005. These six issues were needed to complete the Tuscan Garden quilt by Schwartz & Seifert.
Bottom Left: All 6 patterns to complete the Sew Spooky Quilt by The Quilt Company.
Bottom Middle: All the applique and block patterns to complete the Classic Santas by Quakertown Quilts. (Check out the previous post.)
Bottom Right: All 12 patterns and finishing instructions for the 2013 Designer Mystery BOM  from the Fat Quarter Shop.

Once again, these are patterns only. If you would like to have any of these, free of charge, please leave a comment stating which pattern you want and then send me an email or give me a call.