Sunday, June 25, 2017

Thursday, June 22, 2017

Matthew's quiilt


When I was a new quilter in 1985 I took a quilting class at the local craft store. Back then we were taught how to cut out the pieces with scissors and used cardboard templates. Towards the end of the class, our teacher showed us a tool that looked like a pizza cutter. She told us this was a Rotary Cutter and would speed cutting time. Of course we all laughed and said it could not take the place of scissors! HA!

About that same time, my sister in law took a class at a quilt shop. She learned Eleanor Burns Quilt in A Day pattern for the Log Cabin. She shared with me how quick and easy it was to use this method. And as the saying goes, the rest is history.

"Matthew's Quilt" was started back around 1986. I purchased 100% cotton fabrics from a quilt shop. My plan was to make a quilt for my then toddler son. We worked on the Log Cabin pattern, and I completed the top. It was my goal to hand quilt this quilt.

So I started working on it, but did not make very speedy progress. As a matter of fact it was not completed until 2004!

This is one of my favorite quilts and the only one I hand quilted. It was fun to work on, and I love how the colors all worked together.

Are you a hand or machine quilter? Either way, enjoy your quilting experience.

Tuesday, June 20, 2017

Another Whoop-whoop

I made this table topper several years ago.


Unfortunately, the binding fabric has been buried deep inside the stash fabric.

But this weekend, I decided it was time to head for the finish line. So another UFO bites the dust!


Sunday, June 18, 2017

Friday, June 16, 2017

Let's get inspired

Whenever we travel, I try to locate a quilt shop in the area. It's always fun to see what kind of quilts are being created.

On a recent trip in our traveling cottage, we landed in western Georgia.  I found the sweetest little quilt shop called Southern Stitches.

Located in Thomaston Georgia, the shop, although not very large, was warm and welcoming.
I chatted with the owner, Dana, before other people started coming into the shop. She was such a sweet gal. The shop has been open for about four years, and they are getting ready to move closer into town in the next few weeks. She tells me they need more space. Sounds like a good problem to have.





If we are ever back in that area, I would love to see what she does with her new shop. I always enjoy being inspired when I visit quilt shops.

And yes, I did purchase fabric. Although I have been trying to be very good, working down my stash and not buying (much) fabric. But who could resist.

This was tucked in with the patriotic fabric and it's from Timesless Treasures. 

I also purchased the fun cake fabric from Southern Stitches, the the others were a Hobby Lobby find. We do not have Hobby Lobby in our area, so when I find one when we travel, I like to check it out. Being a new grandma, I've been keeping an eye out for kids type fabrics. And now that we found out that grandbaby #3 is on the way, well, what's a grandma to do?  Yep, that's right...buy more fabric ;-)

Do you find inspiration when you visit a quilt shop? Do you seek out new shops when you travel? I love to see how patterns, sometimes old favorites like Yellow Brick Road, are worked with different fabrics.

Happy Quilting!

Monday, June 12, 2017

Best Gift ideas


Every year I love to share gifty ideas and tutorials. Grab your cup of coffee and visit these interesting and informative tutorials.

One of my all time favorites is Travel-sized Tissue Cozy pattern.  Kim shares her easy tutorial on "an oft traveled road".

The Pink Penguin shared her tutorial for a sweet Fabric Basket.

A quick pattern by Tea Rose Home,  called Modern Square Garden quilt.

Who couldn't use another purse in your choice of color. Bola Chica offered a tutorial on the Pleated Purse. You could certainly make one for every outfit. And who wouldn't love and use this adorable Friendship bag courtesy of "p.s. I Quilt"?

Have you got a little buddy to make a gift for? How about this TOO cute Softie doll from "60piggies".

Stuck on zippers? ............. Noodlehead shares a tutorial on a sweet Lil Cutie Pouch. Make them by the dozens. For teachers and friends. And add a Notebook Cover from "My Patchwork".

Crazy Mom Quilts is a prolific quilter and shares many  Tutorials  on her blog.

I love to read Karen's blog  Sew Many Ways  She always comes up with new and creative ideas.

And if you really want easy tutorials, you can always check out Missouri Quilting Company.  Jenny Doan shares lots of great patterns.  Quick and easy.

If you start now, you will have a huge jump on Christmas :-)

Have fun and create!!

Sunday, June 11, 2017

Friday, June 9, 2017

It's all about the cuts

Making a quilt is always a bit of a brain thing. You need to measure twice before you cut once. I've had my share of mishaps over the years, but thankfully, most project were salvageable.

Case in point. I started making this quilt, but the directions were slim, and I assumed things that were not so. I ended up lacking a couple of rows of blocks because of my mistake.

However, in the end, I was able to save several of the blocks that I had not sliced, and ended up a lap size quilt.

The result -

 ta-da!

Sunday, June 4, 2017

Bread for the Journey


I praise you,
for I am fearfully and wonderfully made.

Wonderful are your works;
my soul knows it very well.

My frame was not hidden from you,
when I was being made in secret,
intricately woven in the depths of the earth.

Your eyes saw my unformed substance;
in your book were written,
every one of them,
the days that were formed for me,
when as yet there was none of them.

How precious to me are your thoughts,
O God!
How vast is the sum of them!

If I would count them,
they are more than the sand.
I awake, and I am still with you.

Psalm 139: 14-18

Thursday, June 1, 2017

A Welcoming quilt

A new grand-baby is due to arrive in a few weeks. A baby boy, Jonah. We are excited to welcome a grandson into our family.

I've been working on a baby quilt for Jonah and I'm almost done.

Not sure I'll be able to do much more quilting. 

My DIL is pretty big, and has been experiencing Braxton Hicks contractions. So Jonah may make an early appearance. Need to get the binding on, so the quilt will be ready when he arrives.

Monday, May 29, 2017

In Memory

Memorial Day is a day celebrated in the US in honor and tribute to the soldiers who have lost their lives in service protecting our country.



"I have never been able to think of the day as one of mourning; I have never quite been able to feel that half-masted flags were appropriate on Decoration Day.
I have rather felt that the flag should be at the peak, because those whose dying we commemorate rejoiced in seeing it where their valor placed it. We honor them in a joyous, thankful, triumphant commemoration of what they did. "
~Benjamin Harrison
 

In memory and honor of those who have fought and died to keep our country free.

May God continue to protect and bless the United States of America!
Wishing you a safe and Happy Memorial Day!

Thursday, May 25, 2017

Quilting sunshine

I recently went on a trip with my hubby in our traveling cottage. We stopped at many places and it's always interesting the things you find.

At an antique mall, this little beauty was waiting for rescue.

It looked pretty old and well used. 

And then at a co-op shop, quilters shared their local talent.











This last one made me smile.

There is always inspiration to be found, if one looks for it.

Happy Quilting!

Monday, May 22, 2017

Re-post

I'm re-posting this quilt because I loved the way it turned out. The pattern is "Just Can't Cut It" and it works so beautifully when you have fabric that is showcase worthy.
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I've always been a simple quilter.  I like the order of straight lines.  I also like to show off the beauty of fabric.


I fell in love with the focal fabric and pulled out the colors that surrounded the paisley print.



The colors are not true in these pictures, but I do think this is one of the prettiest quilts that I've made. The pattern?  Just Can't Cut It.

A lot of my machine quilting is done with my walking foot.  I find I can manage my quilt with the walking foot.  With a little bit of free motion on the borders.


Just enough to add interest to the borders :-)

Happy Quilting

Friday, May 19, 2017

True to You


I guess many of my readers already know that I love to read Christian fiction. I've had the opportunity to review many, and "True to You" is the most recent book I reviewed.

Nora Bradford is a librarian extraordinaire. She's a genealogist, loves history, and doing research. Nora's life has been turned upside down, when she experiences a devastating heartbreak. She buries herself in her plain bookish lifestyle.

John Lawson, a former Navy SEAL, is a man's man.  When he receives an unexpected diagnosis, he asks Nora to help him find his birth parents.

Immediately smitten, Nora does all she can to help John find his roots. But can the unexpected results lay claim to their budding relationship?

Becky Wade is a master at storytelling. She develops relationships with skill and care. She brings her characters to life in soul searching, heart wrenching ways.  I liked this story because it reminded me so much of the "what if's" and the consequences that can happen.

"True to You" is the first of the Bradford Sister Romance series. I can hardly wait to see what happens in the lives of Willow and Britt. If you would like the prelude to this story, Amazon currently has the Novella "Then Came You" available for free for Kindle.

I voluntarily reviewed a complimentary copy of this book which I received from the publisher. All views expressed are my honest opinion.

Thursday, May 18, 2017

Enticement

I often look for quilting books at my local library. Recently I brought home a copy of this book.

As I paged through the quilts, I was instantly drawn to this one.

I knew I had batiks in my stash, so I dug around until I found what I needed. I proceeded to make the blocks.

However... when I started cutting the blocks...

and laying out the first row, I realized I had made a BIG mistake! You see the pattern did not have many directions, and I assumed that the blocks were to be alternating. When in fact, the light blue was NOT to be set as above...

But all the block were to be set like this one, just alternating the light blue and the green.

Fortunately I did not cut all the blue blocks, and I had five that were uncut. I was able to rescue them and rework the blocks.But sadly I did not have any more of the light blue to make the additional three that I had already cut.

So the quilt will be smaller, but I think it's a striking pattern design anyway.