Wednesday, October 31, 2012

Autumn quilt

A few years ago I made a quilt as a gift for my daughters friend who was married in October.  I loved the fabrics in that quilt so much, that I squirreled away any bits of the fabric for a later project.  We've had a week of cooler weather here in the deep south, which made me once again think of this fabric.

It's hard to see in the picture, but each fabric has rich tones, some with golden threads running through.  Yes, a simple pattern, but I think the fabrics add to the Fall flavor.

My heart goes out to the families who lost loved ones in the aftermath of Hurricane Sandy.  It will take time to fully recover from Sandy's fury.  The weeks and months ahead will be grueling and back breaking.  Here in Florida we still see blue tarps on roofs from previous hurricane damage. Life goes on, but a disaster such as this brings us to the reality of what is really important in life.  Hug your family, friends and neighbors.  We can never be certain that we will have tomorrow.  I may not know what the future holds, but I know Who holds the future.

Monday, October 29, 2012

Weekend project and Storm warnings

I've been fooling around with the Shop Hop leaf blocks.  I never had enough fabric to make the whole quilt, so I thought I would go with a different approach.  I made the two blocks and used some of the fabric from the other blocks to make up a table runner.

My first thought was to square up the block, but in the end decided that it made it too large, and I just didn't like where this was going.

The leaf blocks are large (12 1/2" square) so I cut 2 1/2" strips and made this block for the center.

And YAY it all fit!

I added a small border but it just was not working, so I ripped it out.

So the next step is the quilting.  Hopefully I can get it ready to use over the Thanksgiving holiday.

Storm warnings -
Because we live in the Central Florida area, I am on the email list from a friend who works for the NOAA.  Here is what Stanley sent out this morning -
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I am not going to cover all of the details here since media has
covered a lot. (Not always accurate, but much of the coverage is

Here are some of the basics --
1) We do not have very many of these "hybrid" systems -- a hurricane
merging with mid-latitude fronts, etc.
2) It is VERY strong for this type of system. No we are not talking
about Cat 5 winds (max sustained for Sandy is now about 85 mph vs.
over 160 mph for Andrew), but the wind energy is spread out over a
VERY large area. This means that a LOT of people are going to get
strong TS-sustained winds (50-70 mph but with gusts to hurricane
force). The storm is not moving fast so they will get those winds
for a LONG time. This means lots of trees down, some structural
damage, disruption of normal activities, lots of power outages, etc.,
3) This is the highest concentration of people in the US. There are
a LOT of people that will be affected.
4) Because the wind is spread over such a large area and the storm
has been out over the ocean for several days, it has been generating
lots of swells/waves/etc. These will all combine with the coastal
storm surge (which could be present during HIGH TIDE since since the
impact will last for a number of hours). The actual storm surge is
estimated to be at least about 11 ft in some areas, but the other
water action, coastal topography (i.e., inlets, areas that will focus
the flood waters, etc.) There are MANY areas that will be flooded and
there is a chance that the New York subway system will even be
5) It is hard to predict how much rain (and some areas might get
snow) this will produce, but unlike S FL, that area has lots of hills
that can produce dangerous flooding with moderately heavy rains. The
slower the system moves the worse the flooding will be.
6) Although I do not put too much stock in the accuracy measurements
of historical landfalls, this pressure for this storm is certainly
one of the lowest for a landfall in that area. Note that the
"Perfect Storm" (1991 -- see was only about 972
mb and did not actually make landfall. For Hurricane Sandy the
current pressure is 946 mb -- though fluctuations (up or down) could
happen prior to landfall. This storm is MUCH strong than the 1991
7) The NYC/Long Island area is almost certain to receive a very major
impact. The shape of the coast and location of the storm can funnel
a lot of surge. By the way, some of the areas are already
experiencing TS-force sustained winds.
8) TIMING -- things are starting now, landfall is expected by tonight
or early Tues. morning, and then depending on how slowly storm moves,
some coastal impacts could continue through Wednesday. Inland impacts
for the track) will evolve over the next several days.

So -- wind, rain flooding, coastal surge flooding, etc. affecting
10's of millions of people and numerous business, cities, and states.

Please excuse any typos or other errors. I am just trying to get
this out quickly.

Hope for the best; prepare for the worst!
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Praying everyone will be safe.  These storms are not something to fool around with.  Take care.

Friday, October 26, 2012

O Tannenbaum


Amy's Creative Side is once again hosting the Bloggers Quilt Festival.  You see so many beautiful quilts and meet the creative force behind their blogs.

My quilt for this years Bloggers Quilt Festival is "O Tannenbaum".

All ready for the upcoming Christmas season.

The "O Tannenbaum" Wall Hanging measures 24" x 44".  The machine quilting was done on my domestic sewing machine.

Finished quilt measures : 24" x 44"
Special techniques used : none
Quilted by : Me
Best Category :Wall Hanging

If you are visiting for the first time from the Blogger's Quilt Festival, Welcome!!  I love to meet new people.  Please leave a comment so I can visit you as well.  I hope you will come back again soon!
Happy Quilting!

Thursday, October 25, 2012

A trip down south

My BFF came to visit for a few days last week.  We always have a great time together and usually share an adventure or two. 

As we drove down to Sarasota to meet up with her parents, we stopped in a Quilt shop that had moved close to the Interstate. 

It was kind of sad to see that this shop had about 1/3 less fabric then the last time I visited.  The fabric lines were very modern.  Being a mostly traditional quilter, I didn't find anything that peeked my interest. But still it's fun to stop and enjoy the samples.  Gleaning ideas is never a boring trip.

Happy Quilting!

Wednesday, October 24, 2012

Monday, October 22, 2012


....... you have to make your own seasons.

We don't have the change of seasons as most of you experience, so we make our own!!

This block is from a shop hop I did several years ago.  I never made the Fall blocks or the quilt, but the cooler temps persuaded me to dig them out. 

The block is 12 1/2 x 12 1/2.  There are two blocks this size, so I was thinking maybe a table runner, with the leaf at each end, would compliment these blocks.  Anyone have a pattern suggestion or a link to find something that would work?

Thursday, October 18, 2012

Pinwheel quilt

Here it is again.  The pinwheel quilt, made from the leftover pinwheels from my Chevron Quilt.  

I decided to add a couple more rows of pinwheels and the red border.  It will make a perfect child sized quilt for charity.  I really do like the way it turned out.

Wednesday, October 17, 2012

Crafting for health?

There are so many different aspects to crafting.  I think we all need some kind of creative outlet.  Whether we are good at something, or just enjoy the process.

Are you a sensitive person?  Do you notice fine scents, sounds, tastes or works of art? I tend to notice sensory changes. 

 For so many years I would stuff it down, and try to conform to what everyone else was doing. 

When I recently read an article on how crafting can actually advance healthy living along with  joy and creative satisfaction, I stopped to ponder about this.

Whether it is cooking, gardening, knitting or sewing, crafts have become a proven way to bring sanity and calmness in a sometimes hectic world. You see apparently the brain cannot dwell on stress when it is engaged by the repetitive movement of your chosen craft. 

 Sometimes you come up with a solution to a problem when you give your brain a break.

So is that the reason we should cook, garden, knit, or quilt??  No I think the reason is that we enjoy it. And in turn that becomes our "therapy". 

Crafting makes us happy, and we can also make other people happy, by making gifts for our family, friends and charity.  

So let's think of it this way.  The quality may not be perfect, but in the end, you have gained a healthy attitude and you have not wasted your time :-)

To find out if you are a highly senstive person, you can do the self test at this website Highly Sensitive Person.   I found this self test on Hooked on Houses blog. 

(Subject matter was inspired by an article in Living magazine November issue)

Monday, October 15, 2012

Weekend projects

Over the weekend I put together the extra blocks and made this little Pinwheel quilt.  Yes I love boring Pinwheels too.  And these went together so well.

 I have not quite decided if I want to add another border. 
It is only a table topper size, so I think adding one more border, maybe in red, would give it a little more dimension.

And I also came across these 4 1/2" floral blocks and put them together as well.

It's  not very big.  But it would make a cute doll quilt.  I ran out of blue and pink fabric, so I'm digging through the stash to see if I have anything that would frame this little quilt.

What did you work on this weekend??

Thursday, October 11, 2012

Chevron Quilt

Here it is!! The Chevron quilt put together.

I think this type of quilt will look better without a border.

So now I have a question for YOU.  I had many HST left over, enough to probably make a little baby type quilt.  Here is what I would normally do with HST's. 

Nice boring Pinwheel.  But what happens if we cut the HST again.  Here are the possibilities.

So what do you think??  Which block design (whirlagig or ribbon) and color (scrappy or solid)  would you vote for??

Tuesday, October 9, 2012

Want to help?

Have you seen THIS post??  What a great way to support charities.  I have some partially completed tops, and orphan fabric that I will be packaging up and sending out to Margaret's Hope Chest.

How about you?  Can you lend a hand??

Monday, October 8, 2012

Chev..... Chev......Chev.....


I recently watched a Youtube on making a Chevron quilt.  The demo was using a Layer Cake, but I thought I would try to make my own with 6" squares.

I picked out an assortment of fabrics.  Plus white background fabric.

Cut 6" strips and then again into 6" squares.


Pair up a white square with one of the color fabric squares.  Sew all the way around.

With your trusty rotary, cut the sewn square in an X.

Press your seams to the dark fabric.

Line up the Chevrons and start sewing the blocks together.


I will work on these blocks and see how large this quilt will turn out.  I cut two yards of white background, and various amounts of the red and blue.  

This looked like an easy and fun quilt to put together. I'll let you know how it turns out.

Happy Quilting!

Friday, October 5, 2012

Scrappy neighborhood

Finishing this quilt top was such a delight.  Even piecing the borders was a fun addition.  I really love how this Scrappy neighborhood turned out.

There is a little guy peeking from this window!

The pattern is in  McCalls Quilting October 2009
The original pattern is larger, but mine turned out to be about a twin size.  

woo-hoo, Welcome to the Neighborhood!  Happy Quilting!

Wednesday, October 3, 2012

Fall Quilts

I've been feeling a tad under the weather the last couple of days.  So there has not been much sewing or creating going on here.  But to whet your Fall appetite, I thought I would share some of my fall quilts.

Happy Quilting!