Wednesday, May 25, 2016


Le Anne over at Podunk Pretties is having a Back Porch Blooms quilt along.  She made up this darling block and offering a free tutorial/pattern for it. I had to join in as it is just too darn cute! You can learn more about it here.

I was originally planning on using my 30's fabrics for it, but I just didn't have the right solid blue to go with my prints. So off to Hobby Lobby to check out their solids and nope they didn't have what I wanted either. Of course when you are in the midst of fabric you can't help but look around a bit, right?  I found this brown print and orange polka dot and I couldn't resist. I knew I had coordinates that would work at home.  I am loving it!!  My leaves got a little skinnier than they were supposed to be. That is what happens when you do not read carefully and think you know what you are doing! I used the wrong size background sqs. but didn't realize it until it was too late. Oh well he just has skinnier leaves-it still works;-)   Le Anne warns these are a bit addictive and I believe her, I wantta make more!!

Tuesday, May 24, 2016

Fishy fishy

OMG how cute is this quilt?  I absolutely loved quilting it for my customer, Marge. She does such a good job with her piecing and it is a joy to quilt for her. And just look at the border fabric!

So much fun seeing all the different items in the fishbowls!

We chose my freehand allover Dwirling design by the Pajama Quilter to make it look like swirling water

And look a little mermaid in the bottom right fishbowl.

 And the back

It's a small lap size with Glide thread top and bottom with Hobbs 80/20 batting.

Sunday, May 22, 2016

More green scraps-different block

Here is the second block I have been working on for RSC16.

And with their brothers and sisters.  You will notice I have cornerstones on the blue blocks and not the rest. After making the second color set I thought I might not want them. So I stopped adding them, for now at least. I will not be adding brown to these or the ones I posted last Saturday. I felt that brown just doesn't play well for the look I am going for.

A short post today folks, it's a glorious day outside and I am going to spend most of it outdoors!

Linking with ScrapHappy Saturday and Oh Scrap

Monday, May 16, 2016

Island Batik May challenge

May is the month fora paper piecing  project for us Island Batik Ambassadors. We could do either regular paper piecing or english paper piecing.  I decided to try my hand at EPP since I hadn't done that before.

I chose to use paper templates that I purchased at Jo Ann's. The Island Batik fabrics I chose this month are from several different collections. The background is actually 2 of their 10" stack pieces from the London Fog collection as well as the leaves and stem. The outer hexies and binding are from Lavish collection while the center hexie is Grapevine from the Green Acres Collection.

Ok close your eyes and just imagine you are petting this delicious Island Batik fabric-it's oh so sleek and wonderful feeling!  I wish you could also feel the dimension on this wall hanging. Using a layer of Hobbs wool over a layer of their 80/20 gives it such character. The flower and leaves just bump out from the background which I quilted using a design from Christina Cameli.  Did you notice I also had to add the 3 little prairie points on the top-they just add an extra little touch to it.

                                     Threads used are Superior So Fine, Aurifil and Glide.

                                                               It measures 9.5" x 18.5"
You can check out a few of the other Island Batik Ambassador projects that have posted so far.

Next month will be a Modern challenge, I already know what I am going to do for that-can't wait!!

Linking up with several of the linky parties on my left side bar.

Saturday, May 14, 2016

My green blocks for RSC16

Here are my first set of green blocks for this months RSC challenge.

 And added to previous month's blocks. These blocks just make me smile :-)

Linking up at So Scrappy and Oh Scrap.

Friday, May 13, 2016

Scrappy finishes

Last weekend I pieced another Wonky table runner, it is now quilted.  It is the one on the left.  The runner on the right is a Missouri Star tutorial, Window pane D9P.

 And a close up of the Dwirling freehand quilting I did on my Nolting Funquilter. Dwirling is on one of Pajama Quilters DVD's.

You might notice the prints are of the same fabric, I had a pack of 9 fat quarters that I was determined to use up.  So I chose several table runner patterns that I could do just that with.  I will have a couple more posted soon.  Now you could certainly do either of these runners with all scraps, and you could also use the same idea and make a whole quilt to use even more scraps. 

Joinig in a few linky parties for the end of this week...see links on the left side bar.  I have the Grandson's coming over to spend the night so I need to get busy!

Monday, May 9, 2016

Getting my wonky on!

Saturday was a sewing day with friends. We started a small quilt group and call ourselves Mod Squad as we were leaning toward the modern quilting. We meet once a month and have a little meeting/show and tell and then open sewing where we work on whatever project we want.

On Friday I cut out several table runners and took 3 along. As I was setting up my sewing machine I realized I had forgotten my bobbin at home. OK no biggee as a friend had one I could borrow. BUT then I realized I had also forgotten my bobbin cover!  I know exactly what happened, Friday night as I was packing up I decided I should oil by machine. I must have gotten interrupted and didn't put them back in the machine before packing it up.  So another gal had wide masking tape and we fashioned a cover out it. While it worked, it wasn't ideal, definitely slowed me down. However, I did manage to get one runner all pieced(no pic of that one) and most of this wonky one done. So this morning I got busy first thing and finished the piecing of it.

You might remember my first wonky runner here. And a shout out for my bloggy friend, Jayne who has a free tutorial here.  I made this one from a fat quarter pack cutting my own 2.5" sqs.  You will see more runners using different patterns with the same fabrics in the coming days.  I am determined to use up some FQ's this year. I need to clean up an over run cabinet!

I love doing the wonky style so much that last month at the Mod Squad meeting I made this 36" sq. neonatal quilt using 5" charms that another bloggy friend sent me. Sandra sent them to us ladies that particpated in the Craftsy blog hop that she and Julie hosted earlier this year . Thank you Sandra, I put them to good use :-)  Jayne also has a tutorial for this one here

And another touch of spring-our apple tree was loaded with blossoms! 

And this guy was cruising through our yard this past week. Not an uncommon thing.  There has been a group of about 11 hanging around from time to time.  But this one was all alone this time.

Joining in with a few inspiring Linky parties on the left side bar. Be sure to check them out and perhaps leave some comment love on a few new to you blogs.

Monday, May 2, 2016

Am I crazy...

On Saturday morning I went to a fabric sale, wheweee what a sale it was!  I do have to say though it was bittersweet as some family lost a love one that resulted in this sale. I did not know the lady or her family but it was sad anyway.  But the family can know that her things are going on to be used in loads of other homes now.  They had to use a Uhaul truck to bring stuff over from the house to the American Legion where they held the sale. It was only from 10am-3pm. I don't think there was any way they could have sold it all as my friend was there around 1pm and she said there was lots left. Maybe they will decide to do another sale!

So the deal was $1 a yd. for flat folds and $5 for a bolt no matter how many yds. were on it. There must have been 100 bolts, and table after table of flatfolds.  YIKES I have/had no willpower!!  How do you not want to just pick up everything in site. Think tons of backing fabrics for one thing.  I found several pieces for backgrounds. Most are not modern, although, some of the bright colors would work. I did find a modern bright good for my donation quilts and a piece of light grey tone on tone. There was Christmas, floral, tone on tone. They did a good job of sorting them by color or theme. I wish I would have ran to the batik table(if I had known which one it was) as they were only $2 a yd.  You had to take the whole piece, no cutting was happening at all. Some pieces I got were 5 yds some a little more.  You also had to measure your own piece and use the honor system and tell the cashier how many yds you had.  Oh and then they had finished quilts on 3 tables and antique quilts, all hand stitched, on another table.

Just look at all my goodies... I am a very happy quilter.  Wantta know how much fabric there is on my ironing board????  Take a guess now.  I am lucky I have a supportive DH as he just saw stacks of nicely folded fabric, but then when I told him how many yards I bought his eyes almost popped out, LOL.  Now the thing is I have to find a place to store it all!!  I plan to use some today, I have runners that need quilting so I'll use some for backings, that will help bring the pile down a bit, haha.

So I came home, petted, fondled, refolded and wound everything around my 6" ruler to make them all nice and tidy. So what would you have done, buy lots and lots  or not??????  Ok I'll tell ya, there is about 120 yds.  I didn't unwind and measure the bolts as we didn't have to do that at the sale since they were just flat out $5 a bolt.  I could have easily bought twice that as I am kinda nutty that way!

Just a reminder that the Island Batik Ambassadors have wrapped up their April projects but one of the ladies was kind enough to post links too all of them. So if you are wondering what other projects were made for the month you can check them out below.

Linking to a few of the parties on the left side bar.

Friday, April 29, 2016

A Queen for Friday-OMG

I had a very good week-I finished this queen size quilt for us!  At the beginning of the month I entered this as my OMG challenge over at Red Letter Quilts. Here is what it looked like on April 1st.

  The pattern was from April 2010 American Patchwork & Quilting magazine called Color Cues. A year ago I was fortunate to have won this bundle of wonderful colors of fat quarter solids from The Fat Quarter shop!!  I was so very happy and almost immediately I knew that I would use them to make this quilt.  I pulled out the brightest colors to use for this quilt.  
I cut it out in January of this year and pieced most of the blocks while at retreat the end of January. Then, since I wasn't in a big hurry, I set it aside and moved onto other things-you know how that goes right?  But, it is almost at the season I want to be using it, I figured setting it as my April goal would assure me that I get it done.

And here is what it looks like now at the end of the month!  It was a very easy pattern to make and I love how it came out.  Normally I would like to quilt it to bits, but since it will be on a bed I wanted it softer and more cuddly. Therefore, quilting an allover more open design made sense. So freehand one of my fun designs was a good choice.  I used Quilters Dream Wool for the batting, Glide turquoise thread on top and So fine grey in the bobbin made for easy quilting and great tension. It has some really great texture because of the wool batting.  If the sun would just shine I could get some better pictures, it has been gloomy and rainy all week here.

I leave you today with a pic of our wild plum blossoms-oh man they smell soooo good, wish I could send you all a wonderful scent too!

I hope everyone has met their monthly goal!  I am pretty darn happy with myself as I have 3 queens that I finished up this year!!  This one was totally start to finish, the other 2 were UFO's.  Ahhhhh ;-)

Linking up at:
OMG-Red Letter Quilts
Whoop Whoop
Fabric Frenzy Friday

Monday, April 25, 2016

Using scraps

Yesterday, since it was a drippy dreary day here, I decided I better catch up on my RSC16 blocks. This month's color is orange. I love using brights for kid donation quilts, and orange fits in perfectly for these blocks.

Scrappy Strippy Kisses from Vol. 11 Quiltmaker's 100 blocks 

And here the orange has joined it's partners of blue and purples. I am really loving this block and how it plays together so nicely with the different color blocks. I can hardly wait to see what color is next. 

I have chosen to work on 2 different blocks each month. This is Tropical Punch from Moda Bake shop.

And with it's partners from January and March. I just couldn't bring myself to do brown blocks with either of these patterns. I love browns but just not with the brights.  You see the blue blocks have cornerstones, at this point I  can't decide if I should continue with them so I'll wait and see.

Hope you all have wonderful sewing days this week ;-)

Late to the party with both of these linky's but better late than never!

And not late to this one;-)

Sunday, April 17, 2016

Disappearing window pane

Missouri Star has so many great tutorials and this was one of them.  Disappearing four patch window pane using a charm pack. But you certainly could do all scrappy and cut your own 5 inch squares. I used 27 squares and did 3 blocks for this table runner. Fun and easy project in no time at all.  Prints Charming was my charm pack plus some Kona brown, I love the colors in this!

 I thought this flower quilting design was perfect for this runner. Hobbs 80/20 batting, Glide thread in a plum color, and brown binding.

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Friday, April 15, 2016

Showers for April

April brings showers and flowers for the Island Batik Ambassadors.  Ever since my shipment from Island Batik arrived, I have been eyeing this gorgeous stack of 10" squares of London Fog. I was dreaming of what I should make with it.  Just look at the cute way they packaged it up!

When we were told for the April challenge to make something to do with spring, I knew London Fog was perfect for it.  To me the purple squares are flowers, the green are their leaves and the blue represents the April showers-all things Spring!  Plus I quilted freehand flowers all over it-Ahhhh Flowers All Around, With Rain Drops Too is what I am calling this quilt.

Island Batik was kind enough to send me 2 of their beautiful Basics to coordinate with London Fog for this project.   I feel so very lucky to be able to create with their gorgeous fabric and show you what I am making with it. This fabric is just delicious feeling. If you would like to find a store near you that carries Island Batiks here is a link to a Store Locator page.  If you wish your store carried Island Batiks tell the shop owner to contact them here.

Oh wait you say you want to see my quilt?  Okay here ya go, sorry I was teasing again wasn't I. But, of course, you knew I would show you!

 The pattern I used is called The Cut Up by Pieced Tree. I did make a modification to it by not adding the sashing between the blocks and the rows. Mine measures 49x67. Did you notice I bound it with half in purple and half in green?

 The trees were making some interesting shadows. But here you get a glimpse of the aqua back that I happened to have in my stash!

I used Superior So Fine thread for the piecing, Fil-Tec's Glide for the quilting on top and Aurifil for the bobbin.Spreading my thread love around ;-)  Hobb's 80/20 batting.

Want another close up of the quilting and fabric?

Can you tell I am having tons of fun being an 

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Fabric Frenzy Friday
Whoop, Whoop
Crazy Mom
Podunk Pickins
Freemotion by the River
Let's Bee Social

Friday, April 8, 2016

A wonky mini charm

Jayne, a fellow blogging friend who blogs at Twiggy and Opal, had this  wonky mini charm tutorial up this week on Wednesday. It was so darn cute, and I happened to have a mini patriotic charm sitting around here for like 2 years. Wow, I grabbed it that morning and got busy sewing and finished it a couple hours later.  You guys have to try it, so darn quick and easy.

Jayne had made her's a mini quilt, I made mine a table runner. The mini charms I used were Primitive Gatherings Old Glory for Moda.  I didn't have yardage of it, so I dug in my stash and found the perfect blue print to go with it for the border. Gotta love having a big stash once again!  I don't mind in the least mixing fabric lines, all that matters to me is that they look good together.

Thursday I quilted it up first thing that morning. Since the patriotic squares are like little flags waving the wind I quilted organic wavy lines.  I even had to pull out Uncle Sam from the storage bin for a pic with the runner.  I can see this as a little scrap buster in so many color ways.  Thank you Jayne for a great tutorial!  Jayne also did a tutorial using regular 5" charms here.

Here's the start of my Island Batik April project.

Linking with Fort Worth Fabric, Whoop Whoop, TGIFF, Crazy Mom and Podunk Pickin's.
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