Friday, September 26, 2014

Mercy Border Quilt Finished

Our first year of PQA, we did our Mercy Border Quilt project.
Basically, each person made a center square and then we swapped each month and a new border was added to it.  Our quilt was growing at the "mercy" of whoever was putting on the next border.
It was actually very fun and we saw some amazing borders.
Well, this is mine.  I started with a Circle of Geese block in the center and this is how it grew.
 I wanted it to grow into a rectangle, so half way through the year I added the two mini Circle of Geese strips to each end, and it continued to grow...
 It ended up being just barely smaller than a king size!!
Much bigger than I intended but it has a great drape on the sides of my bed.
I love the colors too.
What a fun project that was!!

Friday, May 23, 2014

Rainbow Birthday

My sweet little "L" turned seven!
I can't believe how time flies.

My Mom, who taught me to sew and who loves to quilt like me, made her this beautiful quilt for her birthday.  When Grandma asked what what she liked she said, "rainbows and butterflies!"
Can you tell?  You almost can't even see her with her rainbow dress on too. ;)
The center of each rainbow square is butterflies with glitter.
(Glitter would definitely be on her list of favorites too.)
 Grandma hit that nail right on the head.
It was love at first sight!

She was even excited to read the label on the back to us all.
Happy Birthday, Sweet Girl!
(Thanks, Mom!)

Saturday, March 15, 2014

New Brother!

So, my neighbor took her car into the shop for routine oil change 
and came home with a brand new car. 
After chatting with her and ooo-ing and ahh-ing over the beautiful new ride, 
I went back to my sewing....
On my new Brother.

Then I busted up laughing!!
I did the same thing!!!
I took my old Bernina into the sewing machine shop to fix a repeat problem...
And came out with a brand new machine!!!!
A gorgeous new Brother!
I'm in love all over again.

Happy Stitching!
I am!!

Friday, January 24, 2014

Elephant Swoon #8 and #9

The last two Elephant blocks are done!!

I really love this one.  It is so rich and hits me inside somewhere....

This one is just BOLD!!

All nine are done and now I can start putting the quilt top together.

Friday, January 17, 2014

Christmas Projects - 2013

This Christmas, I made a whole mess of aprons for gifts.
Here's the kid's collection:
I made four girl's aprons but they were all pink and purple just like those, and then the three boys "Monster Smocks."
The girls patterns came right out of my little head.  Maybe I'll have to write it up some day to share.  The boys "Monster Smock" pattern I found at JoAnn's a while ago.  The mouth is a pocket!!
So Cute, huh!! 

Next up is the men's collection - for three brother's in law.
(What a handsome model! work it, Work it!)  ;)

And the women's collection:
For three sister's in law... and one for me, of course.  
I loved them all but I kept the orange and blue one for me.  ;)
Yes, I made up that pattern too.  
It's actually a simple variation of the men's pattern that I bought years ago.

Here's some more of those adorable pot holders.
These two sets I made for my Mom and sister as part of their 12 gifts of Christmas set.

This is their 12 Gifts of Christmas!
-magnetic note pads
-note cards
-hot pads
-Lindt chocolates
-glass magnets
-eos chapstick
-Hersheys candycane white chocolate bars
-framed picture
-silicone basting brushes
-tic tacs
I know that's 13 items but two of them I wrapped together.
I did 12 little packages all inside one big box.
It was a lot of fun!  I think I might do it again next year with some other fun goodies.

It was a Merry Christmas!

Thursday, November 14, 2013

Ugly Fat Quarter Challenge

At our PQA meeting last month, Shannon gave each of us an "ugly fat quarter." The challenge was to make something with the fat quarter. We had to use at least 50% of it and we could add other fabric to it if we would like.
This is what I made!!
Two heart shaped pot holders. 

This is the "ugly" fabric. I think it's actually quite pretty. It just needs the right fabric to go with it. I added some pink polkadot for the inside.

I found the pattern for these through Pinterest, of course, at this site:

So fun, huh! I love them and I can't wait to make some more... Maybe for Christmas...



Monday, October 7, 2013

Elephant Swoon #7 and So On

Here's the next one in my collection. 

Each one is so unique!
I'm really enjoying putting them together.  I just wish I had more time to spend on them. 

It's canning season at my house and I'm drowning in fresh produce that needs to be "put up."
I guess you can say I'm barely keeping my thread above water. 
That's the apple sauce I just finished. Nice to have that done. (Closer to more  sewing time.)
Next I've got sweet pumpkins to do. 

I love the fall, but oh, so BUSY!



Thursday, August 29, 2013

Elephants 4, 5, and 6!

So, we were gone the entire summer living in the central mountains of Idaho.
It was a fantastic summer adventure for the whole family.
We loved it but I really miss my sewing machine when we're gone.
I had some real catching up to do.

And here they are:

Elephant Swoon #4

Elephant Swoon #5

Elephant Swoon #6

So fun, huh!!

Friday, May 17, 2013

Sewing Lesson #1 - Pillow

I guess her official start was a while back when I let her sew some lines on paper without thread.  She first sewed straight lines that I drew on a paper.
Then she sewed along curved lines and other shapes.

After some time, she showed some interest again.
She's nine now, and she asked me to teach her how to sew.
I was delighted, of course, to see her interested in something I find so much pleasure in.
I asked her to make a list of things she would like to sew.
Then I looked it over and chose what I thought would be the easiest to start with.

We started with a pillow.
She chose some fabric from my stash, and we got to work.
We talked about: cutting, right-sides-together, seam allowances,
turning right-side out, etc.

She did a fantastic job!
I'm so proud of her and she loves it.
I hope she continues to love it like I do.

Tuesday, May 14, 2013

Black, White and Blue All Over

It doesn't happen nearly often enough.
I have finished a quilt!!
 This one started as the block swap we did last year in PQA.
I chose the block pattern and the color scheme.
Then, each month someone else in the group would make me a block to add to the collection.
That gave me 12 and then I made 12 more so I could have a bigger quilt.
 It ended up measuring about 68 x 92.
Big enough for one of the kid's beds.

I'm a kinda sucker for secondary patterns and this one has some great patterns.
I quilted it myself with the new walking foot my husband gave me for my birthday.
(He's so great about knowing exactly what a girl needs - could have something to do with the running wish list I have....)  ;)

Happy Stitching!