Friday, August 28, 2015

A Gifted Quilt....

I don't usually (never) receive a quilt as a gift.  Bill's cousin came to visit for 4 days, she also came to quilt some of her tops. I think she brought 12 of them with her. I have to admit that I was pretty proud of her that she stuck to it and got them all quilted while she was here. All except one. The one she gave to me. She also gave me the backing for it.

The quilt was an odd size so I took some of it apart and sewed it into the size I like for our bed - 100 inches square.
I had 6 pinwheel blocks left over. I have always wanted a black and white quilt - now I have one!

(I am so pleased with my new quilt rod holder, makes taking pictures so easy. The rings have small clamps. I plan on putting up a design wall behind the quilt.)

The backing she provided is absolutely adorable.
The little red birds on the backing cried out for a red binding.... 3/4 of a yard....some of the blacks on the front contain red.
Love it!  I quilted it using freehand swirls in various sizes.
It is such a fun, happy quilt, so glad it lives at our house.

Didn't know which category it fit in, so I am not going to count it.

Fabric usage  2015 ~
fabric in ~ 0
fabric out ~ .75
used YTD ~ 109.55

Quilts Finished ~ 8 ~ each quilt will only be counted in one category
QOV ~ 3
RMH ~ 4
UFO ~
New ~ 1

Wednesday, August 19, 2015

Christmas Tulips / QOV #3

After seeing Thelma's beautiful quilt I just knew I had to make one. I even copied the same color scheme she used. 


You can find the pattern here... it is called Vintage Tulips. I had seen the pattern before but the quilt on the pattern cover just didn't appeal to me.

This quilt is a Christmas gift for a friend who is a florist. The quilt is 100 inches square. I love the colors, very 
springish. I used a different green for each of the stems/leaves. Love the scrappiness of it all.

For my QOV #3 I used Mollie's instructions for a Carpenter's Star.  My blocks are 8.5 inches unfinished and I made a simpler border. 




And the presentation case...

One of the reasons I joined two quilt guilds was to, hopefully, once again find my love of quilting. It was lost for about 7 months. I literally had to force myself to sew/quilt a little here and there. So glad it isn't lost any more! 

Another reason to join the guilds was to meet quilters in our new area. That part is proving to be more difficult for me. I am hoping in time that a few of us will click and new friendships will blossom.


Fabric usage  2015 ~
fabric in ~ 0
fabric out ~ 32.22
used YTD ~ 108.80

Quilts Finished ~ 8 ~ each quilt will only be counted in one category
QOV ~ 3
RMH ~ 4
UFO ~
New ~ 1


Sunday, August 2, 2015

Quilt of Valor #2

I used the "Sparkle" pattern from Piece N Quilt to make my 2nd QOV for the year. Natalia's pattern is super easy and makes a great quilt. The pattern was designed for a Christmas quilt. I traded the green for a blue and used a fun patriotic fabric for the background.
The blocks are almost 25 inches square. The quilt goes together pretty quickly.
Ruby is now 1 year old and very obedient. She loves her big red dog. She has never torn the stuffing out of any of her babies.

Here is the presentation case... it is folded in  quarters.....

 I am 6 quilts behind for my goal of QOVs. Not sure I will be able to catch up. 5 of us in my not-so-fun quilt guild are going to begin meeting once a month for a sew day. This month we are going to make a large Carpenter Star quilt.  I will be making my in blues and reds for another QOV. 

The next set of blocks to leave are these 55 flower blocks...

I think they look odd without stems. These have also been sitting around for too many years to count. These will be donated to the not-so-fun guild. There is a member who takes old blocks and makes donation quilts.  One less bin in my cupboard!  I think I have 6 empty bins so far, feels good to have the extra empty space. 

I am counting the blocks I am giving away as fabric out. It feels really good to see my "fabric out" numbers growing


Fabric usage  2015 ~
fabric in ~ 0
fabric out ~ 15.90
used YTD ~ 76.58

Quilts Finished ~ 6 ~ each quilt will only be counted in one category
QOV ~ 2
RMH ~ 4
UFO ~
New ~

Saturday, July 25, 2015

QOV #1 ~ Project Sheets ~ Baby Quilt ~ Couch

Taryn over at "From Pixels to Patchwork" created some project sheets to help keep track of where you are on a certain quilt.

You can find the free downloads here - 
http://www.pixelstopatchwork.com/2013/01/quilt-project-sheets.html 


Going through my UFOs I found a Hunter's Star quilt that I know I started way back in 1994-95 when we lived in California. When I got it out I thought I would continue to make more blocks so it would fit our bed. After looking at it for awhile and reading my notes, amazed that the notes were still there, I realized there wasn't enough fabric to make 52 more blocks. 

I decided to finish it using the blocks I already had made and use it as a QOV. 





And the presentation case...

I also made a cute baby quilt out of blue and yellow flannel pre cut charms...
And the back, which is just too cute...

Bill decided that he might want a boat to use on our small lake (large pond). He went looking and came home with this couch - 
It has four recliners and 4 cup holders. It certainly isn't something I would buy. The price was really good ($450) and it was brand new. Never dreamed I would have a couch with cup holders!!!!!!! Though it does come in handy to hold my seam ripper! Bill loves it.

Going through more bins I came across a quilt started back in 2008. 

The top is half finished and a few of the remaining segments are complete. I have no desire to finish this one. This is a Bonnie Hunter pattern and I just happened to know of a Bonnie Hunter fan and this is on it's way to her! 

Really feels good to find new homes for some of the older quilts I no longer want to finish.

At the library this morning there are 9 patrons. All 9 of us are either using our own computers or the library computers. Guess I am not the only one who doesn't have the internet at their home in our county.


Fabric usage ~
fabric in ~ 0
fabric out ~ 16.62
used YTD ~ 60.68

Quilts Finished ~ 5 ~ each quilt will only be counted in one category
QOV ~ 1
RMH ~ 4
UFO ~
New ~




Tuesday, July 21, 2015

Travel Pillows.....

The USO at the Nashville airport contacted the fun guild I belong to and ask asked for a couple of quilts and some travel pillows.

I made cases for two travel pillows. I bought the pillows at Walmart for $2.37 each. The fabric I already had. The main fabric I cut 17x28, the cuff 8x28 and the trim was 2x28. I used the hotdog method to make the cases.


I hope that they make a solider's flight much more comfortable.

For the not-so-fun guild I am donating 80 blocks I made about 8-10 years ago, maybe even longer. I cannot remember what plans I had for these blocks. I have so many projects already started that I don't mind passing these along to someone else to finish into a quilt. 


Thinking about letting go of some other projects so I can work on some quilts I really want to make. I have too many patterns I want to make.

I finally found the fabric for the QOV that needs binding. 

Not fully back into the quilting mode, working at it slowly, a bit each day.


Fabric usage ~
fabric in ~ .66
fabric out ~5.5
used YTD ~44.06

Quilts Finished ~ 3 ~ each quilt will only be counted in one category
QOV ~
RMH ~ 3
UFO ~
New ~

Sunday, July 19, 2015

What's New???

Not much is new - really. Almost finished unpacking. Can't find homes for everything. We have 1000 sq ft less now. Took 6 car loads of stuff to the community help center. Still have too much stuff.

Finally getting back into quilting! Thought I had lost all desire.  

I am volunteering at the Historian's office, helping folks to find their ancestors. I am also transcribing old records. I am enjoying my time there.

I can't believe I put myself out there and joined TWO guilds. One seems like it is going to be loads of fun and the other one not so much.  This is truly a big step for me.

The fun guild is making pillowcases for a children's home and since I don't have a machine to take to meetings (yet) I made 17 at home and  I will help with the ironing during the meeting.


Used 17 yards of fabric! One box of fabric that I didn't have to unpack and find a home for.

Since we have no Internet at our home and I have to drive 15 miles to the library to use their Internet I will not be posting to JudyL's stash reports. I think the reports really helps me see my progress and I will still keep a running total here.

Fabric usage ~
fabric in ~ .66
fabric out ~17
used YTD ~38.56

Quilts Finished ~ 3 ~ each quilt will only be counted in one category
QOV ~
RMH ~ 3
UFO ~
New ~
Hexie Flowers ~ 93 out of 225

Here are a few pictures of my sewing area - - - - 
Still tweaking.....On the right are 4 shelf units that hold most of my fabric. straight back is my sewing table, to the left is the long arm. The white thing on the back wall is my heater/AC. The bookcase holds my books and bolts of fabric on the bottom.
You can already see my cutting table is a mess! More boxes that need to be unpacked. Still looking for a box of rulers...


Trying to get everything where I can find it. The bottom cabinets I had in my old sewing room. The top cabinets Bill had in his stained glass room.


This is where my ironing board (which is upside down) will go. The bookcase holds backing fabrics. Even more boxes waiting to be unpack.


Finally got the TV set up! Now I can watch reruns of Bones and NCIS while piecing! Love the laminate floor as it is so easy to take care of.

Hoping to find the binding for a QOV this week. I have two tops that need quilting and a baby quilt that needs binding. 

Feels good to be back making quilts.

Sunday, January 25, 2015

Fabric Report ~ January 25, 2015 - RMH #3

Here is quilt #3 for RMH. 

This single Irish Chain is 66 x 54.
The black has pink dots of various sizes and colors - very cute. For someone who doesn't like pink I sure do have a lot of it!



We moved 3 uhaul trucks, full of stuff, to the new house last weekend.   We hired 6 guys to load and unload the truck. Everything is a big mess, not looking forward to all the unpacking. Bill's brother, who at one time worked for a moving company, said he has never seen so many boxes! Can you guess what was in all those boxes? He said they took up 1/2 of a truck, floor to ceiling (the trucks were 26 feet long), I really don't think I have that much stuff, or do I? I know that my long arm took up a lot of space in a truck, 14 ft of floor space with nothing on top of it. He told Bill that my quilting hobby is out of control and the only thing Bill could do was laugh. 

Out of control? He doesn't realize that I have a lot less than some other quilters have, plus he should be glad we moved this year, not last year when I would have had 400 more yards of fabric to move! Out of control?

What can I say - I really do have a lot of fabric and other quilting related stuff.



There will be a wall of shelves behind the boxes which is where my fabric will live.  The long arm will get set up next weekend, before we forget how it goes back together (we took plenty of pictures).

We still have at least one more truck load to go, but that won't happen for a few more weeks.


There are still a few things that have to be done to the house before I can begin staying there. Bill will be staying at the old house during the week and coming to the new house on the weekends, easier for his work schedule, until the house sells this spring.

Check out other "fabric" reports on Judy's blog.


Fabric usage since last report ~
fabric in ~ zero
fabric out ~6.98
used YTD ~22.22

Quilts Finished ~ 3 ~ each quilt will only be counted in one category
QOV ~
RMH ~ 3
UFO ~
New ~
Hexie Flowers ~ 70 out of 225