Sunday, June 4, 2017

{Post 1,543} Grandmother's Flower Garden Update

I have sewn a lot on this beauty the past couple of weeks. Here is what I have finished so far (the blocks on the left are partially pieced). Several need to be attached to the mother ship. The top measures about 60" x 77" right now. I want it large enough to cover the top of my queen-sized bed mattress with enough for a pillow tuck.

In the past few days, I also pieced and machine quilted this baby quilt for one of my AZ grandsons (hi, Samuel!). He was born about 6 weeks early, and I think my thoughts about making him a newborn/baby quilt were derailed at that point. I used the Pajama Quilter's Fern Ziggle pattern to quilt this. I love it.

All the pieces were cut (I had made a queen sized quilt and pillow shams from this same pattern years ago). The red squares were already sewn to the creams, so it was sit and sew. 

It measures about 55" square.

This will be labeled, bound, and washed, then mailed to AZ soon. I have enough of the red fabric for binding.

Thursday, May 25, 2017

{Post 1,542} 4,000-Mile Round Trip

My husband and I just did a whirlwind trip to visit our son and his family in Arizona. I feel like I'm still in the whirlwind. Here are a few pictures from the trip. They don't need much explanation. 

They moved the day we arrived, but we found them anyway!!  I was able to unpack and organize my DIL's kitchen. For some strange reason, that is a process I greatly enjoy doing. Wes stained a storage box organizer my son had built some time ago. I gave my grandson a haircut. Baby to little man in 15 minutes. I remember doing that with my boys. 

I sewed the 4 hours there on the plane and in odd times in the hotel. The 3-hour time difference tore me up. That, and old age!

Monday, May 15, 2017

{Post 1,541] Center of Hand Me Downs Quilt Top Half-Finished

This is the center so far.  The top 4 rows are sewn together, and the last 5 are sewn into horizontal rows.

My other in-process shirt quilt, Virginia Bound, is in one pile to be webbed soon.

So much progress!

Friday, May 12, 2017

{Post 1,540} 63/80 Blocks Finished for Center

This is the potato chip quilt. I can't seem to stop wanting to make just one more! So far, i have 63/80 blocks for the center. The border is a fun one. I'll start cutting fabric for that one tonight. The real name for this pattern is Virginia Bound if anyone is interested. It's from Bonnie Hunter's Scraps and Shirttails book.

I like to lay out the blocks to see what colors I need to add more of in a quilt before I sew the blocks to each other. Red is a lacking color. Also purple...but I think every quilt needs more purple, <wink>.

Happy Mother's Day to all you mothers out there. I will be mostly alone tomorrow, so I'll be gearing up for 7 of my children to be here for lunch on Sunday. Can hardly wait!!

Monday, May 8, 2017

{Post 1,539} 48/80 of the Way to the Center Being Finished!

I am loving the piecing of these blocks. And I *might* have bought 9 more shirts at Salvation Army this past Thursday!! I didn't really NEED any, but wanted a few more "neutrals".

I had my grandson (age 2) Friday through Sunday. My daughter and her boyfriend are staying at their local college for a module, which is a semester's worth of class in a week this week with the cafeteria not being in operation (that means I am sending them lunch and making supper every night). 

At church last night, just as we were leaving, I saw a couple and their son, Parker, coming across the parking lot. They moved away from here 4 years ago. Unbeknownst to me, they were in town to do repairs on a house they own. They live in Indiana. After chatting for like 20 seconds, I invited them for supper last night and to stay at the Parker B & B. They will be staying tonight, too. That is all meant to explain why I have not been sewing these past few days. I love helping people any way I can. We have enjoyed catching up. And what's not to love about their son, who shares our name??

Friday, May 5, 2017

{Post 1,538} More on Virginia Bound Blocks

I've already shared a couple times that I swapped 15 blocks with Ruth. I don't usually do this, but EVERY time I look at my design wall, this block stood out to me. I often pin a small square of white paper on a stack of blocks to remind me of the count. I kept thinking that was what this was...but it was a very large plaid. I took out the one piece and subbed it with something not so eye-catching. See the difference below? Before...

And after...

I do use a foundation to piece these blocks. The pattern is from Bonnie Hunter's book, Scraps and Shirttails. They go together so quickly.

I was talking to two of my grandchildren on FaceTime last night. Here is Keith asking if I can see his nose! That boy cracks me up.

Thursday, May 4, 2017

{Post 1,537} Virginia Bound Blocks Half Finished!

The Virginia Bound blocks are flying off the sewing machine. Well, it helped that Ruth had sent me 15 as a starter set (we traded a set of 15 a few years back!). But still...the quilt needs 80, and this picture shows 40!! I have enjoyed piecing some of my strings as leader/enders between blocks. Can you spot the pieced strips in the pics below? They are not obvious when viewing the blocks in real size as this IS quite a busy quilt.

I am so addicted to upcycled shirt quilts.

Wednesday, May 3, 2017

{Post 1,536} Two New Shirt Quilts Underway

I have two "shirt" quilts underway. Both are from Bonnie Hunter's book, "Scraps and Shirttails". Both were started (sort of) some time ago. Ruth from and I exchanged 15 Virginia Bound blocks years ago. Ruth, do you remember when that was? I found a box of shirt strings in my sewing room. The 15 blocks from her were in the bottom of the box. I made 12 blocks last night (boy, do they fly along!). Here are 25 of them in the arrangement of the quilt.

Our shirts play so nicely together. Eager to make many more of these. The quilt calls for 80 of them. I had already printed the foundations on old phone book pages, so I can get right to it.

The other quilt is called Hand Me Downs. I had about 25 blocks made for that and stopped (are you seeing a pattern?). I came across those in a project box as well, with assorted units already cut. That quilt needs 53 blocks. I need to make 8 more to complete the quilt center, then 9 more for the border. Not sure I'm going to make it that big though. Stay tuned. There is a light plaid in the alternate blocks, which finish at 8" square, same as the Virginia Bound.

There was a lot of light coming in the window to the right of the design walls. I threw away the block with the green points in the 3rd row down. It looks too odd from any distance because of the high contrast between the hourglass center and the points and background. Plenty more spirits to sew up!

I hung this old project on the design wall to select my next 4 fabric pairs. So close to finishing the top. I went on a ladies retreat two weekends ago and sewed on it the 2-1/2 hours there and back. Then I did some more piecing while at the mechanics on Wednesday last week. It goes in spurts. I love it. No rush.

Till next time!

Thursday, April 20, 2017

{Post 1,535} Can't See the Trees for the Forest

Here are my finished tree blocks so far.  If I sewed these together, the quilt top would measure 65" wide by 70" tall.  I think I'll add one more row across the top or bottom to make it 78" tall.  It will be going to some tall people.

There are a couple I'll move around, but then I will call it good.

{Post 1,534} Backing Pieced for Exploding Star

I am making a quilt as a surprise for a new friend. I wanted to use up some brushed cottons I had, but I did not have enough of one piece, or two...

So I copied a pattern of sorts that I saw on Pinterest for the back. It is not as striking as I thought it would be, but it will work. The quilt top is about 78" square. This back is 84" x 90". I am going to start the machine quilting now.

Here is the quilt top...

I have since added another top and left vertical row. Pictures to come of the machine quilting in progress.

Monday, April 10, 2017

{Post 1,533} Christmas Tree Blocks

I saw a quilt on Pinterest that intrigued me. Now I have 42 finished blocks. What Iike about this quilt is that while it is wonky, it sews up super fast with large pieces, there are only slivers of discarded fabric, and no two blocks are identical in shape or fabrics. I am making a large quilt for my family. Here is the progress...

Each block unfinished is 7-3/4" wide by 9-1/4" tall. That would make this selection 54.25" wide by 55.5" tall. I plan on making it much larger than this.

For some reason, when I switched to using the Blogger app on my iPad, your comments are not showing up. Can someone help me figure out how to see and respond to my comments?

In the mean time, it would be best to email me directly if you have a comment. My address is

Tuesday, March 28, 2017

{Post 1,532} Revised Bear's Paw

I changed the fabric for the sashings and center cornerstone on the block.  I like this a lot better. However, I don't think I have enough of the gray and white stripe for all the blocks.  I'll play this by ear, but I hope to find a similar shirt somewhere out there.

I will try the black for the larger sashings between blocks. I am adding the original block below to compare them. This lets the actual Bear's Paw shape stand out, which is what I wanted.

{Post 1,531} First Bear's Paw Block Finished

This measures 14" square...the first of many. I wanted to do a trial run to see if I liked the piecing process.  I like it!!

{Post 1,530} Deboning and Planning

I have some new-to-use-for-quilting shirts on my pressing station.  They have been washed and dried. When I start "deboning" them, I plan to cut pieces for my next shirt quilt at the same time.  

Most of the quilts were purchased at a Salvation Army thrift store when the tags were 50 cents to 75 cents. I got a couple from the trash can in my laundry room.  My son threw them away. What is ironic is that I originally purchased them for quilts, he commandeered them for his wardrobe, then pitched them when they got a little hole or whatever. Good thing I take out the laundry room trash, eh?

Here is my plan for the next quilt.  I am stealing Julie K's plan from her Bear's Paw quilt. This is my official plan on a 4 x 6 card.

Monday, March 27, 2017

{Post 1,529} Fourth Post Today!

I am working backwards in my quilt life to catch up a bit.

I was blessed to be at the birth of a little boy. I was there when his older sister was born as well.  His mom told me they were decorating with wolves (odd to me!). I found some wolf print for the back and matched some squares to make half square triangles for the front.

It ended up about 40" square. Here is the center. It is made with batiks and solid light gray.

A close up of the quilting.

The back:

...and I am realizing I don't have a picture of the whole thing from the front!

{Post 1,528} Quick I Spy Quilt

I whipped up a quick I Spy quilt for a baby gift this past Friday night. The shower was Saturday AM (yes--very last minute).  I picked up a pack of bright charm squares at Walmart. I keep a stack of 4-1/2" squares of I Spy prints at the ready.  I picked out ones that matched the colors in the charm pack.  I thought it turned out nicely in spite of being thrown together quickly.

I backed it with Minkee and did not put batting in. That makes it nice for snuggling.

{Post 1,527} Selvage Blocks

I started making these selvage and eggplant purple blocks a couple months ago.  I finally finished them all.  Here is my quilt with the top 5 rows sewn together and the rest webbed. After this is pieced, there will be one more row of pieced blocks all around the outside and then a border of the purple. Each block finishes at 5".

{Post 1,526} Test Run For Blogging From IPad

I have been absent for months. I am practically chained to my computer and I don't see each other often.  I want to try blogging from the iPad. Does anyone see this post?  Is it acceptable?

I made this Wonky Star quilt for a dear friend who lives in FL with her husband and 7 children.  It is 97" x 80".  I mailed it today. I hope she likes it. Here is the whole thing.  It was made from scraps except for the two borders.

Here is a close-up of the only perfectly cut and pieced block.  It was the first one pieced.  After that, wonky was the name of the game.

Here's a closer look at the border.  I was very adventurous.