Monday, September 30, 2013


This month I sort of procrastinated doing my blocks but I squeaked them in under the wire. Perhaps the wedding quilt took priority   : )
This is the only one I snapped a picture of before mailing.  This goes to Janet in the Simply Solids bee

Last week we got in some Tula Pink fabrics. I bought some fat quarters because I thought they would work well with the fabrics I am using to make the blocks from her book.

Block 2

I can't believe I sewed these little bits together. I usually toss pieces this small!

and 4

So far so good. Only 96 to go !

Friday, September 27, 2013


Saturday night is the shower for the twin boys I told you about in this post.  Right now Mamma is 33 weeks along. She looks amazing.
Anyway, I managed to get the two quilts done using the fun Jelly Roll Jam pattern. These work up so fast!

Next came the pants. I gave one baby polka dot contrast and the other plaid. Mommy might need a way to tell them apart  : )                        ( the dots are the back )

The quilts got some straight line quilting randomly spaced

These babies are joining quite a large family so I'm sure the quilts might be used by a toddler as well. As long as they're used.

For those of you ladies in town that do quilts for the preemies, these are a perfect size at 36" square.
Enjoy your week end

linking up with Finish It Up Friday

Monday, September 23, 2013


The other day I sewed binding until my fingers bled, and with a few weeks to spare,  got the wedding quilt done           : )

I had Linda quilt it and asked her for something "windy".  Look at all that fabulous texture!

While pondering what I was going to do for a gift bag, I was thinking of making something that matched.  The future bride loves burlap so I figured I could try sewing a burlap sack.

I lined it with a reddish brown fabric that I think is very close to her wedding colours, and added a few silk leaves.

I'm quite pleased with it all. The other day I overheard her say she had changed her mind on the satin runners she was going to use on the tables and instead bought some burlap. I think I just may have nailed it!

Neither one of them know I have a blog, so chances of them seeing this are slim. Shhhhh

quilt stats:
Modern Maples (my own version)
90 x 96
pieced by me
quilted by Linda

Thursday, September 19, 2013


The Jelly Roll Jam that is.  How is it that when I am needing to make a fast quilt, they start popping up all over Blogland?  Do THEY know that I will drop everything and make said pattern? I came across this the other day, and knew it was just what I was looking for. Two quilts from a Jelly Roll.
A certain little mamma I know is expecting twins early November. She is having boys, and although these are not her first babies, the boy stuff she has is pretty well used. Did I need an excuse? I grabbed a Jelly Roll of  'Oink a Doodle Moo' and got to work.

The other half of the strips will make the second quilt. A perfect size at 36" square.

These little babies are joining life on a small hobby farm so I think this will be perfect for them.
Pattern is here

Yesterday I also made these little pants for a friends' grand daughter. They are from the book Handmade Beginnings by Anna Maria Horner. I've made them before and will be doing more probably for the twins.

the matching ribbon---so cute!

The baby shower is Sept 28th. Can I have two quilts done and two pair of pants? I think I can, I think I can!
Have a fabulous day.

Monday, September 16, 2013


It took me a while, but I got the second Beach House top together.

Making two quilts the same required a bit of discipline. It was kind of boring the second time but I kept thinking how nice the Beach House will look with these on the bunk beds. My grandgirls are too young to sleep out there yet, but their cousins have already.  Apparently they were cold.       : )

I think I'm going to have nightmares of sashing not lining up for the next little while!   Glad the piecing is done.
It would be nice if by some stroke of magic these could get quilted but I don't imagine that is going to happen. Even MORE discipline is required now!

Enjoy your day.

Friday, September 13, 2013


Can you believe we are nearly half way through September? I'm already missing the long days of summer with endless daylight. This is a mosaic I put together of some of the things I've been working on so far :

1.  The City Sampler quilt. I have a start on it with one block. The book is available at Katja's
2.  Churn Dash blocks for Toni in the Bee Purposeful group
3.  I've started sewing my Hexi-bets together
4.  Buckets for goodies
5.  16 Patch for Heal@do. good stitches group
6.  Modern Maples wedding quilt

I have to say I'm pretty excited about this start. The fabrics are a bundle I picked up at Quilt Market. Wrens & Friends for Moda.

These are 6" blocks and it's all straightforward piecing - no templates.

In case you are looking for a way to bust your Stash, Linda is having a quilt along. I've not started yet, but she is only on week 2 so there is time to catch up           : )

Back soon with another finish
Happy Stitching!

Tuesday, September 10, 2013


I haven't worked on my hexi-bets for a while but I think I finally have a plan.

After finishing a few bigger projects, it's been fun to make these little buckets. This time around I started with 9" squares so they could hold more.

This one is from the line S'more Love. Filled with a few baby items I will be ready for the next shower.

Road 15

Bobbins and Bits. Love this selvedge print

Speaking of distractions, we are one month away from the wedding of these two. (I was given permission to show one picture.)

Have a fabulous Tuesday !

Saturday, September 7, 2013


So, this is what I've been up to since finishing the Modern Maples top. When I saw these little thread catchers, I downloaded the tutorial a.s.a.p and made three.  (the Fall 2013 issue of Quilts and More has the web address)

Aren't they cute? I can think of so many uses for them. I'm playing around with different sizes because they would make such great gifts stuffed full of a little something

September blocks for Heal@do.Good stitches. I made the St Louis 16 patch.

and this one is for Toni in the 'Bee Purposeful' group

Still one more of these to make.
Thanks so much for all your comments on the previous post.
Have a lovely week-end.

Wednesday, September 4, 2013


Don't you just love long week-ends?  On one of those days my hubby worked, and the kids were out so I had the place to myself.  I was able to lay my blocks out on the floor and sew until I had the top together.

It was fun setting the blocks every which way

I sewed the leaf blocks and plain blocks together into giant 9-patch and 4-patches. Some blocks needed to be sashed because they were made smaller. It was a bit like sewing a puzzle together .
I love that little one in the middle   : )

My plan was to have the leaves appear to be floating down from one corner to the other. I think the wide border helped them appear more 'airy'

The fact that hubby and my daughter were both home early Monday morning resulted in a photo shoot!
They each earned an ice cap.

I am passing this one onto my Long Arm Quilter who will work her magic and give this a personality all it's own. In the meantime, I have an awful lot of binding to make. More pics when it's done.

Happy happy Wednesday!

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