Saturday, July 14, 2018

Minky Backs

 When I made this quilt, 
I envisioned a bright pink minky back.

I found the minky
 (on Amazon and it is a nice minky)
and then I started reading about quilting it.
I also asked Google a lot of questions.

I settled on Dritz Basting Spray.

Then I put the top on and pinned it for good measure.

Everything I read said I had to do an all over pattern,
but I didn't want one.
This quilt is busy enough.

It worked out just lovely.
I was pretty excited about it.

Then I decided to bind with minky.
Not a great idea. 

I will remember next time.

Monday, July 2, 2018

Making a big Quilt

I need to make a big quilt for a wedding present.
I don't have a lot of time.

This first thing I did was cut out the pieces.

Am I the only one who uses tally marks to cut out 100's of pieces? 

Then I spent 2 days and made 90 blocks.

My next step was laying it out.
That turned out to be a problem as my space for that was filled with 18 sewing machines.

I finally found a place to lay  it out.

I am planning on sewing rows this after noon.
I look to future and know, 
I have to keep moving on this one.

I am also sewing little girl dresses.
This needs a couple of buttons,
which I need to find.

It has been a busy week at the sewing machine.

Tuesday, June 26, 2018

Sweet Summer

I love summer in Idaho.
Things start to grow and turn green.

I started my Wednesday tradition of sandwiching a quilt.
I love, love, love, working on this one.

I finished this one.
I have one more that I am going to machine quilt.

Have a good one.

Monday, June 18, 2018

Forest Ranger Cabin

We have been on the road.

Last week, we stayed at this adorable Forest Ranger Cabin near Helena, Montana.
I must admit that I have a thing for Montana.

This cabin was built in 1920.
It was a delight to stay it.

It had a cute little braided rug in it,
that added warmth to the living space.
Unfortunately, it really needed mended. 
One of the braids was a tripping hazard and I just couldn't help but think
that it would be pretty easy to fix.

I had a needle that I knew would work, but I needed thread.
Lucky for me, there was a quilt store in Avon Montana.
I believe this is the only store in town.
It is cute and had many lovely things in it, including some thread. 

So I sat on the floor and repaired this rug.
As you can imagine, I could only see the big problem in the rug,
until I sat down.  
I then saw multiple little problems.
I fixed until my back said, "Enough!"

I hope it last and that many more visitors enjoy their stay in this cabin.

Monday, May 28, 2018

Before and After

I really needed some new flowers for my little table.
I had a vision, 
but boy,
I had no talent.

So, I went to visit Dixie and 
she does have some talent,
I like it.  

Then there was this quilt.
I promised myself that I would put it together.
This was not what I had in mind.

So, I went to talk to my neighbor about it.
She suggested a darker outer boarder.

What a difference.

Now it needs the quilting fairy to visit it.

I spent a few hours with my friend Dixie this week.
She wanted to make the receiving blankets I make.

While I was helping her, 
I realized, I was teaching an old dog a new trick.
She agreed.

And then I got a package in the mail.
It turns out, I really am addicted to cross stitch.
I am looking forward to working on a new project.

Sunday, May 20, 2018

Quilt Market and Hydrangeas!

I just want to say that I love Quilt Market Week.
I want to go some day.
I honestly have no idea what I would do there,
but I love looking at the post that I see from Quilt Market.

What a beautiful habit quilting is.

I made 9 of these and feel in love with them.
I want to put this quilt together tomorrow, 
but I have an errand that may take longer than I want.

It's all good,
I'm almost home for the summer.

Speaking of summer,
look what is coming back?

It is my hydrangea.
When I saw it yesterday,
It made my heart happy.

You just wait and see,
it will be worth it.  

Hope you all have a good week.

Sunday, May 6, 2018

Derby Day

Yesterday was Derby Day.
I had planned to sew until 4 and then take some time to pick a winner.

I finally got the pieces of this block ready and I had to put them together.

The next set of blocks are yellow.

I like this project.
Not going to lie,
I'm not sure how it is going to end.

I am crazy about the Kentucky Derby.
I always say it is because it is a 2 minute sporting event.
Each horse has a story.
And each jockey has a story also.

But the colors,
That may be what wins me over.  

Even in the mud, it is a beautiful sight.

Minky Backs

 When I made this quilt,  I envisioned a bright pink minky back. I found the minky  (on Amazon and it is a nice minky) and t...