Friday, June 29, 2012

Finishing some projects

I machined quilted this and I have to say that I really liked the way it went together.
It was just fun.  

I  also put this together.  
When I saw it, I was not sure it looked like my Aunt Verna's Tulips,
but I love it.  I will put it in the 'to be quilted' pile.

Tuesday, June 26, 2012

Beach Quilt

Sometimes I feel like I have a quilt for every occasion.
Here is one for the beach.

It works great to keep the sand out of everything.
And I can use it to relax and have a good read.

Wednesday, June 20, 2012


The weather looked great so I decided to baste this quilt on the deck.

It worked out well and I had Richard help me turn it.  It is about time, I finished this top in October.

Then yesterday, when it was cold and windy....again...I worked on this.
I made this to practice turn needle applique.  

It will have red flowers and vines on it someday, and it may be while.

Monday, June 18, 2012

The Story of a Quilt

Every quilt has a story and I would love to know the story of this one.  I helped my friend Dixie baste this quilt.  A lady in our quilt group, received this from a friend of hers, who found it while cleaning out her mother-in-laws house.  This women didn't want it, so our friend took it.

Dixie wanted to quilt it.

As we were working on it we started talking about the fabrics.  Some of them look like they came from clothing.  There is a purple one that looks like it came from the 30's, but some of the others seem much older.

It is all hand sewn and it is about 90 x 90.

We will never know the story of the quilt.  Dixie hopes that after it is quilted that maybe one of this women grandchildren will want it.  It is definitely part of their family history.

Wednesday, June 13, 2012

Mid-Week Projects

Look what I got in the mail today.  I love the gray, but what can I say, I love gray.
Thank you Connecting Threads.

So here is my Chevron quilt.  I loved putting it together, until I ended up with a piece that I shouldn't of. 
I can't wait to finish it.  Probably next week.

So when I was taking pictures of my quilts, I turned and saw that this finally bloomed.
I love it, but you have to work to see it and it only blooms once a year.

And I finished this!  I had a great time quilting it.  
Let's face it, some quilts are more fun to quilt than others.

Saturday, June 9, 2012

Finding something to Do

So I have started Aunt Verna's Tulips.  

I did buy fabric for the baby quilt, so I wanted to try this pattern before I did it as a baby quilt.
Great idea.  I have made a few...well, many mistakes, and I think I finally understand it.
I know what you are  thinking, 'how could you not get it?'  
Well, trust, me I had some issues.

I also put together some receiving blankets.

This is right on schedule. 

I also picked this up for my granddaughter while it was on sale.

So I am finding something to do for summer. 

Tuesday, June 5, 2012

On-line Shopping

I am looking for some fabric and a pattern to make a baby quilt for my new grandson (he won't be here until the end of August).  His mother loves  baby belugas and I found a cute kit from Connecting Threads.  My problem with this quilt is that I do my own quilting, and this would be a lot of quilting.

Now I am thinking of doing a Chevron baby quilt  using some of the baby beluga fabrics from Connecting Threads.  If you go on-line you can look at fabric and if you click on Add to Design Table, you can see the fabrics next to each other and drag them to see them in any order.

 I loved this!  

And to add to my entertainment, my daughter was doing the same thing some 250 miles away and we were chatting about it electronically.  What a way to spend the afternoon!

Saturday, June 2, 2012

Verna's Tulips

Quilts were not really a part of my childhood.  My mother was an excellent seamstress and sewed clothing for all of us and herself. 
But let's face it, quilts in the 60's and 70's were not the thing to make.
 We had a quilt that we used to play with, and because I am obsessed with quilts, have thought about that quilt many times in my life.
(I remember how we ruined the quilt)
Well, at Christmas, my brother went through the family slides and made a disk for all of us and look what I found.  

Here is the quilt!  

So, I told my mom I was going to re-create the quilt with 30's reproduction.  She informed me that it was made in the 50's, and it was hand appliqued.
So I will be re-creating it in the loosest form.
I will be machine appliqueing and, after a lot of thought, I am going to use bright colors.  

I have sketched and measured and I think i am ready to go.

Friday, June 1, 2012

Woodland Warmth

I was not sure how these borders were going to work out, because I changed the quilt from the pattern.  It is one row short because that is all the print and the centers I had.  Also the pattern comes from Fons and Porter's Love of Quilting and it was considered *challenging*.  I don't really consider myself a *challenging* quilter. But this turned out cute, not perfect,  and now it can go into the 'I need to be quilted' stack.

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...