Saturday, December 21, 2013

Cat Quilt-Along...

Have you seen all the cats showing up on Instagram? 
Elizabeth Hartman of Oh, Fransson came up this this quilt pattern.
  She's hosting a cat a day for 25 days or you can buy the pattern.
I made 42 cats for this quilt top.

When I saw the cats, I thought what a great idea for my mom for christmas, and I had two weeks to make it, I can do this!  So I remembered how much she liked the color combo of the black and cream "plus" quilt and my mom loves cats.  

I little peek-a-boo from my helper!



The machine quilting is not perfect but it is what it is.

I added a wider border around the cats, and then added 2.5" squares to make it bigger.
The finish size is 56" x 68"

I found this feather fabric that I thought was perfect for the backing.




Now I need to come up with a block tutorial for Stash Bee, I'm Hive Mama for Hive #9 for 2014, so excited for another round, we have a great organizer, Danny over at Mommy for Reals.  Thank you Danny for stepping up and taking over your doing a great job!


Wishing you and yours safe and happy holidays!

Sunday, December 1, 2013

Grateful...

Belated Happy Thanksgiving to those of you who celerate.  
I hope you had a wonderful day doing whatever makes you happy and thankful!  

Our thankful tree. 
We each wrote down what we were thankful for, ranges from iPod to toilet paper.


 Not much going on on the quilting department over here, I seem to have tendinitis in my elbow, so have been taking it easy and laying off cutting fabric.  

I have this quilt top done 

and this was going to be the back.  
When my mom came over for thanksgiving, she saw the back and loved it.  
So I'm now going to make it into a quilt for her.  


I did finish the dog bed.
Muslin liner holding all the scraps of fabric.

I did add a layer of batting to the top and quilted it.  
 25" x 36"


Have you been to see Catching Fire the second movie in the Hunger Games series?  I've see it twice, first time I went with 15 of my daughters friends for her friends 15th birthday party.  Lots of fun! 

Yesterday I took my my mother, three daughters and My granddaughter. 
 It was just as good the second time.

They were thrilled to have their photo taken!



I have been doing some knitting, I'm a cold weather knitter and I only like make small things, too impatient for knitting anything too large.  So I've made a hat for my grandson.




Photos of my grandson, Greyson.
Greyson and Mojo 
Mojo was not hurt in the taking of this photo!

Greyson - 5 months


I feel very grateful for the people in my life, the roof over my head and the food in my belly, the clothes on my back and of course toilet paper!


Thanks for stopping bye, what are you thankful for?

Sunday, November 10, 2013

Scrappy Modern Maple Quilt Finish….

 Scrappy Modern Maple is complete!
Previous post is here.


I love this quilt - it has to be my favorite quilt to date.

Close-up of the quilting.


Perfect spot!


Love all the little pieces fabric….



Oops, when I turned it over look what I found on the back, thankful it's only one leaf that needs to be redone.  The backing is a UFO I found in my closet.


 I have to say I've been very productive lately.

A Pillow, from the book Pillow Pop.

First time making something with all solids, the fabrics are Kona Solids.



This is where I throw all the scraps/trimmings that are too small, 
these will be made into a dog bed at a future date.



Current work in progress

I'm posting a lot on Instagram lately, so if you want to see more 
you can follow me over there.

Enjoy your day,

"The greatest prison people live in, is the fear of what other people think."

Sunday, November 3, 2013

Scrappy Modern Maple Quilt...

I've had a thing for maple leaf quilts for quite awhile now. 
I've even made a couple, Judy Martins' book, Cookie and Quilts
But recently a more modern version has been popping up on Instagram and flickr.  
I thought what a quick and fun quilt to make.  
So I pulled out a stack of fabrics, 
made a block - 
this block


but it was missing something - I wanted something more, 
something different than all the others. 

 So my first thought was to make Mini log cabin blocks.  
It started with this block, I liked the idea but wanted something else…... 


So I started sewing random scraps together.  Boy did this take time, would have been much easier and a lot faster if I made them from a solid piece of fabric. 


 But I do have to say the end results were worth it.  


The blocks range in size from 3" to 12"
 Finished size is 60" x 72"

I made all this blocks from the scrap bins in my sewing room 
and it's sad to say I didn't even put a dent in them. 

Now on to the quilting it.
 I do all my quilting on my Janome MC 6600.

One of my favorite books on machine quilting is 



Thanks for stoping by,

My daughter wrapped up in one of her quilts, 
love it!

Tuesday, October 15, 2013

Lets see what I can get finished in the last Quarter of 2013..


I'm joining up with Leanne over at She can Quilt for the 2013 Q4 Finish-A-long, maybe just maybe I might get some of the these projects complete.  Two of these are carry overs from Q3.

she can quilt


Carried over from Q3 -
Mosaic quilt, not sure if I'm going to call it done and just back it, and quilt it.  Or whether to add on to it, it's kinda of small.

 Plus and X Quilt top.. Needs backing, and quilting.

Kaleidoscope Quilt,
 Needs backing, quilting, binding.  I have the backing already to go.


Spot of Fall - Just needs to be bound.



Stacks, pieces are all cut and some are sewn together.

Stop by and link up your unfinished projects, maybe it's the motivation you need 
and there's some great prizes!

Enjoy,


My grandson, Greyson.
3 1/2 Months






Friday, October 4, 2013

A spot of Fall...

I've been playing around with this wallhanging.  Not sure if it's done yet or not.  I'm thinking more stitching - some borders? or I might just bind it and call it good.  Decisions, decisions...



So I started by cutting 10.5" background blocks.
Then I took some Kona Solid and cut them into 8" circles.

I glued the blocks down using a glue stick.

The lightest yellow is not the right shade -but it'll have to do its what I had on hand. 

I did a raw edge applique.

Then I stitched free flowing straight lines down the center blocks;
 vertically and horizontally.

Then I stitched vertically on the outside blocks.  
I used three different color threads, rust, yellow and green.


I love the colors, they're my favorite!

Now do I add a border or two? Or just bind it?  


Sunday, September 22, 2013

Log Cabin Star...

I've completed my second finish in the 2013 Q3 Finish-along.  
How are you doing on your list of unfinished projects? 

Log Cabin Star
Made from scraps from my stash
41" x 41"


I added corner pockets and a holder for a rod in the middle when I was sewing on the binding.  
This is the first time I tried this, super easy and quick.  I took a square piece of fabric and folded it corner to corner.  Inserted it under the binding before hand sewing the binding in place.


I really like the back - inspiration for another quilt.

I machined quilted a spiral in the center of the star and then a meandering stitched the rest of the quilt.


 One of my favorite blocks is the log cabin block, it so versatile!  Do you have a favorite block?

'Visualize this thing that you want, see it, feel it, believe in it. 
Make your mental blue print, and begin to build.' 
- Robert Collier