Wednesday, August 9, 2017

Feeling Grateful

Cheryl at Cheryl's Teapots2Quilting is making quilts from the pattern I created! 

String Crossroads
String Crossroads

I feel like a proud mama--Thanks, Cheryl!

Tuesday, August 1, 2017

Sapphire Stars--Clue 2

I have finished the second clue of Kevin the Quilter's Sapphire Stars Mystery.

Here is a picture of a sampling of Clue 1 and Clue 2--I look forward to seeing what comes next!

As you can see, mine is Ruby Stars rather than Sapphire!

Thanks, Kevin, for the fun.

I'm linking with Fiber Tuesday 121 at The Quilting Room with Mel.

Saturday, July 8, 2017

Rainbow Scrap Challenge--July--Blue

I'm continuing the Rainbow Scrap Challenge--I have really enjoyed making these blocks each month (though my scrap collection is no smaller than when I began!).

My July blocks are blue--not my favorite color, but I do have quite a bit of blue variety.

I'm looking forward to assembling this quilt--it is the first rainbow-themed one I have done.

In other news--I finished the quilt from the April multi-colored blocks. I didn't want to use them in my rainbow quilt, so I invented a way to use them on their own.

This is Stringing Beads, a quilt of my own design.

You can read about the process HERE.

Thanks again to soscrappy for this great challenge!

I'm linking with Scrap Happy Saturday at soscrappy .

Friday, July 7, 2017

Sapphire Stars

I am joining a mystery hosted by Kevin the Quilter called Sapphire Stars. I love mysteries!

As you can see from the instructions for Clue #1, Kevin begins with blues (makes sense, right? SAPPHIRE stars). Since blue is not a favorite for me, I chose to go with red--I'll probably substitute blue where he uses red later in the mystery.

I had a lot of trouble with the concept of light red. I didn't want pink, or salmon, or coral--so I wasn't sure how to determine the lightest shade. In thinking about it, I believe the problem for me was that since red is my favorite color, I always go for the rich shades in bright or dark. I searched through some scraps from a friend and some collections of fat quarters, and I found some that I think add a bit of contrast--I just hope the difference in shades isn't too subtle to show up well in the quilt.

Here are a few of my blocks:

You KNEW there would be a sock monkey!

A few of these need a little trim, but, all in all, they went together well.

The beginning of a scrap quilt is the hardest--with only a few fabrics, you wonder if this will work out. Once I get lots more fabrics playing together, I know I'll be pleased with the results.

Thanks, Kevin, for hosting this mystery online--I look forward to the next clues.

Saturday, June 24, 2017

Little Camper

My nephew and his wife are expecting a baby boy this summer, so, of course, I had to make a quilt.

Flannel Little Camper Quilt

The pattern is Tiny Turning Twenty by Tricia Cribbs. The fabrics are so cute that I had to take several close-ups.

The Little Camper

A Tent in the Woods

This block teaches a lesson: Never leave your food container on the ground--it attracts bears!

Green flannel back with a striped insert

I'm looking forward to meeting this young man when he arrives!

I'm linking with Fiber Tuesday 117 at The Quilting Room with Mel .

Thursday, June 22, 2017

Silly Cats

This quilt has arrived in its new home, so I can post about it!

Not only are my nephew and his wife expecting a baby this summer, but so are my niece and her husband! This is my baby quilt summer.

Flannel Silly Cats

This is a simple nine patch with unpieced alternate blocks patterned with grinning felines.

Nine patches and goofy kitties

The back is pink flannel with a vertical insert of rainbow dots.

I love flannel--warm and snuggly--perfect for comfort.

Welcome to the world, little one!

I'm linking with Fiber Tuesday 118 at The Quilting Room with Mel .

Monday, June 19, 2017

Last Pinwheel Quilt For A While--I Promise!

Here is the last of four pinwheel quilts for donation.

You can see the other three HERE.

Pinwheels 65" x 75"

Pinwheels (detail)

Pinwheels (backing and binding detail)

I love pinwheel blocks, but I'm ready to work with something else for a while!

Saturday, June 17, 2017

Stringing Beads--An Original Design

I love making string quilts. When I came up with this design, I decided to combine it with the April Multicolor Rainbow Scrap Challenge from soscrappy.

You can find previous posts about this quilt HERE (Part 1) and HERE (Part 2).

Without further ado, here is Stringing Beads:

Stringing Beads 68" x 75"

Stringing Beads (detail)

Stringing Beads (quilting detail)

Stringing Beads (backing detail)

I have no idea why the color went wonky in the last photo!

This is the most densely quilted piece I have ever made, but I like the effect. I am glad to have this one done. The quilting took a long time, (I'm not usually one who uses quilting for effect--it is my least favorite part of the process, and it is the one I am the least confident about.) but I'm glad I did it.

It is nice to see an idea become reality! Thanks, soscrappy, for spurring me to create.

For basic instructions on how I made this quilt, look HERE, or click the link on the right sidebar of the blog labeled "Stringing Beads Instructions."

I'm linking with Fiber Tuesday 116 at The Quilting Room with Mel and Jo's Country Junction UFO Progress.

Monday, June 12, 2017

Rainbow Scrap Challenge--June--Yellow & May--Green

With the flooding cleanup in May, I fell behind in my photography of my RSC blocks. This month (June) is yellow and last month was green. I decided to wait to photograph and post them both at the same time.

Here is a sample of my sunny June blocks:

While yellow is not my favorite color, these make me smile. (Of course, Big Bird, ruby slippers, and a French hen help!)

Here is a sample of my May blocks:

I love all the shades of green included here. I've used a lot of green this year, so the scraps were handy:

Green hourglasses for En Provence

En Provence

Green squares and green and neutral HSTs for Twirl Around

Twirl Around

I'm getting ready to quilt the top I made for April's multicolor challenge. I'm calling it "Stringing Beads":

Stringing Beads

I am enjoying this year-long challenge. Thanks to soscrappy for hosting it.

I'm linking to ScrapHappy Saturday at soscrappy.

Friday, June 9, 2017

Another Donation Quilt

Earlier this year, I made a bunch (around 150) of scrappy pinwheels to use in donation quilts. I have finished three quilts--the final top is done, but not quilted--and I have only one pinwheel left! :)

I chose to do these quilts with different layouts; on this third one I set the pinwheel with alternate half-square triangle blocks.

Must have caught a breeze--the bottom really is straight!

Green with HST alternate blocks

These are the first two quilts:

Orange and on-point

Straight layout with sashing and cornerstones

The final quilt is a simple pinwheel to pinwheel layout--I'll post a picture after it is finished. I have enjoyed trying out the different layouts; I've never focused on just one block in different layouts before.

I've been working on several other things, but some are gifts, so I can't show them yet. I'm enjoying the summer break and being able to sew every day.

I'm linking with Fiber Tuesday 115 at The Quilting Room with Mel.

Thursday, May 11, 2017

Retirement Gift and Donation Quilts

I've been a bit lazy about taking pictures, so I went out between rain showers this morning to do it. They aren't as lumpy as they look--the fence I hung them on is overgrown with vines!

The first is a D9P(Disappearing Nine-Patch)--a retirement gift for a friend. Her favorite color is brown. I pieced the back with extra blocks--I always have extras!

D9P--66" x 66"

D9P (pieced backing detail)

D9P (detail)

These two pinwheel quilts will be for donation. Though yellow and orange aren't my favorite colors--they are favorites for others.

Yellow Sashed Pinwheel--60" x 60"

Orange On-Point Pinwheel--58" x 58"

Orange On-Point Pinwheel (detail)

Now to get them washed. My washer and dryer should be delivered this afternoon--YAY!

I'm linking with Fiber Tuesday 111 at The Quilting Room with Mel and Jo's Country Junction UFO Progress.

 The Quilting Room with Mel

Tuesday, May 9, 2017


The rain has finally stopped, though everything is still soggy. The yard needs some clean-up, but I wanted to share a few flower pictures--so, pardon the wild overgrowth!

I have a fence covered with Rambler roses--they will get some pretty severe pruning when the blooming is done.

My Asian dogwood is blooming, too.

Some roses (other than the Ramblers) as well.



Night Owl

My peonies are just beginning to bloom. Here are a couple of them.

Our hot water heater is repaired--YAY!  Thursday, we will take delivery of a washer and dryer. We will wait for Memorial Day sales for the deep freeze. The furnace controller will have to wait a bit, but we won't be needing it soon, so that's okay.

The basement still needs a bit more clean-up, but we are making progress. Thanks for all the kind words from readers about the flooding mess--I appreciate you.

Sunday, April 30, 2017

Rain, Rain, and More Rain

Southwest Missouri has been deluged the past few days.

What does this have to do with quilting? I store my quilts in a large plastic trash barrel in the basement until I have enough to take to the place I donate them. The basement flooded, and the trash barrel floated, tipping over in the water, and my quilts are soaked! (This is not to mention all the other floating totes that now have to be cleaned out as well). YUK!

We are blessed, however, not to have sustained damage--many aren't so lucky.

I'll be washing and drying things this week--probably all week long!

Edited to add: Washer, dryer, and hot water heater out of commission, so coin laundry is the next step. YUK!

I'm linking with Fiber Tuesday 109 at The Quilting Room with Mel .