Food for thought.

Memory is a wonderful treasure chest for those who know how to pack it.

Tuesday, July 18, 2017

Roaring Waves......

Back on July 7 I mentioned about buying this kit from one of my favorite local quilt shops.
It is made with 12 fat quarters and I had those cut and stitched together  before  the washer died.

Once the washer died, I decided to strip the old wall paper out of the now empty laundry room and get it painted.  What an ordeal!  That paper had been on those walls so long, it just didn't want to come down. decided to take the walls with it.  What a mess we got ourselves into.  Anyways, nearly two weeks went by.....drywalling, painting getting the new washer and dryer installed. It's done and looks great now.  Thank goodness there is no more wallpaper in this house.  

So yesterday was my first day back into the sewing room (July 17).  I cut my strips from the tubes that I made and pinned them to the ironing board.

Then the tubes of strips  needed to be staggered like a bargello quilt.

From there I stitched the center.

Then today (July 18), I started adding my borders.

First border was a 1" (finished) navy border.

Then there was the 4 1/2" outer border; and that makes for a completed top (flimsy).

Here's a close up of some of the cute fabrics in this quilt.  The majority of the fabrics are from Sweetwater ..... and the line is Liberty.

It was a good feeling to get back into the sewing room after a couple of weeks AND to complete a quilt top.  It's now on the "to be quilted pile".  I believe it won't be long before this one is totally done as the binding is made and the backing is already pieced.

The pattern can be found on AllPeopleQuilt and it is called Roaring Waves.

Friday, July 7, 2017


Right now I have no business sewing at all.  The washing machine died, so we went out and bought a new washer and dryer.  Since they were out of the laundry room, I decided to tear down the wallpaper that has been in there 20 some odd years.  That in itself has been a disaster.

Just prior to this escapade, the gals and I went on a little shop hop with instructions that I was NOT to buy any fabric.  You'll see that they were not of any help in that department.

Bought this adorable fox fabric for Jude who just moved into his "big boy" bed and his room has a fox theme, so I made him a pillowcase. 

Then I found this adorable little wallet that I am going to make from stash fabric.  Problem is...there are too many choices and I don't know which route to go.  

Also, I bought a KIT.  I never buy kits, but this one was adorable in one of my favorite quilt shops.  I have already purchased backing online and had to buy one of the fabrics that they had substituted something else in the kit.  

So far, I have stitched together the strips getting them ready to be sliced up.  It would have been nice to have this for the Fourth, but it will be ready for next year for sure. 

Quite awhile ago, I won a contest on Jan Patek's website for naming one of her blocks or quilts (can't remember which).  I was to get a pattern.  Well, they lost my info and a lot of time passed and I kind of forgot about it until the other day when the pattern came in the mail along with another pattern for being so late (they finally found my info).  I love them both!!

Then today when we realized that the drywall mud was not dry enough to sand, I started putting the Hearts and Hands blocks onto their respective places on the  background and pinned them in place.  Now I can get ready to stitch them down.

Ok....back to getting the laundry room into shape.   

Wednesday, June 28, 2017

Phase II of Hearts and Hands has begun.....

The first part of Phase II in making Hearts and Hands has begun.  All the circular blocks are made (Phase I) and now I am working on the background.  This is very boring.  I am cutting up yardage of bronze Cherry Wood fabrics and sewing them back together.

It seems so pointless, but the grid work that is taking place will help with the placement of the circular blocks.

All the yardage is cut to the specific requirements and sewn together in their specific segments.

The longer pieces are the borders and the square and rectangular pieces (which are many) are "pieced" together to form the grids.

This section of the pattern shows you just what and why I am doing what I am doing.

To keep it all organized, I have been clipping all my cut pieces to the design wall with my large Wonder Clips. (thank you Sharon for those)  Now, I don't know if that little hole that is on the one side of the clip is for enabling me to pin to my design wall is there for that reason, but if not, everyone should know about it because it works great! excuses.....I am ready to start appliqueing my circles to the background.....117 of them.  

Stay tuned.

Friday, June 23, 2017

I am so easily distracted.

The Hearts and Hands is sitting over there, but I got distracted when I saw a couple people from a private quilt group that I follow on Facebook working on their disappearing four patches.  

I am still in this mode of destashing, so when I saw these two quilts online, I remembered I had this stack of sports themed fabric that was planned for this very pattern.  Now mind you, I have had these fabrics for ....OMG....I hate to admit it, but probably for 13 years when my friend, Sandy, gifted them to me when I had my first grandson.  

I started cutting out with the intent of making a lap quilt (7 x 7 blocks) which should end up being pretty close to 56" square.  

All the sports fabrics were used up pretty quickly, so I had to run out and get a couple more plus I used a little bit of the golf fabric I have for the backing.  So, all my 49 blocks are cut out and in four-patches here.  They are to the point of making them disappear (haha).

One of the first blocks was mis-cut and that is why one of my blocks has two different sports fabrics in it, but this is a pretty busy quilt, so I am sure not many are going to notice the one oddball block.

Here are most of  the blocks as I am auditioning how I want to lay them out.

Here's the adorable backing which I picked way back when because my son-in-law was a golf superintendent (now he is a commissioner).

The quilting design I decided for this quilt is "fantasy flames".  

I think that is pretty boyish, plus "Fantasy Flames" sounds like a sports team!

The quilt is quilted on my Millie.

....and here are a couple of close ups of the stitching.

Had to dig into the stash to find something I could use for the binding and came up with a piece of orange that I thought would work well.  

So, here is the completed quilt.   It's all stash....a good 7 1/2 yards out of the closet and into a quilt.  What a good feeling.  

Saturday, June 17, 2017

Disappearing Hourglass

This quilt came about when I was going through my stash (trying to destash, actually) and I came across a layer cake.  I did some research on-line looking for something to make with a layer cake.

I have discussed the whole process of making the disappearing hourglass here.

A couple fabrics were added to get enough blocks to get my 6 x 7 blocks and then I ordered another April Cornell fabric for the main border.

I added a small white border to finish off the outside of the blocks.

Then the deep periwinkle fabric was used for the outer border and one of the blocks, too. 

The top is complete.

A green dot fabric was purchased for the backing.

I put it on the longarm and I used another new-to-me panto called Venice.

It looks great on the fabric, too.  

Binding is the same as the final border.

The quilt is complete, binding and all.

Another finish.....yeah!!!

Friday, June 9, 2017

A new quilter is born.....

Not only in talent, but in heart, too. 

My friends granddaughter has been crafting with her for years and doing some sewing, too.  This year she has been periodically making quilt blocks and yesterday she decided she wanted to put them all together.  

Her reasoning for finally putting them together is that Kaitlyn's friend's dad passed away and Kaitlyn wanted to give this quilt to her.  Now....isn't that the way of all quilters?

Anyways, I got this quilt this morning with  a "rush" on it.  Her grandma decided on the "daisies galore" panto.  So, I got right to it.  

As usual, Nancy (my friend) has the best taste in backings.

How perfect is this backing for this quilt?

All fabrics were chosen from Kaitlyn's grandma's stash (she has a great stash!) and I think she did a wonderful job on her blocks.  I love the modern look of this quilt. 

I think her friend is going to be very touched by this wonderful gift.  

Tuesday, June 6, 2017

100 percent STASH

All five charity baby quilts are complete.

100% from the stash.

Four from a layer cake.

One from leftovers from a previous quilt.

Additional fabrics for the tops from the stash.

Backings from the stash.

Batting from my long arming stash.

I quilted four of them with "Angel Wings" and one with "Venice" (pantos)

Bindings ......three made from stash fabric......

one made from the left overs from the backing......

  one was a binding that got misplaced from a baby quilt made years ago and then was found AFTER that quilt was finished. 

 It's  a little brighter dot fabric than a couple of the backings, but I think it works and there was plenty for the binding with just about  6" left over, so it was meant to be.  

What a great feeling to work from the stash.

Better quilts to be donated to a local hospital.

While all this hand stitching of bindings was going on today, I was washing and re-washing the Cherrywood fabric (hand dyed) that will be the background for the Hearts and Hands.  Three times through the washer with an extra fourth rinse just for good measure.  The 13 yards just needs to be pressed and then I am ready to start cutting and getting Hearts and Hands going again (Phase II).

Stay tuned!