Food for thought.

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

Tuesday, July 21, 2015

Seriously....did I need this much fabric?

I decided to pull another UFO out of the pile. This is my Gathering Baskets.

I felt I could look towards the next project because I only have the four mitered corners of my thimble quilt to hand stitch.  Here you will see I have the miters taped and ready to be stitched on that quilt.

I even have the backing cut, stitched  and folded up waiting to be quilted.  

So back to the basket quilt. 

I looked for my stash of fabrics that I had put away for this quilt.  Found them in my hand made bag and thought....what was I thinking when I bought all this fabric for this one quilt. 

Thankfully, when I pulled all the fabric out of there, I found the backing that I had pulled for this quilt, too.  So, there wasn't as much fabric in there as I thought.  

Thank goodness I stashed that away or I might have used it for my thimbles or something else.  

Then I had to go hunting for the pattern.  Sometimes it just doesn't pay to clean up your room.  Why I didn't keep the pattern with the fabric, I will never know. 

So, as I see it, my next step is to do the applique and then  there are two sides of half square triangles and then this quilt top will be done.  I am thinking it will be easy peasy.  

I do think I will re-configure the half square triangles from what the pattern shows.  This pattern doesn't have them fitting perfectly.  There are a couple that are just cut off and made to fit.  I am going to see if I can size them so that they will fit perfectly.  We'll see.  I will have to be in the mathematical mood when the time comes.  

I am actually looking forward to getting this one done now.  

First things first though.  I need to stitch those mitered corners, press the thimbles really well and then it is on the pile to be quilted.  

Ok....time to start doing some figuring.  

Sunday, July 19, 2015

Trying to finish another UFO

A while back I was obsessed at getting this very old UFO complete. I am talking about my 2000 piece, hand pieced, thimble quilt that was started in 2006.  You can see where I was talking about it here.

Well I procrastinated again on it because I was going to hand stitch the borders.  Top and bottom were easy enough because they were straight, but the sides were the shape of the thimbles. 

I procrastinated because I was trying to figure out how I was going to do this.  In my head I felt I had a good idea, but to put it in motion was another thing.  Well, I bit the bullet today.  

 I drew a 1/4 " seam line on my border. 

Pinned all the lower points of the thimbles to the stitch lines.

....and started appliquing the thimbles to the border.  

I have one side down and one more to go.  

Now I REALLY see a light at the end of this tunnel.  Wish I had started this out earlier in the day so that I would have daylight to finish the second border, but at least I know this technique is do-able and it will be done in no time at all.  

My corners are going to be mitered.  Need to check the stash to see if I have a backing and then it will be ready to quilt.  

Thursday, July 16, 2015

Smoke Stacks......

The brother-in-law of a friend of mine, Nancy, who lives on Harsen's Island  on Lake St. Clair here in MI loves watching all the freighters cruising by  and asked her  if she could design a quilt depicting the smoke stacks of some of these freighters.    She did a beautiful job on the quilt and then asked me to quilt it.  

Here's a couple close ups. 

Here is the completed top. 

I don't know what each of these smoke stacks stand for other than the Ford one.....that was

She picked a great backing for this quilt, too.  

I think the stitching on the back of this looks like the crazy paths these freighters might take. 

There are going to be some very jealous "freighter-loving friends"  when they see his new quilt; but Nancy did say that this was going to be "one of a kind" ONLY!

I know she is going to be ready to move onto something new and exciting.  She always has such great taste in fabrics and quilts. what's on the agenda?

Monday, July 6, 2015

What a lovely weekend.....

The weather was great, the fireworks were beautiful, family get togethers were fun and I even had time to work on my quilts.

I made a scappy binding for my very old 9-patch UFO  and completed it.  I sewed several scraps together that I still had gathered for this quilt to make the binding and in one day I sewed it on by machine AND hand sewed it down. 

You can see several different fabrics that I used in the binding in this picture.  A picture of the whole quilt will have to wait until another time when I have extra hands to hold this queen-sized quilt up.  

Then the topper today was when I got home to a package from the Missouri Star Quilt Company.  I hadn't ordered anything, but this is what was inside it. 

A jelly roll called Bunny Tales. 

Well, wouldn't you know....when I bought the magazine for the pattern Babes in Farmland, there was this one other quilt in there that I thought I just had to make.  

I think this fabric will work perfectly for that. 

What do you think?

I am thinking this might just be the ticket for this quilt. 

Thank you Sandy for the nice little surprise.  

Now to decide which UFO is next...hopefully something that I can complete in a short period of time as that gives me a great deal of see something completed.  

Stay tuned!

Wednesday, July 1, 2015





Kittens, lambs and Babes in Farmland.

Sold Babes in Farmland quilt today!


Tuesday, June 30, 2015

June 30th!! How can that be?

The month has just flown by.  

I have kept myself busy this month quilting though; and I can share what I have been working on, too. 

At retreat earlier this month, I worked on a commissioned quilt for a co-worker.  

I had complete freedom to make whatever I wanted  for a baby quilt as long as it was gender neutral.  I found that to be harder than having specific requests.  There were just way too many choices.  She has since found out that it is going to be a boy, so I did eliminate the pink panel that would have been in the Farmland quilt and replaced it with another blue. 

Anyways, I had this one cut out prior to retreat and got the top completely done.  

Then I decided that this one was probably a little larger than what she might want and the cost was starting to go up pretty quick with the fabrics that I chose, so during retreat I went shopping and bought more fabric for another quilt.  

I found these fabrics in a shop called Jackman's in St. Louis, MO.  The fabric line is called Babes in Farmland.  This was a smaller quilt AND a little more baby-ish. 

So since being home, I have put both of them on the long arm; and quilted them both with "daisies".

Babes in Farmland is bound and if you notice, I used a white minky on the back of this quilt.

Found a great diagonal stripe to bind the Chain Reaction quilt and the backing is the same as the focus fabric on the top.  

So in less than a month, I made two baby quilts to present to my co-worker and let her make the choice of which one she wants.  

Now the plan is to get back to my UFOs and start making a dent in that pile.  

I'll let you know which one of the quilts got picked tomorrow.  I am guessing the Farmland one.  I think the minky alone will sell that one.  

Ok....let's bring on July!!!

Monday, June 15, 2015

I'm back!!!

I am back from my retreat that was held in St. Louis, MO at the Mercy Center; and I had such a good time and was pretty productive while there, too.  

Here is a picture of most of the ladies that were in attendance.


My goal this year was to get another UFO done and that was my fermenting 9-patches that I have had since the early 2000s.  They were from a swap with a bunch of gals and the theme for them  was Robyn Pandolph.  I found at least 10 yards of four different gold fabrics in my stash (meant for this project originally)  that I cut up to be the alternating blocks and now this quilt is a top.  I have to order a backing (hoping to find a 108" wide back in Robyn's fabrics, also).

Then there was the baby quilt that I cut out prior to attending the retreat.  I got it all done.  I have the backing here at home, so it will probably be the first one on the long arm so that I can say it is done.  I even made the binding at retreat.


Did make a little shopping trip to Jackman's ( a great shop for all kinds of sewing things and it is huge!!!) and Janie Lou ( this is a mostly modern fabric shop...I love it!)  where I bought this adorable pink giraffe minky.  I threw it together as a little baby throw and will be gifting it this weekend at a baby shower.  (so that makes three projects done)


Also, picked up some fabric (and a book for the pattern) to make another baby quilt.  They didn't have all the fabrics in stock, but I did find them on-line and will be ordering them tonight so I can throw it together soon.  I am missing the panel and the piglets. 

Then there was this lovely gray and white stripe (diagonal) that I just couldn't resist for a binding.  I have yardage of a gray with tiny white dots that I plan on using someday for a background and I thought this would make a great binding for that quilt.

I, also, took a bag of prepared Hearts and Hands paper piece blocks, but they take a long time to complete; but I did get three done.....from sewing them, pulling the paper off and appliqueing the center I said, very time consuming,  So I am three closer to being finished.  I think there are now 37 more to go. 

While at Jackman's, I picked up the roll of batt that I had pre-ordered from them a month ago, so I was driving home with a 30-yard roll of batting in the backseat.  They did a pretty good job of vacuum packing this thing.  I am afraid that once I break into that shrink wrap, it is going to explode like the Stay Puff Marshmallow Man.  We will see.  

I am going to try and post my pictures of everyone's show and tell AND the projects that they were working on at retreat.  Hopefully this works.  We have a lot of very talented ladies in this group.  So, please take a look at what all was accomplished and I hope you enjoy the show.  I know I did.