Thursday, March 26, 2015

To honor my pops!

My friend Renelda wrote a quilt book.
From Ensign's Bars to Colonel's Stars is the first in a series called
Making Quilts to Honor Those Who Serve.
Not only has Renelda written a book with patterns it also tells the story of her 25 years in the military.
She put a call out...any one interested in making a quilt from the book...that might be IN the book?
 Oh yes, oh yes, pretty please?!:)  Which one do you want me to make and what colors?
How about LT's Platoon and how about pink, grey and black? OK!

I'm a military kid and proud of it.
(page from the book)
To tell a small bit of  pop's story in a book was an honor.
 I can't wait for the next book.
It's about NCOs....non-commissioned officers.
 I'm looking forward to making the TSgt's quilt!!:)
For my pops!!
Oh yeah...these photos where taken in August 2013...looking forward to those leaves!!

Monday, March 2, 2015

White Stuff

This is what we dealt with last weekend....

 This is what we dealt with this weekend....

At least this time we had help with the shoveling!
 Can you see the name of the Lane on our dirt road?:)

Friday, February 20, 2015

Pattern tester was I!!

Svetlana of S.O.T.A.K handmade put the call out for anyone interested in testing her latest pattern. I missed out on her first little pouch as it was December busy time but jumped at the chance to try this one...Lucky Me!! Introducing...the Lola Pouch!
Svetlana's patterns are so well written with charts showing your material and cutting needs.
                                                            Tons of great photos.
                          I'll admit here that this was the easiest pouch I have ever made AND...
....there is binding on the zipper!!!
Once you get all your pieces cut,  fusibles ironed on and bindings ironed you never have to leave your sewing machine until it is totally done and no hand stitching!!
 The pattern includes instructions for a 9"x 4" (2" deep) pouch and the larger 12"x 6.5" (4"deep)                            pouch.  Both very useful sizes but what's so very cool about this pattern is...
 ...I totally feel comfortable making it whatever size I want using various size zippers cause once you get the basic sewing technique down you can make it as wide or as tall as you want!!
  I think I could even make the bigger one a little taller and add straps for a truly cute bag!
Go visit Svetlana's blog and see the sweet, sweet pouches made by her and the other lucky tester....then buy the pattern!!!:)

Tuesday, February 17, 2015

Long time no blog!'s been a month since my last post! Been busy, busy, busy and we are trying to stay warm!! Quilting helps!:)
You have already seen the finished Polaroids quilt...I just added a little hand quilting to it but Dance Floor is today's highlight!!
 Dance Floor is from Dana Bolyard's Imagine Quilts. It's the third one I have made from the book having already finished Ampersand and made the zip it! that you see in the actual book!:)
I love the quilting! My pal and coworker Kathleen Imagined it all and it's perfection!
 Love, love, love the backing and the binding and of course the crinkly goodness!  You can see where I hand quilted around the larger Polaroids and tied in the middle of the smaller ones. I love that little extra texture!
(3.5" blocks)
 Was also sucked into another round of Bitty Blocks.  The theme was Folk Art....
(4.5"x 6.5" blocks)
 ...and post cards.  Just waiting to receive from my fellow swappers then I have to put my thinking cap on as to putting them together.
 Finish Along 2015 is still going strong....finished the two tops from the bag-o-strips.  Kathleen now has the two tops for quilting.  Even have the binding all ready!
 The main reason for not quilting those two tops is saving my hands to get the pickle dish finished.  One of the four sections is done...another pin basted.  Loving the wool batting!!
 Woke up to this and 6 degrees (-14.4 C)  Supposed to be colder tomorrow...see why we are trying to keep warm? We sure feel for our friends in New England since they have been getting record snow!!
But this is what has really kept me busy...would you like to hear the story of these 40 and counting Grandmother's Flower Garden blocks? It's really cute!!:)


Sunday, January 18, 2015

Fourth Finish &

I love it so!
 I love this Ampersand Quilt from Imagine Quilts by my pal Dana Bolyard of Old Red Barn Co.
 I love the low volume prints and the little pop of colors making the ampersand.
I love that when you see the quilt up close...
... or all snuggled under it's warmth and crinkly don't see the ampersand...
...until you step away.

I love the quilting!
   Gave it to my pal and coworker Kathleen to work her long-arming what you want pal!
She did and it looks fabulous!
I especially love the back...and that aqua binding.
Can you guess I love it?!!

Friday, January 16, 2015

Rainbow Angled Frames...third finish

This top has been hanging around since the beginning of last year when I posted the Angled Frames tutorial on Old Red Barn Co. Quilt Along.
 I gave the top to my pal Pat to practice with her new long-arm machine...just have fun Pat!
I do believe she did and I love the all over large stipple...sort of like a jigsaw puzzle!! 
 It was also my first attempt at machine stitching the binding on the back then turning it on to the front and doing the same thing!  What a brilliant idea...thanks Lynz
 Now if this was a special quilt for someone I love then hand stitching would be in order but since this was one of seven tops I made for the tutorial I gave it a whirl!  It think this will be the perfect picnic blanket for me and hubby...when it finally gets warm!!

If you are interested in making your own Angled Frames the tutorial button is there on the right AND you can visit ORBC Quilt Along where there are and always will be free tutorials for your sewing pleasure!:)
Now I need to get working on this little bag o'pleasures!

Wednesday, January 14, 2015

Wide to Straight

That's what she wanted...
 ....her flared bottoms made narrow.
Done! She can iron them better. I did my part!
Second finish of the first quarter 2015 Finish Along.  
I still can't believe it's 2015!!