Thursday, July 23, 2015

A Box of Crayons...

That is what this reminds me of.  It's pieced but not pressed or quilted.  I want to complete
it with the black print for binding and ship it to my mom.  With a red splatterware pitcher, it will be perfect for her summer table.

Wednesday, July 22, 2015

Recipes in the Mail

For both my girls ---Chelsey and Carolyn.   A new recipe---I could have called and told them about it.  I could have sent it in a text or an email... but I wanted them to have the card with handwritten details to hold onto....Somethings should never go out of style.....

Sunflower Gatherings - Two Blocks left.....

When I'm too tired for anything else, I reach for my sewing basket.

There are more wool pieces to add.  They overlap onto the setting squares on each side of the block.  Right now they are neatly safety pinned to the back of the block so that I don't lose them.

Every morning I have a list of things to get accomplished -- half of them related to quilting.  Then nightfall comes and I realize they have not gotten accomplished...but that is what weekends are for.

Tuesday, July 21, 2015

Summertime Crows

The countertops in my 'new to me' kitchen are black.  So I want to cozy them up.  That means a new table topper for my farmhouse table. 

This is wool applique on cotton fabric. I decided not to center the wool block because so many times that vase of flowers or basket of bread cover it up.  The star block is a block I found on Pinterest.  There were many pieces to cut out, but it was the perfect size finishing at 14.5 inches.  Quilting is the next step.

Saturday, July 18, 2015

Sunday, July 12, 2015


Listening to the oldies music... My 3rd cup of coffee...I wanted to type a post.  The photo:

I'm working on the Snapshots Quilt that Fat Quarter Shop and Bonnie & Camille have joined together to help St. Jude's Children's Hospital.  I have no bright Red or Baby Blue in my house-- none.  I just heard  Bonnie & Camille's story and wanted to contribute.  

Working out every morning early I always see the St. Jude's Children's Ads and know that childhood illness happens more often than we like to think about. Proceeds from every block goes to the hospital.

While I have no grand-kids yet --- I can just see me rocking them and talking about each block on this quilt and why each block makes us smile.

I guess hindsight I could have just used the pattern with my own fabric colors -- It may have 'Fit' in my house more.... put I loved the quilt-- exactly the way it was portrayed in photos and now I have a reason for baby blue in my home... 

You can't help but smile every time you see these blocks.

Friday, July 03, 2015

Kitchen Table Piece

I wanted a new piece for the kitchen table that went with my new kitchen cabinets.  This is a block from Kathy at Heart to Hand Quilts.  I used a fabric scrap from the closet.  I tea-dyed it to make it the right color.  I used wool pieces gifted to me from a friend.  It just one block.  I'm going to piece three other blocks to surround it.  Each will be black and creme colors.  My countertops are black Ubatuba granite so I want to bring everything together.  It's nice quilting without a deadline for a change.

Thursday, July 02, 2015

Summer Blocks

It’s almost Friday --- well, it sort of is.  I have the day off tomorrow for the  Independence Day holiday falling on Saturday. It’s nice to have a three day weekend.  And we’re going to have a few days of summer at the same time.  With weather patterns in the U.P., you never know.
Summer time rolls around and one thing I always look forward to is Primitive Gatherings Summer Block of the week.  Keeping life in perspective made me realize I did not complete last year’s program.  Life got busy and I started sewing for Christmas. Eric got married.  I loved the project – that was not the problem.  I repeat – Keeping life in perspective made me pull out last year’s project to work on instead of ordering the new 2015 project.
I finished this block on Wednesday. I love the dragonfly.

It connects with other blocks , so I will pin them away and piece the blocks together.  I did not purchase the thread kit.  I used threads I already had or three strands of DMC floss.  With getting a block in the mail each week, a Freebie project is also included. I love getting mail.
 I completely fell in love with it all over again.  I’m hoping by the end of the summer to have this baby ready for quilting. 
There’s a ton of 4-patch quilt-along’s going on out there.  I’m also considering this one mine. Wool applique works great on the porch.

It’s going to be a great quilt.