Friday, November 17, 2017
The blocks were made by members of my guild. They were my birthday blocks in 2003.
We had a program you could sign up for at the beginning of the year. During the year, we made blocks each month for members who had a birthday that month. The member decided on the pattern and colors.
Since my birthday is in December, and I asked for green blocks, I got several Christmas fabrics mixed in the Buckeye Beauties. I always thought I'd make more blocks and make a Christmas quilt, but somehow it never happened.
Until now! I put the top together at our retreat last month, and quilted it last weekend.
At last, a real finish.
In other news, I'm making progress with some of the blocks I finished at the retreat.
Our wonderful weekend retreat is the gift that just keeps on giving.
The retreat I went on with guild members was three weeks ago now, and last Wednesday night was our first guild meeting since both groups got back. One of our members spoke about how great it was for her to be with other quilters, and I thought about how much we share when we get together.
Sure, we share irons and cutting mats and space, but we also share encouragement, expertise, ideas, excitement, stories, and laughter. Not to mention food!
So thanks, quilters, for sharing, at retreats and shows and online and everywhere else. Positive energy is contagious, and excitement is good for us!
Link ups as usual with Busy Hands Quilts and Crazy Mom Quilts.
Friday, November 10, 2017
I started this quilt just before the Ties that Bind retreat two weeks ago, and made the rest of the blocks at the retreat. I set the blocks together and added borders during my grandson's naps this week.
HERE for free. I made a total of 56 blocks, half with red squares, the other half with green. My version is slightly bigger than Bonnie's.
I'll take better pictures when it's quilted.
I'm excited to have at least this much done, especially since things have really changed in my life. My daughter got a full time job, so now I have a full time babysitting gig with a 17 month old. Going from part time to full time is a challenge, but very much worth it. We're finding new fun things to do, like taking pictures of grandma's quilt and rearranging the blocks in the star quilt. He has an absolutely maniacal laugh, and I can't help laughing too, even when he's taking off down the hall with a row of quilt blocks.
Silly Mama Quilts! The Fed Ex man brought them just as I was packing up the car for the retreat. Here they are, laid out by my featherweight.
Now what am I going to make out of these lovelies?
Can't wait to find out.
Have a fun filled week.
I'm linking up as usual with Crazy Mom Quilts and Busy Hands Quilts.
Saturday, October 21, 2017
With that "homework" out of the way, I can work on getting ready to go on a quilting retreat next weekend.
A couple of weeks ago I started taming down my wild Christmas scraps, which looked like this:
Here's what I'm going to make:
1. Sticks and Stones quilt
HERE. It takes 5 in. squares, 1.5 x 5 in. rectangles, and 1.5 in. squares for the center. I'm making red blocks and green blocks. They are 10 in. square finished.
2. Four pointed Christmas stars
HERE. I changed it slightly, leaving out the triangles on the background rectangles. Again, I'll be making half the blocks red and the other half green. All the pieces are cut from 2.5 in. strips.
3. Classic triple rail fence
But wait, there's more!
It is so hard for me to cut out quilts and delay sewing them! Setting these aside for the retreat has been like torture. I finally broke down and started yet ANOTHER Christmas quilt, using the triangles left over from the Four Pointed Christmas stars.
So, not a lot finished this week, aside from the pears.
But a whole lot started!
I hope your week is filled with love and laughter.
Link ups today:
Busy Hands Quilts
Crazy Mom Quilts
Friday, October 13, 2017
I still have to make applesauce (on the stove now as I type) and do another small batch of pie apples. The house smells great.
Imagine you are an elderly person. (If you're lucky, you'll get to be one someday.) Now imagine it's winter, your knees are cold, and you'd like to cover up with a quilt but it's a problem with your wheelchair. You would need a lap robe.
That's what I made this week.
I'm linking up with Busy Hands Quilts, Crazy Mom Quilts, and Can I Get A Whoop Whoop this week. It is so inspiring seeing what other people are making.
Well, back to the applesauce. Happy fall!
Friday, October 6, 2017
At least I've got something done, although this isn't for me. This is my charity quilt homework from our quilt group. Nancy P., our fearless leader, made up this kit with directions, and I took it home.
This quilt finishes at a good size, about 49 x 58, and will probably go to a child as a Christmas gift. We donate to our local Volunteer Center, and they do the distributions.
So that's got me thinking about Christmas. I promised my youngest daughter I'd make her a Christmas quilt to replace the one I made for her as a child, which finally wore out.
I brought down the Christmas yardage too, to help me get ideas. It's stacked in the background.
Sorting this took forever. I was actually thinking of leaving it for a while and cleaning the bathrooms instead. Nevertheless, I persisted.
Now, what am I going to do with this?
What would YOU do? I would love to know!
Cheers and Merry Christmas!
Join me at the link ups at
Busy Hands Quilts, Crazy Mom Quilts, and Can I Get a Whoop Whoop!
Friday, September 29, 2017
I wrote about piecing it HERE.
How new/old does something have to be before it's a UFO? If it's less than a year, does it still count as a UFO?
I finished this top last February, and it just waited patiently to be quilted. My friend Joey did the quilting on her long arm. She did a wonderful Baptist Fan all over design, which she does freehand. (Joey is amazing.) All I had to do was make the binding and sew it on.
J. J. Stitches in Sun Prairie.
It just so happens orange is the color for September for the Rainbow Scrap Challenge.
Here's what I've been making for that.
First, the house blocks.
Now for the Buckeye Beauty blocks. I got carried away, and made 11 of them.
I think orange is my new favorite color.
Whatever color is your favorite, I hope you get to sew with it this week.
Today's link ups are:
Busy Hands Quilts
Crazy Mom Quilts
Confessions of a Fabric Addict
Rainbow Scrap Challenge