I have an actual finished quilt this week!
Long years ago, probably in the late 1980s, I took a class from Marsha McCloskey, the queen of feathered stars, and made a small quilt like this and a few more blocks. In those days, we used rotary cutting for some of the pieces, but most of them were cut with templates. I have no patience for templates anymore, so I wanted to find a pattern that was all rotary cut.
Here it is: FEATHERED STAR TUTORIAL. It's a PDF, and it's long (about 38 pages), but so worth it! Molly, the author, takes you through each step with examples and lots of encouragement. I would definitely recommend it.
Wanna see what I got?
Naturally, with the Christmas season, I've been thinking about gifts for weeks. Just yesterday we finally finished our shopping for the grandchildren, and a week from tomorrow we'll all get together for food and fun and presents.
But I've also been thinking about other kinds of gifts. Like the gift I'm getting today when my daughters and their children come to make Christmas cookies. Or the gift of a Christmas card in the mail (especially the ones with photos!) or a hug from a friend. The older I get, the more these things matter, and the less I worry about giving the perfect gift from the store.
Love is what matters. It is, after all, the reason for the season.
Enjoy this week, if you can. It's a gift!
Linking up as usual with Crazy Mom Quilts and Busy Hands Quilts. Come and see what everybody is making!
Saturday, December 16, 2017
Saturday, December 9, 2017
Kind of a pathetic finish, isn't it? Not even a flimsy! But this has been sort of a tough week.
Our 17 month old grandson was sick on Wednesday and Thursday with a cold/fever, which meant he wanted to be held just about all the time. I am happy to do anything I can to make the little sweetheart feel better, including watching Sesame Street what seems like a million times. Love plus medicine, fluids, and time worked, and he was better on Friday.
Since I usually sew during nap times on weekdays, I definitely got less done. Not a problem, things will even out.
The blocks above were made per a request from my eldest daughter. She is putting together a basket for a fundraiser for her kids' school, and asked if I had a quilt to donate. She knows me well, I'm always working on donation quilts, but there was nothing finished that would fit the theme of Cozy Home and work for adults. This disappearing ninepatch project was already in the works, so I just cut up some more scraps and got the blocks done. I'm hoping to finish the top this weekend. The fundraiser isn't til February, so I'll have time to get the quilting done.
HERE to go to the recipe at Genius Kitchen. It makes a lot more than I expected. This container was so full I could barely get the lid on, plus there was even more that wouldn't fit (I took care of that problem!) My husband suggested a small improvement, which I'm going to try next time I make it. He thinks separating the cashews into halves would be better, instead of using them whole. His way will have all the cashew bits surrounded by sweet stuff. Genius.
Link ups as usual with Busy Hands Quilts and Crazy Mom Quilts.
Friday, December 1, 2017
The binding was actually in my stash, in the bottom of a bin in the basement. I could not believe it when I came across it while cleaning out the bin. The color was just what I wanted.
So that's one of the Christmas scrap quilts done!
In other news, I finished this rail fence flimsy.
Maybe I should quilt this one for my little Schnickelfritz?
Happy first of December, and happy quilting!
Linking up as usual with Crazy Mom Quilts and Busy Hands Quilts.
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!