Sunday, June 06, 2021

A few tops complete

 School is almost out and I am thankful we were in person all school year!  I have some projects to do around the house and some company coming but the break will be nice.  

I have been in a personal quilting slump, so I continue to make shop samples for my friend's shop.  This summer I want to go through my projects and get some UFO's finished!

I love the Take Five kits.  The block pieces come pre-cut and are so easy to sew together!  You can tell the region I live in!  University of Idaho Vandals, Boise State Broncos and Gonzaga Bulldogs!  They were fun and easy to do.  

Monday, May 03, 2021

Finished Gift

 I quilted and bound the blue sampler quilt.   It is ready for gifting.  I figured out the blocks were made in 2004!  It is great to have this UFO off my shelf!

I also took a few flower photos!

Sunday, April 25, 2021

Wow, Almost the End of April!

I really do have good intentions to post on my blog.  I just need to be better at it on my phone and then I could manage it easier.  Getting the pictures to my computer takes effort.  Well, not really, it's just plugging in a cable...  

In my last post (two months ago!) I mentioned our house flooded.  Almost all the repair work has been completed (the bathroom still needs baseboard and the floor guy said it wasn't his job) and I spent my entire spring break working on the house putting things back together and cleaning EVERYTHING, absolutely everything in this big house from the construction dust.  "Someone" still needs to install my new laundry sink, but he has been busy farming.  The laundry sink was old and since it had to come out we chose to replace it with a nice stainless steel one.

I have gotten some quilting done.  These pictures are going to be in a random order.  

Wildest quilt top I have ever made - Kaffe fabric blocks from two swaps, assembled into one top.  The string blocks were sliced in half and I made the middle fit by adding black and white.

I used red and green Christmas low volume prints for this Chamomile Quilt.

Disappearing 4 patch

Another view at dusk with a bit of sunshine.

Brown Bag mystery 2020 Kaffe version.

Brown Bag Mystery 2020 - Batik version piano key border

Partially finished block of the month sample quilt

Easy Stripe Tablerunners

Quilts I made for a 16 year old girl (she went to the one room elementary I work at) and her mom.  The girl is undergoing treatment for her third bout of cancer.  I put two different fleeces on the backs so they could tell them apart.  All the blocks were made over the last couple of years as leader/enders.

Gnome is Where Your Garden Grows - shop sample top

This is a VERY old UFO, more than 15 years old.  I had the blocks done all this time.  Today I put them into a top and I have a backing ready to baste and quilt it.  I needed a gift for a college graduation and the young woman loves blue.  I am using a fun a nd funky backing with pink, her other favorite color!

Linking up with Design Wall Monday.

Monday, February 22, 2021

Lots of Quilting and House Flooding

 My last post was on Jan. 10th.  On January 12th my husband called me at work at 12:15.  He said get home now, we have flooding.  My boss sent my co-worker with me and she improvised with all the students for the afternoon.  (22 students K-6)  It turns out a supply line on an upstairs toilet burst and flooded through the main floor and into the basement.  It was a huge mess (still is).  I called the only carpet cleaning service in town and they were able to come out and with their big machines and suck up water and brought fans and dehumidifiers.  We had sheetrock and flooring damage and finally have a contractor ready to start repairs next week.  It's been tough to find someone.  The insurance company was great, they have already paid us for what the adjuster came up with.  

Then we had a second flood last week.  We have a small water heater in the kitchen under a corner cabinet.  It is above my sewing room in the basement.  Yep, it started leaking and water was pouring down on my cutting table.  It is ruined.  Thankfully the ceiling and flooring had not been replaced yet!  So.... upon installation of a new water heater we purchased Friday... we had a third flood in the kitchen under the sink!  I think we are done now.  I am just looking forward to having flooring and walls and ceiling again!

Back to quilting!  I really have gotten a lot done in the last month, even with all the disruptions and disorganization of my house, although not a single bit of actual machine quilting, just piecing.

First off I am doing a Brown Bag Mystery called Double the Fun.  It starts in March, but the participating shops are selling the bags with cutting instructions ahead of time.  You get to see a strip of one fabric and the rest is a mystery!  One of my my bags is a Me and My Sister Design bag and one is a Tula Pink bag.  This should be fun.  Bags are still available online!

I have been doing a block of the month through Your Best Friends Quilt Shop.  It is done on a Ten Sisters design grid and the squares are one inch finished!  

This top is made of strips leftover from the twins quilts I made last fall.  It is a large throw size and will be finished as a donation quilt to a church group with a lot of outreach programs.

I am participating in the Tula Pink Nebula BOM.  Here are the first two months.

This is a block of the week I am doing through Your Best Friend's Quilt Shop.  The owner loves 30's.  I am unsure how this is going together.  I think we are supposed to get 50 blocks.  It is definitely not my style, but the blocks are fun to make.
Snowman quilt shop sample

Bees shop sample
Snippets Shop Sample - love the colors!

Gnomes - shop sample

Dresden quilt - shop sample.  This one was all cut and with the tops all sewn.  I just had to assemble and applique the wedges!

Bees - pattern by Krista Moser.  I took a class from her and loved this quilt and I got to make it as a shop sample.

Linking up with Design Wall Monday.

Sunday, January 10, 2021

Still Quilting!

 I honestly have no excuses for not posting photos.  I did post some of them on Instagram.  I got very depressed with the holidays and things not being "normal".  I have nothing to complain about, we are healthy, we have jobs, our children and grandchildren are healthy, but working at a school and dealing with masking took it's toll along with winter blahs.  I do worry a lot about all the families affected by virus.  It has been a rough year for so many people, so I told myself to pull it together!

However, I did keep quilting, it kept my sanity!  I don't even have pictures of everything I made.  I switched phones and thought I transferred everything, but everything is out of order.  I also have a new computer.  Yes, nothing like new electronics to drive a person crazy!  

These won't be in the order I made them, but here goes!

A year ago when I visited my daughter and grandkids in Kentucky, she asked me to make a new tree skirt.  Their tree is decorated all with yellow duck ornaments (I also make or buy the twins yellow duck ornaments every year).  I had these navy Sparkle Suede fabrics and they seemed to set off the yellow ducks.  I had them for another project, obviously I hadn't started that project.  I drafted the pattern myself based on the size of their center opening in their tree holder.  It arrived in time to spend December under their tree!

I was commissioned to make a T-shirt quilt for a sort of relative by marriage. The weather was terrible and I didn't get outside pics so the pics are on my basement floor.  This is an original design/layout.

A friend and I participated in the Merry Mayhem New Year's mystery.  I am not a fan of green, but I loved the new line of fabric called Blooming Bunch for Maureen McCormick from the Brady Bunch.  I do like the layout of this mystery quilt and I really did piece it in one day!
From the same line of fabric I made three aprons.  The toddler size is in the picture.  I also made three tablerunners for my friend's quilt shop.

This is a topper/wallhanging I made this weekend.  It turned out pretty cute!  It is about 30" square.
The next two are for my friend's shop.

I made this tablerunner for a gift.  I loved the dimensional poinsettias.  I used red batiks.  It is hard to see the silver sparkles in the background.

Okay, I will try to keep up with reading blogs and posting on mine!

Linking up to Design Wall Monday.

Monday, November 09, 2020

Quilts Mailed!

I finished the quilts for my soon to be three year old twin grandkids.  I mailed them last week.   It cost a minor fortune to mail them from Idaho to Kentucky!  I also made a quilt top for a friend from a kit she had.  For the twins quilts I used three patterns by Elizabeth Hartman and figured out my own layout.

quilting closeup on Remy's quilt.

closeup of Finn's quilting.
Labels.  I do not have an embroidery machine, so I improvised with the lettering on my regular machine.  Their last name is covered for privacy.

This is the Tula Pink quilt I made for my friend with a fussy cut block closeup below.

Linking up with Design Wall Monday.

Idaho Quilter's Adventures