Sunday, June 28, 2015

Disappearing Hour Glass

Decided I needed to dig into the fabric I received from families at my retirement.  Looking at all the fabric brings such joy to know people knew my style and what I liked.  I watched Jenny Doan of Missouri Star Quilt Company on Youtube and loved the Disappearing Hour Glass.  

Was determined to use the Fat Quarter Pack and only add a background fabric!  I did it and was so pleased with myself!  (Excuse the feet, hands and head top)  Decided that this would make a great Prayers and Square Quilt, so it will be mailed to Debbie who lives inTexas and has breast cancer.  I hope the prayers and colors bring Debbie some comfort and joy!

Sunday, May 24, 2015

Learning to Knit

Divided Boxes Knit Stitch

I was determined to learn to knit.  Watched Youtube videos and was successful!  First I cast on, ripped it out, cast on again until I could do it quickly and then moved to knit stitch, did that over and over again. and then moved to purl stitch which I did, ripped and repeated.  Poor yarn really got a work out!  But my scarf is coming along.  It's too narrow for an adult ( my opinion) so I will pass it on to my granddaughter to wear to school this winter in Boston.

So far I've completed a dish cloth (my knitting friends tell me that's what I need to knit to practice). But I suppose if you make dish clothes you need to do dishes- really?

My goal is to make Prayer Shawls in addition to the Prayer Quilts I make.  Not too sure about sweaters?

Friday, May 15, 2015

Baby Quilt For Mason

Such fun to make a quilt for baby boy Mason!  Mason is the son of a former student, in fact a former 1st Grade student, Keelie.  After graduation, Keelie taught on my staff in Middle School.  It was wonderful to see Keelie mature, become an educator and now a mom.  Mason is a lucky little boy!

This is the first time I've free motion machine quilting the hearts on the white border.  Worked out so well, I will uses these hearts again.   Saw the hearts demonstrated on Youtube. The back of the quilt is a wonderful baby pattern.  Love that it looks so much like a baby, the animals and the blue patterned fabric are perfect.

Saturday, April 25, 2015

Zippered Box Pouch

Couldn't resist making these Easy Zippered Box Pouches by Melanie Ham
after viewing a video on Youtube!  Easy pattern and not much fabric. After reading the directions,  the zippers were the only item I needed to purchase, so I dug in my sewing cabinet to find if I had the zipper to fit the pattern.  Wahoo! I did have two zippers  that matched the fabric!  Plan to give these bags to a friend's two little girls for the "Treasures"!

I know they will remember that I collect owls, so I hope they know that I made them especially for them.

Sunday, April 19, 2015

Versatile Wave Interchangeable Purse Pattern

  Just loved the pattern for the Versatile Wave Interchangeable Purse Pattern, by Susan Rooney, that I found at my favorite quilt store.  So here the deal.  You make one basic purse and then the outside pockets are changeable (reversible) for a whole new bag!  Load of pockets, which are a must in my book.   The directions are easy to follow complete with illustrations.  I even made button holes!  Amazing!  Quilters Don't Do Buttons or Buttonholes!

Won't it be a kick to have a Halloween, Fall, Thanksgiving and Christmas purse!  Oh my I could get carried away, but then there are the button holes!

Saturday, March 21, 2015

Spring Bricks and Stepping Stones

I used Bonnie Hunter's pattern, Bricks and Stepping Stones from Quiltville Quilts & Snips, to complete this quilt that will be for sale at the Tulip Tea and Quilt Sale on March 28th.  Finished a week before the event, not usually my time line.  I love the applique corners, the black and white dotted binding fabric and the drag queen feathers on the border.  Reminds me of Mary Engelbreit style, she's one of my very favorites!

Saturday, March 7, 2015

Lady Edith Downton Abbey Quilt

Lady Edith, Downton Abbey, quilt used Andover Fabric 10" squares and Jenny Doan's Missouri Star Quilt Company Tea Cup Quilt pattern.  Easy quilt to construct and completed on time to sell at the Tulip Tea and Quilt Sale on March 28th.  Thought the pattern name fit the occasion! The colors are soft and true to the era of Downton Abbey PBS series.

The backing fabric has the Abbey , pattern of the printing is in rows, so I added the extra 10" squares down the middle in order that the print would not be going horizontal.   The free motion quilting is done with tear drop flower, which fit Lady Edith.  Great quilt to garb a cup of your favorite tea, sit in your favorite chair and enjoy watch Downton Abbey OR a rerun waiting for Jan 2016 for the next new season!