Thursday, August 20, 2015

A Quilty Week

It has been a quilty week.  On Monday I finished a UFO project, a Fall table runner.  Love the colors.  And the weather has been cooler this week, so it feels like it's not to early to have this done.

Tuesday I went to a workshop that Tony Jacobson taught.  He is the art director at Fons and Porter.

Tony also did a trunk show for the Guild that evening.  So many wonderful quilts!

Yesterday I did some sewing with friends.  I met Jean at Hancock Fabrics and we worked on projects together.  It's always fun to sew with others.  They help you out and they make you laugh when your upset with your project and then you see it's all OK!

Thursday, August 13, 2015

Cutting, Cutting, Cutting

I'm on a roll, cutting, cutting, cutting.  I am taking a class on Tuesday that is offered through the quilt guild I belong to, Piecemaker's Quilt Guild Of Southwestern Iowa.  Tony Jacobson, (Tony is the Art Director at Fons & Porter's.) is coming to lecture and is doing a workshop prior to the meeting.  The quilt calls for a jelly roll, but I decided to use some of my 2.5" strips to make the necessary blocks.  I have those all cut out.  I need to get the background squares cut and I'll be ready for the workshop on Tuesday.

 Here they are in all their scrappy goodness!  Each block will be a different fabric.  (Eighty different fabrics.)  And no, it didn't make a dent in the bins of strips.

All packed and ready to go!  Don't you just love using the plastic containers from lettuce to store your projects?  They come in so handy.  And they are recyclable!  So when you're done, just toss in the recycle bin.

Tuesday, August 11, 2015

Slow And Steady

I'm like the turtle in "The Tortoise and The Hare", slow and steady.  I have finished all the table toppers.

I have pulled fabric from my stash for backings and have cut batting.  Now I'm ready to start pinning and get these babies quilted!

I do have 2 borders done on my Red, White, and True quilt.  I did go buy more of the blue Iowa fabric to use.  I like the way it looks the best.  I hope to have the borders on by the end of the week.  Not sure what I plan on using for backing.  I be thinking about that as I prep my table toppers.

Hope your day is sew happy!

Thursday, August 6, 2015


My friend Cathy and I met so I could pick up the border sections she was embroidering for me.  Beautiful!    I love how they look.  She took it a little further than me, as she knows what her machine can do and the results are amazing to me.  Love the little flower she added to the side.

I can hardly wait to get a few of these to the finish line, they are going to be so cool!  Thanks Cathy!

Friday, July 31, 2015


The Retreat quilt is done, but I'm not going to show it yet.  I'm going to show you after it's quilted.  I love how it came out.

Pulled more stash and made another table topper for the Retreat.  

The white fabric I used for the star points will be the border between the corner stones.  I even pulled more fabric for the next 3.  And then I'm done!

I had this kit for some time waiting for me to sew it up.  Since it's the same pattern I'm using I did it along with the one above.  They go together so fast and look so nice.

The bird fabric is the Iowa state bird, the gold finch.  Not sure when this fabric came out, but it's been some time ago.  There wasn't a date on the piece of fabric I had.

Wednesday, July 29, 2015

Busy Days

I have had some busy days the last few days. Monday and Tuesday were rainy than hot and humid so pretty much stayed inside.  Saturday a couple of friends and I went shopping.  I found this wonderful batik for backing of my Retreat Quilt.

Monday when the directions came out for the Red, White, and True QAL I was able to complete that. Thank you rain.

I love how this is looking.  I picked up some really cute red, white and blue polka dot fabric that I thought would make a nice border, but it was really too busy with the background fabric.   So I need to find a border fabric before next Monday so I can complete this when the directions come out. Have you checked out the Quilt Along?  Go - right now, I'll wait until you come back.

I also have made these 4 table toppers.  They are waiting for a friend who will be doing some embroidery work for the four sashing that go around the toppers.  It's been fun putting my stash fabrics together to make these.

Lots of quilty sewing fun going on during these rainy, hot and humid days!

Friday, July 24, 2015


I have really been in the mood to cut fabric.  Not sure why, but I'm going with it.  (Could be those overflowing drawers of strips.)  Last year when Bonnie Hunter issued the Leader And Ender challenge, Lozenges I started cutting and something else came along and I put it in a shoe box bin and set it on the edge of my cutting table thinking I would get back to it.    So yesterday I did.  I started counting how many Lozenges I had cut and how many more do I need. So cutting more.  One of my fabrics is a golden oldie:

I also finished sewing my "B" blocks between cutting.  This is going to be fun to set out the rows and start sewing!

Switching gears altogether now, I changed thread and I'm working on my Red, White and True QAL.

Go over to Jean's blog and check out the twin size Red, White and True.  So cool!