Sunday, January 13, 2019

2019 Is Off to a Good Start!

 The winner of Strip Quilt Secrets from Diane at http://www.butterflythreadsquilting.com and her blog hop was Julie in WA and she is partial to blue. Congratulations Julie, I know you will love the book!
 I won this gorgeous pile of goodies from Sherri over at http://www.aquiltinglife.com
I was only expecting some strips and strings, but she also included a couple of mini charm packs from her fabric line Walkabout. Thank you, Sherri! I think I will whip up some string blocks.
I finished binding my Turquoise Twist quilt on Thursday night. The design is featured in Strip Quilt Secrets. Aren't all those strips together spectacular? It really is that bright!
The gray minky backing calms it down a little and my wavy stitch quilting on the two inch diagonals gives some curves in all those strips.
I dove into Bonnie Hunter's mystery quilt, Good Fortune, on Black Friday. Although I have made several of Bonnie's quilt patterns, I have never participated in one of her annual mystery quilt sew alongs. I decided to join in this year because it was going to be a relatively small quilt 72 x 72 inches (small by Bonnie standards) and I knew I had plenty of fabrics in my stash to make it with. I am so glad I made this! I learned some new tricks too--I had never spun seams before or sewed strip sets on telephone book pages. I was terribly worried about the pieced borders fitting correctly, but they actually fit! Now, I need to get a backing for this beauty and figure out how to have it quilted...
Does anyone have ideas for how to have this one quilted? I think I want to have the quilting dense because I am a little worried about the smaller seam allowances on the green chevrons and green border triangles...Here is a link to Bonnie's website where this pattern is available:
http://quiltville.blogspot.com/2019/01/mystery-monday-link-up-reveal-2.html
 Since my Turquoise Twist Quilt was done and my Good Fortune top was all done, I started working on the Vintage Block Along Lori Holt has been featuring on her blog:
This is Grandma's Star. I am making the 12 inch versions instead of the six inch versions.
Next up was Pattern Basket and it finishes at 15 inches. I made the first two blocks yesterday.
This one also finishes 15 inches and I made it this morning. It is called Around the Corner.
This block finishes 12 inches and is called Little Farmhouse. I am using scraps and I seem to be making most of my blocks from aqua and red. Did you know a front door on a house that is painted red is supposed to signify that the house has been paid off? I just think it looks cheerful!
There are two Harry Potter Quilt Alongs starting this week. I was having a hard time deciding which one to make, but I have just decided to make them both. After all I have three classrooms, so why not have two HP quilts? I bought all the Kona purple they had at my Joann's and it is not enough for both, but I will just get some more. You can find the schedule and information for them here:
I have this little beauty to bind for Ludene and another huge quilt in the queue to bind for her too! I will work on this for Slow Sunday Stitching:

I think I am off to a good start for 2019 with one quilt that I started on December 26th already done and another top together too. With the exception of the accent turquoise and the backings, both quilts were totally made from my stash!!!
PS My daughter is on safari with my mother in law in Botswana and she just sent me this picture of them with this elephant!


Saturday, January 5, 2019

Strip Quilt Secrets Blog Hop & Contest

Diane over at http://www.butterflythreadsquilting.com and I have been blogger/quilty friends for years. We really bonded when our daughters left for college in the fall of 2016--it has been encouraging to share our empty nest experiences. She also makes the most amazing scrappy quilts and has just had her second book published. When she was seeking help from bloggers for a blog hop for her book, I jumped at the chance. I received her book the day after Christmas and then had the challenge of figuring out which of the 15 amazing quilts to make. I decided on Lime Twist--I wanted to make something bright and happy because this will likely be a chemo quilt for another coworker.
I dug into my strips and realized that I had mostly 2.5 inch wide strips. For Lime Twist, a variety of widths is ideal! Diane recommends cutting fat quarters and half yards on the 18 inch side, so I tried that and liked it. I also created a bin for strings smaller than 2.5 inches to increase my stash of those at the ready.
Diane's clever use of strip sets makes two blocks and a hunk for the scrappy border. I also had a few border strips left over that I will use in something else. Instead of lime, I used Kona Pool as my highlight color because aquas are my favorite.
I finished quilting it last night and used a gray minky for the backing. I will attach the binding, also the Kona Pool, today and spend some quality time watching the NFL Playoffs and sewing it down. This is going to be my first finish of 2019!
Here are links to all the blogs that are part of the blog hop:
Friday January 4 - C&T 
Saturday January 5 - Tanya
Sunday January 6 - Val
Monday January 7 - Lori
Tuesday January 8 - Heather
Wednesday January 9 - Audrey
Thursday January 10 - Susan

To win a copy of Scrap Quilt Secrets by Diane D. Knott, comment on this blog with your favorite color. I will draw a winner on Friday, 1/11/19, If you are a no-reply, please leave your email, so I can contact you for your mailing address. Due to shipping costs, this contest is only available to US residents. Good luck!


Saturday, December 29, 2018

December OMG & DrEAMi! Complete

 I got to deliver this Patriots Quilt to my buddy on Friday. He was so touched and excited about using this quilt during his cancer treatment. Right now, he has radiation daily and chemo once a week. He is cold all the time and with our winter weather this quilty hug is needed.
I explained how Nancy sent the Patriots fabric all the way from Boston and how Glenn rushed the beer bottle quilting. He was so touched that everyone pitched in to make him his chemo quilt. He told me we shouldn't have, but he was glad we did.  This project was my DrEAMi! for December 
and my December OMG
https://www.elmstreetquilts.com/2018/12/one-monthly-goal-december-finish-link-up.html
 I am keeping up on the Good Fortune Quilt Along. This is part 6 making string blocks and cutting them down to size. You can find the information here:
http://quiltville.blogspot.com/2018/12/mystery-monday-link-up-part-6.html
 I received this amazing book from Diane at http://www.butterflythreadsquilting.com
My blog will be part of her blog hop to celebrate her new book. Check back next Saturday, 1/5/19 to see what I am making and to have the chance to win your own copy of the book!
 I have lots of 2.5 inch strips, but not as many of other widths. Since I was going to need more strips, I decided to cut for some other quilts too and add in more 2.5 inch strips.
 These are to make the Improv Christmas Trees. I kept seeing some amazing versions this month and I want to make one for next Xmas. Here is the free tutorial:
https://www.diaryofaquilter.com/2015/12/modern-christmas-tree-quilt-block.html
 This is Diane's first book and I had picked up a newspaper print fabric to appliqué the flowers onto when it came out, but I need all the squares for the half square triangles...I want it really scrappy so I am going to keep cutting them until I have enough. It may take me all of 2019!
Moda is hosting a string along and I am having a blast playing with strings for a few projects! Stop by next Saturday to see my creations!

















Wednesday, December 26, 2018

Christmas Goodies

 I am all caught up with the Good Fortune Clues. I got all the diamond rectangles in green and the bonus half square triangles done. I did not make strip sets for the orange rectangles because I already had a bunch of 2.5 inch strips of orange in my scrap box and why not just cut them up? You can find the link up and information here:
For Christmas, my daughter surprised me with some Liberty of London goodies. This bundle is two meters worth and the precious little scissors in the Liberty fabric case.
 She also got this Liberty of London tea towel. She thought I could hang it in my sewing room, so I will be doing so rearranging.
 My mom and dad gave us an air fryer and I got this Smitten layer cake too.
My sister gave me this sweet kit which will also make a good addition to my sewing room and is in Bonnie and Camille fabrics. We woke up to three inches of snow today and it is snowing some more right now--sewing weather for sure!

Sunday, December 16, 2018

Patriots Quilt Finished


Thanks to a little help from some amazing friends, the Patriots Quilt for my coworker/friend who is undergoing chemo is done. I apologize for the terrible indoor pictures, but I just pulled it from the dryer a few minutes ago and snapped some quick pictures. I used Cluck Cluck Sew's Touchdown pattern for the football portion:
The letters are the six inch versions from Lori Holt's Spelling Bee book.
My quilter does not have a football design, but knowing my friend the beer bottles and loops go very well with the football and Patriots themes. I choose a gray thread and the quilting shows up, but does not overpower it.
The backing is genuine Patriots fabric sent from the Boston area by Nancy at http://pugmomquilts.blogspot.com
I got the Patriots fabric in the mail on Thursday afternoon and I pieced it together with the Brady jersey that night and dropped it off to Glenn on Friday morning and he squeezed in the quilting this afternoon.
I spent this evening machine binding it and washed it with Color Catchers. If my buddy is at work tomorrow I will give it to him otherwise, I will try to get some better pictures.

My daughter arrived safely from London and is enjoying her time with our dogs and sleeping in her queen size bed with her new quilt! I have to survive this week of work before our two week Christmas Break begins...



Sunday, December 9, 2018

Jumping Jacks Finished

I am thrilled to share my big finish literally--this is my version of Jumping Jacks and it measures 72 x 83 inches. I have not washed it yet, but it is big and beautiful for sure! This is a design by Fig Tree & Company that you can purchase here:
The pattern is not paper pieced, it is a little challenging with the rectangle piecing, but it is certainly worth the extra effort.
 I showed the professional quilting machine working on this last Sunday. The big pretty floral quilting goes perfectly with the floral Bonnie & Camille fabrics.
 I made three extra Jumping Jack blocks to use on my backing. I love to use stripes for the binding and I am coveting the two yards of the Bonnie & Camille Good Life red and white I used for this one!
Here is the embroidery I added to one of the backing blocks as the label. I plan on surprising my daughter with this when she returns home from London next weekend! I am considering making one of these for myself too...
I got the Patriots quilt top together yesterday. This is a gift for a coworker undergoing chemo. I really love the blend of the navy blues, reds, and light grays/silvers. I used Cluck Cluck Sew's Touchdown pattern you can find here:
The letters are an addition I added from Lori Holt's Spelling Bee book. It will finish at about 60 x 83 inches.
My quilty friend Nancy at PugMom Quilts! http://pugmomquilts.blogspot.com saw my last blog post where I was explaining how there is not any Patriots fabric here in Colorado. She sent me an email offering to send me some from Boston. This is a picture she sent of the three yards of cotton she is putting in the mail to me. Quilters are the sweetest people, thank you so much Nancy! I am currently working on a Tom Brady jersey to incorporate on the backing--that mini quilt is also in the Lori Holt's Spelling Bee book, but mine will include a little more detail.
With all my focus going into the Patriots quilt, I may not get all my units together for the Good Fortune Mystery done by tomorrow. I did manage to get all the pieces cut this morning. I have lots of marking and sewing ahead! You can find all the details here:
Tonight, I plan on binding this table runner for my friend. She has been practicing with her new long arm machine. This will be my Slow Sunday Stitching to join with Kathy and friends:

Have a great week!

Friday, December 7, 2018

December OMG & DREAMi

Last week, I found out one of my favorite coworkers has cancer. He just had his first chemo treatment. He does not want a big deal made of it--we can't tell the kids he is ill and he is working as often as possible and looks forward to when he is well enough to be here at school.

Despite the fact that he does not want a big deal made of it, I am making him a quilt for chemo/hospital stays. He has been in the hospital for three days already! I often donate quilts to Happy Chemo for complete strangers, so I am not willing to let one of my best work friends go without a quilty hug from me! He is a huge New England Patriots fan, so I am making him a Patriot Football Quilt. It will be similar to the Bronco quilt made my hubby awhile back.
 I ordered some fabrics online from 1000s of Bolts and 1 Nut. Unfortunately, I did not do the best with the navy blues I selected--they are much more of a royal blue and I don't have many navy fabrics in my stash, so I ran down to one of my local fabric stores and found a couple that will work. Later in the week, I ran up to another town and bought some more navy blues. Every evening this week, I have been cutting the fabrics and I pieced about half of the footballs. The other half are already to sew together tonight.
I am using Lori Holt's Spelling Bee  book to make the letters to spell out Patriots. I am not going to add New England, but I am making a Tom Brady jersey for the backing. Being here in Colorado, there is not Patriots fabric, so I will use some reds, navy blues, and grays left over from the footballs.

This is my December One Monthly Goal (OMG) to get this done start to finish, so my friend can have it for chemo and recovery.

This is also a Drop Everything and Make it ( DREAMi). All my other projects will be on hold until this one is done. My quilter is awaiting my finish to get it done too!