Tuesday, October 11, 2016

Fall is Here!

Our leaves are starting to change and the temperatures are starting to turn brisk and cool.  The A/C is off and the windows are open to let in the cool air.  It is soup weather for sure and I have a pot of borscht in the fridge.

I whipped up this Dresden Table Topper from Luann's design at Loose Threads.  It is going to my church for a potluck dinner.  Our church quilting group is the featured topic this month and we are supplying the table decorations.  The group makes pillowcases and small quilts for children who are clients of the Willowbrook center, an advocacy group for abused or neglected children.

I finished the 2 Halloween quilts from last post and got them in the mail to others.  Now I need to finish mine and get it on the wall.

Monday, October 3, 2016

Designing Monday

I have been doing some fun Halloween sewing for the last couple of weeks.  I saw this little quilt on Pinterest a couple of weeks ago and then two days later the designer and her husband had a booth at Quilt Expo in Madison.  Their pattern company is called Bloomin' Minds.  How cute is this little quilt?!

 The border fabric is from a line called Cheeky Wee Pumpkins.  It has the cutest selvage.

I am making 3 of them and have two quilted.  I should have them finished this week and in the mail to special people.  One is for my sister and one is for a friend whose birthday is on Halloween and she definitely needs this quilt.  The third is mine, mine, mine, my little pretties.  Oops!  Got carried away there.

I have changed out all my summer quilts for my fall quilts and pulled out the Halloween decorations. Last Wednesday night, our church decor committee got our sanctuary decorated for fall, too.  It is starting to look a little fallish here.  The trees are just starting to turn, which is pretty late for us.  My garden is still producing, so I haven't even cleaned it out yet.  Can't believe it is October already.

Hop over to Judy's blog to see more fun designs.

Friday, September 16, 2016

Blue & White Day

Today is Blue & White Day at the Sentimental Quilter Yahoo Group.  Each month or sometimes every other month the group is challenged to make a small quilt following some theme.  This time it is blue & white.  Here is my entry.

I posted the beginnings of this awhile back and got it finished pretty quickly, but couldn't reveal it until today.  When the them of b&w was announced, I did a google search or on pinterest to find something.  There was an antique quilt just like this one that was a doll quilt that had seen lots of lovin'.  I loved it too.

If you are not a member of the group, you just need to ask to join and then you can see all the great little quilts that are posted for all the challenges and join in the fun.  To find the group, go to the Sentimental Quilter blog and find the yahoo group on the right sidebar.

Tuesday, September 13, 2016

A Day of Quilts

Last week was Quilt Expo in Madison, WI.  This is a fund raiser for Wisconsin Public Television and Nancy Zieman is the main sponsor along with many sewing and quilting related businesses.  It is a pretty good show although the number of really fabulous quilts that one would see at an AQS or Houston type show is limited.  This year however, there was a special exhibit of quilts by Marilyn Badger and Claudia Meyers.  Since these two are typically award winners at every show they enter, it was a treat to see so many gorgeous complex quilts in one place.  Both ladies were there to discuss their work with viewers.

I only took one photo as it was so crowded.  I intended to go back at the end of the day when the crowd had thinned out and take more, but I was just too pooped.  Here is my one photo.

Isn't this adorable?  I cut off the borders, but you can see the top one is a black and white print that is scalloped.  The sides are also scalloped in pink and white stripe like the awning.  So cute!!!

I bought one pattern and some little snowflake buttons.  The pattern is Halloween themed and here is my start.  Maybe by next week I will have it done.  My plan is to make 3 total.

 Here is my group of friends.  We had such a fun day laughing and shopping.  I am blessed to have them in my life.

I am linking up to Judy's blog.

Monday, August 22, 2016

Designing Monday

I actually got some quilt type sewing in this week.  I pieced this cute RW&B top for fun after I saw it on Pinterest.  Anybody else do this?  I love finding new ideas and figuring out how to piece something.  I like the math part.

Kathleen Tracy of the Sentimental Quilter blog hosts a monthly challenge for her Yahoo group.  This month's theme is Blue & White.  Once more, Pinterest came to the rescue.  I found a cute little quilt that was just what I wanted.  I drew up the pattern and got busy.  There will be a group trunk show via Facebook in September, so I won't be showing a pieced top or finished quilt until then.  Here are some of the pieces.
A few of these 
And one of these
And a long strip like this.  

Hmmm.  Wonder what it might be!!

Be sure to hop over to Judy's blog.

Tuesday, August 16, 2016

Better Late Than Never Tuesday

Hot days and sunny weather are so foreign to Wisconsin summers that I have been trying to take advantage everyday.  Somedays I just sit on the deck and read the paper or sip a drink to keep cool.  My tiny garden is taking off and we are enjoying every veggie that comes our way.  We have been trying to grow grapes for several years and this year appeared to be our year for purple grapes.  And then came the turkeys.  I checked today and there are only about 3 small clusters left and none have ripened yet, so I guess they have pretty well cleaned us out.  They have the cutest babies - 8 of them.

My sewing this week has been pillowcases for a local group.  There is a place near our church that offers services for children that may be abused or in need of counseling. It is their aim to provide each child they serve with a quilt, a teddy bear, a book, and a pillowcase.  We have made several quilts for them and now are working on pillowcases.  Our church quilting group offered 4 workshops for church members to come and sew one pillowcase for themselves and one for this child's advocacy place.  Lots of fabric was donated and the quilt group made up kits ahead of time and set up machines for others to come in and learn.  I was able to get 3 done the first time I went and this past week I brought home lots of fabric and made up 5 more.

These prints are just so cute and were from someone's stash that no longer sews.  They appeared to be 10 - 15 years old.  Hopefully they will stand up to washing and lots of use.

 Cute double decker buses.
 Very busy on route 66
 Love the pink VW buses
 Got the stripe at Hobby Lobby.  I have bought this fabric 3 times in 3 months.  It goes with everything!
 A dark blue green solid from someone's stash
and Voila!  5 Pillowcases 

Linking up to Judy's blog

Monday, August 8, 2016

Designing Monday

Such a busy summer!   I haven't blogged for a month and don't have much sewing to show.  I made this little chicken potholder that showed up on my Pinterest page.  Super easy pattern and I love how the comb is loose.  I will probably have to make some more of these for gifts.  Just too cute.

Here's the link for the block pattern if you are interested.

I got all my rows sewn together for my Florida quilt.  Hopefully borders will follow along soon.

We had company over the weekend which always necessitates me cleaning up my sewing area.  I am always amazed at what I unearth when this happens.  I somehow lose track of what I am working on since I am usually starting something new while working on other projects.  I'm sure that doesn't happen to anybody else.  

The Tall Ships came to Green Bay for their Triannial visit.  I got my husband tickets for a sail on the  Appledore for his birthday.  It was a perfect day.  Sunny, but not hot.  Breezy for sailing, but not blowy.  We don't have a boat and don't have friends with a boat, so it a fun opportunity for us to get out on the Green Bay.  

 My husband in the striped shirt got to hoist the mainsail.

There were 7 beautiful tall ships from all over the Great Lakes plus 1 from Spain and 1 from Norway.
 And a giant rubber duck.
This tiny island is made from dredgings from the river and is covered with pelicans and cormorants.

Today I am linking up to Judy's blog.