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.

Monday, July 4, 2016

Designing Monday - 4th of July

Happy 4th, everybody!!!  I am looking forward to the fantastic fireworks tonight.  It is always one of the highlights of our year.  We always go early and stake out our place and then people watch until it's time for the show.  It's amazing how many people we see that we haven't seen in many moons.

I finished the last row of my Florida Row by Row quilt.

Here is a closeup of the bright sun.

I still have one more piece to applique on Row 3, but I haven't unearthed the perfect fabric from my stash for that piece.  I will just have to keep looking.  Now that I am almost done with the applique, I am ready to get it all sewn together.  Yea!!

Enjoy your day and hop over to Judy's blog to see more beautiful designs.

There is also a cute free design available at for the holiday.  Be sure to check it out.  It is only available until midnight tonite.

Thursday, June 30, 2016

Fun Sewing

I recently found this Goodnight Moon panel for $3.50 at the local quilt show.  That seemed like a good deal to  me, so I snarfed it up.

A few days later I was gifted a ½ yard of this striped fabric from a guild member who was cleaning out her stash.  She actually gave away ½ yard cuts to everyone at the last guild function.  That's a lot of stash.  I looked at that striped fabric and couldn't quite imagine how I would use it.  When I got home, I set it down on the chair where I had put the Goodnight Moon panel and it was Kismet.

I couldn't wait to get to the store to buy the green border fabric and make a top.  This will go to our guild's Comfort Quilt program that supplies the local pediatrics wards.  The borders are big, but there is a size requirement, so big they are.  This couldn't be any easier.  Now to find a backing and whip up some binding.

I also found this turquoise fabric to make the final row of my Florida Row By Row quilt.  I have been slowly making progress and only have a few more appliques to complete.  Yea!

My husband and I celebrated our 30th wedding anniversary this week.  It hardly seems possible that I was ever this young and that time has passed so quickly.  We had a big day hauling mulch to our backyard.  We still have more mulch to haul, so we will be celebrating for days to come!!

Thursday, June 23, 2016

A Little More Quilt Show

I cleaned out my camera today and found a couple more photos from the quilt show.  I couldn't resist sharing them as this is such a great quilt.  This looks like a printed panel, but it is not.  All applique.

You can see the detail in the close ups.  This quilt was made by Marilyn R. and she says that a friend asked her to make a quilt from his old neckties.  The barn in the top right is his barn.  The quote in the center panel is from Paul Harvey.

I dare to show you one of my quilts that I entered.

TADA!  A blue ribbon.  When I picked up my packet of judges' remarks, I received a check for $20 in prize money.  My husband asked if that means I am a professional quilter now!!  LOL!!  I was really surprised, but very honored.

Finally here is a little more work on my Florida quilt, two flamingos.

Tuesday, June 14, 2016

Quilt Show Part II

More photos to share of some of my favorite quilts from the show last weekend.  Enjoy!

 This Santa quilt was done by a student of Gail V.  Gail is the teacher and she entered the same quilt with a white background.  Both are fabulous.  This one has a tan background and was made by Patti.
 A lady that I see at the Y asked me to submit this quilt for her as she was on vacation that day.  It was all rolled up on a long core and wrapped in plastic, so I couldn't see what the quilt looked like.  Imagine my surprise when I saw it hanging!  This is Carol's first entry in a show and she won a blue ribbon!!  This is Barbara Brackman's Civil War Sampler.
 Butterflies over Baltimore by Peggy V.  Her first hand applique quilt.

 Lorraine's entry in the modern quilt category.  Lorraine makes perfect circles.  

 Another quilt by Lorraine.  She also makes perfect leaves and birds.  Plus she is so nice and always willing to teach others.
 A closeup of Lorraine's quilting.  She's pretty amazing at that, too.
 Glacial Star by Denise M.
 Jacobean Journey by Mari H.  This is machine embroidered and quilted on a Pfaff machine.  It is made in squares and then sashed on the back to cover the seams.  It is truly a work of art.  How she got all the pieces to line up is a miracle.
 Closeup of one square -- about 6 "
 Old Glory by Faith
 Colorful stole made by Birgit when she retired from the ministry
 Silk vest made by Sandy who also teaches silk scarf making
 Adorable Owl also made by Birgit
 Lots of Prairie Points on the Back
 Snow Days by Judy C.  It is in light yellow, white and grey with a touch of pale turquoise.
 Closeup of hand embroidery in greys and pale turquoise.  Really lovely.
This is A Spooky Evening by Sally N.  It is based on Happy Village techniques.  Can you see all the cute little rooftops?  So fun.