Thursday, March 31, 2011

Hourglass Quilt

Here is my other quilt recently back from being quilted... trying to decide on the border.  I was thinking pink at first, but now considering blue or green like in the border, or maybe even red?????  Hmmmmm, decisions, decisions!

And a quick shot of son Andrew with his new quilt.  Happy 23rd Birthday, finally.  (Andrew on right, son Cort on left.)

Monday, March 28, 2011

Weekend Jaunt, adding to my Stash!

Well, as you know, I headed out in cold and freezing weather to watch my daughter play softball on Saturday.  (My son's baseball game was cancelled - yipee!)  Our team lost two games, so I snuck out early and there just happened to be a fabric shop calling my name on the way home... here's hoping for a bit of springtime sometime soon!




The clerk remarked at how well the fabrics went together, I didn't burst her bubble and tell her I'd probably be adding them in with about 50 other fabrics!

And here's my favorite from this shopping trip...

I hear that is supposed to warm up by the end of the week and we might even see 70 degrees.  Keeping my fingers crossed.  Happy Monday to all.

Sunday, March 27, 2011


An official finish, bound, labeled, DONE.  This was a t-shirt quilt commemorating my son Andrew's considerable baseball travels.  I sent it out to be quilted and really like the all over geometric pattern.  Here we go.

I have been saving T-shirts since 1997!!!!!

Bound and backed with baseball fabric.

And even labeled, I made myself make the label even though I didn't want to, it's surprising how quickly it's done if you just take care of it right away.  I am usually a huge procrastinator!  This was Andrew's 23rd birthday present, I wrapped the pieced top for his birthday.

and the quilting is nice, I had always just done simple machine quilting myself on prior t-shirt quilts.

Saturday, March 26, 2011

Quilt Back

I am contemplating the quilt back for the Horsey Quilt, and thinking back on my other quilts.  Do you like to a pieced back?  I enjoy using scraps, extra blocks, or even extra fabric (imagine that) on the back of my quilts.  Here's some pics of my Flower Power Quilt Back, it is a Jan Mullins pattern.  This pattern also taught me about the principles used in free piecing letters; many of the same processes. 


I quilted this myself, the quilting shows well on the back... the quilting seemed to take an entire summer!  It is machine quilted as you can see, one of my first efforts.

And then properly labeled, like all my quilts.... well at least this quilt has a label.

I am off to my kids softball and baseball games in 40 degree weather, doesn't that sound thrilling.   Here's the front:

Happy Saturday!


Wednesday, March 23, 2011

Spring In Nevada???

Well, the first day of Spring has come and gone, meanwhile in Northern Nevada we have awakened three of the last four morning to this, taken from my back porch:

Hurry up Spring!!!!!!  In Northern Nevada, we kind of just skip spring and move onto summer in June. 

Onto sewing related items, do you collect (or hoard) certain genres of fabric?  I find I cannot pass up any fabric with a peace sign... hmmmmm, maybe I grew up in the 70's... in California! 

Have a great Wednesday all!

Monday, March 21, 2011

Horsey Quilt Top for Ruthi Done!

Finished up my Horsey Quilt over the weekend, with free free pieced letters too.  First the letters in progress... each letter as constructed:

Then added fabric for the spaces between the letters.

Finally, fabric sewn to the top and bottom of the letters and trimmed to 6 1/2 inches for the border.

Tah Dah!!!! 

Isn't Ruthi a great name for a 5 year-old?  Off to be quilted now.

Saturday, March 19, 2011

Horsey Quilt Update

and put it all together...

Adding a horsey border tomorrow, almost done!  Enjoy your weekend.

Sunday, March 13, 2011

The Versatility of Flying Geese

Is this the most versatile of quilting blocks?  As I made a flock of flying geese today I thought of their versatility and reliability in my quilting projects.  It seems they always deliver...

Horsey Quilt

Hourglass Quilt

More Hourglass Quilt, Yes it is back from the quilter, no binding yet!

They make the greatest patterns...

Phychedelic Quilt

Thursday, March 10, 2011

Just Horsin' Around

A new project, yes... before my selvage quilt is completely finished.  This is for the one of my friends' 5 year old daughter.  The daughter chose the horse print, it is a top sheet, and I'm adding the rest.  I promised myself I'd keep it simple and so far, so good.  Here's a couple of blocks.

Here's several blocks together, planning at least three more and then I'll measure and decide what else to add.

Maybe a few flying geese?

I used some of my newest addition to my fabric stash.

I'm really glad tomorrow is Friday!  And I'll get that selvage quilt finished up soon. Promise, really.

Monday, March 7, 2011

Sunday, March 6, 2011

Em Celebrates!

Thank you Em!  What a wonderful surprise to come home after a day at work and find a lovely package waiting for me, and what a package it was, wrapped and everything.  So here's the story, I run home from work at 5 o'clock and have to get my little guy's practice uniform (that he forgot) and run in out to him.  You know how it goes, like a firedrill, run home from work, run around the house to find the darned thing, jump in the car and drive 20 minutes to deliver it.  However, while running around the house I spy a lovely box sitting on the counter... I knew some "little surprise" was on it's way from Em... so I left it sitting there while I delivered the uniform so I could really savor it!  Finally, after thinking about the package and imagining what it could possibly be, I arrive home and find this!  And that's not all, a lovely bookmark as well.  You can visit Em's blog here:  Em Celebrates!

I won the quilt writing a comment about my favorite woman, my mom.  You can see my comment on Em's blog.  Thank you Em, what a wonderful and thoughtful "little" prize.

Saturday, March 5, 2011

My Quilts Keep Growing and GROWING

I am finishing up my selvage quilt, and it just keeps growing.... so I thought back to some of my earlier quilts that began as small ideas and morphed into larger projects, one even to King sized!  This red and black quilt began as a small baby quilt.....

The over time, grew and Grew and GREW.......

And finally matured into this king sized monstrosity.

And some details.....

It'll be interesting to see how the selvage quilt ends up, all part of the fun and creativity of quilting!

Have a great weekend.