Tuesday, November 11, 2014

Moving Update....

I had a very productive weekend with my daughter.  I super loaded my car with sewing fabric and books and headed to Ivins, Utah on Saturday morning.  It was lovely driving weather. In 3 more weeks I will be moving there for the winter and needed to get my fabric and serger and other sewing items down there.  When we got everything upstairs it looked crowded but then we moved the small entertainment center to another wall and Marshawn proceeded to take apart a tall open bookcase and re-build it to be sturdier.  All of my fabric will fit on the bookcase and then some.  It will be perfect and I can't wait to be able to get started on some more quilts.

That evening we went to Tuacahn Amphitheater to enjoy a tribute concert of the Bee Gees.  I was afraid it would get too cold but it was quite comfortable.  We dressed warm and the music really got our blood pumping.  I didn't get any pictures cause my phone died but it was so fun!!

Sunday we spent the afternoon organizing my fabric.  I have lots to put on the comic book boards and I will get to that when I get moved down.  I still have more fabric to take down but it is a small amount compared to what I took this time.  I will post pictures of my apartment (she made her upstairs into an apartment for me) and my new sewing studio (her loft will be my sewing studio/office for her work)..

I will be down there for 2-3 months.  I will come back for Christmas with Joe's family but will not be staying at my Motor Home.  I will stay at Joe's house.  Then back to sunny southern Utah. 

Monday, November 3, 2014

Another Post and another month of sickness! Yuk!!

Here we are into November and I can't believe I have gone so long between posting.  I've been so busy with the Quilt Guild Blog and work and getting sick again and some sewing.  I started the Blog for the Quilt Guild and even though it doesn't take that much time to do, it does cut into my sewing time.

I started getting sick again and ended up with a massive Sinus Infection.  I was out of commission for a little over a week. 

I did get a quilt finished.  It is my Blue Plate Special quilt.  Here is a picture of the top before I quilted it.

I echo quilted around the plates and then on the borders just stitched in the ditch.  I was so pleased to finish it.  When I got the binding attached I found I was 22" short.  I knew I had some extra fabric but could not for the life of me find it.  So I just used some of the maroon fabric to add to the binding, so one corner is maroon.  I kind of like it that way.  Now to add the label.

I was able to acquire more charm packs of a set for a great fall quilt I want to make.

And, lo and behold I won some fabric from my favorite blogger Maureen Cracknell Handmade...here is a link to her blog   http://www.maureencracknellhandmade.blogspot.com/  and here is a picture of the fabric I won....

I have a jelly roll of this same fabric and so I hope to make something bright and cute out of this. It is part of a collection called Simply Sweet  by Riley Blake and Maureen's sponsor Discover Fabrics provided it.  It is so bright and cheerful.  They are 1/2  yard cuts.  I love winning fabric.

I also did finish a baby rag quilt for my great niece Erin. She is having a baby girl the first part of December.  I made some burp cloths for her too.

I just mailed it the other day so am anxious to hear she got it and likes it.

The 1st of October I mailed the quilts to my sisters in California.

 This is Kitty in the Window (I need to make me one of these)  It went to my sister Sharon.
 This is my disappearing 4 patch.  It went to my sister Thurza.

My fun House quilt "Won't you be my Neighbor" went to my sister Sandy.

They all seem to be pleased with them. And it was such a joy to share my favorite things with them.

A little note of interest is the newest addition to my son's family.  His little girl Hailey wanted a puppy for Christmas.  Well, they got one a little early...It is a shorkie named Roxy.  here are some pictures...

This is Hailey holding Roxy...

And Joe holding Roxy...

She is such a cute little pup and only 8 weeks old.

I've also been working on my charity rag quilts..I made this sports themed boy quilt...

 I still need to clip all the seams...This is the second one of the boy quilts I have made.  I need to get a few more made to hand out.

Well, I guess I am through posting all the news as of now. 

Saturday, September 13, 2014

Long time since posting

I can't believe it has been since July that I have posted anything.  It has been a very fast and furious summer.  At the end of July I started getting sick. Here is my outpatient IV of antibiotics and fluids just before I got worse.

It ended up to be a touch of Pneumonia.  I spent one whole week in bed.  I have some very devoted friends that brought me soup.  I actually didn't have much of an appetite and went 3 days without eating anything.  Terrible way to loose weight! 

I did have some happy news just before my illness.  My Stars quilt won a blue ribbon at the county fair.
This is the quilt I made for my daughter, her birthday is 4th of July so I made this for her but was unable to give it to her until later in August.  She loved it and I was so glad to have made it.

My Disappearing 4 Patch, that Jenny Doan from Missouri Star Quilt Company signed (it was her pattern I used) won a red ribbon.

It was a fun surprise. 

Since then I have not done a lot of sewing.  When I went to St. George to visit my daughter in late August I did get to go to the Deseret Industries thrift store.  I am always looking for scraps of flannel for the charity baby quilts I have been making. Instead of flannel though I found a bag of regular scraps.  When I got it to my daughters I opened it and started sorting.  Luckily in the middle were bags of notions for quilting. Plus there was a beautiful panel of exotic birds and all done in jewel tones. 

The picture doesn't do it justice.  (Sorry)  I decided I wanted to make a quilt out of it and so we went shopping for fabrics.  We found and bought some jewel toned solids to go with it.  I decided to do a bargello border.  I have very little of it finished due to lack of sewing time.

Here it is September and I have so much sewing to do and so little time.  Just before I got sick I made some blocks that I have been wanting to try. They are called Framed Friendship.

I love the color combination.  I also made another Journal cover and gave it to a friend of mine that is going to college.

I tried to make it more on the masculine side for him.

Well that's about all I have been doing for the last little while.  Hope you are enjoying the fall weather we have been experiencing.

Monday, July 21, 2014

Finally some Finishes

I finally was able to finish some quilts I have been working on.  The first one is my Sparkling Cider quilt I started at the Panguitch Quilt Walk.  I did it in all red, white and blue patriotic fabrics.  I apologize for the lousy pictures.  It was so windy and the grandkids were helping me hold it up. It was all they could do to hold on to it.

The second one is a quilt top I started last year.  It is a pattern from Missouri Star Quilt Company.  I saw it on YouTube and just had to make it.  It is called " Be my Neighbor".

I love how it turned out.  I will send this one to my sister in California.  I quilted it on my home sewing machine.

This 3rd one is a flannel rag quilt I made using free fabric.  It is very scrappy.  I am making quite a few of these (or as long as the free fabric holds out) to give to our local Highway Patrol guys and some to give my son for in his tow trucks.  Come winter when there is an accident including small children they can give the child a snuggle blanket to warm up in.  They measure 41"x41".

Hope everyone had a safe 4th of July and same for our upcoming 24th of July Celebration.

Friday, July 11, 2014

4-H Quilt Camp

Three days this week I have been helping out at 4-H Quilt Camp.  They have been making a flannel puffy rag quilt.  They started with 6 inch squares of fabric.  Here is a picture of my granddaughter Hailey clipping the seams of hers.

 They made it 9 blocks wide and 12 blocks long.

Here is her front...

And here is the back

Don't you just love the fabrics?  and the quilt looks like a puffy cloud and will be so fun to snuggle with this winter.

I haven't had a chance to sew for myself but will do a lot this next week.  I will have 4 days off.

Wednesday, July 2, 2014

Happy 4th of July

I finally finished the quilt top for my daughter.  Her birthday is the 4th so I am making her this patriotic quilt.  I will quilt it tomorrow and over the weekend while she is gone.  I hope she enjoys it.
I hope everyone has a safe and happy 4th of July...

Monday, June 23, 2014

New blog started for Quilt Guild

I started a blog for the quilt guild I belong to.  It is Old Capital Quilt Guild.  It is fun but also very scary because I don't want to accidentally  leave someone out or offend anyone in any way.  We had a wonderful day at guild meeting.  DeAnn Wiley came to do a trunk show and teach a class. 

I really enjoyed seeing all her quilts.  She lives in Hurricane and buys most of her fabric from the Main Street Fabric Shop that my friend Sariah is a partner in.

I have been feverishly working on my 4th of July quilt and got the top finished.
Now to get it quilted in time for someone special's birthday....I have also been spending some time cutting up some of my scraps into usable size squares.  It really helps to get them organized and since I don't have much space it is imperative that I am organized.  During the process things are a mess but eventually it gets straightened out. 

Monday, June 16, 2014

After Panguitch Quilt Walk

I had the most marvelous time at Panguitch Quilt Walk.  I left home Thursday morning early so I could get there, get registered and check out the Quilt Show and the Vendor Booths.  I was really excited to see Main Street Fabrics there.  They are located in Hurricane just down the street from where I had my Flower Shop.  My friend Sariah Mortensen is a partner in it.  She wasn't in the booth  but will be on Saturday.  I will also see her at the class I am taking from her on Saturday.   Met up with Crystal H.  She is letting me stay in her room at the Adobe Sands Motel. The motel was old but very clean and no evidence of any bugs.  We even had a fridge to keep our food and drinks cold.  We had so much fun visiting and catching up.  It has been over 4 years since we had seen each other so there was so much to talk about.    We had lunch together and went to the Trunk Show that Jenny Doan from Missouri Star Quilt Co put on.

Sorry for the lousy pictures....I was too far away to get good ones on my phone.  She gave such a fun Trunk show.  Her husband Ron was helping and she teased him a little but in such a fun and loving way.  Loved seeing her quilts and telling us how she made them.

In the afternoon Jenny was the teacher in the class.  Broken Dishes was the pattern and I was able to get 2 blocks done, but decided I didn't like the fabric as much as I thought I would. I will let it ferment a while and see what I think later.

That evening I was on my own for dinner so just went to Subway to get one of their Chopped Salads.
Yum..Yum..  Perfect!!
The trunk show on Friday was with Helen Butler.  Helen is an award winning quilter who does magnificent work.  Her quilts are show quilts and absolutely beautiful.
Friday I didn't have any classes that I signed up for but decided to challenge myself and signed up for an applique class.  It was taught by Francine Berrett.  It was such a beautiful project but not a process I plan to do much of.  I will try needle turn with the same pattern.
Later that evening Crystal and I went to see the free demos and have Jenny sign my Block magazines that I brought with me.  I also had her sign the quilt I made from her pattern in Quilting Quickly.  It was my disappearing 4 patch quilt.  I was going to send it to my sister in California but since Jenny signed it I have decided to keep it and send another quilt to that sister.
Saturday's Trunk Show was a group from up north.  Lots of Quilts and lots of people involved.  I loved it and it always inspires me to see the beautiful quilts.
Saturday I had 2 classes.  I took an Intro to Machine Quilting by Renae Allen.  She was a great teacher and had lots for us to practice on.  I am so glad I took this class.  I plan on using some of her methods to quilt my quilts that I am working on.  Had lunch with Marsha and her sister in law, and went to the Trunk show.  After the trunk show I went to my class with Sariah.  It was a pattern called Sparkling Cider. 
I was able to get 2 stars done in class.  I am doing mine in red, white, and blue fabrics.  I am trying to decide whether to do it scrappy or do the background in white.   It was great to see Sariah and catch up with her family.  By the time the class was almost over I was so exhausted I left a little early.  3 days of go, go, go had taken its toll on me.  I had a wonderful ride home and was very glad to be able to sleep in my own bed.  I am anxious to go to Quilt Walk next year. 

Tuesday, June 10, 2014

Mid week report

This week is 4-H Sewing Camp.  I have been helping a couple of girls do their projects.  They are working with Denim and it makes it so hard to sew on.  They have cute projects.  They are making a patchwork pillow, a skirt, an apron, a purse, a cell phone holder, and a pincushion.  Some girls have a hard time concentrating.  Tomorrow is the last day but because I am going to Panguitch for Quilt Walk I won't be attending.

I have got so much to do to get ready for my trip. 

I got a surprise on Facebook the other day.  My oldest granddaughter posted a picture of her baby quilt I made when she was born.  The quilt and granddaughter are 30 years old now.  The fabric was a panel that I handquilted and put picot edging on.  It really is the first real quilt I ever made.  This granddaughter has taken care of it for so long.

It was such a thrill to see it.  I didn't take pictures of it when I made it.  I try to always take pictures of the items I make for people.   It is always so fun to look back on things I've done.  

I hope everyone has a great week and weekend.  I won't be posting til next week, when I get home.

Sunday, June 8, 2014

New Fabric

Last weekend I went to visit my daughter in St George, Utah.  I took 2 of my grandsons.  Joe is 11 and Crosley is 6 going on 7.  They had a lot of fun.  My daughter has a swimming pool so needless to say they spent every waking moment in the pool.  She did get them out of the pool long enough to go hiking . They really enjoyed that.

We did get to do some shopping...went to Joann's.  Marshawn wanted to buy me something as a late Mother's Day present so I picked out a lot of fabrics.  They were on the 50% off rack...

 I tried to get them all to coordinate so I could make a quilt top.

We really had a great time.  Marshawn always spoils me when I go to visit. I decided to make her a surprise quilt.  Her birthday is 4th of July, so I am going to make her quilt top when I go to Panguitch Quilt Walk.  One of the classes is called Sparkling Cider.
I am going to make all those stars with red,white and blue fabrics.  It should be fun.  I got all the pieces cut out and ready to put together.

Today I have spent time getting things organized for the trip on Thursday morning.
Tomorrow morning I am helping at 4-H sewing camp and have to work in the afternoon and dinner at a friends house.   Then same thing Tuesday.  So I won't have a chance to get anything ready till Wednesday.

I did get a chance today to make a couple of journal covers.  I made another one out of the Riley Blake fabrics in red, black, grey and white.  I posted about that one Here. After duplicating that one I made another one out of some generic fat quarters I had in my stash.
 I guess I better sign off and get some dinner.  I will be sure to post after the Quilt Walk.

Wednesday, May 28, 2014

Picking up the pieces

Today is my 2nd day off in a row.  I didn't really get a lot accomplished yesterday.
The grandkids spent the night before so they were hanging around for quite a while.  I love the way they help me with small projects around the house.  Crosley (age 6) helped me change the sheets on my bed.  The weather has really warmed up so I had to get the fleece sheets off.  Monday I took the boys to the movies to see X Men.  It was a real treat.  That was the reason why they spent the night.

I have been working at getting my fabrics ready for Quilt Walk in June. Quilt Walk is a 4 day quilting retreat in Panguitch.  I signed up for classes from Jenny Doan...Broken Dishes...and a free motion class and a class from Sariah Mortensen called Sparkling Cider.  So I will come home with 2 quilt tops to finish and add to my stack.   I have made project bags to carry my different project fabrics in. It is a pattern I bought at Quilt Guild meeting a few months ago.  It is a pattern by Pie Plate Patterns.  They only take 2 fat quarters, a zipper and a piece of vinyl.

I made this strawberry one first .

 Then I made this purple one.

These bags go together so quick and easy.

I also have been sewing a block for Quilt Walk.  They have a block exchange and raffle quilt bundles off.  The block is called  "Shooting Star"

It was a simple block and I did mine in red, white and blue.  They required us to use an off white for the main fabric. I like the block and may do it colors to go with the blocks I am doing for Quilt Guild.  They are the same size block.

I also made a journal cover to take with me.  It fits a composition book that can be purchased for a dollar.

Here is the front:

and the inside:
Here it is without the book in it.  I love the colors and print.
Other than that, I have been painting my porch...I don't like the color once I got it on but I guess it will do for now...Here is a picture of it finished.

I got my 2 tomato plants in pots earlier this week also.

I hope everyone had a safe Memorial Day Weekend.  Even though I worked Saturday and Monday, I still had a good weekend.

Signing off for now.