Friday, December 29, 2017

A Year of Quilts

 I hope everyone had a Merry Christmas. I sure enjoyed having all my children home. I love that they are all friends and enjoy spending time together. Makes for lots of fun and many fond memories. The new year is almost here. A time to look back on the old and forward to the future. I had fun looking back through my blog on all the quilts that were made this year. Once again so many happy memories. Let me share.
Starlight
Floating Boxes

Dahlia 

Dazzled

Slash of Color

Yarn Bomb Trees
Summertime

Stars and Stripes Runner

Portals

Scrappy Logs

A Bushel & A Peck

T-shirt Quilt for a friend
Merriment

Twinkle

Floating nine patches

Who Wants to Play
More Scrappy Logs

Rhythm & Blues

Nine Patch Stretch
It sure has been a good year! Wishing you lots of creative quilting time in the new.

Friday, December 22, 2017

Pretty Patchwork Ornaments And Circling Lives

My friend, Suzy, says we were circling each other long before we met. Let me explain. She used to frequent my grandpa's bakery when I was a little girl. She didn't know it was me that she remembers napping in my grandpa's office. Not until I mentioned going to his bakery did we make that connection. As a teenager I used to clean my dad's office. One day I went to drop something off at her home and we realize that she lived right across from my dad's office when I was there cleaning. 
Finally the stars aligned and we met when a friend took me to my first guild meeting and Suzy was the president of that guild. We've been friends ever since. And thanks to Suzy taking me under her wing my quilting skills have grown. 
 I have many patchwork ornaments I have received from Suzy over the years. These are my newest two. The first is from leftovers from the Bear Scraps quilt I taught at our guild recently.
This cutie is because Suzy likes red and the number nine. I feel so blessed to have Suzy as a friend and I'm grateful that our circles finally met. Our 20 year friendship has been a great blessing in my life.

Monday, December 18, 2017

Moving It Forward

This week I cut into this lovely layer cake of Jen Kingwell's Beach Road.
 It made the cutest, scrappy little Ohs.
 That I am putting into staggered rows. I still need to sew the sashing between the rows, but I'm loving how they are coming together.
Now it's your turn. Are you busy Christmas sewing or barely finding time to get to your machine with all your holiday activities? A little or a sneak peek if it's Christmas related. We'd love to see. Link up and show us your progress.

Friday, December 15, 2017

Scrap Happy

It's been a scrap happy week in my sewing room. All my pineapple blocks are on the design wall waiting to get sewn together. Their leftover bits are tucked into rail fence blocks and squeezed in beside their momma blocks. All that scrappy goodness was joined by my newly basted wonky log cabin. It was some great eye candy while I exercised. 
Though difficult I did get in my workout before finishing up the quilting on the log cabin.
 I'm so pleased with the results.
 I looks so happy in the gray that has become my winter yard. I really like it next to the little bit of snow we have.
In addition I've been busy making soap. I didn't realize as I gave it away a gifts for friends and neighbors during the year that I was advertising. Many have come shopping in my home for Christmas presents.  I still have a little and if you order in the next couple of days I can still get it to you in time for Christmas. 
My Etsy Shop
As my daughter says, "Everyone uses soap, or at least you hope they do."

Monday, December 11, 2017

Moving It Forward

I'm having a hard time putting my scraps away. I have several pressing projects that I should be working on but still I play in my scraps. I've promised myself that soon I will start working on what really needs to get done but for the weekend any way I played in my scraps. I sewed up these little units.
I also worked on my pineapple blocks. They are mostly done, but I thought you might be tiring of seeing them. So I'll wait until they are a flimsy.  Instead here are the rail fence blocks I'm making from the little leftovers from the pineapple blocks. I've changed the blocks a little. I felt the others were too busy. I'm toying with layout but I'm thinking of starting with the lightest and filtering down to the darkest, maybe in a diagonal kind of way, somewhat as shown. But it is not set in stone.
Being Monday it's time for you to share your progress. Looking forward to seeing how you are moving your projects forward. Link up and share.  Can't wait to see your progress.

Friday, December 8, 2017

Rhythm & Blues a Wrap

I'm so happy to be able to share a finished Rhythm & Blues with you. I'm thrilled with the results as is the drummer boy. I showed it to him this weekend when he came to work on his car in my garage.
I originally had thought I would just quilt wavy organic lines through it. But when it came to choosing a thread that would work with the blues and white I had problems. So when I found  flowing water and ice on Lori Kennedy's site I knew I was onto something. Not only could I change the thread for the different areas I felt it went with the quilt, and was not to feminine for the drummer boy. 
I've made this into a pattern. It is layer cake friendly, and goes together quickly thanks to strip piecing and a little trick with a 10" square.
 You can find the pattern in my Etsy shop.

Monday, December 4, 2017

Moving It Forward

I finished the blocks I was chaining through last week. Here is what my pineapple quilt is looking like so far. It measures 48" x 60". I'd like to make it a little bigger.
 So I've started 10 more blocks. That should make a good sized throw at 60" x 72". I might even make it through all those cut strips. Never though that would happen.
 In addition to making my scrappy pineapples I finished quilting Rhythm and Blues. I was hoping to show it finished last Friday. But between shopping with DD and visiting my grandma I ran out of time and it wasn't quite finished. Still needs the binding. It will happen soon and hopefully I can show it this Friday instead.
In the mean time link up and show me your progress. I'm looking forward to seeing everyone's holiday sewing.