Sunday, September 30, 2018

Why the Bloggy Break

I apologize for the week long bloggy break.  Last Monday I received news that my grandma was not doing well.  My dad told me that hospice had been called in and that she could go any time.  This was such a shock.  It had been less than a week since my last visit where we shared a chocolate mousse.
 Needless to say a lot of things got put on the back burner.  I spent Tuesday with her and feel blessed that at one point she did wake up, recognize me, and tell me she loved me.  By Thursday she had left to be with grandpa once again. 
 I sure will miss this great lady.  I'm thankful for all the happy memories I have with her.  She truly was an amazing lady.

Friday, September 21, 2018

Field Trip

On every Tuesday, except the first of each month when I have my Quilty Hug Sew In, I help my friend out by taking her special needs daughter to her job and pick her up.  While she is at work I baste quilts or visit my grandma.  Depends on whether I have tops that need basting or not.  
As I mentioned on Monday I'm working my way through a giant pile of basted quilts.  So even if I had a top to baste, I'm running short on pins.  So Tuesday was a visit grandma day.  On my way I stop to pick her up a chocolate mousse from Kneaders.  Grandma is a big chocolate fan. I used to take her out but she has gotten less steady on her feet and I worry about a fall. I now bring treats to her.

 I also needed to drop off some patterns to a couple of area quilt shops.  Since grandma likes to sleep in and the quilt shops didn't open until 10 I took a little field trip with my recently quilted maverick star, baby quilt.  At the mouth of Ogden Canyon is the Timbermine Restaurant.  It's right across from My Heritage Fabrics, where I needed to drop off patterns. They have some pretty cool, old farm equipment.  So I stopped and had a little photo shoot.  Being at the mouth of the canyon it was pretty windy but I managed a few shots. 
 Just down the road is the George S Eccles Dinosaur park.  I used to bring my boys here when they were little.  They loved it.
 The kind receptionist let me in for free so I could take pictures with the dinosaurs.  It brought back happy memories.  I don't know how great the pictures turned out. 

 But I think the dinosaurs enjoyed the quilt.  These cold blooded creatures seldom get to enjoy something soft and cuddly.
I had a nice visit with Grandma.  She loved her chocolate mousse.

Wednesday, September 19, 2018

A Little Scrappy Input Please

I'm excited to be attending the Utah Quilt Guild Annual Meeting.  I look forward to it every year.  A time to reconnect with old friends.  Many of whom on I only see at this fine gathering.  
 I'm thrilled to be able to share my love of scrap quilts.  I'll be giving a lecture on storing, organizing and using scraps.  To supplement my lecture I'll be doing a bit of a trunk show.  I want to share the many ways you can use your scraps.  I'll be sharing strip quilt, bit quilts, quilts made from left over precuts, and quilts I've made because that color bin was full.
 I'll be sharing ideas I've learned from other great scrap quilters; Bonnie Hunter, Cynthia , Leila, and Sarah to name a few.  I'm thrilled I'll be able to pass on their informative blogs and websites.
 Do you have any words of wisdom?  Great scrappy tips you've discovered.  Would you be willing to share them with me?  So I can pass them on to my class.  One of my favorite things about quilters is their willingness to share; tips, scraps, quilts.  They are definitely a generous lot. 
If you have any great tips you are willing to share leave them in the comments.  I can't wait to learn from you all.

Monday, September 17, 2018

Moving it Forward

My little Bernina has been humming along.  I've got a lovely little stack on charity quilts my friend, Janice, dropped off.  Along with the baby quilt I showed last week and the newest Plan B quilt.
 I got them all basted.  Almost took all my safety pins to do it.  That's a lot of safety pins.  I'm doing a baptist fan on the baby quilt.
 I did a stipple on this pretty, little pink one.
 And daisies and leaves all over on this one.  
Now I want to see what you've been moving forward.  Link up and inspire us with your progress.


Friday, September 14, 2018

Gradation

This started as a little leaders and enders project.  That turned into a few blocks
 That become more blocks, looking for a plan.
 That slowly formed into a plan.
 That then needed a quilting plan.
That finally became a completed quilt.

Wednesday, September 12, 2018

Plan B in the Park

For the last few weeks I've been sharing my process with this Plan B quilt.  Pulling the blocks, throwing them on the design wall.
 Then combining pieces, adding sashing and filler to puzzle it all together.
 Finally sewing the chunks and rows together for a completed top.  Yesterday, after a little photo shoot in the park.  I basted it. 
Now to find time to quilt and bind it.

Monday, September 10, 2018

Moving It Forward

Do you remember these plus blocks?  I think I might be a little in love with them.  I'm so happy I chose to do a scrappy background.  Not only did it put a small dent in a scrap bin.  I love the interest the different blues and grays add to the quilt.  
 In addition to finishing the plus blocks I ended up taking the dark centered star out of my baby quilt and added a pretty little pink one.  I really need to get busy finishing this quilt.  The sweet little baby it's for decided to come two weeks early.  She just couldn't wait to make an appearance.  I'm hoping by the end of the week to have her, her quilt.
It's Monday again.  How does that happen so quickly?  Looking forward to seeing what each of you are moving forward.  Link up and let us see.

Friday, September 7, 2018

Star Struck Quilty Hug

Making Quilty Hugs brings me so much joy.  I love each month getting together with my little sewing angels.  We laugh, catch up and sew, sew, sew.  This scrappy little quilt was a bit of a group effort.  Most of the Quilty Hugs are.  Shelly made all the 25 patches.  I added the sashing.
 I wish I had gone brighter on the star points.  A few of them get lost.  But all in all it is a cute little quilt.  I was glad it was mostly done when my sister, Lori called asking if I had any Quilty Hugs available for a friend of hers.  I sent pictures of three. Sadly Lori lives far away, and couldn't come and choose one herself. 
She chose this one.  She felt the others were to bright for her friends liking.  I do, do a lot of bright quilts.  They make me happy.  I hurried to put a binding on it and got it in the mail.  It arrived yesterday.  Ready to give love and comfort to Lori's friend as she battles the dread disease cancer.  May she win her valiant fight.

Wednesday, September 5, 2018

Planning a Plan B Quilt Part II

Last week my newest Plan B quilt looked like this. Just a bunch of orphan blocks thrown up on the design wall.  
Now the fun begins. If you like puzzles you will love this next step.  First I started by sewing things together to make larger pieces to fit in rows. I found that if I added these 2 1/2" square units to my gray four patches.
 I ended up with this cute little block. 
 and it was the same size as these quarter triangle pieces sewn together. I ended up with three framed four blocks and two quarter square blocks.
 Next I sewed the little rail fence blocks together. Lucky me when they were assembled they were the same size as the pinwheels.
 Adding borders around half square triangles got them up to size.  Sewing all these blocks together I had a good sized row.  Continuing this process I sewed units together added sashing when things didn't quilt fit. In the row with the star and diamond I added sets of mini blocks to make a sashing between the blocks.
I wanted to better distribute color throughout my quilt so I put the four brightest, most colorful blocks in the corners. I still may move rows around.  Not everything is sewn together. Plus I need to add strips to make all the rows the same size.  I'm not quite sure how I feel about the bottom row. So that will probably see some adjustment. I still have a couple of blocks I have not incorporated. If I can't find a home for them here, they'll go back in the bin.

Let me know if you have questions about the process. I'll do my best to try and answer them.

Monday, September 3, 2018

Moving It Forward

Welcome to another fine Monday. Time to share a little progress. First up I finished all the stars I needed for my baby quilt. I'm thinking I might need to make one more. Not quite sure how I feel about the one with the navy center. What are your thoughts?
Next I had a fun time listening to podcasts while quilting Gradation. At first I thought I would just be quick and get her done. So I was just going to do an organic line through the scrappy strips. 
 Once again I was not so happy with the results. So I went back and added a line of quilting a 1/4" from each seam on the gray rows. Oh I like that much better.

That's my bit of progress for the week. I'm looking forward to seeing yours. Link up and share what you've been moving forward in your sewing room. Can't wait to see.