Wednesday, April 30, 2014


 Because I got the Ott Light at our last quilt guild meeting.  (Which in our group means I 'Ott to finish something.'  And because of the recent find of lost relatives with the help of my quilt with special powers.  I decided to work on my Love Ida quilt, a tribute to my Great Grandma Ida.  I have her original quilt that you can read about here.  I'm doing mine in modern colors.
I was going to make mine smaller than my great grandma's but have changed my mind.  It's a girl's prerogative after all.  Now I'm going bigger.  I've cut out all the applique pieces and now I need to get busy sewing.  I'm still working on my garden and I've got my next scrap squad assignment.  (More on that later.)  
So in between all that I'll find me bits of time and work on Love Ida.

Monday, April 28, 2014

One Down Five To Go

I have always admired the things Beth has created with her loom.  I was thrilled when my hubby took my not so subtle hints and got me one for Christmas.  I was thankful to Beth for walking me through warping my loom.  I had fun weaving my first place mat and just needed to take it off the loom.  Then life got in the way and there it sat on my loom.  Well, Saturday I found some time and took it off.  I so pleased with my first place mat.
 I couldn't wait to start the next.  I warped the loom again. and have started number 2.  I have a few other things I'm working on but hope to be a bit quicker in getting this one done.
It's going to be so great when I have enough for my whole family.  Dinner will taste that much better, I'm sure.

Friday, April 25, 2014

This Quilt Has Special Powers

This has special powers.  Not only can it revive memories of one of the best family reunions ever, it can also find lost relatives.  I'm not joking.  It's happened twice.

First in Blackfoot, Idaho while I was teaching my No More Boring Borders class.  I showed it as and example of a fun border and was asked if I had relatives in Wellsville, UT.  Which by the way I do.  This led to the discovery of descendants of my grandpa's sister.
The second time this quilt used it's special powers was last week at a trunk show I gave at My Heritage Fabrics.  After the trunk show one of the ladies came up and asked about my family.  Said she was a DeRyke also.  Come to find out.  Her grandparents lived with my grandparents when they first immigrated from Holland.  Her grandfather worked in my grandpa's bakery while he got established.  It was fun to hear her families story and then be able to share it with my mom when I got home.  She was very little when they lived with her but she remembers and loved Uncle Byron, my new found relatives grandpa.
I teach No More Boring Borders in June at the Panquitch Quilt Walk.  Can't wait to see what relative I find then.

Wednesday, April 23, 2014

Christian's T-Shirt Quilt

I've been meaning to get Christians T-shirt quilt quilted for sometime. (You can read about Christian and his quilt here and here.)  We displayed it at the funeral as a top because I didn't have time to quilt it before.  I basted it two weeks ago and it has sat by my fireplace since.  I got distracted by my spring flower garden.  Well I've run out of dryer sheets and I'm not doing laundry until tomorrow.  I thought of making the odd request of my friends and neighbors for their used dryer sheets.  I still might do that, but not until I get Christian's T- shirt quilt quilted.

Monday, April 21, 2014

My Spring Garden Grows

Little by little my spring garden grow.
I've used all the made fabric I had, but I feel my garden needs to be bigger.  I'm thinking a twin size quilt for a niece is how big it needs to be.  So I'm making more fabric.
 To create some more tulips.  And when I wait for kids or at the doctor I take my daisies.  I'm also toying with sashing ideas.

I'm afraid that I need more gray between the daisies and the scrappy daisy borders.  Any suggestions?

Friday, April 18, 2014

Candy Mountains

I must say I am enjoying being a member of the Scrap Squad for Quiltmaker.  I just love scrap quilts.  Playing in my scraps is one of my favorite things to do.  Finally the creative process of making the selected quilt my own is a fun challenge.  
When I received the newest challenge I knew I wanted to go bright.  I pulled bins and you may remember the creative clutter I had going on in my sewing room as I worked on it.  I'll admit it stumped me for awhile.  Thank you to everyone who offered encouragement.  I think the final product turned out quite nicely.
I'm calling it Candy Mountains and you can read all about my process on Quilty Pleasures.

Wednesday, April 16, 2014

Doll Quilt

This year my quilt guild is making doll quilts to go with dolls we purchased to give to a local women's shelter. After finishing up a few projects at a recent retreat I took the scraps from this quilt and made this little doll quilt.  The tiny four patches I used as corner posts were what was left over from the scrap strips I used to make the larger four patches.
This morning I quilted it and bond it so it would be ready for our meeting tomorrow.  DD doll tested it out for me and seems to like it.

Monday, April 14, 2014

Orphans Find A Home

I have eight of these scrappy daisies in my orphan bin.   
 I added a scrappy border to them.

 And used them as an alternate block with the scrappy tulips.
It's wash day today so I'll be able to make a few more tulips.  I need to make at least one more daisy, but may make more.  This playing in my scraps is so fun I don't want to stop.

Sunday, April 13, 2014

Hands 2 Help

Every year Sarah hosts Hands 2 Help.  For the last few years Quilty Hugs for Happy Chemo has been one of the charities she has generously given to.  Those generous, heartfelt donations have brought comfort to many.  
Today I'm a guest blogger on Sarah's blog, Confessions of a Fabric Addict.  Make sure you visit to see all that Sarah does to help others out and to read a recent thank you from a recipient of a Quilty Hug.

Friday, April 11, 2014

Blue Bird Challenge Winner

Thank you to all who participated.  I was able to glean some great ideas on how to use my remaining supply of flour sacks.  I thought Shar's doll was very creative.  I loved Mary's pillow with the pocket for the remote.  Lynn's bag would be so handy.  I really need to make me one of those.  You can never have too many bags, you know.  When I saw Cathy's I thought 'great minds think alike it was so like the idea I had formulating.  Julie's piecing had me in awe.  Thanks also to everyone who voted.  We couldn't have chosen a winner without your help.  And our winner is.... Julie.
Her mariner's star is truly lovely.  Congratulations Julie!  Please send me your snail mail so I can get your prize, a fat eighth pack of 30's prints.

Wednesday, April 9, 2014

A Few Of My Favorite Things

Yesterday was filled with my favorite things.  The birds singing to me and the smell of baking bread from the local bakery as I went on my morning walk.  Quilting with friends in the morning.  My dear friends Suzy and Diane helped me baste three quilts.  A visit to a quilt shop and birthday lunch with friends.

One of those birthdays was mine.  My friend, Michelle, gave me the fabulous plate.  Next to fabric dishes are my favorite thing to collect..  After lunch I was off to visit my Grnadma.  We had a lovely visit.   And I was reminded of how blessed I am to have her in my life.

Monday, April 7, 2014

Laundry Bonus

I'm not the best when it comes to house hold chores.  At our house we live on the healthy side of dirty.  I'm not a slob just not immaculate and we would seldom is ever pass a white glove inspection.  But when it comes to laundry I'm pretty good.  Every Monday and Thursday I get to the bottom of all hampers in our home.  Not only that it gets folded and put away.  I'm pretty proud of this.  And the bonus of all this laundry; not just clean clothes but dryer sheets.  Dryer sheets are perfect for applique.  And I have several going on right now.  I have these tulips.
And my Blue Bird Dresdens.  I can get seven of the petals from one dryer sheet.  So as the washer cleans and the dryer dries my clothes today I'll be collecting dryer sheets so I can add to my applique blocks.
The rest of the house work can wait.

Friday, April 4, 2014

Blue Bird Challenge Reveal

Welcome to the reveal of the Blue Bird Challenge.  As I played with my blue bird flour sack a dresden plate came to mind.  I'm planning one making two more and turning them into a table runner or a small quilt.  
Cathy had a similar idea.  It really is true great minds think alike.  That blue bird in the circle is just begs to be framed with another circle.  Thank you Cathy for sending me a picture of your project.  The yellow coming out reminds me of sun rays and makes me happy.

I am so excited to see what everyone else came up with.  Participants please link up so everyone can see.   Everyone else take time to see what the participants have created and vote on your favorite.  We will leave the voting up for a week at which time the winner will receive a fat 1/8 pack of 30's fabric.  Sadly life has got in the way of a couple of our participants.  Hilda and June were unable to finish.  Please vote among those that are left. Because captions on the links are different than the names I put on the voting let me clarify.   JulieKQuilts is Julie.  Big Lake Quilter is Cathy, NeedledMom is Mary.  Hey Boo is Lynn.  Stitched with friends is Shar.  Thanks!

An InLinkz Link-up

Wednesday, April 2, 2014

Meet My Newest Quilting Friend

Kierra, a talented 10 year old, I had the privilege of meeting this weekend.  Kierra took my No More Boring Borders class with her grandma.  Afterward I got to know her better at the quilt show.  Here she is next to her quilt.  I was not exaggerating when I said she was talented.  Isn't she amazing?!    
She chose the fabrics.  Her sense of color and design are fabulous.  Her grandma helped her with the applique.  This sweet girl is going to grow up to be one awesome quilter.  She shared with me fabrics she was picking out for her next quilt.  I can barely wait for next year to see what she creates.