Wednesday, July 30, 2014

Who You Callin' a Fat Quarter? And Other Fun Quilty Stuff

I went to lunch with a group of friends yesterday.  It was so nice to chat and reconnect.  Maureen and her sister, Tonya gave me this very fun bag.  It is the perfect size and has pockets to keep track of things.  Don't you just love it?  Can't wait to put it to good use.
 Joan gave me this cute chicken.  I love the way his legs dangle as he sits on my piano.  He makes a good neighbor to the bowl of dotty fabric and my 'Live Happy' sign.
 I came home from lunch to find a box of more quilt treasures.  Diane from Quiltmaker sent it as a thank you for my work on the Scrap Squad. I spent a quiet evening pursuing these little pretties.
 I'm ever so grateful for the blue fabrics to add to my stash.  I never seem to have enough of them.  The Quilty Quote pins will find homes on some of my bags.  And who can't use more thread?
Now I'm off to the gym before someone actually does call me a Fat Quarter.  :)  Oh that I didn't like food so much.

Monday, July 28, 2014


Do you have projects that for one reason or another you stop working on?  They then get stashed away and almost forgotten.  That's what happened with this little project.  I was going full steam ahead when I ran out of fabric for these little hearts. Thanks to many of you I was able to track more down but by then I was busy with new and exciting things so this one sat.  But it kept peeking it's cute little head out and winking at me.  I'd see it as I looking for something else and it would whisper sweet nothing in my ear.  Finally it won my heart over and I started spending time with it.   
 The more time we spent together the more I loved her.  Soon I had all the applique ready to go.
 Now I look forward to watching her many pieces come together.
Soon I know she will be a thing of beauty I will love forever.

Friday, July 25, 2014

Whoop Whoop Giveaway

Some more exciting news.  I've been saving it for Sarah's Whoop Whoop, that I will be linking up to today.  I'm doing a happy dance over here and doing a happy dance is more fun when other's join you.  So will you join me in getting your moves on as we celebrate?
Yep it's true.  I've been pinching myself to make sure.  Now that I have the new Sept./Oct issue of McCall's Quilting there is no doubt.  

 My Smiling Daisies can be found in it's pages.  It uses Lily Ashbury's High Street line for Moda.  You can find it at The Quilted Castle if you would like to get your hands on some.  They also have a wide selection of other great lines, notions, and patterns.  Make sure you check them out.
Smiling Daisies now lives at my aunts home.  She needed it more than I do.  She is valiantly fighting cancer and needed a quilty hug.  Smiling Daisies with it's bright happy colors and cheerful daisies seemed the perfect fit.   
Now to share my joy at being in McCall's Quilting and knowing that Smiling Daisies has found a good home I have an issue of the magazine to share.  Leave a comment telling me what is making you Whoop Whoop today.  For a second chance like Aunt Em's Quilts on Facebook.  Come back here to let me know.  I'll pick a winner next Friday.  Good Luck!

Wednesday, July 23, 2014

Farmer Takes A Wife

I just love my Sew Bee Wonky Group.  It stretches me and lets me be creative.  Last month Jeri requested a people and/or places block using this tutorial.  Janeth had made her some row houses and a barn.  I decided it would be fun to make a farmer to go with the barn.  I was thrilled when I found the red check in my scraps.  It wasn't quite big enough so I put the farmer in overalls and put the straps of his overalls over the seam I had to make to make his arms long enough.  I think he turned out quite handsome.
 And every handsome farmer needs a good woman by his side.  So while I sang 'The Farmer In the Dell' I made him a wife.
 I guess I could have gone on with the song.  But my family thinks they need dinner every night.

Monday, July 21, 2014

Ziggy Granny

Have you seen the new Fons & Porter's Easy Quilts?  It is full of quick fun quilts.  I was thrilled when I got my issue for more reasons than one.  I drew inspiration from Cynthia Brunz's Bamboo Shoots and Tony Jacobson's Ode to Blanche.
 It was also very exciting to see my Ziggy Granny in print.  I had so much fun making this quilt.  I loved working with American Jane's Ducks in a Row for Moda.  I love the bright happy colors.
  Combining two favorites; Granny Squares and Chevrons made it a delight to make. Just a few blocks and it was done.
Someday I will remember to take pictures of my quilts before I send them off.  I'll share it up close and personal when I get it back.

Friday, July 18, 2014

DeRyke Reunion

Every other year we have our DeRyke family reunion.  My children look forward to it and wish it happened every year.  I made this quilt after seeing a book by Mary Lou Weidman. (Who by the way I will be taking a class from this fall.  I can't tell you how excited I am for that.)  If you've read my blog for very long you will recognize this quilt. 
 It captures my children's favorite memories of that particular reunion.
 My crazy aunts and uncles, their children, grandchildren, and even a few great grandchildren will all attend.
 I can't wait to see my sisters; Lori, from California and Julie, from Texas and their families.
My boys can't wait to go out in the boat with Uncle Jon and Uncle David.

So grateful for my family and this great opportunity to see everyone again.

Wednesday, July 16, 2014

Owl You Need Is Love

You may remember this little piece I made a while back with a frame I had found at a garage sale.  I had so much fun making it I knew I wanted to make more.  So I've been on a quest to find fun frame to fill.  Well, I hit the jackpot at a recent garage sale.  Five fun yellow frames for a steal.  Yesterday DD and I set about filling some.  DD is into owls right now so I thought it would be fun to make one to put in her room.  I did a rough sketch and set about cutting out pieces.    
 I still need to sew everything down.  I  found a few buttons in my button box for the eyes.  They don't match and I thought I might make a run to the store to get matching ones.  But the mismatched ones are growing on me.  I placed the frame over it to get an idea of how it will all look.
Makes me want to finish it up and start another.

Monday, July 14, 2014

Piles of Pretty Scraps

 It's time to pick out scraps for my next Scrap Squad quilt.  I started with a more varied pallet.  Pretty pinks, oranges, yellows, blues and greens with grey for the background.  I made one block and decided I wanted to reduce my pallet.
 So I took out the pinks and oranges and added more blues and greens.  I've made several blocks now and I must say I'm lovin' it.
Stay tuned I'll be able to reveal my newest love in the middle of August.

Friday, July 11, 2014

As Promised

I promised I would reveal my finished top.  Thank you to everyone who gave their two cents on the finishing triangles.
 After much debate I finally settled on scrappy squares.  I love all the color in this quilt and adding more along the edge just seemed the right thing to do.  Now to baste quilt and bind.
 We had a great time at girls camp.  The ropes course was scary and rewarding.  Tubing the river was a blast.  Watching movies under the stars unforgettable.  Laughing and bonding with these wonderful girls priceless.

Wednesday, July 9, 2014

What Do You Do In The Summer Time

While I'm away I thought I'd share a few minis I've made to celebrate summertime.  Whether you like to visit the lake or drink lemonade summer is full of fun.

What is your favorite summer activity?

Monday, July 7, 2014

Time Honored Tradition

It's that time of year again; time to go to girls camp.  I've been doing this since I was 12.  Missed a few years when my boys were little.  But it is a time honored tradition and I LOVE it.  Such fun times and shown here and here.
Bags are packed and soon DD and I will be heading for the mountains for a fun week of floating down the river, hikes, braiding hair, and smores.  I'll reveal my finished Mary's Garden top when I get back.

Wednesday, July 2, 2014

Scrappy Pick Me Up

A friend of mine rather unexpectedly lost their dog last week.  Sick one day, into the vet, surgery, complications and now her beloved dog is gone.  She is so sad and I wanted to do something.  I've made Denyse Schmidt's Scottie Dog before and that it would be a nice pick me up.
Not a replacement but a happy reminder of her beloved dog.