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.