Tuesday, November 11, 2014

Moving Update....

I had a very productive weekend with my daughter.  I super loaded my car with sewing fabric and books and headed to Ivins, Utah on Saturday morning.  It was lovely driving weather. In 3 more weeks I will be moving there for the winter and needed to get my fabric and serger and other sewing items down there.  When we got everything upstairs it looked crowded but then we moved the small entertainment center to another wall and Marshawn proceeded to take apart a tall open bookcase and re-build it to be sturdier.  All of my fabric will fit on the bookcase and then some.  It will be perfect and I can't wait to be able to get started on some more quilts.

That evening we went to Tuacahn Amphitheater to enjoy a tribute concert of the Bee Gees.  I was afraid it would get too cold but it was quite comfortable.  We dressed warm and the music really got our blood pumping.  I didn't get any pictures cause my phone died but it was so fun!!

Sunday we spent the afternoon organizing my fabric.  I have lots to put on the comic book boards and I will get to that when I get moved down.  I still have more fabric to take down but it is a small amount compared to what I took this time.  I will post pictures of my apartment (she made her upstairs into an apartment for me) and my new sewing studio (her loft will be my sewing studio/office for her work)..

I will be down there for 2-3 months.  I will come back for Christmas with Joe's family but will not be staying at my Motor Home.  I will stay at Joe's house.  Then back to sunny southern Utah. 


Monday, November 3, 2014

Another Post and another month of sickness! Yuk!!

Here we are into November and I can't believe I have gone so long between posting.  I've been so busy with the Quilt Guild Blog and work and getting sick again and some sewing.  I started the Blog for the Quilt Guild and even though it doesn't take that much time to do, it does cut into my sewing time.

I started getting sick again and ended up with a massive Sinus Infection.  I was out of commission for a little over a week. 

I did get a quilt finished.  It is my Blue Plate Special quilt.  Here is a picture of the top before I quilted it.


I echo quilted around the plates and then on the borders just stitched in the ditch.  I was so pleased to finish it.  When I got the binding attached I found I was 22" short.  I knew I had some extra fabric but could not for the life of me find it.  So I just used some of the maroon fabric to add to the binding, so one corner is maroon.  I kind of like it that way.  Now to add the label.

I was able to acquire more charm packs of a set for a great fall quilt I want to make.

And, lo and behold I won some fabric from my favorite blogger Maureen Cracknell Handmade...here is a link to her blog   http://www.maureencracknellhandmade.blogspot.com/  and here is a picture of the fabric I won....


I have a jelly roll of this same fabric and so I hope to make something bright and cute out of this. It is part of a collection called Simply Sweet  by Riley Blake and Maureen's sponsor Discover Fabrics provided it.  It is so bright and cheerful.  They are 1/2  yard cuts.  I love winning fabric.

I also did finish a baby rag quilt for my great niece Erin. She is having a baby girl the first part of December.  I made some burp cloths for her too.




I just mailed it the other day so am anxious to hear she got it and likes it.

The 1st of October I mailed the quilts to my sisters in California.

 This is Kitty in the Window (I need to make me one of these)  It went to my sister Sharon.
 This is my disappearing 4 patch.  It went to my sister Thurza.

My fun House quilt "Won't you be my Neighbor" went to my sister Sandy.

They all seem to be pleased with them. And it was such a joy to share my favorite things with them.

A little note of interest is the newest addition to my son's family.  His little girl Hailey wanted a puppy for Christmas.  Well, they got one a little early...It is a shorkie named Roxy.  here are some pictures...

This is Hailey holding Roxy...

And Joe holding Roxy...

She is such a cute little pup and only 8 weeks old.

I've also been working on my charity rag quilts..I made this sports themed boy quilt...

 I still need to clip all the seams...This is the second one of the boy quilts I have made.  I need to get a few more made to hand out.

Well, I guess I am through posting all the news as of now. 

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.