Tuesday, November 27, 2018

Itty Bitty Whacky Wonky Christmas Trees

Been working on Christmas gifts the past couple weeks.  Here's one all done.  I call it "Itty Bitty Whacky Wonky Christmas Trees."  It measures 16" square and is such a fun little quilt.

Christmas is right around the corner,

Friday, November 2, 2018

A "Mini" Retreat

There once were 25 quilters who gathered for a four-day quilt retreat at a camp . . . And what happens at the Quilt Retreat stays at the Quilt Retreat.  LOL! 😜

But I CAN show you one of the results from my fun and productive four days...

This is "Sunset Flight", at least that's what I'm calling it for now.  After working on it on and off for about a year and a half (or more), I managed to finish it up at the Retreat.  And get this . . . it measures 17" square!  Yes, those are itty bitty geese -- made out of teeny tiny scraps of batik fabrics.  Yes, I know.  I'm crazy.

Now to quilt it. 

Retreat happiness,

If Friends Were Flowers . . .

Our Guild recently had a challenge where we swapped 5" charm squares and were challenged to make a one-patch quilt.  We cut 50 5" charm squares from yardage (all the same fabric), and then brought those 50 charms in to swap with other participants and went home with 50 different charm squares.  I chose to do two, for a total of 100 charm squares.  I figured I wouldn't be able to do too much with just 50 squares without adding too much of my own stash, so 100 it was.

This is the result of my challenge:

I used all 100 squares and cut them into a tumbler shape (using my Accuquilt GO!) and half of them I made into dresden "petals" and the other half I used as the border.  The finished quilt measures 34" square.  I had made a "test" dresden flower to see how wide the center would be and if it would even work.  I used my scraps for the test flower because I didn't want to take a chance with the swapped charms.  I actually had an Accuquilt GO! die big enough to use for the centers, so that made my life easier.  I put the "test" dresden on the back as the label.  :o)  

As a bonus, the backing fabric I used was one of the two yardages I used when I swapped my charms.  I named my quilt "If Friends Were Flowers..." because it reminds me of all my quilty Guild friends each time I see their fabric in the quilt.  I quilted this one myself, as it was on the smaller side and manageable.  :o)

If Friends Were Flowers . . . I'd Pick You!

Petal Play

It's been awhile, huh?  Trust me, I've been keeping very busy.  I wanted to share a quilt I recently designed and finished for a class I will be teaching in February.  I'm currently working on writing the pattern/directions.  I call it "Petal Play."  The petals and center circles are made using Accuquilt GO! dies and my students will be able to use them in the class if they choose not to use the pattern templates to cut their petals and circles by hand prior to class.  I think it will be a fun, fun class. 

The quilt measures approximately 30" and I actually quilted this one myself.

More quiltiness to come,

Friday, July 6, 2018

Back In Business!!!

Finally getting around to posting some pics of my two new sewing areas (separated by a Jack and Jill bath).  Except for hanging some small quilts on some of the bare walls and paring down my five large boxes of quilting magazines, I can say it is relatively done and ready for business!  To say I'm excited is putting it mildly!  And yes, there is already a charity quilt designed, fabric selected and ready to get started on my cutting table.  Woot woot!

Get ready to be inundated with pictures...



So very blessed,

Monday, April 9, 2018

MIA and Serious Sewing Withdrawals

I realize it's been quite awhile since I've blogged, but didn't realize it's been almost 4-1/2 months worth of awhile!  Time is flying -- fun or no fun.

Fun - choosing new master bath shower reno stuff, flooring, paint, furniture.

Not Fun - The mess involved in the removal and installation of said master bath shower, flooring and dealing with lazy painters and roofers who are always late and leave early, thus not putting in a full days work and doubling the time needed to paint or roof.

Fun - Arrival of said furniture and adding decor items to make my house a home.

Not Fun (Torture Even) - Not being able to sew a stitch (FOR THE PAST 5 MONTHS!) as everything sewing-related is still packed away and I still need to decide on new furniture for the sewing room(s).  Am leaning toward actually getting a Koala sewing cabinet for my monster Baby Lock Ellisimo Gold, as well as white shelving units (open and enclosed) and a large design wall.  Plus am trying find something like a half-shelving unit that can house my multitude of Accuquilt dies and my Electric GO on top of it so I don't have to set it up when I want to use it - it will always be there ready for me.

Fun - Yes, ROOMSSSS!  I will now have two designated sewing rooms for my creative pleasure!  They are right next to each other with a jack and jill bath in between.

My house is coming along.  All the repairs are done - new roof, new floors, entire interior painted.  Now I am in the middle of putting things together.  Some rooms are more put together than others, and I am patiently (impatiently?) awaiting my new Plantation Shutters.  Oh, I can hardly wait for those!  I'm so sick of nothing, nada, zip on my windows.

I have completely changed the color-scheme in my home.  Instead of reds, oranges, golds and browns (with builder beige walls and tan carpet/tile) , I have gone to teals, yellows, whites, grays and browns (with yellow walls and waterproof luxury vinyl plank flooring throughout the whole house).

Here are some pics of where I'm at so far...

And, this!  This is my favorite purchase!  It holds ALL my quilts.  All 30+ of them!  Well, except for two oversized queen quilts that I sometimes use on cold Florida nights in the winter.  Those are in my master closet.  But there is still room in there for a few MORE!  Woohoo!

Still have my Office to finish decorating, and of course, the two sewing rooms, as well as the J&J Bath, my Dad's bath and his bedroom.

Can't wait to get back to normal,

Monday, January 1, 2018

Quilting Through The Year

Happy New Year everyone!  Hope it's a great one!

Just thought I'd share my past year of quilt finishes.  Not as many as the previous year, but it is what it is.  I will say there were many more starts than finishes.  LOL!

Well, here they are...

Six quilts that fall into the "Finished in 2017" category.  

Three were charity quilts, one is a donation quilt for our Guild's upcoming Quilt Show's small quilt raffle, one was the Opportunity Quilt for our upcoming Quilt Show that is currently being raffled off, and then there's my published quilt.

Maybe next year I'll be more productive ... especially if I concentrate on finishing some of my UFOs instead of creating new ones.  *grin*

Fingers crossed,

Sunday, December 24, 2017

Some Designing Fun in EQ8

Just wanted to share some designing fun I've been having in my EQ8 program.  Hope you all have a wonderful Christmas!

Ho, Ho, Ho,

Monday, December 4, 2017

Sewing Time

Yay!  I finally got in some sewing/quilting among all the chaos here.  I've finished sewing the center of the Mystery Quilt that I designed for my Guild.  Unfortunately, I can't show you that here (yet).  *grin*

But I can show you what I just finished quilting and binding.  I made this cute little quilt (15" square) for our Guild's Small Quilt Raffle that will be held at our Quilt Show in late February. 

Feels good to finally get some quality time with my machine!


Friday, October 20, 2017

Hurricane Woes

I must apologize for neglecting my blog for so long.  I have had some damage from Hurricane Irma and have been working behind the scenes with insurance companies, claims adjusters, repair peeps, etc.  It has been an ongoing cycle.  Sometimes I feel I'm running around in circles, and then other times I feel like a manatee out of water.  But I refuse to complain too much because there are so many others who fared much, much worse than I did.

To top it all off, I'm still trying to keep up with my Guild's Mystery Quilt/Clue of the Month that I committed to spearheading.  Clue 5 goes live next week, and I've just finished putting my center together, not including borders.  I really needed to get it to that point so that I knew for sure all my Clue instructions were correct.  Even though I had a friend do the same, I wanted to be certain first-hand.  I can breathe much easier now knowing that all is well and everything is as it should be.  Now to assemble the borders and get the entire top complete before my house is torn apart and repairs begin and I won't be able to sew for who knows how long.

No, don't worry -- my sewing room is intact.  However, I had water damage in my master bedroom, my office, as well as a front bedroom and bathroom.  Lots of drywall work, carpet removal, flooring replacement, painting and a new roof will make for a new "hurricane," with boxing up ALL rooms, and furniture being moved and re-moved hither and yon.

To top it all off, I had previous plans to attend the Houston Quilt Festival with several friends, so I won't be home for a week from 10/30-11/6.  So things have been on hold for a bit until I return and the upheaval can commence.  Meanwhile, I have had my bedroom dresser, nightstand and jewelry chest in the living room, and my office stuff has taken over the dining room since the storm hit in early September.  But the current chaos is nothing compared to what's to come.  LOL.

At least I can kinda laugh about it now.  At the time, I was a wreck.  Thank heavens for insurance.

Thanks for understanding,