Tuesday, July 22, 2014


          Purple at one time was my favorite color....but as I've gotten older I realize that it was really my 2nd favorite, after RED!    

          Back in April I had decided that 1 of my color bins of fabric needed a good clean out whether it be cutting it up and using it, selling it, or giving it away.   You may remember that I made these 16-1/2 inch blocks one afternoon.
I'd found a blog that picked a color of the month and they challenged girls to use up one particular color and that month it was purple.   Since I was "in the moment" I made these 4 blocks and promised myself I'd make more......well, that didn't happen.

          Last night I promised myself that this morning I'd work on some more blocks.

I pulled the purple bin out and set aside large pieces of fabric that I hate to cut up into small pieces because they could be used for a pieced backing or a border on a quilt.
This is 7 I have set aside for that.....(maybe)
Then I got to cutting. I cut 2-1/2 inch squares for the star centers, 5 inch squares for the hst's, and then  I threw a few in a little container for "leaders/enders".

  And, last but not least, I laid out in front of those piles,  some fabrics that are too nice to cut up, all are 1/2 yard pieces and I'm looking to sell them on Instagram.....  (if you see anything you like or want a better picture, just send me a message on IG paront1222).                                  Now it's time to start cutting into the kona white and make some stars.

Monday, July 21, 2014

Text Me A Quilt

        I can't even remember how I got to talking to Kim Brackett of "Magnolia Bay Quilts" about a project she was starting using text and low volume fabrics but I do remember that 10 weeks ago I received an Instagram message from her with a picture of the start of her quilt.  Text prints and bright fabrics!   I remember staring at it and telling Kim that I am obsessed with text/low volume prints and promised I wouldn't say a thing until she revealed it on her blog.

        I did take the liberty of sending her a picture of my low volume fabrics
and assured her that I was good to go whenever she revealed the pattern, and then I proceeded to add to my stash.  

       While I was on my cruise to Alaska I checked my email one afternoon and there was the pattern !
I could not wait to get home and start cutting out some bright fabrics and then make the decision as to 7 or 10 inch blocks.  

Here's my top up on the design wall.....make it larger?  Add a border?   UH....no, it's staying just the size it is.

Last week I found a great turquoise and white hawaiian print fabric in my backing stash bin and sent it out to be quilted.....It came back on Saturday and all I have to say is I LOVE IT!  
Here are 2 pictures I got of the quilting....It's hard to get pictures of the quilting because of the thread color on the text print, but it's an orange peel, and perfect for this top.

I did a 10 inch block and if you too would like to make this top, just head on over to "Magnolia Bay Quilts"  and pick up  your instructions.  You won't be sorry!!!


Monday, July 14, 2014

"Make A List Monday"

     Are you a list maker?  I used to pick on a friend who would make a list for the week of things she needed to accomplish each day and say "do you really need to write down that you need to dust the living room on Tuesday?", but I think as I get older I do need a little list when it comes to things I want/need to accomplish in the sewing room and it needs to be a little more detailed than I ever thought I would need....   For Example, a friend from my job (before I retired) is getting married next June and I want to make her a quilt so I recently decided on a pattern and colorway.

The pattern is called "Vintage" and it's in Camille Roskelley's "Simply Retro" book.  I picked Kona cream with black & cream fabrics for the blocks.  I figured that the colors would be nice for a young couple and will go with everything in their home.  
But...getting back to the list, I put everything in a drawer in my room thinking that I could put it on my January 2015 "to do" list and then forgot about it.  I ended up making a list this weekend of 2015 items and even wrote "where" I have them so I don't forget :)    NO, I don't have old-timers but I do have a lot going on in my life and sometimes I forget.....
So, I've decided that I am going to try and do a "Make a List Monday" of projects and things I need to get done and see if that helps with focusing.

1) Find a pattern for a special baby quilt for Jen (my daughter), pull fabrics to match her nursery and get working on it.
2) Make 6 scrappy trip around the world blocks and start assembling that quilt (I need my design wall cleaned off )
3) Find my pattern for my Overnighter Ellie Travel Case bag, put with fabrics and get all the needed accessories to assemble it

I'm not going to go crazy and make the list too big since I do have things that need to get done around the house and places to go so I'll start off small and work my way up  :)

OH, and did you see on Instagram this past week there was a #quiltsonchairs going on thru Me and My Sisters Designs?   OMG, some of the displayed quilts were just awesome.  This is my contribution.  I took all my finished quilts and folded them up nice and put them on my kitchen desk chair......  Just a little piece of my own "awesome".


Sunday, July 13, 2014

Scrappy Trip Around the World Blocks

     I want to say it was a year or 15 months ago that the Scrappy Trip Around the World blocks started showing up everywhere and I was right there to jump on the bandwagon.  But as with other trendy projects, I kind of lost steam and put the project away.  At the time I had these blocks made.

     Since then what I've been doing is as I work on a project with 2-1/2 inch squares, I set 6 leftovers aside, all lined up nice on a big piece of cardboard.  I figured that when the cardboard got full that I'd start to make more blocks.   Well, since then, the cardboard was moved from place to place until yesterday when I went to take it down off the shelf and this is what happened....

YUP, the whole hunk of cardboard slipped right out of my hands and everything went over......  and not only did this happen, the dog decided to walk thru the room and the piles really got mixed up.  So, I spent quite some time re-piling the fabric squares up and laid out 4 more blocks to sew up.
I have them laid out now and will sew and press them up later today.

I haven't decided how big I'm going to make this quilt yet.  I was thinking lap size and going with 6 across and 8 down but then I was thinking maybe a little larger.

I guess I'll wait and see which way the wind blows and see if I get bored with this and want to move onto something else.....

Stay tuned!


Friday, July 11, 2014

Yeah Yeah...

       Yeah, Yeah, no blogging for a while and here are two on the same day.

        So, I got the  baby quilts from my previous post back from my quilter Sarah.  That girl has the BEST turnaround time ever.   My other quilter Michelle was a quick quilter also and I was sad when I got her note saying that with moving and her commitments to the new AF Base would keep her away from her machine, and I had to find a new person, I went into a tailspin but about 6 weeks later I joined a BEE with some online girls and the first Queen Bee was Sarah.....  Things do happen for a reason don't they?   Anyhow, Sarah received the tops and I got them back in less than 7 days!  (If you ever need a quilter, I'd HIGHLY recommend Sarah....just inbox me).

        So, I've been making my quilts and sending them out for quilting at a pretty decent pace......1 or 2 a week.  Some were old quilts that needed finishing, some were just wall hanging size and then we had some year long projects that I finished.....

This black and white stripe is for the pinwheel quilt

And last night while I watched TV I got 3 sides tacked down!!!!

This here is a Fig Tree tumbler that is from I think 4-5 years ago...or older!  EEK

The polka dot quilt is from May.  It's a Missouri Star tutorial called "Jelly Roll Race".  I made a scrappy polka dot binding for it.....Yeah, I made enough polka dot binding for half the nation LOL

This is the 4 quilts with bindings attached and ready for tacking down.  Anyone want to come and help?

And here is my counter....12 quilts bound and ready for giving away under the P, the middle pile is 4 more tops waiting for binding (see it rolled up on top?)  the red quilt is from last summer, binding on top too.........

And here on the chair is 3 quilts with bindings attached and just needing tacking down.

I need to get a Quilting Octopus to come help clear these piles up!!!!
Any takers??????

I'm Still Here

       Yes, I'm still here.  Lack  of blogging does not mean I've been idle....on the contrary.  I've been quite busy doing a variety of sewing.

        Where to start....

        So, I announced back in April that I'll be a grandma this November, sometime around the 20th, so once I was sure the baby was growing good and mama was doing ok, I started planning a few not surprise baby quilts.  I had fabric I NEEDED to use for this particular daughter so whether it was a boy or girl, it was getting a quilt made from these....

Jennifer LOVES the beach, boats, water....anything that gets her out in it and enjoying the water.  I'd picked this pile up in 2 different quilt shops in Indiana back in May.

The first quilt is just a Sawtooth Star quilt so I could showcase the fabrics and when the baby is big enough, can point out the mermaids, boats, lobsters, seals etc....  I did add from my stash as well.  The second quilt is just a pinwheel quilt made from leftover HST's that I'd had from a tote bag I made for a friend's sister in law.
I like this quilt too and I think the baby will love it!   I backed this one with a big circle print from the Dr. Seuss line from last year and the sawtooth quilt has the Dr. Seuss blue dot/egg in a darker blue minkee....soooo soft for the baby to roll around on.  


OH, and I was invited to attend the doctor's appointment where they found out what they're having.  They're thrilled it's a girl but moreso that it's healthy and growing right on track!

I had Jen pick her colorway for the nursery so I can surprise her with a special quilt for the baby and I showed her a burp cloth my friend Sarah made and sent to me to use as a sample, so I have been busy in my room plotting, planning, and executing burp cloths and piles of baby fabric for the upcoming quilt!

So, there you have it....that is why I've been so busy....


Tuesday, June 24, 2014

"Magical Anna"

     Yes, I've been back from vacation for a week now but with over 500 photos to go thru I'm feeling like it's not happening right now so instead of a post on Alaska, you'll get a post about "Magical Anna".

     This is Anna......

I am doing the Fat Quarter Shop's 2014 Designer Mystery Block of the Month again this year and "Magical Anna" is block #1.  

The block and fabric was designed by Edyta Sitar of Laundry Basket Quilts.  Each of the 12 designers for the year named their block after someone that meant something to them and their quilting.  

Here's how the Fat Quarter Shop ships you your first block and the finishing kit for the year.....talk about a box-o-yumminess  :)

If you'd like to read more about the block of the month and the designer's, click here


Monday, June 2, 2014

Alaska Here I Come

Just a quick note to let you know that I'll be MIA for 13 days.  Hubby and I started planning a cruise to Alaska last August and it's that time!
Next time you hear from me I'll have been there and home with lots of stories to tell.  See you around the 18th or 19th.


Friday, May 30, 2014

A Little Update

     I know I've been bad at updating my blog but I just didn't feel like I had much to really say.

     A few weeks ago I went to a quilting retreat!  I worked ENDLESSLY on the parts for my "Tone It Down" quilt and although I did get a few blocks done, I didn't make enough progress to please me...especially since I'd been working on the blocks for 3 days  UGH!

     I did do a Jelly Roll Race Quilt with some of the others.  Mine was not made with a jelly roll per se, I cut my own strips from my polka dot stash and did it that way.

 That's mine hanging off the ironing board and a picture of me that my friend Vickie took while I was sewing it up.   Below is a picture of 6 of our quilts.  There was a variety of fabric lines used and you'll notice quilt #1, well she added a 2-1/2 inch white square to the end of each strip to add a little "something" to hers.  It looked awesome that way.
My quilt should be back from my quilter tomorrow so I can't wait to see the magic she worked on it.

My friend Robin brought a small wall hanging sized quilt called "My Favorite Things" with her for show n tell which got everyone riled up.....oh yeah, put a bunch of women quilters in one room and you're bound to have little quilt envy so it was a hoot to see everyone with their iPads and cell phones out checking out the project.....

I was no exception either.  I was on my smart phone before the day was out ordering the kit....I think that was on Saturday.  Well, I got home on Sunday and the darn kit was in my mailbox on Tuesday I think.  Talk about fast service!  
I have the first 3 blocks cut and fused but haven't gotten back to doing the hand buttonhole stitching yet.  They're small 4-1/2 inch blocks so they'll go fast and will be perfect for one of those hot nights when I'm needing something small to work on.

     While in Indiana we went to 2 quilt stores, Back Door Quilts and Quilts Plus.  Two really nice shops with nice people working in there.  I was on a mission to get some fat quarters of kiddie fabric to start thinking on baby quilts.  The girls in Quilts Plus were having a ball cutting mine....one for me, one for them.  Then you hear "where did this come from?"  They had such a fun time, as did we.
These are the fabrics I bought to add to what I already have in my stash, and then I bought a yard of this hammerhead shark fabric and made the "mama to be" a large pillow for resting her baby on as she starts to grow.

She was here visiting last weekend and loved it!

Well, those fat quarters will not sew themselves up so I'm off to get working on at least one of the quilts.

Thursday, May 22, 2014

2013 Designer Mystery BOM

     Well, the time as come for the 2013 Designer Mystery BOM to call it a day.

     While I was away at retreat, the kit for block # 12 came so I immediately pressed the fabric and got to cutting and assembling.  As with the other 11, it was a fun and very pretty block to make, and the best part is, I can assemble the last row and get it done!

     Block 12 is called "Ruby Primrose" and it was designed by Barbara Groves & Mary Jacobson of Me And My Sisters Designs.

     Once I got that assembled I made up the sashing strips and little 9 patch units and voile!  It's a quilt center.  (my bottom unit needs to be sewn to the top but I was excited to show you my pretty blocks so I snapped a picture early :)
 I just looked at the border instructions and the first border will go on quickly since it's just a 2-1/2 inch strip of the neutral.  However, for the 2nd border I need 50   3 x 5-1/2 inch flying geese  EEK!
Then I will add a 7 inch border of a pretty green/red tiny print and call it a day.

I'd love to be finished by the end of the weekend so I can get it quilted, so wish me luck out there.....

Is anyone else doing this BOM?

Is there anyone out there that WISHED they'd done this BOM and wants the patterns?  Leave me a message and I'd be happy to send them to you.


*****  Patterns have been sold**********

Monday, May 12, 2014

Indiana here we come!

Good Morning.........

It's that time again.....Indiana retreat here I come.   

I take an annual trek to Indiana with some girlfriends for 4 days of sewing, chatting, laughing and of course, shopping.  Retreat actually starts Wednesday around 1:00 but this year my friend Robin and I are leaving today and making the 12-13 hour drive over 2 days.  Why rush and do it all in 1 day?  
We'll drive until around 6:00 or so and find a hotel for the night then get up early tomorrow and finish the drive.  We'll meet up with a few of the other girls tomorrow for dinner and a quilt shop visit and then Wednesday morning we'll have our breakfast, make another quilt shop run and then over to the Camp where the retreat is.  

I've packed more projects than I can ever finish but that's the fun of it all.....I can work on one project one day and another the next.  It's not a race so we can have lots of time to visit, eat and enjoy one another's company.  

I'll try to take pictures to post here next week but I can't promise anything.....

Everyone going, drive careful......See you there!

This is a picture of 8 of us from the 2012 retreat visiting Back Door Quilts just before we headed over to the Campground to start retreat.....

Friday, May 9, 2014

Another Year of Schnibbles and A Little Break

     I've only been doing the "Another Year of Schnibbles" projects for about 4-5 months but I LOVE them.  I find that they challenge me to start and finish a particular project that I might not ordinarily do or it's been on my "to do" list like this month's project.

     Sinta over at Pink Pincushion blog picked "X Rated" from the "Schnibbles times two" book, which happens to also be the cover quilt.     At first I couldn't find the book and then it dawned on me that I'd had it pulled from the bookcase and was in a project bin with some fabrics and on the "to do" shelf.......   I quickly retrieved it and got to pressing and cutting last Friday.

I chose to do the large version since I had a ton of fabric set aside for it.  I picked Sandi Henderson's "Meadowsweet" line for the blocks and I love how it all turned out....even my husband walked past the design wall one afternoon and commented on how pretty it was.

     I hadn't planned on assembling the whole thing right away, I'd cut the parts thinking I'd take it with me to retreat next week but as you can tell from the in progress photos, once I started I couldn't stop until I put the last stitch in the border today.

The colors are so bright and very spring-like.  

It measures 60 X 60 and as luck would have it, I have some of the main "Splashy Rose" yardage left on the shelf so I'm hoping I have enough but if not, I have some one yard pieces that I can make the back scrappy.

Off to press it up, get the backing ready and mail it off to the quilter......

This will be the last Schnibbles project for a while with Sinta since her and Sherri are taking a little break for the summer.  I have other projects to do, but they'll be on my own and not with the group.  If you'd like to see last month's projects you can find Sinta's blog here https://www.blogger.com/blogger.g?blogID=289226405480674458#editor/target=post;postID=2862124404674058419

Tuesday, May 6, 2014

2013-2014 Designer Mystery Block of the Month

     Well folks, we are coming into the home stretch on this Block of the Month so I thought I'd share with you the most recent blocks since I was a little remiss in making and posting them.

     Block # 10 is called "New Bloom" and it was designed by Anne Sutton of Bunny Hill Designs.

Block # 11 is called "Perennial Petals" and it was designed by Sweetwater.

This was the 2nd year that I did the Designer Mystery BOM with Fat Quarter Shop and I have to say I have enjoyed it a lot.  I'm signed up for the next one too so I'll be keeping you updated on them as well.  


Monday, May 5, 2014

Postage Stamp Quilt

     Back on April 16th I showed you my postage stamp quilt that I'd just gotten back from Sarah and was excited to finish it.  I got the binding on it right away and then it sat....I know, sad isn't it?  Well, I decided on Friday night that there would be no embroidery.....nope, that quilt was getting bound and ready for giving.

     Now, you might ask, did I have a recipient for it?  NO....but one never knows when one might need a quick baby quilt and I like to be prepared like the good Girl Scout I used to be.

I LOVE to use black and white for the bindings on scrappy quilts.  I don't know why, but it always seems to brighten it up and add the finishing touches to it.

Here's a picture of the back.  I bought a bolt of that black & bright dot in Lancaster last spring and I think I've finally used it up with this finish.  

There were so many fun prints in this top.....I think I need to make more just like it!

And since spring has finally come to New Jersey, here's a picture I took of Luna while we were out walking after lunch today.  She would make a great fire dog.....she loves to stop, drop and roll.....and sometimes she just doesn't want to get up off the neighbor's lawn so I have to just stand and wait and then all of a sudden she pops up and off we go.  I'm loving these kinds of days where we can get out and go walking  and I don't need a jacket!

6 days till I leave for my annual trek to Indiana to meet up with about a dozen girls from all over the US for our annual quilt retreat.  I can't wait.......