Saturday, June 24, 2017

TWO, (count'em) FINISHES

Dear Readers,

I finished two quilts since I posted last.  TWO!!  That has to be some kind of least for me.

I picked up the quilt for Laura and Will Temple from Betty Lewis and did my first flanged binding.  It  was a good way to get in on quick as I only had one day to get it bound.  I had planned to take it Birmingham on our next trip, but I had thought I would have more days between pick up and delivery just didn't work out that way!

I had posted a photo of it, before Betty quilted it, and lots of Facebook friend had suggested names.  When I got it back and looked at it, I decided "Hip to Be Square" would be it's name.  We have had a lot of rain in Missisissippi this last month and my fence is not tall enough for me to hang the quilt on it so I hung it on a rail outside the welcome center in Columbus...all is good except they have some convince outlets that prevent it from hanging straight.  The pattern is called Sassy 16 from the book Bust your PreCut Stash.  I changed the background from solid to scrappy and used a jelly roll for the colored parts.  I didn't measure it but it is about 93 x 75.

Here are a couple of shot of the binding and Betty Lewis's quilting!

The second quilt was a baby quilt for a first grandchild that a dear friend is having.  I did an eye-spy quilt and put number fabric on the back as she used to teach math....she teaches Chem and Physics now.  I used Pat Yamin's Eye Spy Templates to fussy cut each of the hexies.

I quilted this one by stitching in the ditch around the eye-spy blocks.  Then free motion quilting on the border.  I did a swirling star thing there.  This one finishes about 50 by 47...

Here is close up of it.

While we were in Birmingham I asked my dad to tell some he is.  The video is 3-4 minutes long.

Happy sewing...


Friday, May 26, 2017

Throw Pillow Cover and fabric shopping

Dear readers,

I was kitting stuff up to take on a massive road trip this summer, and I decided to make a throw pillow cover for a pillow form my daughter had.  When I had visited last I noticed she did not have a cover for it, so I measured the form.

One of the quilts I was kitting up was another mountain quilt that she wants.  I am doing it in various grays and off whites to light golds.  Well as I was cutting the 8.5 inch squares I cut some random sized strips to make pillow cover.  So since it was 22.5 inches cut 16 6 inch squares of workbook paper.  I had decided to put a black strip down the center and the grays on one side and the neutrals on the other.  This ended up making an asymmetrical block.  So you know what that means...lots of arrangements.  I was really liking how these were looking so I think the mountain quilt will be great!

So I quilted it and used a piece of gray for the back...

I am on my road trip now and day 2 required some stops for fabric acquisition.  I am also working on a baby quilt for a teacher friend's first grand!  It is going to be an eye spy quilt as I have a bunch of those cut out, but she is doing the nursery in soft colors and I spy quilts tend to be very bright and busy.  So I wanted something softer for the back.  I was riding down a state highway in Kansas and saw this ,,,    

That has to be a quilt store...stopped in to a delightful store in the middle on no where...and found this fabric for the back...the numbers are still bright and cheery but softer than others so I bought it...

Later in the day I saw a billboard for a quilt shop in Hays,  Kansas so I stopped there and found a few fun fabrics to go in the quilt...the baby is being born into an army family so I thought the camo fabric and army men had to go in the quilt.  So nice to find a partly done project that can be finished in a bit to be a quilt!!

I may get to do some more shopping today, but I left my windbreaker at home and am going to need one...where we are going the high is 68!!  

Sew on!!

Friday, May 19, 2017


Dear Readers,

Hope all are having a great week...This has been the end of the school year for me so it has been busy.  I have just done a few completions of things and am getting ready for a much needed vacation with my daughter to the western part of the US.

When I got my quilt, Shadows of Kilimanjaro back from the Mountain Quiltfest Show I also received the judges comments.  She marked it down as some parts were quilted heavier than others.  So I decided to quilt the white blocks....I wish I had come up with a better pattern but it is what it is...I have given it to my daughter to hang in her apartment since she has hiked Kilimanjaro.   I didn't think the quilting showed up in the photo of the whole quilt so I included a couple of close up of the blocks.

I also finished making the flanged binding for the Jelly Roll quilt.

The final project that I worked on is the Possum Town Quilters guild challenge.  We are doing a Mississippi bicentennial quilt since it is our state's 200th birthday.  I chose to do Mississippi Blues.  There was a list of suggested topics for squares.  The challenge is to create a 9 in finished block  using 3 of the 5 fabrics given.  I thought the blues would be a good one to do.  So my idea was to make a background of blue squares,  and I kind of wanted a Howlin' Wolf on it as he was from the Golden Triangle.  So first I made the background, using some of the blue in the packet, then sent it to Lauren, a friend from the guild and asked for suggestions.

She sent me a few wolves and the logo from the Blues Trail.  That made me think of a state silhouette.  So I printed the elements and put them on the background.

 I liked it but they were a little too big.   So I took it to work and shrunk the elements down a little and then the scale was better.

So I was going to hand sew them down, but then I got intimidated by the narrow pieces and the corners of such small elements, so I decided to fuse them down.  I zig-zagged around each element to be sure it would be secure.  I had a thought while I was giving exams, to write the names of some of the famous blues artists on the outline of the state like it was a trail.  So when I got home a printed a list of blues artists from Mississippi and picked out some to put in the border.  I am happy with the final result.  The other two challenge fabrics used is the brown for the wolf and the cream for the guitar.  I did mess up and put the fuse stuff on the wrong side of the cream color, but decided I liked it like that as it softens the print on that piece.

 Celeste and Blake came for my dad's 88th birthday.  It was nice to see both of them.  When I was taking Celeste back to Memphis, we stopped at a whole in the wall restaurant for an Ethiopian meal.  It was really good.  I wish I could tell you it's name, but it was really good.

May not post much about quilting as I am going to be off the internet for a bit...but if I get a chance to post I will get back on!!

Sew on,


Saturday, April 29, 2017

Jelly Roll quilt update

Hey readers,

I finished the top of the jelly roll quilt!!  Whoop, to work on kitting up projects for the summer time.  I need to get a better picture, but here is what it looks like with the borders on.  I have not finalized a name or scripture to go on the back, so if you have any suggestions put them in the comments!  Tomorrow I will call Betty Lewis and see if she can get it quilted for me.

Hope you have a big week and all goes well for you and yours.

Sew on,


Wednesday, April 19, 2017

Jelly Roll quilt

Hey Readers,

I found out last week who won the Modern Christmas Quilt...Linda Kay Barbour, mother of my across the street neighbor and very sweet lady!! I was so excited to find out she won the silent auction for the quilt.
The other day I was on Facebook and Stitchin Heaven in Texas was doing a live broadcast and said if you left a comment you could win a prize, so I said "Hi from Mississippi" and next thing you know they called my name and sent me this book!  

My latest project is  a quilt for William and Laura.  William is Anne's nephew and Laura is his fiancĂ©'.  They are getting married in June.  My project is out of the book Smash Your Precut Stash!   I am doing the Sassy 16.   The pattern designers called for all the background to be the same fabric.  I chose to do it a variety of creams and whites.  

 So Friday we were out of school for Good Friday and my car had a recall on the airbags which is a 5 hour repair.  So I packed up my Featherweight and the project and took it with me.  So I sat there and sewed 168 flip and stitch corners and made strips of the  16 patch blocks.

I need to get going on this so I can get it to them by wedding day...hope I make it!


Saturday, March 25, 2017

Modern Christmas

Hey all,

It has been a couple of months since I have posted, but not a lot of quilting has been going on.  Last nine weeks I did way too much testing so school was my main focus.  I was desperately trying to get my Algebra II students to memorize the formulas that would make them be successful on the ACT.  Not sure it worked.   Some were extremely good but the average ones were a little lower than I would  have liked.

As you can deduce from the title I did make a decision on the alternate blocks from the Bonnie Hunter Allietare  Mystery quilt.   I am so happy with the result.  And to make things even better, I was asked to make a quilt for the local junior league and it is just right for that purpose.  Using the alternate blocks I set them on point with the setting directions from the mystery quilt and ended up with a quilt that is about 46 x 68. That makes a nice sized throw.  I put a hanging sleeve on the top as the junior league will need to display it.

Betty Lewis, of Louisville, MS did the quilting.  I had asked for a white thread, and the pattern she used on Judy Stokes last mystery quilt and she made the choice for an off white, which looks outstanding!!  So glad she did that.  This is one of the advantages of having your long armer getting to know what you like!

Here is a couple of close up of the quilting:

I have really gotten into binding things with striped fabric and on the bias.  I had this mostly left from another project and rummaged through my small pieces and added enough that it worked out perfectly to bind this project.  Y'all know I am the slowest hand stitcher on the planet, and when I bind something with a black binding I am even slower.  These old eyes aren't what they used to be.

Here is a picture of the back.

The back is more a traditional red tartan so that may fit more folks homes.

Next to work on the quilt for a sweet couple that is getting married.

I will try to do better on regular updates!

Sew on,


Sunday, January 8, 2017

Decisions, Decisions

Hey all,

I seem to be having a much harder time making decision than I used to.  Used to be I would look at something  and then just decide...if I messed up, I would back track and figure out what to do.  Now I seem to second guess myself a lot more frequently.

Anyway, what brought that revelation on is the fact that I am finally working on my Bonnie Hunter mystery from LAST year, and I am not happy with how it is looking.  At the moment my plan is to continue putting the blocks together as they are.

The star blocks are all sewn together and the green blocks are on the flannel design boards.  I am just not loving it.  So as I was finishing the star blocks and laying out the remainder of the green blocks I had a thought, still no decision tho-  what if I made two quilts out of it?  Here is kind of what the blocks look like separate.  With and without sashing....

star blocks - no sashing

Star blocks and green sashing yellow corner stones.

Star blocks neutral sashing yellow corner stones.

Green blocks neutral sashing - yellow corner stones (more imagination required here.)

Green blocks no sashing.

So I should finish the green blocks some time this week.  Then I will have to make a decision.  I have one small strip of the green fabric I don't know if I would have enough to make any additional blocks.  There are fewer of these than the star blocks so it would be a much smaller quilt.

Sew on...