Friday, July 25, 2014

The quilts we give

  I am fortunate to be able to give quilts and receive some too.  The doll quilt project, Get Your Mrs. Claus On, is on-going and the small ones keep arriving.  I appreciate all the support and help that comes from individual and groups of quilters that want to share their heart  each year.
 

  Mrs. Claus from Michigan, aka FayeJean, sent two adorable doll quilts.  Faye is a member of the HGTV Message Board that keeps this rolling on.  Mrs. Claus used decorative stitches for the quilting on these.  A clever idea that is really cute.  Thank you, Faye!









      A cute golden checkerboard quilt, and a printed panel  of puppies were sent by Mrs. Claus of NY, Sharon of Vrooman's Quilts.  Sharon has been piecing up a storm this year, and does the most wonderful small quilts---doll quilts are a specialty of hers.  Check out the next 2........












 
  I am so in love with the tiny pinwheels!  You can see that she does not waste a scrap of fabric  She used a soft color palette in this simple design that has that wonderful old quilt feel to it.
  Mrs. Claus loves pink!  She  used leftovers I know for this cute bargello style doll quilt.  Thank you, Sharon, for sharing your talent and such a variety of  doll quilts with us.






    I mentioned that a friend of mine, Suzanne, gave me a little something to quilt for her.  Suzanne is the Upstate Coordinator for Quilts of Valor.....it is her mission in life to wrap every veteran in this area with a quilt.  She had this quilt turned in...basted and ready to quilt....with all that wide open space just waiting to be filled.  :)



I probably went a little over board....but I wanted that beautiful star to jump right out at you.














   The quilts we give cover young and old, warm each heart, and touch each soul.  The quilts we give say things, like we love you, be encouraged, and we thank you for your service.  The quilts we give, whether small or large, may not change the world, but I believe they make a difference in lives that we touch.
  Thank you all.
Happy stitching.  

Friday, July 18, 2014

Bound and determined!

   Bound for a Habitat for Humanity home.......made by a guild member from donated fabrics.  I only did the quilting and binding.  At guild, Susan said they gave 11 quilts in one weekend this month to new home owners.  That means their quilt stash is low.











    Bound for the guild's Auction..... I finished up another cascading watercolor wall hanging  that will be donated for the auction booth at the guild Quilt Show in October. I really like the banner size.  This one is 12" by 36".   I used a swirl quilting instead of the usual meander which I tend to do on these.  Just for a little variety.



   So two are cleared out....and one added.  Susanne said she had a little something for me at guild meeting Monday night.  Her something little was a Quilt of Valor that needs to be quilted.  So since I have nothing else on my plate---ha!----I brought it home.  I will consider it an honor to quilt it so a service man/woman can be "covered".   It is a striking one, and I will be featuring it when quilted.  And I am bumping it to the head of my list....my two can wait a few more days.











  That leaves the design wall project.   I sorted a lot of strips into sets to be sewn....about 20 stacks of those.  Eventually they will be added to these.   My photo just does not capture the glow that is developing here.  The arrangement will change as I progress, as I keep twisting and turning the blocks.  But I am loving it so far.

    I am working on the database/listing of quilts I have here that I will narrow down for the trunk show.  I keep finding ones I over looked/rolled up/stored away/absolutely forgot about!  I realize there is no way to show them in chronological order.  I would be jumping from one focus or influence  to another.  So I think I will figure out 3 main influences to focus on and find quilts to show how I grew in these areas.   Just putting this idea into words helps.....thanks for putting up with that.     So far, I think my break is working.
Happy stitching.  

Saturday, July 12, 2014

Just odds and ends

    I have made a little headway on my to-do list.  The second donation project  is ready for binding  now.  Two quilts are pinned and ready to go.....time to uncover Hot Legs.   Some strips sewn and sub-cuts un-sewn for the Many Trips in florals.  And I discovered the unfinished French Roses blocks......they have been added to my to-do list.  
   And we added a little something to our stable.....Hi-Ho Silver.  Sir Old Man got the one he wanted.  It even has a plug in for the Featherweight.....that's a standing joke around here.  He drives and I can sit in the back and sew. Anyway, we will be ready for the road trip this fall to Michigan.
   On a fun and funny note......do you follow Connie at Free Motion by the River?  If not, hop over there for a sweet story and saga that is going on with her and a pelican.  The story begins around July 5th after the storms.  The young pelican got lost and now considers them family.  She shares some touching photos and funny videos.  It now seems the entire town is following the story.
  Heading to the sewing room for some therapy.....happy stitching.

Saturday, July 5, 2014

Doll quilts, and new wood working item

    Two doll quilts from Mrs. Claus in Ohio arrived this week.



Precious pink bow ties are so cute and cheerful.  They really make this doll quilt sing.
Her second quilt is a cute checkerboard.....so scrappy and filled with great prints.














  Karen is Mrs. Claus in Ohio.  She blogs at K's Quilting Korner.  Stop in and say hello.   Thank you, Karen, for helping with this project and sharing your time and talent.





   Did you notice the new prop in the first photo?  It is made by Sir Old Man....that handy woodworker that hangs around here.
  I have whined about needing a sturdy---safe to sit or stand on---footstool for the sewing room for a few years.   Sir Old Man finally gave in and made one just for the sewing room.....and a spare one for the laundry closet.  Those shelves are too high for me to reach anything stored up there.   The little cut out area makes it easy to grasp and move where you need it. Very handy to have around.
   The pattern is based on one his Dad made about 50 years ago that we have in the kitchen.  Remy knows that is his stool to play with when he visits. He flips it over and piles his toy trucks and cars in it and pushes it around!



  I am going to be taking a summer break.  A hiatus from beginning new projects is overdue.  I want to just concentrate on finishing up what is in the sewing room......I have two throw quilts to pin and quilt, and a stack of strip sets to sew together for the scrappy floral many trips around the world.   Plus, there are 2 donation quilts needing binding and finishing, and a couple of doll quilts I have almost completed.  
  On top of those things, I am putting together/planning a workshop for the fall on the Endless Feathers....and a trunk show.  I need some clear headed time to make some sense out of my variety of quilts and projects to share.

  I may pop in with a small project or item to share.....no plans, but you never know.   I will post any doll quilts that arrive.....look for those posts about once a week or so.  I will still be reading and visiting....I don't want to miss anything!  Anyway, enjoy your summer and happy stitching.

Friday, July 4, 2014

Instead of Fireworks

  Instead of fireworks, we had a power outage.
  4 pm:   A monster storm cell moved through the area with winds and hail.  Power flickered off and then came back on.  About 10 minutes later the flickering started again---off/on, off/on---- and Sir Old Man ran to the breaker box and flipped off all the breakers.
   At 7 pm he hooked up our small generator.  The power company could not find the downed line.  We ate sandwiches and iced tea.
   At 9 pm, the power company estimated a restore at 10 pm.    I pulled out a small fan and we ran another extension cord to it.  I went to bed.
   1 am:  Power restored....disconnect all the extension cords to fan, freezer and refrigerator, light,  and disconnect the generator.  Finally, we got to bed about 2 am.
  Thankfully, it looks like all is fine with no damage to electronics, either.  In the grand scheme of things, we were fortunate.  This was really a blip on the radar....... But a bigger generator is on the next shopping list.  

Friday, June 27, 2014

Let's Book it in June

  End of June and I just got the May project put together.   I added a single strip of floral fabrics to finish it off.....but I am thinking I need one more round before I get it quilted.












 Here is the post where I started this Book It project.  Quite a change from where the idea began!













  I made a start on June's project......it is from my "someday file", just a page torn from a magazine of a few blocks.   So no directions, or pattern available, and that is why it has never made it to the worktable. The caption called it "Many trips", but no other details.    I decided to try a few blocks using the Scrappy Trips  from Bonnie Hunter technique and see what happened   I started with several stratas of floral fabrics arranged dark to light.  These are then sewn into a tube and sub-cut again.  Bonnie has a great tutorial on the technique, so see her tute for details.


   



   Here are seven blocks that I completed so far.  Yes, I know it looks like a watercolor.....what else would you expect?   I am a broken record.
 
   Since I did not get very far this month, expect to see this one again for July.   What's in your "someday file"?

 Linking to Vroomans Quilts for Let's Book It.


  

Sunday, June 22, 2014

New doll quilts arrived

  I'm a couple days late in posting these......so I will start the week off right and show some new doll quilts that arrived.

  Perfectly adorable!  This little doll quilt is from Mrs. Claus in Minnesota,  aka Chanlady 22.   She used Gracie doll fabric and I think it is so charming with the added dark ties.

 















  From Mrs. Claus, who lives in the heart of the USA....that is Oklahoma....comes a wonderful patriotic quilt.  Marion made this one, and she is also a member of the HGTV Message Board.  A few stitches and she turned this panel into a precious doll quilt.












  And then there is the undisputed Mrs. Claus from Texas, aka as Nicki, who heads up this project at the HGTV Message Board.  Without her effort and promotion, we would not be viewing all the great and wonderful talent seen in these small quilts.

  Nicki sent these two jewels to kick off her contribution this year.  I love the bright colors....and I see she has been practicing her free motion quilting!  Go, girl!














   Plus, she sent three more!  She is representing Texas, Indiana, Utah and West Virginia with this assortment
   I instantly fell in love with the fish.....blowing bubbles no less.  Sir Old Man said the rag style quilt was his favorite because he could see a little girl loving the texture of the soft flannels.  I think he has been hanging out with quilters too long.

   Thank you all for your efforts and sharing your talent in this project.








   I will be dormant most of this week......as far as stitching goes anyway.  It is Adventure Week at church, and Sir Old Man is stage manager for the Production Team.  I will be cooking/baking for the workers---after a big trip to the grocery store, and then I am helping prepare a meal for the teens on Thursday.  Just the flip side of this domestic diva....lol.  A vacation will be a return to regular routine/programming.  Till then, happy stitching.  
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