Feb 18, 2024

 I'm teaching my grand daughter Kylie, who just turned 11 years old, to make a quilt.  I felt that she is old enough to use the rotary cutter ­čśę and she's very careful :). Kylie chose squares from my large stash of 7" squares. Then she cut strips from white fabric and subcut them to the correct size.  it took one and a half sittings to cut all the background pieces.  She thought the cutting was very boring and wanted to get to the sewing! She chain pieced and really liked it!



Kylie chose the quilt "Framed" from the book Simply Retro by Camille Roskelley.

Meanwhile, Kylie's sister Izzy was supposed to be finishing up her embroidered butterfly.  This girl really loves color and really really loves puzzles!  She became entranced in sorting my notions into color order.


This is what she did....



I can't bear to use either one, for fear of messing up her neatness!

I hope we can get together this week, it's so much fun having them over :)


Feb 4, 2024

Stronger Together

 

I'm sewing along with Fat Quarter Shop.  In recognition of Black History month, Fat Quarter Shop asks a designer to come up with a quilt design.  This year the quilt honors little Ruby Bridges, who at 6 years old, walked through a mob of people to go to school.  I gave my daughter a children's book years ago, about Ruby Bridges.  I have loved Ruby Bridges ever since!

I'm making the quilt from Art Gallery fabric, Flower Bloom.  It looks 60's style and has a little girl theme.

This is the block for week 1, a square in a square. It shows the whole line of fabric, which I really love! I will be posting a new block every Thursday on Instagram and Facebook, so stay tuned.


This is what the quilt looks like, it's just 48 X 48.

I'm also making a heart pouch for every grandchild, for Valentine's.

These pouches are very easy and addicting to make!  They are by Center Street quilts on Etsy. I love the bright orange heart charm :)



I only need to make 3 more, maybe 4 or 5.  I like to have some on hand in case I need a gift for someone special.

Thanks for following along, I'll see you next week ❤️

Jan 28, 2024

Checkerboard Quilt

 I finished a quilt!  I've only worked on it at my Farm Girls quilt group because it's a Lori Holt quilt and that's what we work on in that quilt group. I think I've been working on it for a year!


This quilt is called Checkerboard and is made entirely out of scraps! 

1 1/2" and 2 1/2" scraps.  It didn't even make a dent! The border is leftover border fabric from another quilt I made a while back. 

This pattern can be found in Lori Holt's book, "The Scrappy Project Planner."  There's a section in the back with quilt patterns.


Here are some closeups of my quilt, you may see some fabric that you have in your stash! Sometimes I like to see scrappy up close :)








I even kept a quilt journal for two of my quilts.  I love what I did, too bad I didn't do that for ALL of my quilts!



Hopefully I've inspired you to make a scrap quilt and journal your finished quilts :)

See you all next week ❤️

Jan 21, 2024

Burrito Pillow case and the Crowley Pouch

 My daughter has 3 Dalmatian dogs and one little chihuahua. I usually have a mental note to look for fabric with these dogs on them. I've never had any luck until this last week when I went to Road to California. There was the most beautiful Dalmatian fabric I've ever seen so I bought a yard! I was going to make a pillowcase and wanted a little extra.  With the leftover, I was able to make a medium size Crosley pouch by Center Street quilts, with a little toadstool zipper pull. ❤️


I thought it was incredible that the Dalmation's body matched up on the front of the pouch!


Here's the pillowcase also. I thought that spotted fabric was perfect!
The pillowcase is a burrito style, almost magic the way it goes together and it's sewn with French seams too!
This is the best tutorial I've seen anywhere, for the pillowcase.


I went to Road to California for a quick trip, it's only a 5 l/2 hour car ride. Went with three friends and we had such a fun time together. We went to a lot of cute quilt shops too, bonus!

We bought these shirts for a retreat last year, it's fun to wear them when we get together for a quilt related event :)


I tried on a quilted coat. I thought it was really pretty, but would like a coat with a little more shape to it.

So, so many cool things to look at, and the quilts and the fabric!!!

This is Latifah Safari, she has her own quilt company.  I've loved the fabric she designs.

This is Edyta Sitar from Laundry Basket quilts.  She had a lot of quilts in the quilt show in the exhibition room.


My favorite find at the quilt show, was Kristen Baluch of Little House Cottons.  She designed this fabric, it was the cutest I've ever seen!  I wish I could have bought everything! She designs her own fabric and produces it herself!  She has an organic cotton farm in India.  Kristen is also a storywriter and illustrator. Check her out!


That was a pretty action packed week!  Thanks for following and I'll see you next week ❤️


Jan 14, 2024

Lucky Cuff quilt

This "Lucky Cuff" quilt was a block of the month sew along for our Phoenix Modern Quilt Guild.

I didn't like it that much at first, but it grew on me! I bought the Kona solid, it's called Stone and the rest of the fabrics are by Lori Holt.  For the back of the quilt, I would like to piece it from the large pieces I have, of Lori Holt fabrics. 


I think quilts are beautiful before they're quilted, with the light shining from the back. They look like stained glass.


This is my friend Nedra's quilt, I really love the colors.


This is a quilt I found online.  It looks so different with the dark background, and bright colors.


I found this photo online too, it might be by the designer.


I wish I had photos of the other 13 quilts at our guild, each one was so unique.  One person even used scraps of the same color in each of her rows. People are so creative!

Jan 7, 2024

Ebenezer Ornament series

 Hi Everyone, I hope you're all doing well!

Today, I'm going to show you something I've been working on for a few years.

This is Scrooge, from mmm crafts.  It's a Christmas tree ornament, standing about 5-6" tall and made of wool felt. This is Marissa's blog, she designs so many beautiful Christmas series ornaments.

As you can see, I made Scrooge in 2022, but finished him at the end of 2023.

https://mmmcrafts.blogspot.com/



This is Mr. Marley, I made him first in 2021.

I don't know why, but the year didn't show up very well on his back. 

Notice his cute ponytail?



Next, I'm going to work on the ghost of Christmas Present. After that, there's the ghost of Christmas Past and the Ghost of Christmas Future which is still in the works.  I follow mmmcrafts on Instagram, and I saw that she even designed Scrooge's tombstone!  So cute!!!

There are the 12 Days of Christmas and the Night Before Christmas.

You'll have to look at her blog, or follow her on Instagram or Facebook.

Have a great week!





Dec 30, 2023

Blooming Bunch block of the month

 Happy New Year! I hope you've all got some plans for this next year. Organizing, reading, sewing, trying new recipes. Yes, I want to try some new things in all of these areas.

I haven't posted in a while because I haven't been working on any sewing projects. I've just been busy enjoying all the holiday activities.

My Farm Girl quilt group loves and only works on anything Lori Holt.  We usually meet the second and fourth Monday of the month at Quilter's Oasis, a very nice quilt shop in Mesa, Arizona.

We are doing three blocks a month from Lori's books.  Each month, we make a 12" and two 6" blocks of flowers that our "mother hen" chooses.  When the year is over, we put the blocks together however we want and have a huge trunk show!  It's always so much fun and includes lots of laughter and good food.

Here are the blocks I've made so far, I'm using Ruby Star Society fabric and my background is a silvery Christmas print by Gingeber.

As you can see, we have already been doing this for 5 months.


For Christmas my son and his family gave me a nice tripod with a light ring which will brighten my photos when I use my iPhone to take quilt photos.  No shadows anymore! ­čĹŹ­čĆ╗ I used the tripod and ring for this photo and the colors are pretty true.

Our next farm girl meeting in January, will be a retreat.  It will be a whole day and evening of sewing, eating and laughing, lol!

I'll show you my progress with this "Blooming Bunch" block of the month as time goes on.

Thanks for following me!