Aug 12, 2019

Cute & Simple Kids Library Bag

One of my grand daughters needed a piano bag,
and I was happy to make her one :)
Her favorite colors are teal and purple and pink.
I found this beautiful April Rosenthal fabric at one of my favorite quilt shops, Bolts & More in Gilbert, Arizona.

I found a great tutorial at Polkadot Chair.
I added a 2" boxed bottom though, to hold more books.

The inside of the bag is teal, and has 8 values.
Faith, Divine Nature, Individual Worth, Knowledge, 
Choice and Accountability, Good Works, Integrity and Virtue.

Isabel wanted to model the bag, so here she is!

Aug 5, 2019

Vintage Block Along, Shade Tree

This is my Shade Tree block from Lori Holt's Vintage Block Along.
I had a lot of fun choosing the colors.
We could sure use some big, beautiful shade trees 
like this in Arizona!
You can see the tutorial on Lori's blog here.

Jul 29, 2019

Vintage Block Along, Parade block

We have moved and I don't have a sewing room anymore, for 6 more weeks.
We have a very comfortable guest room at our son's home, and are sleeping on air mattresses for another night.
Then our new Queen bed set will arrive for our new guest room at our new house, which we will use for the next six weeks...

It's been a rough week of moving and cleaning and I couldn't stop thinking about Lori's Parade block for the Vintage Block along.
I decided to cut it and sew it!

I borrowed a small spot on the desk, next to our twin computers.

The best of both worlds, sewing and grandchildren :)
Thank goodness for my new Project Wool pressing mat which takes up such a small amount of space and makes my blocks look so flat and wonderful!

Here's my completed block!
The yellow print that I would have liked to have used is packed, so I chose this "happy" orange print to take its place.

I'm looking forward to the next block.
Thanks for following :)

Jul 22, 2019

Farmhouse Lane quilt, under construction

If you have been following along on my blog, you know that we are moving, a half mile down the street, twice!
We are moving in with our son and his family this week.
Our new home build will be finished the middle of September.
We moved to Arizona a year ago, I met my friend Nedra, 
and joined Farm Girl Chicks.
At our Farm Girl Chicks quilt group, we can only work on Lori Holt projects, that's the rule!
I began my work on Farmhouse Lane, the quilt pictured below.

Here's my stack of "welcome" blocks.
I seem to only be able to sew two of these per meeting.
Between sharing time, laughing and lunch, just two blocks :)
Last meeting, I didn't go out for lunch and was able to sew four!

I have 14 blocks made, only 2 more to go.

Before I attended my first Farm Girl Chicks meeting, I cut all of my blocks out and labeled them, clipped them with a clover clip and tucked them into a ziplock bag.
Each clip holds a "welcome" block in one bag and the background squares with another clip in the other bag.
I have two left and plan to finish them tomorrow at my meeting, 
on my birthday :)

Each of these ziplock bags represents a farmhouse.
I've made 5 and have 4 to go.
Unfortunately, the other farmhouses are packed...

Lots of people ask me how long it takes to sew a quilt.
I've never calculated, but I know it takes hundreds of hours!
According to my calculations, if you sew two blocks every two weeks, it will take a year and a half to finish this quilt.
Have a great week :)

Jul 15, 2019

Vintage Block Along, Family Reunion

This was a fun block to make!
I was able to match up the fabrics pretty well, but I had a perfect yellow from bake sale that would have been the best, alas it has already been packed....who knew.....

I'm eagerly anticipating the finish for the quilt.
Are any of you sewing along too?

Jul 8, 2019

Vintage Block Along, Mercantile block

Hi Everyone!
I finished my Mercantile block in the Vintage Block Along 
which can be found here.
I loved the story about this block, you'll have to read about it.
I was able to match up my fabrics to Lori's, except for the gray.
I did use gray, just a different print.
This quilt along is so perfect for me!
We have had so much going on in our lives, we sold our house and have to be out in a few weeks.
We're building our first home, just down the street.
I have a lot of packing to do, so just doing a block here and a block there is perfect for me!

I hope you're enjoying seeing all my blocks.
I know it's a little redundant every week, but I haven't had too much time for sewing lately.
Thanks for following me :)

Jul 1, 2019

Vintage Block Along

Welcome back to my Vintage Block Along!
I think this"4th of July" block is sew beautiful!!!
I would love to make a quilt full of these flag blocks.
I love the script writing white stripes too, very vintage :)

This is the "playing card" block.
It was fun and easy to sew!
Lori's instructions are always the best.

This "Penny Candy" block was great!  
It looks so complicated, but it sure isn't.
I had so much fun choosing all the little l l/2" squares 
from my stash.
Each one is a Lori Holt fabric and there are no repeats, 
except for the background squares.

I'm so anxious to see how this quilt turns out, 
with all the many sizes of blocks.
Lori hasn't told us when the blocks will be completed for the quilt.
I am eagerly anticipating that blog post.
If you want to sew the blocks, you can see the instructions on Lori's blog here.
Just type in Vintage Block Along in the search bar.
See you next time!

Jun 24, 2019

My Fabric Stash

I always wonder what other quilters' fabric stashes look like.
I told you that I was on a fabric fast for most of the year 2018. 
I would like to introduce you to my stash.....

In the photo below, the blue circle is my low volume fabric.
If I have half of a yard or more of fabric, 
I wrap it around a "comic cardboard" and put it on the shelf.
It almost looks like miniature bolts of fabric, much easier to see.
You can see my post on the comic cardboards here.

The green circle is my "prints" fabric, 
that are too busy to be devoted to a particular color.

The yellow circle is my blue fabric, 
 the red circle is my pink fabric,
 and the black circle is my yellow and orange fabric.

This shelf is next to the previous one in the closet.

This part of my stash is more interesting than the previous cupboard.
The green circle is the fabric I like to use for borders or quilt backs.
This fabric is also wrapped around the comic cardboards, but it has to be at least a yard long to be on this shelf.

The fabric within the yellow circles and 
green circle is my Lori Holt fabric!
I'm obviously a big fan of Lori's fabric, 
and everything that she does!
I used to buy every single piece of every line, but I have to be selective now because I just wouldn't have room!
The red circle is my Christmas fabric.

I love decorating this cupboard, I actually have two of them.
All my precious sewing things go in this space.

The blue circle is my Aneela Hooey fabric.
I was really disappointed when she stopped designing, 
I loved her style.
The yellow circles are my Bonnie and Camille fabric.
What quilter doesn't have their fabric? Lol!

The blue circle is my Pam Kitty fabric which I absolutely love!
I wish she was still designing fabric too...
All the other little stacks are fat quarters divided by color....
orange, blue, red, yellow, pink and green.

This is my second cupboard of fabric.
The bolts on the middle shelf are there for looks :)
My daughter and I found them (they were wrapped in plastic from the factory) at a garage sale one day.  
There were five and we split them up.
I have plans for them but just have to get a few quilts quilted.

 The blue circles are Heather Ross and Heather Bailey.
I really love those designers.
I tend to like "little girl" prints, 
maybe that's why I love them so much!
The green circle is a little bit of Amy Sinibaldi.
I love her fabric so much, but I can only buy so much...
as it is, I'm going to die before I have the chance to quilt with all this fabric!
The red circle is fat quarters from Amy Butler and various cute little Japanese prints.

This little drawer is full of miscellaneous printed fat quarters.

This drawer is full of some fat quarter bundles and 
dark colored fat quarters.

This basket is full of low volume fat quarters, and black and whites.

This is some of the first fat quarters I ever bought, 
they're 1930's prints.
I used to go to Material Girls quilts in South Jordan, Utah and visit with Nadine, and choose happy little fat quarters.

I have one more box that I forgot to take a photo of, it's a little larger than a shoe box.
It's full of fat quarters that are little children prints.
That's the end of my Fabric Stash, tell me what you think...
Is mine huge, little or an average size for a quilter/sewer.
Thanks for following me :)

Jun 17, 2019

Vintage Block Along, sparklers

I made Lori's "sparkler" blocks in the Vintage Block Along.
I really think that my favorite part about quilting is 
choosing the fabric.
My fabric stash is pretty large, I look at it and love it, but can't imagine using it in my lifetime, lol!
The year 2018, I went on a fabric fast.
It worked out really well until the fall when I began going to my Farm Girl Chicks group at Quilter's Oasis, a local quilt shop.
I bought some of Lori's latest fabric....
I have a problem....
Anyway, I have been using mostly
Lori Holt fabric for this quilt along.
I try to copy the colors she uses, but maybe not the same print.
This is my version of Lori's "sparkler" blocks.

Next week, I'll give you an inside look at my fabric stash.
It will be more than some and less than others!!!

Jun 9, 2019

Vintage Block Along, continued

I want to update you on my "Vintage Block Along" progress.
You can see my previous post here.
Also, you can see all of Lori Holt's blocks and the fun stories behind each vintage block, on her blog here.
I used fabric designed by Lori, but not necessarily the fabric that she chose for her blocks.
I made these blocks mine my own :)

This is the Front Yard Flower.
It definately looks like a flower, very pretty!
I love those shades of pink :)

This is the Memory block, although I haven't trimmed mine yet.

Here is the Farmer's Daughter, I made four of them :)

This is the Potluck block, measuring 18" square.

 This is the Spools and Bobbins block, 
because it looks like a spool and bobbin!

Lastly, this is the Picnic block.
It's one of my favorites with its bright, vivid colors!

I hope you've enjoyed seeing my blocks.
I can hardly wait to see how Lori puts all these blocks together!
In my experience, we are in for a treat :)

May 27, 2019

Farm Girl Chicks

Remember in the last post, 
I told you that most of my sewing room is packed?
Well I was able to salvage two bins of projects.
The first is the Lori Holt "farmhouse" quilt that I work on at
Farm Girl Chicks, twice a month.
These are some of my chicks!
A couple of years ago, one of the chicks found these recipe book holders at Hobby Lobby.
Everyone ran there to buy their own and use them as pattern book holders.
They say "Farm Fresh" on them :)
(I'm in the back under the silo)

We only work on Lori Holt projects, but we can share any projects we've worked on recently.
Brenda and Susan are showing off their beautiful "Tilda" dolls.

Nedra made this beautiful Elizabeth Hartman quilt called
"Awesome Ocean", from a kit.
I want to make one now!!!

 Nedra also made a "plus" quilt from Cotton and Steel scraps.
I really want to make one like it too!

Nedra didn't have a big enough piece for the back, so she created her own :)
I think it's a great idea and tip!

Look at this beautiful Lella Boutique quilt!

Here's Brenda's Elizabeth Hartman "Penguin Party" quilt.
She backed it in flannel and didn't use any quilt batting.
It is very drapey and snuggly, a great idea!
I love the background too :)

Brenda designed the eyeglasses, so cute!

Nedra finished and sewed together all the blocks for her Lori Holt 
"Spelling Bee" quilt.
I've decided I'm going to make this at Farm Girl Chicks 
when I've finished "Farmhouse".
Nedra used "Blueberry Park" fabric by Karen Lewis, perfect!

This is Nancy, the creator and "heart" of our 
Farm Girl Chicks group.

Nancy made the "Checkerboard" quilt which can be found
in Lori Holt's Scrappy Project Planner.
It's gorgeous, so scrappy!

Here is a photo of my very bare sewing room :(
Yes, my fabric are in the cupboard and on the shelves in the closet, but all of my tools are temporarily packed.
I just need to buy a rotary cutter...
then I might be able to create something...sometime...