Mar 29, 2021

A Quilting Life, block of the month

There are quite a few blogs that I like to follow, and one of them is 

A Quilting Life by Sherri McConnell.  I feel like I know Sherri personally, she is so warm and friendly.  I love to watch her YouTube videos with her daughter Chelsi.  I think my daughter and I could be a designing duo like them :)  I decided to join along on Sherri's block of the month which you can find on her blog, here.

This is Sherri's January block, it's very simple but still interesting. I was going through my stash and found this cute fabric and decided to put it in the center of my churn dash block.  Now it has a vintage look.

This is the March block, and I stayed with the cool pastel palette, and vintage strawberries in the center.

This is the February block, a little more time intensive but not difficult because it's all half square triangles.  Even though the light doesn't show it, the background is the same as the other two blocks.

 This is such an easy block of the month because there is only one block a month, really easy to keep up with.  Also, if I've inspired you to follow along, it's certainly not too late.  I'm pretty sure that Sherri posts the new "free" block the first Thursday of every month.

I was in a virtual quilting bee with Sherri called 

"The Bees Knees a Quilting bee".

Her block of the month quilt was so cute last year, that I made sure and joined this year.  You don't even have to join, just make the blocks :)

Mar 22, 2021

Fresh Cut Pines quilt

 This is a quilt that I began in 2018.  It was a really fun one to make, and it's been hanging in my closet ready to be quilted.  

Here's the link to my former post that gives you all the details.

I've got the top all pinned, that takes a while and is an exercise in agility!

Here's the quit, all machine quilted and bound :)

The back is a green on green pine floral, I think it matches really well!

Here's a close up with better lighting.  I did a swirl motif and kept them fairly large, so it didn't take as long.

I even added the label :) This makes quilt #13 to my grandchildren pile.

Mar 15, 2021

Bunny Coaster

I saw the cutest coaster bunnies on Instagram.  Lisa Cox from aspoonfulsugar designed the pattern along with so many other cute little things!  My friend said that her photos are eye candy ❤️ My friend gifted me with a cute yellow bunny and I absolutely loved it!  I just couldn't resist buying Lisa's pattern, it was only $6 on her Etsy shop. I have been wondering what little gift I could give my 14 adorable grandchildren, and this seemed like the perfect thing!

 I made each of my grandchildren a cute little bunny coaster in their favorite color.  

I made a trip to Hobby Lobby and found these glass egg cups which I thought were perfect!  I will package these little bunnies and chicks up with a pack of tic tacs and make it really pretty with some Easter grass and a ribbon bow.

I had a difficult time deciding which egg cups looked best on what color coaster.

       .          I think that contrasting is better than matching.

The red bunny even has a little bunny piece of fabric.

I love this pink one with the strawberries and matryoshka dolls.  
I would love to keep it for myself :)

The color combinations are endless. 
The chicks are pretty cheap, they just add an extra "ta da"!
Get it, the chicks are cheap, cheap, cheap ­čśé

I really like the orange one too!

It's funny how bunnies like to multiply!

I even made a black bunny with a mustache in one of the squares, for my oldest and almost 16 year old grandson.  He is the sweetest guy ever, so he will politely thank me and probably use it on his bedside stand.  I also bought him a tie :)

I will probably make some more bunnies, but first I have to finish machine quilting a quilt and then I need to make a couple of doll dresses.

Thanks for reading and have a great week!

Mar 7, 2021

Rosemary quilt

 My friend Nedra and I try to get together once a week to sew. We decided to make the "Rosemary" quilt together, it's from the book "The Seedlings Quilt" by Jodi Godfrey.  We loved this quilt because it shows off big prints that you really don't want to cut up.  Here is the photo of the Rosemary quilt in the book. 

There are some paper pieced blocks in the quilt.  I added an extra row of blocks along the side and the bottom to make the quilt a little larger.  There would normally be 8 paper pieced blocks, and I added two more.  I've never paper pieced these shapes before, and really enjoyed it.  I bought the pieces from an online shop called Paper Pieces.

Here is my finished quilt top.  I used mostly Heather Bailey fabrics that I had been stashing for years.  Fresh Cut and Nicey Jane, and two Amy Butler prints which pair perfectly with Heather Bailey.
At first I thought the colors might be too soft, but I love how it turned out! Pinks, greens, yellows and blues, with a few pops of light red.
I'm going to try to machine quilt it this week.

This is Nedra's quilt, isn't it gorgeous!  She used  Charlie Harper prints, except for some of the paper piecing.  I really love the color scheme.  Maybe we've inspired you to check out this quilt pattern?