Friday, September 12, 2014

Can't come up with a good title

The soccer quilt was a success. I got this picture from the recipient's mom.

It really was a fun quilt to make.

I joined an online swap this summer to make Swoon blocks.  In my typical fashion, I waited until the very last minute to get everything done.  Thankfully the due date got pushed from 9/1 to 9/15.  Mine were put in the mail on 9/9.  Those blocks were fun but fussy.  Finally figured out a good way for me to get them together and ran with it.

In looking at the picture I do see an issue with one of the blocks in the 3rd row.  I didn't see it when I was making the block or before I put all the blocks in the mail.  I guess the recipient can put it on the back of her quilt.  All I can say is crap, I wish I would have caught that before hitting the post office.  I do have fabric left over, so maybe I can get another block done and in the mail directly to the recipient.

This weekend I will be working on t-shirt quilts again.  I've got to get them out of my house. 

Have a great weekend!!!

Monday, August 18, 2014

Two for the Mail

I will be heading to the post office today to send 2 finished quilts on their way.

The first is a World Cup Soccer Quilt.  This one was so fun to make.  After panicking about the fabric (slick and slippery), I settled down and started stitching.  I love how this turned out.  The center is a big flag and the flag strips are from 2 sets of pennants that were shipped from Brazil.  This quilt is going to live on a big soccer fan's bed.

World Cup Quilt

World Cup Quilt

The second quilt is a t-shirt quilt made out of shirts collected from vacations.  I get tired of doing the same type of t-shirt quilts, so I mixed this one up a little by doing snowballs.  I think it turned out really nice.

Vacation T-Shirt Quilt

Next up on my to-do list is a t-shirt quilt that will be made for my the wife of my friend that passed in June.

Happy Stitching!

Tuesday, July 29, 2014

Wedding Pictures

I'm back.  This weekend was my niece's wedding and we made a trip down to Texas.  It was funny because my SIL informed me that the blog hadn't been updated in a while.  (Yes Les, I'm updating).

It's not quilting but still fun to share.  This is the wedding picture I made for the Bride and Groom.  It's a Kreations by Kara design.  I love her embroidery designs.

Close up #machineembroidery #kreationsbykara

Wedding gift. #machineembroidery #kreationsbykara

My neighbor down the street had a wedding in her family so I made some announcements/samplers for that.


Another Kreations by Kara design.
More wedding. #machineembroidery #kreationsbykara

Happy Stitching.  More quilts to follow.

Wednesday, April 9, 2014

Dr. Seuss

This defnitely will not be the last Dr. Seuss quilt you see out of me.  I think I might have a problem with Dr. Seuss fabric.  I bought enough to make about 5 quilts.

The pattern is Swirly Girl Designs Perfect 10.  I can't believe how quickly it went together.  Yes, I will be using this pattern multiple times.

Dr. Seuss Perfect 10 Quilt

Dr. Seuss Quilt

Thanks for stopping by!!!  I'm off to quilt retreat this weekend, so I will hopefully have a bunch to show next week.

Tuesday, April 8, 2014

Another Finish

Yeah, another finished quilt.  I think this one is one of my favorites and will definitely be a go to pattern.

So it all started by seeing the cover photo on this blog:  Confessions of a Fabric Addict
I was continually drawn to the quilt at the top of the page made out of Hawaiian fabric.  So I searched through the blog to find a link to the pattern.

I found the link on Shiner's View blog and I knew I had to use that pattern.  Like I said, it is definitely a new favorite.  Very easy to put together.  It's great to showcase theme fabric.  In my case, material that depicts camping.  I'm not a camper, but if I could camp in one of the cool campers on the fabric, I think I could be convinced.

I used a pantograph from Willow Leaf Studio called Blowin' Wind

Camping Quilt

Camping Quilt

Camping Quilt

I'm already planning to make another quilt out of Dr. Seuss fabric using this pattern.

Thanks for stopping by.

Monday, March 24, 2014

Ice Dyeing

This weekend I decided to try some ice dyeing.  My daughter had a friend over so I thought that might be a fun project for 2 10 year olds.  I got some white pillowcases at my local Wal-Mart and we went to town.

Ice Dyeing
We did 4 containers, but I only got 2 in the picture.

I washed the pillowcases and asked the girls if they wanted their names embroidered.  The answer was yes.  The look is similar if not the same as parfait snow dyeing.  Definitely think we will try it again with smaller cubes of ice.  Maybe I can hit up the ice machine at work on a Friday night before I leave.  I might even try to sweet talk someone that works at Sonic to see if I can get some of their ice.   I call it "turd ice" because the cubes are really small.  Not crushed, but small.  I think the dye might spread better.  Also a warmer day would probably be better.
Ice Dyed Pillowcase

The colors appear very dark, but they weren't. Kaylin used Bubble Gum and Raspberry to dye her pillowcase. I really wish the colors showed up better.
Ice Dyed Pillowcase

I still need to get a picture of the Brilliant Blue and Avacado pillowcase that we made for my husband.  I think I might embroider something sweet and sappy on his.

Thanks for stopping by!

Friday, March 21, 2014

What? Another Post....

When it rains it pours.  I finally have some finished projects to share.

This is a quilt that I started a good 6 years ago.  We moved into a new house and the munchkin was 4.  Her favorite color was purple.  I thought the material would make such an awesome quilt for her new big girl room.

Well, as intentions go with me, I didn't even come close to getting it done.  She is now 10 and moved to blue as her favorite color.  Everything must related to horses and if it doesn't, she really isn't interested.  Someone will get a nice purple quilt someday that has matching pillowcases and a wall hanging to go with it.  Oh well.

Jungle Quilt



Have a great day!!!!

Thursday, March 20, 2014

Soccer Quilt

This quilt is definitely a utility quilt.  I made it to take to soccer games to keep warm.  The wind just whips across the fields and it can be pretty miserable sitting outside watching and cheering.  Last year we had an freak April snowstorm that the kids played through.  Now that was miserable.

The one funny story to tell is that the munchkin knew I made a quilt to take with me to soccer.  It has been continually referred to as the soccer quilt.  When I was walking back to the car with her she finally asked why there wasn't anything soccer on the quilt when I keep referring to it as the soccer quilt.  No soccer balls, no team name, no green, no Shamrocks.  She was definitely confused.

The front is made out of bandannas that I picked up at Walmart.  I loved the colors and was trying to figure out something fun to use them for.
Bandanna Quilt

The back is more bandannas and denim.  The batting is wool, which is amazingly warm.
Bandanna Back

I managed to spill coffee on this beauty the first time I used it.  It will have to wait until the end of the season to be washed.  Maybe that's the good luck the team needs.

Thanks for stopping by!!!

Wednesday, March 19, 2014


I mentioned previously that I got sucked into the economy block along.  I call it square in a square.  Well, I finally got it all finished up and quilted.  I believe I will be keeping this one for myself.  I might even have to make another once I got some other projects finished.

My munchkin went with me to the school to help with pictures.  It was windy and I didn't think I could do it all on my own.

Economy Block

I used the Baptist Fan design to quilt it.  I like how it turned out and it wasn't nearly as hard as I thought it would be.

Economy Block

Have a great day!!!

Tuesday, March 18, 2014

Auction Quilt

Picture of the winner of the auction quilt.  It's my best friend's husband.  I think he's pretty excited.  The quilt is being gifted to his sister.  Couldn't have worked out better.  He got a deal at $135.

Yeah Randy won my auction quilt. Good to know it's staying with a friend


Sunday, March 9, 2014

Email with Pictures

Yesterday I got an email with a picture attached.

The fun thing about the picture is that it's a t-shirt quilt I made for a active miltary service person.  His mom sent me a box of shirts and I put them all together and returned the finished product.

It's fun to see the quilt with it's recipient.

Military T-Shirt Quilt
Michael, David, Chris (father and son), Derrick and Stephen

David just returned from Afghanastan and Chris left for a tour in January.


Wednesday, February 26, 2014

Auction Quilt

I finished another quilt.  This one is going to be auctioned for charity in Illinois.  I can't wait to hear how much it brings in.

I made this quilt before in king size for my bed.  The pattern is very easy and it works great with fat quarters and scraps.

Added a little color to the back.  It's also my cheater way of lengthen the fabric so I didn't have to buy more.
Hearts - Back

I did a large stipple in the border and then smaller stipple around the hearts.  I didn't do anything with the hearts, but the stippling makes them pop up.

Thanks for stopping by.  Have a CREATIVE day.

Tuesday, February 18, 2014

Quilted for Another

I had a lady drop off a quilt top and back last Wednesday and was in a rush to get it quilted.  I think the baby it was for came much sooner than planned.  Anyhow, I had some time so it wasn't a problem to put it right on the machine.  The quilt is far to cute not to share.  The light in the girl cave isn't the best, but you get the idea.  It's 5" charm squares with the appliqued flowers.  The pink was VERY BRIGHT and cheerful.  It was hard to hand it back.  I quilted it with pink thread on the front and gray on the back using Frisky Feathers from Lorien.

Flower Quilt

Flowers up close

Have a great day!!!

Friday, January 31, 2014

Everybody's Doing It

Economy Block Along a.k.a Square in a Square

Last year on the interwebs there was a Scrappy Quilt-a-Long that offered up some really cool quilt tops.

This year on the interwebs is the Economy Block Quilt-a-Long.  You can read more about it here.  I've been looking at pictures on Instagram and Flickr.  Needless to say I've totally gotten sucked in.

The thing is though, I don't have a love for triangles.  I know I should because they are all the rage, but they just really frustrate me.  Then I remembered that I bought a bunch of Square in a Square stuff at a guild meeting about 3 years ago and have done absolutely nothing with any of it.  So I pulled out my new ruler and books and got busy.

I'm definitely going scrappy and am just pulling fabric from the shelf.  What ever I grab is what goes into this creation.  My center blocks are from Block Party Studios and they are blocks about Quilters and Quilting.


I've managed to finish 12 blocks.  There are about 30 more sitting next to my sewing machine ready to go. Tomorrow night will be spent in the girl cave enjoying some sewing time.

I have been spending some time with the embroidery machine making blocks and blocks and more blocks.  I've bought so many designs, I don't know that I'm ever going to use them all.  After making these blocks, I have all sorts of ideas floating around in my head.

Thanks for stopping by.

Thursday, January 30, 2014

January 30th...really???

Seriously where did the month go?  It can't be the end of January already, can it???

I did manage to finish 2 quilts this month.  The first is a t-shirt quilt that's already gone to it's home and is for a boy who is graduating in May.

This was my inspiration -


This was my interpretation -

BVNW T-shirts

All of the t-shirts were about 15x15 so that's what I cut all of the big blocks.  I only had a few small blocks to mix in, thus the reason for only 2 skinny rows.

I like how the top turned out.  Definitely will give it a try again.

The pictures of the 2nd quilt are out of focus, so I will try again tomorrow.