Saturday, March 18, 2017

National Quilting Day 2017

Since today has been designated as National Quilting Day by the National Quilt Association, I thought you’d like to read the 10 Historical Facts About Quilting at the AGF (Art Gallery Fabrics) blog:
Fascinating facts – especially #5 about the earliest known surviving American quilt from 1704.  Imagine something you made lasting 300 years and still admired!  Awesome …
There are also some wonderful free patterns on their site – check out their gallery at:
And, since it’s Sewing Day, I’m working on a Disappearing 9-Patch.  Here’s what I’ve done so far:

Friday, March 17, 2017

Happy St. Patrick's Day!

Hope you find your pot of gold!

The Old Weir Bridge
Killarney, Ireland
Image courtesy

Tuesday, March 14, 2017

Happy Pi Day

Once again, it is Pi Day.

Yep, 3.14 almost rolled right past without me acknowledging it properly.

You, too, can get your T-Shirt at the ilovescience store.

No quilty news today, just dreaming of pie (oops, I mean Pi).
Check out the Nine Kinds of Pie at Philip Nels Blog.

Sunday, March 12, 2017

Sneak Peek Sunday

It’s that time of year again – when I rant about Daylight Savings Time.  The original purpose of DST was to add an hour to standard time to make better use of daylight and conserve energy.

Germany was the first country of the modern era to use DST in 1916 (during WWI) to minimize artificial lighting to save fuel for the war effort.  In the US, President Wilson continued the worldwide trend by signing DST into the law; again, to support the war effort.

But the history and usage of the idea goes back centuries.  Ancient civilizations adjusted their daily schedules to the movements of the Sun.  The Romans used water clocks with different scales for different months of the year.  Now that’s an idea I can get behind – gradual changes per month would be easier for me to adjust to rather than this twice a year disruption!

So now that I have the rant behind me, here’s a sneak peak of the two quilts that I have finished quilting recently:

I have four new pantos from Urban Elementz that I have been auditioning.  The two for today are both designed by Sarah Ann Myers and digitized by Patricia Ritter.  The one on the brown quilt is called Alfalfa.  I like that one a lot.  And the one on the red/green quilt is called Retrographics 2.  I like the design, but I will adjust that one to make it more compact the next time I use it.  I wanted a more open design so my children’s quilts wouldn’t be so stiff, but I think the way I did this one is too open.  It does look good, but there will be another time!  More photos when these get bound …

Tuesday, March 7, 2017

Tuesday Ramblings

Started out this morning doing a load of laundry then dusted furniture all over the house.  Thought about vacuuming but went to sit down until that silly thought passed!  Decided to go upstairs and finish binding this little cutie for Quilts Beyond Borders:

I wanted to try some custom quilting, but have been holding on to this for far too long and decided to go with the meandering just to get it finished and into the hands of a child that needs some comfort.  Done!

Then opened the box of tops from Tammy in TX and paired them up with some potential backings:

These are now wrapped up together and in a stack to be quilted and the brown/gold one on the left is on the frame.  Progress!

Sunday, March 5, 2017

Rainbow Scrappy Day!

And now that we've moved into March, it's time for another color challenge over at SOSCRAPPY and the Rainbow Scrap Challenge.  The color for March is RED!  Here are my red elephants:
Left side of the line

Right side of the line

And here are the Jan and Feb elephants with their new friends:

Did that elephant on the right look a little suspicious to you?  Do you think that maybe the sea green/teal/aqua elephant was messing around with the red elephant?  Or is that too personal to ask?!!

And did those purple dogs from the bottom elephant jump up and walk all over the red elephant in the middle and leave paw prints?  Maybe a surveillance camera in the sewing room is required - LOL ...

Saturday, March 4, 2017

Another Box to Wrap-a-Smile

Finally!  The box is leaving the building.  Finished the bindings on all of the quilts that are going to Wrap-a-Smile.

Moved on to making more colorful Elephants, but photos of that will wait until tomorrow.  Here are the quilts in the box:

Feathers ...

Square Dancing in Space?

Fish, fish and more fish

Musical notes and treble clefs

Got this one at a quilt show for a really low price - sadly, quilters don't often get a return on the value of their labor.  But it makes a welcome addition to the donation box ...

Sunday, February 26, 2017

Sunday Summary

Another week has gone zooming past.  I finished quilting the Quilts of Valor quilt and went to my monthly QOV meeting on Friday. 

Then I went to a class on Saturday to learn how to make a 2-Hour Backpack.  A local quilt shop a little north of me, Scrap & Sew, offered the class.  I am making mine to give to kids in need.

Ha!  There’s no such thing as a 2-hour backpack.  We were instructed to cut out all of the pattern pieces and have them fused to the interfacing before we went to class – that took me an hour and a half on Friday night.  Then the class took three hours and we all took the entire time to make our projects.

this was the class sample

The above pictures are the projects made by two other participants in the class.  Don’t you love their fabric choices?

And this is mine.  I LOVE IT !!

I will be making more of these – it was great fun once you understood the pattern (parts of it were not clear/instructions not included but the picture was there/conflicting instructions, etc).  Good thing the instructor had made a sample because we referred to it often, but the process will go more quickly the next time.

Wednesday, February 22, 2017

What's Up Wednesday

This is Local Community Service week here at the homefront.  I have been busy quilting for the two local groups that I support - Project Linus and Quilts of Valor (QOV).

These are the two that I quilted for Project Linus:

Panto is I Love It by Anne Bright

Panto is Stardust by Patricia Ritter

I don't make these tops, nor do I bind them - I'm just the quilter!

And sometimes the tops I receive need a little TLC.  This is the top I received to quilt for QOV:

Do you see the minor boo-boo in the upper right corner where the stripe isn't going straight?  Since this was an easy fix, I saw no reason not to go ahead and make the adjustment.

And, Voila!  The top looks better and worthy of a Veteran.

And it is now on the frame to be turned in at the local group meeting this Friday:
Panto is Stardust again - by Patricia Ritter
So, that's What's Up ...

Sunday, February 19, 2017

Sunday Summary

An on-line friend and I had an email discussion about borders of quilt tops - especially borders that are wavy and ripple and really don't fit properly on the quilt and cause untold angst when trying to longarm quilt that top!

I pulled out a v-e-r-y old quilt top that I had made and laid aside for many years.  And lo and behold, there was an improperly applied border.  I must have learned a lot since the 1990s - lol.  But did I unstitch the border and apply it correctly?  No, I did not.  I receive quite a few quilt tops to quilt for donations to various groups and I decided to practice on my very own *mistake* in case I encounter another in the near future.

So, this is a part of the rippled border - see that waviness?

I just decided to quilt the entire top with a denser pattern than I usually use and expected that to flatten down the border.  This is the result - it worked pretty well:

I think the feathers (Feather Elegance by Christy Dillon) look pretty good on this relatively plain quilt:

Lyn Durbin's YouTube video was the first one I had ever seen where it showed how to quilt and work in excessive fullness and waviness of borders - this is almost magic!  Link:

So, this Bars and Strips quilt is on the pile that need bindings (only two left now!).  It will go in the box to Wrap-a-Smile.

And I finished quilting a little Duckie panel, but I didn't get a full photo of it yet.  It will have to wait for its binding until the other box goes out the door - this one is destined for Quilts Beyond Borders.  Here's a sneak preview: