Saturday, October 1, 2011

Conference Prep and Fun Pillows

Made up some conference notebooks for the YW. We are having a conference Jeoprady after conference and I wanted to help prepare them for the fun.
I have made quite a few of these fun and fast pillow tops from Charm packs. This one is for Heidi - she is moving away from sad. But I want to her know she is taking a piece of our heart with her (that is represented by the one bright red square in the pillow but it is also trimmed in red because love never ends it is one of the few things we can take with us where ever we go)

Tuesday, September 20, 2011

Ma Z's Zoo

This is such a fun, dear quilt. The blocks for this were made by my wonderful quilting bee friends. I sent out the torquoise alphabet and animal fabric and requested wonky logs. It is so fun to see all the fun prints and wonkyness that they sent back.

A close up of some of the fun.

Quilted with fun little animals, how many do you see?

Monday, August 15, 2011

Wedded Bliss

I've had quite a few wedding showers to go to lately for special YW in my life.
Here is what I have been making for these sweet girls entering into "Wedded Bliss"
I love this fun pattern using a charm pack. It is called City Windows (I think I found it on Moda Bake shop) I like changing up the backing tho - so I can use the extra charm squares for another quilt instead of using them all from the charm pack for one table topper.

Monday, August 1, 2011


It is finished and quilted!!
Now with the quilting done I have renamed the quilt (thanks to DH suggestion) to BLOCKHEADS! This is quilted with a fun puzzle pattern but it also looks like little heads popping out of the boxes.
This is flannel and backed with a fuzzy back so it is fun to cuddle up with and enjoy. I took it to camp for a great quilt perfect for using in the wild.

Friday, July 1, 2011

Stars & Stripes

Another Finish!!! I made this top quite some time ago but did not get it quilted. It was used for a patriotic party once and got dirty so it had to be washed before it even got quilted but now it is done and useable for REAL!
It feels like a fun patriotic party when we spread this out. I think I would actually enjoy doing another quilt like this but I would keep the woven bands in two different color ways instead of mixing it up like I did. Fortunately this one is mixed up because I totally mixed up a couple of blocks and got their stripes mixed up but you hardly can tell....just try to find my big mistake.
I enjoy backs with a touch of fun and quilting filled with starts. Appropriate for the stars and stripes!

Thursday, May 19, 2011

Dot to Dot

It is blogger's quilt festival again. I love looking at all the great quilts and stories behind them.

Here is mine to share:

When I first started thinking of a quilt for my daughter Michelle, I wanted to do something with Circles kind of a M &M's thing. Just in time, I noticed a fun quilt pattern in my quilting magazine  (I wish I could link to the correct one. Sorry, I tried to find which one it was American Patchwork and Quilting 2009 probably Nov or Dec - at least the last part of the year). It had a circle on every block which was a bit much for my simpler taste but being the "maker" of the quilt, I realized I could change it up any way I wanted. So "Dot to Dot" is my version. Still filled with lots of wonderful dots (I love the dot fabric) and just a smattering of appliqued dots to make it fun!!
I hope they get lots of use and fun out of this Picnic quilt and many, many happy memories.

So what have I learned......
I LOVE dots!!
But I also learned I can venture out and make things my own way.  What I see can inspire me but simplify and or change to suit me!!!

For other great inspirations, stories and wonderful quilts
check them out here!!!

Sunday, May 8, 2011

Vintage Progress

I am starting to get some of my vintage bee blocks.

I think I am really going to love this fun, vintage sheet project.

Now I just have to decide to I sash or not????

Project finished!!!

Yipee, hooray I got a quilt top quilted and bound.
I have had this top waiting since 2009 to get done and I did it!!!

It is called "Mud Block Madness"
Now don't you think all those little blocks are truly madness?

I also got my rail fence flannel plaid one bordered. Now it's ready to quilt as soon as I figure out the backing.

Friday, May 6, 2011

Table Topper - fun gifts.

Recently I made some table toppers for gifts. I really like how they turned out.

Looks like I forgot to take a picture of the one I gave in our RS traveling purse.
So sad :( I guess I will just have to make another one. (Maybe I could keep one for me - it was so cute!!)

Sunday, May 1, 2011

Mud Block Madness

I am trying to get some finishes done and quilted. I realize when I actually counted it that I have over 50 quilt tops in various stages but very few finished and actually done in to a quilt with it's quilting done.
I love how all the colors blend so well yet pop out of the brown background.
If you look closely at the lable you can see that the quilt was prepared in Jan of 2009 but it was finally finished ans quilted in April of 2011.  It is really a needed thing to hunker down and get all the quilting done and finished so we can enjoy and USE these quilts!! It is now all quilted (with a nice meandering stitch), bound and we are now enjoying it!! Yipee!

Friday, April 22, 2011


So I have been hibernating in the blogging world. No I did not disappear from the face of the earth. I just have not been recording what I have been doing. :( No I have not stopped quilting either but true I have not done as much. My life has been really busy with other things but I have still eeked out a few moments for sewing on my quilts.

So I am going to get on the ball and post some of the latest:
(be warned...I probably should have broken this up into many individual posts but I was to anxious and did them all at once, so it is a bit long)

Starting with Ma Z's Zoo! This was a fun one from my online "Sew Kid st Heart 2" quilting bee.

When it was my turn, I sent out some strips of animal and animal alphabet fabric (pictured)
along with one fussy cut animal to my quilting friends and they made me a mod and crazy log cabin quilt using some of their stash. I love the zoo of fun that I ended up with. Can't wait to get this quilted and used.

It is so fun to look at all the fun animals in the zoo!!! I think some grandbaby is going to get lots of fun out of looking for all the wonderful animals!!

Springtime Symphony....this is one I made about a year ago but I finally got it quilted. This is a quilt for Jenelle and her future baby.
There really is quite a story with this quilt. The fabric for the main part was got at two totally different times with no thought of each other. Once at Joann's I could not resist a fat quarter stack of 5 fabrics with no idea of how I would use them - I just loved the colors. Basically the same pattern but in different colors Green, Yellow, Blue, Purple & Red. The fabric with the dots was got from Walmart for another project (the camp "In Tune" bags I made back in 2009) Sometime after making the bags, I noticed that my leftover scraps just matched the colors in my fat quarter packet. Then I got excited because I knew exactly what pattern I wanted to use. It was a booklet I had bought and only had done the table runner from it but when I bought it, the pattern I really wanted to make was "double-time duet". Now was my opportunity!!!
After I got the center part done, I struggled with how to border it - more of the plain white or what? When Aunt J and I were out shopping at 3 Dude's Quilting I bought a charm pack for a new fabric line called "Clementine by Me and My Sister". When I came home I noticed how the flower swatchs were so perfect with the colors from the duet quilt so it was back to the store to get just enough fabric to border the edge of the quilt...perfect. When I went to Jaimes to quilt she had just finished quilting with orange thread - how fun I love how the orange is so perfect and we found a wonderful flower pattern to quilt it with. And the final perfect touch is the purple border that Jenelle chose for the binding!!

Springtime Symphony back (using more of the rainbow fabric from Aunt Janel's wedding.)

Road Trip #1....I got this really fun car fabric and thought of Kathryn's boys and their car bed that needed a great quilt to go with it. This is the first one made (probably for Porter) I still need to add borders and quilt but it is coming.

Road Trip #2....this one is the second using some of the same car fabric line (probably for Mason). While I liked Road trip #1 - I wanted more of a "road" feel, so I decided to do a bargello quilt for the 2nd one. I like it better though I wish I would have continued going up at the end after that first bottom spike, oh well... I LOVE how fast bargello quilts are - so easy, so dramatic and so fun!!!

Last but not least this is another finish. This one is called "Panache in Check". I made this for my display wall to hang because I loved the Moda's fabric line of Panache by Sanae it is so fun fresh and modern but matches all my colors in my house but I could only afford to get one charm pack to enjoy & play with so I added a green check and other stash to make this quilt.
I simply quilted this one with straight lines with my sewing machine - just to get it done!!!