Friday, July 25, 2014

Where has the summer gone?

It seems like it was just yesterday that I was getting ready to go camping.
That was at the beginning of June and here it is the end of July. July was filled with company and grandkids. I did manage to fit in a little quilting and we did a little quilting while company was here.



These are blocks for the family quilt group. D2 did the first two blocks D1inlaw did the 3rd one and I did the last one. Forgot to take pictures of the ones that D1 did.

We did a lot of swimming, crafts and watching movies while the kids were here. In the first picture the five were here for a week and they cleaned up nicely to go to church. Even held semi still to take a picture.

We went to the surf n slide and the kids loved the lazy river.
 They were glued to a movie, you would think that they would sit to watch but I am not sure some of them can sit that long. See the tye dyed shirts, they had a blast doing them and us adults had colored hands for a few days. such a busy couple of weeks but it was fun to have them around and hopefully they enjoyed their stay at grandmas. Would have been more enjoyable if it hadn't ended up being the hotest week of the summer. So much for family fun, till next summer, school starts soon for some of them.


Monday, June 30, 2014

Disappearing Hour Glass

Barb over a bejeweled just had to show off her block, so I guess I will show what we did. This is what my daughter and I did over the weekend. We watched the tutorial from Missouri Star Quilt Co and daughter #4 got the bug so we used a layer cake Pheasant Hill by Kansas Troubles Quilters from Moda.
 The above is the stack of hour glass blocks and below is the stack of finished blocks, Bet you cant guess which is larger? Daughter #4 said if I did 7 a night I could get it finished by the weekend. Of course she went home and left them for me to do. She is planning on doing a red white and blue one.
These are great fun and relatively easy. To enjoy the tutorial click on Missouri above. Just squeeze it in between working all day and yard work in the evening. You know you want to besides it is to hot to sleep but not to sew.

Sunday, June 22, 2014

Graduation Quilts

I'm finally getting around to posting graduation quilts. Two nieces and one nephew graduated from high school this year. I have pictures of two of the quilts and the other got away without a picture (sorry).

As you can see this one is very scrappy--- I made some of the blocks with scraps from one line and then needed more so I added anther line of fabric scarps. Originally it was just for fun but when I didn't get the graduation quilt that I had intended done this one fit the bill. The picture is kind of dark-- it is a very bright quilt.



This is the only picture I got of this one which will have to do. I really love this one because of the colors. The rich purple is one of my favorites, making this quilt hard to give away.
 
I was thrilled that they all liked their quilts. I regret my lack of enthusiasm as a kid for homemade anything. I always wanted something store bought. Now I love getting homemade-- so much time and love spent that makes them extra special and they are not cheap :) Thanks Mom for quilting them for me! Wish I could've talked you into the binding. :)
 
 

Sunday, June 1, 2014

Farmers Market


Youngest daughter and I had a booth at the farmers market in Dayton, WA. Sitting in the shade of beautiful old trees in the little plaza paved with red brick lined with benches all around and the old train station turned museum opposite of where we sat. Lovely lovely day, a reminder of days gone by. It was a little windy but a very nice day. Dayton is such a nice little town and the people are friendly. There will be a car show on Fathers Day weekend that should be fun for the whole family.

 
After the farmers market the grandkids and I went to the school and flew kites and wouldn't you know it the wind decided to die down while we were there so after about an hour we had to give it up but I think the kids had a blast anyway. They played with their kites all afternoon in their own yard. Nothing says summer like farmers market and flying kites with kids and of course watermelon. Don't you just love it.

Sunday, May 18, 2014

Giveaway Winner

Yes we have a winner.....OH WAIT..... maybe not one but ...... 11. I just couldn't pick one so check you email and you may have a surprise in your in box, a pdf file of the pattern. Thank you to everyone who participated. I loved your comments.

Below is last months family block you can find the instructions Bee in My Bonnet.
She has a great tutorial the 6 inch block on the side is different on all the barns. So cute.
 
This is a project my youngest daughter and I did for a friend having a baby. A quilt and a bag to match. My daughter pieced the cute quilt and I did the quilting and the bag. Such a fun project and the young mother loved it.

Saturday, May 10, 2014

New Pattern Giveaway

Oklahoma Twister Pattern

I designed this pattern a  few years ago and I made the one I showed on the last blog. I gave the pattern to a friend and her mother made the one above and I think they liked it so much that they have made like 3 more. It is such a simple each quilt and fun to do. I really didn't think that it was a fancy enough quilt to sell the pattern. But, Sew Cal Gal recommended that I do the pattern up and sell it so I am launching the pattern today with a giveaway. Its Mothers Day tomorrow and what better way to celebrate than a giveaway.;) You can also buy it from Inchwormfabrics.com .

Just leave a comment about what style of quilting you like most.

I know I prefer piecing. I never seem to get my applique to look very professional (my OCD shows through, if it isn't perfect it is awful) and I don't even want to go there.  Paper piecing puts me in a foul mood (trust me, you don't want to be around) because I skimp to much on the fabric (really hate to waste good fabric) and end up having to take it out again and again. I love piecing, when the corners and points turn out nice it makes it worth all the effort. You know the feeling when every thing comes together.....yes it is a good feeling.

Tell your friends, the more people the merrier and I may give away more than one pattern. Barb over at Bejeweled Quilts is also giving away a copy of this pattern.....OOPS almost forgot to tell you when I am choosing a winner. How about next Saturday? I seem to get to busy during the week, I still have to go to work  everyday and it is garden season again. Have a great weekend and a HAPPY MOTHERS DAY.

Monday, May 5, 2014

Oklahoma twister

I have seen a few on the internet recently and I should probably finish this one.