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 .

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.

Monday, April 14, 2014

Oversized Star Baby Blankets

Since these turned out so fun, I thought I would share.

Now, I know most of you have probably already seen these, but I somehow just managed to run across a tutorial by Palak over at Make It Handmade for these Big Star Baby Blankets that she wrote up last year...

And since I have been on a baby quilt kick(yes it is all about instant gratification right now...) I had to try it. Let's just say that they were super fast, and fun to make. My friend and I whipped the two tops pictured above up in about 40 minutes or so. (Probably would have taken us less time...but we like to chat.) And I know they aren't finished yet, but I am working up the courage to try and quilt them on my sewing machine. A first if it doesn't go well, my favorite quilter might find them in the mail.

Also, the whole oversized quilt block bug has bitten....I am currently digging up my favorite block patterns to scale up so I can make some more of these quick baby quilts in a few different designs. Yes, I might have a was a big bug!!!