Sunday, March 24, 2019

Crazy March

Snow and more snow. Now it is melting and there is mud and more mud. Last week there was an awesome moon. It was huge and was in the western sky while the sun was in the eastern sky.  If you look in the photo on the right above the trees you can see the moon. I took the shot about 7:30 am. The one on the right was taken about 6:30 am.

It doesn't seem like I get much done after putting 8 hours at work and driving 2 hours each day but when I look back at the things I have done the last few weeks, I feel like I have accomplished a little. ( I did take some time to read a few books and do a little cooking and cleaning.) Here are a few things I have worked on this month.

I quilted the monkey wrench quilt for my daughter. It feels good to get another quilt out of my UFO bin. The pink one on the right was a quilt that someone at church put together and I quilted it, so that it can be given to someone in need. It is interesting that this simple quilt has a lot of charm and hopefully will bring joy to someone.

 The two blocks are for my participation in a Quilting Life's 2019 half square triangle block of the month. I don't usually do block of the month quilts because I usually never have time to work on them. But I did like she suggested and made my 1/2 square triangles ahead of time and then I just set them together how she suggests for the month. I am actually keeping up with the blocks.YEA!!

I hope you have done a few fun things this month and remember every little bit counts no matter how much time you have to create.

Saturday, March 2, 2019

New Batiks for March

March has come in like a Lion

 Lets hope is goes out like a lamb. But since I am house bound, with nothing but time. Perfect for sewing and staying warm.
 Just in are these lovely Java Batik Fat Quarter Bundles for $25. 
I have a few projects that I am working on, I showed you my village in the previous post. I am also doing a half square triangle block of the month challenge with I am using Vintage Keepsake from Riley Blake for my Project. Such beautiful fabrics.

These are my 3 January blocks. I love how they are turning out. Reminds me of days gone by and the slower pace that life seemed to have. The colors are so calming and yet give the feel of fresh ironed linens.

 Below are my two February Block. They have been so much fun to make. I took a six inch square of white and one of the Vintage Keepsake fabric. Sewed all the way around the outside and then cut on the diagonal both ways. Then I squared the half square units up, ironed them and I did it for each piece in the bundle so that I have a whole pile of half square triangle units. Then when the new blocks come out all I have to do is sew them into the larger block. Doesn't take long at all.

In April I have something fun worked up for Asian fabric, my sister Barb at Bejeweled Quilts is making one also and my daughter is making the cutest mug rugs for April, so stay tuned, you are not going to want to miss the fun.

Remember the mug rug for March is the blue Anvil and if you leave a comment I will pick a winner for a blue charm pack and the Mug Rug.

Thanks for stopping by,

Sunday, February 24, 2019

Blue is the color for March

Book Review

Patches of Blue: 17 Patterns and a Gallery of Inspiring Antique Quilts by Edyta Sitar

Front Cover
Fresh and inviting. Restful and relaxing. Simple, yet elegant. No matter how you think of the classic combination of blue and white, this collection of breathtaking quilts is sure to capture your imagination.

Acclaimed author and designer Edyta Sitar of Laundry Basket Quilts shares dozens of antique quilts in a gallery of inspiring photos and follows with patterns for 17 gorgeous quilt designs. Mixed in with the stunning array of quilts and patterns are photographs taken in and around Edyta's home in southern California.

Take a journey with Edyta as she embraces her fresh start in a new location, exploring the beauty surrounding her. Her signature style is artfully reflected in classic blue-and-white quilts.

Edyta's favorite color is blue. With this book in hand, there's a good chance your favorite color might become blue, too.


Block of the month project.

My sisters, daugthers, nieces and anyone in the family that wanted to participate are doing this Winter Village block of the month by Edyta Sitar. Over the years we have done round robins, block exchanges and other quilty projects as a family but it has been awhile. So my oldest and I wanted to do this project and sent out an email wanting to know if the rest of them were interested in doing it also, I was surprised that we had as many takers as we did. This will be fun to see what everyone comes up with and we don't have to send it or worry about holding someone up when we are late. We can work at our own pace. I decided that I wanted to do mine in blue so here are the colors that I chose and a picture of my first block. 
So what is on your cutting table?

 My youngest daughter made the mug rug out of some of the same material that I am using in my village.  Leave a comment and I will give away the mug rug and a charm pack. Also, if you are interested, InchwormFabric Store has these BLUE fabrics on sale for the month of March. so click on the word BLUE to go to the store.
Thanks for stopping by,

Saturday, February 9, 2019

Oklahoma Twister Finally Quilted and Pattern Giveaway

 I made this quilt about 13 years ago. Remember Hancocks Fabrics? When they were going out of business I bought some oriental fabric and used the indigo in this quilt that I designed (Oklahoma Twister) for daughter #2. Never got around to quilting it because I had to put a border on it and just kept putting it off. Not like anyone else has that problem, right? After work on Monday I put the border on and Tuesday I sewed the back together. The weather is so nasty out today, windchill was 2 degrees, that I just stayed in. Loaded and quilted this today.
I also made a small quilt using the Oklahoma Twister pattern. Leave a comment on which size you would like to make and I will pick a winner for the pdf pattern, your choice. Become a follower and I will send you both the full size pattern and the wall hanging pattern.
Stay safe and warm.

Sunday, February 3, 2019

A Finish and two Winners

My goal this year is to finish some of my UFOs.

This is a quilt that my youngest daughter gave me for my birthday a couple of years ago but the only catch was that I had to quilt it myself. I decided that I would bite the bullet and finish it. I put it on the machine and quilted it yesterday. Needless to say that is the only productive thing I got done but I just love the colors and I am excited to do the binding so I can put it on my bed. Batting has gotten so thin that I even doubled it, so it will be nice and warm.

I have chosen a winner for my Valentine Mug Rug giveaway: Barbara from Georgia. And the winner of my Island Batik Getaway Blog Hop stash builder bundle is Carla from Utah. As soon as they send me their address I will be shipping their goodies to them. Congrats and I hope you both enjoy your prize. Thank you to everyone that read the blog and commented. I appreciate the comments because I know how much time it takes and I dont always leave a comment. It would be nice if there was an easier way to leave a comment. Thanks and have a productive week.

Wednesday, January 30, 2019

Getaway Blog Hop and Giveaway by Island Batik

Fabric line is 'O Deer' and I used Missouri Star's half hexie ruler. I had half a yard of 22 fabrics, 11 brown and 11 blue. The above picture shows the stack after I got done cutting and the left over fabric and the pictures below show the layout and then the trimmings.I put the rows on a diagonal and had a heck of a time squaring the quilt up. After I was done I think I figured out a better way to do it, maybe next time.
I added a light blue border and a minky bubble for the back and it ended up being a twin size quilt or a nice size throw. I got a little carried away when I was cutting and I have a stack of half hexies left over that I am thinking of making another quilt. Actually I was wondering if the hexies are like rabbits that keep multiplying because there is a awful lot left over.

 The weather cooperated and I was able to get a picture of my quilt on the front porch. It is January in Washington even if it looks like April out there and feels like spring. Just wondering when mother nature is going to blast us.

 Well, we cant have a blog hop without a giveaway. Leave a comment and I will pick a winner for a stash builder pack, 2.8 yards of Island Batik fabric, five rolls of 5 inch by WOF. This is my last post for Island Batik as I am no longer an ambassador and this stash builder is the last of my fabric that they were so kind to give me to play with (well of course except for the scraps I have left), so I want to share one last time. I hope you have enjoyed the blog hop and have lots of ideas and plans for the new year.
Have a great day.

Saturday, January 26, 2019

Vintage Keepsake Bundle

If you have been waiting, now is your chance to have this sweet collection of vintage fabrics.

You can take a look at a cute four patch here on Riley Blakes Blog

Sunday, January 20, 2019

'Sew in Love' Book Review and Give Away

Editorial Review: Edyta Sitar of Laundry Basket Quilts is thrilled to be able to share her love of quilting with fellow quilters by introducing her latest book with It's Sew Emma. She has fashioned twelve sweetheart blocks into a breathtaking 75-1/2in x 75-1/2in block-of-the-month sampler quilt (choose from a pieced or applique version), as well as a whole candy box of tantalizing quilts to take each block further. Sew in Love will become your new obsession as Edyta encourages you to let loose, play and experiment with her Sweethearts. Every time you select a new blend of colors and prints or delve into a new technique, fall a little bit deeper in love with each stitch. Her love for quilting knows no bounds and she cannot wait to see where your affair with Sew in Love will take you.
My take on this book is that it has some awesome patterns and I love the quilt on the front. I have never been a fan of red but I do like one color quilts they just seem to show case a block. I like having options for making different quilts using the many blocks in the book. I have come to appreciate the time and effort that Edyta puts into her quilting. I love her traditional style because it gives such warmth and comfort like the quilts I remember as a child.

I am having an on going giveway till the end of the month just in time for you to have a cute gift for Valentines Day.

A mug rug for you and the pattern so you can make one for someone you care about. Just leave a comment on what style of quilt you like for a chance to win. Thanks for stopping by. Have a great week.

Sunday, January 13, 2019

Inchworm Fabric is having a Giveaway and Red Sale

Inchworm fabrics is giving away these cute mug rugs to the first five customers who participate in the RED SALE going on now till Valentines day. The pattern will be free with every purchase. Also, leave a comment on this post and I will give away a mug rug, pattern and fabric to make your own. And for a second chance follow me.
Aren't these the cutest mug rugs. My daughter made them and designed a pattern for them. The white pink and brown one is so contemporary looking. The other one is vintage looking. Isn't it amazing how much the look can change with the fabric used. Isn't it fun to scroll through pinterest and see all the different quilts from the same pattern. Then there is inspiration from non quilt items or inspiration for non quilt items.
 Take for instance this box that my son made me for Christmas. It is so awesome, I was speechless. It is so well made and I know it had to take him a lot of time to make it. I love that he did a traditional quilt block pattern on the top, how fun was that.
I tease my daughters that they can't follow a pattern but usually alter it for one reason or another. I wanted to show you my take on a block of the month kit from Sew Simple by Amber Plemones called "Life is Better at the Barn".  Her pattern called for it to be long ways but I need something wider than long for a window in my sons office that looks into a co workers cubicle (it is hanging over the window in this picture) so I switched the middle up just a little. So I guess we know where they get it from. ha ha.

Christmas is so hectic with all the projects needing finishing touches but it seems so much calmer now and the weather is such that it is perfect for getting a jump on projects for next Christmas. Hope everyone has something fun that you are working on and stop by Inchworm store for red fabric which is on sale till Valentines Day.

Sunday, January 6, 2019

Island Batik Getaway Blog Hop

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Hello friends,
Every six months the Island Batik ambassadors are do a blog hop with our surprise fabrics and
this month is the month. It will be exciting and fun to see what every one made and to see all the different fabric lines
that Island Batik sells.

Here is the list and the days be sure to check it out. And the best news is there will be giveaways.
Happy Hopping.

Getaway Blog Hop Schedule

Monday, January 7 - Crystal Ball

Tuesday, January 8  - Ditty

Wednesday, January 9 - Elk Lodge

Thursday, January 10 - Feline Fine

Friday, January 11 - Flea Market

Monday, January 14 - Fortune Teller
Jennifer Fulton- The Inquiring Quilter

Tuesday, January 15  - Gypsy Rose

Wednesday, January 16 - Paisley Park

Thursday, January 17 - Soul Song

Friday, January 18 - Twilight Chic

Monday, January 21 - Winter Park

Tuesday, January 22  - Bazaar

Wednesday, January 23 - Blossom

Thursday, January 24 - Boho

Friday, January 25 - Brookview

Monday, January 28 - French Blue

Tuesday, January 29  - Midsummer Night

Wednesday, January 30 - Oh Deer

Thursday, January 31 - Snow Berry  

Friday, February 1-  Candy Cane Lane and Icicle
Anne Wiens- Icicle - Sweetgrass Creative Designs

Barbara Gaddy - Candy Cane Lane  -Bejeweled Quilts by Barb