Sunday, January 3, 2016

Another Year's Over, A New One Has Begun

Sorry, John Lennon's song is rumbling around in my head.  But, it is true.  Christmas was great and made all the more special by grandchildren.  The gifts I made were well received and I have plans for more home made gifts for next year, so the fun never stops. *grin*

The muscle car quilt for Isaac was a huge hit. Gosh, I even got an ovation for it by family members. That's never happened before.
At one time last year, LeLe made the comment she loved a bookshelf quilt she saw. Mom couldn't let that go unanswered, so here is her quilt.
Zippered, quilted and monogrammed bags for my sisters and nieces.

I'm working on something for my little Klaire's birthday, but no hurry since it's not until April.

Here are a few recent pics.

What a blessing these children are to me!!!
I hope and pray only good things for you and yours in 2016! HAPPY NEW YEAR!

Thursday, December 10, 2015

Neutral Christmas Quilt

I finished my Neutral Quilt and am pretty happy with how it turned out.
I quilted it as I went in strips and that was a challenge since there was no sashing. I'm not sure I'll do that again.
Don't look at the wrinkles, I had it folded up weird before I took the pic. I do love an Irish Chain pattern and love the softness of the palette. And I love how the embroidery made a simple square a bit special.
I also tried my hand at a design on the border, but just used my walking foot. It's not perfect, but after I washed it, you couldn't tell. Don't you just love how a quilt puffs up and hides imperfections after it's washed???

Friday, November 27, 2015

Aaaaannnndddd, We're Off!

Thanksgiving is under our belt...literally, and I turn my energies to decorating for Christmas. I'm just getting started, but have the last Christmas quilt I made on my bed. I had no idea I'd made that thing so big, but it's the perfect size.
More to do....

Tuesday, November 24, 2015

Christmas Quilt Progress

This is the neutral Christmas quilt I mentioned in my last post.  Row three is quilted and only two more to go. The first two rows I did are the outside edges with borders.
As you may can tell, it's an Irish Chain pattern. Here is a close up of one of the embroidered blocks.
When the rows are quilted, I will join them and then add a border strip to the top that matches the sides. I'll quilt that after I add it. I decided to try something a little different on the border and drew out a curved motif to stitch. When it's all finished, I will spray the ink to wash it out.

I'm anxious to get it finished and I know I'm going to love it. I've also decided to do a neutral tree this year. I'm interested to see how that turns out.

Finished Stuff

I've been working hard on Christmas gifts and hope I'm in the home stretch. Unfortunately, I usually add more on as I go, so...probably not. *grin*

I'm thinking it will be safe to post some of the gifts, as few of my family members actually read my blog. Doesn't hurt my feelings one bit, because I totally understand that they have other interests.

This is my "In the Garden" paper pieced quilt. I participated in Quilt Art Designs quilt along and this was my finished quilt. I quilted it in strips and then joined them. I find it's much easier to do that on my little domestic machine. Unless I have something really special for a backing, that will be my norm from now on.

This is a quilt I created for my nephew. He loves muscle cars and told his Mom he wanted a muscle car quilt. Aunt Belinda to the rescue! I love how it turned out and it too is from Quilt Art Design patterns.
Close up of some of the cars.

I created some dresses for my baby girls, but they aren't gifts. I've already given them so they can wear them now.

Right now, I'm working on a neutral Christmas quilt that incorporates some tone on tone machine embroidery in some of the squares. There are five rows and I'm now quilting the third row. Can't wait to finish that.

I have plans in the works to make a paper pieced turkey quilt. I hope to get it done by Christmas, but it's doubtful. Still, it always gets me pumped to have a new project on my mind and I can't wait to get started on it.

Back to work!!

Thursday, October 15, 2015

Oh Baby!

My sister is expecting her first grandchild. To say she is excited is an understatement, and we who are privileged to have experienced this phenomenon know exactly what she is feeling. I've been blessed to be able to provide a few little things for our little girl, who is pushing to come early, but being held back as much as possible. ( A sign of things to come??)

 Her name is Brooksie Kate and she will be amazing!

Here is the bedding I created for her, with explicit directions from her mother. *wink*
 You can see her beautiful mother there with me.
Little Miss Brooksie will be showered with gifts in another week, and this is what Aunt Belinda is offering for her comfort.
I very much enjoyed creating these little things...a cuddly blanket, a sleeper, a bib and a big girl dress for when she grows a bit.
My embroidery machine got a good work out but it held strong and enjoyed itself too.
I love doing stuff like this.
Ok, we're ready for you Brooksie!!