Thursday, May 30, 2013

Baby Cakes!!

I won a Baby Cakes kit from Sharon at Vroomans Quilts!!! It was so exciting to open my front door and see the box on the steps. Woo Hoo!!
Beautiful! Gorgeous flannel!!
And a wonderful pattern to use with it all!
I can hardly wait to get to work with these soft vivid flannel prints. Thank you Sharon!!  I'm so happy I won!!




Wednesday, May 29, 2013

Summer Quilt Ready for Quilting

Over a year ago, I found this quilt pattern/picture online.
I saved it by its name, but failed to save where I found it. When I tried to find it again, I couldn't. I've searched and searched but can't find "Winding Vines-2" anywhere. I wanted to give the author credit, so if you know who created this design, please let me know!!

This is my rendition of Winding Vines-2.
Please overlook the millions of threads still attached, and the need for pressing. It wound up being 95x97 because I wanted to be able to pull it over pillows like a bedspread on a regular double bed. I couldn't get high enough up to get the entire quilt in the photo frame.
I took the advice of my friend Sharon and added the border of rust colored fabric first. She suggested something woodsy that would bring out the rust color. I added the other borders just to enlarge it.
I want it to be lightweight because it's going in my husband's "man cave", so I'm going to use flannel as batting. I may use it for just the backing without anything in between, but I will have to wait and see how heavy it is first. It weighs a ton folded up.

We are getting ready for a vacation to the beach, so I'll put it aside until we get back. Then I'll start the quilting process.  I'm both relieved and pleased that it's done and turned out pretty well.


Monday, May 27, 2013

Winning and Losing

Woo Hoo!!! I won a Baby Cakes quilt kit from Sharon at Vrooman's Quilts!! I'm so excited for it to arrive. I'm thinking I will make a quilt for the St. Vincent NICU with it. :)
Thank you Sharon for your generosity!! I very much appreciate this win!

Hillbilly Handiworks is hosting Blocks for the Plaza Towers Quilts and I am participating. Quilts will be donated to the teachers and staff of Plaza Towers Elementary. If you have been living under a rock and don't know, a Category 5 tornado ripped through Moore Oklahoma and leveled pretty much the entire town. The Plaza Towers Elementary school was demolished and children were lost. These are the two blocks I am sending.
The first one is named "Sea of Crisis" and of course the second one is simply "Lighthouse". I thought these were appropriate for this situation. These people are swimming in a sea of crisis, and in the distance the lighthouse shines a beacon telling them there will be light and there is hope. The lap quilts will be sashed with red, white, and black which are the school colors. I'm looking forward to seeing them put together and mailed.  I would imagine the teachers become very attached to their students and feel as though they have lost a family member. I pray this will bring them a glimmer of comfort in their grief.

Memorial Day 2013

First off, let me say thank you to those who have fought for our freedom! Especially those who lost their lives so that we/I can live in a free country. My Dad was one of those fighters. Thankfully, God blessed him and our family with allowing him to return to us!
This is my Dad in Okinawa in 1968. He would later be in Vietnam and see and experience horrific things.
We were all miserable when he was gone. I'll never forget the moment I saw him walk into the airport from his plane when he finally arrived home! I was 11 and my Daddy had returned!!
Saturday, I honored my father's service and his memory by placing flowers and flags on his resting place. Thank you Daddy, for all you did, and all you were!


Tuesday, May 21, 2013

For The Other One

I have two nephews graduating from high school, and in my last post I shared my gift to one of them. This is my gift to the other.
I shared earlier about the towels, but added a canvas painting of an Arkansas Razorback. I have to say, it was well received.
I love doing stuff like this. I really should take more time to paint, but I'm the kind of person who needs a reason to paint something. I need to create something for a specific spot in my home, or there needs to be a gift giving situation. I love to paint, but I'm not one to just paint and lay the canvas aside, moving on to paint something else. I almost wish I was, but then, where would I store them all?? LOL. And also, it would take quilting time away. Oh dear, can't have that. Maybe one day they will reverse order, but for now. I'm happy with how things are.

Tuesday, May 14, 2013

Lessons Learned from Deer Xings

I finally finished the quilt for my nephew who is an avid hunter. And not without some wailing and gnashing of teeth. I call it "Deer Crossing".
You see, I tried a new method of basting. I used a long board and rolled the layers up as tightly as possible, then unrolled a bit at a time and pinned. It was so much easier than kneeling on the floor but....the back was not tight enough. For the first half of the quilting process I could NOT get it smooth enough. There were so many tucks and puckers that I wound up having to take it apart and repin it. Even just laying it flat on the kitchen table yielded better results than the board.
I used the backing as binding as well and since it was so skewed, I had trouble with that as well. I decided to just tough it out and hope it all came out in the wash...literally. And much of it did. So, I can live with it.

I fussy cut some of the larger square areas instead of making them four pieces, I made them one with the deer panel. I like how that worked out, but it took some figuring in my head and lots of note taking and reading to get them put together correctly.

In any case, I learned a valuable lesson and will try a different way of using a board next go round. And I won't hesitate to re pin it if I see it's not as smooth as I think it should be from the get go!!

Thursday, May 9, 2013

Harper

I can post this quilt now since Harper has had her birthday.
My daugher-in-law chose all the fabrics and the pattern for her niece's first birthday gift.
Putting it together was quick and easy due to the design, so it gave me more time to really put the quilting to it. I love how it turned out.
The hardest part was the ruffle around the binding. But it adds so much to the quilt.

I left out one of my paper pieced blocks in yesterday's post. I wanted to add it for fun.
I realized only after I'd finished that one point on the star is cut off, but I'll keep it just the same. And I meant for Santa to only peek out of one spot, but he managed to sneak in there behind Sweet Sue anyway. Rascal!!




Wednesday, May 8, 2013

May BOMs and May for Me

I'm not an official participant of Marcia's May for Me, but I have done some things for myself the last couple of days.

Before I get to that, I'll show you my May blocks for our BOM. I'll post Janice's when she's ready.
First one is traditional. I made if from a pattern I found in a trunk my Mom had. My great-grandmother ordered it by mail, way back in the 1940s and I was determined to try it. The Y seams were a struggle because I'd never done them before, but I managed to muddle through. I'm very happy with it.
This is from a pp pattern I found online. Calla lilies are my favorite flower and this reached out and grabbed me. I didn't have any trouble at all with it, and it looks exactly like I wanted it to. Not that there aren't a few little flaws here and there.

I've had those done since last month, but this is what I did yesterday and today just for me.
It's never the wrong time for Christmas as far as I'm concerned. And since I haven't been able to do my Twelve Month's of Christmas this year, I needed a Santa fix.
I jumped the gun on June and did this sailboat for our BOM. It was so easy! I decided to add a red flag for fun, and I sewed some wavy lines in the water to suggest waves.

Tuesday, May 7, 2013

The Light at the End of the Tunnel

I'm finally seeing the light. I'm in the home stretch of finishing three UFOs and it feels so good. Of course I still have others, but these have a deadline.

First, a graduation gift for one of my nephews. He will be attending the University of Arkansas this coming fall.
I also have a canvas I'm going to paint for him.

Second, I'm getting ready to quilt this bad boy.
It is a graduation gift for my other nephew. The pattern is Arkansas Crossroads. I'm excited to see the finale on this one.

Third, I still have finishing touches to put on a baby gift set, but that will be done today, and then I'll move to the quilt.

I wish I had all my UFOs in this state of doneness. I guess I'll always have them though. Doesn't everyone?

Saturday, May 4, 2013

Lately

I've had trouble getting anything finished lately, mainly due to the arrival of our little Klaire. I thought it had been long enough since I posted something, so here is what I've managed to get done, and also managed to take a photo of.
Western towels for my friend Judy.
John Deere outfit for LMW's third birthday, which you can read about here. I also made him an I Spy quilt, but failed to get a shot of it finished. This is what I did manage to get.
I have another set of towels done for a graduation gift, and have a quilt top all done but the border. I'll post about them as soon as I get more time. That's all for now!