Although I should really have been quilting on a wallhanging, instead I decided I needed a new purse made with fall fabrics to take to a quilt show I'm going to in Springfield MO next week. My husband said this looks like something only a great grandmother would carry out in public, but all the women I have shown it to love it. …Continue
Even though I should have been spending my time basting an older UFO, I saw this embroidery design & just couldn't resist making it. It is the freeform tablerunner by Sweet Pea Designs. I did the center part on my embroidery machine & then added the borders as I wanted it to be wider than the pattern is. It only took a few hours to make. If you click on the picture, I think it will enlarge it enough so you can see the quilting better. That is all done using my emb machine except…Continue
A few months ago I machine embroidered the blocks for this little snowman quilt. Then, as usual, I got distracted & never finished it. Even though it has been hotter than a cat on a hot tin roof for the past several weeks, I decided to go ahead and get it finished. I layered the 3 layers & then quilted it on my embroidery machine by adding the snowflakes. Then I added my quilting using my Pfaff. My grandson's girlfriend saw it the other day & asked if she could buy it to…Continue
In 2011 I started making blocks from the book "Four Seasons at Minglewood" by Debbie Roberts. As I am prone to do, I made a few blocks & then went on to other projects. In the interest of finishing some of these older projects I got out the blocks a few weeks ago & put them up on my design wall & then made a couple more. Then after giving it more thought I decided to make a bed runner instead of a large wallhanging. It is 20" x 92" so there are 2 blocks hanging off the side…Continue
I was commissioned to make a wallhanging out of ties by a woman whose father passed away in April just shy of his 93rd birthday. This was my 1st time doing this so there was definitely a learning curve, but I'm happy with how it turned out. I will be giving it back to her on Friday.…Continue
As part of my commitment to finishing older UFOs, I looked through the drawers of an entertainment center I have in my sewing room to see what I could find that could be finished fairly quickly. This was a New Year's Eve mystery from 2003 & was supposed to be 4 placemats with a log cabin block on one end & a plain block with an appliqued daisy in a flower pot on the other. I had only made the 4 log cabin blocks so I decided to make 4 more log cabin blocks plus put a plain block in…Continue
My daughter decided 2 years ago to go back to school to get her Associates Degree. She has been a single mother since her 2 boys were very young so it was not always easy to work & go to school, but her dad & I are very proud of her for sticking with it. We are encouraging her to continue on to get at least a 4 yr degree. She will officially graduate on Friday night & her oldest son will graduate from high school on Sunday. I gave her this flag quilt as a symbol that we can…Continue
After seeing pics of the jelly roll rugs that have become the rage around the country, I decided to sign up for a class at one of my LQS to make one. It was such a fun class although part of the project is very tedious. Rather than use a jelly roll I decided to cut up my own scraps in to 2-1/2" strips. Plus I had lots of left over cotton batting so I cut my own strips of that as well. Of course I have enough 2-1/2" strips to make 10 more rugs if I so choose, but at least I made some dent…Continue
I finished another quilt that has been lingering for way too long. The blocks were machine embroidered by members of the Machine Embroidery Buddies group as part of an exchange. I had the teapot fabric for many years & this was the perfect quilt to use it for.…Continue
I finished another quilt tonight. This one is made up of blocks members of the Piece Around the World group made for me for my birthday a few years ago.Continue
After being in our house for almost 7 yrs I finally talked my husband in to painting my sewing room. What a job, but I'm so happy with how it turned out. This would normally be a living room, but has worked perfectly for a sewing room. Next up is the kitchen, but I promised him I would let him finish redoing our deck first so it will probably be fall before that happens.…Continue
I decided to make another quick table runner using some more heart fabric that I have had in my stash for several years. I made the heart blocks on my embroidery machine & then finished it on my Pfaff. It is laying on my coffee table. I told my husband that it sure would look nice with a bouquet of flowers on it for Valentine's Day. LOL …Continue
I finally quilted & bound a row robin that was started about 11 or 12 yrs ago by a group of internet friends. I sent everyone the black fabric with bright polka dots. Then I assigned each person a specific color combination and asked them to make me six 6" Sawtooth Star blocks using the polka dot fabric as the background and choosing a different center for their block than what anyone else had done. I had received a lot of compliments on it. I'm going to enter it to hang at the…Continue
I finished another wallhanging this afternoon. I appliqued the center block 20 yrs ago this month. Then I finally added the borders last year and then quilted it this week. Better late than never! …Continue
Here is a pic of my latest finished. I hoped to have this done by midnight on NY's Eve, but didn't quite make it. The blocks were made by members of The Machine Embroidery Buddies group a few years ago.Continue
I want to wish everyone a safe, happy & prosperous 2018. I made a good dent in finishing a lot of UFOs in 2017 & my goal is to continue doing that in 2018. I look around at all of the quilts in my house & shake my head wondering all the while why I need to make any more, but that doesn't stop me in the long run.
I want to wish all of my QWU friends a very Merry Christmas and a prosperous 2018. We woke up to snow here in Mid-Missouri this morning so we will have a white Christmas after all.
I am so proud of myself. I actually started and finished a holiday/winter quilt all in the same year! LOL This design is called Holiday Redwork by The Stitch Connection, but I'm calling mine Winter Wonderland. It is now hanging in my family room. Since it has winter motifs as well as Christmas ones, I'm going to leave it up until the end of January. You can see the reflection of my Christmas tree in my tv screen next to it. …Continue
I finished up another UFO I started a while back. This was a freebie I found online. It was a quick & fun project.
As some of you might not be aware, Nancy Zieman from Sewing With Nancy passed away today after battling cancer. She will definitely be missed in the sewing & quilting community. I know she was able to tape 13 episodes of this season and the last one will be with her 2 granddaughters. I will definitely miss seeing her every week on our local PBS station.