Sunday, February 22, 2015

Project Quilting: Week 4 - Have a Heart

The theme for week four of Project Quilting is Have a Heart.  Our project had to have at least twelve hearts in it somewhere.  I started with a photo from this post over at the Quilting Board.  The pattern comes from a book called "The Bargello Heart" by Nancy Podolski.  I didn't have time to order the book though so I had to calculate my own dimensions.  Mine turned out double the size from the inspiration photo, so I doubt I got the dimensions right, but mine looks like the photo and I am good with that.

I started out cutting 2 1/2 inch strips from 12 different fabrics.  

Then I sewed them all together in a tube and cut them in what looked like the right size widths,
After that it was just a matter of opening the tubes at the right seams to get the heart design.

I finished the quilting and binding late last night with 12 hours to spare for today's deadline.

I named this one My Growing Heart.
The twelve hearts start in the center and grow in size with each new color.
The quilt measures approximately 72 x 53.

I did a lot of different quilting designs in my all over quilting - hearts, feathers, flowers and swirls.
Just what ever I felt like quilting when I got to that section.

I used an orange flower print for the back.
Since it was only 44 inches wide, I split it down the middle with a blue strip.
Fastest way to do backings for me without having so much fabric leftover.

One last picture of it, because I love it so much!

Make sure you check out all the other entries for this week
here at the Persimon Dreams blog.

Voting starts at 1pm eastern time today.


Friday, February 6, 2015

We Support You - Blog Hop

Welcome to another day of Support!
Thanks to Pat  from Scrapatches and to Mdm Samm of Sew We Quilt for hosting another fantastic hop.  This hop is to show support for those we know who are dealing with Breast Cancer.  I personally know a special someone who has fought the battle and thankfully she is on the winning side.  All women who suffer are in need of support no matter what stage they are in,  from the first diagnosis to being counted as a Survivor.
When I think of support, I think of love. So I decided to add lots of love to this quilt.  I saw a tutorial for these hearts a couple week ago and knew they were the perfect addition to my support quilt.

Right now my project is currently still in progress.  I wanted it to be perfect for my friend and ended up changing it several times along the way. One of the most time consuming changes I made had me ripping out several stitches in order to get the quilt to look the way I wanted. I originally had green sashing, the same green as the bra straps, but it just wasn't the right.  After several days of staring at it I knew I had to take it all apart and change out the sashing.  After several new fabric auditions I finally found the perfect border.  That put me a little behind schedule, but it was worth it.
I am in love with this quilt!  

I am in the process of hand embroidering the hangers.
I timed it and they take me about half an hour for each hanger. I was on a roll and was more than halfway done when I ran out of black floss.  It is taking way more floss than I thought to back stitch all these, but I should be able to go into town next week and pick up more #310 DMC Black.

If you are interested in making the hearts, Cluck Cluck Sew gives dimensions and instructions to make several sizes.  Check out her tutorial here.

If you would like the "We Support You" Friendship Quilt Pattern, you can purchase it for $12.00 by emailing Madame Samm directly at

Thanks for stopping by and 
be sure to check out all the other Supporters today

Feb 6th  


Monday, February 2, 2015

February ALYOF Goal

Next on my list to finish is my Strip tube quilt.
I am posting this one as my February goal for ALYOF.
It is already basted so I just need to get it under the machine.

Click here to see all the other goals this month.


Saturday, January 31, 2015

January Finish for ALYOF

Top is done! Yay! Just in time to link up for January's ALYOF goal party.


Thursday, January 29, 2015

Sashing and Cornerstones

I am diligently working on getting my Christmas Dresden quilt top done by the end of January. 
Not quite sure how this month got away from me so fast, but there are only two days of January left.
Getting the top done by the end of January is my ALYOF goal so I will be spending the rest of tonight in the sewing room.
The sashing is already sewn together and  I sewed a little bit during my lunch break today and got most of the 9 patches finished.

Tonight I will make the red red centers to cover the holes in the dresdens.
After that all I need to do is sew the rows together.
Lets hope all goes well in the sewing room tonight!


Sunday, January 25, 2015

Project Quilting Week 2 - Missed it by a few hours

The Theme for Week 2 of Project Quilting was Sunrise/Sunset.  

I had grand visions of creating a nice size quilt this week.
I had the pattern I wanted,
picked out my fabrics without any trouble,
and got everything cut out in record time.  

Piecing was going great and everything was on schedule to finish by Saturday night, and then my previously empty week was fill with appointments, family events, and my son's broken collarbone (Bone is mending fine thank goodness).  

At 11:45pm last night I seriously contemplating staying up to finish the quilting and binding, but when I started adding up the hours I knew I would be up till at least 5am and if I did that I wouldn't make it to church in the morning.  So I resigned myself to sleep and missed the deadline by 5 hours.

I still feel like a winner though having this new top finished.
And I am excited to vote for all the other fabulous entries for week 2!
Go Check them out Here!


Wednesday, January 14, 2015

Actual First Finish for 2015

I started this quilt at the end of 2014 and put the last quilting stitches and the binding on during the first week of 2015, making this quilt my first finish for the year.  It was made for my new friend Marie.  These are her church T-shirts and she wanted them bordered her church's color, a light green, I dropped it off to her this past Saturday and she loved it.

Now its time to tackle some of my own UFO's.


Tuesday, January 13, 2015

Tammy 4 All Seasons Blog Hop

Welcome to another day of Tammy Bags, applique, and cross stitching,
For today's hop I picked both summer patterns to showcase.
I couldn't pass up the Summer theme since it has two of my favorite things:
the beach and the color red.

I fell in love with cross stitching when I was 11.  I was at a youth church activity and one of the leaders gave me a red piece of gingham and some thread.  She told me to make x's in the white squares and gave me a heart pattern to cross stitch.  After that I was hooked and asked my mom, who has been cross stitching as long as I can remember, to get me started on more intricate designs.  

 As a teenager I was lucky enough to take some cross stitch classes from Pat Carson of Designs by Gloria and Pat. I learned a lot of great tips from her, several of those tips are the same that Mdm Samm has already mentioned at SewWeQuilt. A tip I remember the most is to make sure all your stitches on the back go either vertical or diagonal, never horizontal.  It was hard for me at first to concentrate on the direction of my stitches on the back but eventully I got use to making them only vertical or diagonal and over time my backs looked almost as good as the front and the back was less lumpy.

The pinny was fun to make, I choose to do raw edge applique and covered the edges with some embroidery floss. 

Thanks to Mary and Mdm Samm for hosting another fun hop.
Go check out the other hoppers sharing the day with me!

Cheryl Wilkinson will post to Ipiece2-Mary


Sunday, January 11, 2015

Project Quilting Season 6 - Week 1 - "Trees"

I turned this one inch pile of strips into my entry for the 1st week of Project Quilting Season 6.
The theme this week was "Trees".
I used the Jelly Roll Race method to turn them into the background for my tree silhouette.

My inspiration came from a tree shadow box I saw on etsy that was made out of old magazines.
I wanted my tree to be a winter tree at night. So I choose the blue background and the black silhouette.

This wall hanging measures 26 inches by 39 inches.
And I am naming it "Winter Sleep".

All the other entries can be found at Persimon Dreams.
At 1pm Eastern time you can start voting for your favorites.
To Vote you click the heart in the corner of the image in the linky list.
Voting lasts till Friday.
Go Check everyone out!


Tuesday, January 6, 2015

January Goal ALYOF

This quilt is still number one on my UFO list.
It was my goal for October and November last year and I've made small progress on it each month, but this month I am determined to get the top done.  In October I finished sewing most of the dresdens together. In November I glue basted them on the backgrounds.
This month my goal is to add the centers, the sashing, and the borders.
I am linking up here for January's Goals for A Lovely Year of Finishes.


Friday, January 2, 2015

ALYOF 2014 Final Link up

  My 2014 goals for ALYOF were to finish quilting several quilt tops. Most of the tops had been sitting in the closet for a couple years waiting for their turn at the machine.  I am happy to say I did pretty good until October rolled around and I forgot where my sewing room was from time to time.  No Worries, I'll just move my Oct/Nov goal (didn't even make a Dec Goal) to 2015.

Over all I finished 9 quilts.  I am happy about that and so are some of the new owners.  There is a final Link Party for everyone who completed 6 or more goals for the 2014 ALYOF.  You can see the link party here.  Go check it out and cheer everyone on!

January - Christmas Pinwheel  - Goal  Post - Finish Post
February - Dimestore - Goal Post - Finish Post
March - Wild Thing - Goal Post - Finish Post
April -Floating Pinwheels - Goal Post - Finish Post
May - Slide Show - Goal Post - Finish Post
June - Butterflies -  Goal Post - Finish Post
July - Fat Quarter Stars Quilt - Goal Post - Finish Picture - Blog Post
August - Baby Cakes - Goal Post - Finish Post
September - Reunion Scrappy quilt - Goal Post - Finish Picture - Blog Post


Wednesday, December 31, 2014

End of the year Wrap Up

Wow, a whole month has gone by with no blog posts.  The month of December had very little time at the computer, which is a rare thing for me.  I did get a little sewing done but not as much as I would have liked. I haven't even completed any goals on my Fourth Quarter Finish-A-Long list.  I was so busy with work and vacation and holiday stuff that I didn't even get a chance to blog or have time to to take fancy photos.  Instead I have some late night cell phone pics, not the best, but still better than no photos at all.

So this post will be a December Recap and a 2014 recap. 
Before we left on vacation, I finished up a few sewing projects.  

First up is the first of two T-shirt quilts for a client.   (I'm finishing up the second one this week)

This is a small quilt using only four shirts. The backs of the t-shirts had some words printed on the back as well so I added them in the quilt.

Next up are the items I made for the "Twas the Night" blog hop:
a foldable needle holder, some small snap bags, crochet dish scrubbers, and a cute little Christmas bag to put wrap them all. These all went to Jane for the blog hop. She posted them on her blog during the hop, but I wanted to post them here as well.


I also made a few more snap bags as Christmas presents for some special friends of mine. 

Then it was time to hit the high seas.  We took another cruise this year for our family Christmas present and had a wonderful time.  We went to Jamaica, Grand Turk, and Nassau.  
We got back in time to spend the holidays with extended family and before I knew it December was coming to a close.

Even though the last quarter of the year was slower behind the machine than usual, I was very productive for the rest of the year.  Here is my collage of Finished Quilts for 2014.

Next up is my collage of the Smaller Projects I completed in 2014.

I'd say the year as a whole was a pretty good one at the machine.


Thursday, November 20, 2014

Twas the Night Blog Hop

Oh my! Would you look at all this yummy goodness.  I must say Jeanie from Gracie Oliver Arts sure spoiled me.  Everything was wrapped so beautifully.

Here is everything fresh out of the packaging. Jeanie has such wonderful craftsmanship and I am happy to be the recipient of all this wonderful goodness.

  She handcrafted me four wonderful items:
1. A Christmas themed Matryoshka Bin, filled with some wonderful sewing themed fat quarters.
2. A coffee Koozie, which will come in handy for that cup of hot Chocolate and Christmas Wassail.
3. Four festive fabric coasters.  I love these little beauties and my hubby has already claimed one for his computer desk.
4. A 10 minute Table Topper. She picked out the perfect fabrics!
Jeanie also added some extra goodies, I oohed and awwed for each package: A lovely little snowman ornament, wonderful scented hand soap, gingerbread buttons, a 2015 Calendar, and a wonderful Gooseberry tote to carry everything in. (It has a lovely snowman print and is folded up in the picture behind the soap).

  And to top everything off, she sent me printed instructions on  how to make each gift! That is a gift in itself.  Thank you so much Jeanie!  I am one lucky gal!

For my quick gifts I started with something for my knitting friends.
It is a Triangular knitting needle case and the pattern came from the book Sew Gifts! by Martingale.
This case is pretty long so it will hold your longest knitting needles.

Knitted dishcloths also make quick gifts.
Two of my favorite patterns are the Ball Band dishcloth and the Knitted Basketweave pattern.

For my young friends I made a Card and Key Wallet. Perfect for giving gift cards or cash. This pattern is also from the book Sew Gifts!  I don't usually buy books unless I like at least half of the patterns and this book didn't disappoint. There are several other small gifts on my "to do" list from this book.

For my adult friends who like to bargain shop I made some Loyalty Card Wallets. This was a free tutorial from Nancy's Couture.  I altered the pattern several ways by adding interfacing in the pocket sections, extending the width of the pieces by half an inch, using a 1/4 inch seam allowance, and adding a button/ponytail holder closure.  
I even made one of these for myself.  It holds all my loyalty cards and fits nicely in my purse.
No more rummaging through my stack of cards.  The fabric bowl can also be make pretty quick.  I made this one a long time ago from start to finish in a four hour class.

Next up is a gift for anyone who wants a unique way to charge and store their little devices.
I used the free tutorial at Positively Splendid.  She had a clever idea to use a command strip hook to hang the pocket on the wall next to the outlet.  I am going to do that too, that way I can use the charger holder for my android devices. Those chargers are too wide to fit through the grommet.

Last up is a small Christmas themed Cross Stitch. Right now I am deciding what I want to do with it. I have narrowed it down to either an ornament, the front of a Christmas pouch, or the focal point of a notepad holder.  I suppose I could make two more  trees and then I won't have to pick which project to use it with  ;)

  What was really helpful in stitching this tree was my new toy, the Beam and Read.  You can read all about it here.  I like how it gave me that little extra light to see my stitches better. It even came with a red or orange cover to give you a little different glow.  In the picture above I have it clicked on three light bulbs, but for my stitching I liked using all six.

Another thing the Beam and Read is good for is extra lighting for photo shoots.  Particularly when you play on the weekends and keep forgetting to take photos of your projects when the sun is shining so you have to take photos after you get off work in the evening when it is dark outside.
I turned on all the lights in the room and added an extra lamp, but I was still getting some shadows I didn't like. With the Beam and Read I was able to move the lighting where ever I needed it. Thus it saved my photos from being too dark and grainy.  I think I may take this light camping with me too. It's lightweight and super bright.

Make sure you head on over to Jane's Quilting to see what I sent her and check out the other hoppers as well to get inspired.

Thursday, Nov. 20
Quilted Delights - Me  :)

Thanks to Mdm Samm and Marlene for hosting a fun and inspiring hop!


Thursday, November 6, 2014

ALYOF November Goal

I'm usually posting my last month's finish and then the new goal, but for this month there is no finish for October. So I'm making the goal for November is the same goal from October.  

October was a crazy busy month and I didn't even get a chance to look at my dresden plates.
This month I am determined to get them finished.

Check out all the other goals for November here at the ALYOF link up party.


Tuesday, October 28, 2014

Black Cat Crossing Blog Hop

I am excited to show off my Black Cat Crossing projects!  I love this fabric line!
The colors are just my style.  I love the whole line and I wanted a little bit of each print.
The best way to do that was to buy some pre-cuts.  I bought two charm packs and two jelly rolls.
I also bought some yardage for the background on my first project.

This little quilt is a Schnibble pattern called Hook.
Schnibble patterns are cute little quilts meant for charm packs and the patterns are wonderfully written.
I took the quilt on a photo shoot in town.  This is at an old tobacco barn.
This particular barn was moved to town as a historical piece. The chimney which was used to dry the tobacco has been closed up, but it makes a great spot for photographing small quilts.

This quilt went together super fast.  This is one of those patterns that looks like it will take forever to piece together, but in reality it goes together really fast.

The picture on the front of the pattern shows the same background fabric used throughout, but I choose the option of adding a different color background triangle as suggested on Miss Rosie's blog and I am glad I did.  I love the look of the black.

Next I opened my jelly rolls.
I knew right a way that I wanted to make a Chevron quilt.
This particular version needs two of each strip so that is the reason I bought two jelly rolls.
The Little Fabric Blog gives a great tutorial on this method.  She uses three inch strips, but I went ahead and used the 2.5 inch strips and had 21 rows instead of 19 to make it a little longer.

You can use one jelly roll to make this quilt, but you will also need a solid alternating color.
Crazy Mom Quilts, whose version is called Zig Zag Quilt,  has a great tutorial using a solid background color between the zig and zags.

This is another fireplace on old tobacco barn.  I didn't know what they were for at first, but as I was taking pictures a fellow who was taking a Sunday Stroll with his granddaughter told me what they were used for.  He knew all about the barn and told me he was one of the guys who helped move it to its current spot near the museum.  It was fun talking to someone who knew about the history of it and could tell me more about how the buildings were used.

After making my Chevron quilt I had a lot of Jelly strips left.  Enough to start another quilt.
This is the start of "That 70s Quilt" from the book Strip Savvy by Kate Henderson.

When I bought my first round of Black Cat Crossing fabrics, I didn't know I was going to make this quilt, so I didn't get enough background fabric to complete it. Those two tan leftover strips from the jelly roll aren't going to be enough, but I still wanted to show off what I had done so far. I have 25 blocks patiently waiting for the background fabric to come in the mail.  
This is the quilt from the book and I am anxiously waiting for the background fabric to arrive.

My third project is a little drawstring bag. I used the tutorial from In Color Order. She also has a pattern for sell that offers measurements for different size bags.
Can you see who is sneaking up in the back.
Our neighbor had some kittens born in her shed a few months ago
and they like to come over from time to time to get snacks and some lovins.

This little black kitty is usually pretty shy, but he has been warming up to us
and he came over to see what I was doing.

He posed so purrfect for me.

His sibling couldn't resist checking me out too.

And before I was finished his other sibling, another black kitten, came over to see what all the fuss was about.  This is definitely a Black Cat Crossing area.

Thanks so much for stopping by and be sure to check out the other hoppers today.
Thanks go out to Mdm Samm and Wicked Wendy for hosting a fun hop!

Tuesday, October 28