Quilt for my girl!

The next big use up the stash project is calling. That pile of black and whites isn’t getting any smaller…and I have a few more on the shelves. These are just the fat quarters. There is yardage!

I’m also being tempted by a bunch of turquoise prints

…because I have more of these colors than any other, except maybe orange! But, nooooooo….there is something that has a much higher priority!

My daughter is a big fan of fonts and text and I have long planned on making her a quilt with text fabric. I collected a fairly good number of text fabrics and had good intentions. Well, we know what road is paved with good intentions! I used some of the fabrics on a challenge piece because I had so many. Then I made a quilt with them and it didn’t turn out as I wanted and it ended up as a quilt on hubby’s chair. Then I used some  for a class I took and another bit for another challenge and now, this is all I have left and my daughter still doesn’t have a text quilt!!!!

Looking at the black and white with the little bits of reds I had been using with them did not inspire me at all. I hoped Deb would have a strong preference and showed her these blue fabrics.

And some green fabrics.

Hmmmm–I love those greens so I went ahead and made the decision for both of us! And after I made a couple of plain blocks, I finally figured out how I want to make this quilt.

Primarily little strips like this with green. The green will be spread out more than this, but I’m making the parts with green first. And I remembered as I was doing improv cutting and sewing that this is a sloooooow process! Nothing quick like the strip piecing of that last big quilt. However, it’s the only way to get the result I want, so slow stitching it is!

Yes, I am currently in use up the stash mode, but I can’t get so caught up in it that I forget the more important reasons for quilts. Family always comes first and making a quilt that will make my daughter happy will be so much fun for me.

And I think it’s free ice cream day at DQ so I’ll be sure to make time for that, too! Priorities, after all!



Space Marine Quilt

The only thing I did today was quilt AJ’s Space Marine Quilt. I have learned to wind several bobbins, usually 6, and when I have used them all up, it is time to stretch and take a break.

There were 18 bobbins wound and I only needed 15….but that took me plenty long enough, even with breaks! I did end up with a meandering star design and it covered the area fairly quickly.

Ordinarily he would be here tonight, using it! We had to adjust our schedule due to icy weather and he will be here Sunday night instead. I am so looking forward to wrapping him up in it. It’s the first big kid quilt I’ve made especially for him and I hope he enjoys it for many years…at least until he gets old enough to want a more adult theme!

And I’m ready to say that I’ve seen enough of my sewing machine for one day!

How geese become stars…

It’s holiday time and all semblance of routine has been abandoned. Family and celebration and eating are pretty much all that has happened lately. There was a lot of football watching and knitting so that I could keep up with the couch sitting and keep my hands busy!

Today, as we start tip-toeing back to normalcy, I began sewing the quilt for my grandson.

AJ loves purple, but only DARK purple, so this little bit is all I’ll add, as a border around the skeleton.

The stars I planned are easily made from flying geese and flying geese are easily made with the four-square method. I know I’ve told you all this before, but it bears repeating because sometimes we forget the easy stuff! I use the Flying Geese x 4 ruler by Lazy Girl Designs and it’s even easier without having to do the math!

Now you can spend a lot of time marking diagonals when you have to sew on each side of them, but I prefer to take a few minutes and fold the small squares in half and press. Then sew on each side of that line…very quick!

I’ll be the first to admit that my piecing is not always precise, but most often in this case, no ripping is needed. Simply sew a straighter line right over the top and continue on!

The second set of squares goes just as quickly…

and then the geese are ready to be placed around a central square. Voila! A star!

It was less than two hours to get this much done……………

…..and I only know that because I was couch sitting again for the start of the GLI hockey game this afternoon! I did sew a few more blocks later on and the next step is to make some smaller geese and stars. Then I’ll be able to get a final design layout and get this top put together.

Keith joked about me having it (the quilt) done by Friday and I laughed…but there is a very real possibility that the top could be done by then! It’s not so much of a joke anymore…and I’m excited about it. Now I only hope that AJ likes it when it’s done. He’s already surprised me with his definite fabric preferences. I hope there are no unpleasant surprises when he sees the finished product!

Love being busy!

It’s so much better to be busy than to be bored, but sometimes busy is just too busy! I don’t have a bunch of pictures to show you, though I sure have been doing a lot of stuff.

Finally got the last of the leaves and garden detritus taken care of–at least as much as it’s gonna get until spring! Rain is what determined the end point there, and it was cold, too. I’m never ready for the cold weather and this year I wanted to do so much more dyeing out in the garage where I can spread everything out. There will still be dyeing done, but in my basement studio, it gets done on a much smaller scale.

Friday was a guild sponsored workshop with Paula Golden. As we were starting out, she had a small sample that she offered up to anyone who wanted to start creating with that. I did not volunteer, but was challenged to take it because it was mostly purple and my friends all know that I do not like purple!!! This is how far I got with it in class.

There will be more added to it before it’s done…quilting, for sure, and maybe some more metallic yarn or beads. I’m not sure, but something. Here’s a close up.

I took advantage of the fraying ability of silk…love those raggedy edges!

And, of course, I did the postcard demo on Saturday. Lots of supplies and choices, showing from start to finish, and as many edge finishes as I could work in.

Saturday afternoon was my rest and relaxation time, and  I’m making progress on my red houses.

Sunday, my usual day of doing nothing, has now changed to an exercise day! My daughter and I are now enrolled in kickboxing classes! I thought she was joking, but she was not and now Sunday afternoon is kickboxing time. We actually did a tryout class and found it to be a great workout, so we’re going to do it for a while.

And sometimes AJ has hockey on Sunday, too, so this is where our Sunday started!

He’s the one in black…this is part of the reason they have names and numbers on their backs!

This week will be devoted to Thanksgiving, of course, and we have to finish getting the furniture back into the house from the garage, too. I’m hoping to sneak in a little bit of sewing time, but the odds are against it! Oh, yeah–AJ will be here all day Wednesday, looking to start putting up Christmas decorations. I’m tired already!

Looking forward to fewer commitments and more couch time after this weekend. Lots more couch time. And naps….yeah, naps!


Off for a few days…

My niece is getting married this weekend and we are taking a few days extra to visit and tourist around. I may get a chance to post something, but not very likely until we are home again!

Need to work on these when I get home…

I realized yesterday that I have a lot of starts this year but not too many finishes. I need to be in finishing mode!!!

And I’m teaching this in a couple of weeks at Quilt University

…love this little project!


I have stamps!

Finally, with my Wacky Quilter friends, I took time to use that basket of stampmaking supplies. Well, a teeny, tiny portion of them anyway. I opted to only use the self-adhesive stuff that I have; no carving, no extra gluing, no glue gun.

Cut some out myself and some are pre-cut.  Tons of foam shapes in the kids craft department.

See the paper on the one on the left below? These strips have adhesive on two sides, so at first thought, you  might wonder how you can print with them. Simple solution–just put some paint on them and let it dry before you use them!

I have a few substrates left…

Next week I’m having another dye–or paint–day, and I’ll be using them, each and every one! And maybe a few more will get made before then, too.

Aaaaand–drum roll, please!–the Crooked Cross quilt is done, except for the label!

The label consists of 5 extra blocks that I couldn’t use on the front. I’m adding crooked crosses around the edges and will write the pertinent info in the white spaces. I’m so excited that it’s done…and the deadline is November! I’m sooooo ahead of schedule on it. Hooray!

Tomorrow starts summer time with the grandson. We get to have him two days a week and one overnight. Every week! May not get tons of sewing done, because the days we don’t have him are recovery days. He’s a busy guy and we have to work hard to keep up with him.  Get ready for lots of smooches, big guy!!!

It does rain here…

Yes, indeed, sunny Florida does have rain, but it’s still warm and so much better than snow. And after the rain, the sun shines and the flowers continue to bloom!




And I continue to sort my mother’s stuff, finding everything that no one needs anymore!

On the sewing front, there is not much to report. My project-that-I-cannot-show-you is coming along. I brought embroidery materials to finish it, but now that the main elements are together, I think machine finishing will be better and that will have to wait until I’m home with a machine.

I did go overboard with my pieces of sheer fabric, though.


You can’t tell from the picture, but this is about a 6″ wide and tall pile of leftovers. The thought had crossed my mind to make a series using this sheer fabric concept…I think I will be obligated to do it now, just to use up those fabric strips!

Just a few more days to enjoy the warmth and sunshine and then back to a more typical spring in Michigan–cold, rainy and gray. Can’t wait!