Wednesday, July 30, 2014

Fabulous 50 and Flying Geese!

What has happened since my last post? 

Turned 50.....  

started a Flying Geese quilt top 


Wanted to change up the pattern a bit so a few calculations on how much fabric to cut had to be done.  The original pattern is based on a scrappy design.... I only want to use two fabrics - a fun purple and pink poppy flower design and a white on white...
 Think I got it 
Really had to refresh my memory because it is has been nearly a year since I made a quilt top from the pattern.  Here is the finished top....  Okay, actually it is not finished.  I still need to do the applique.
So it took an entire evening and nearly two episodes of Last Tango in Halifax.... but we are on our way! 
 My sweet family threw me a surprise birthday party for my Big 5-0!  My youngest came up with the idea and spearheaded the whole thing..... she had the help of her dad, her sister and my friend.  They all pulled off a huge surprise for me and I cannot think of a better way to ring in my Year of Jubilee!  


My friends and family know me very well and I am truly blessed!   

50 and Flying Geese.... pretty fabulous

Sunday, July 6, 2014

Never alone.....

Ahhhh.... three day weekend, celebrating country and freedom, and moving forward on the 2014 goals.... ahhhhh....



This where I left off tonight.... two quilts all pinned and ready to be quilted.  Of course, there was quite a journey to get here. 

My little furry blessings help me to never, I mean, never ever.... feel alone.  If they are not with me in the sewing room.... they are with me in other parts of the house.  


Miss Susie is enjoying the backing to the Urban Cowgirl quilt.


 Michael appreciates the tops better. 

Before getting to the top.... I thought I had measured the batting incorrectly - so there was a bit of frustration.  It turned out that I just grabbed the wrong piece.  

After crawling around on the floor last night - (not to mention the nearly three hours of yard work the day before) I was pretty sure that I would be very sore today.

But....



No soreness - so another quilt is getting sandwiched.  And not a furry buddy to be found!  


Spoke too soon!  
Yes, he really does love the tops!  


So, all in all, this was a great weekend... while it was a quiet one for our family... no family cook out or pool party.... I was never alone.  

Got to work towards checking off another 2014 goal.... (Urban Cowgirl quilt was a top previously made.) 



These are the last two quilt tops that need to be quilted and become completed quilts.  The top one still needs the applique done....  and the bottom quilt top is my second ever quilt! 

I am nearing my 50th birthday.... the Year of Jubilation.   It has been a life-long dream to sew and quilt.  I am so happy that I am finally fulfilling that dream.  

And......



I am really, really happy that I never have to do it alone.  

Saturday, June 28, 2014

Tuesday, June 24, 2014

Little additions to the blog.....

Have been absent from the blogging world for a bit.

But for good reasons......

Been sewing, been creating, been finishing projects.  

Added a new page to the blog called "Other Fun Projects."

Tweaked the other pages....

Well, back to the sewing machine. 

Promise to post again very soon!  

Tuesday, May 27, 2014

Heads or Tails


My youngest''s quilt is all done!  

We named it "Heads or Tails" because some of the center blocks have little kitty heads and some have their tails.  

She picked the fabrics, pattern and placement.  I just sewed and quilted.  

The pattern is Alex Anderson's Square Dance Quilt. 

This is an easy block to piece and the quilt goes together so nice and easy.  I plan to make a few more of these - perfect for baby quilts!  

This was also the first time I used my walking foot to quilt.  Love, Love, love, love!  

No more frustrations with thread breaking because of going too fast...  

Highly recommend this pattern and the straight line quilting! 

(This quilt is folded and on my daughter's bed.... that really makes me happy!   


Thursday, May 22, 2014

Friday, May 9, 2014

Quilting Queen.....

Okay - Queen may be a little much but it sure feels like it is all about quilts at my place....  

Still working at my 2014 list of goals and while I am not 100% successful (numbers 1 and 2 for instance).....  I am reaching other goals....  Mainly spending at least 30 minutes in my sewing room and finishing up quilts. 

On Instagram.... you can find some other pictures of the progress....  

John's Quit is finished!!!!  




So glad he likes it!  


So handsome... boy am I ever a lucky girl!  
Of course we cannot finish one without starting another! 

My youngest picked out fabric at a Quilt Show - super cute cat fabric!!!  She chose the pattern "Square Dance Quilt" in "Start Quilting with Alex Anderson"..... so thankful she picked one I could handle.....    

However, in the rush - I mis-read the pattern and.... (so lucky) cut the strips too wide.... thank goodness it was not too thin!  


Whew!!! 
So after trimming and sewing.....  she got to play around with the layout


Such super cute fabric!!!

Now just to finish it up this weekend. (Got a surprise early release from work today - so I will get a good head start on it!)   


This quilt has actually named itself....... can you guess?  

She had fun "auditioning" inner borders, borders, binding and backing....  she has a great eye for color!  

Need to also cut and sewing this month's BOM....  

Maybe I really am the Quilting Queen.... at least for the day!