Sunday, December 29, 2013

New years resolution

I never do a 'New Years resolution'.  But, this year I am going to..  My resolution is to get as many of my 'flimsies' made into quilts as possible.  I'm not going to put down a specific goal, just 'as many as possible'.  Here are some of my flimsies that need to be quilted.  Some are new-ish, some have languished for years!

'Bliss' giant carpenters star:

Selvedge spider web:

Fig Tree (Dandelion Girl??) layer cake quilt:

This is my oldest UFO - I'm thinking around 1996-ish?

Sherbet Pips hexagon quilt:

Redwork Renaissance Urban 9-patch:

Dream On - from a quilt-along at Happy Quilting

Ghastlies/Halloween hexaxon/spiderweb quilt:

Bottled Rainbow quilt-along.  This one is actually partly quilted (in the sashing only so far)

'Twister' baby-sized quilt top.  Fabric is ''Half Moon''.

'Sunnyside' charm qult - this one is my biggest yet (96''x96'' - 2304 pieces!).  Waiting to be able to do this one on a longarm.

Hello Betty double wedding ring:

Violets 'stack-n-whack' :

and my scrappy trip around the world top:

EEK, that makes at *least* 14 unquilted tops!  And there might be more I've forgotten about!  I see a lot of quilting in my future..........


Friday, December 27, 2013

waiting for inspiration

While I wait for inspiration for quilting on a quilt I pin-basted yesterday, what do I do until inspiration strikes?  Start another quilt of course!

I will be working with 2 of these lovely Seascapes jelly rolls.  Love love love the color palette on these.  Not really a fan of the 'sea' theme, but the colors win me over!  I am leaving out the prints that have writing on them and substituting strips cut from yardage (that is in the mail still).  This quilt is going to be for ME.  I don't keep many quilts, but this one will be on MY bed as soon as it's done!  I have been hoarding saving these for just the right project, and I finally found just the right one!

I can't show you what pattern I'm using - since it's the same pattern as the Moda Bake Shop quilt I'm working on (that I'm trying to decide how to quilt).  I'll give you a sneak peek, but that's all you get ::grins::
(This quilt is made from the collection ''Wishes'' and I love these prints/colors too!)


Monday, December 16, 2013

My son is a UI graduate!

I am a very proud mom.  My oldest son graduated from the University of Idaho this weekend!

 Here is all of us at the CNR (College of Natural Resources) building at the brunch before graduation.  From left to right is Connor (youngest son), Jacob (graduate), me, and hubby Brian.  I didn't realize how short I look next to all those tall men!  Connor and Brian are 6' and Jacob is at least 6'3'' (maybe 6'4'').  I am 5'5 1/2''.  Not quite 5'6'' :)
 Jacob bought this 'Forester' shirt at the SAF (Society of American Foresters) convention in Charleston, SC this year - and saved it for this day!  He can now say he IS a Forester.  His degree is in Forest Resources with a minor in Forest Operations.


giveaway winners

The winners for the scrappy scrunchie giveaway are:
Judy1522 (mini charm pack)
Brenda (scrunchies)
Tspoon (scrunchies)

I have emailed each of the winners.  Thanks to all who entered! :)


Saturday, December 7, 2013

Moda Bake Shop: Scrappy Scrunchies

I am happy to announce my fifth Moda Bake Shop project!  Head on over to Moda Bake Shop to view the tutorial, and stay tuned next month for my sixth.  Follow me on Bloglovin' so you don't miss it!

If you have come here from the Bake Shop, you might have seen mention of a giveaway.  I am going to give away three scrunchies to TWO different visitors and this mini charm pack of ''Martinique'' to one other lucky visitor!  So, that is 3 chances to win!  Just leave a comment below (if you are on 'no-reply', make sure I get your email address so I can contact you if you win!).  I will be doing a random drawing for the winners on Monday, December 16th so they can be recieved in time for Christmas.

Thanks for visiting and good luck!


Wednesday, December 4, 2013

yumminess in the mail

I got this yummy bunch of fabrics in the mail a couple weeks ago.  I have already tore into them and have started a new quilt project (to hopefully be done by Christmas maybe?)


Sunday, November 10, 2013

that will quilt out

Working on my DWR - and I think the next one I do, I won't use this same pattern.  I just don't think that the cornerstones should be squares, it's just not working out quite right.  Lots of pressing and lots of starch, and it's laying flat enough to quilt so far.  Two more rows to complete.......  (it will end up being 6x6 instead of the 6x7 I'd hoped for, just not quite enough arcs/footballs to do 7 rows)


Wednesday, November 6, 2013

double wedding ring progress

Here I have pics of the headless black Lab......

LOL.  Seriously though, she was just on the bed and couldn't be bothered to move so I could take pics of my progress.....

Yes, this is a difficult quilt!  I had forgotten how challenging it is to make these.  I am deciding on the border still - if I should add a square of the teal to complete the 4-patch corner.....  I think I am going to add them.  I think that this quilt will end up 6x6, but am hoping maybe I have enough 'footballs' to make it 6x7.  I hope!


Saturday, October 26, 2013

Bloggers Quilt Festival - fall 2013

This festival snuck up on me!  My entry is going to be my red/white urban 9-patch quilt!

I used a fat-quarter bundle of ''Redwork Renaissance'' and a solid red and the background is white polka dots on white.

When Jenny announced her urban 9-patch quilt along, I knew I had to use that bundle to make this quilt!

I love this block and it helped me a lot to get comfortable with curved piecing!  So much that I am now working on a double wedding ring qult - and have plans for yet another DWR (with ''Seascapes'') after that, and also plans for a quilt with just the curved 9-patch section of this block (with my precious FMF!)  Lots of curvy piecing in my future!

Friday, October 25, 2013

Hello Betty double wedding ring quilt progress

Well, I have gotten a little more done on my double wedding ring quilt top.....

Several 'footballs' done:

many waiting for one last seam to become a football:

and lots of arcs finished paper piecing:

and even more arcs in the process of being pieced:

I was able to find out what the bella solids are - looked on United Notions website, found a number on the Hello Betty pdf and tracked them down as ''Betty Teal'' and ''Betty Orange'' - so, now that I know they are available, I will see how far I get with the 4 strips I had of each color (from 2 jelly rolls).  I am hoping this will make a full size quilt, but we'll see.  I think it will be close!  It's hard to estimate size of a quilt that doesn't have square blocks!  If I don't have enough of the solids, at least I know they are available now, which is a relief!  I am using bella Snow as my background color.

And, no, I haven't forgotten about my Sunnyside postage stamp quilt!  The top is 96'' square and I am postponing doing the final iron because I really don't like to iron a big quilt top!  What a pain!

Wednesday, October 16, 2013

the other side of the quilt

Over at SwimBikeQuilt, she is having a linky party for quilt backs.  So, I thought I'd share in one post some of the pieced quilt backs I have done:
This one is on my latest Moda Bake Shop project ''Sunnyside Stars''


This one is the backing to my oldest son's camo kaleidoscope quilt.


This one is the backing to my Dandelion Girl ''Hunters Star'' quilt.


I have some other pieced backings, but am unable to locate anymore pics.  Or, the pics are quite uninteresting.  These 3 stand out to me as the most interesting pieced backs :)

Tuesday, October 15, 2013


I've finally got around to adding the widget so you can follow me on Bloglovin' if you are so inclined :D

I've been working away on my Sunnyside postage stamp quilt and I have 29 blocks completed so far and the rest are in varying stages of completion.  I should be done with the top by the weekend if all goes as planned!

I am going to wait to do the final pressing of the blocks until I decide on a layout.  That way, I can get all the seams to 'nest' nicely :)

I really can't wait to take my Pfaff in to get the dual-feed repaired - I can't believe the difference it makes in piecing to be without it!