Wednesday, July 24, 2013

So Charming Quilt

I finished the quilting on my So Charming Quilt and I love it!   This is a close up of one of the squares.  Here is a picture of it loaded on the  longarm frame .
And here she is done.  

Yesterday I took a free motion quilting class at Linda's Electric Quilt store in McKinney Tx.  Fabulous class with teacher Lynne.   I highly recommend taking this class.
I hope your week is sew full of color and joy!   Hugs

Tuesday, July 9, 2013

Quilting Time!

I worked on my friends quilt last night and managed to get it completed.   I had upgraded my computer program and was trying to find the easy way to get the pattern to fit in the space needed.   Well, I had mostly success with just a bit of operator error.  LOL
When I upgraded the system, the program did not keep  all of my previous settings.   So, it was sewing soooo slow and I just couldn't figure out what was going on.   I sent a text mail to Jennifer at Quilting Solutions and she explained the problem to me.   I was dumbfounded that I didn't catch that myself.   Oh well.   If you are ever interested in an affordable longarm machine and computer program, I highly recommend the  Homesteader !  
Anyway, here are my new pics.  

A few weeks ago I bought a book called French Braid Quilts and tonight I tried piecing from a jelly roll and some solid brown fabric.   Isn't this just a pretty pattern?   I have 5 more sections to do from this Moda jelly roll.   I LOVE it!
I'm off to bed.   I really need my beauty sleep.  Keep sewing! 

Sunday, July 7, 2013

A few more things....

I completely forgot to post these little cuties I made right before our trip to Colorado.

The kids needed something to put their "road trip" goodies in so I came up with these cute little bags for them.  They are made of mesh and quilted fabric with zippers.  They were perfect for the trip.

 The bag above and the one to the right I made for my niece from New Zealand.   She had requested some smallish bags to organize the inside of her traveling bag.  I also made her a mesh bag with the orange quilted fabric like I made my granddaughter Abby.

I also made her one of the cute little clasp purses.   I had so much fun making them I tried one of them in selvedge fabric I made.
Aren't they just the cutest?

One of the girls that works for me had a new niece born June 4th and I made her some burp cloths made from cloth diapers.   Her name is Harper.   what a cute name!

That should be the end of the this post.   I know I will find more pictures of things I made on my camera and as soon as I do, I'll post again.  God Bless!

Is it really July?

 Oh my goodness, how the time has flown!   My precious new grandson is now 2 1/2 months old and has stolen all of our hearts!

 Then the garden began producing some wonderful veggies such as these beets!   Yummy baked in the oven with salt, pepper and olive oil!  You must try these! 
 Also the new potatoes and a couple of cherry heirloom tomatoes.   I picked a few yellow cherry tomatoes but they never made it into the house.   Hmmm, wonder why?
 Next we took a two week trip to Colorado.   We took my 8 year old grandson and 14 year old granddaughter with us.   Fishing was first and foremost the most important thing to both of them.   Tyler caught 25 fish and Abby came in with about 15.   Most were catch and release but about 10 we kept for the fish fry. 
These pictures are taken in Gunnison, CO where my brother and sister in law lives.  Our nephew got married and we were able to celebrate with them during this special time.   The weather was gorgeous, mid 70's and sunny the entire time we were there.  

 The trip included a ride on the Durango-Silverton Train which was a great ride - the aspen were leafed out and whispered to us the whole way.  We also stopped in Manassa to visit with my niece and her family.   After all this, we went up to Denver to visit with my sisters, Mom and my niece from New Zealand.   The day before we headed back to Texas is when the horrific fires began.  The gorgeous mountain ranges we had been in are now charred.   So sad!
 After arriving home I had to mail out a table runner swap that I was in on one of my yahoo groups, SewGoodFriends.   This is the runner I made for my swap partner.  Since it was close to July 4th, I chose to use patriotic colors.   The only requirement was it had to be made of snowball blocks.   This is a close up of the quilting around the blocks.  The rest was done stitch in the ditch.  My swap partner had mailed hers to me while I was gone and was waiting for me when I returned.

 Feeling the need to tackle a new pattern, I made up this "Plus" quilt.  I used a charm pack and matching jelly roll to make it.  I will still need to add the borders, quilt and bind it in time for my older sister's birthday in October.   She is a red fanatic!   I really like it too.
 My group at church, NP Comforts, is making placemats this year for the Meals on Wheels recipients in our county, approximately 170 people.   Last year we made pillowcases.   This is one of the placemats I'm working on.  I am quilting the fabric, cutting it into 13x18 size and then I bring them to our meetings each month and the other ladies help to add the binding.   One of the other ladies is doing some with jelly rolls on pre-quilted backing.   Another lady is crocheting some and one other is using orphaned quilt blocks and making the placemats out of those.   Such a talented, generous group of people!

 This is one of the jelly roll quilts my friend and I donated to the West, TX families.   The quilt guild there was asking for donations to help out the families affected by that fire and we were so priviledged to be able to help.
Finally, last but not least, I signed up for another block exchange that will span a year's time.  It is a tea cup block, 8.5x8.5 unfinished.  I used patriotic fabrics, ric rac, and hot fix jewels on my blocks for July.   I can't wait to see the ones everyone else is making.   Should make into a really cute quilt.   

I hope your summer has been full of blessings and fun.   Keep sewing, quilting and crafting.....till then God Bless!